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Coast 89, Toowoon Bay, NSW

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Sunday morning.   The perfect morning to sleep, lazily get ready and meander down to your favourite cafe for bunch.  Made all the more perfect as it was day three of our inaugural staycation.  While Coast 89 may not be my go to café, it is certainly top of my list for a slice of banoffee pie and some girly bonding for Mummy Daughter Dates.  Perhaps the only reason the Water’s Edge beats this place out as my go to café is the view at…. the water’s edge.  This place certainly has it beat for delicious things to eat and interior atmosphere.

The Restaurant

Coast 89 is located in a darling little bank of shops that have a delightfully boutique feel about them, quite unexpected for the out of the way area they are in.  In recent years the single block long group of eateries, boutique gift and clothing stores and local services has undergone a facelift and is now a rather pleasant place to take as troll in from the Bay after a swim or to while away some spare time on a weekend.

The unique blend of azure and white wallpaper combined with stainless steel on the walls is carried through to the fixtures with a chalkboard for specials dominating one wall.

The Food

I’ve been coming to Coast 89 ever since they opened several  years ago and I haven’t had a bad meal yet.  I won’t lie and say it is my favourite eggs benny on the coast, but overall the meals are lovely.   The menu is diverse and even my fussiest eater always finds something to practically gorge herself on.

Pro Tip:  Miss Fussy Fifteen recommends the Bacon and Egg Roll

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Eat Street Cafe, Gosford, NSW

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Second day of the work week.  I start at 8:30 am.  I like to leave time for unforeseen traffic so I am often 15 – 20 minutes early for work.  What I didn’t account for was the fact that

  1. I am an idiot and
  2. There was a public holiday on Monday so it was actually Wednesday today, not Tuesday.

Ever the optimist I seized the opportunity to be glad I had an extra 45 minutes up my sleeve before I had to be at work and decided to head down to a little cafe I had been dying to have my lunch break at for quite some time. What a brilliant opportunity to have early Brunch.  Also known as breakfast in some circles, but I don’t do breakfast.  Breakfast is for people who haven’t mastered the art of sleeping in.  Amateurs.

The Restaurant

Eat Street Cafe is a prefab building at the carpark near the waterfront in Gosford, NSW.  Not sold yet?  I’m not surprised, but you will be. Surprised and sold that is.  Beautifully decorated with superbly finished timber and heritage elements, Eat Street Cafe is an outdoor eatery with a difference.  Not aiming for shabby chic or modern trends Eat Street oozes its own unique, comfortable street side atmosphere.  Every person that walks in is treated like a valued customer with staff going out of their way to learn people’s names. Relaxed seating is available if you are in the mood to watch the world go by, or you could grab a takeaway and wander 20 paces to sit by on the waterfront and lazily enjoy the sail boats drifting past.

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The Fat Goose, Hardys Bay, NSW

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The Restaurant

Winding roads amidst tree lined hills lead you along one of the most scenic drives on the Coast.  So much so that the road leading in is called ‘Scenic Drive’.  Past the tourist traps of Terrigal and the stunning views out over Brisbane Water, the drive to Hardy’s Bay is part of the experience of this brunch outing.

This delightful little café is tucked in alongside the always popular Old Killcare Store and offers indoor and alfresco seating as well as take away orders.  What the building lacks in cosmopolitan style it makes up for in warmth and character.  Which in my opinion is much nicer than the spurious indy feel of Starbucks.  Bottles of Fat Goose branded sauces and spreads line shelves, the ambient light picking up the reds and oranges and making them almost glow.  Tables are nestled together near windows inside and out in the sunshine we watch people laughing and chatting, enjoying the unseasonable warmth.  Stroller friendly and dog friendly, the atmosphere is one of community.

The Food

Although the menu does feature an all day breakfast I couldn’t resist completely ignoring the reason I was out and ordering from the lunch menu.  Who can say no to a portobello mushroom burger stuffed with 3 different cheeses and smashed avocado?  Not me, that’s who.

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The Water’s Edge, The Entrance, NSW

The Water's Edge is a delightful, welcoming place to sit and enjoy a coffee and some eggs benny all year round.

The Restaurant

The Water’s Edge is my absolute favourite little place locally to have brunch. The food, the view and the relaxed atmosphere here make it an unbeatable spot to soak in the sun on a warm summer’s morning.  The coveted lounge chairs right on the edge of the boardwalk are the best spot in the entire restaurant and, if truth be told, I have been known to move tables in the middle of a meal if one of these tables becomes available part way through the meal.  The welcoming and comfortable atmosphere lends The Water’s Edge to feeling like a restaurant run by friends.

In summer we park a few kilometres away and walk along the lakefront or shore to The Water’s Edge, have brunch and, after a coffee and some time enjoying the view, walk back to the car.  With Pelicans cruising by overhead, the laughter of children learning to paddleboard, the sun glinting off the water and the comforting thought that there is an ice-cream parlour within 30 metres, The Water’s Edge is the perfect setting for a morning in the sun.  And when the sun is hiding you can enjoy the spectacular view with glass paneled walls to sit by to stay out of the wind and rain.

The Food

Primarily a fish restaurant, The Water’s Edge does breakfast/brunch surprisingly well.  We were a little hesitant the first time we went for brunch knowing their superb lunch and dinner menu.  I can say I was impressed with the selection and lack of fish on the breakfast menu.  Their eggs benny is done to perfection and you can mix and match items from the menu – very important when the eggs benny doesn’t come with mushrooms as standard. To accompany your eggs and hollandaise, the choice of bacon, ham or salmon is yours.   They even have berocca on the menu for those slightly headachy, might-have-over-indulged-with-the-girls-last-night mornings. (Not that I would know anything about that.)

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Eat Brunch. No really, best life advice ever.

Print this slightly unhelpful, but ultimately right, recipe for eggs benedict. www.brunchfuelledvagabond.com/eggsbennyI love eggs benedict.  For starters it is made of 2 parts happiness and 1 part relaxation – how can you not love that?  There is no better way to start a weekend than a lie in, eggs benny and a good book.  It is a recipe for total bliss.  Too often we get caught up running around doing all the things that need to be done.  And those things are important.  But so is truly loving your life.  Experiencing the moment you are in.  And making the most out of every moment we have together.  Join me for brunch?

 

Let's Do Brunch. Eggs Benny is the most decadent and relaxing part of the day. Aside from wine. Wine is also good. www.brunchfuelledvagabond.com/eggsbenny

  • 2 eggs
  •  2 large mushrooms
  •  A sprinkle of fresh rosemary
  •  Handful of baby spinach
  •  Knob of butter
  • Whatever kind of bread type product you like – English muffins, Turkish bread, thick cut toast.  Or in my case, gluten free English Muffins.
  • Nudie brand orange juice

Enhanced Happiness Options
Avocado, bacon, brie, halloumi, chai latte.

Let's Do Brunch. Eggs Benny is the most decadent and relaxing part of the day. Aside from wine. Wine is also good. www.brunchfuelledvagabond.com/eggsbenny

Hollandaise sauce is time consuming, fiddly and creates dishes. And while I appreciate how good the real deal is, the point of brunch is decadent laziness.  And dishes are neither decadent nor lazy.  To avoid worrying about your sauce splitting and making a mess you have to clean, substitute homemade hollandaise for Birch & Waite Hollandaise Sauce. It is found in the fridge near the veggies in Woollies.

Let's Do Brunch. Eggs Benny is the most decadent and relaxing part of the day. Aside from wine. Wine is also good. www.brunchfuelledvagabond.com/eggsbenny

  • Put a pot of water on to boil or break out your egg poacher if you have one.
  • Slice your mushrooms and finely chop the rosemary.
  • Melt butter in a pan and add mushrooms and rosemary.
  • Pour a glass of juice, take a sip and remember exactly how good Nudie Brand juices are.
  • Smile.
  • Put eggs in to poach.
  • Consider doing something productive with your day.
  • Laugh.  Productive?  You’re funny.
  • Check you aren’t burning the mushrooms and add the baby spinach to wilt.
  • Toast whatever bread type product takes your fancy this morning.
  • Heat your hollandaise.  Be careful not to overheat or it will split.
  • Pour another juice, you know you drank the first one already.
  • Assemble.
  • Find the nicest, most comfortable spot in the house/in the garden/on the balcony to sit.
  • Read, eat eggs benny and forget the world exists for a moment.

Print this slightly unhelpful, but ultimately right, recipe for eggs benedict. www.brunchfuelledvagabond.com/eggsbenny

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