Auckland Brunchn': Seabreeze Cafe

SeaBreeze cafe brunch
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Enjoyed brunch at my sisters current favourite Auckland spot - Seabreeze Cafe. A super cute corner cafe located in Westmere.

The coffee is delicious and they offer lots of gluten and dairy free options which are all marked clearly on the menu.

I ordered poached eggs on gluten free toast (remember to ask without butter on the toast if you don't eat dairy) with a side of tea smoked salmon and oven roasted tomatoes. It was delicious!! Grainy bread which I love! and the salmon was smoked to perfection.

I will definitely be visiting again. 

Gluten free bread - Beyond Bread

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I'm forever on the hunt for the best gluten free bread. Now don't get me wrong - gluten free bread has come a LONG way over the past 17 years. I can remember when I first switched to the gluten free life, the bread my mum got for me (the only type on the market at the time) was rock hard and you had to use some serious muscle to cut it. It was a running joke in our house that the bread was hard enough to knock someone out with it - better than nothing though.

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I tried the sourdough from Beyond Bread - a completely gluten free cafe/bakery. I loved how it was in a circular shape like a sourdough you would buy at normal gourmet bakery. It was crunchy and crisp on the outside but soft and sour on the inside - absolutely delicious toasted. It may not be exactly like the real deal but its pretty damn close!! I just wish the loaf was bigger - a typical #GF problem.

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I topped my toasted sourdough with a spread of pesto, avocado slices, roasted vine tomatoes and soft goats cheese. 

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If you are in London, I would definitely check this Beyond Bread out. Find out more here

LONDON BRUNCHN': DUCK & WAFFLE

Brunch @Duck and Waffle

My mum was visiting from New Zealand so I took her to Duck & Waffle for breakfast last week (it was my first time for breaky there too). Absolutely amazed that they could do the famous Duck & Waffle breakfast gluten and dairy free. The waffle was light and fluffy topped with a crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and drizzled with lots of maple syrup - cooked to perfection. 

An incredible breakfast with a stunning view of London - definitely a must visit if you are in London town or looking for a special treat.

Check out the breakfast menu here

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Duck and waffle view

London Brunchn': East London

Brunch at Lantana

If you’ve been following me on Instragram, for a while you’ll know that I’m obsessed with Brunch! One of my favourite things to do in the weekends is a morning workout followed by a long catch up with friends over delicious coffee and food.

Since moving to London a year ago, I’ve tried many different spots and been back to a few places on a very regular basis. I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites in East London.

Lantana

Brunch at Lantana

An Australian café in Shoreditch (they’re also in Camden & Fitzrovia). I usually (always) get the smashed avocado* on gluten free toast - this comes with a poached egg, labanah (which I ask for without #DF) and your choice of smoked salmon, bacon (my fav) or haloumi. The gluten free toast at Lantana is AMAZING! Thick, seedy, crunchy on the edges but soft in the middle - the best I’ve found in London to date. The avo dish is a bit different to the standard offering, served with courgette ribbons and fresh herbs on top.

They also offer a boozy brunch option, which is always a good time!

*I make sure I limit my avocado intake to make sure I keep it #sarahfriendly. ½ a medium avocado is considered low FODMAP per the FODMAP friendly guidelines.

Check out the website here

Brunch at Lantana

Ozone

Brunch at Ozone

A kiwi roastery, coffee bar and eatery in Shoreditch.

The menu has a variety of gluten free options and are clearly labelled. I decided to go for classic poached eggs on gluten free toast with a few sides – smoked salmon and shared a bit of avocado. The gluten free toast was light and fluffy.

They roast the coffee beans on the lower floor of the café and you can be seated downstairs next to the roastery or you can go down and have a peak. I personally prefer to be seated at the window bar – especially nice on a summer’s day when the windows are open.

Check out the website here

The Bach

Brunch at The Bach

This list would not be complete without The Bach. A low-key New Zealand café located on Broadway Market and recently opened in Hoxton which serve my ultimate favourite coffee – Allpress, made perfectly #kiwistyle.

Menu’s at each location vary slightly but are equally as great and offer loads of diet friendly options. At Broadway market, I’ve enjoyed (on many occasions) the scrambled eggs with salmon on gluten free toast. They are super accommodating with my dietary needs - making my eggs without milk/cream and leaving off the cream cheese. An epic #sarahfriendly brunch with a delicious coffee.  I go for an almond milk flat white as they make it just right.

Brunch at The Bach

At Hoxton – I’ve had poached eggs on gluten free toast with bacon and a side of avocado. The bacon was cooked crunchy – just the way I like it and the gluten free bread was brown (my fav) and well cooked. Delicious!! Can’t wait for warmer days when I can eat brunch on the tables they have outside.

Brunch at The Bach

Check out the website here

 

 

brisbane brunchN': CHESTER STREET BAKERY

Weekend brunch dates with the girls are a weekly tradition. This morning we ended up at one of my fav brunch locations in Brisbane,

Chester Street Bakery

in Newstead.

This little bakery has a "casual street dining vibe", with outdoor seating enclosed by a white picket fence. If you are lucky enough to score a seat outside, you can spend hours relaxing with your friends in the sun whilst enjoying great coffee and food (in winter - go later in the morning to enjoy the sun).

One of the reasons why I love Chester is for their gluten free bread- it is actually normal size!!!  Nothing disappoints me more than trying a new brunch location to have the gluten free bread come out and it’s bite size. At Chester Street the bread is baked onsite in a wood-fired oven. It’s absolutely delicious, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. They also have fresh loaves for sale but you have get in quick, as it sells out pretty fast!

I like my bread extra toasted with poached eggs and avocado*.

I would highly recommend checking it out if you are in the Newstead neighbourhood.

Sarah xx

Location: 

32A Chester St, Newstead, 4006

*Avocado is considered high FODMAP so only indulge if you know your tummy is able to handle it.  I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy avocado these days but I need to watch my portion sizes. 1/8 of an avocado is considered FODMAP friendly by the Monash University guide.