A laksa, a cronut and the most amazing Bloody Mary ever

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 1 Sydney at sunrise

The view of the city from here never gets boring. Especially when I’m looking at it from my bed while Mrs Romance is out and about, running up and down the Fleet Steps in Sydney Botanic Gardens and providing our Instagram account with sunrise photos like this one!

There are quite a few things on this week… let’s hope they all come together!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 2 Hainanese Chicken Rice

I get the week started with a delicious Hainanese chicken and rice from the Malay Chinese Restaurant on Hunter Street. It’s well worth the wait – though I’ve discovered the queues aren’t quite so bad there if you go after 1.30 in the afternoon. The only problem with doing that is I’m starving by the time I get to fill my face!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 3 Kazbah review

When we had brunch with our friends Jules and James last week, we realised we should probably write about the place we went to.

Every time we go to Kazbah Restaurant in Balmain, we love it. This time we’ve decided to feature our lunch here on site. Check it out – the place is awesome!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 4 gf granola recipe

Mrs Romance is really quite happy with the gluten-free granola I made for her last week. The recipe’s pretty straight forward once you’ve got all your ingredients together. It’s well worth a look if you’re after a low sugar, gluten-free, high-in-protein breakfast cereal – or if you’re just looking for something tasty to eat in the mornings!

Here’s our gluten-free granola recipe.

Image courtesy of The Jugernauts.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 4a Laksa with The Jugernauts

Today I’m catching up with a few guys for lunch. We’ve been promising each other a laksa from the Malay Chinese Restaurant on Hunter Street for ages. And today we’ve finally managed to organise it.

The queue was unbelievable at 12.30 when we got here but the wait’s been – once again – well worth it. I’ve gone for the beef laksa for a bit of a change while everyone else has stuck with the chicken.

I‘m here with Bob from @TheJugernauts (thanks for the use of your photo by the way Bob!), Tony from @AskTonyFood, Michael from Men At Work Comms (@SydMichael), Simon from @SimonFoodFavourites and Charn from @FoodDiaryByCK!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 5 De Longhi event

Today, Mrs Romance and I are at a coffee seminar. It’s amazing the difference between types of coffee bean. Not only that, but how being grown in different countries and regions will change a coffee bean’s flavour and character. Then of course how it’s processed, harvested and roasted… it’s very much like grapes for wine in the complexity of understanding coffee.

We’re also getting to try out the new coffee machines DeLonghi are bringing out. If you’re in the market for a new coffee machine, check out what they’ve got.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 6 new espresso cups

We’ve also been given these awesome little espresso cups from DeLonghi. Love these because they’ve got that double layer of glass. Not sure if it’s to keep the coffee hot or your hands not burnt… any ideas? Maybe both. Yeah, it’s probably both, isn’t it?

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 7 cronut at Paramount Coffee Project

Today is a momentous occasion: I’m about to have my first ever cronut! That’s right – I’ve managed to avoid it for long enough. My prize is this: a chocolate filled doughnut-shaped croissant. Yes, it was incredible! Thanks for asking!

By the way, this is in the Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills. I think they’re from Brewtown Newtown.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 8 AB1 ornamental kale

I spotted this on the way home the other day and told Mrs Romance. When she asked me if I’d taken a photo of it, I just hung my head. I hadn’t. And this is exactly the sort of stuff my Instagram alter-ego @AngryBastard eats up! So, bless her heart, Mrs R went back and took this for me! Isn’t she sweet?

Oh and no, those kale plants really aren’t good for eating.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta diary - 9 bloody mary

Last night was so much fun. We were invited to dinner party at Kathleen and Jarrod’s from Nip of Courage. Nip of Courage is an incredible company. It’s a distributer for Australian craft spirits. Their portfolio is magnificent.

Anyway, for breakfast, we come down the stairs to be greeted by the best Bloody Marys I’ve ever had. Kathleen’s made them with one of the spirits she represents: Belgrove white rye. It’s so good, and works perfectly as a replacement for vodka. I’ll be attempting this one at home, I think! And the best thing about this drink: it comes with bacon. Best cocktail garnish EVER!

How has your week been? What do you think of cronuts? Where do you go for a good laksa? Tell us all in the comments!

Images by Mr and Mrs Romance via Instagram: @MrAndMrsRomance, @HairRomance and of course @AngryBastard!


  • I’ve never had a cronut. I love croissants and I love donuts so I think I should probably stay well away!

    • Reply July 21, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Hmm. It’s a good point, Sonia. There’s a good chance you might go a bit ‘cronuts’ (sorry) if you break the seal. Just for the record though – there’s a good reason for all the hype about them! But stay strong. 🙂

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