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Three Bears Kitchen, Newcastle

It seems like every week there’s a new eatery springing up in and around Newcastle. I’m not complaining! Three Bears Kitchen is the latest cab off the rank and from all signs so far, it is juuuust right. (Sorry, Three Bears reference, you know.)

Shakshuka | Three Bears Kitchen | lizniland.com

I find it hard to go past a Shakshuka, especially one that is labelled as such rather than the more generic “baked eggs and tomatoes”. It holds more promise, I think. This was superb with just the right amount of heat, without feeling like I was sweating off my freshly applied make up.

Breakfast with friends | Three Bears Kitchen | lizniland.com

I’ve been to Three Bears Kitchen twice now – the above snap was a “Stop! Nobody touch anything til I take a photo!” moment with my Ladies’ Breakfast crew. Yes, I’m that guy girl. Bottom left was my porridge (don’t worry, you’ll get the close up below); the two top dishes are the Bacon Butty filled with endless barbecue sauce, apparently; and the other one was the Green Machine: Poachies, avo, greens and sprouts.

Porridge | Three Bears Kitchen | lizniland.com

When in a cafe named Three Bears Kitchen, one cannot avoid the porridge on the menu; here it is a totally modern mix of red rice and quinoa with almond milk, rhubarb, berries, figs & pistachios.

The coffee was on point too – I enjoyed a couple of long blacks and no complaints were made by the milk coffee drinkers.

I didn’t take a snap of the interior – can’t photo, eating – but it’s obvious that the people behind the beautifully-decorated Rustica had a hand in the striking, faux-broken down industrial stylings.

Welcome to Newcastle, Three Bears Kitchen!

x Liz

Photo note: All by me, on my trusty iPhone & slightly touched by ABM Actions.

Week of eats: A taste of Darwin

As I type with frozen finger tips, I definitely know I’m back home in the winter weather & no longer holidaying in Australia’s sunny ‘Top End’, Darwin. We flew in late last night & are still stepping over half-emptied bags and laundry piles.

Until I get all my photos sorted & some more thoughts organised, I thought I’d share some of the stand out food moments from Darwin’s restaurants, cafes & much-loved markets.

It has to be said: it’s hard sticking to our primarily Paleo eating template when there’s crocodile burgers to taste. This trio from the infamous Humpty Doo Hotel was our inspired grub of choice en route to see the jumping crocs – pics to follow, don’t you worry!

Humpty Doo Hotel Darwin burgers

The Asian influence on the food scene in Darwin is particularly noticeable at the markets which pop up throughout the surrounding suburbs right across the weekend in the dry season. This laksa most definitely lived up to the recommendations we had from both locals and previous travellers. I got this at Mindil Beach Markets but apparently the favourite laksa-vendor to many is to be found at Parap’s Saturday markets.

Mindil Beach Markets laksa

The Asian influence (especially South East Asian) is not limited to market food – there are plenty of restaurants in Darwin dishing up rice paper rolls, creamy curries and spicy seafood. Chow was a notable favourite.

kimchi chow restaurant darwin

Good coffee in Darwin is notoriously hard to find but newcomer The Pearl offered one of the better beans (we ranked it 2nd behind Pierre’s long blacks at Rawgasm Cafe in the mall). Being from increasingly cafe-saturated Newcastle though, we are pretty snobbish with such things! While the coffee was certainly above the local average, it was the inspired cafe food that grabbed our attention. This Arabic rice pudding was a feast for the senses.

The Pearl Darwin cafe pudding

Have you been to Darwin? What were your thoughts on the food options?

I’ll be sharing more from our Top End adventure over the coming week – stay tuned!