Saturday, 19 March 2016

REPUBLIK - BYRON BAY.

REPUBLIK RESTAURANT & BAR. BYRON BAY.
ON THE MENU //

TO START.
CHICKEN LIVER PATE. ONION JAM. TOASTED CIABATTA.
FOR MAINS.
DUCK LEG. GRAPEFRUIT. CAULIFLOWER. BEETROOT. RADICCHIO. PISTACHIO.
BORROWDALE PORK BELLY. ORANGE GLAZE. ROAST CARROT. APPLE & WALNUT.
AND YOU CAN NEVER GO WITHOUT DESSERT.
CREME BRULEE. DOUBLE VANILLA. BISCOTTI BISCUIT.

Republik is undoubtably my boyfriend Adam and I's favourite restaurant in town. As huge foodies, having previously worked in Hospitality also, we are constantly looking for new restaurants, cafes and bakeries to try. If you're after a meal where you can see what you're paying for - in interior design, ambiance, unintrusive - but attentive waiting staff, menu creativity, quality ingredients and skilled cooking, you don't need to look any further. Every meal we've had there has been delicious, refined and just a really lovely experience. The restaurant itself is set in the heart of Byron, opposite a large - free car park, if you're passing through, spend the extra money on a short taxi ride and enjoy their cocktail and wine list. The beautiful interior design will have you talking whilst you attempt to decide what you want from the mouth watering selection. The print on the waiter aprons matches the cushions spread around the booth seating, the exterior glass is partially mirrored to invite privacy while still letting you partake in a spot of people watching and fairy lights are weaved carefully through the vines on the walls.
Their menu has such variety that there's something for everyone and with the option to sit inside, or out - you can choose to really absorb the vibe of Byron and enjoy the beautiful weather. Every dish is beautifully presented and as a chef I have huge appreciation to the attention to detail and the skill required to deliver such well put together, balanced dishes that also look vibrant and enticing - and dare I say it, completely Instagrammable. Price wise, a main is around $29, which considering the portions, is completely justifiable.


**UPDATE / Republik has now gone in to closure and is no longer there, but in its place is the Sunday Sustainable Bakery which I'll blog about at a later date, but if you stop by, grab yourself a loaf of their organic, made on site bread and one, or two of their pecan pies.

Monday, 14 March 2016

THE BEST MEXICAN - BYRON BAY // MISS MARGARITAS.

  
MISS MARGARITAS 

ON THE MENU // PULLED PORK NACHOS
                                    CRISPY SNAPPER, MANGO, BEAN AND RICE BURRITO
                                    CRISPY SNAPPER TACOS WITH CHIPOLTE SLAW. MANGO & FRESH LIME.
                                    LYCHEE CAPRIOSKA

 This is one of my favourite places to eat in Byron. I always drag my boyfriend or friends here because the food is so good, they also have happy hour between 5-6 (go before 5!) and there's deals on cocktails, beers and food. I pretty much always get the pulled pork nachos, because they're that amazing - but everything I've tried is beautiful. The staff are laid back and friendly, it's pretty compact inside but spacious enough to not feel like you're butting in on other peoples conversations. Described as 'a friendly place which blended the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron' I would have to completely agree. They've hit the nail on the head and it's loved by all. They've also just opened a second restaurant in Broadbeach.

RECOMMENDATIONS? get the pulled pork nachos, or a burrito if you're really hungry - just after a snack? tuck in to the 3 for 2 tacos, drinks wise - hit up happy hour, if you're a lover of cocktails like me a classic mojito, margharita, or my favourites, a lychee caprioska or a salty seadog. If you love Mexican, you'll love the relaxed vibe, menu choice and drinks.

DOWNSIDE? they get absolutely rammed. There's a bench outside you can sit, order a drink and wait on a table but I've been there for over an hour before, stomach rumbling -  if the queue looks intense, order a takeaway, go to the bottle shop and eat dinner on main beach.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

BREAKFAST at THE ROADHOUSE, BYRON BAY.


ON THE MENU //
GRILLED SOURDOUGH WITH SPROUTS, POACHED EGGS, AVACADO, SESAME & PUMPKIN SEEDS AND SMOKED POLISH SAUSAGE.
ICED CACAO - COCAO WITH COCONUT SUGAR AND MILK OVER ICE.

I think I just had one of the healthiest fry ups of my life. This morning myself, my boyfriend, Adam and his mum Deborah, walked down to the Roadhouse cafe in Byron, which is only 5 or so minutes from where we live.  If you're in Byron, this place is worth checking out. It definitely appears to be the watering hole for those who love a three step coffee (milk jug, espresso shot, raw sugar) but if you can look pass the paper straws, jam jar water glasses that you fill from a metal dispenser and words such as 'organic' 'cold press' and 'chia seeds' (I lie, I love all those little touches) then this place is worthy of a visit. The food is undeniably good, the best breakfast I've had in Byron and it's in a fairly nice setting with a chilled vibe. It's pretty well priced, with coffees under $5 and breakfast working out at near $20 but you get your moneys worth and you wont leave hungry. Word of advice? Get the smoked polish sausage. It's amazing.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Contouring and Highlighting // HIGH STREET EDITION.

CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT LIKE A PRO, ON A BUDGET

MORPHE 9C CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT PALETTE //
The Morphe contour and highlight palette is new to Beauty Bay and my make up bag. It contains 8 matte shades -3 highlighters - pink and yellow, 4 contour - warm and cool tones, a peachy shade, which could be a blush on fairer skins, or a highlight and there's one golden shimmery highlighter. I love the range of colours, it's pigmented, buttery smooth and blend easily - I also double this up as a neutral eyeshadow palette.

AUSTRALIS BANANA POWDER //
If you're an NC20 - 35 and you wanted one shade for under eye highlighting, or to set your concealer to brighten the area this would be the one. It's pigmented, lightens the area, doesn't look cakey, blends easily, comes in a sleek compact and it's crazy cheap.

NYX HD CONCEALER - PORCELAIN
So many people rave about this concealer for under eye brightening so I ordered the shade Porcelain from Asos. It's a medium coverage, blends without caking and doesn't settle in to fine lines. It doesn't beat my favourites, Nars radiant creamy concealer or the Chanel concealer, but it's a fraction of the price.