Coffee and a Yarn, Newtown

Coffee and a Yarn, Newtown

Coffee Alchemy coffee (coffee and a yarn blend). 413 King St, Newtown. A relatively new arrival on the Newtown scene, the point of difference for this cafe is their wool theme. This is actually a cafe where you can buy wool, knitting patterns, and even sit down and knit!

wool on display 1/2

In case you’re worried from that concept that they’ve missed the boat on the cafe experience, it’s safe to say they haven’t. The coffee is custom roasted by (relative newcomer to the Sydney scene Coffee Alchemy), and their food – mostly small items – includes Danishes and Ginger ninjas by Black Star Pastry, and brownies and polenta cakes by Manna from Heaven.

wool on display 2/2

The stark polished concrete floors, are contrasted by the old wooden furniture and the knitting theme carried throughout. Add to the mix the 1930’s jazz, and the friendliness of staff and customers alike, and you have the making of a successful cafe.

view through the window interior table

No decaf yet (they’re waiting to get another grinder for decaf!), so I made the decision to try a caffeinated coffee for one. My piccolo latte has all the trimmings of coffee alchemy’s work with its initial caramel flavour and complex, earthy finish.

mini egg and sweet potato tart Coffee and a Yarn, newtown

They’ve gone to some pains to make this a comfortable, welcoming place, and it has – I hope – a good future ahead of it.

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Thanks to Jenius for adding me to the top 100 australian food twitterers list – I’ve been wondering for a while if cafe reviews fit the criteria of a food blog or not, but I guess they (kind of) do.

Thanks also to Gavin for adding this series of random thoughts to his blogroll – I met Gavin through coffee mornings, and continue to be amazed by his generosity of time, and the insights he continues to share on his blog. If you’re at all curious about digital marketing, you should be reading his blog.

Cafe Banksia, Sydney CBD

Cafe Banksia, Sydney CBD

Toby’s Estate coffee. 1 Castlereagh St, Sydney. The last time I was drinking coffee here, it was a Hudson’s Coffee franchise store, but now it’s been remodelled. In the corner, two chesterfields with a coffee table, elsewhere are larger tables and benches with stools: there are a range of options for eating in.

They’re selling brasserie bread products – I had a fantastic ham and cheese panini – really good balance between the ingredients: a great breakfast starter.

Not the cheapest cafe in the city – it’s $3.80 for a large takeaway coffee, and then a decaf tax of 50c on top, but they have a decaf grinder, and the coffee comes out with a smooth, earthy flavour. A solid cup, and an elegant, well-lit environment to enjoy it.

book: the hungry cat

I’m not citing this as a book I’ve only recently read – I haven’t seen it around in years. Phyllis King’s The Hungry Cat is a book that teaches counting in an unorthodox way. The cat goes to a restaurant, eats the entire menu, in increasing quantity, and then feels sick, and rids himself of the food.

the hungry cat - menu

Am I the only one who has seen this book before? I think these extracts should explain why the book is no longer being sold.

up came the 6 pineapples

up came the 9 puddings

sermon – money and possessions

Last night I preached a sermon on what the Bible says about money and possessions.

We’re still in between church computers at the moment, so I recorded it via the iPhone, then boosted the volume a little using Audacity and uploaded it as an MP3. My notes were around 3800 words (though for a while it was hovering around 5000 words), and with a bit of improvisation as I was going, it ended up at 25:56.

Feel free to have a listen and tell me what you think – even a comment that says you downloaded it would be helpful, so I know if anyone reading here is interested in such things.

Sermon – The Idolatry of Money and Possessions.

If you’re interested in reading more on the subject, I found the the book Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions (aff link) was really helpful.

Lumière, Surry Hills

Lumière, Surry Hills

Caffe Di Gabrielle. Shop 13, 425 Bourke St, Surry Hills. Lots of natural light from the giant glass walls: outdoor seating is on stools, with plenty of space heaters if you need them. A mixed crowd of well-to-do inner city dwellers sample coffees and pastries (the chocolate brownies seem especially popular). The pastries, which look really impressive, appear to be made on site.

Decaf is ground to order. Sweet, slightly earthy decaf latte. If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in.

Lightweight lifestyle

[ disassociated ] Lightweight lifestyle explains well the idea that “You don’t own your possessions, your possessions own you.”.

Society percieves the owner of a big house which can hold more possessions as more successful, when in fact he may be held in bondage by high house payments, taxes, utilities, repair costs, and a general lack of freedom.

In an ever-increasing need for protection he acquires security lights, burglar alarms, double locks, fences, and moves into a subdivision with a locked gate. He pays large insurance premiums so he can afford to replace everything in case all his protection doesn’t work.

Do you have too many things? What are you going to do about it?