sunday at the grounds

You wouldn’t know it’s autumn with the summer weather Sydney’s been having! Today was the perfect Sunday morning to wander The Grounds.

The Grounds cafe (without the 5000 people that are usually in attendance!)
The Grounds cafe (without the 5000 people that are usually in attendance!)

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In the mostly-industrial suburb of Alexandria, The Grounds is an awesome purpose built functional cafe-slash-garden. There are chickens, randomly placed raised garden beds of herbs and other edible plants and more waitstaff than you could possibly imagine. They roast their own coffee, bake their own bread & make their own pastries. The smell of freshly sugared jam & caramel filled donuts are almost too much to bare!
Plus there’s Kevin Bacon’s House which is where the little pig Kevin lives!

It opens at 8am and the queue starts immediately. When we arrive at 10am it’s a 40 minute wait for table service, so we get take-away coffee, fruit salad and bacon & eggs brioche instead. We wander the grounds and this is what we saw:IMG_20130324_113949 kitchen garden
lemonade & fruit stand
bacon & egg brioche cart

IMG_20130324_114128 gardens, chicken coop & Kevin Bacon this cutest little pig sleeping in the sun
(Harley even pokes his head through the fence to say hello to Kevin Bacon but since he doesn’t smell like bacon he doesn’t know what to do!)

IMG_20130324_113131 really really really good coffee

IMG_20130324_124330fruit salad, yoghurt & toasted muesli

IMG_20130324_113542 Harley being cute and fluffy

20130324124541876 the basil plants are insane!!!
and check out that little wooden kid’s play house!

IMG_20130324_113313 the fresh flower cart

The food is OK but it’s the space that is amazing.
You could drop a geodesic dome over The Grounds and quite happily survive the Zombie Apocalypse or a nuclear war here. Go for coolness but stay for the coffee….seven bean house roasted blend which is seriously good.

The Grounds | 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
boo for no bookings

a question a day in may | one

My darling friend and fellow blogger Neen has challenged me to a blogging game; A question a day in May!

She’s posed 31 questions for me to answer & post each day in May.

Day 1 question

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? 

There are so many things that I wish I could change about the world; gender inequality, poverty, hunger, over-fishing, child labor, animal cruelty, reality TV, vacuous celebrities, people dying before their time, blind religious beliefs, corporate greed….the list goes on. But for this exercise the one thing I’d most like to change is human impact on the environment. Of course there is much that we can do as individuals & households (like recycle, upcycle, reduce our carbon footprint by using public transport when possible and walk/cycle more, reduce our food waste, turn off unnecessary lights/heating/cooling, buying sustainable & ethical food and goods etc) and don’t get me wrong, these things make a huge difference when hundreds of thousands of individuals do it over & again (think of Earth Hour!) but the biggest impact to this cause would be a global adoption of environmental initiatives by every country especially the largest consumers like EU, USA, China, Australia, etc. We need a monumental policy shift in reduction of fossil fuels as a start. Governments need to admit that there is climate changed due to the way we’ve lived since the Industrial Revolution. We need to stop producing and consuming so much oil and utilise wind, hydro & solar power as primary energy. We need sustainable & ethical farming (meat, produce, coffee, cotton, honey, fish, paper, etc). It needs to become 100% about minimising our destructive footprint on the earth and less about the dollar.

Just like the movie plot from The Day the Earth Stood Still, maybe we need a technologically advanced alien race to come and kick our butts before we actually do anything about it…

It’s a serious issue that I lay awake worrying about at night. You didn’t think I could be that bleak on a Tuesday morning, huh?