Hello friends!

Time for another What I Ate Wednesday. This time, I’m bringing you the Australian Eats addition. I just happened to visit two Australian restaurants in one day. Let’s get to the eats

Australian Coffee

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

As you know if you’ve read my blog or followed me on Instagram for awhile, I love Bluestone Lane Coffee. My once a week visit turned into a couple times a week and has since escalated to daily (workweek) visits. And I don’t even feel bad about this. A few years ago, I would have. Now, I feel thankful I’m able to afford this daily luxury. And I agree with Ramit Sethi on the following:

The whole point of money IS to spend it on things you love. Pleasure purchases should not be a source of shame.

Do you have a favorite pleasure purchase?

By the way, Bluestone is considered by many an Australian coffee shop, even though they don’t have locations in Australia. According to their site:

Bluestone Lane Coffee is influenced from the renowned coffee culture hub of Melbourne Australia, where premium coffee is a way of life.

Bryant Park Post-Blizzard

Wednesday was the day after the blizzard that wasn’t much of a blizzard. We didn’t get nearly as much snow as we did with Jonas. I considered going out to take pictures, but Jonas happened on a Saturday. This happened on a Tuesday, and so I had to work. At least I got to work from home and stay safe.

So, here are some photos around Bryant Park the day after.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

The snow was gone, but the weather was so cold, the famous fountain was super icy.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

A closer look. Me with lunch.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

The snow didn’t stop these jugglers (towards the back of the photo) from enjoying a play break.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

Diggin the Dig

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

Another place I frequent is Dig Inn. I’ve mentioned them before, but they change their menu around frequently. On this day, I tried one of the new sides – golden beets with quinoa and orange. It was so good! I had this with brown rice, kale, and mom’s braised beef. I love the Dig for their Mindful Sourcing and tasty eats. I can only hope somewhere like this opens in Charlotte one day.

Burke & Wills

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

For dinner, I went out with some new friends to an Australian restaurant in the Upper West Side, Burke & Wills.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

Nice, simple menu.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

For a brief moment, I considered ordering the kangaroo burger. But, when the waiter said it tasted a little gamey, I figured it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. I had one of the fish dishes. From the menu: “wild barramundi, roasted cauliflower, capers, brown butter”. It was delicious. The brown butter was very flavorful, and I loved that the cauliflower was crisp-tender. And multi-colored!

I did get to taste a bite of the kangaroo burger because someone else at the table ordered it. It wasn’t nearly as gamey as I expected. It tasted a little bit like a bison burger. It was very lean and seasoned nicely.

Australian Eats NYC {What I Ate Wednesday}

I considered leaving this off of the post, but I like to keep it real with you guys. I messed up my Lent plans, and I ate one doughnut. It reminded me of the doughnuts I love to order at The Wine Shop back in Charlotte. This version came with two dipping sauces – nutella and caramel.

Burke & Wills was a cool restaurant. If you’re into eating unusual food, I can’t say I often see a kangaroo burger on the menu. The rest of the menu has a small but plentiful selection, including small plates and full entrées.

Upon telling my Australian friend about it the next day, I learned that Burke & Wills are the names of two explorers who tried to (unsuccessfully) cross Australia in the 1800s. Apparently, they’re quite famous in Australia and have statues in Melbourne.

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Has anyone else messed up their Lent plans? How did you recover?

Back to the Australian eats…have you ever tried kangaroo? What did you think of it?