Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Eating Out: Mandala Organic Arts Cafe and All-Time Coffee Co Doughnuts

After our big day of eating many things, we decided that the best way to follow that up the next day was with more eating!

We headed to the Gold Coast to sample some of the delights down there. Normally, I head straight for yum cha. However J is not the biggest fan of yum cha (I know, I am shocked). Instead we went to Mandala Organic Arts Cafe. I'd actually been keen to try out some of their brunch options for a while, but I kept on getting distracted by yum cha. But it is good to try out some other places every once and a while!

Because it was brunch time, we all had brunch things! J had the Tofu Omelet ($16), and Leigh had the Brunch Burger ($14). I chose the Benedict ($16), which had mushrooms, spinach, coconut bacon and hollandaise. It was nice!

Tofu Omelet at Mandala


Breakfast Burger at Mandala


Benedict at Mandala


Mandala is well known for their pizzas, so we ordered a small Margherita ($16) to share. Yum.

Margherita Pizza at Mandala


We had also pre-ordered some doughnuts from All Time Coffee Co to take back with us. We got an assortment of flavours, but my favourite is the jam and then the Notella (both pictured here).

Notella and Jam Doughnut from All Time Coffee Co


Afterwards, we headed back to Brisbane via Daily Hill State Forest to see if we could find some wildlife for J. While Daisy Hill does have a Koala Centre, we are not about seeing animals in captivity. We took one of their walks to see if we could see any furry friends out and about. It wasn't looking promising, but right as we got to the end of the walk we saw two cute wallabies! One was shy and hopped off behind some bushes, but the other was quite brave. We didn't try to pat them, of course, but just enjoyed as they came a little closer doing their Wallaby things.

Wallaby


After all that excitement, it was back to Brisbane to spend the afternoon hugging my cats before thinking about dinner.

Mandala Organic Arts Cafe - 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, QLD - (07) 5679 1762

All Time Coffee Co - 1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, QLD

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim Toes


Dim Sim has black beans for toes!

14 comments:

  1. All of the brunch entrees look amazing! And pizza for brunch, yes please!
    I love seeing the picture of the wallaby! I have always loved them.
    Dim Sum toes!!

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    1. Pizza is great any time of the day. :)

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  2. You always seem to find such great donuts! What a nice treat meeting a wallaby on your walk.

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    1. We live in a good doughnut area, thankfully!

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  3. Hugging cats seems to be the purrfect thing to do while thinking about dinner :)
    I love that there is a place called Mermaid Beach!!

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    1. Just inland from Mermaid Beach is Mermaid Waters. I have never seen a mermaid at either, but I remain hopeful. ;)

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  4. Yum, your brunch looks great! And how neat to see a wallaby out in nature! Dim Sim's toe beans are so cute! :)

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  5. OMG, that wallaby!!! <3 Also, all the brunch things look fantastic, especially those doughnuts.

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    1. We have a pretty strong doughnut game down here!

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  6. OMG! I would flip out if I saw a wallaby in real life!

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    1. You know what you have to do.... come and visit! ;)

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  7. That benedict looks AMAZING! All of those delicious mushrooms!! I'm kind of a mushroom freak. I may be drooling slightly over here.
    Everything looks good actually, especially the benedict and pizza though.
    I could go for a notella doughnut right about now ;p
    EEK! Wallabies (?) are SO CUTE!!

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    1. Mushrooms are amazing, I love them! The benedict was great.

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