Kansas City Shuffle | The Rocks

Among the hustle and bustle of a busy working day, you sometimes forget how important food is to ensure that both your energy levels are high, and you are not left feeling drained. If you are anything like me, you would opt for the easy option and grab a coffee. Well, let me be the first to tell you that it is probably not the healthiest option. 

If you work near Wynyard or Circular Quay, then you are in for a delight. Not only do they have some delicious coffees and donuts to give you that "pick me up" you most definitely need, but they also offer a wide range of bright and healthy options to help fill your stomach and replenish your energy, most of which we will be writing about in this post. However, if you want something a little naughty, they can also cater for you.

We started off the afternoon with a coffee. Matt ordered his regular cappuccino as it is his go-to coffee. Within only minutes, the coffee was finished! It was very smooth and guess what, no burnt bits (woooh!). The other notable thing is the coffee art. While it's no longer a rare talent, it is still very hard to master and we appreciate the effort taken to make these coffee art creations. 

Lamb salad with black barley, smoked eggplant, yoghurt and dukkah
This dish was phenomenal but believe it or not, it was not our favourite! The lamb was cooked perfectly as it was simply falling apart, no knife required! Not only that, the lamb was crispy on the outside, yet still remains very moist internally. Then let me draw your attention to our personal favourite of this dish, the mint . It was so refreshing, almost like a tzatziki dip and worked perfectly in cohesion with the lamb. Did we also forget to mention how healthy this dish is?

Beef brisket on a waffle with a poached egg
We kind of took a step away from the healthy menu for a minute and were treated to the above waffle. It's not just ANY waffle though, this waffle was topped with beef brisket and a poached egg!! Never have we thought this combination of food would work so well.. 

The KCS Cuban Sandwich with berkshire pork belly, ham off the bone, cheese, pickles and mustard
You would think that it would be hard to follow up those last two dishes, they were full of vibrant colours and popping with unique flavours. After one bite, everyone's eyes lit up and within what only felt like moments, our plates were clean and we were left wanting more. This sandwich was to die for, we are planning to go back primarily to eat this dish again. 

While it was not your normal cuban, it was a close replication of it. This dish has earned our pick for the day, and we really encourage you to try this for yourself. You will be amazed at how quickly you can fall in love with two pieces of grilled bread.
Trust me, I almost proposed to this sandwich instead...

Chia pudding with seasonal berries, puffed grains and hazelnuts
How beautiful is this dish presented?
Not only does it look amazing, it is very healthy for you as well! 

Pancake with lemon curd, blueberries, cream cheese parfait and smoked almonds
This was one of the fluffiest chiffon pancake we have ever had. The picture does not give this pancake justice, as it was easily twice the size as a regular pancake, if not more.

These donuts are strictly limited and only available at Kansas City Shuffle. They are made fresh daily by Simon Says Donuts and come in a variety of different flavours. It's just a little too easy to "have another"... 

StrangeLove organic soft drinks
On the way out, we were treated with a goody bag with three types of soda. That blood orange and chilli drink was amazing, definitely order one if you get the chance to.

Kayne was introduced to us as the man behind the amazing food you have just witnessed. What is it about the hipster look that makes a great chef? Perhaps all chefs just have that urge to grow an awesome beard to hide their recipes in. Either way, Kayne did an amazing job with explaining his creations to us. We loved dining here!

A very big thank you to Benny who co-owns this establishment. We appreciate your hospitality and congratulate you on what seems to be a very successful business venture.

Snapshots of Food was invited to dine here by Wasamedia and Kansas City Shuffle. All opinions are our own and we feel very privileged to be treated to such an amazing lunch.

Kansas City Shuffle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Catering Project | Catering Services Sydney

The Catering Project (Bowery Lane's sister company) delivers crafted wholesome refined rustic catering and events Sydney wide! Their food is made for sharing, enjoyment and inspiration. The Catering Project includes - not just your average morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea selections - but a whole range including breakfast, canapes, grazing tables, cocktail parties, sit-down events, beverage and scroll down to reveal what else they offer. Before I get carried away, let me entice your tastebuds.... Let's jump straight into the canapes and finger food selection. We sampled the build on site canape menu including:

Roasted beetroot and parsnip soup with toasted baguette wrapped with salami and cheese
These shot sized soup were perfect to give your tastebud a kick. Loved the combination of the toasted baguette with salami. 

Pumpkin persian feta arancini
This was one of the naughty dishes (in my eyes) but unfortunately it was a miss for us. It was missing some sort of dip. Perhaps a tomato salsa? We love bold flavours.

Pork Belly, agave and green mango salsa
Bursting with flavour, this dish was definitely tasty. It would have been much better if the fat had been rendered and then fried crispy!

Harvey bay scallop with spiced pea puree
You could see these scallops from a mile away, there is just something special serving scallops in the shell (or is this just me?) - I wasn't a big fan of the pea puree (also didn't know it was supposed to be spiced)

Boneless lamb shank pie with puff pastry tops cooked in mini jar 
This was my favourite from the evening. I am so glad that I was able to sample this dish. It was slightly sweeter than your usual pie but, let me tell you... this tasted like heaven. I loved, LOVED the lamb shank pie (puff pastry was SO NOT NEEDED) - actually, I slurped my way and made sure my mini jar was cleaned. I saw the beef version but couldn't fit anything else in my tummy. If you ever want to impress a client or have a fancy work function, don't forget to order these!!!!!!!!

These bite size baguettes were addictive. I dare say these would be gone in seconds!

BBQ duck/pork, oriental pancake, hoisin and spring onion
I wasn't sure if these were duck or pork (menu states duck but I think it's pork) but it tasted like peking duck pancake (but I think that's majority from the hoisin sauce) either way, delicious and addictive! I think I had TWO!

Salted caramel and chocolate tart
Very rich in flavour and dangerous - it's so little you could keep going for seconds. Don't be fooled!
Also, don't forget to lick that salted caramel from the base. Mmmmmm....

Raspberry marshmallow and chocolate tart
Perfection in a bite size piece. I think these were the highlights of the evening. They definitely stole all the attention of the night as everyone wanted to get their hands on one.

The mango pudding with coconut sago tart (top) was TO DIE FOR and the Lychee and Raspberry tart (bottom) was so aromatic.. just let it sit and melt in your mouth.......

 Vegetarian canape collection.
Here you will find roast pumpkin, persian feta and olive tapanade and the kale and brocooli, woodside goats curd and cherry tomato tart. I might just excuse myself now and gobble down another tart. They are bite size so it's harmless right? 

The Catering Project's homemade juices immediately grabbed my attention. Their juices range from the classic orange juice, green power juice and cleanser juice.

Cleanser juice: beetroot, carrot, ginger and watermelon.
Wasn't overly sweet and was defnitely enjoyable. I had some chunky bits but that only shows it's freshly made right? I love the packaging because it comes with stripy straws!

Charcuterie collection 
Selection of premium charcuterie, conichons, picked onions, aged cheddar twists accompanied by sliced baguettes, marinated olives, onion jam and pineapple relish. Whilst we only took a picture of the meat, we made sure to grab a sliced baguette before it ran out.

I mentioned before that The Catering Project is not your average catering service because.... they also cater for BUFFET packages - we took a few snapshots of their display.

Tendorloin of beef, mushroom compote, beetroot jus and crispy potatoes

Oven roasted chickens with lemon thyme sauce

Quinoa salad with beetroot, pumpkin and feta

But don't worry, if you are into the more traditional catering type food, The Catering Project can certainly accommodate for your needs.

You can order a selection of mini savoury tarts.

Or if you're feeling naughty (and to temporarily interrupt your diet), you can have these pies and frittata.

But most importantly, a full stomach cannot happen without some carbs right? So get those carbs in you with the slider collection. The flavours of these sliders will make you drool. There are way too many flavours to list so browse the menu for more information (link at the end of this post)

What's better than a classic sandwich for morning or afternoon tea? I enjoy downtime somedays and appreciate a simple egg and mayo sandwich.

To accompany your lunch or if you just feel super healthy, you can choose this green beans, snow peas poppy seeds and lemon vinaigrette salad. Or if that doesn't hit the mark, you can select the picked vegetable salad (below) for some colour 
(because we all know, we eat with our eyes don't we?) 

If you told me catering services provide you with salmon that looks so perfect, I wouldn't believe you. But having seen it with my own eyes, I was gobsmacked. You can find this in The Catering Project's lunch collection.

Seasonal fruit collection to satisfy your morning or afternoon tea needs. Instead of ducking out to grab a coffee in your 15 min break, why not get some fresh fruit in your system?!

Nutella, salted caramel and praline, strawberry white chocolate croissants are "better than cronuts" says Matt. You can also find in The Catering Project's NYC pastry collection assorted fruit and cinnamon danish as well.

Loaf collection - you can find banana, blueberry and apple, raspberry and white chocolate, milk chocolate and coconut, carrot, apple and macadamia and the list goes on.

I've included the links for you below if you would like more information or would like to place an order (hint hint, *nudge nudge* if anyone is reading this from my workplace) 

 The Catering Project 
Breakfast project menu
Morning and afternoon tea project menu
Lunch project menu
Buffet project menu
Canape and Grazing project menu
Beverages project menu

Thank you to The Catering Project, The Porter and Wasamedia for having us sample great food with great company.