Woah Nelly Doughnuts Pop Up

  

Sydney

I have to admit, I’m not much of a doughnut person. Personally, I’ve never seen the attraction with these big rings of bland dough or greasy batter, topped off with sickly sweet icing. But some doughnuts look too good to pass up at least a try. 
  

  
Woah Nelly doughnuts are usually reserved for those who wish to order six or more, ahead of time, to be delivered on a Friday. I wouldn’t exactly label them as ” easily available”. So, when you receive word that they will be hosting a pop up at one of your favourite coffee spots for one day only; no pre-planned ordering, no quantity minimums, just the casual, in-person exchange of the goods you want for the price they charge; you take the opportunity. 
 
At $5 each, they were a little pricier than the usual catering price, but when they are covered in a variety of sauces and crunchy bits, then placed neatly in a cardboard burger box, it seems easy to let that minor detail slip. 
  
So, where they enough to convert this proclaimed doughnut-unenthusiast into someone who thinks that doughnuts could, maybe, be in an appropriate treat of choice sometimes? I can only speak for one flavour, but yes! Predictably, I went for the salted caramel and pretzel (whilst maple bacon does sound pretty exciting, bacon is another food I don’t understand the wide spread fascination with).
The texture/softness of the dough was perfect; not too doughy or bread roll like. The salted caramel icing was just the right consistency to stick to the doughnut without causing any mess, yet runny enough to provide a contrast to the crispy bits of broken pretzel. The two flavours complemented each other well, without any expense spared to ensure that the caramel was suitably salty. 
  
It’s unlikely that I will start ordering these doughnuts, even as a Friday afternoon work treat, but if Woah Nelly starting doing more physical pop ups like this, it’s definitely something I’d go out of my way for. 
Atmosphere: 4/5 (not really an atmosphere score given it was a pop up at another cafe, but I give points for the packaging)
Value: 3/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall: 8/10

Sydney’s Best Almond Croissants

Almond Croissants are underrated to say the least. Although a staple of most bakeries/patisseries, they are never given as much credit as their more prominent cousin; the original croissant. Alas, they have the potential to blend the crispyness and buttery goodness of a croissant with the doughy, sweetness of a cake. Needless to say, it’s time we had a list to celebrate these perfect creations and pay our respects to those who do them the well.

These are the best almond croissants in Sydney.

1 – La Renaissance $5/$6.50 (takeaway/eat in) The Rocks

Apparently they sell over 1000 of these weekly making it a clear specialty and they are pretty good. One of the more buttery tasting almond croissants I’ve had, the outside is slightly crunchy with a multitude of almonds and icing sugar scattered over. This houses a delicious cakey core that still resembles a traditional croissant. Let’s just ignore the horrendous $1.50 eat in charge. 

2 – Brickfields $5 Chippendale
These guys get the all important balance between a flaky, crisp shell and soft inner just right. It tastes like they add a slight amount of honey to the outside and cinnamon to the filling and the whole thing is best described as sitting proudly between a standard croissant and almond croissant.
3 – Infinity Bakery $4.50 Darlinghurst
These things are not for the faint-hearted. They’re friggin’ massive. They are also probably the closest thing to a traditional almond croissant I’ve found. Originally almond croissants were a deformation of stale croissants so that they could still be used. Patisseries would take the once crispy, now soft croissant and dress it in almond paste and flakes. That’s largely what this is and it goes down a treat.
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4 – Bourke Street Bakery $4.50 Surry Hills
Quite heavy and cakey, this resembles more of a bun than a croissant. It’s the same size/shape as a pain au chcocolate, but soft and with a substantial amount of almond filling that is almost creamy It’s pretty damn tasty but I’m not sure that it is entirely what I look for in an almond croissant.
5 – Central Baking Depot $4.40 Sydney
The hordes of people hanging around here every morning are not misled. As you enter, you are greeted with the thick smell of various tempting pastries. Their almond croissants seemed to have diminished in size over the years but are still quite a generous snack. They blend their soft, cake-lie interior with a slightly crispy outer shell. Nicely done.
IMG_35637 – Flour and Stone $4.50 Woolloomooloo
They may well be known for their lamingtons, but how does their take on the humble almond croissant compare? Well, it’s a little hard to ran them amongst their peers, because their almong croissant is a lot more like a standard croissant. Rather than being soft and cakey, it’s firm and crunchy with icing sugar and almond slivers scattered on top. Whether or not it makes it better is a matter of personal taste, and personally, I really like them.
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8 – Sonoma $5 Glebe
The Sonoma almond croissant is soft and tasty but really pushes on the boundary of cake/bun rather than a croissant. It’s quite soft all the way through with no crisp coming from the shell. It’s still a decent size and offering though.

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Sydney’s Best Specialty Cold Coffee

With every man and his dog now offering cold brew/drip coffee, not to mention the classic iced coffee that been around for eons, the time has come for cafes to push the boundaries of cold coffee to stand out. Here are some of the most interesting specialty offerings to get your caffeine addiction through the warmer months…or what’s left of them.

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Mecca Espresso Shakerato $4 (Ultimo)

This one is all about that extra slap in the face, with not one, but two espresso shots, shaken with sugar syrup. Unfortunately, the take away form comes in a jar, and although we can see that for this drink there’s a particular logic; lid on and shake; it’s still embarrassing to be seen walking around with. 


Rueben Hills Coffee Slushi with Panella $6 (Surry Hills)
There aren’t too many options out there for slushis that will provide you with a caffeine hit, but Rueben Hills should be all you need. The coffee flavours comes out a lot more than expected, and $6 for a good quality shake ain’t too bad either.
Take Coffee Vietnamese Coconut Coffee $5.40 (Marrickville)
The sweetness of the condensed milk and coconut in here isn’t enough to overpower the richness of the coffee; you get the best of both worlds. A bit heavier than a frappe but very refreshing none the less. Those who are more adventurous might want to try the coffee and avocado shake.
Coffee Alchemy The Sparkler $7 (Marrickville)
Ever heard of coffee fresh on tap? If so, it was probably from Coffee Alchemy. Get ice cold coffee in a matter of seconds, mixed with sparkling water for one very refreshing brew. And how does it taste? Well pretty much exactly like black coffee mixed with sparkling water. They rotate the beans used regularly though, so you’ll get something a little different every time.
Don Campos Tom Thumb $5.50 (Alexandria)
Don Campos offer a selection of cold summer specials; cold drop, spritzer; but the Tom Thumb is the stand out. Mixed up in your coffee, you’ll have refreshing lemon sorbet, fresh lime and mint for the ultimate summer blend. It’s kind of like a cocktail of the coffee world, with caffeine to replace alcohol.
Piccolo Me  Lemon and Rose Water Cold Drip $5.90 (CBD)
Piccolo Me are good at their sweet concoctions, both hot and cold. This particular edition is not your average cold brew- it has a twist each of lemon juice and rose to give it that something special. They also have an extensive range of flavoured iced coffees; the most notable being the Nutella iced coffee.
See the full list.

 
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