The Aussie Grind

I’ve never had the chance to go to Australia, but I got to taste a little bit of it this weekend at The Aussie Grind in Frisco! My dad and I are always looking for new quirky breakfast spots to try, so when we found out about a new Australian-style brunch place that had just opened near our house, we knew we needed to check it out.

My dad and I both like coffee, so we decided to try a flat white– a style of coffee that originated in Australia. Since The Aussie Grind is authentically Australian (the owners moved to Texas from Australia in 2018), we knew that this was the perfect place to put flat white coffee to the test.

Verdict: it was so tasty! The presentation was beautiful and it tasted good, too. Since I’m used to sweet coffee, I made it about halfway through before adding sugar packets in. (Oops!)

I soon found out that Australian food is similar to American food, but with a twist. Being who I am, I decided to get the Avo Smash– a proclaimed “staple” on their menu. I thought it was super interesting that they served the avocado toast on sourdough bread. I’m used to eating my avocado toast on plain white bread, so the sourdough definitely elevated it a bit. I might have to get some sourdough at Trader Joe’s once I get back to Austin and try to make Avo Smash at home! Also, I’m not sure what they did to those scrambled eggs, but they were amazing– seriously some of the best eggs I’ve ever had.

By the time we left, I was riding a super strong caffeine/sugar high from that flat white coffee. The Aussie Grind has tons of other interesting options on their menu, so I want to come back next time I’m in town and see what else they have to offer! I tried my dad’s Breakfast Gnocchi, and that was top-tier as well. The Hotcakes intrigue me, but might be best saved for a day when dessert-for-breakfast sounds appealing (it’s pancakes served with cotton candy and vanilla ice cream!)

If you’re in the Frisco area looking for a fresh take on American brunch food, I highly recommend The Aussie Grind. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, though, so plan to go early!

-K

The Simple Joys of Avocado Toast

A meal that I was really into this summer that I kinda forgot about over the course of fall semester is avocado toast. While this meal is often stereotyped as “basic,” I promise it really does live up to the hype.

My preferred way to eat avocado toast is what is pictured above: mashed avocado on thinly sliced white bread, topped with salt/pepper and feta cheese, with roma tomatoes on the side. The fats in the avocado make it so filling, and I’m easily satisfied for hours afterwards. For me, the game changer is the feta cheese: I put feta on just about everything, so it would make sense that I would put it on my toast, too.

Eggs (scrambled or fried) are also egg-celent (ha, ha) sides to add to your avocado toast. You can easily put them on top for a fresh taste combination or keep them on the side to enjoy separately. When I’m not in a rush, scrambled eggs are a breakfast favorite of mine because they’re just so easy. I haven’t mastered fried eggs yet, but maybe soon.

When I’m feeling particularly spicy, I’ll add hot sauce to my avocado toast combo. My personal favorite brand is Louisiana Hot Sauce, but any hot sauce will do. I find that the heat from the hot sauce balances with the avocado and feta cheese and isn’t too overpowering. (But I’ve also been eating Louisiana Hot Sauce daily for 3 years now, so maybe I’m just used to it.)

How do you eat your avocado toast? I would love some suggestions!

-K