Saire, a transplant from Detroit, looking more Parisian than American is the newest addition to the Belle & Bloom team accepting the role, Head of Digital Marketing. Saire, dressed in a stunning camel wool coat and black leather bag from the latest Belle & Bloom Autumn Winter collection, suggests we grab a coffee (strictly oat flat whites, she says) and meander through the East towards her favourite North Bondi Israeli cafe.
She discovered Shuk at the end of her ex-boyfriend's street, it's still at the end of his street but he's long gone, not her boyfriend anymore.
'Better the boyfriend than the cafe', she says.
We sit down, never having been there before, I let Saire do the ordering. She warns me that as an American, her biggest fear is running out of food.
'Everyday is basically an eating contest', she says.
We're surprised the wait isn't too long, we forgot to book.
'Let's start with Shakshuka! And wine! I don't trust a cafe that doesn't sell wine at breakfast', she says.
My first Sydney Shuk Shakshuka. It's a tomato/capsicum based dish with onion, eggs and olives served with sourdough for dipping.
'It's the best Shakshuka in Sydney', she says. I agree.
She asks for grapefruit even though it's not on the menu.
'They never have any grapefruit!'. She settles for a piece of flourless apple pie we share.
'We made the right decision' she says.
We part ways, Saire to the beach, me back Surry Hills, to the couch to watch Netflix in my food coma. Before I roll home she gifts me the River's Edge Plaid Shackut.
'It's a best seller', she says.
Remind me to write a thank you note.