Category Archives: Eating Out In Melbourne

doughnuts and nail art

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As well as looking out for cool cafes and burger places in Melbourne, I am also looking for yummy doughnuts. I’ll try and make a list one of these days of all the places I’ve found and post it up here.

I went to Walker’s Doughnuts the other day, I don’t mind them, and they are convenient as they are opposite Flinders station on the corner of Flinders Street and Elizabeth street.

These last few days I have been homebound with a cold which is not very exciting. So to keep busy I gave myself  a CommePlay manicure, and my sister a kitty cat manicure. And because it is so fun I have decided to be a nail artist. No not really, but wouldn’t that be such a great job? I was going to apply to TrophyWifeNail Art but then realised I am too busy trying to be a fashion designer and so have no time to also pursue a career as a nail artist. insert sad face here. So in the mean time I will just decorate the nails of anyone that will let me.

 

Jx

 

p.s. illustrations done by me

 

Links

Walker’s Doughnuts

Comme Play

Trophy Wife Nail Art

top paddock

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Today I had the day off and had the best time.

I caught up with my sweet friend Kate (who you can see in the first picture). We went to Top Paddock for breakfast. Kate had the hotcakes, which are my favourite. And I had the porridge ( in the second picture). I didn’t have hotcakes today because I am trying to eat healthier. Kate and I went into Space furniture store ( I go in there every time I go to Top Paddock) and probably spent an hour sitting in some new, fancy, expensive arm chairs and had very inspiring conversations.

I wish I can be rich enough to be able to shop in that store one day.

After that we went for a bit of a walk, the sun was out today which made it extra lovely.

 

 

Jx

 

Links:

Top Paddock

Space Furniture

good cafe guide 2014

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Want to know what my favourite day of the year is?

 

It is the day this book comes out. The Age Good Cafe Guide.  This is the third year that I have bought it, and I can say without a doubt that it has improved my life. Seriously.

 

Basically what I do is, I pick one highlighter colour, and I turn to the back (there is an alphabetical listing of all the cafes reviewed in the book) and I highlight all the cafes that I have been to. Then because I’m slightly kooky, I count how many cafes there are  (this new one has 311) and then I count how many I have been to ( I have been to 80 in this book) and then I start my mission. And then I get a new highlighter colour and highlight all the new ones I go to.

 

My mission is to drink all the coffee in Melbourne. No, not really. But actually each year I try and go to all the cafes listed in the guide. It’s actually really fun, and it’s cool because Matt Holden and his team do a great job and pick really good cafes.

 

So this new guide came out this week and I bought it at Dymocks for $9.95. If you can wait ( I couldn’t), you can buy it with The Age on Sunday for $5.00.

 

Jx

 

LINKS

My cafe mission blog 

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2014

Andrews Hamburgers

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144 Bridport St, West Albert Park

I went to Andrews Hamburgers last week with my sister. Looking at the photos is making me so hungry for a burger right now. I didn’t have free time this week to go out and try a new place. I think that means I need to have at least two burgers next week.

Andrews Hamburgers gets the thumbs up from me and my sister, who actually took her fiance there a couple days later because she loved it so much.

I can’t remember what mine was called, I think it was just called plain. It was just the basic one $7.50 and I added cheese for $1.00. I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t a juicy, saucy burger and the burger to bun ration was spot on. It was different to the other burgers I have had so far because it had cabbage and lettuce.

As I was eating, I overheard some German tourists saying it was the best burger they have ever had. So yeah, I don’t know if I can say that, but I would totally go back.

You might find it a little intimidating when you walk in because I did, there is some serious burger making going on in there, noone really said hi when I walked in and it was a little bit tricky to see the menu. I think I felt this way because in my mind I was expecting the same thing as MR Burger and Huxtaburber, where everything is clear and shiny and fancy. So if you do feel intimidated like me, just relax, don’t let that stop you, once the staff take your order you’ll realise they’re actually nice, just really busy.

Jx

Andrew's Hamburgers on Urbanspoon

Links:

Andrews Hamburgers Website

Andrews Hamburgers FaceBook

Mr Burger

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364 Chapel St, Sth Yarra

Second Burger stop was Mr Burger. Mr Burger used to be a food truck that went to random locations. They became so popular that they started opening actual stores.  I’d been here previously to the Melbourne CBD Store and I wasn’t hungry so only Alex had one. He had the Mr Burger ( Beef, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, Mustard, Mayonnaise & Tomato Sauce) $10. I remember that I really liked it when I had it ( I think I must like sloppy-saucy-style burgers), Alex thought it was only a little better than something you’d expect from say McDonalds.

I noticed this Sth Yarra Store had more seating than the one in the CBD which basically has no seating. I think the idea is takeaway style and not sit down, hang out style.

Jx

Mr Burger on Urbanspoon

Huxtaburger

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The best idea I ever had was to make a burger list.

It is so much fun. They are the best thing that you  could order. Almost every place you go offers at least one menu item as a burger. And I don’t think you could ever go wrong with ordering a burger, even a bad burger is still ok.

They are so incredibly delicious. Before making this list I knew people loved burgers but I had no idea they loved burgers this much. I have had all my friends contacting me and asking when we are going out to try a place on my list. Fun. And you would be impressed by the quantity and quality of burger conversations I have had and also other additions to my list.

I was trying to figure out how you would judge how good a burger is. I noticed the people at Burger Adventure use; ‘If you’re in the area’, ‘Don’t expect much’, ‘Don’t bother’, ‘Definitely’, ‘Go Now!’. And that’s quite a clever scale, I think over time I will try and develop my own.

I asked my friend Alex he is my official burger quest partner, and he said that a burger is either good or bad. You like it or you don’t. I also realised people have different tastes and expectations, some like sweet buns some don’t, some like saucy burgers some don’t. My other friend Matt thinks it’s all about the bun to meat ratio, and I think he is spot on. Anyway, the only way to find out how good they are is to go and eat them. Eat them all. Eat burgers every day. Forever.

 

The photo’s below are from Huxtaburger, 203 High Street Prahran.

I went with Alex, it was my second time I’d had Huxtaburger Burger I’d already been to the CBD store and this time I had the Huxtaburger ( beef pattie, mustard, mayo, tomato sauce, tomato, cheese, lettuce, pickles) $9.00.

Alex and I both enjoyed it. This was one of the sweet buns I mentioned, it is actually a sweet glazed brioche bun which is toasted before they put the burger together, which makes it crunchy and tasty.

 

Jx
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Link:

Huxtaburger

Burger List

Huxtaburger on Urbanspoon

Touchwood

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480 Bridge Road Richmond VIC

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I had a break this week from uni so I had time some spare time to spend with my friends and go out and check out some new cafes. I hung out with my friend Baz on Monday and he suggested Touchwood, he had been there over the weekend and said he wouldn’t mind going back.

It was great because there was not queue, I think you can wait up to 20 minutes for a table on the weekend not that that would have been a problem for me anyway because I always carry around my book with me and waiting time equals reading time, so I am always happy.

There is so much space in Touchwood, and it’s filled with light which creates a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Baz and I sat up near the counter on the long communal table which was nice, I like sitting in places that give me a good view of everything around me.

Baz ordered the Morning Grain Salad – Quinoa, freekeh, wild rice, rocket, toasted almonds, chai soaked raisins, cumin yoghurt, poached egg $16, and I ordered the Banana and blueberry wholemeal waffles, organic maple syrup, banana ricotta and strawberry dust $16.

Both great choices and very satisfying. I enjoyed the waffles especially because they were wholemeal, so they were lighter and healthier so no bloating than usual waffles and all the ingredients worked really well together. I had two coffees and enjoyed both.

We also had some interesting conversation about social media; what we think about it, what platforms we like to use, how we use it, how much we should/share, how it makes us feel, the importance of it, etc. We both felt the same way in that we actually do love to use it, that it is fun sharing what we’re up to with our friends and ‘followers’, that it is great being able to connect with so many more people, and that it actually does add value in our lives. I would love to continue a conversation on social media with anyone and would love to know your views.

Jx

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Touchwood on Urbanspoon

 

Links:

Touchwood Website

Touchwood Facebook

 

– Photography by me