I met my gorgeous uni friends at the Rooftop Bar today and it was so lovely to sit out in the sun. We had burgers chips and a yummy lemon lime and bitters.
About a week ago I visited Cafe Twenty & Six, my friend Baz recommended it to me and told me the food is delicious.
I was super tempted to have the Aphrodite ( Brioche french toast, poached peach, creme patissiere, roasted almond ice cream) but I was good and opted for a healthier breakfast because I really need to start making better food choices and minimise some of this extra ‘winter weight’ that seems to have appeared out of nowhere.
I ordered ‘The Cleanse’ ; Green apple and strawberry bircher muesli w/rosewater, puffed grains, toffeed hazelnuts. Yum. So good and so fresh. Obviously I had a latte as well, these days I have converted to having regular lattes not skinny ones. And guess what, it is so much tastier and better for you. I might talk about my milk ideas some other time, if I remember to.
There is a cute courtyard out the back that you can sit in, but I sat inside because they were about to change over to there ‘Bluebonnet BBQ’ ( Not sure whether they are still doing that but it was on from 12-9 Friday and Saturday.
I had some men that were sitting next to me having coffees and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. One of them was telling the others to take notice of the milk crates on the wall (you can see them in my first picture), he was like, ‘at first they look like ordinary crates, but take a closer look, they are laser cut wood, great art work, something like that would cost quite a bit.’ He also told them to check out the table legs, I wasn’t able to get a photo but when you go, take a look, from memory they look like metal pipes.
I also loved that you don’t have to pay for parking. North Melbourne unlike Richmond has free parking for up to one hour. And there was plenty of it.
I think I have to go back for the pancakes.
What: Twenty & Six
Where: 594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Call: 03 9329 0298
Hours: Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri – 7:30am-3:30pm & Sat/Sun: 8am – 3:30pm. Closed Tuesdays
I had the day off on Saturday to do uni work and decided to head out the The Mailing Room. It is in the Cafe Guide and I hadn’t been there before. One more cafe I can now tick off my list.
I started off with a skinny latte, then I had some home made organic crumpets and then I tried an aeropress filtered coffee. The blend I tried was ‘Ethiopia Hachira N2′ it was really good. The other menu options seemed great but I had already had french toast for breakfast so I wasn’t that hungry.
I sat on the communal table and started off some of my essay writing. The staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful.
206 Canterbury Road, Canterbury
03 9836 9889
On Saturday night I met up with my two sweet friends Andrea and Ash for dinner. As you can see, we went to Hairy Canary, I’ve been there a couple of times this year. The highlight for me on Saturday night was the eggplant chips. I could have eaten the whole plate myself, I think there were 9 strips of eggplant. I guess it was a good thing that we were sharing, which meant that I couldn’t over-indulge on them.
The address for Hairy Canary is: 212 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.
I decided to include this because I noticed the address is often lacking on reviews on Urban Spoon and it is annoying to have to go back to urban spoon to find out where things are.
The days I love the most are the days when I can actually tick things off of lists that I have of things to do or adding things to a list of things I have done.
I don’t know if you guys are like me too, or whether it’s just me that loves doing new things, different things all the time. But I just really love it. I love knowing about things. I love knowing where things are, what they are, what they feel like, look like, smell like, taste like etc etc etc.
New experiences make me happy.
My new experience today was Harajuku Crepes. I have passed this place so, so, so many times in the last six years that I have lived in Melbourne and cannot believe tonight was the first time having them. Was it good? Ummm… how can crepes with nuttella and custard and strawberries not be good? Yes it was good.
My flavour was the Strawberry Delight. There were so many to choose from so I just picked the first one I read. It was $6.90. A tiny bit pricy for what you get, maybe, but it is ok because it is just a sometimes food. I will have it again. Some of the other choices were very appetising.
Shop I 48 Knox Place
After I finished work tonight at 7 I headed into Fitzroy with a couple of my friends. I’d heard about this cool new nitrogen ice cream place that had recently opened.
N2 Extreme Gelati is on 329 Brunswick street in Fitzroy and is a must visit. I had banana with crushed peanut. Emma had sour cream and chocolate, and Badra had their special strawberry\pop rock/marshmallow/cornflake flavour.
They make them with N2 so it’s so cool to watch.(pun intended). I liked the set up, and the menu boards:
- 1scoop $6
- 2 scoops you don’t need it
- t2 hot tea $3.50
- happiness included ( just like gst)
- sadness go elsewhere
The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 came out today. This is the third one I’ve owned. The 2011 one inspired my idea to go on a Cafe Mission. The link there is to my Cafe Blog. I basically try to visit as many of the cafes I can until the next one comes out.
There are 304 cafes in this years guide and I have been to 77 of them, so my aim is to visit the other 227 by the time the 2014 guide comes out.
( The illustration of the book is done by myself using watercolour. )
As I was thinking about my words for this post I came to a realisation… maybe the three extra kilos I’ve stacked on are a result of my Saturday tradition? I think I will just ignore this idea and maybe just do an extra half an hour exercise each week. Yes I think this is what I will do.
My Saturday tradition involves me walking down to Movida Bakery either on my own or with one of my friends, ordering a skinny latte and an amazing donut, I usually go for berry flavoured filling, or salted caramel. This Saturdays however I specifically went to sample something new; Movida Bakery’s “Dossant”.
Before I explain it to you here are some other names that were considered for this new pastry:
Cronut, Croisnut, Crodough, Doghnets, MoDo and DoVida.
It is a donut-croissant! The idea came from someone in New York called Dominique Ansel and MoVida have adapted it to their own. Mine pictured below is filled with, i think, raspberry and rhubarb custard. Delicious. And this is another reason why Saturday tradition must go on.
3 Tivoli Road
What i love most is going to new places, spending time with my friends and lattes.
I spent the first day of my holidays catching up with my best friend Andrea at Gardiner and Field in Armadale.
Saturday past I went on a lovely adventure around Stonnington with a handful of very gorgeous and Melbourne savvy women.
It was basically a day filled with sunshine, sweetness, lattes, fashion, delicious burgers, dutch beauties, champagne, and mexican collectibles.
I know that seems like some kind of sweet talking but that’s exactly how it was. Please do admire my photography from the day.
The adventure began at Lisa Barron. Lisa kindly gave us a tour of her atelier which is located behind and above her store on High Street in Armadale. This was the first time that I had ever seen a designers studio and workroom in real life. So you can imagine how inspiring that was for me especially because I’m now a fashion design student.
Lisa was my favourite of the day because I feel like I really connected with her and she is also exactly who I aspire to become once I get into the fashion industry. Lisa explained to us how she moved to Melbourne from Perth at the age of 21 to pursue her dreams to have her own label. She began selling her dresses in some stores along Chapel Street and here she is this year celebrating 30 years of fashion creation.
I had a chance to speak to her and hopefully I will be doing some work experience with her on my midyear uni break.
Then we visited Hans at The House of Orange.
Hans brings us a wide range of Dutch inspired furniture and home wares which are all produced locally and made to order in Prahran.
The aesthetic of the furniture is simple, natural and clean. Hans was explaining to us that the idea is to start with the basics; table and couch being in neutral colours like greys, whites and then accessorising with splashes of colour.
The top picture is myself and Hans and below next to the bike is the lovely Iolanthe from Ruby Slipper Consultants.
Next we ventured over to Market Import. As you can see from the images above there are so, so, so many beautiful things to look at. Market Import is the perfect place for those interesting decorating pieces that every house needs and also great for gift ideas. I particularly appreciated the wide range of Mexican pieces available in store. I could have spent the whole day browsing around.
And then it became lunch time and we were all so hungry after our morning adventures. We stopped off at Parlour Diner on Chapel Street.
That is my burger pictured above. It was superb. I had the Parlour Burger: 8oz Beef Patty, Tomato, Lettuce, Cheese and pickles and to drink a tasty Guava Jarritos. We all shared some curly fries and onion rings. My mouth is watering no after looking at the burger. I need to go back here.
Then some dessert was totally necessary and we got our fix from ‘The Red Balloon’. Here we are introduced to Pascal the owner a fellow candy artisan. We were able to watch them make some gorgeous candy that has been ordered for a baby shower. Such an amazing process and they are so clever to be able to make hard candy like this.
In the image above you see Brittany taking part in a blindfold candy taste test, which is actually harder than you may think. And the candy is also even more amazing and flavoursome than you could ever imagine.
Being in Melbourne our adventure would naturally need to end up at a coffee place. And naturally we were taken to Market Lane Coffee.
Here we sampled a Pour Over coffee. This was the second time I’d tried a pour over and even though I am a latte fan I wouldn’t mind swapping over to becoming a pour over fan. They had brewed the Juan Ticona blend for us which comes from Brazil. The best thing I think about Pour Over’s is that you can very easily make it at home and Market Lane Coffee provides everything you need to do this.
In the image above you see the lovely Sarah from Sarah’s Style Emporium talking to a staff member at the cafe, and the bottom coffee is of myself and all the beautiful bloggers who where taking part of the Stonnington ‘Discover Your Own Backyard’ Adventure.
The last place we visited was The Lyall Hotel and Spa where we began to relax and enjoyed some champagne with and finger food and reflected on our big day around Stonnington.
In between each place that I’ve mentioned we ventured in and out of boutiques and my favourite pocket would have to be between Greville Street Prahran and St Edmonds. I’m so happy I went on this adventure and it was slightly ironic because I actually live in South Yarra so I was literally discovering my own backyard. I hadn’t been to many of the places we visited and it definitely shows that sometimes one needs to look no farther than there own backyard. I will definitely try my best to pay more attention to what I come across in my day to day adventures around my neighbourhood as I’m sure this is only the beginning of what else is out there.