Effortless meal #2 – warm salad of gooey omelette, tuna and tomato

It’s my final week up in Bendigo – YAY to no more cooking for ‘myself’. In an effort to try clear out what food I have in the fridge this is my haphazard attempt at throwing things together and hope to god it works. So how did it fair? Not bad at all! Surprisingly there … Continue reading

Café Vue at Heide

Heide Museum of Modern Art 7 Templestowe Rd Bulleen, 3105 03 9852 2346 In continuation of my previous post, hopefully I haven’t kept everyone in too long a suspension.         It was exactly midday (well maybe 5 minutes past midday…but who was counting), and there was already an epic 8 groups before us … Continue reading

Al’s photography #3 – Eccentric view of Heide

After a very annoying epic queue at Cafe Vue at Heide (shall have a post on the delish food here very soon), we enjoyed a good sun-bathing under the midday sun. Warm and mildly thawing at first, but was increasingly hot… Nonetheless, here were some interesting photos whilst me and my sister were eating lunch on the … Continue reading

Parisian Patisserie – number 2

19 Keilor Road Essendon After such a delightful experience last time, aside not being able to try everything, I have been eager to go again for quite some time!!! (see: previous post). So, on my way back from Bendigo (well it was sort of on the way, maybe a slight detour), I had to indulge my … Continue reading

Rifle Brigade Hotel

137 View St Bendigo 03 5443 4092 Another gem located at the top end of View St art precinct, recently taken over and restored to its past glory. The bar at the front has a pub rowdiness about it, which contrasted greatly with the restaurant’s dim lit warm, chatty vibe dining section.    Roast Duck … Continue reading

Al’s photography #2 – Out and about

It’s almost a daily occurance now that we’re getting refreshing blue skies that stretch towards the horizon. (Well at least parts of the day =P) Sheep grazing in the fields – on my way to Heathcote. Would’ve been nice if they turned around to look at me… or if I could get closer. Clearly too … Continue reading

Twenty 2

22 Williamson St Bendigo VIC 3550 (03) 5442 8228 Clear blue sky, warm gentle sunshine and gentle breeze – perfect day for a lunch outside. I was in the mood for having a salad. Wonder if it is a fiber craving? Either that or I am going nuts. So looking at the menu, I scan … Continue reading

Al’s Photography #1 – Spring upon Bendigo

Spring has started and much needed rainful has fallen, flowers are blooming, the grass is green… all i need is the right amount of blue & white in the sky! Not surprisingly with out recent weather, its been difficult to find the right weather conditions to take photos – a lot of gloomy wintry days and rain. … Continue reading

Eaglehawk Bakery Caffe

80 High Street Eaglehawk 3556 City of Greater Bendigo Voted “Victorian Bakery of the Year 2008-2009” with their award winning pies (12 awards last year in “Great Australian Pie Competition”) and touted as 2nd best vanilla slice in Victoria. It is known locally as the Bakery with the Penny Farthing Bike, a Mulga Bill Room … Continue reading

Introduction for beginners: Wine Tasting

After my attempt at writing up my post on Balgownie Estate & Sandhurst Ridge Winery, I decided I needed to move beyond my very non-descriptive terminology – this is high in tannins, or this is really smooth – so I decided I would research and write a short digest on the topic of wine tasting. The … Continue reading

Monk and me

9 Evans Pl Hawthorn East 03 9813 3261 Recently reading some good reviews (Food Rehab, Iron Chef Shellie) regarding Monk and Me’s Laksa, so I was convinced to try some. Located near Camberwell junction, Monk and Me is tucked away in a small lane and has a rather inconspicuous sign. The décor, however, is full … Continue reading

Balgownie Estate & Sandhurst Ridge Winery

Balgownie Estate Hermitage Rd Maiden Gully 03 5449 6222 Sandhurst Ridge Winery 156 Forest Drive Morang 03 5435 2534 Having an afternoon off, I decided to go acquaint myself with some local wineries. Was actually hoping to visit a number of them, but you will see why at the end of this post why I … Continue reading

Porgie and Mr Jones

*I’ve pulled this out from my old posts, thought it was well worth revisiting!* 291 Auburn rd Hawthorn Chic and cosy environment with rustic brick walls flanked by patches of blackboard-like walls, which are rightly decorated with chalk-white cheeky-cute “quotes”.        Toasted banana bread w/ maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote + crushed … Continue reading

Effortless meal #1 – Egg, pesto & avocado salad sandwich

It’s quite easy to fall into the trap of ‘nothing good can be done quickly’, especially if you’re comparing with super complex & involved recipes with a million ingredients. If one had time who wouldn’t want to be eating that at home. Trying new things, mixing things around, keeping it simple are key to keeping … Continue reading

Sandhurst Club – Bendigo

14 View st Bendigo 5442 3070 I was kindly invited by my supervising GP to attend a drug-rep. dinner at Sandhurst Club (I’ve heard it was quite an exclusive club in Bendigo – not so long ago there was a debate over allowing female memberships.) Locating the double-story brick mansion overlooking Rosalind Park without any … Continue reading

Gallery Café – Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery 42 View St Bendigo During my almost 2 hour lunch break from the GP practice (LOLz), I decided to abscond to a nice cafe adjoining the Bendigo art gallery (recommended by Majella from Parisian Patisserie – Bendigo local). Not realsiing there was a “back” entrance I happily strolled though half the gallery… … Continue reading

Bath Lane Café – Legend Burger

13 Bath Lane Bendigo CAUTION: please continue eating (reading) at your own risk. You may become very very very full and get heartburn!Touted on the menu as the best burger in town (see also Half-Eaten’s review), I had quite the expectation for this “Legend Burger”. After waiting a decent 15 minutes (fairly efficient given the … Continue reading

Green Olive Cafe

*Just a quick review, for a quick lunch* =) Warm & inviting ambience, with quite a few interesting things scattered across the walls and displays.             Chicken & pesto risotto – mildly overcooked risotto (not quite al dente) with tender strips of chicken marinated with a pesto-basil oil (a little too subtle … Continue reading

Ibuki (伊吹)

321 Flinders Lane CBD Melbourne (Grand Mercure Flinders Lane Apartments) Having acquired Crowdmass vouchers ($45 for $100 value), my sister had after a couple of failed attempts at reservations, we were able to slot in on Father’s day. We arrived early at 6.30pm – as per instruction when we booked over the phone – to … Continue reading

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