Devouring France: Paris

Quoting my own new year resolutions for 2014 – to eat better (*cough, healthier), be less stressed, be more industrious and write more – I have certainly ticked the first 3 items, but have taken quite a long break from blogging (3 months to be exact), for which I largely blame on writer’s block and … Continue reading

Brunch roundup – June 2012 (Proud Mary, Fandango, Pope Joan, L’atelier, Penny Farthing Espresso)

Having just returned from another trip overseas, I am genuinely and horrendously … @#%&#$& behind. So get ready for an epic round up of brunch places I’ve visited in the past “many” months… Proud Mary, Fandango, Pope Joan, L’atelier, Penny Farthing Espresso. Also stay tuned for drool-worthy posts from EUROPE. *** [Proud Mary] Where: 172 … Continue reading

Breakfast roundup #3 – Babka bakery cafe

As you might have noticed this is one of several occasions where I have ventured out on breakfast excursions solo. It is strange to say, quite relaxing and facilitating for my food-photography practices. Today (*ahem, I mean in November) I head down to this little café-bakery on Brunswick St, long since etched in the heart … Continue reading

Brasserie Bread Melbourne – launch @ South Melbourne

In true chaotic form, I will fast forward ‘many-a’ post to write about this newly opened brasserie on the back streets of South Melbourne. My intention would have been to revisit the newly launched café section, to give a more comprehensive perspective, but this post can wait no longer. From the unassuming exterior of this … Continue reading

La Belle Miette

Despite being relatively “new” to the Melbourne macaron scene, I am still probably the last to visit and blog about this place along Hardware Lane. P.S. I have officially bumped Miss Adriennely off the ranks for now officially being the last person haha! (Correction: this statement no long stands true, now that there a string … Continue reading

French Lettuce Patisserie & Bakery

237 Nicholson St Carlton, 3053 03 9347 7311 What better place to get a birthday cake than from this 30 year old patisserie out on Nicholson St just a short walk off Alexandra parade. Though fairly remote (far from most other shops), despite nearing closing time there were still diners about and a small queue … Continue reading

Dench Bakers – best bread in Melbourne?

109 Scotchmer St Fitzroy North, 3068 03 9486 3554 On the way back from the city after a mid morning appointment, I deliberately planned in a small detour up Brunswick street to have a quick lunch at a bakery. This Brunswick institution has been raved for several years now as one of the best organic … Continue reading


84 Bay street Port Melbourne, 3207 03 9646 9555 A long drive across town on my morning off to the seaside suburb of Port Melbourne. This Bay street bakery-café looks incredibly like Laurent with dark wooden walls and a splash of contemporary, but luckily the food is not on the same level. The glass displays … Continue reading

Ganache Chocolate

250 Toorak Rd South Yarra, 3141 03 9804 7485 After a pleasant lunch at David’s, we popped down the road for a little sweet treat. With all those mouth-watering bite-size chocolates, I’m very surprised I did not have any… sigh. Hazelnut fan slice – had a superb nutty crunch of hazelnut with a smooth velvety milk … Continue reading

Lord Stow’s Portuguese Tarts – Macao

A quick post from my Asia collection… 1 Rua Do Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macao 28882534 Craving for egg tarts, I looked through some of my HK / Macao photos and realised I had not yet posted (among many other posts) about Macao’s infamous Portuguese Tarts. Macao rule #1 (an adaptation from an age old … Continue reading

Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie – visit 3

19 Keilor Road Essendon If I lived closer to Essendon, I’d be here every weekend for croissant fix – but I don’t =(. The other day Mr JL (who had heard heaps about this place, no doubt from me) asked whether I wanted to come with – duh yes! It seems to have become regular … Continue reading

Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie

139 Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe, 3079 9497 3844 T’was a Sunday afternoon, and naturally one would be feeling a little peckish. Then again that might just be my worms talking – I’ve been accused of being infested with worms on many occasions due to my incessant hunger. Usually takes me around 20 minutes to digest … 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

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

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

Parisian Patisserie

19 Keilor Road Essendon Was invited to indulge my senses here by my cousin Thanh:     Croissants d’amande (almond) – slightly crispy shell with a divine light texture (a little different from your average flaky croissant, err-ing slightly on cake-like; just enough to keep the almonds from sagging like a biscuit), subtle aromas of … Continue reading

Earl Canteen

500 Bourke Street Melbourne, 3000 Quite the difficult place to find, well at least I thought so anyways. Would’ve been nice if I had taken note of urbanspoon directions – enter via Lt Bourke. It is nestled deep in a court near Movida de Aqui easily visible off Lt Bourke St with these big green … Continue reading

Le Traiteur

552 Lonsdale St Melbourne CBD, 3000 (03) 9670 0039 The baguettes were soft and not at all tough. Given I have never been a big fan of hard-to-bite baguettes this was very much to my liking. Pork rillettes, green tomato pickle & pyengana cheddar: had a pate like meat (salted fairly heavily, although it is … Continue reading

Miss Marples Tearoom

382 Mt Dandenong-Tourist Road Sassafras There is always an epic line when we come by Miss Marples – seems to me closing at around 4pm is an odd business choice given the weekend Mt Dandenong tourist crowd is still flowing strongly at this time. But then again they probably don’t care given how popular they … Continue reading

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    Yummy +1: mouth-watering like rain

    Yummy +2: exquisite flavours that hit all the right notes

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