Taking a Londoner on a taste of Melbourne: Movida, Tonka, Cup of Truth, Le Petit Gateau.

When a visitor comes to visit us in Melbourne, it is never easy drawing up an itinerary that would best showcase what our food scene has to offer. Luckily for our friend from London, she would be here for much longer than the usual holiday stint, which gave me less pressure do it all. Nonetheless … Continue reading

East-side brunch series: Coffeehead & Goldilocks

Poached eggs, Hollandaise, smoked salmon and corn fritters

Part 1 of east-side brunch series… With the summer months on our doorstep, it is time to bring on the lazy weekend brunches and enjoy the weather! This month I will bring to you a mini-hunt of Melbourne’s east-side for the most worthy brunch delectables. Some of the delectables to expect in coming posts include … Continue reading

Brunch roundup (10 October): Cavallini, Red Door Corner Store, Maling room, Percy’s Aeroplane.

A quick breakfast roundup. *Click to scroll down to: Red Door Corner Store, Maling Room, Percy’s Aeroplane. Or just start reading from Cavallini… [Cavallini] Where: 354 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North Contact: 03 9486 3883 Located near the northern end of Hoddle Street – a small pocket I don’t venture to often – this little café-bakery puts … 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

L’atelier – the new Monsieur Truffe

Look for the ‘red-door’, I was advised. Sure enough the bright red aberrancy against the muted cement walls was the only thing that shouts: I am here. There was no signage and no we’re-open chalkboard when we arrived. Talk about being obscure… One of the first things you’ll notice when you push the door ajar, … Continue reading

Axil Coffee Roasters

322 Burwood Road Hawthorn, 3122 03 9819 0091 This is probably the 2nd of a series (1st of which was Auction Rooms) of probably more than 5 brunch joints I’ve visited in the last month or so. So get ready for a serious overload on BREAKFAST! Just a short walk away from the bustle of … Continue reading

Auction Rooms

107 Errol St North Melbourne, 3051 03 9326 7749 Located in the old WB Ellis Auction house, this is another new addition (though not so new anymore – est 2008) to the Melbourne’s warehouse style roastery-café scene. The distressed bricks, cylindrical lights made from industrial piping, fruit and veggie crates, was accurately analogised in The … Continue reading

Luxbite – cakefest

{Luxbite} 38 Toorak Road South Yarra, 3141 03 9867 5888 Not long following a satisfying macaron fix, a sugar-crammed-cake-fest was already in the making. In view of Luxbite being a relatively small space, it would not have been viably possible to fit in more than a small group of 10, so it was essentially first … Continue reading

Dead Man Espresso

35 Market St South Melbourne, 3205 03 9686 2255 I, sad to say, have only just realised that South Melbourne is such a haven for remarkable café treasures. In fact this place is only a couple of minutes walk from St Ali – – I envisage having a breakfast day out in South Melbourne soon!!! … Continue reading

Seven Seeds – sister of BBB and DeClieu

114 Berkeley St Carlton, 3053 03 9347 8664 Just a quick stop after dropping Ms JH off at Uni… I seriously don’t understand this trend for café obscurity – what happened to big fluoro signage that was easy to spot? Thank God for iPhone GPS, for the front entrance is so hidden away you could … Continue reading

Three Bags Full

60 Nicholson St Abbotsford, 3067 03 9421 2732 Generally it is known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So it should be not a surprise that I have gone on quite the breakfast splurge lately. But, when breakfast is the last meal of your day, is it still the most important? … Continue reading

Duchess of Spotswood

87 Hudsons Rd Spotswood, 3015 03 9391 6016 After reading many a glowing review about this café, and repeated temptations from west-siders, I finally motivated myself off the couch to trek right across town, over the West Gate and finally turn off at Spotswood to meet Thanh for breakfast. Actually the only time I’d taken … Continue reading

St Ali – breakfast in South Melb

18 Yarra Place South Melbourne, 3205 03 9686 2990 Getting used to waking up early for work has taken a lot of getting used to. Now my sleep-wake cycle is generally up before sunrise (6am), and sleep not too long after sunset (10pm or earlier sometimes) – sad I know – which means sleeping in … Continue reading

Breakfast @ APTE

38 Heidelberg Rd Alphington, 3078 03 9482 2991 It was 9am and I had just had my breakfast – a tame one might I add – when Ms BL messages me re: breakfast @ APTE. How could one refuse a second more stimulating breakfast? So in 5 minutes I brush my teeth, dress and leave … Continue reading

The Hardware Societe – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 1

120 Hardware St Melbourne, 3000 9078 5992 With an increasingly dwindling number of my newly graduated friends left in Melbourne, I conceived the idea of having a trail of nibbles around a few renowned cafes around Queen St side of Melbourne – retrospectively dubbed Morning-Chomp-Fest. How corny ey? P.S. Don’t have to offer condolences yet … Continue reading

Miss Marples Tearoom

382 Mt Dandenong-Tourist Road Sassafras 3787 9755 1610 Despite coming through Mt Dandenong fairly frequently, I have – sadly to say – only visited Miss Marples three times including this current one. This is in part owing to their early closing times and epic tourist crowds during weekends. This was the start of a quick day … 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

Il Fornaio (visit #2) – 3 course dessert!

2 Acland St St Kilda 9534 2922 (Note: under different management) After hearing news that Il Fornaio will be closing up for a while and more importantly Philippa Sibley will no longer be executive chef at Il Fornaio, my heart sank in devastation. Her final day of operation would be was Saturday 21st November. There … Continue reading

Il Fornaio – the famous Snickers!

2 Acland St St Kilda, 3182 9534 2922 After some ramen, we headed down to St Kilda for some post-dinner dessert at Philippa Sibley’s Il Fornaio – how can anyone say no. Good traffic, easy to find location, but terrible parking – though what does one expect in St Kilda on a Saturday night. Housed … 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

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