Snow Pony – Breakfast revisited

95 Whitehorse Rd Balwyn 03 9816 8911 A quick revisit on one of my local breakfast joints: Snow Pony. Looking back at the first review of this place in the very early days of this blog I realise how much difference 1 year can make on ones writing style and photography skills (*ahem including remembering … Continue reading

Breakfast at Cumulus Inc

45 Flinders Ln Melbourne, 3000 03 9650 1445 Ever since coming to Cumulus Inc for dinner with my sister, I have been craving to come back not only to try the lamb shoulder and to have a few more of those lovely madeleines, but I’ve also been wanting to try their breakfast menu. It was … 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

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

Hardware Societe – take two

120 Hardware St Melbourne, 3000 9078 5992 Being busy (*and lazy) and extremely behind in my postings, please see my First visit here from not too long ago for my delectable reel of photos with terrific eggs and mouth watering French toast. Now straight to the crux of this post: my second visit to Hardware … 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

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

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

Noîsette

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

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

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

Earl Canteen – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 3

A little intermission from the posts from Kiwi-land… 500 Bourke Street (enter via Lt Bourke) Melbourne, 3000 9600 1995 In a mechanical-robotic voice: “Please browse through part one and part two of this series in a systematic manner before progressing on to the final chapter. Thank you for your cooperation” =). After a half hour … 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

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