Archive for the ‘Cafe’ Category

Getting rid of your caffeine addiction?

If you live in Melbourne, my advise is: don’t even bother. I have tried to curb my caffeine intake 3 times in two years. Each time I can last for a month or two, but living in an area densely populated with cafes obviously dowa not help. And coupled with my so-very weak will-power, every attempt to cut coffee out of my life was infertile.

So, here I am, plunging back to the coffee pool for the third time. And I have made some pretty good discoveries with the help of Melbourne Coffee Review!

Where’s my little lamb?

Image taken by toolmantim on flickrlambs.jpg

Noticed today that Lamb’s on Commerical Road, South Yarra is all boarded up. A group of lads filled a skip with bricks two skips from the drycleaners.

No more delicious late night souvas to soak up all that drink or give you that extra boost before you pass out on some flat, preferably soft surface.

Mind you, in my old age – I’ve found that consuming a full souva at 3am a little too much.

So my late night fav has been the deconstructed chicken souv, a mid sized foil container crammed with melt in your mouth, freshly shaved chicken pieces dripping with jus and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon; a round of toasted pide, conveniently cut into quarters and a tub of garlic sauce. Mmmmmmmm

I know, I know, protein and carbs – not the most balanced meal – but in the early hours the salad just doesn’t do it for me…..

Seems to be a bit of action on Chapel ole Windsor way.

Building opposite Husk (?) cafe – I’m an Orange gal – is up for lease. Think it’s zoned for retail…….Mulatto has a strong following.

Looks like Prahan/Windsor is up for a makeover.

Fingers crossed the amazing shoe man, that all good Melbournian gals who love their shoes swear by, doesn’t get booted out!

food glorious food

image by reinar on flickr

food.jpg neomien has been kicking round the city, dealing with life offline. Not much of an excuse, but you know how it goes.

One of the most wonderful things about melbourne is the food glorious food.

Literally.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is coming to a close, replete with well satisfied swollen bellies and tastebuds tantalised.

An aunt of mine was in town recently and I took her on a mini tour of my favorite spots, eating and drinking that is. Yes, I’m a bit of a f**die – I suspect most of us are…..it’s a melbourne thing.

We’re spoilt for choice, so spoilt.

And the beauty of it is that it doesn’t matter what your budget is, you’re bound to find something delish to suit……and no, fastfood does NOT count…….unless you count a quick fresh soft shelled crab hand roll from Kenzan @ GPO or a reviving lamb souv dripping with garlic sauce in the early hours from Stalactites.

In my next couple of posts I’m going to reveal a few of my favs for all occasions……I’d love for you to share your favs with me too……cause there’s nothing I love more than finding a new haunt.

ps. The above pic is taken from the kitchen table of ole skool establishment Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar, home of killer coffee – the good stuff and pasta just like nonna makes.

Best cafes in Melbourne

Your opinions please.

There is a group of us currently at Joe’s Garage in Brunswick. Mediocre fries, smelly pizza & a smoothie which apparently “tastes like someone ate a watermelon & threw it up”.

My vote goes to Brown Sugar in Block Place, in the CBD. They have the best coffee I’ve tasted in Melbourne & great food (especially the bruschetta with basil & tomato, & the sticky date pudding).

Starbucks Coffee Break March 15th

I am not 100% sure if this falls into the blog local objective, but it seems this shall happen in Melbourne:

Next Thursday, March 15th, plan on stopping by your local Starbucks between 10am and 12 noon. During that time, Starbucks will be holding is 2nd annual Coffee Break. All company-operated and licensed Starbucks stores in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Greater China will be giving away free Tall (12-ounce) cups of coffee to anyone who drops by. Starbucks Coffee Masters clad in black aprons will be present during each of the coffee breaks to kick off the company’s spring brewing sale and to answer any questions you might have about the coffee or coffee brewing. Last year, many stores used the coffee break period to sample some of their pastries out to customers waiting in line, as well.

(Via Slashfood.)

I don’t often visit a Starbucks but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to check it out for a chance of getting a cup of free coffee!

Brunetti to be evicted

brunettiWhen people come for a night out in Carlton, it usually involves Italian food, coffee, and dessert. One of Melbourne’s most famous coffee and dessert venues, Brunetti, is being evicted as just another sign that the rental market is out of control.

According to The
Age
, Brunetti is paying $440,000 to rent 5 shopfronts where an evaluation has said rent should be in the ballpark of $184,000. The owner of the buildings, Pauline Halperin, has asked for an increase in rent for another $100,000 plus a fee of $400,000 for renovation work completed a couple of years ago. Brunetti is fighting the demands but it really is a lost cause as renters are at the mercy of landlords. I’m sure many people can attest to similar situations as I know I can. Hopefully, the legendary
business will be bailed out just like the Carlton Blues were last month by Richard Pratt.

Eviction and legal fight loom for Carlton cake and coffee institution

Brunetti

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A weekend breakfast or brunch

Weekend mornings are great. You can get up anytime you want and actually enjoy a nice breakfast (or brunch). With so much choice of breakfast places in Melbourne, how can you determine a good one to go to?
Well, Jamie Wodetzki from The Breakfast Blog is “in search of the best eggs in town”. For the past 2 years, Jamie has dined at, reviewed, and rated over 100 breakfast venues around Melbourne. There are a few factors in a rating including service, the eggs, price, extras, the coffee and the buzz. So whats her pick of the best breakfasts in Melbourne?

Mart 130-Middle Park-Best of the Best
Madam SouSou-Fitzroy-Best Scrambled Eggs

The Breakfast Blog

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“Dude, who reversed my car?”

Footscray fatality!
Picture by Michael Clayton-Jones

2007 could not have started on a worse off note for several diners in a cafe in Footscray. A car ploughing into them in reverse. What possessed the female driver to such madness?

If our thoughts were recorded on paper, the injured diners’ thoughts could go something like this:

“Mmmm…this is excellent coffee…i think i’m gona…WHAT THE F$%*…!!???”

One minute you’re enjoying your meal, the other you’re lying in a pool of your own blood.

Can anyone say unlucky?

Joe’s Garage

I spoke about possibly coworking in Melbourne, and today I found a rather interesting place that might be ideal for this.

Mushroom and Spinach Rice Balls Joe’s Garage located at 366, Brunswick Street, has an upstairs room that has power, has tables and some fairly comfy seats. Its easily accessible – take the 112 tram from Collins Street and you’re there. It’s got good coffee. Its got great food. And more importantly, its got usable (i.e. fairly fast) free wireless Internet access!

Consider paying it a visit, for all your WiFi in a cafe needs.

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Help StreetSmart help out

ss_logo_140x140.gifIn Dickens days, Christmas was about helping out the poor and needy, showing a little kindness and making peace.

These days we’re rushing around like mad, partaking in shop-around-the-clock and maxing out our cards.

StreetSmart started in the UK by a group of restauranteurs who wanted to help out the homeles, pretty basic concept – 6 weeks before Christmas, participating restaurants ask their diners to support the campaign by making a voluntary donation $2+ at the end of their meal.

StreetSmart Australia has been operating in Melbourne since 2003 – 100% of donations go to the homeless – keeping it local.

Did you know that in Australia 35% of the homeless live outside the metro region?

I’m sure between now and Christmas you’ll be heading out to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

Take a little time out and spread the true spirit of the season and help Melbourne’s restaurants help StreetSmart help out.

StreetSmart Australia

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