22 Feb

It’s been a month since our return to Melbourne Australia. Hibernation and recuperation has been a big factor and it was only a few Fridays ago where we enjoyed our favourite meal since we’ve been back. Feast of Merit is an initiative from ygap that takes inspiration from seasonal and locally sourced produce with a Middle Eastern twist. The former cafe interiors have been stripped off and the raw bones and exposed bricks left us all feeling like after a detox, bright and happy.

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23 Nov

                    There are only a handful of weekends are left until Mr A and I are off to gallivant all over the east coast of America. In an attempt to soak up as much Australia sun as we can before we are plunged into the second Winter of our 2014. It seems fortuitous that Melbourne is laying off the temperamental weather act on our free days, so we decided to make the journey to Ascot Food Store. It is larger than it appears from the outside; beyond the front of house, a few steps up lead to a segregated dining area with a homely and comfortable feel. To beat the breakfast crowds, we had woken up a little earlier given the distance as well so we were feeling a little bleary eyed. That was quickly rectified with some coffee orders; using Proud Mary coffee beans and St David’s Dairy milk, my iced latte provided a refreshing caffeine hit.

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26 Oct

Not many are willing to travel all the way from the outer east side all the way over the bridge to the west side, so I’m lucky to have Ms L who doesn’t mind the mini road trip when it comes to good food. Ms L had been eager to try Seddon Deadly Sins for a while and it was one of those days when she felt like she needed a day off work, that we made our way to Seddon. We felt extremely welcomed when we arrived at Seddon Deadly Sins, as if we were regulars coming back for our weekly visit. Our coffees were rich and strong, suiting our palates well especially considering that Ms L is incredibly picky when it comes to her long macchiatos.

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6 Oct

Melbourne is consistently on point with food trends – instagram-worthy food like fluffy hotcakes accessorised with a colourful array of edible flowers and fresh fruit; frozen yoghurt dispensaries popping up on every corner, both north and south of the river; cold pressed juices and healthy smoothies served in mason jars; and the latest one to start making an appearance on menus – things made with food-grade edible charcoal. Charcoal food products are becoming more mainstream – what, with charcoal brioche buns encasing meat patties, ice creams scooped into charcoal waffle cones; and now, after supplying select cafes for a short while earlier this year, Nora has opened shop in Carlton with a range of their signature charcoal tarts.

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19 Aug

Kyneton is a small and sleepy town, with the locals all know one another and can be seen pulled over on opposite sides of the road and hanging out of their respective car windows having a gab. With a little time before dinner, we soaked in the Winter sun at Monsieur Pierre while enjoying a raspberry and coconut slice and their signature Gypsy spice hot chocolate. Now, I’ve never really understood the fascination with chilli chocolate but now may have been converted with a simple sip of this drink. Rich, thick chocolate liquid with a slight spice lingering on the tongue – an ideal pick me up after a long drive.

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27 Jul

There are some things that are harder to attain when you live in suburbia – an essential one being a dependable source of good coffee and breakfast fare. Sometimes scrounging around in the kitchen and fridge for something that passes for breakfast wins over the thought of driving 40 minutes through traffic for an inner city cafe so Scarvelli Cafe changes all that now. Scarvelli Cafe sits in a row of shops along Whitehorse road and the vibrant and striking graffiti along the side of the cafe signals that it’s time to start finding parking.

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23 Jun

Do you recall the last time you walked into a cafe and every single staff member in sight turned to welcome you with a friendly smile. Well, that’s how our visit to Addict Food and Coffee started off; I could feel the refreshing neighbourly vibes oozing out of every crevice of this cafe. Addict Food and Coffee is a young’un; having only finished their third week of trading today, the space is clean, aesthetically pleasing with plenty of natural light flowing in. The menu is solid and concise with their own play on the typical breakfast menu staples and unique enough to rekindle my addiction for brunch.

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4 May

Hammer and Tong is a popular breakfast spot in Fitzroy, even being crowned as such by The Age Good Food under $30 in this year’s book. A lesser known fact is that Hammer and Tong are dishing out a cracking dinner menu, which also happen to feature a few of their beloved dishes from their breakfast menu. After much deliberation on the venue, we ended up at Hammer and Tong; because we all know that birthdays are a great justification to go out for a nice dinner. The interior hasn’t changed since my first visit last year for breakfast – eclectic and refreshing to take in while we settled ourselves in for the night.

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23 Mar

Foxtrot Charlie are all about the food and coffee – which is their source of inspiration for the cafe’s name using the NATO phonetic alphabet. With a rather apt aeroplane model floating in mid air above the communal dining table, Foxtrot Charlie seems like a modern hideaway on Sydney Road in Brunswick.

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27 Jan

                                      La Condesa Taqueria is not breaking new ground, you’ve heard it all before – it’s a small taqueria with the total items on the menu being so concise that you could count them on the fingers of your hands. Apart from the small window front, the rest of the area is in a sort of makeshift beer garden hidden off a back alleyway.

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