Friday, 25 July 2014

Box of Scrolls - Product Review

I was invited by Box of Scrolls to sample their product

Are you drinking a cup of coffee or tea whilst reading this blog right now? Are you perhaps wishing you had a piece of cake or some such to go with it? Well, you need to go directly to Box of Scrolls website and order some scrolls right now...

Box of Scrolls is an online retail shop that delivers their famous cinnamon scrolls directly to your home or office. Single and multiple boxes of scrolls are available, with a variety of flavours to choose from.

I was sent a couple of their large Cinnamon Scrolls ($6.60 each) to try. As I opened the package, the potent scent of cinnamon engulfed me. The aroma both enticing and comforting and when they say large, they do indeed mean large! We shared one scroll between the two of us for afternoon tea with a cup of tea and we were more than satisfied. The scroll was both sweet and decadent, with its numerous layers of scrumptious cinnamon filling. I found that the other scroll was even better the next day as it had become gooey and luscious.

Check out their range of scrolls on their website. A Salted Caramel Scroll ($7.40 each) perhaps...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Weekend Away - Bendigo Part 1

At the end of May, we enjoyed a weekend away to Bendigo to see the Genius and Ambition exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

Lunch: Day 1

If you are a serious foodie, then Piper Street in Kyneton should satisfy your culinary desires. It is the only street in provincial Victoria that has two restaurants that have been awarded Age Good Food hats. With many cafés and restaurants to choose from, it can be difficult to pick just one to try. Duck Duck Goose & Larder looked very inviting so we snatched a table inside.

Items on the menu include ‘Pumpkin bruschetta with goats cheese, rocket, beetroot relish, topped with candied prosciutto ($15.90)’ and ‘Sourdough French toast with seasonal fresh fruit, yoghurt, berry coulis, and almond praline ($15.90).’

I didn’t want a big lunch so I decided to have the ‘Soup of the day’ ($9.00). A hearty bowl of potato, bacon, and leek soup arrived with a tiny piece of toast. The aromatic herbs added extra flavour but I just wished they had been a little more generous with the bread so I could have sopped up all my lovely soup. Then again, I just really love my bread...

Potato, Bacon & Leek Soup
My dining companion chose the ‘Tart of the day’ ($12.50) served with salad and house made chutney. Today’s tart filling was roasted vegetable and fetta. The salad was a delicious meal on its own as it was full of tasty morsels. The wonderfully puffy pastry of the tart was slightly let down by its filling. It was a little on the bland side and needed a bit of punch from some sharp cheese.

Roasted Vegetable & Fetta Tart
Duck Duck Goose uses Supreme Coffee – South Blend and our lattes ($3.80) were extremely gratifying.

After lunch, we perused the larder section of the establishment. Filled with lots of regional goodies, this place is definitely somewhere to visit if you are in the region.


Address: 17 - 19 Piper St, Kyneton, VIC

Phone: 03 5422 1653

 Duck Duck Goose & Larder on Urbanspoon
Dinner: Day 1

For our evening meal, we tried many restaurants but everything was booked out. We noticed that other tourists were also encountering the same problem that night. I would suggest booking a place earlier if you can. As Bendigo is a town known for its rich Chinese heritage from the gold rush, we hoped that maybe the Chinese restaurant around the corner may have a spare table for us. Thankfully, they did! I thought we were going to have to have dinner at McDonald’s at that stage... The staff at the Imperial Palace were very welcoming and we were swiftly seated. The menu also consists of Malaysian and Thai dishes. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my camera. We started with some steamed dim sims. These looked home-made but were like tough, rubber balls. My dining companion was not a big fan so I ate most of them. The accompanying sweet chilli sauce did not make them more palatable. For my main, I chose the Vegetarian Char Kway Teow which was very enjoyable. I would come back to this restaurant just for this dish alone. My dining companion opted for the Sizzling Beef which was nice and tender. The restaurant was reasonably priced with our total bill, plus two glasses of wine totalling $59.60.

Address: 2 High St, Bendigo, VIC
Phone: 03 5443 4329

Imperial Palace on Urbanspoon

Weekend Away - Bendigo Part 2 coming soon... 

Monday, 14 July 2014


Sunday afternoon in Toorak Village and there was a serious lack of places to grab a coffee. We were desperate for a caffeine fix when fortunately I spotted Townhouse. This café is from the guys at Prospect Espresso so I had high expectations that we would be receiving some quality coffee. Townhouse has a pleasant atmosphere with pale timber accentuating the interior. Some striking overhead lights over the counter were rather enthralling with their rings of crystals.

The café has a Rosso house blend as well as some single origin specials from various local roasters for you to try.

My latte ($4.00) was as I had anticipated. With notes of chocolate and caramel, the coffee was quite enchanting and just what I needed.

The service was impeccable during our visit and as a consequence I feel I must sample their food next time I am in Toorak...

Address: 466 Toorak Rd, Toorak, VIC

Phone: 03 9973 8721

Trading Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
                      Sat Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm

Townhouse on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Hello Sailor

Ahoy there matey’s! Last weekend we decided to try Auburn Road’s newest café, Hello Sailor. With The Counter over the road, Hello Sailor provides another place to get your caffeine hit in the area. The interior is light and inviting, with bread in the window enticing you in. The café has a maritime feel which is probably due to the fact that the owner, Wade Nicholson-Doyle, was in the navy. You do feel as though you are in a boat with the wooden planks adorning the left wall (or perhaps even walking the plank...). We were greeted at the door without delay and the very friendly staff were attentive throughout our time there.


Although the Gingerbread milkshake ($7.00) did sound intriguing, I decided to have my usual latte. The coffee at Hello Sailor is from Seven Seeds whilst the tea is provided by Storm in a Teacup ($4.50) which has some interesting flavours such as Liquorice and Lavender. My latte ($3.80) was a milder blend but very delicious and smooth.

My Latte
Hello Sailor has a breakfast heavy menu and a couple of lunch options. Items on the menu include ‘Brioche French Toast with Rhubarb and Mascarpone ($16.00)’ and ‘Vanilla porridge with Apple, Cinnamon and Hazelnuts ($10.00)’.
I picked the ‘Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Crepe ($17.00) with truss tomato and caper sauce’ from the lunch choices. The crepe was constructed into four pillars and was filled with roasted eggplant and capsicum. The rich tomato and caper sauce had bite and the rocket and freshly shaved parmesan rounded off the dish. A very enjoyable meal.
Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Crepe

My dining companion went with the ‘Breakfast Bun: ($11.50) Beef and herb sausage, fried egg, cheese, rocket, relish or harissa on brioche’ and settled on the harissa over the relish. A mouth-watering delight with just the right amount of heat to compliment the fillings. A salad of shaved radish, carrot, and greens with a honey dressing accompanied the meal.

Breakfast Bun
Hello Sailor is a marvellous place to catch up with friends for a gossip as it has great acoustics. I really wish this was my local...

Address: 89 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn, VIC
Phone: 03 9813 5560
Trading Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
                           Sat - Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Hello Sailor on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Scarvelli Cafe

So you are in the Deepdene area and you want to grab a coffee or some lunch... Option number one would probably be Snow Pony but that can be quite busy at times and frankly the service is pretty slack. Well, now you have a new option. Head down the road to Scarvelli’s. There is a courtyard out the back to enjoy when the weather is pleasant but when we dined there it was drizzling so we chose to sit inside.


Items on the menu include the ‘Cheeky Piggy ($19.00): Slow braised pork cheek, sauerkraut, gruyere and gherkins, on a toasted bun’ and the ‘Dukkah Eggs ($17.50): Crumbed poached eggs, cauliflower purée, pomegranate, pine nuts, and sautéed spinach’. We ordered our food but it did not arrive for a long, long time... There were not many patrons at the time so I’m not sure why there was such a lengthy wait.

Luckily, our coffees materialized fairly promptly. Scarvelli uses Industry Beans and my latte was one of the best I have had recently.
My Latte

An hour later and I was considering eating my serviette as I was so hungry but thankfully our meals finally appeared. I picked ‘Scarvelli’s Benedict ($18.50): Poached eggs, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, and buerre noisette béarnaise on rosemary and potato bread.’ This dish was rich and decadent, with a generous serve of sautéed mushrooms. It definitely hit the spot.  

Scarvelli's Benedict
My dining companion chose the ‘Rolling In ($11.00): Fried egg, bacon, rocket, aged cheddar, and hollandaise on a brioche bun’. The oozing yolk mingled with the rich hollandaise and made this meal very moreish indeed. It was a splendid dish that my companion was very happy with.

Rolling In
Even though we did have a long wait, I preferred Scarvelli’s to Snow Pony and I will definitely be back to have another of their amazing coffees.

Address: 143 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, VIC

Phone: 03 9816 8887


Trading Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.30pm
                Sat: 8.00am – 4.30pm
              Sun: 8.00am – 3.30pm
Scarvelli Cafe on Urbanspoon
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