Monday, 30 November 2015

Street Organics, Malvern

We all have that friend that has chosen to go vegan or paleo at the moment which can make it difficult when deciding on where to have lunch... Well, Street Organics in Malvern could be the answer. I had received some more vouchers from Zomato which included Street Organics. They cater for those on paleo, vegan, FODMAP and/or gluten-free diets. Now this may not be relevant to you... but the food is really delightful so everyone is happy! They also have some meat dishes for those that are feeling carnivorous. Afterwards, you can browse products to take home and make your own healthy, organic meals. They also do raw vegan high teas ($69 per person) upstairs, which is fun and healthy at the same time!  

Monday, 23 November 2015

Bluff Town, Sandringham

When I have a bayside house-sitting job, I love hanging out in Sandringham as it feels like a small beachside town rather than a suburb of Melbourne. Now I have a really cool café to go to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, etc. This year Bluff Town opened in Sandringham. If you like The Resident in Ashburton, then you will really love Bluff Town... The food at Bluff Town is fabulous and the Spring Menu has some very tempting items. The Bluff Town Lunchbox is a novel idea where you receive a bun filled with goodies, a salad, and a sweet for just $15. A narrow, corner site is where you will find Bluff Town which stretches back to some very inviting booths. The concrete elements of the interior are softened by pale timber, greenery, and interesting artwork.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Upcoming Event: Paris to Provence

Bonjour my lovely readers! This weekend Paris to Provence returns to the magnificent Como House and Gardens for its 6th year... Well, I might be a bit biased as I volunteer at Como every week! Anyway, Paris to Provence is Melbourne’s ultimate French festival where over three days the National Trust's iconic Como House is turned into a lively French village. 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Ruby T's, Canterbury

Ruby T’s reminds me of being back in England. I love a good old fashioned tearoom... a cosy retreat that’s full of doilies, teapots, ribbon sandwiches, scones and cream cakes. Well, I don’t need to book a plane ticket for Merseyside... I just need to jump in the car and drive over to Canterbury! Ruby T's is named after owner Pam’s grandmother. Ruby’s recipes have been passed down to Pam and are recreated at Ruby T’s. The last time I visited Ruby T’s, it was located further down Maling Road. The new place is much bigger but at the same time both comfortable and intimate.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Second Home, Eltham

How often are you seated in a café in the suburbs when a libations trolley swings past offering you some cocktails? This is obviously why Melburnians are queuing up at the recently opened Second Home in Eltham. You may have had a steak and fries (or steak frites...) at Entrecôte by now... Well, serial restaurateur Jason M Jones is spinning his magic yet again with Second Home which is part cafe, part art gallery. When we were there they were showcasing some beautiful snow photography on the walls... The building was designed by architect, Alistair Knox, in the 70s. A central olive tree stands watch over the space which is bathed in natural light. White table cloths add a touch of luxury and couches around a fireplace will be cosy in the winter. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Weekend Away - Ballarat Part 4

This year the Archibald Prize is being exhibited in Victoria at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. If you have not been to see it already, the exhibition is on until the 15th November... Tickets are $13.00 for adults and I suggest you pre-purchase your tickets to avoid disappointment. We enjoyed our time viewing the paintings and seeing how much talent Australia has to offer in the art scene.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Weekend Away - Ballarat Part 3

For dinner that night, we descended the grand staircase to the ground floor where we found the Craig’s Royal Hotel Restaurant. It was so much easier than finding a restaurant around town! No driving meant that there was no fighting over who would be the designated driver... The restaurant was beautiful! We were seated at our candlelit table by the very lovely and attentive staff. The service was indeed fantastic all night. 

Le Café Village, Canterbury

When I found out that there was a new café in Maling Road... I zoomed down to check it out. Le Café Village is located in what was once the gift shop down the end of the road, next to Bohemia CakesThe café was quiet but probably people are unaware that it exists yet... It has a wood panelled interior and some cosy chairs in the front window where you can read the paper. The menu is extremely good value for money. All day breakfasts, crepes, sandwiches and pastries make up the menu and it is great to find a place that offers light lunches. Time will tell if Le Café Village can compete with the many eateries along Maling Road, but they are off to a good start.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Hutch & Co., Lilydale

Lilydale is suddenly becoming the foodie capital of the outer east. Inner city cafés are opening up all over the place where you can get your single origin coffee and your Instagram drool-worthy eats. First you had The Lilydale General tucked away in the industrial area and then Round Bird Can’t Fly appeared on Main Street. Now they have some serious competition... Hutch & Co has a very enticing menu that should please your inner hipster. Compared to the other two cafés, their menu has more interesting options and causes less damage on the hip pocket. The space is a lot bigger than Round Bird and if you want somewhere more private the back room is a great option. Mesh partitions the interior into cosier rooms whilst pale timber, low hanging lighting and greenery soften the industrial look.
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