Friday, October 31, 2014

Il Melograno

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We welcome a new member of the Melbourne gelato family. Il Melograno was the talk of the town for a few days when it opened. Curious by all that rave, it has since then be on my to-go list for dessert. All the more reason to go back here now that the days are warming up!


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Il Melograno produce their gelato in small batches and everything is made fresh for the day.



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Hazelnut, 5.80AUD + Coconut, 5.80AUD + Pistachio, 5.80AUD + Apple Cake

There were basic flavours that stood out from the rest. We had three scoops and a sponge Apple Cake to share. Their gelatis have textures that were creamy, silky, but filled with strong flavour each. The sponge Apple Cake was the lightest and fluffiest cake I have ever eaten in my life. It felt like I was munching on clouds, consuming only negligible amount of calories, so it was not sinful at all. I mean, how sinful is sinful when I'm in heaven?


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I say, give Il Melograno a go if you're at Northcote. Its been really warm these days and I just might consider going to a gelato excavation to find the best gelato parlour in Melbourne. After trying out many, my favourite so far from from the top, its still Il Dolce Freddo, followed by N2 Extreme Gelato, then, Gelato Messina.






Il Melograno
76 High Street, Northcote
Melbourne, Victoria 3070
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9482 2092

Mon: Closed
Tue to Sun: 10am-10.30pm





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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Barry

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People who love to eat are the best kind of people. You have to admit that I'm right! We nestled along the Northcote region for a beautiful weekend brunch at Barry. Everyone of us was satisfied and happy with our choices of foods. Oh, and the space here, is Barry beautiful too.


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Skinny Flat White, 3.80AUD


Barry's house blend uses 5 senses coffee, with a mixture 50% Brazi Santo Antonio, 20% Peru Apu and 30% Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans. I am not so much of an expert when it comes to detecting different coffee beans, but it was a good blend with just enough bitterness for this coffee flavour.


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Californian Superfood Salad, 15AUD


Rach loves her salad and this one was extremely rich in flavour. It had tri-coloured quinoa, crispy kale, wild organic rice, corn, coriander, jalapeños, goji berries and shredded ricotta. Barry uses spicy lime vinaigrette giving this dish a citrusy kick. It was so refreshing and we were all awake after trying  just a spoonful from her plate.


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Coconut Chia Pudding, 15AUD


I was feeling healthier than usual and opted for the Coconut Chia Pudding. What made the Chia Pudding extra yummy was the crisp factor given by the caramelised buckinis. More citrus from drizzles of the sour cherries and extra sweetness from the banana slices and strawberry. All I can say is, can I have this bowl of healthy goodness for breakfast everyday please?


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Hotpot Eggs, 16.50AUD


Hotpot eggs comes with tomato salsa, cucumbers, chilli and peppers. It cannot be seen from the picture but there were scoops of labna yoghurt that were such a complement when eating it with the flat bread and the mixture of red.


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Benedict Eggs, 19AUD

The Benedict Eggs was out of this  world. Paired with ham hock with granny's apples on crumpets as the base. How smart?



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The reason why Barry appeals to so many foodie Instagrammers is how people could easily post pretty food pictures on their social media accounts. I cannot stress this further, natural white light gets you the best pictures. Aside from having to have good food, appealing pictures goes a long way (whether is plating, coffee or decor), its like free advertising.


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Here's us 
coincidentally matchy matchy in blue and black taken right outside Barry. Hm.. up next, gelato!






Barry
85 High Street, Northcote
Melbourne, Victoria 3070
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9481 7623

Mon to Fri: 7.30am-4pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4.30pm





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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tsubu Bar

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Tsubu Bar is a Japanese restaurant and sake bar in Melbourne University, just beside Lot 6. The thing I like a lot about liberalism is that it encourages diversity and individualism. Welcome to Australia, back in Asia we weren't allowed to have alcohol in school compounds, let alone sell it. Boo? First off, I apologise for the lower quality photos because these were taken with my old iphone, but I thought this place still deserves to be blogged about. I had lunch with the boys the other day and these were what we ordered.



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Grilled Pork Belly, 16AUD


Here is sliced and crispy braised pork belly with slaw vegetables and steamed rice. Crispy pork skin and soft pork fats were absolutely spot on. If there is one thing they could add on with would be an additional sauce on the side.




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Japanese Beef Curry, 14AUD


We also had Japanese Beef Curry consisting of slow braised beef with carrots and potatoes.




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Bento Box, 10AUD


For the Bento Box, there is a variety of sides you could pick from. For 4 sides, we paid 10 bucks for it, or alternatively, 12 bucks for five. We had pan fried lotus which was all of our favourites, roasted potatoes with sesame, potato salad and chicken drumlets.




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Soy And Ginger Chicken, 15AUD


If you want the classic grilled chicken thigh chop, opt for the Soy And Ginger Chicken with mixed vegetables.




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It was a crowded lunch crowd that we mixed with when we visited. Tsubu Bar is a new restaurant addition to Melbourne University and it opened only recently. With Lot 6 being its neighbour, it was a strategic location to be at and my guess is that they have been stealing a lot of Lot 6's customers. Although if I have to pick, I should be seen at Lot 6 more often that I would be at Tsubu Bar.







Tsubu Bar
Gate 6 Swanston Street University Of Melbourne, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3010
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9035 3410





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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hello Sam

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Sam The Man, 14.50AUD + Beer Battered Chips (Large), 5AUD

Sometimes you just want to munch on greasy food and tonight is one of those nights. Jan went classic with beef burger patty along with bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onions and an egg. What made it special was having mustard cheddar melt combined with beetroot relish sauce. Although.. I thought the best part of Hello Sam was still their Beer Battered Chips. Beer batter is a great coating for deep frying. Beer's carbonation when deep fried can generate more bubbles creating a lighter crisp to the chips, and it creates a stronger flavour of course, win-win.



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Sam-Brero, 14AUD

The best way to eat burgers is to indulge without shame, I had all ten fingers concentrated on a single burger. I ordered the Sam-Brero right away when I saw on the menu that guacamole was one of the ingredient that is sandwiched in between two buns. It was good but not great. Maybe each ingredient should be well eaten off separately, not as a whole. Mexican take on a burger, not so great here.



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Simple dinner like this ended up being so much fun, every single time.



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Hello Sam also make hot dogs which looked really appealing, and I wished I would have picked on one of those instead of my Sam-Brero burger. Or if you have to ditch the carbs, Hello Sam serves lettuce buns which comes with quinoa and slaw. But then again, the only reason you're here at a burger joint, is for burgers! Now, skip the salad.






Hello Sam
760 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9973 9551

Mon to Fri: 7am-9pm
Sat: 9am-9pm
Sun: 10am-9pm





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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Downtown Artistry

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I am still digging in with the menswear look up till now because they are the comfiest to be in. Imagine tugging in your boyfriend's sweater and walking out the door, yeah that is what it feels like lounging in these comfy tee and pants all day long. These shoes that I'm wearing are my die-hard loafers that I have been clinging on to for months! I have been tugging on these loafers the past season even throughout winter. It is such a tomboyish design but the lace details kept it feminine. The best part of being comfortable was that I wasn't at all tired after a whole day of walking in the city.

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My coat is supposed to be buttoned up so you should not be able to see what I am wearing. I thought it'd be more fun to button it outwards, so I would not look as though I am swallowed by all that fabric. Plus, it creates a structural dimension on the front sides. So guys, if you think your coat is boring, try this trick, or find other ways to amp up your look. After all, fashion is all about breaking all the rules ain't it right?







Outfit: White Tee, Mango // Pants, G2000 // Coat, Zara // Bag, Karen Millen // Loafers, Target// Sunglasses, Cotton On // Earrings, Aldo



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stalactites

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Mixed Giro Platter, 16.50AUD 


So, where do I go for a late night munchover? Here! Stalactites is open 24/7. This place is a staple to most Asian people like me who always crave for a late night supper meal. The quality? Not bad I thought. I am always intrigued with the methodical aspect of that rotating rotisserie. I mean.. how brilliant? We ordered a Mixed Giro Platter of marinated spring lamb and chicken from the spit. The chicken was decent, but the lamb stood out better. It was slightly dry, but still delicious.



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Pita Bread, 1.70AUD

We had some Pita Bread to wrap our grills with. Carbs are my lover and my enemy, seriously why are you so addictive. Having one is not enough.



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Appetizer Platter For One, 15.50AUD

Each available dip would cost you 6AUD and paying that amount for a single dip is absolutely ridiculous. Hence, we ordered the Appetizer Platter For One which in itself includes three different dips, the tzatziki, hommus and tarama dips. My favourite dip was the hommus. The flavour wasn't as strong as the other two and it had a more 
nutty taste to it. I did not enjoy the dolmakia (stuffed vine leaves) but the rest of the meats (lamb fillet skewer, smoked sausages, Greek rissole) were pretty good.



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Bowl Of Chips (Large), 7AUD

The waitress tried to stop us from ordering the Large chips but no we ain't gonna listen. So yes, a crazy handful amount of chips to share.



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Mixed Giros Souvlaki, 12.50AUD

If you don't fancy wrapping your own, get the pre-wrapped Mixed (lamb and chicken) Giros Souvlaki to settle all that hassle. And there's already sauce and vegetables inside, just lesser meat as compared to the platter. Wrapping my own pita is more fun, but the souvlaki would have more flavour up its sleeve.



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Do you know what Stalactites actually are? See those pointy structures above the ceiling? Those are extended soluble solid minerals that were elongated gradually with dripping water, and often seen in the ceilings of caves. Of course, this one was obviously manmade. I have seen so many artificial interpretations of Stalactites in various cities, but I would really love to see an actual natural 
occurring one, one day.





Stalactites
178-183 Lonsdale Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9663 3316

Mon to Sun: 24/7





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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Axil Coffee Roasters

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Waffles With Peanut Butter Parfait, Banana, Dark Chocolate And Candied Popcorn, 17.50AUD


Jan and I took a detour to Hawthorn for our weekend brunch ritual before attending mass at church. Axil Coffee Roasters was buzzing when we came in, oh we were starving. Thankfully service was excellent and the food came out really fast. This plate of waffles was my order, obviously. Someone once told me that a waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap, it is true isn't it? These skimpy waffles are the best of its kind. It was strategic of them to lay the melted dark chocolate on the base and maple syrup drizzled from the top to harmonize the sweetness balance. These waffles are thinner than most, meaning, its crispier and less sinful! The block of peanut butter parfait right smack in the centre was the banana slices' greatest pairing. Whoever first thought of the banana and peanut butter combination was a real genius. Plus, the candied popcorn delivered a nice crunch. Don't mind me while I lavish upon my dessert plate, om nom nom.



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Steak And Eggs, 22AUD


Jan on the other ordered the scotch steak with potato hash base, hidden spinach, and a poached egg with béarnaise sauce. It was lovely, but the portions here were smaller than expected and Jan wasn't too satisfied. We wanted to order a third dish but we were almost late for mass, so that idea would have to pass.



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Skinny Flat White,
 3.80AUD

When in a roasting house, ordering coffee is more than mandatory. Here I had a cup of finely brewed coffee. There are seasonal blends so remember to check that out on their roasting corner. I do feel that among all the famous coffee houses, Axil is my favourite. Axil's blend during my visit was strong but not heavily roasted, perfect for my palate. They also make their coffee through the 1962 probat coffee roaster (only a few exists in Melbourne) and the coffee beans are roasted on site. I'll be back for sure to try out one of their filter coffees.



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It took us 10 minutes of wait before finally getting a seat. Note that it was a weekend and we were here even before the lunch crowd came in.




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So the verdict is that Axil Coffee Roasters serves my favourite coffee blend in the whole of Melbourne. I have tried many different coffees from famous coffee places like Proud Mary, Seven Seeds, Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse, Auction Rooms etc, but Axil stood out to me most. How lucky, I don't have to travel all the way to Hawthorn if I crave for a warm long black, cappuccino or flat white. I can't be more blessed to have a cafe near my apartment that serves Axil's blend as well.



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Axil Coffee Roasters was built by two coffee lovers (also experts), Dave Makin and Zoe Delany. Fret not, they have won several barista champion trophies throughout the years. I could taste the love through their coffee, its amazing.





Axil Coffee Roasters
322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Melbourne, Victoria 3122
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9819 0091

Mon to Sun: 7am-4pm




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