All posts tagged: coffee

Lately (In July & August)

What’s that saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’? Couldn’t agree more especially when they come courtesy of Jonny, he got embarrased when he saw I wrote this but I don’t care, the guys really good. So if you’re sat here with a cuppa watching endless youtube videos then hit pause and check out some of his latest work on his personal website ‘None-Other’ here. Here’s a little look at some of his recent photographs… But wait, just before you go and do that here’s a little recap on some of the stuff we have been up to since we got back from Indonesia if you’re interested, and yeah so most of it’s food related but since that’s pretty much what we do with the majority of our time then what can you do. Do you recognise any of these places in Melbourne? 

Canggu, Bali

If Kuta was the drunk-party girl, Ubud is the hippy saving-the-whales artist so Canggu is the effortlessly cool friend you want to hate but you just can’t. This place is undoubtedly Bali’s hottest neighbourhood right now. With amazing health cafes, yoga and surf camps and an actual decent cup of coffee, without all the usual touristy crap this is somewhere you can’t help but fall in love with. I mean Jonny had to forcibly remove me eventually, I didn’t want to leave, he fully made me. Blame him. Don’t expect much culture and variety in this post, I warn you straight up it’s all about the food today. You are literally spoilt for choice for places to eat here, it’s a foodies dream, it’s my dream. More importantly after drowning in Nasi Gorengs and fish BBQs finally I was looking at menus with actual gluten free options where a salad wasn’t just shredded carrot and a cucumber on a lettuce leaf. The vibe here is very chilled and effortlessly cool, probably something to do with everyone being a surfer or a yoga teacher, but the best thing …

Feast of Merit

As much as I love brunch and trust me I really do, it does get a little bit samey. I mean lets be honest, you’re guaranteed the same breakfast favourites in some shape and form no matter where you go. And that industrial look and vibe is becoming so over used it’s almost losing it’s value and that’s a shame because when a cafe does it right it’s golden. However our little breakfast outing this weekend to Feast of Merit was a refreshing change. For starters it offers a Middle Eastern inspired twist on breakfast. Intriguing right. And we loved the decor, lots of distressed wood, plants, window seats and big windows flooding the place with light. And it didn’t look overdone. Keep talking… Unusually for a Sunday around 9ish it was eerily empty. Embarrassingly we were the first and only ones there but no need to worry they all started trickling in soon after we received our coffees and Virgin Mary’s. It’s become a breakfast staple. I enjoyed my soy latte so much I …

Lucky Penny

It’s creeping scarily quickly into winter here in Melbourne. Something I never thought we’d have to face after escaping the tropical climates of England, definitely not what we signed up for on the big Aus adventure… I’ve decided I’m one of those people who has that seasonal mood thing. It gets cold. I get miserable. I’d literally avoid any evening activity if it meant staying in the warmth of my bed. Wild I know. The other night Jonny dragged me kicking and screaming out of the flat for dinner. I hadn’t been feeling too good and we were both in one of those annoying moods where we couldn’t decide what we fancied or make a decision to save our lives but it was way to cold to walk up and down looking for somewhere, not if Jonny wanted an enjoyable evening anyway. Thankfully Lucky Penny is close enough to endure the frostbite and they opened up last week in the evenings with little share plates and more importantly a cheeseboard. We’ve popped in here a …

Journeyman Cafe

Journeyman is another cafe that has been on our hit list for way too long but always seemed to slip through the net. We walk past it, kept seeing it from a tram window and occasionally on Instagram and yet still ignored it. Until Sunday. When I finally got my way and forced Jonny to take me for breakfast before that little boxing fight you may have heard about. I already knew what I wanted before we even walked through the door. Yep I know it’s boring but I have been dreaming about a Smashed Avocado literally all week (simple pleasures) And these guys do their smashed avo with hummus. Yes please. I did almost cheat on my decision because there were so many other things I wanted, this is a strong menu, more of an excuse to return I suppose. Jonny on the other hand decided on the Pulled pork Benedict in under 60 seconds. I’ve grabbed a takeaway coffee here a few times and my soy latte again did not disappoint. Mr coffee …

Manchester Press

I think we owe Manchester Press an apology, this place has been on our hit list for over a year now yet every time we are deciding on somewhere to go for Brunch it always got overlooked until today we finally ended up giving it a go and we loved it. Shame on us for not trying it out sooner, the guys do a great bagel and I found a new favourite dish. Do you do what we do and keep a running list of places to try out on your phone? Every time I hear someone talking about a decent meal or see a picture on Instagram that makes my mouth water it goes straight on the list. Can’t risk forgetting and missing out on a good meal right? And Manchester Press has been a solid member of this list for way too long and I don’t really have a good reason for why it took us so long. Blame all those other brunch places for luring us in with all those fancy options …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Make a date for Drugstore Espresso

If Drugstore Espresso was a person, putting it simply you’d want to be friends with them. It’s like that kid who came into school one day wearing his dads bomber jacket and absolutely nailed it. A slick ease we can only dream of, you know the one. The whole vibe here is cool without the try-hard, from the casual industrial decor, to the 90’s hip hop your boyfriends going to claim he can rap along to and don’t even get me started on the staff. This is the type of cafe you’d want to own or at least have a mate that does so you can excuse spending your days sprawled out front in the sun working through the deli cabinet, coconut in hand. Failing this you can clearly do this anyway. Last week I went three days in a row. We are hooked. The breakfasts here are unbelievable, we are attempting to slowly work our way through the menu, because it’s instant food envy every time someone elses meal goes past. Every time I go with the intention to order something new but the Berry Beet …

The Lawson Grove Shop

Listen carefully because we are about to let you in on a little secret and introduce you to the cutest little cafe in Melbourne that is going to change your Sunday mornings for ever. When you find somewhere like The Lawson Grove Shop you’re torn between telling every person you meet and taking the treasured location to your grave, lucky for you we are feeling generous. Just don’t tell too many people… When we escaped the rat infested delights of our first ‘home’ in Melbourne and found our new flat we didn’t think it could get any better. For one thing the walls didn’t shake whenever someone coughed and we didn’t have to dodge around the mushrooms growing on the bathroom floor every time we wanted to shower. So imagine how much sweeter the move was when Jonny reported back that there was a little coffee shop next door. (Hello morning latte in bed?) But not just any old coffee shop, imagine you could build a café next to your house what would it be like? Fresh home made food? …

Pellegrinis

Whenever people ask me for places to visit in Melbourne I pretty much force them to try this place and then instantly regret it and want to keep it secret. It’s one of those places that you could literally take anyone, your parents would love it, you’d pop there late at night with friends or you could easily pop in solo. We head there late at night after we’ve been for dinner sit up at the counter and share whatever cake the old Italian man grunts is good. There is probably better coffees out there but it’s the overall experience that keeps us coming back, well that and then this icy watermelon granita that’s worth the trip alone. The whole feel of this place is so authentic and cosy like an old school Italian diner, from the rustic no frills charm to the cliché old Italian men who work there. No fuss needed, it works as it is what it is. Good coffee. Homemade authentic pastas, and a decent slice of cake. You get what …