House-hunting is the worst. As much as I enjoy snooping around other people’s homes, repeatedly leaving work early or waking up at 8am on a Saturday morning gets a little tiresome.
Tuesday’s (unsuccessful) house viewing was made a little brighter as it brought us right near Proud Mary at lunchtime. One of Collingwood’s most beloved cafes it’s been on my list since I moved to Melbourne but the prospect of staggeringly long queues on weekends had put me off.
This past fortnight I’ve been ticking off places I’ve long been meaning to eat at. After a deeelish brunch last week at Abbotsford’s LBSS next on my list was Northcote’s Barry.
I was only planning to stop by for a coffee but as soon as I spotted homemade fruit & nut bread on the menu I was there for a meal. I’m on a personal mission to try every kind of fruit toast in the city. It’s a hard task but someone’s gotta do it. So far the leader is Stovetop. It’s super nutty and dense, more the texture of cake but that’s never a bad thing.
Back to Barry. The fruit toast came with whipped spiced orange ricotto and butter. Lots of butter. The whipped ricotta was balanced nicely by the spiced orange – neither too sweet or tart. The same could be said for the fruit and nut toast which came out in thick slices with an emphasis on spice rather than sugar.
Little Big Sugar Salt has been on my ‘to brunch’ list for a long time but as it’s out in Abbotsford my inherent laziness had prevented me from visiting. In an effort to expand my dining circle beyond Fitzroy and the CBD this week I woke up a little bit earlier, put on my walking shoes and trekked* out to Abbotsford for brunch.
*In full disclosure it only took me 20 minutes to walk there so it’s not really ‘that’ far. I am just lazy.
Today’s post comes courtesy of Georgia. She lives in Sydney, I live in Melbourne so we decided to do a swapsie to show each other around our city (read my 24 Hours in Melbourne here).
Her blog Inner City Stinge follows Georgia’s pursuit of a champagne lifestyle on a VB budget. When she’s not eating, she’s probably still eating…
I’ve made Sydney my home for the past two and a half years, but it can be an expensive city to live in, especially with rent where it is these days.
So how’s a girl supposed to have a little fun around here without wads of cash to blow? Well I’ve written up the perfect 24 hours in Sydney based on my favourite places to hang out and take visitors.
Expect to be jumping on and off public transit all day, so pick up a day pass first thing to save time and money.
Well, look no further. If you’ve found yourself in Sydney for the weekend and can’t afford to stay at the Shangri-la or dine at Tetsuyas, there’s still a tonne of fabulous things to do without blowing your budget.
Silo by Joost, one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne, has closed its doors for a revamp and reopening on July 26th. While I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with, there was no way I could make it to the end of July without one more classic Silo brunch.
On Sunday morning we woke up with some real bacon cravings. Like, real bad. I won’t lie – we researched our brunch options purely based on how much bacon appeared on the menu. After some deliberation we settled on Breakfast Thieves.
Moving to a new city can be a little lonely. During my first few weeks in Melbourne I filled my days finding new cafes to drink coffee, read and watch the day go by. At the corner of my street Storm In A Teacup, a tiny tea shop/cafe/bar, quickly became my preferred hideaway to escape the world.
Storm In A Teacup is devoted to the wonderful beverage that is tea. Black, white, green, oolong, fruity, tisane – you’ll find hundreds of teas on the menu carefully selected from around the world. At night the cafe turns into a bar with tea based cocktails as well as organic wines and beers available.