coffee

SERVED WITH PRIDE: PROUD MARYS

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.

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SO LONG SILO

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.

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SORRY I’M LATE, I’VE BEEN IN CAMBODIA

I know it’s been a long time between posts, a real long time. I spent the last month volunteering in Cambodia and since I returned last week I’ve been catching up on bills, work, life etc. But regular posts are back as of…. now.

While I adapt to Melbourne’s significantly colder weather (Cambodia’s daily 40 deg + 80% humidity = all the sweats) here’s some pics of Phnom Penh where I started my sweaty-but-fantastic trip.

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WELCOME TO MY HAUS

I’m a little hesitant to tell you about one of my favourite bars in case it’s suddenly inundated with people and I can’t find a seat there on a Saturday night.

But I will, because I’m nice like that.

Von Haus Wine Bar is tucked away on Crossley Street, just off Bourke Street.

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NORTH-EAST NORTHCOTE

How did you spend your long weekend?

I was intending to go to Wanderlust Festival but my plans were slightly derailed by illness so I spent most of the weekend in bed watching Real Housewives of Melbourne – for blog research purposes, of course.

Prior to being bed-bound I did some exploring and finally visited Northcote’s High Street. I’ve been meaning to visit the area for some time after read countless delicious reviews of its cafés. I particular newcomer Barry,opened in October 2013 by the owners of popular Richmond café Pillar of Salt. I didn’t have time to stop but it’s high on my list of ‘places-to-brunch’. Peanut butter with heirloom tomatos and salt’n’pepper peanuts on toast – that’s my kind of food creativity (have a look at the menu to tempt your tastebuds – Barry Coffee & Food Menu ). There was a queue at 12pm though so keep that in mind if you’re planning a visit.

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A DOUBLE-SHOT LATTE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Melbourne is a city defined by its love of coffee. With some of the best baristas and brews in the world it’s a well deserved reputation. So it’s fitting that my first post (!) is about one of my first caffeinated experiences here.

This is also a public service announcement for any coffee loving Perthians travelling to Melbourne: Baristas/cafes here do not serve long macchiatos ‘topped up’ as us Sandgropers call them. You’ll rarely see it on a menu and I was picked as a Western Australian ordering one on Chapel Street when I first moved here. (more…)