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 was 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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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Kettle Black

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Our weekend ritual always starts with good food and cup of coffees. Every week we would try out different places to eat. Soaking in the morning light by sitting outside of the cafe was very rewarding, no other sweeter experience than to do, just simply, this. The Kettle Black is the new state-of-the-art brunch destination, which, its clean and white facade expands of what was already spacious. Ah, roomy! And if you haven't already know, The Kettle Black is a sister branch to Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone.



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Crowded but cozy, high ceiling always helps.



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Skinny Cappuccino, 4AUD + Mocha, 4AUD

Jol and I started out with coffees while waiting for our food to arrive. The blend was decent, not too bad.



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Polenta Porridge With Burnt Maple, Textures Of Strawberry & Basil, 15AUD

I ordered the beautiful Polenta Porridge with three different textures of strawberries, dried, fresh, and in compote form, all premixed and served with. I was also delighted to eat smooth skinned petals, which I could still hardly consider it as, edible. The circumference portion was the best part because it was where all the non-thick burnt maple was poured at. The middle portion was a little plain. I almost wished they gave us more maple, separate from the plate, so I could pour it anywhere on my own. Nonetheless it was still a beautiful dish, which was absolutely worth the try.



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Hotcakes With House-Made Ricotta, Blueberries, Pure Maple, Double Cream & Seeds, 18AUD


My babe had hotcakes, and no doubt it was as good as Top Paddock's version, the team behind the scenes managed to replicate this dish as close as possible. My love for berries is unconditional, 
unconditionally substantive. Fresh fruits on top and blueberries baked together with the hotcake itself. This dish stood out on its own, but with the sweet cold double cream, I don't need no maple.



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Benedict Style Eggs With Free Range Pork Shoulder & Aerated Hollandaise, 17AUD

Jan was utterly satisfied with his Eggs Benedict and the Pork Shoulder flavour was distinct, in a good way. The amount of hollandaise was almost philanthropic, don't you think? well, he loves it like that.



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What a beautiful day to sit outside. By the way, Jolene's short trip to Melbourne ends today, so this is our final meal together. It has been fun. Study hard back in Brisbane babe, I am already missing you!




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Jolene made the most out of her last day here by eating as much as she could, so we ordered desserts! Oh! And afterwards I dragged her to South Melbourne Market to buy a bag of chocolate pretzels from my favourite pretzel dealer. Yeah, we did.




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StrawB, 5.80AUD


I ordered the doughnut, locally produced by Doughboys Doughnuts. They had two in-store on that day, the StrawB and the Earl Grey. I chose the strawberry because the waiter convinced me it tasted better. Strawberry callebaut Belgian chocolate frosting was what was on top, with strawberry flavoured sprinkles. Ah, it *sparkles*!! I mean, my eyes sparkled staring at it.



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Cheesecake, 6.80AUD

For the love of cheesecake, Jol had to order it. It was creamy and good except of how minimal the crust was. Plus, the raspberry coulis was funny tasting.




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Even the counter is pretty, minimalistic and modern, letting secondary elements such as the flowers and cake trays stand out.




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The Kettle Black is a beautiful brunch place, a great option to bring your friends to if they are from out of town. Two thumbs up for the food and beautiful decor. Yeep yeep!






The Kettle Black
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9088 0721

Mon to Fri: 7am-5pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4pm





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swaying In The Blue

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Looking at the sea, my thoughts got swallowed up in the ocean. These days I have been so caught up with events and personal affairs that I forgot how to spend alone time with myself. Visiting Dromana beach at Mornington got me time to unwind, enjoy the serenity of the quiet, and away from the hives of activities.

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Wearing stripes suits many occasions. Pairing my high waisted blue-black mutant jeans with stripes was an easy pick. Always stick to the basics if I am up late and had to rush out. I planned to take a tourist shot which turned out to be a session of taking outfit shoots with my girls. That's what happens when you put a bunch of girls together right? These colourful bathing boxes are Melbourne's historical assets and mind you, my uncle once told me the ones at Brighton Beach can cost up to $200,000 each, wow..! Can't wait to head back to the beach when the weather gets even warmer. Counting the days till I could ditch the layers.





Monday, October 13, 2014

Fish Fetish

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Family Pack For 5, 75AUD

Its been a long time since the last time I had superb quality fish and chips. Mornington is Rachel's hood and she knows her way at it down to the nitty gritty, including the best fish and chips in town. We settled at Fish Fetish at Sorrento beach for dinner. A Family Pack For 5 got us 5 barramundi fish flakes, 5 scallops, 5 prawns, 5 calamari rings and tons of chips. Everything was so, so fresh even after being deep fried. Brava!!!





Fish Fetish
27 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
Melbourne, Victoria 3943
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 5984 1479


Mon to Thu: 11.30am-8pm
Fri to Sat: 11.30am-8.30pm
Sun: 11.30am-8pm





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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Alley Espresso

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Having a hearty breakfast with the girls, Jol & Rach, at The Alley Espresso after dropping the boys at the Safety Beach Golf Club. We shared scones and sandwiches, having a cup of coffee each, before exploring the beaches and wineries around the area.



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Flat White

Beautiful blend, decent tasting. Sandwiches or cakes are my favourite companions to my cup of coffee.



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Scones

The scones are fluffy and the saucer of cream was as light and as fluff as cloud, I loved it. The strawberry jam had a weird tomato flavour aftertaste, perhaps candied raspberry jam would suit better.



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Ham, Cheese & Tomato Toastie

I could give up rice or pastas for breads, especially multigrain or four seeds bread. The ham was plentiful. This toastie was spot on, and it is the perfect savoury option for breakfast.



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The Alley Espresso links itself with a furniture retail shop selling random whatnots, from useful kitchenaid to ornaments for decorating your kitchenette. So adorable!





The Alley Espresso
167 Point Nepean Road, Dromana
Melbourne, Victoria 3936
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 5981 4624

Mon to Sun: 6.30am-4.30pm





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Friday, October 10, 2014

Lucky Penny

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Skinny Cappuccino, 3.80AUD


Yoohoo, my pal Jolene is in town! She came all the way from Brisbane for a few days and it was my job to share Melbournians' favourite day to day morning activity, brunch! We also caught up with Heather today before us girls head to The Royal Melbourne Show. And of course, a beautiful roast is mandatory.




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In case you are wondering, Jan joined us too.



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Egg And Bacon Roll, 14AUD


Jol had a morning roll with egg and bacon sandwiched in soft bread. What made this sandwich special was the amount of tomato chutney and aioli that was slathered in between.




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Waffles With Waffles, 12AUD


Lucky Penny serves one of the best waffles in town. Seriously sinful but we would kill to have more of that waffles with cold chocolate and peanut butter cream inspired by rocky road. I mean.. doesn't that look incredible?



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A Few Things, 14AUD


If you rather stick with the old classic, have yourself A Few Things. It includes a DIY muesli bowl for you to have as much or little yoghurt and milk at your own freedom, a fruity side and a slice of carrot cake. Of course, the carrot cake was the best part.




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Breakfast Of Champions, 19.50AUD


Jan and his protein packed meal screams king to all other breakfast options, the big breakfast. The best part of the dish was the smoked meatballs and the amazing bacon slices.




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Lucky Penny offers hearty food at affordable prices. Especially in a place like South Yarra, finding an inexpensive cafes is quite the challenge these days.





Lucky Penny
481 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9827 5789


Mon to Sun: 8am-5pm





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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mook Ji Bar

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I have been pestering Jan to try out Mook Ji Bar for the longest time. Was hanging around the city area with him all day and then we met up with my favourite girls for dinner. Mook Ji Bar has this policy whereby each person is to order one dish. This is how they profit maximize despite the crazy crowd they have waiting in line every night. Our hot pot was considered two dishes for two persons, but of course you get to share all that was ordered among your group.



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Seafood Pancake, 15AUD


I heard to order pancakes when visiting Mook Ji Bar. We chose the Seafood Pancake consisting of mostly squids, kimchi, vegetables. The pancake was of an egg and flour batter. We enjoyed our first few bites dipping our pancakes into the sweet and sour chili dip. However, it got to the point where the bottom of the pancake got soggy after a while. The highlight was combining the pancake with the sauce. Without the sauce, meh, nothing too special.



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Tteokbokki, 15AUD + Cheese, 3AUD


We all agreed that we tasted the worst Tteokbokki ever here at Mook Ji Bar! I guess our ideal rice cake situation needs a whole lotta crisp. It was stated as pan fried on the menu, and we were all expecting the exteriors of the rice cake to be slightly crusty. The cheese did not at all penetrate through with the red sauce or the rice cakes because it was blocked by slices of fish cakes in the center. We were also given a hard boiled egg on the side which I thought was weird and unnecessary.




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Beef & Mushroom Stew, 40AUD


My favourite dish of the night was not necessarily the most value worthy order but I would have to give it to the Beef & Mushroom Stew. Stacking inexpensive ingredients without any form of finesse required to come up with this hot pot, kinda hurts my pocket a little bit. Purchasing all that ingredients readily at any supermarket for perhaps, 10 bucks, is definitely doable. 10 bucks and I could have a fancy home cooked meal with my friends. Ouch, right? Inside the hotpot was merely affordable type beef slices, golden mushrooms, vegetables, and we had our udon changed for sweet potato noodles.



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Overall we were all not very satisfied with Mook Ji Bar and we expected a whole lot more from them. This place is very much overhyped. So far, my best bets for good quality Korean restaurants (in sequence) are still Chick In, Seoul Soul, Oishi! Kitchen, Big Mama and Darac Grill & Bar.





Mook Ji Bar
406 Lonsdale Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9600 2661

Mon to Sat: 11.30am-11pm
Sun: 3pm-10pm






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