Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twenty & Six Espresso

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Citrus Cured Salmon Tartare, 19AUD

Blogging on another brunch place called Twenty & Six Espresso. This is a 'healthier' cafe option, perfect for the overly concerned. Today's brunch partner was Lisa, one of my cheerful course-mate. She chose to order the Citrus Cured Salmon Tartare with braised beetroot, fennel, radish salad, horseradish cream, toast and a poached egg. I guess the salmon mix was supposed to be eaten in bruschetta form. So healthy, so pretty, so yummy, except for the beetroot. I mean.. I get that beetroot ultimately healthy, but isn't that one of the worst natural creation ever?



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Almond Dukkah Coated Cauliflower Salad, 16AUD

My type of vegetables as you know it, are ones with lesser leafy greens. Cauliflower and broccoli are one of my favourite green under the fibre options of the food pyramid. I've been sourcing for almond dukkah to roast my cauliflower at home ever since I tried this dish of theirs. So far, I couldn't find almond dukkah anywhere. I might result in making that dukkah myself!

I love how the cauliflower was roasted with almond dukkah to perfection. The cauliflower turned out brownish, more savoury and crunchy. With that, smoked eggplant, chickpeas, pickled radish, almonds, goats' cheese, pomegranate and various herbs were mixed to form this colourful plate. I love the combination but could definitely do with leaving out the pickled radish.



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Me and Lisa 



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We were one of the earlier ones, hence the quiet setting. By noon, the place started to get busier. The photo of the indoor dining area was taken when we left.

They have an outdoor cozy dining backyard, indoor area as well as seats right in front of the restaurant. All in all, I find Twenty & Six Espresso a cozy restaurant and I enjoyed the food options that we order.






Twenty & Six Espresso
594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9329 0298


Mon: 7.30am-3.30pm
Tue: Closed
Wed to Fri: 7.30am-3.30pm
Sat to Sun:8am-3.30pm





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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Huxtaburger

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Bills Burger, 12AUD + Large Crinkled Cut Chips, 3AUD

Handling stress from piling assignments and Huxtaburger joint was where our therapy treatment happened. I chose the Bills Burger with a cup of large chips. Huxtaburger is known for its sweet bun. I love how deformed it looks, and sure, the bun tasted really good too! What's beneath that bun? A beef pattie, mustard, mayo, tomato sauce, tomato, cheese, lettuce, pickles, bacon, egg, pineapple & beetroot. *gasp* That's alot of ingredient isn't it? Bills Burger fits my bill quite right.



Theo Burger + Chips

Theo Burger, 12.50AUD + Large Crinkled Cut Chips, 3AUD

Jan had the Theo Burger consisting of a double beef patty, double cheese, bacon and lets see.. four different types of sauces (mustard, mayo, BBQ and tomato sauce) and vegetables. The amount of sauces could be too overwhelming for some, but we sure didn't mind it. Always burgers with more sauces than dry burgers.

Overall, I thought the burger tasted good, but not splendid enough. I still am leaning towards Andrew's HamburgersI'm not the only one, Jan agrees with me too! Andrew's Hamburgers is the real deal, a classic option for a good old traditional beef burger.







Huxtaburger
106 Smith Street, Collingwood
Melbourne, Victoria 3066
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9417 6328


Mon to Thu: 11.30am-10pm
Fri to Sat: 11.30am-11pm
Sun: 11.30am-10pm





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Friday, April 11, 2014

Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse

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Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse is a quiet cafe a little out of the CBD area. Had my brunch routine with the usuals Rach, Yan and Patrick over beauteous looking dishes and iced coffees.



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Warehouse themed cafe that sells coffee machines and coffee beans.



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Iced Coffee (w/o Ice Cream), 4.50AUD

Can I just mention how hot it was that day, 34 degrees celcius and the sun showed no mercy. A hot day tends to elevate my angst. Iced coffee was essential to cool my senses.



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Three Quinoa Salad, 16AUD

The Quinoa was a refreshing dish. Who says healthy food don't taste as good? I admit, Australians are the most creative when it comes to creating healthy recipes. This Quinoa dish consists of red cabbage, cut out grapes, walnuts, cherry tomatoes with herbs lemon dressing to enhance the flavour. Not incredible, but it left us feeling a little healthier.



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Smoked Ox Tongue, 18AUD

Patrick seemed to be the one that is always willing to try out outrageous dishes. I'm not that barbaric courageous. The thought of munching tongues... I cannot... Could you guys spot the countless amounts of mini taste buds? Goosebumps!

Anyway, Patrick loved the Smoked Ox Tongue so much! On a piece of char grilled brioche, he was presented with three tongues, capers, celery, an egg that was done beautifully with a dash of anchovy dressing. That egg.. How could you make the outside crispy while keeping the yolk runny at the same time? Such an alchemy.



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Coffee Cured Salmon, 19AUD

What do you mean coffee cured? Cured is just a fancier word for 'preserving' the salmon. What about coffee cured? Preserving with coffee? I have no idea. I think they could overall scrap that title off the list because I barely tasted any coffee in my salmon. By barely, I mean not at all.

This whole dish was just too sour for my liking. The turnip remoulade, meh. The pickled radish, BIG meh. The brioche.. well well.. mediocre. Only the poached egg and the salmon was decent. The whole ingredient combination just didn't quite blend well together.



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Peach Loaf, 15AUD

Rachel had the prettiest and the yummiest combo. Toast with peaches, raspberry, stone fruit and pistachio.. How could I not have ordered this? There's white chocolate foam that not only appears so pretty in pictures, but also yummy in the tummy. The best part? There's sugar crunch pieces which tasted so sweet and amazing.



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In summary, Yan loved her Quinoa, Pat loved his Ox Tongue.



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Rach loved her Peach Loaf and I'm disappointed with my Brioche.

Overall, my three musketeers but me seemed to like Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse. As for me... I don't think I would come back here anytime soon. Meh.






Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse
19-21 Leveson Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9329 2973


Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat to Sun: 7.30am-4pm





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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scent Of Time

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Feeling so cozy in my tiger sweater. I paired it with a thick woolen skirt with lace details at the hem area. I haven't been shopping much when I head back to Indonesia a few months ago. Lots of the stuff I brought back to Melbourne were stolen from my mum's wardrobe, like this woolen skirt and the thick cotton scarf. Perks for having a young mum with the same size from head-to-toe.

A few days ago I was having a bad hair day and thinking.. I need a total makeover. So I got into a drugstore, chose the reddest hair dye available without hesitation and proceeded home. That day I dyed and trimmed the hair myself. Now my fringe isn't as long and the whole hair is not as thick as it was. Might as well face mask, hair-mask, scrub and pamper myself to the fullest extent right? And so I did.


The next day I woke up feeling refreshed and totally like a new person. My previous orange hair has faded and turned dull, so unattractive! I have missed being this red, perfect change for the autumn season.






Outfit: Sweater, Forever 21 // Skirt, Thrifted // Bag, Michael Kors // Shoes, Sportsgirl // Earrings, Pandora // Scarf, Thrifted // Charm Bracelet, Pandora // Lips, Too Faced (Spice Spice Baby)





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