Cinnamon scrolls and ridiculously good pulled pork at this gourmet foodstore, deli & cafe

Boccone Melbourne brunch breakfast

kwak cinnamon scrolls at Boccone Essendon Gourmet deli The Urban Ma digs into her Kwak scrolls
Look at this pregnant lady! – couldn’t even wait until after lunch to dig into her scroll!

If you follow me on Instagram you’d know that I’ve been in search of those deliciously tempting Kwak cinnamon scrolls and I finally got my fixing finding them at Boccone Gourmet Foodstore, Deli and Cafe in Essendon.

We ordered:

– Pulled pork brioche with jalapeno mayo, pickled red cabbage and Swiss cheese – We all had a taste of this and loved it! The pork wasn’t dry and everything encased between those two brioche buns had such great flavor together. Will definitely be ordering this next time we visit!

– Boccone beef burger. Aged ground beef, confit onion, cheddar, aioli, pickled gherkin on a seeded brioche bun with fat chips. The hubby enjoyed the burger and the fat chips were nice, well cooked parcels of potato that D enjoyed with some chicken schnitzel pieces from my panini

– Chicken schnitzel panini with olives, rocket and sundried tomato from the window display

– two Kwak scrolls – cinnamon and salt caramel flavour. We loved the salted caramel scroll and now I’m on a mission to taste all the other flavours!

– cappucino

– a vanilla slice to take away – the pastry was crispy and the middle was oh so smooth and creamy. We finished it off in no time when we got home.

Ambience:
A lovely gourmet food store, there were tables lined up all the way down one side of the cafe while the other side had gorgeous gourmet products on display such as pasta and cheeses. Clean, sophisticated interior.

Service:
We were seated as soon as we got in and the service was on point.

The Details:
From the cake display to the cheese board menu, Boccone Essendon is a lovely place to have Sunday lunch. There’s even a separate dining area at the back of the cafe where I’m guessing you can book if you’re thinking of having a big family lunch or celebrating a special occasion. Not sure if it was just because we had an active 2 year old with us but our table seemed a little smaller than normal – maybe it was because D had brought along his toys to play with!

Pulled pork brioche Boccone Essendon
Sorry for the pics! – low lighting and a hunger to dig into our lunch meant a few blurry food photos! That and the fact that we need to go on a photography course lol!

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The hubby’s Boccone beef burgerChicken schnitzel panini brunch at Boccone
Chicken schniztel paninifreshly made pasta at Boccone Essendon
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The cheese bar – We’ll definitely be visiting and order something from here as soon as bubba #2 arrives…bring on the soft cheeses!

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So tempting – everything in this cake display was screaming out to me “Buy me, eat me, you know you want me!”

The Urban Ma Sunday Style Loves

The spunky ones – style outfit post on their ootd coming up this Saturday 🙂 
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Sunday loves – Coffee, cars, boats and brunch

The Urban Ma blog Sunday loves Melbourne coffee The Cornershop Yarraville

A nice, warm sleep-in (we went to mass the last night!), brunch and good coffee, exploring and playtime with Daddy and Mr D, spending time with friends and family. An afternoon nap. Dinner with the family. A perfect, ideal Sunday. Relaxing and slow paced. Simple and beautiful.

This morning we slept in (with a 2 year old toddler that means sleeping in past 9am!) then headed straight downstairs to play with all Mr D’s new cars (our local toy store is closing down and everything was going for half the price!). The sun was shining and Daddy was up (he had an early dj set last night! Get his mixtapes here!) so brunch at one of Melbourne’s cafes was the pick.

We decided to go to nearby Yarraville knowing that there would be plenty of great cafes to choose from.

The Urban Ma breakfast Yarraville Bacon steak Cornershop Yarraville  Waffles Cornershop Yarraville

We ordered:
– Bacon steaks with beetroot and celeriac remoulade, poached eggs and Finnish mustard ($18)
– Free range scrambled eggs with parmesan, rainbow chard, soft herbs and chilli ($14.50) and I added mushrooms extra ($4.50) – it was such a great combo – full of taste and so filling!
– Kids waffles with maple syrup (Yummm! We shared with Mr D!)
– a flat white and a cappucino

Ambience:
Relaxed and casual with lots of light and both outdoor seating round the back and seating at the windows with views of pretty Ballarat street.

Service:
Friendly and attentive.

The Details:
There are kids’ options on the menu and if you want to hang around and enjoy the sunshine, order a takeaway coffee and some of their delicious-looking baked goods and enjoy them on the lawn right outside.

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Afterwards we drove around to find Mr D some boats as he’s been asking about seeing some all morning. We drove under the Westgate bridge and if you haven’t see the bridge from underneath, you’re missing a great view! Try driving down Hyde street or Douglas parade. The view is amazing and makes you appreciate just how much work was put into building it. Such a different view from the daily peak hour traffic that you are probably normally used to.

We saw a huge container ship as we were driving so we quickly followed it and found ourselves at France Street Fishing Jetty. It was perfect! Mr D hurried out of the car and we just stood there in awe. It was so majestic – the view and the slow movement of the ship as it was nudged by a little tugboat in to dock.

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After boat-watching and finding lots of starfish on the jetty, we headed to Laverton as one of Mr D’s godfathers was there with his car club, 86 Club Australia. See here for details about membership and their events!“Go Ninong go!” (“ninong” is “godfather” in Tagalog) – Mr D was hypnotised by all the cars and the driving. He thought they were just like Lightning McQueen and was in awe of his ninong’s driving skills.

With such excitement, Mr D was ready for his nap and we got home just after midday for a siesta! 🙂

Up next, dinner with the family!

Our ideal Sunday:
– playtime with Mr D
– sharing meals together
– exploring the neighbourhood
– quality time with family and friends
– no rushing around

What’s your ideal Sunday? 

Foodie Fridays – St Ali’s

The Urban Ma at St Ali's South Melbourne The Urban Ma orders brunch

 

St Ali’s 
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Like the enchanting laneways in Melbourne’s CBD where you always seem to find a new place to have coffee or a pop-up store full of eclectic goodies, South Melbourne is also blessed with good quality eateries. One well-known hangout is St Ali’s, perfect for a Saturday brunch with girls and our little male guest, Toddler D.  I hadn’t been there in ages and there were a mix of families, friends and  fitness fiends decked out in their sleek running gear and the latest fitness tracker wearables ordering their Saturday morning coffee.

Amongst all the chatter about the latest mummy, work and relationship goss, we enjoyed smooth coffee, savoury dishes and couldn’t resist the seductive row of sweets laid out on the front counter (I’ll be back for you custard and lychee donut!). The specials board boasted veal shin with roasted root veggies and a pork belly dish with black pudding and mash. I opted for the seafood scrambled eggs with kimchi and it was full of flavour and texture with roasted rice scattered on top. Finished it off with a sweet macadamia blondie. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite at this Melbourne institution that should be on everyone’s brunch place list 🙂

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South Melbourne’s Tuckshop

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The F.T Tuckshop – 2 Charles St, South Melbourne

As you can probably tell by the shaggy and untamed fringe Daniel is rocking we visited this place quite a few months ago now! – I found a few unpublished posts that I need to get up on this blog. I found this place whilst taking a random stroll down Clarendon street’s surroundings as I waited for my sister to meet me. It pays to look up and as we made our way down Coventry street and its cute boutiques the words “cheeseburger, jaffle and milkshakes” caught me eye.

In a small space down the laneway emerged Tuckshop – suitably named as ordering through the little window was like ordering lunch at the tuckshop at primary school 🙂 With quite a substantial menu for lunch, Baby D and I couldn’t go past the meatball sandwich and a Banoffee milkshake. The bread roll was soft and the meatballs were covered in just the right amount of sauce and melted cheese. Our milkshake was served with a cute striped straw, creamy and super delicious! 🙂 We lounged around and watched people on their lunch break enjoying old school jaffles and quality coffee. If you’re after a satisfying meal of good old classics served by friendly staff check out Tuckshop! 🙂

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Breakfast with truffles in Footscray, oh my!

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Guerilla Espresso, Shop 228, 81 Hopkins st, Footscray

What better way to enjoy the morning sunshine than brekkie with the hubby, the bubby and one of these bad boys – the infamous truffle toastie found at Guerilla Espresso. After reading about this exquisite sounding concoction  on my Twitter feed the night before, I knew exactly want I wanted for brunch the next day! Found amongst some fresh green grocers in the Footscray market, this cafe is occupies a small space but boasts smooth coffee, a delicious menu and lovely service. The layers of fresh crusty bread, shaved truffle, mozarella, gruyere, watercress and shaved pecorino, with a touch of lemon and olive oil was a beautiful bite of luxury taking me away from the sleepless nights I’ve had of late (the little one has been sick but more of that on another post). This well put together sandwich is already calling me back as I post this blog entry. Make sure you ask for the truffle toastie when you visit Guerilla as it is not up on the menu. Enjoy!

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Chase Kitchen – the new kid on the block

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Can you tell by my clean plate that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal? 🙂

With Baby D coming down with his first real cold in the past week (more on baby colds and sicknesses in another post!), I haven’t had the time, chance or energy to put into my blog posts the effort and passion that I would like. Sleep-deprived whilst trying to maintain a clean household, sane self and happy family is proving to be tough, let alone keeping on top of my blog posts and social media channels. Slowly but surely I’ll be back with my regular posts and in the meantime you can find me on Instgram: Jacqfruit, Twitter: @jacqui_medilo and Facebook: The Urban Ma.

Now let’s get into it!!! 😀 Unfortunately with all the rushing around I forgot to bring my camera so the pics in these posts are taken on my iPhone. More of a reason to visit this lovely new cafe again! 😉

Chase Kitchen, 80 Hudsons Road, Spotswood 

Chase: To pursue, to hunt.

A bright, sunny day in the middle of winter in Melbourne means you MUST get yourself outdoors and make the most of it! That’s what we did on Friday before the rain set in and what we uncovered is sure to be a new favourite! Out and about chasing the winter sun found us in good ol’ Spotswood at Chase Kitchen.

A friend tipped us off about a new player in the Hudsons Road coffee game and being just up the road at the Point Cook Town Centre, we took the freeway straight down to check it out. Right across from Candied Bakery, Chase’s wide open bi-fold windows welcomed us inside followed by the friendly staff and owners. We were originally just going to come in for a coffee but after seeing some tall, juicy burgers whizz past us to eagerly awaiting patrons, we decided to sit down for a meal.

After scanning the easy-to-read menu we quickly decided on the Boston burger and Pulled Pork roll. There are also vegetarian options, smoothies, fresh juices and a kids menu! I like that the menu offers a nice variety of meals and snacks without being too lengthy like other places we’ve been to. When it’s lunch time I just want to eat and not have to read through pages and pages of options.

There is easy wheelchair and pram access and a funky little Ikea highchair waiting for Baby D to occupy. As we wait, we are serenaded by some cool tunes and charmed by the local artwork from Lifestyle DNA that embellish the walls of this 6 day old cafe. Our coffees come out first with beautifully textured milk and a warm and lasting taste that showcases the signature Di Bella blends. Our lunch is brought to us not on the cliche wooden serving boards or mason jars that have become such a mainstay in many Melbourne cafes, but on crisp white plates and I am pleased. I don’t have to try and stay within a narrow piece of wood as I devour my roll – I can be a messy eater! My roll is packed with tender pulled pork and crisp Asian slaw and I like how the roll is soft and easy to bite in to. The better half’s Boston burger is a hit, I’m totally going to try this next time we visit. With its Jalepeno mayo, it gives the meal a slight kick, complimenting the burger and bacon wonderfully!

As we pay for our meals we are greeted with scrumptious cakes and treats baked fresh in the morning to take away with us for dessert. There is a cute little coffee card reel where you can leave your loyalty card ready for your next visit – it means one less card to keep in your wallet and no chance of losing it!

I can’t wait to visit this cafe again and try more of their menu. Be sure to look for Chase Kitchen on Hudsons road – the place with the red frontage. As the owners Jay and Tracey settle in they tell us they are working on the dining room and a funky little beer garden out the back – can’t wait for summer brunches! If you’re looking for a place to get your morning coffee (these guys open at 6.30am), or somewhere for lunch or an all day breakfast 7 days a week, this new kid on the block will have you hooked 🙂

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Rozzi’s at Highpoint

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A new cafe in the West, Rozzi’s Italian Canteen, a nice big mug of coffee for brekkie, Eggs benedict

Rozzi’s Italian Canteen, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

Cuisine: Cafe-style with cold salads, focaccias, and cakes in the window and made to order meals on the menu.

Location: Accessible location at the entrance of the new food hall and close to the elevators and escalators.

Service: We came for brunch on a Sunday and it was starting to get busy however we received our coffee and our meals in good time by friendly staff and patient staff.

Food: We both ordered the eggs Benedict, which is rare as we always try to order different dishes so that we can taste more of the menu! It was such a good blend of buttery, smooth flavours and the eggs were poached beautifully. Beautiful presentation.

Drink: I didn’t order any drinks but the better half ordered a cap and it came out in a huge FRIENDS-like mug with a nice aroma 🙂

Kid-Friendly?: Yes! Easy access from the carpark and we were able to arrange our chairs around our table to accommodate our pram!

We wanted to find a comfortable place to enjoy a nice brunch in the sun and decided to check out the new cafe at Highpoint. Rozzi’s is located at the entrance of the food hall section with lots of natural light shining through the windows and both indoor and outdoor seating. After having their deliciously, creamy eggs Benedict and being able to accommodate our pram, we will definitely be coming back to try more! Their salads look delish!!!

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