Vanilla slice, slice baby

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VicPies Cafe, Shop 6, 100 Furlong Road, Cairnlea

Maybe they should change the name of the store from VicPies to VicRice or something along those lines because after eating lunch here with fellow blogger Consider the Sauce, hubby and I are hooked! – only it’s not their pies that have made our lunch dates there a favourite – we are loving their Vietnamese rice dishes and ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee)! Oh and also their homemade vanilla slices (only $2.80!) 🙂

Even though it looks a little confused with lunch dishes printed on paper and stuck to the windows and then pies and coffee on offer in the display unit, I guess that’s the charm of this local cafe. VicPies is not at all pretentious – they offer friendly service and fabulous food at reasonable prices – that’s a winner in my books! The dishes are served with lots of tender meat and veggies and even though they don’t have highchairs available, VicPies is pram friendly 🙂

Our favourites are the beef claypot, pork chop and broken rice with fried egg and the beef stew, and of course the smooth vanilla slice. What are your favourite local eats!?

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My local pizza place



Monday nights “Monday $10 Parma & drink night” for hubby & I. With the weather warming up to nice balmy evenings (yes I wrote this a while ago, but hadn’t managed to post it up until now), a quick stroll down the road means a stop at Cafe Olivieto’s – the local pizza joint with a menu that surprisingly has a lot to offer. Cafe Olivieto’s tables sprawl out overlooking the courtyard where we like to people-watch as mums, dads, kids & the in-betweeners rush about buying their groceries from Coles or dinner from the other local restaurants (the Cairnlea Town Centre has a wide variety of eateries ranging from Thai & Filipino restaurants to kebabas, to the classic fish & chips, chicken shop & a Chinese restaurant that serves yum cha daily!).
The pizzas are made fresh to order with chunky toppings and Cafe Olivieto’s generously sized parma meals served with bolognese really hit the spot after a long hard day’s work. As this place is so popular there is sometimes a bit of a wait on meals and pizzas but I don’t mind as I can quickly duck to the groceries or browse the make up aisles in Priceline!

What is your favourite thing about your local area?

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