Work lunch #2 – The Archway that holds Melbourne’s latest hidden foodie surprises

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5 and Dime Bagel Cafe
Katherine ok, Melbourne

Someone sat eating a gorgeously delicious looking bagel in the lunchroom at work the other day. So naturally I had to know where it can from. “The little laneway off Flinders lane”, I was told.

Long overdue for a catch up with one of my fellow blogger, Kenny (Consider the Sauce blog) and I went for a work lunch bagel hunt. I wanted to try something different to Work Lunch #1.

Along a row of, what I imagine will become popular and regular, lunch time haunts in The Archway for the population at this end of the CBD, is 5 and Dime Bagels.

We caught the lunch hour rush (we got there at around 12:30pm) with a line of hungry patrons up to the door. Luckily for us there were still lots of bagels on display in the window (I was told they were sold out last week!). I ordered a dill bagel with a generous spread of scallion and horseradish cream cheese topped with salmon and red onion recommended by the helpful and friendly staff.

It was bagel heaven!

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Biting into my lunch made me think about all the Sunday mornings that mum would wake us up with warm bagels and spread waiting on the breakfast counter. I used to love eating the blueberry ones. I can’t remember where she bought them from all those years ago but the ones I tried today were so good I can’t wait to go back and take some home for the family!

You can purchase 5 and Dime Bagels from a few locations in the CBD and also at some farmers markets. 2015/01/img_9676.jpgLove the simple yet rich interior of this place.

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Thai in the Western Suburbs


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 Caroline Thai
Shop 9/218-222 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

Along with Yim Yam in Yarraville, Caroline Thai family favorite time and time again (see previous post here). We booked a last minute reservation last Saturday night as we felt like keeping it local. The place has expanded from one shop to occupying the space next door and even with the extra tables Caroline Thai still draws a full house so it’s always a good idea to call ahead or order take away.

We ordered the following and loved every dish except the papaya salad was so spicy (we ordered it mild) that we had to gulp down some Thai milk tea with every mouthful! I’ll have to remember next time to make sure it’s not too hot. The waiters were accommodating in getting us a high chair and also presented D with plastic plates, cups and cutlery. Toddler D loved it! – another Thai food fan I see 🙂

We enjoyed:

Golden Nest – Stir fried chicken with king prawns with red wine in chef’s special sauce with cashew nut on a golden nest of deep fried egg noodles
Seafood Tom Yum – Spicy Thai style sour soup with seafood lemongrass, lime leaves, mushroom, baby corn, tomato and chilli
Red Duck Curry – Thai style roasted duck in red curry with tomato, pineapple and vegetables
Som Tum Pu – Traditional North Eastern paw paw salad mad from mixed paw paw, carrot, bean, cherry tomato, garlic, peanut, shrimp with secret salad sauce (we ordered the
Thai Milk Tea
Banana fritters and ice cream
Coconut pudding and ice cream

Caroline Thai Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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Sunday family time – Pt 1. Yum Cha lunch

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Crystal Jade Palace
154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

It was a happy birthday celebration that brought us all together for Sunday lunch at Crystal Jade Palace. First time here and it was bustling with happy chatter and trolleys full of tasty dishes ready for the taking. I never know what to order when going to yum cha and because I eat anything (except for the chicken feet!) I gladly tried out the different pickings of the day including eel and tripe! Daniel loved it and ate everything we gave him, even sipping the tea when he got thirsty. We were seated towards the back end of the first floor restaurant and it was perfect being next to the large windows as Daniel was able to watch he cars below driving down Russell street after he finished eating. With $10 all day parking a few steps away, Crystal Jade Palace is conveniently located in the middle of all the action.

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Looks like an ad for City Mini! – seriously love this pram! We’ve taken it all over the place including overseas and it is so easy to maneuver, fold and push along (I’ll have to write up a separate blogpost on it!) 
The Urban Ma Melbourne Little Bourke street yum chaAll rugged up with a nice big coat to protect him from the chilly Melbourne winter day

 

 

 

 

Happy Days

Happy Days OOTD

Sunshine and the great outdoors. For the past few Sundays we’ve been enjoying time outside and the little one has been loving watching the birds, planes and helicopters fly past us up in the sky. He’s been loving playing with rocks and shouts out “DUCK” when he sees birds in the garden. Baby D also said his first three syllable word yesterday! – crocodile 🙂

Oh how fast they grow and I’m enjoying every minute of it. This week was a good week. Lots of naps, cuddles and play time. And a productive week work-wise, volunteer-wise and housework-wise 😉 One thing I do need to work on though is this blog. So many things coming up so hopefully I can get organised for you! In the meantime how was your week post-Easter? If you have a little one, what did he/she get up to this week?

Daniel’s Sunday OOTD:

– checkered shirt by Jeanswest Jnr
– shorts by Indie Kids – Industrie
– basic white onesie by Bonds
– hat and shoes by Pumpkin Patch

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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The Little Mushroom Co.


The Little Mushroom Co. – food trucks at the Yarraville Gardens – various times

It was a boiling hot Sunday in Melbourne so we decided early in the day that we’d go out for dinner. We scoured the social media channels to find out where the foodtrucks would be serving dinner and thought it would be nice to make the most of the summer heat and enjoy a meal outside. We found that there were going to be at least 5 food trucks parked at Yarraville Gardens…woohoo!

The hubby and some of my relatives all ordered from the The Dude Food Man devouring big, flavoursome burgers dressed with crispy bacon and some chunky chips on the side. Mum had her first try of the goodies by Dos Diablos while I opted for a mushie burger from The Little Mushroom Co. Having eaten so much food over the Christmas period I really wanted a burger but didn’t want anything to heavy. I ordered The Mexican burger and the Mexican corn. Well cooked, tasty and just what I needed to feel a little less guilty about everything I consumed during the Christmas/New Year season.

 Baby D loved roaming the Yarraville Gardens and seeing all the dogs run about while the parentals happily watched. May 2014 bring many more picnics in the park!


Melbourne Monday: Chemistry? Yeah, chemistry!

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N2 Extreme Gelato – 329 Brunswick st, Fitzroy

Happy Monday everyone!

Our freezer is stocked up with ice cream all year because just like my grandma, the hubby too, loves his hit of creamy coolness no matter the season. I think his favourite thing about being an adult is the fact that he can buy and eat ice cream whenever he likes (today he had a serving of caramel ice cream before and after his afternoon siesta!). So when we a friend took us out for dessert at N2 Extreme Gelato I knew it would be a sweet end to our night out.

The use of liquid nitrogen at N2 Extreme Gelato plays on the strength of a phenomenon called nucleation-dominated ice crystallisation, it forms a large number of microscopic ice crystals in seconds, resulting in exceptionally smooth textures – N2 Extreme Gelato’s website

After about a fifteen minute wait for our  Black Lava salted caramel cup of silky smoothness (it was a very busy night and all the flavours are freshly made), we tucked into our first taste of N2’s infamous gelato. Oh so smooth with such a divine taste we didn’t stop until our cup was licked clean. Tip: if you’re ordering the black lava salted caramel flavour, don’t eat all the black bits of topping at once or you’ll have an extremely salty surprise! Share the salt around with the rest of the gelato! 😉 N2 also serves their gelato several degrees warmer than your average ice cream so say good bye to those brain freeze moments!

N2 is decked out with green faux grass in the front window and more towards the back of the store so you can sit and have a gelato picnic. Combined with the artwork and daily flavours drawn onto the blackboard painted walls, N2 makes for a cool hang out with friends or a good book as you enjoy the liquid nitrogen show that takes place behind the glass windows. Definitely need to visit this place again!

The menu changes weekly so follow N2 Extreme Gelato on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for their latest news and concoctions.

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Jacqfruit Randomness!: The title of this blog post comes from which 1950 musical starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra? 🙂

The Urban MA eats salted caramel

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