Bonjour de France Bakery @ Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monday 19th June

On main street in Blackburn there's a french cafe I've always wanted to stop by, though never have. And now I recall why: I don't feel comfortable shopping at places where you'll find out how much it is at the checkout.

These are all the prices they have, savory items only. 

There's a few tables, though I love getting takeaway and sitting by the lake (with company, never alone, secluded places aren't safe, also magpies) or gazebo (which is now gone, and so are all the trees...). Realistically it's a dash to the trains, and eating while commuting. 

Why is the only thing with a price tag the eclair? And only today too. Me thinks they made too much today and need to promote them. Is it the cheapest thing in the shop? Do the prices change daily, depending in popularity or time? It makes me feel uneasy.

Everything looks amazing! But labels, dates and prices on the smaller items would be great. Is it even legal? Not to have prices?  As always I'm curious as to, did you really make all this today? They say yes, but my taste buds say no.

Their bigger cakes seem to be popular on the occasions that we've been there.

If you can tear your eyes away from all the sweet treats, they also do pies and baguettes.

Macaron + Choc Ball + Eclair = $9.30

The macaron was bad. Crunchy top, hard and hollow. I've had better ones from the supermarket. It was the worst macaron I have ever had, and if I had the time I would have bought it back to the store. It was stale and most certainly not made today!

Macaron + Choc Ball + Eclair = $9.30

I had a dark choc ball with a raspberry filling, odd, perhaps it wasn't meant to be bitten into? It appears to be a failed attempt to create one of those fancy chocolates. But it was old.

Macaron + Choc Ball + Eclair = $9.30

Fortunately the Eclair was perfect! The slightly sweetened cream and fresh shell.

Would I be be back? Fine. For an Eclair. I'm not too keen on trying much here, due to bad experiences and lack of prices. Also the lies that everything was made today.

Monday 26th June

We had the vanilla slice $4 which was very tall! Make no mistake this serves two. It was very good with a good contrast of pure sugar and the custardy filling that wasn't too sweet.

Definitely recommended, this and the eclair, though it's best that they're both shared. For these don't leave you wanting more, more like I need to balance this with a salad.

Monday 24th July

From the French bakery we had a passionfruit round eclair with custard. Yum! $4.40. The passionfruit was mixed in with icing sugar mixture to create a matter glaze. It could have used more passionfruit in the custardy filling though. Oh how lovely it must be to be a hobby baker! (We have no kitchen atm.)

Monday 28th August

A quick lunch from that French place. A chicken lettuce and tomato baguette. Crunchy but not too Crunchy on the outside fluffy within. The filling was basic with no buttery spread or anything. Way too basic for $8. It was medium-ish sized. The way it was filled wasn't great with all the chicken on the side like it was just for show in a shop window... Not practical. Not spread out like subway. Wouldn't get this again. We prefer Nhu Lan (if location wasn't a thing).

Relatively friendly service, honest though? Oh I'm not sure... that macaron was not fresh and they lied... I'd recommend anything with cream really, as the cream has to be fresh or it doesn't work. The eclairs and vanilla slice, expect to spend $4-5 per item. 

My favourite bakery is actually Angliss in the city on Tuesdays. 

How do you feel about dinning somewhere with no prices till the checkout?

Bonjour De France Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Goodbye August. Hello MSFW. @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday 28th August

A quick lunch from that French place. A chicken lettuce and tomato baguette. Crunchy but not too Crunchy on the outside fluffy within. The filling was basic with no buttery spread or anything. Way too basic for $8. It was medium-ish sized. The way it was filled wasn't great with all the chicken on the side like it was just for show in a shop window... Not practical. Not spread out like subway. Wouldn't get this again. We prefer nhu lan.

Toroto at Nova. Cinema no.12. The screen is small for the movies, the smallest we've seen out of all the ones we've been to: the two mainstream ones, Como and lido (once). It's about the small size as our projector screen back home... But better quality id hope.
Slightly slanted but not enough if you're behind a girraft, row H is the one to pick it's higher, towards the back.

I still think toroto is a pedo! His grin is unnerving. I do love the music though. That's the best part. Le beau loved it as he saw it as a kid. I think as a kid it would be more magical. Before learning all these restrictions like you gotta keep your shoes on cause hook worm and potential infection... Also stranger danger and all.

Set in the country I can't quite tell when it's set but it would have been before the 40s? But one girl has a 50s dress. The speed of technology in the country is different also.
There's power lines, telegrams + 1920s two piece phone, water pump.

Someone said it just over a decade after the end of the Second World War - so the 50s! The dress was right! Miyazaki set the time as "when televisions were yet to be brought into homes". 1958 is the exact year, it's on calendar in aa scene. 

I'm still coonfused why they moved to the country... is it because they're poor? Potentially it was to be close to their mother but she's still 3hrs away and they don't have a car. 

The Cat Returns - Everyone knows when you go into another world if you eat the food you're normally trapped and yet the cat ate all the food anyway...

A girl saves a cat and could have died! She travels to two different cat worlds. We loved the typical secretary role with the brown cat that colouring that made it look like a Chinese girl. American voices though. The crazy king looks crazy XD

While the Prince has a minimal part and only two scenes we like him! He likes the pretty blue eyed white cat with the pink bow. She came from the real world before the movie started. Oddly the king accepts it and then wants main girl for himself... When he first comes to town it was hilarious how the security cars fought of the house cats.

The main girl doesn't really learn anything about her adventure when she gets back to the real world. 90s suburban. One of the only ghibli films that doesn't feel like a match for the others in terms of style. It was less je ne quoi? We quite liked it though but the ending I was hoping for something more... Maybe she meets a guy who reminds her of Baron?


MealPal Launch


Lunch with Mason Dixon via MealPal 

Off to Lilydale for a dress fitting. Somehow my styling tends to lean on the Japanese school girl style x novice nun. XD

It's a different world out there. So much space! But at the same time the people make the town feel like trailer trash. Pants now worn 3/4 down your ass why even bother?
Alesha was an absolute pleasure! Her room looks like something out of a magazine, absolutely no clutter, like a guest room. We tried a few different dresses before picking a light grey one from Rodeo Show that would compliment the millennial pink well.

Back to the city. We're literally an hour away! The house is 15mins from the city - if you travel in between the peaks.

Ali's Wedding. Arriving just in time for Ali to say the lie to save himself and the family /friends from the shame of not getting a high score. Similar to 'The Big Sick' but with more emphasis on cultural differences. Big sick guy is older and has a bit more escape chance not living at home and being independent. While Ali's just finished high school, lives at home and his dad is the priest at their church opposite the house with a beautiful Rapunzel tower. Up north in Coburg (?) is this place real? Ali plays the mandolin. The church is a community and almost like living in a small country town, while being in Melbourne.

Pretty good though not as hilarious as 'The Big Sick ' which is similar in that it deals with immigrants with middle eastern cultures (not the main guy but more of the family) liking a girl they don't accept. Though Ali takes it a step further, it all starts with a lie. Tractor chases, deportation and shaming at church are some of the hilarious scenes.
Definitely go see it


Lunch in between meetings at Zen. The salmon terrayaki bento is perfect! 
I still don't like the bean sprouts but that's just me.

Aqua S. Coconut grainy. Pandan was good. We found the coconut was inedible, a sorbet they said. Always in the right machine. Gross. Not the flavour just texture. It's rare when it's grainy but I guess it's just one of those flavours. $8.

Cookies Dough

I think we had dinner at Mr Burger, according to the notes...
Burger was huge! I need a slider
Peach vinegar not BBQ
Tomato sauce not free
Crinkle cut chips light samboy seasoning 


Finally we made it to Sushi Monger! Open exclusively for weekday lunch they're hard to catch though easy to find in a laneway off Bourke St. 

After lunch we attended a lovely workshop hosted by Kikki K with Fontin, the 
Dream. Do. Enjoy. Share. Journal Workshop. We identified our dreams, goals, talents and strengths. Worked out what our perfect mornings look like and compared them to our average ones.

It wasn't one of those boring sessions though, it was quick, snappy and fun, in a group of 8 girls. 2hrs condensed in to an abridged version of 30mins. I'm a fast learner so it wasn't overwhelming at all. 

It definitely gave me the motivation to start working on some of my goals again.
Though the idea that life is about sharing moments with others make me feel iffy. All the ladies at dance says it's untimately about friends and family. But for me it's all about me, and what I'm up to, as I have very little relationships with anyone. 

It's another shopping festival! Post coming up soon.

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All the Moves - Hawthorne (Part 3) @ Monday, October 23, 2017

March 2017

We hated the neighbours and quit, there was a gas leak (a coincidence) and we left in a hurry. I procrastinated too long and never got pictures of the room all set up, so these last minute shots are the best we can do. Lighting was not on my side. We had to leave everything for months before it was safe to return to move.

Do excuse the mess, I didn't plan to take photos that day, and there was a gas leak. The bag on the floor doesn't live there, that's laundry to be put away. The fan wasn't meant to be there either.

In the far back under the window (covered in baking/tracing paper to soften the light) is my photo board next to the freezer chest. The draws, on top is where I kept a small cleaning kit and the 'to be washed' pile lived.

To the right of the entry was the corner for bags, hats and things that were for going out. Train/tram timetables and the likes. In the draws were things I often took out (bag hooks, ear plugs, passport), all the chargers, reusable bags, shoe kits and I don't recall what else.

On top of the fridge lived a bag off plastic bags, and my lunch bag. On the side of the wardrobe I stuck up some magic hooks (3m) and put up some belt hangers for my necklaces. You'll see on the back of the door we've used over the door hooks (refer to the North Melbourne House). I didn't get a picture of the wardrobe, but there's two hanging parts, then three draws on one side. The other side is just shelves, for cleaning stuff, shoes, suitcases, water supplies and books.

My desk wasn't against the wall, but rather in a position where I could see the door and out the window. We didn't have room for a bedside table so I had a tray on the table behind the laptop. This desk is small, but the unit on top is perfect!

Yes that clothes horse (which looks nothing like a house) always lives there, for towels, tea towels and gloves/sponges/aprons to be hung upon. That white dress was a project I was working on.

Behind the clothes horse I had a trolley for props, flowers, backgrounds, little things to use in photo shoots. I also had gold painted/planted dishes and cups, and lots of scatters. In the background to the left is the laundry basket.

A bookshelf. I've got more in the wardrobe. Stationary also lived here. An under utilized space. I did consider putting shoes here, but it was a bit far from the door.

This is the pantry. A well used space. Sections for baking ingredients, baking stuff, all the ingredients, a spice rack. Plates and co. in the pull tubs. I had it all. I even used the doors. On the right I added an over the door rack which had hooks too (from an asian shop).

And on the left I had my pinboard ($2 revamped from goodwill) with appointment reminders, the pantry stock list, shows I wanted to see and menus from restaurants I wanted to eat at.

This shot was taken long before moving day, it's the mantel of the fireplace where I display pretty things. Like crystal glasses and candles, also snowglobes, I love those.

We came back a couple months later to pack. Packing took literally two months as for the first month I used my preferred style of using bags. But it turned out that I need to pack them into boxes. The boxes picture above are only half of the room, this half was sent into storage (along with my fitbit charger!) while the bags went home.

Monet took about 20min to wrap in about 20 metres of bubble wrap. We were meant to wrap it again in kraft paper, but I forgot to bring it. For others involved it was a nightmare, but for me it was less of a nightmare than being in that house.

So, where to next? I'm working on it. But I know no boarding house will take me on ever again, because those neighbours I hate, they're a growing bred and are working on world domination. One organization at a time, they took down my office, and I quit. I rather die than accept their rule.

What did I learn from living with others? People really suck. And I'm after a Christian Girl's Boarding House, but there aren't many around in this area and in this era.

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