Drinks @ Bubble Cup (Box Hill) @ Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thursday 27th July



I've always thought of Bubble Cup as Starbucks for asians, or their coffee, as the lines are always out the doors in the city and there are so many brands, with Bubble or Happy Cup being the original. Flavoured milks with toppings, slushies, smoothies are co. 



Strawberry Milk Tea $3.50 & Matcha $3.70. + 20c to Upgrade to Large 


Both recommended iced. Strawberry is weird not cold the guy serving me says. A light strawberry that wasn't very sweet. Lightly artificially flavoured and coloured, it wasn't as strong as Big M, and nothing amazing.

I didn't have the matcha, but he said it was fine though he wouldn't get it again. We normally get the premium or more coffee colored drinks so this venture was a first.

At under $5 each this place is cheap compares to our regular Chatime.

Service from the guy was friendly though the manager was a slammer, condescending and aggressive towards him. I have no idea what you're saying but I sure as hell can see and hear you.


Verdict? Might be back for less coloured milk teas.


Bubble Cup Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Dinners @ Short Black Cafe @ Monday, August 21, 2017

Wednesday 26th July



Dinner at Short Black Cafe in Main Street known for their coffee art. Though the artist wasn't in tonight.

It's a pizza and pasta place, one of many in the area hence we've never been here or noticed it before.

Heard the menu had changed so many reviews no longer relevant. They also had a bloggers event to boost ratings. When you're invited service will be different. Hopefully not too much but it's like being the guest of honour.



Hot Chocolate $4


No matcha latte so we had a hot chocolate. It was average, most places are average.



This place is huge!



Ravioli - House made filled with Roast Pumpkin $28


These are huge! Filled with pumpkin with more on top but saltier. Lemon ricotta. Sage. The perfect winter comfort food. Creamy. Though the edges were a bit thick. 

At $28 each piece is $4.60! That's pretty crazy for something that doesn't use rare or expensive ingredients.



Desserts aren't made in house like many cafes, but ordered from a factory. 



That's the most perfect tart I've ever seen!


Panna Cotta with Berries $12

Perfectly smooth, though not as good as Peppans it was huge! Serves 2. 
I wasn't really a fan of the tart berries though, a bit on the tart and from frozen type.


Everything was good average, and expensive. Service was quite slow. 

With so many good places in town I'd give this one a miss.


Short Black Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Little Bites @ Errol's on Errol @ Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tuesday 25th July


Afternoon tea v2 at Errols. Opposite town hall. 




So many cakes to choose from! Who makes them all?




I was after takeaway till I saw the window seat! The waitress said this used to be a bank and we're sitting in the vault. I love this space. I'd love to do a photo shoot just in this corner. 


We had a matcha chia smoothie, icy like a slushie, a bit light on chia but I liked it. With full cream. Also had a pair of crescent cookies. Butter cookies are simple though wonderful.


This used to be a bank, and the undercover area a vault. 

But then why is it near the window? O.o



Super friendly service if I bought daily coffee this could be the place. 

*Doesn't drink coffee, can't vouch it's good or not*

Errols Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Drinks @ Mörk Chocolate Brew House @ Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tuesday 25th July


Since 2012 Mork has been the place to be (in Melbourne that is) for hot chocolate, they also sell their powers and collaborate with LuxBite. What makes them different is that their ingredients, while both Lindt and Koko are about pure chocolate Mork is about a blend.

The original 70% dark is made up of cocoa powder, coconut blossom sugar, cacao liquor (cacao paste), giving it "notes of stone fruit, almonds and ripe berries are rounded off with hints of toffee and lingering dark chocolate richness." I can't taste any of those things other than the dark chocolate though tbh. 

With a small cafe up in North Melbourne, though we lived there for a couple weeks (spent either working night shift by night and fighting the neighbours by day) we never made it. On the first day up there we actually walked past on a tour but never noticed it! They're like a block away downhill from Town Hall ( #57 tram).




Chocolate, cakes/slices and tarts to go with your hot chocolate.




With very limited seats (16), the smallest dine in cafe I've ever been to actually (though Oscar Mikes is pretty small, they're takeaway based). There's often a line, luckily one Tuesday afternoon we walked right in and were offered the last two seats. 



Boston Boy had the 'Layered' with chilled chocolate milk topped with a warm, creama Catalan custard infused with orange zest and vanilla bean $10.


Never have been here before I ordered the Campfire. 70% dark hot chocolate served with beechwood smoke, charcoal salt and a toasted house-made marshmallow $9.


Reminds me of 'Mist in the Woods' by Dextrose.


A smoky glass. 70% dark. Pure novelty, smokes without the mirrors, you don't get to toast your own marshmallow. Riding on the food porn trends is what keeps them going. 



I prefer the iced version at Maker & Monger (Prahran Market).

Finally years after we've ticked it off the list. It was nice but nothing amazing or worth travelling for. Not worth the hype at around $10. I prefer Lindt or if you're after something fancy  Dextrose back in the city, Little Bourke West.


Have you been to Mork? What are your thoughts?


Mörk Chocolate Brew House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Spaghetti Day @ Fatto! @ Friday, August 18, 2017

Tuesday 25th July



Yes it is crazy bright outside!


When it comes to dinning on the waterfront, it's location that you're paying for, down at South Wharf, a leisurely lunch too on a weekday. Today today we're checking out a place closer to the office and home. Fatto Bar and Cantina, Italian beside Hamer Hall, it's the place to go for pre-post show drinks till the 'New Curve' The Barre became the place to spot musicians. 


Seated upstairs from the waterfront you can't feel the breeze here. 



Usually an expensive place, they occasionally have a $10 spaghetti offer! For one day, and one day only. Today the offer was Fraser Isle Spanner Crab Spaghetti.


At 12.15pm it was buzzing in here with the $10 spaghetti crab offer. Dry July kept us away from the bar, and up-sell "Ma'am would you like a glass of wine with that?"


Fraser Isle Spanner Crab Spaghetti $10

The serving ain't small, the dish is more like a platter.


I could smell the lemon! Breadcrumbs fried in butter, dried a top a bed of spanner crab. Spaghetti tossed with fresh herbs. The crab was fresh and light with a lemon ev olive oil dressing. Who would have thought you could have a great pasta without cheese!


While it was very good I did find myself mentally cheating on the dish, considering a second lunch as this is an entree sized dish - and I don't eat a lot. We might have to stop for a snack after this.


A lovely bar and restaurant, though more than our usual budget I'd say.




Service was hurried though friendly, except for some people who either ignored me, or didn't see me...


Fatto Bar & Cantina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Local Eats - Lunching @ Miss Korea @ Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday 27th April




In Camberwell there are two places when it comes to Korean, Kopan Grill (opposite the road, great for lunch deals) and Miss Korea, which also offers lunch specials though is hiptser-y and more modern. We absolutely love Kopan and so it took us some time to get there. Located next to the camera shop it's easy to miss, unless you know what you're looking for.



Bon Bon Grape Soda $3


We started with a grape soda, that wasn't fizzy. Sweet and sour, I didn't know what that stuff floating in there was, but the internet says it's green grapes! Quite nice and didn't taste as artificial as Fanta Grape, nor fizzy. Comes in a can, plane sized.



Featuring exposed walls and an urban deco, complete with one ugly as weathered patio table for all your flatlay needs, this is as hipster as it gets away from the city and super inner suburbs.



Lunch Specials! Goes till 2.30pm. I do like how the first menu had a description of everything. The third picture is the order form. I'd like to order just a plate of all the sides!


Miko Lunch Set $13
Yaki noodles + beef bulgogi + takoyaki salad

Yaki noodles - angel hair spaghetti with teriyaki sauce
Beef Bulgogi - stir-fried thin sliced rib eye with sweet soy sauce
Takoyaki salad - octopus balls with soy sauce and mayo

On our first visit I ordered the lunch set, disappointingly not presented in a bento box but on an open plate (but is there any other type than the indian one? XD). Hot little creamy octopus balls with a shrimp in the middle. The serving of spaghetti was huge! Slightly sweet though not too salty. The beef was tender though seasoning and marinade wasn't as good as Kopan. Overall it was very good, and I'd get it again if I was feeling like pasta.





Miko Noodles $14

Bio guy had the japchae, potato noodles with sauteed vegetables  + beef. He liked it but preferred Kopan too, feeling uncomfortable in a hipster setting (he hates brunch and traveling also). I'm indifferent about it as long as the tables aren't ripping out threads in my clothes and I'm not sitting on a milk crate. Bio guy died before we could extract anymore thoughts from him.



Service was quick and friendly. 


Monday 24th July


Miko Lunch Set $13
Yaki noodles + teriyaki chicken + agedashi tofu

The teriyaki chicken was a bit salty and low on teriyaki. Slightly above average. Loved the noodles! Regret getting tofu instead of octopus balls.

A return visit to try something different, though it turns out I know what white rice tastes like XD so went for the pasta again. But I did get a different protein and side. 




Bio guy says it's not worth a second look but at $13 I disagree. 
Try once, twice then perhaps explore other lunch specials in the area.

Miss Korea Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


P.S. For bibimap I like Damso Factory two stations over.


Burning Bridges - Move Complete! @ Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday 24th July

We made a mistake of seeing 8.10 as almost 2am and went to bed... Up at 4am we're bound to require an afternoon nap. What did we get up to all morning? Not much mainly just stressing. I hate that you have to fill out long forms or call to get quotes for things... *looking up movers*


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.)


Lunch at Miss Korea. But guy says it's not worth a second look but at $13 I disagree. I need to get a bento complete my review. Third visit, this is the second where I've ordered the noodles again but with teriyaki chicken and the tofu on the side.

T chicken was a bit salty and low on t. Slightly above average. Loved the noodles! Regret getting tofu instead of octopus balls.

Tuesday



Tues lunch at Fatto. It's buzzing in here with the $10 spaghetti crab offer. Dry July. 
I could smell the lemon! Breadcrumbs fried in butter, dried a top a bed of spanner crab. Spaghetti tossed with fresh herbs. The crab was fresh and light with a lemon ev olive oil dressing. Who would have thought you could have a great pasta without cheese!

Up to North Melbourne. I used to live up here but honestly spent too much time at war with the neighbours to explore.



Mork we walked past on a tour but never noticed it! Mist in the woods, a smoky glass. 70% dark. I prefer the iced one. Finally years after we've ticked it off the list. It was nice but nothing amazing or worth travelling for. Not worth the hype at around $10. I prefer Lindt.



Afternoon tea v2 at Errols. Opposite town hall. Super friendly service if I bought daily coffee this could be the place. I was after takeaway till I saw the window seat! The waitress said this used to be a bank and we're sitting in the vault. I love this space. I'd love to do a photo shoot just in this corner. We had a matcha chia smoothie, icy like a slushie, a bit light on chia but I liked it. With full cream. Also had a pair of crescent cookies.

Dinner next door, at Agrabra. A huge wrap with lamb sausages and... 
There were hot green things too. 


Finucane & Smith's Glory Box + The Little Death Club 
Provocare' Festival at Grattan Gardens

Tonight's show borderline strip club, but nicer in a tent at the park. Mostly acts we've seen before. Lots of normal sized ladies shaking it with confidence. The highlights was Frenchie and her cork, hilarious hoop slinky and the rope act.

This is my third glory box show and so there's a bit of a repeat. But I'd definitely recommend it and the second show too.

In between shows we chilled or rather warmed ourselves by the fire, open flames in a can. Homeless style XD There wasn't a bar or indoor chill space which was disappointing. Also the seats or rather benches were wet. The idea was to go chill at a chapel st prescient bar. Nah I prefer to hang around. There were day of the dead giant people on stilts in costumes but I didn't manage to catch them for a family portrait! Also flames like crown but smaller happened. Oh we do like fire!

The second show featured less but no less in quality. A dark angel hosts telling us stories of Craigslist personals. Emotional guy and kinky uber geek were our favourites! We also loved Karen lip sync from finance, hoops v2 who I didn't recognize till she got nakid. We also loved Betty with her full figure and tassels. Absolutely loved it!!

Wednesday

The shocking discovery that H is 26! O.O. He's younger than le beau and bio guy and everyone I know!  It's funny how we know nothing or almost nothing about our therapist. He's my therapist neigbour. While I was at events he was studying. He appears to have his life together though not at the stage where he's married with a house (people around us get gifted one as a wedding present). How weird would it be if we'd gone to the same school and he was in the year above me and ended up being my therapist?


Dinner at Short Black Cafe in Main Street known for their coffee art. No matcha latte so we had a hot chocolate. Heard the menu had changed so many reviews no longer relevant. They also had a bloggers event to boost ratings. When you're invited service will be different. Hopefully not too much but it's like being the guest of honour.

Thursday


Bubble Cup. Strawberry Milk Tea $3.50 A light strawberry that wasn't very sweet. 
Lightly artificially flavoured and coloured. Nope I didn't like it. 


Snacking at Juno May. Dumplings. They were nice. Nothing particularly amazing though.


Entree no.2-4 at Barolo to the right of Grill'd. Arancini ball. The lamb skewer wasn't marinated served with a yoghurt sauce ordinary much like the Meat ball.


Dinner at Bohemia, South Wharf. It's packed at the beer bar and common man tonight filled with delegates/people from the conference next door. A convention for chemists, bio, advanced and novel. I have no idea what these things are but I believe one of the guys from dance is a chemist.

It's windy out here and as a city that's in winter half the year I'd expected it to be empty during winter. It's great on warm days though. We were in the area just a week or two ago.


The duck was fine though got boring. I like the cranberry in the sauce. Fries kale was different. I can't say I like it... Wouldn't really recommend this.


Dessert was a deconstructed raspberry cheesecake, that was pretty good.

Friday


How many miles of bubble wrap do you think we used on this?

Wow we've had a long week! And it's not ending any time soon either. Today we completed packing after two months. What a journey it has been! Overtime the baby sitter become more chill and didn't have to be there with me every minute. To the point where I could pack unsupervised.
In the end I packed all the boxes by myself as the boys were drowning in their own issues while I'm suffering from risk of an implosion.


Did we have cake to celebrate? No time. Plus the house mother hates me (it's neutral) and half the neighbours I knew are gone. But we got closure and burnt some papers. Third time I've been smoked this week! The flames were weak and pathetic. One lick didn't burn them all, the fire quickly went out and so it took three people to complete the task.

Sometimes it's ok not to forgive. As long as you let go and keep your resentment on your side of the fence. Over time you'll forget.


The ashes were scattered over the bridge. A bridge we would never cross again. 
A house around the corner is leasing. $900 a week, three bedrooms. Street parking for one car, permit zone.


Dinner at Chili Indian, we skipped the organ preconception for this.



Down to city hall for a concert. Carmen!! Oh how I'd love to play that triangle and spectacularly fail at it :P

As always we love stopped by the crepe stand after a show at city hall.

Saturday & Sunday


Open House Melbourne! First stop - City Hall.



The Windsor Hotel. 



Arts Center Collection


Down South to the Temperance Hall.



Snack Time! @ Beebee Cafe. Soda and panni toastie with cheese and tomato. As basic as it gets. Service was fine though so slow I could have made it myself. 20 minutes! That's crazy.


RaanKanEang  - Pad Thai Satay Chicken with Rice $12

Up to the markets for dinner, Elizabeth St in that area are known for cheap eats, no frills. How was it? Pretty basic but still good and coconuty, yes I'd eat here again.


How was your week? We're not normally this booked btw :P


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