Brunch would have to be my favourite meal of the day. I love a long leisurely brunch with friends, the boyf, or alone. It’s the only time it’s perfectly acceptable to eat something sweet as your main dish, and you can even get away with a cheeky glass of bubbles or a bloody Mary… How could you not love brunch?
My favourite weekend activity (aside from sleeping in) is testing out new cafes Melbourne is always serving up. I’m always on the look out for the latest ‘top ten’ brunch spots but also love revisiting memorable cafes like Proud Mary in Collingwood and Pour Kids in Malvern. If a drive to the other side of town, or making my own brunch on a Sunday is out of the question, my absolute fave is but a 5 mins drive around the corner – Pint of Milk in Newport.
Pint of Milk is well known to the local community but relatively unheard of across the Westgate. It’s always busy, even on weekdays but especially on weekends, and has a friendly laid back vibe those hipsters in the East wouldn’t dream about. I could eat at Pint of Milk every day. Seriously.
On average I’d say I eat there twice a month, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s my go-to cafe when I have friends or family visiting from overseas or interstate. It’s always nice to show off my local cafe and then take a stroll along the Strand in Williamstown to Commonwealth Reserve, where you get a great view of the HMAS Castlemaine with Melbourne CBD in the background. Last week I did just that – twice.
Last Tuesday I caught up with my friend Sally who runs a carpet cleaning business in Geelong. She was in Melbourne for the day so we took advantage and headed to Pint of Milk for breakfast. I’d taken Sally here before and she loves it just as much as I do. I ordered my usual – Avocado and feta on pumpkin sourdough with a chilli, mint and broad bean dressing, and a long black. I order this dish 90% of the time, despite everything else on the menu looking amazing – I’m just a sucker for the avo, feta and broad bean combo. Sally went with the toasted bagel, avo, spinach, poached eggs, hollandaise and bacon. I hadn’t caught up with Sally for a couple of months so there was plenty to gossip about. After a leisurely breakfast we continued our catch up along the foreshore, burning calories while running our mouths.
I’ve said it before and I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but… Brunch is my fave meal of the day, hands down. I’d happily go out for brunch every day if money and calories weren’t an issue but such is life. My first trip to Common Galaxia was at least 18 months ago and aside from the outstanding coffee and service, the meal I chose was lack lustre. I ordered a mushroom dish that was drowning in truffle oil and was far too intense for me so I really didn’t enjoy it. Now, this could just be my own personal taste preference so I was more than happy to give Common Galaxia another shot when my friends Jess and Liam were visiting from Bendigo and wanted to try it out.
Common Galaxia is located in the bustling brunch spot of Seddon, surrounded by heaps of other cafes and restaurants, it’s become a very popular area in the last 10 years. House prices drove people out West and Seddon has taken this and run with it making the area a semi-hipster yet family friendly haven less than 7kms from Melbourne CBD.
Penang is a foodie’s ultimate paradise so you can bet your bottom dollar that when we were planning our 4 weeks Asia extravaganza we made sure we’d be spending some time in Penang. There’s a huge hawker stall scene in Penang, with the food being a delicious mix of Chinese, Indian and traditional Malay cuisine. I’ve been to China and India, and was impressed with the food there, so combining these two cuisines with Malay – my god I could feel my waist band tightening just at the thought.
After discovering roti canai at the start of our trip in Kuala Lumpur, I was most looking forward to checking out Roti Canai Transfer Road – an Indian breakfast stall on the side of Transfer Road. Took us a bit of navigating to find, in 35 degree heat and ultimate humidity but we were welcomed, seated and had a tea tarik ice all within a few minutes of arriving. We ordered roti with chicken in curry sauce. I very untraditional western breakfast but the place was full of locals eating just that. The locals were on to something – the roti and curry were absolutely delicious. The chicken was tender, the curry sauce was flavoursome and the roti was flaky, buttery goodness. Although the set up resembled a bit of a shambles, we were so impressed with the fast and friendly service and the amazing food that we went back the following day and had roti with mutton curry. Again, delicious.
Slight disclaimer… I haven’t had tea with the Queen, despite two failed attempts to visit her at Buckingham Palace last year… But that’s a whole other story…
The boyf and I spent some time eating our way around England last year. We started in London then hired a car and drove around the South of England visiting sights like Stonehenge, the Eden Project, St Michael’s Mount and both university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. It was a great adventure navigating ourselves out of London peak hour traffic and then around the tiny, winding country lanes. We came out of the experience with only one minor scratch from a parking attempt in Bath and about a 2.5kg weight gain EACH!!
English fare is known to be quite stodgy and we were ready for the challenge. In London we went to town on the full English breakfasts – some only five pounds a pop, went crazy on Mark’s and Spencer’s sandwiches and salads, and ate an amazing curry meal at Tayyabs on Brick Lane. So far so good…
When passing through Lyme Regis one day we stopped off for some fish and chips by the beach. Even though it was summer the temperature was only about 14 degrees yet there were people sunbathing and swimming. Meanwhile I was rugged up in a winter coat and woollen scarf! We found a spot to lean on and set up our fish and chip feast. The fish was so thick and cooked perfectly, the chips hand cut and well salted, and the view was amazing.
This one time, when I was in Italy… Ahhhhh, I often find myself reminiscing about that wonderful week I spent gallivanting around Italy, eating and drinking myself into a stupor. Exploring Tuscan wineries, Roman ruins and the breath taking Cinque Terre. Those were the days.
One thing I learned in Italy is that I love wood fired pizza. I’d never really eaten much of it, always preferring a nice pasta or dirty Dominoes if the occasion called for pizza. The wood fired variety just hadn’t been on my radar. Until Italy. Then I died and went to heaven. Naturally upon return to Australia, mainstream pizza no longer cut the mustard. I’m lucky to live near an authentic Italian pizza and pasta takeaway/restaurant, Pizza d’Asporto in Williamstown. The boyf and I partake probably once a month and it always hits the spot. Since finding a winner in Pizza d’Asporto we’ve never deviated to another Italian restaurant… Until two nights ago.
Recently the Boyf and I spent some time in Krabi relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Ao Nang and eating some of the most amazing and authentic Thai food. Krabi was our final stop after four weeks of travelling and eating throughout Asia, and we were still so hungry for more good food.
Before I go into detail about what we ate, a little bit of background information on our trip: Four weeks, five countries, eight cities and the itinerary 90% based on food reviews from the travel blogger Mark Wiens over at Migrationology.com. Mark is a passionate foodie who travels the world eating local food and making videos about it all. His videos range from stock standard street food (think Pad Thai and Tandoori Chicken) to the really out there stuff you may not have heard of ( durian and sea pineapples, anyone?). The Boyf and I have been watching Mark’s video blogs for a few years now, so we spent a couple of months going back through all the videos we loved with food we wanted to try. We created an itinerary, booked flights and the rest is history. You read correctly, we based almost our entire holiday on food reviews from someone we’ve never met. We’re cray – but Mark’s videos are that good!
Anywho, back to Krabi and back to the food…
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