All posts filed under: Eating in Melbourne

Fancy an arty, cozy, social responsible Cafè offering Natural Food in Melbourne CBD? / Mix di design, atmosfera vibrante, buon cibo e ‘sociale’ in un piccolo caffè di Melbourne

Wow! Yes, that’s the feeling I had entering the Kinkfolk Cafe’. As soon as I walked in, I’ve been positively overwhelmed by the vibrant atmosphere and the bohemian mix of design. At first, it seems there’s a bit of mess because af all the things hanging on the wall, the different design patterns, but actually it all makes sense here and you breathe and feel positive vibrations! It puts you right away in a creative state of mind, of discovery, of wanting more and because of that it’s really hard for me to keep up with my thoughts right now. I just would like a mind reader that could instantly transfer my ideas on paper, or better, electronic paper. And my cauliflower soup just arrived, so that I can warm myself up in such a windy and a bit chilly day. Also I’m sharing the table with so many other people, something helps you to get warm on multiple levels. You feel welcome, you feel alive! There’s an interesting choice on the menu on the …

Want to know about a ‘yummy’ spot for brunch? / Che ne dite di un brunch? Pancakes, uova, …

Finally after months & months of trying, I convinced Carlo to come & join me after my French Class on Saturday morning. So we met for lunch at Miss Jackson, Jackson st, St Kilda. This is a cute little cafe’ where I usually go for a nice coffee during the lesson break with my colleagues from the French course, brave like me in making the decision of studying French on a Saturday morning. I keep doing it and regretting it when the alarm clock rings at 7 am, but then I’m really happy when I’m there, it really rewards me! Good teachers, fun people! And the ride in tram 96 is always an adventure! … If you know what I mean 😉 Well, anyway, we met at Miss Jackson, which I discovered thanks to Andrea, a past Alliance Française colleague. Something peculiar about Miss Jackson is that they change the flower and plant compositions they display at the entrance! Apart from the amazing dishes I’ve been seeing on their Facebook page: well, just to die …

Intervistata dal progetto ‘Wowanderlust’ di Alice Avallone

Sorry guys, this is an interview, for now only in Italian, by an Italian Web Project (www.wowanderlust.it) on Travelling. Come dice Alice, ci siamo conosciute tramite mia sorella, che ha pensato alla sorellona e ci ha messo in contatto sapendo che la sua ex-collega sarebbe stata in Australia per un periodo. Purtroppo non c’è stata ancora l’occasione di conoscersi dal vivo qui in Australia, ma chissà che non avvenga prima poi e proprio in Australia. Le cose che mi hanno colpito di Alice sono state il suo entusiasmo, la volonta’ e capacità di tramutare in realtà i suoi sogni e la sua disponibilità. Ho sentito, anche senza essersi mai conosciute, che c’era qualcosa in comune: la voglia di fare, di creare, di non smettere di sognare e la passione di viaggiare con questo suo nuovo progetto “Wowanderlust”. Mi son offerta di collaborare perchè mi aveva ispirato l’idea attraverso un suo post, ed eccone il frutto. Link all’intervista: http://www.wowanderlust.it/cosa-sapere-prima-dell-australia-i-consigli-di-valeria/ Vuol essere semplicemente una testimonianza non esaustiva, concernente la mia esperienza finora, rispetto alle domande di Alice. …

Wine & The City

After a few days of absence from the internet, I’m now sitting in a wine bar ready to enjoy a well deserved meal. Well deserved after fasting at breakfast after a test. My choice is a ‘Savoury Tart’, or quiche, with some salad and balsamic vinegar. Very good indeed! All accompanied by a very good glass of Red wine from Tasmania. I’m feeling like something light since it is warm and Pinot Noir it is: Glaetzer Dixon Avance Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Excellent! It’s sunny, the air is clear, and I’m feeling so relaxed! the lunch at the ‘Wine Shop’ is really delicious, but a coffee and some ‘biscotti’ make the perfect ending to a good meal. the desserts are really inviting, but too sumptuous in such a weather. I even pronounce this Italian word with an English accent, so to make myself understood.  ; ) The ‘biscotti’ are in reality what in Italy we call ‘ Cantuccini’, although here a slimmer version, but not bad. There’s no Vin Santo, or actually I didn’t ask …

Wandering around Melbourne CDB – where to loose yourself: lanes, cafès, …

Wandering around some of the lanes of Melbourne CBD is just a way of positively loose and recharge yourself. It’s an inspiring place! You suddenly think you are not in Melbourne, but in some busy little Asian lane or a Georgian/ Victorian elegant Arcade or a busy street full of cafes somewhere in Europe, with one of the greatest choice you could have. From Italian Style cafes to Sushi bars, Asian places, Fusion or International Flavour spots. Some are just beautiful to look at, some have a more ‘worn-out’ look, and you think that maybe a lot people have stopped by, a container for lots of stories. I don’t know whether this ‘stream of consciousness’ is actually the result of a meditation class I just tried out for the first time. If it is the enormous amount of oxygen that pervades my body, in a state of enhanced alert or what. But do check out these streets: – Hosier Lane, where you’ll find  great murales to look at and also 2 of the Movida restaurant. …

What is a ‘Friand’? It is delicious! / Cos’è un ‘friand’? E’ delizioso!

Today I learnt a new word. That’s the advantage of going outside and not sit at home,  you always learn something new! The word is friand, probably a French pastry or the Australian nane for a French pastry or some French name for an Australian pastry just to make it more appealing! 😉 this stimulated my curiosity, also because it is strange to learn about French pastry in Australia, bit in fact, as ‘Wikipedia Docet’ (= Wikipedia teaches), it is well spread in Australia and New Zealand. Here is what ‘Wikipedia’ says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friand The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. It is popular in Australia and New Zealand.[1] It is usually made with almond flour and egg whites. It typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small molds, typically oval or barquette in shape. It appears to be related to the financier, though it differs in being larger and not using brown butter.[2][3] The French word friand, which means dainty or a …

Il Panettone Australiano / Xmas & The Australian Panettone

Beh, finalmente dopo aver fatto l’albero, il Kranz fai-da-te e aver assaggiato il primo panettone australiano, ma di Brunetti, finalmente inizio a sentire il Natale. Abbiamo preso anche il torrone, ma lo proveremo il giorno di Natale. Mi alimento poi di tutte le decorazioni natalizie in giro per Melbourne, che ha incominciato anche ad illuminarsi di Natale, e delle persone che nonostante il caldo, ieri c’erano 37°C, vanno in giro vestite da Babbo Natale, con lo stesso costume che vendono nei Paesi  “UpAbove” dove adesso fa’ freddo. Devo dire che le decorazioni illuminate sono proprio belle e ispirano veramente il Natale. Soprattutto perché ieri, dopo un caldo torrido, improvvisamente ha iniziato a soffiare un vento che fa’ concorrenza a una leggera bora triestina. E stasera abbiamo assaggiato il Panettone di Brunetti, che non è affatto male per essere in Australia. Non ha la stessa consistenza soffice della Pasticceria Reina a Milano in Via Reina, ma il sapore è piuttosto buono e costa anche meno che a Milano: 16$ per 900g, circa 13€. A Milano si …

Hot Chocolate, Melbourne & Milan

Two months ago I went out with a friend of an American friend of my Mom to explore the streets of the Melbourne CBD. It was a Friday afternoon, unfortunately it was raining a bit and still a bit cold. We met in flinders Street on the steps of the Flinders Station with his 2 adorable kids. So we started to wander around the hidden alleys and galleries of Melbourne. I can see some similarity with Milan in this. Milan has some beauties that it publicly displays and for the rest you need to walk and look up at the buildings, that you usually don’t because in Milan you’re always in a hurry, or go enter to one of the beautiful central buildings and admire their beautiful courts or just investigate and look for beauty in Milan. Because there is a lot of beauty in Milan, but unlike other cities in Italy, the beauty in Milan is hidden, if you don’t count its major attractions, such as The Castle Sforzesco, The Duomo, The Galleria, La …