All posts tagged: Cappuccino

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 …

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 …

Cos’è il “Babyccino”? Ti regala un momento di relax / “Babyccino”, Peace of Mind for the Parents: the story

Mi chiederete o vi chiederete: ”Cos’è un ‘Babyccino’?” O forse sono l’unica a non averne sentito parlare. O forse ancora subito penserete: ”E’ un cappuccino più piccolo”. E ci si è molto vicini. E’ quello che ho pensato anche io, ma c’è qualche piccola differenza e di interessante ci sono le motivazioni. E’ in effetti un piccolo cappuccino, ma la ricetta o gli ingredienti sono leggermente diversi. Chi l’ha inventato è stato Brunetti e consiste nel mettere semplicemente la schiuma di latte e poi un po’ di cacao e a volte guarnirlo con dei marshmallow. E’ quindi un’invenzione australiana. In questo modo anche i bambini si possono sentire come gli adulti quando vanno a un cafè con i genitori, soprattutto a Melbourne dove la cultura del caffè è ampiamente diffusa ed è qualcosa di serio ed assolutamente “cool” oltre che un rituale perpetuato ogni giorno. Ma è anche un’ottima idea per far sì che i genitori possano stare in pace per un po’ di tempo mentre si godono un caffè o incontrano qualche amico. Una …

Caffè Brunetti Melbourne, Dubai e Singapore. A Melbourne, come essere in Italia. / Caffè Brunetti Melbourne, Dubai Singapur/ore.

Vi ho già parlato del Cafè Brunetti in un precedente post, ma domenica sono andata al locale originale nel quartiere di Carlton e cioè il quartiere italiano per eccellenza di Melbourne. Si gira per le strade e si sente parlare italiano ovunque e, se non fosse per l’apparenza delle strade e delle casette a schiera stile inglese, saremmo in Italia perché il 90% dei negozi vendono prodotti italiani e quasi tutti i ristoranti sono italiani, di origine italiana o si vendono come tali. Anche da noi ci sono gli Egiziani che fanno la pizza, no? A parte una breve introduzione sul quartiere, volevo parlarvi del Caffè Brunetti http://www.brunetti.com.au . Il primo bar si trova in Faraday St, quasi angolo con Lygon St, la strada centrale di Carlton. Anche se presto si sposterà al 380 di Lygon St, la sua posizione originale. Vi parlo del primo bar perchè ce n’è un altro in Swanston St, nel centro di Melbourne, ed altri e poi anche a Dubai al Dubai Mall, e a Singapore al 01 – 35 …

Cavalli / Horses: Derby Day @ The Melbourne Cup, Saturday November 3rd

Finalmente è iniziata la settimana della Melbourne Cup! I Media già ne parlavano da un po’ e in generale c’era movimento in città e non solo per trovare il vestito adatto, nero e bianco i colori tipici del Derby Day, ma anche un copricapo appropriato. Sì perché ci sarebbe stata anche la Myer (la Rinascente australiana per intenderci) Fashion Competition per il miglior vestito. Per fortuna gli scatoloni sono arrivati giusto in tempo dall’Italia per ampliare la mia scelta in quanto a guardaroba e calzature, mentre il cappello, essendo un “must” e non possedendone uno adatto all’occasione, è stato un acquisto di Melbourne in una delle Gallerie di Little Collins St dove si scoprono migliaia di negozietti! Il mio l’ho trovato presso ‘Hair Addition’, Shop 44 The Walk Arcade, Melbourne, e le assistenti del negozio sono state molto gentili nell’aiutarmi nella scelta. Era la prima volta che avrei indossato un copricapo tipo Ascot, essendo l’evento simile alla famosa corsa di cavalli inglese, e quindi non sapevo bene cosa sarebbe stato appropriato. Volevo qualcosa di carino …

Having a cappuccino: take your time / Cappuccino prima di un appuntamento: meglio prendersi del tempo

Well, I’m early for an appointment, 15 min early and I felt like coffee. I then decided to have a cappuccino. I ordered a small soy cappuccino, I’m lactose intolerant (damn it). But at least I can enjoy a cappuccino, I don’t think I could order one in Italy without being looked at as a strange one. I said I wanted to have it on the premise and not to take away. I don’t know if this was the mistake. Anyway, quarter to 10, ten to 10, 6 to 10. My Milanese soul was coming out: “how long does it take them to make a cappuccino?” I know I wasn’t the only one, but still… I stand up, I sit down wandering whether they were going to call me or I had to go to the counter to take my cappuccino. Finally at five to 10, I was standing, I walk back to my table together with the waiter carrying my soy cappuccino. It’s hot and, after briefly enjoying the creamy top, I just drink …

Morning run in the sun! / Correr por la manana en el sol / Correre la mattina avvolti da un abbraccio caldo

Running in the morning has never been such a pleasant thing! 9am and something, a beautiful sunny day and lots of wind, but warm wind like if it was 1 o’clock and maybe in the Desert. I managed to do my 30 min run after a period of low running or almost no running. It was peaceful and calm in the Docklands, starfishes on the docks, what a beautiful surprise while running! I just felt free and full of energy with the world just waiting for my next move. A white paper to fill in. Great feeling! Running is great! Let’s see if I can make it a good habit and maybe to some city runs or so! I’ll keep you posted on that! And I guess a good reward for the next time could be a nice cappuccino + brekkie in one of the Docklands cafès! http://bit.ly/Vkvtw2 (LINK) They look tempting and with an amazing view!   Esta manhana me he levantado temprano, me he despertado por el fuerte sol que entraba por la …