Work Lunch #8 – Delhi Streets down Flinders Lane

The Urban Ma Delhi streets

Delhi Streets down Melbourne’s laneways

Can’t cope with the drop in temperature and how it’s already so dark by 6pm? Ahh gotta love Melbourne and the end of daylight savings hey? In need of something to brighten the grey day, off Kenny and I went for another Melbourne CBD lunch adventure, this time at the newly opened Delhi Streets down The Archway boasting some of Melbourne’s new eateries.

Today’s lunch warmed me up like how you feel when you slip into a bed where the electric blanket has been turned up to 5 (remember those? I wonder if anyone still has them!). The pop of colour in their logo and the bright posters plastered across the walls made me feel instantly drawn to the place.

Delhi Streets Dosa Delhi Streets kitchen

Kenny’s copious amounts of encounters with Indian cuisine (see posts here and here) proves helpful for me and I order the dosa which he is surprised I’ve never had before! I’m surprised too as the wonderfully authentic flavours really did “surprise and excite the senses“.

Delhi Streets Bhel puri The Urban Ma

We ordered the following which was served with hospitable grace and appetizing presentation:

Bhel Puri $7(Puffed rice Indian salad) which was a sweet and sour mix of puffed rice and sev garnished with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, coriander and tamarind chutney (I had to Google was “sev” was! Sev is essentially small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and Ajwain before being deep-fried in oil.”). You can just imagine the array of flavours that came with every crunch of this dish!
Vegetarian Thali, $10 Two veggie curries served with rice, naan, papadum, raita and salad
Masala Dosa Crepe Fusion, $10 a savoury crisp pancake filled with spanish onions, tomato, capsicum and servied with coconut chutney and sambar (a lentil based vegetarian soup)

Delhi Streets Vegetarian thaliDelhi Streets Masala Dosa

I was so full from my meal that I didn’t get to try out the interesting-sounding desserts (sweet carrot pudding and pistachio kulfi ice cream)! Can’t wait to visit Delhi Streets again to taste their sweets.

Open for lunch and dinner in The Archway down Flinders Lane, Delhi Streets also take bookings!

Delhi Streets on Urbanspoon

The animals are ALIVE at Watergardens – Free school holiday fun!

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School holiday fun this April
This time of year is always one of my favourite long weekends as I get to spend time with family and also to reflect on the new gift of chance we have been given.
This year we attended special masses all week and Daniel also made his first Easter hat for their Easter hat parade at his childcare centre. He was so excited and proud to show his grandparents his creation and it was a nice opportunity for us to do some crafting together at home :)
For those of you who still haven’t been on the animal adventure at Watergardens, make sure you head down there for some free family fun! You can also snap a photo with a panda, create your own animal mask and win an overnight stay at the wonderful Werribee Zoo!
Watergardens in the newsanimals at Watergardens
“These school holidays, don’t miss out on seeing the first ever Animal Adventure Animatronic Display at Watergardens!  
The display, features lions, tigers, zebras, macaws and, gorillas, to name just a few, is a fun-filled way for children and adults to learn more about these intriguing animals. You will have the opportunity to get close to a zebra’s stripes, hear a lion roar, spot a giraffe standing tall, see the sparkle in a tiger’s eye, and listen to the calls of macaws and much more.

In addition to the animatronic display, Watergardens Town Centre will host an animal craft workshop, where children can let their creative side go wild, and make their own animal mask to take home. There will also be an animal cookie decorating workshop, as well as an opportunity to take a photo up close and personal with a panda.”

Mummy Mondays – What’s in my bag plus a Cocobella review!

Thomas bag header IMG_2598 Mummy Mondays – What’s in my Bag plus Cocobella Kids Coconut water review

Actually this post is really about what’s in Daniel’s bag, however so often when going to kids parties and outings I end up just using Mr D’s bag as my own so as not to double up on things hanging off my shoulder.

We were recently sent some sample packs of Australia’s first range of coconut water drinks for kids by Cocobella so included in this post is a review on this new healthy option that has kept our active little toddler hydrated throughout the warm summer days.

The above photo may look like a lot of items but really when you pack it all away it doesn’t take up much space at all and, to be honest, for short trips to the shops or visiting friends, sometimes I even forget to take Mr D’s bag!

First things first, the bag we are currently using is this bright Thomas the Tank Engine backpack that came in one of the showbags we bought from the Royal Melbourne Show last year, see post here!

1. Thomas the Tank Engine backpack
2. Wipes for sticky fingers and cleaning up mess
3. Sunscreen and matching swimwear just in case we hit the beach or water parks
4. Lego Movie towel – comes really handy when we visit Werribee Zoo (post coming soon!)
5. Spare change of clothes – shorts and tee
6. Mr D’s yearly zoo and museum passes – we’ve been loving being able to visit the animals whenever we like and recently bought a friend this for her two-year-old’s birthday – they make such great presents that can be enjoyed all year round!
7. A mini picture book – Mr D is still obsessed with all things automobile
8. A hat, undies and socks – yes, Mr D is out of nappies and we are so happy to see our little man growing up!
9. A couple of toys to keep him occupied
10. Biscuits, fruit, jelly, a bottle of water and Cocobella coconut water for kids – snacks are a must for active little toddlers

Some items not pictured but you can normally find in Mr D’s backpack are plastic bags (for rubbish or wet items), my purse, lip balm, phone and keys, and Mr D’s sunnies.

What’s currently in your kids’ bag?!
Coconut water The Urban Ma Blog If you’ve been following my Instagram feed you’d have seen we attended the Kids Business Blogger BBQ and there we met some lovely bloggers, brands and sampled some wonderful products for our precious ones. One of those products was a pack of Cocobella Kids’ coconut water range with no added sugar, no added colours, flavours, additivites or preservatives.

Mr D normally consumes water and milk, and he was super excited to have something different and yummy to drink.

“It’s so yummy mummy”, was what Mr D happily exclaimed as he slurped away at his first taste of these handy and healthy, drinks that are naturally rich in electrolytes. So yummy in fact that I may have finished off a few packs myself :)IMG_2608Some Cocobella Kids facts!:

– Cocobella Kids is a lunch-box friendly and healthy coconut water drink for kids made from 70% coconut water, 30% fruit juice and nothing else.
– Cocobella Kids is available in 200ml Tetre-Pak (BPA-free)
– Available in two yummy flavours: Apple Berry Breeze and Tropical Island
Cocobella Kids retails for $3.49 per 3-pack in Woolworths supermarkets nationally.

If you want further info check out http://www.cocobellakids.com.au #cocobellakids

What are some snacks and drinks that you or your kids are currently loving?

Coconut water for kids The Urban Ma blog*This is not a sponsored post. We were gifted packs of Cocobella Kids coconut water for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. Cocobella Kids also donated 100 x 3 packs to Mr D’s childcare centre. 

Work lunch #7 Waffee waffles and coffee

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Waffee Waffles and Coffee
Emporium LG-32, 287 Lonsdale st, Melbourne

An impromptu trip into the city with grandma, Mr 2 came into the CBD for the day and I met him and the family for a quick lunch at Emporium.

It was short and sweet consisting of an amazing mocha and waffle concoction from Waffee found on the lower ground floor.

Nicely presented. Attentive staff. Clean, bright interior. Well made waffles.

I didn’t get much time to look at the menu as I rushed to head back to the other end of the city but it seems that Waffee offers a variety of flavours which you can order and take away in a Waffee box.

The delicious smell of freshly made waffles will hook you in.

Waffee Waffles+Coffee on Urbanspoon

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Work lunch #6 – Duck crepes at Choix

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Choix Creperie – 620 Collins st, Melbourne

Soft, smooth crepes filled with an array of sweet and savoury choices.

With a few friends working down at this end of Collins street the recommendations on places to eat are endless! We are spoilt for choice with morning coffee and lunch time haunts and this time Mon took us to Choix.

Not very far at all from Southern Cross station and down a little laneway studded with cafes, we were lucky to grab a table inside this cozy little eatery.

I ordered the duck crepe as Mon had been talking it up and it was perfect! It was served with smiles and was generously filled with soft, well cooked duck. I had a taste of the meatball crepe and it too tasted so good with an unexpected dollop of creamy mayo that went really well with the sauce.

Another place to add to my list of places to return to as I want to try the sweet menu items!

Choix Creperie Café on Urbanspoon

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My favourite place is..

2015/02/img_0258.pngTotally true right?

Especially from little toddlers! – I LOVE coming home to hugs from Mr 2!

This Valentine’s Day give out hugs like they don’t cost a thing because without saying a word they can be one of the most powerful ways to bring us all closer together. A simple gesture that can make you instantly feel better. A nice, big, tight hug. Best!

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