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.

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Vanilla slice, slice baby

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VicPies Cafe, Shop 6, 100 Furlong Road, Cairnlea

Maybe they should change the name of the store from VicPies to VicRice or something along those lines because after eating lunch here with fellow blogger Consider the Sauce, hubby and I are hooked! – only it’s not their pies that have made our lunch dates there a favourite – we are loving their Vietnamese rice dishes and ca phe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee)! Oh and also their homemade vanilla slices (only $2.80!) 🙂

Even though it looks a little confused with lunch dishes printed on paper and stuck to the windows and then pies and coffee on offer in the display unit, I guess that’s the charm of this local cafe. VicPies is not at all pretentious – they offer friendly service and fabulous food at reasonable prices – that’s a winner in my books! The dishes are served with lots of tender meat and veggies and even though they don’t have highchairs available, VicPies is pram friendly 🙂

Our favourites are the beef claypot, pork chop and broken rice with fried egg and the beef stew, and of course the smooth vanilla slice. What are your favourite local eats!?

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Breakfast with truffles in Footscray, oh my!

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Guerilla Espresso, Shop 228, 81 Hopkins st, Footscray

What better way to enjoy the morning sunshine than brekkie with the hubby, the bubby and one of these bad boys – the infamous truffle toastie found at Guerilla Espresso. After reading about this exquisite sounding concoction  on my Twitter feed the night before, I knew exactly want I wanted for brunch the next day! Found amongst some fresh green grocers in the Footscray market, this cafe is occupies a small space but boasts smooth coffee, a delicious menu and lovely service. The layers of fresh crusty bread, shaved truffle, mozarella, gruyere, watercress and shaved pecorino, with a touch of lemon and olive oil was a beautiful bite of luxury taking me away from the sleepless nights I’ve had of late (the little one has been sick but more of that on another post). This well put together sandwich is already calling me back as I post this blog entry. Make sure you ask for the truffle toastie when you visit Guerilla as it is not up on the menu. Enjoy!

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Cafes and donuts in Gisborne

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The Oval Cafe – 30 Aitken st, Gisborne

With the sun finally shining after a few days of nonstop rain, we went for a drive to the town of Gisborne. When I first visited this pretty, little town I was expecting to find chunky homemade pies and friendly country residents however even after over 6 years of lunching in Gisborne I am yet to find that pie. Instead there are a handful of cafes serving what tastes like frozen or ready-made cakes, pies and savoury meals.

This week I ate at the Oval Cafe while catching up with a friend. A young, friendly waitress greeted us at the door and seated us at a table whilst another saw that we had a baby and quickly got us a highchair 🙂 I wasn’t expecting much of the food or the service but was pleasantly surprised when we didn’t have to wait too long for our cappuccinos to come out and the chicken and lamb kebabs we ordered tasted fresh and juicy – juicier than the kebabs in the Brimbank Central food court anyways. The fries were warm but not hot and I left wishing I got the wedges instead. There weren’t to many patrons in the cafe and it didn’t have the warm, small town hospitality that I’d expect, perhaps because it’s not so much a small town these days.

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Giz Donuts – Gisborne Village Shopping Centre, 22 Brantone st, Gisborne

Ok now this place I can definitely recommend you visit! Gisborne’s answer to Footscray’s jam donuts! A humble little shop in the village shopping centre, Giz Donuts serve made to order cinnamon donuts and they are so good you’ll want to drive out here just to get your fingers on them! Soft but also slightly crunchy and served hot, straight from the fryer, I suggest you order at least 6 of these sugar and cinnamon donuts. Two for now, two for later, and another two for a midnight snack with a glass of milk.. YUMMMMM!! Very friendly and efficient service. Make sure you check out Giz Donuts if you’re ever in town or even if you’re driving up the Calder Freeway, take a detour into Gisborne and grab yourself some cinnamon goodness 🙂

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Can you recommend any good places to try in Gisborne? I’d love to hear any tips!

 

My Charming City

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The Charming City

I found these pics on my memory card from a couple of weeks ago and had to share them with you even though some are blurry! Melbourne really is the most livable city with its friendly people and secret laneways full of character and art. From the famous Hosier lane to ACDC lane you can see people taking photos of the street art and unique images. The never-ending offerings of cafes and eateries reflect a city whose people love to explore, socialize and eat. Every day I am finding more and more things that I love about Melbourne that I never made the time to appreciate in the past. Mat leave rocks! ;P

What are some of your favorite places to eat, drink, shop and explore around Melbourne city? Any suggestions for some winter activities?

Candied Bakery

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Candied Bakery, 81A Hudsons Road, Spotswood

After having lunch in Yarraville at a couple of food trucks, the family and I headed over the freeway to Spotswood to Candied Bakery as I was craving an almond croissant (as announced on my Twitter feed!). With baby having done some big business and needing a change in the car, I left the better half to fix it up and I hurried in to Candied before it closed.

Unfortunately there were no almond croissants left – all the more excuse to check this place out again! I ordered a flat white and a Nutella croissant and the chocolatey sweetness hit the spot nicely. The coffee went down a treat with my pastry and hopefully next time we visit this uber cool bakery it won’t be as rushed and we’ll get to sit down and enjoy the open space and aroma.

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A cheeky day in South Melbourne

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Cheeky Cinos (photo from www.cheekycinos.com.au), pumpkin soup, catchup, exterior of Cheeky Cinos, lovely wares at the South Melbourne market.

Cheeky Cinos, happy mums!

What a beautiful Friday to end the week! Sunny, crisp and perfect for a stroll down the streets of South Melbourne and my first ever visit to the cafe that mums rave about, Cheeky Cinos on Cecil street. This is a parent’s haven where you can actually enjoy eating with both hands, have a straight-forward conversation with your friend, and sit still not having to push a pram back and forth in an effort to lengthen your baby’s nap time while you hurriedly scoff down your food before he wakes up (sound familiar?!)

It was 12.30pm and the place was roaring with busyness! I ordered a coffee and biscotti and it came out in what looked like a soup mug – nice and huge! 🙂 There were prams neatly parked in a row and plenty of highchairs if needed. The play area was amazing! Even as an adult I wanted to climb in there and explore in bare feet!

Although Baby D attends many play dates and Mother’s group outings, I have never yet left him completely on his own so being a little apprehensive we tested out the waters. The state-of-the-art developmental play area was so welcoming and Daniel made himself quite at home rather quickly though he did keep turning around to see if I was still there. After a few minutes I decided that he would be ok on his own so I bought him 15mins of surpervised play time ($5). He totally LOVED it! He watched all the other kids wobbling around and he happily tummy crawled his way around the padded maze of learning equipment. I was so excited to see him all independent and happily playing without me but also a little sad that he is growing up so quickly. No wonder everyone tells me to enjoy every moment – they really do grow up fast!

We must definitely visit Cheeky Cinos again so daddy can see Baby D in action and also to visit South Melbourne market again as there are so many pretty things to look at and lots of inspiration for home decorating. We ended this fabulous Friday in South Melbourne visiting a few more boutiques and pop-up shops in the area and filled our tummies with Wat Da Pho goodness! It was so good that I didn’t get the chance to take photos of what we ordered so more of an excuse to go back again next time!

In the evening we enjoyed some quiet time for reflection and to give thanks for all our blessings at St Francis.

What did you get up to last Friday?

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