The Substation Artists’ Market

The Substation

The Substation Artists’ Market, 1 Market Street, Newport, VIC

10am-3pm First Sunday of Every Month

Last Sunday we decided to visit the artists’ market at the Substation for the first time. I hadn’t really taken much notice of this red brick, neo-Classical building except for when we drive past it on the way to Williamstown beach. It has been beautifully restored into a contemporary, community based arts centre and boasts many cultural events and exhibitions. Such a great venue with performance space and galleries for hire.

It wasn’t too busy when we visited last week so it was great to get to talk to the artists about their work. There were some cute little baby blankets and jewelry and I loved the framed photographic pieces by Nick Psomiadis. There was also soft music provided by an acoustic singer and coffee and mulled red wine greeted us at the door. A great kid-friendly way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

To keep up to date with what’s happening in June at the Substation or apply for a stall at their Sunday market, visit their Facebook page here!

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Lazat Malaysian Restaurant

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Lazat Malaysian Restuarant, 495 Ballarat Rd Sunshine, Ph: 9312 7880

This place on Ballarat Road has been occupied by so many different business in the past few years from a souvlaki to a grill-type restaurant but with some other Malaysian eateries being such a hit in the area (i.e. Chef Lagenda up the road) I’m sure Lazat will be here to stay much longer than its predecessors.

I actually wasn’t even going to call in and book a reservation for dinner because I didn’t think that this place would be busy but luckily I did because when we arrived, the place was full house – buzzing with busyness! Lazat showcases a hearty menu with lots of choice and reasonably priced dishes. My lychee drink was tasty and refreshing and I enjoyed every single dish that we ordered at our first time at Lazat. The fried rice was full of flavour and so was the beef rendang (I still favour my dad’s version though!). We’ll definitely be going back again and I’ll do a proper post on the dishes – this first time round we ate our meals too quickly, just a tad bit excited lol!

There have been mixed reviews about Lazat and they have only been opened for several months, however I found the food to be great value and the service friendly. It was extremely busy when we visited so we enjoyed each other’s company as we waited for the staff to get a table together for us. We used this time to sneakily check out the tables surrounding us to see what other diners were ordering – don’t tell me you don’t do that when you visit a restaurant for the first time!? ;P

Have you eaten at Lazat recently!? – what did you think?

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Rozzi’s at Highpoint

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A new cafe in the West, Rozzi’s Italian Canteen, a nice big mug of coffee for brekkie, Eggs benedict

Rozzi’s Italian Canteen, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

Cuisine: Cafe-style with cold salads, focaccias, and cakes in the window and made to order meals on the menu.

Location: Accessible location at the entrance of the new food hall and close to the elevators and escalators.

Service: We came for brunch on a Sunday and it was starting to get busy however we received our coffee and our meals in good time by friendly staff and patient staff.

Food: We both ordered the eggs Benedict, which is rare as we always try to order different dishes so that we can taste more of the menu! It was such a good blend of buttery, smooth flavours and the eggs were poached beautifully. Beautiful presentation.

Drink: I didn’t order any drinks but the better half ordered a cap and it came out in a huge FRIENDS-like mug with a nice aroma 🙂

Kid-Friendly?: Yes! Easy access from the carpark and we were able to arrange our chairs around our table to accommodate our pram!

We wanted to find a comfortable place to enjoy a nice brunch in the sun and decided to check out the new cafe at Highpoint. Rozzi’s is located at the entrance of the food hall section with lots of natural light shining through the windows and both indoor and outdoor seating. After having their deliciously, creamy eggs Benedict and being able to accommodate our pram, we will definitely be coming back to try more! Their salads look delish!!!

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Thai in the wild, wild West

With my first ever taste of Thai cuisine beginning several years ago at a little but well-known eatery on Lygon street, I have recently been pleasantly surprised in finding some great little Thai places in Melbourne’s wild wild Western suburbs! After eating at over a dozen Thai restaurants around Melbourne and Thailand (Bangkok & Phuket), I can safely say that Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines.

The beginning – Ying Thai 2, 110 Lygon St, Carlton

Ying Thai 2’s Larb Ped, a roast duck salad with spring onion, onion, chilli & ground rice. The sauce all over this mouth-watering dish is drink-worthy!

Yum Sam Grop – ahhh the must have dish every time I eat here – Crispy pork skin & seafood salad with cashews and a sweet chilli sauce. YUM!

Tom Yum – does this dish even need a description? I can affectionately say that this is the dish that I suffered the hot chilliness for just in order to consume it! Even as a former employee at Nando’s, I was never able to eat any foods with chilli in it – lemon & herb was enough for me. One fateful girly catch up, my dear high school friends booked Ying Thai 2 as our meeting place and since then I have never looked back. Chilli all the way please! This tom yum soup is just bursting with that sweet and sour flavour that instantly makes my mouth water every time I think of it. Thank you Ying Thai 2 (and Mel, Sarah & Trang) for introducing me to the Thai cuisine & again widening my palette experiences.


Don’t let the fluoro green walls and colourful decor fool you – this place has seriously good Thai flavours!

P.S Another dish I like at Ying Thai 2 is the mild curry Gang Panang.
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2) The best in the West – Caroline Thai, Shop 9 Caroline Springs Shopping Central, Caroline Springs Boulevard
After entertaining myself with the Urbanspoon app whilst waiting for husband to finish his dj set, I found that Caroline Thai was one of the only Thai restaurants listed on the app in the Brimbank area – I had to try it. First trip there the tom yum was great! Second time, the tom yum was just a tad bit too bland for my liking. Third time luck, husband and I had found our favourite dishes on the Caroline Thai menu, and the tom yum this time did not disappoint. Service is always friendly and efficient. The decor is cozy and the crockery has its own little cute touches. And the background music has a nice relaxing feel to it that reminds of the various day spa appointments we had on Phi Phi Island during our honeymoon stay. And now for our favourites!:

Tom Yum – I try this dish at every Thai place we eat at just to set the standard for the rest of what we think the quality of the meals will be.

Golden Nest – the crowd favourite. A pork and seafood dish sitting on a “nest” of dried fried noodles. Absolute genius!

Moo Yang BBQ – Grilled pork with Thai herbs. So much flavour and because we ordered way more than our tummies could handle, we took this home & had it with steamed rice the next day – JACKPOT! It was so good, hit the spot hard! Definitely having this dish again. Worth going back for. Reminded me just a little bit of a sweeter version of Filipino bbq skewers/tocino! Now that’s flavour for you.
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Now as it is getting late, I’ll post about the newly opened Bangkok Kitchen (Carinlea) and the popular Keilor Road restaurants Saowadee & Krabi Thai soon! ‘Til then please feel free to leave comments & if you have any suggestions on more great Thai eateries please let me know! Catch you later.

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