Date Night in Yarraville

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Cafe Terroni white bait

 

Date night – A cozy Italian night
Cafe Terroni, 18 Ballarat st, Yarraville 

It was a Monday night and little did we know that most of the restaurants down Yarraville’s cute little Ballarat street were closed on Mondays. Yim Yam was open and as much as we love that place we thought we’d try something different for what could be our last date night in a while!

Just a block or two closer to the Sun Theatre were a few Italian places we thought looked like the perfect place for a romantic kid-free dinner. Dim candle lit tables were inviting us in to try out Cafe Terroni. I was worried we didn’t have a booking but the staff happily gave us a few seating options and we chose to sit at the bar at the window.

We ordered:

– fast fried white bait with aioli (it was on the specials board)

– salmon with cauliflower puree and an apple and walnut saland (also on the specials board)

– Parmigiana di melanzane e ricotta – traditionally layered eggplant with ricotta cheese and tomato sugo served with rocket and parmesan salad

As it was such a hot night we decided to go for a walk and have an ice cream over at Hello Gelo. I had the maple walnut flavor while the hubby had good old chocolate.

It was nice to have uninterrupted conversation with the better half and felt so relaxing not having to rush around anywhere…but at the same time we were so glad to pick Mr D up from grandma’s house giving him lots of cuddles and kisses before bedtime! He’s so soft and always so happy to see us 🙂 Blessed.

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Sunday loves – Coffee, cars, boats and brunch

The Urban Ma blog Sunday loves Melbourne coffee The Cornershop Yarraville

A nice, warm sleep-in (we went to mass the last night!), brunch and good coffee, exploring and playtime with Daddy and Mr D, spending time with friends and family. An afternoon nap. Dinner with the family. A perfect, ideal Sunday. Relaxing and slow paced. Simple and beautiful.

This morning we slept in (with a 2 year old toddler that means sleeping in past 9am!) then headed straight downstairs to play with all Mr D’s new cars (our local toy store is closing down and everything was going for half the price!). The sun was shining and Daddy was up (he had an early dj set last night! Get his mixtapes here!) so brunch at one of Melbourne’s cafes was the pick.

We decided to go to nearby Yarraville knowing that there would be plenty of great cafes to choose from.

The Urban Ma breakfast Yarraville Bacon steak Cornershop Yarraville  Waffles Cornershop Yarraville

We ordered:
– Bacon steaks with beetroot and celeriac remoulade, poached eggs and Finnish mustard ($18)
– Free range scrambled eggs with parmesan, rainbow chard, soft herbs and chilli ($14.50) and I added mushrooms extra ($4.50) – it was such a great combo – full of taste and so filling!
– Kids waffles with maple syrup (Yummm! We shared with Mr D!)
– a flat white and a cappucino

Ambience:
Relaxed and casual with lots of light and both outdoor seating round the back and seating at the windows with views of pretty Ballarat street.

Service:
Friendly and attentive.

The Details:
There are kids’ options on the menu and if you want to hang around and enjoy the sunshine, order a takeaway coffee and some of their delicious-looking baked goods and enjoy them on the lawn right outside.

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IMG_5973The Urban Ma blog Cornershop Yarraville

Afterwards we drove around to find Mr D some boats as he’s been asking about seeing some all morning. We drove under the Westgate bridge and if you haven’t see the bridge from underneath, you’re missing a great view! Try driving down Hyde street or Douglas parade. The view is amazing and makes you appreciate just how much work was put into building it. Such a different view from the daily peak hour traffic that you are probably normally used to.

We saw a huge container ship as we were driving so we quickly followed it and found ourselves at France Street Fishing Jetty. It was perfect! Mr D hurried out of the car and we just stood there in awe. It was so majestic – the view and the slow movement of the ship as it was nudged by a little tugboat in to dock.

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After boat-watching and finding lots of starfish on the jetty, we headed to Laverton as one of Mr D’s godfathers was there with his car club, 86 Club Australia. See here for details about membership and their events!“Go Ninong go!” (“ninong” is “godfather” in Tagalog) – Mr D was hypnotised by all the cars and the driving. He thought they were just like Lightning McQueen and was in awe of his ninong’s driving skills.

With such excitement, Mr D was ready for his nap and we got home just after midday for a siesta! 🙂

Up next, dinner with the family!

Our ideal Sunday:
– playtime with Mr D
– sharing meals together
– exploring the neighbourhood
– quality time with family and friends
– no rushing around

What’s your ideal Sunday? 

Yim Yam in Yarraville

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Yim Yam Yarraville – 40A Ballarat st, Yarraville 9687-8585

Thai Laos Cuisine

After finding out Pok Pok in the Docklands was closed, a friend from the other side of the bridge asked for recommendations on good Thai places for our weeknight catch up. Yim Yam Yarraville came to mind as it is not too far for them to travel and I adore their dishes – especially the toasted rice and coconut salad! There were 6 of us dining in so we were able to order quite a few dishes to taste as much of the huge menu as we could!

Yim Yam’s menu is quite lengthy and after having eaten here a few times with experienced Yim- Yammers we took our Eastsider buddies on a gastronomical tour of Thai Laos cuisine! I’m excited to say they loved it so much that they ordered takeaway for later! 🙂 If you haven’t been here before dive into the menu and don’t be afraid to take a risk and order something you aren’t familiar with! – you will be rewarded with a tasty, new discovery 😉

Here are the dishes we ordered:

Seared chicken satay skewers ($7.90) These were so good we were eating the leftover satay sauce with spoons!

– Marinated Grilled Chicken with Chilli Tamarind Dip (Guy yang gup jaow mark kham) ($15.90) First time trying this dish and I loved it! Full of flavour and slightly tangy, perfect with rice.

Pad Thai Chicken ($14.90) – the tastiest pad thai I’ve had yet! So saucy!!!!!

– Toasted Rice & Coconut Salad ($13.50) Love this light, crunchy dish.

Tom Yum, prawn ($8.50)

– Massaman Curry (gang mutsamun) ($13.90)

Thai Fried Rice, chicken ($11.90)

– Thai Milk Tea

Just a word of warning – stick to the mains! After enjoying and being wowed by our entrees and main dishes, you should’ve seen the deflated look on our faces when our desserts landed on the table. What a way to end an evening. No need for words, just take a look at the photos below…

If you are looking to get dessert, the pandan crepes were probably the least disappointing out of the mixed berry crumble & coconut ice cream wafers that we ordered. Or better yet just get a chocolate sundae from McDonald’s on your way home.

We left baby at home with the grandparents because this place is very tightly packed with no room for prams. They recently opened up and took over the space next door but if you choose to dine in make sure you book in advance! All in all the desserts haven’t deterred me – Yim Yam is one of my favourite Thai restaurants and their specialty dishes are worth coming back for.

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Long weekend shenanigans

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Dos Diablos food truck, Pollo and carnitas tacos, Digging for Frire BBQ (DFFBBQ) Kitchen food truck, This Little Piggy roll, the spunky ones at the Lacrosse tournament, fish and chips at Williamstown’s Top of the Bay.

This long weekend…!

Food, food and more food is what we got up to this long weekend! I wish I could say I got some sleep in there too but no, these bags under my eyes aren’t Prada. I miss my sleep…hopefully the little one’s first tooth will cut through soon.

First time trying out Dos Diablos and I just had a bite of the better half’s tacos – yummy chicken taco was full of flavor, only wish it was a little bigger. I headed over to the DFFBBQ guys to try their pork roll and enjoyed the chunky fillings and pineapple and chilli relish. Always great service from these fellas! 🙂 There was also a stall serving freshly squeezed orange juice and the kind man gave us a free bag of mandarins as we walked passed!

Yesterday we headed over to Williamstown for some fish and chips, or in my case, scallop and chips (I lurrve scallops!) with the family and even though it was a chilly Melbourne afternoon, we had a great time just hanging out on our picnic rug enjoying Top of the Bay’s flake, scallops and prawns. This place has been a long time favourite of our’s and after not visiting for a while because it seemed like scallops had shrunken in size, they’re back, bigger and juicier than ever!

We finished the weekend with something sweet – Dolce Latte and Creme Caramel flavored ice cream from Capriccio One.

I also ate more than my weight in Filipino food at my aunty’s big 50th birthday bash on the weekend but my camera ran out of battery so sorry but no pics 🙁 I’m still enjoying some take home birthday cake – sooooooo good! Ube flavored with macapuno filling in the middle – Leslie I need more! You’re baking is amazing!

I guess I’ll just have to work it hard at the gym and rehearsals this week! ;P

Melbourne Foodtrucks – Digging for Fire BBQ Kitchen

Foodtruck Friday!
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Digging For Fire BBQ – Melbourne food truck, various locations

Last Friday, after following DFFBBQ on Twitter, I was excited to see that they were heading across the bridge to Yarraville. So with some friends and family we braved the cold Melbourne weather to enjoy some freshly bbq’d dinner with the Digging For Fire peeps! We got there around 5.30pm and there were already a few people milling around deciding what to order and as the night progressed it was nice to see more and more people coming out to this mini fiesta of food trucks!

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The night’s special – Cinnamon & Chilli Chicken Wings, Baby’s happy with my tasty choice 🙂

After a hard decision on whether to go with the pulled pork baguette or the night’s special of cinnamon and chilli chicken wings, I went the wings. The customer service was great and you could tell that the guys at DFFBBQ had a real passion for what they were doing. They were both very busy keeping up with all the orders but were still able to stop for a friendly chat 🙂

It was so cold last Friday out in the park but once I bit into my cinnamon and chilli wings, braving the cold night was totally worth it! The wings were well-cooked and bursting with not only the cinnamon and chilli flavours but also that of the salsa/sauce that covered the tender bbq pieces! It came with chips and was absolutely delish!

Can’t wait to try out the rest of their menu next time! – Thank you DFFBBQ for a great dinner out! 🙂

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Keep checking back every Monday and Thursday for new blog posts on food and fashion in Melbourne and I will also post some pics and things that interest me on surprise days! 🙂

For now, have a great week and always start your morning with a smile! – go on, do it 🙂 you’ll feel better if you do! 😉

Digging For Fire BBQ Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Melbourne Mondays – Broadening my palette

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Bopha Devi’s dishes – I was caught up in conversation with my besties so sorry I can’t name the dishes for you in the above photos! The staff were very helpful though, so just ask them for their recommendations if you are not sure what dish to order!

Bopha Devi – Yarraville and Docklands 

The thing I love about Melbourne is no matter how long I have lived here I am always discovering new places that are perfect for catching up with friends. Bopha Devi is one of them. A cute little restaurant in Yarraville serving Cambodian cuisine. I have never tried Cambodian cuisine before and its light, fresh tasting dishes had me hooked in one spoonful! With much more understated flavours than other Asian cuisines that I’m used to, the Cambodian food at Bopha was very tasty and elegantly presented. For me the freshness reminded me of the fresh Vietnamese food I ate in Saigon last year and the flavours in the curry dish reminded me a little of Thai food but not as strong.

If you’re looking for a place to catch up with friends on a relaxed weeknight, the Yarraville institution is perfect! For more of a special celebration then I suggest Bopha Devi in the Docklands as it is a lot bigger and the interior a little fancier than its Yarraville sibling.

What is something new that you have tried lately?

Bopha Devi on Urbanspoon

August Catch Up’s #1!

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Have got a few catch up’s lined up this week so I’ll update this post as they come about 🙂 For now here’s a pic to relate to.

First catch up of the week was a Yim Yam in  Yarraville with the girls I have known the longest – my high school friends Mel, Sez & Trang 🙂 I am so grateful for their loyalty and friendship. It never ceases to amaze me that after all these years and such different paths we hold nothing back when we catch up! – we talk about anything from religion to relationships, babies and work and everything in between! They help me stay grounded by keeping me focused on the most important things in life. Check out Mel’s blog – Path of Illumination for articles on spiritual growth, parenting and sustainable living.

Yim Yam’s Pad Thai

Yim Yam’s Putt Grapow (basil stir fry)

Yim Yam’s special of the night – Lemongrass grilled pork with chilli ginger sauce (favourite alert!)