I believe in daily opposites - it helps to prepare for the bad times ahead, that or you can acknowledge me as the pessimist I am. Having volunteered to do a double shift I needed something to counteract the crankiness I predicted would strike later on - that something was a new cafe and the promise of liquid beauty.
Cue Cherry & Twigs! Why am I so excited? I like visiting new places that are in the CBD and relatively spacious. Gosh and a chair with backing, even if not the most comfortable, is a welcome ‘change’ from the same metallic seats. Posture guys. If there’s one thing better than a leaf in my coffee, it’s four. My latte was pleasantly dark with an almost fruity twist and pervading cocoa. The corn fritters didn’t produce similarly good results though. I don’t think the corn was fresh as they were far from juicy and had a rather rigid feel upon the gnashing of teeth. Paprika was detected in the crisp mix, adding a distinctive note to the dish. Oh, and I do love the little dill sprigs.Welp, I ended up finishing much earlier than I predicted given their quick service times. In the hour before work I proceeded to explore the lower end of the CBD where I also sampled coffees from Oli & Levi & Sbriga Espresso. From the latter cafe I learned a collapsible keep cup may be in the making. I’m sure if I stab a few holes in the bottom of my two current cups I can transform them into stylish vases.
Above is an outstanding tree from Flagstaff gardens; corner of William street and La Trobe street. Such vibrant colours stood against the backdrop of greenery and a beautiful sky! If only the camera also caught the growing carpet of violet beneath its reach as well.
I don’t know why I’ve been so tired lately. Following another 14 hour sleep, the day only properly started at B&P when we purchased a signed copy of the cook book as a birthday gift. Every sharpie on Darren’s sleeve was just a varying shade of pink haha.
We had to shoot a birthday video afterwards and ended up at The Meeting Place, where some of us warm ourselves up with lattes. Mine was surprisingly good, and very creamy; it would have gone down well with the pieces of Velvety Vanilla Almond Lind chocolate that was breakfast…Though since corn fritters were also on offer I’ll probably pop down to try them the next time I’m in South Yarra.I caught up with some high school friends after this where we watched Thor 2. Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston make for eye candy as sweet as the pastries in the above photo. They were from one of the stores at the Night Market. Much too full from popcorn, however, we set our sights on more enticing items.Pretzels from a store in Kingsville. I tried a pinch from a friend’s; unfortunately they were served cold. They weren’t any heavy flavours though, so I’ll consider bringing one home next time and maybe a flat cap. Flat caps are awesome.It didn’t help that summer had regressed back to the wind and rain we were beginning to forget. Smoke from all the bbqs billowed about, choking our tracheas and irritating the eyes. A prime perpetrator was a Sicilian stand selling grilled beef with salad. The beef was much too chewy for my liking - at least the salad was fresh. This burger from Hammer & Tong came as a recommendation from my brother. The deep fried soft shell crab was encased between two spongy buns with sliced cabbage, coriander and spring onions. Both the crab and cabbage contributed to the delightful crunch of each bite while the creaminess of the spicy mayonnaise tied the flavours up nicely. I would have preferred more sauce in fact, without it the final bites were a bit too tart from the cabbage for my liking.
We had to forgo the multitude of other stands selling scrumptious sounding dishes. Stomachs (and wallet. Thursday is pay day) defeated, I can only say ‘until next time…’
Lunch was Hot Star Chicken followed by Beef Stew at Rice Workshop. Love their geometric design; food wise it wasn’t outstanding with the thin strips of marinated beef and onion. It reminded me of Hanaichi actually, but I have no objections with Japanese cheap eats :)
Also, the paper mats advocate post meal play time. That’s bonus points from me.
sewphresh: Where is the happiest memory you have, and what did it mean to you?
The use of the superlative has really, really stumped me.
Perhaps not the happiest, but definitely one of the happier, was at the NGV. She was my best friend;that day we wrote down our birthday plans and dreams for the next decade using crayons from one of the exhibits.
To a naive kid at the time, the pact meant more than anything the English language could possibly hope to encapsulate in its assortment of letters. The NGV and that flimsy bit of folded up paper with colourful scrawl promised we’d remain close and the idea that the future wouldn’t see to the deterioration of our bond. I moved schools soon after and to an older child now, I regret the fragility of my friendships.
Don’t you think the horde of students entering REB, when the doors first open, look like the zombie stampede in World War Z? Don’t you think the world is particularly beautiful on the last day of your exam?Don’t you think a good dinner with a good friend is a great way to celebrate?
The famous double chin served us:
Spicy corn and coriander fritters with iceberg lettuce and chilli jam - not so much spicy, but this did have a well balanced corn : flour ratio. Add some avo and a poached egg and you’ve got yourself a brunch dish that well out ranks some other cafes around.
Kingfish sashimi with lime, chilli, coconut and Thai basil - An excess of lime inundated the sashimi, defeating all other potential flavours.
Barbecue pork satay with cucumber, pineapple, crushed nuts and a three flavour sauce - fresh cucumber and sweet pineapple slices! The fish sauce was a little overpowering though, again with the tartness.
Black sticky rice with banana, sweetened coconut cream & sesame seeds - no troubles here, other than the odd garnish of fried onions.
All in all, mostly pleasant dinner; just overpriced. So post exam celebrations! How are you celebrating?