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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

     I really like the Commoner. Mr M and I first visited midway through last year (pre-blog!), when I was in the throes of wedding planning. After having my hair and make-up trial for the big day, I decided we should at least go out somewhere, so that the effort was not wasted (although formal hair […]

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Regular readers would be well aware (and perhaps irritated) that my posts are often Northside or city-centric, mainly because I live in the North and work in the city. It seems I don’t really get out of my hood that much, so when Claire suggested a breakfast adventure that required going over the Westgate Bridge, I was immediately […]

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I first read about the Bell Jar on Joyce’s blog (and it has since had some positive reviews from Cindy and Michael and Brian). It was a surprise to me that this little place even existed, particularly given its location on the very quiet end of Smith Street, between Alexandra Parade and Queens Parade (well past the […]

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The backstreets of Armadale are not really the place that one expects to find a great cafe. But here it is. Nestled in a residential street, Coin Laundry is a bright, airy space serving great coffee from Allpress and some lovely breakfast dishes. The locals have taken to this ex-laundromat like ducks to water. When […]

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     Happiness. I was back in the kitchen recently after a fairly long hiatus. For the past few months, I’ve spent pretty much all my waking hours furtively tapping away at my laptop trying to wrap up my PhD thesis. Thankfully, it’s all bound and parcelled now; it’s probably sitting in the in-tray on some grey-haired examiner’s desk […]

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My lovely friend S was hosting a picnic for her 30th birthday. I offered to bring some cupcakes along and decided to do some experimenting to make a flourless lime cupcake. I reasoned that I could simply tweak my classic flourless orange cupcake recipe and top with a zesty coconut frosting to make a little […]

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About a month ago (yes, bad blogger), on one of the first sunny days we headed to St Kilda for Sunday lunch for a family birthday. The brief was to find somewhere for a nice birthday lunch and Circa fit the bill perfectly with its Sunday lunch. For $65 per person ($110 with matched wines) […]

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Happy Melbourne Cup day! It makes me so happy that we Melburnians get an annual leave day thanks to a horse race! While you would think Spring Racing is about the horses, really its about frocks, food and drink. Race day food needs to be portable, delicious and preferably easy on the cook. Last year […]

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