Top Paddock, Richmond.

I wouldn’t be a food blogger in Melbourne if I didn’t blog about TOP PADDOCK at least once!

It is a pretty cafe – and massive. It sort of shocks me that people have to queue, because there are a lot of tables. This place is Pop-u-larr.

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The interior design is stunning, and the light that comes in through those ceiling to floor windows is perfect for photography.

Case in point:

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You know the deal here: this is the Blueberry and Ricotta Hotcake ($19), which is a work of art. You have to stare at it, admiringly for a minute before you eat it. So preeettty!

It was yummy, but very rich and mega sweet. Those seeds and berries on top add freshness to a heavy dish. It is a very large serving too. Share this one! Make it dessert…break..dessert…Breassert. What ever you decide to call it, do it.

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The Gin and Lime Cured Huon Ocean Trout Fillet ($20) is a must order. It is possibly one of my favourite breakfasts of all time. The trout was amazing and when mixed with the yolks of those perfectly poached eggs, a taste sensation. I made a lot of mmmm sounds.

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Here they are, two pretty dishes, striking a pose for the foodie paparazzi.

It was a lovely breakfast and I would definitely head back to Top Paddock again. Or even try The Kettle Black, their sister cafe.

So, believe the hype! The food really is worth lining up for. : )

xoxox

Karma
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Tokyo Pop (Yoyogi) @ Emporium, CBD.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will have noticed that I love Japanese food.

I also love Yoyogi on Swanston street, so it was pretty cool to see that they had taken over Tokyo Pop at the Emporium.

We were doing some shopping last weekend and happened upon Tokyo Pop by accident. It was really really busy! Nearly every seat was taken and they had quite a few, a mini restaurant’s worth. We scrambled to grab one after ordering.


As always, the food from Yoyogi or Tokyo Pop was really well priced. These cold buckwheat noodles (Zaru Soba) were just $4.50. They were delicious with the crunchy texture of the seaweed, chopped spring onion and a fantastic dipping sauce.


We ordered a few salads to share. This salmon salad  ($6.00) was yummy. Lots of greens, salmon, sesame seeds and a tahini mayonnaise style dressing.

My favorite of the salads was the seaweed tofu ($5.50) – the silky soft pillows of tofu were delicious mixed in with the seaweed, radish, cucumber, greens and tahini dressing. I would definitely order it again.

A few hours later (and several dollars spent shopping) we felt we needed dessert, so we hit up Zumbos.

We got macarons or ‘zumbarons’ of course. They were all so amazing. Very heavy, rich and strongly flavoured. I do usually prefer more understated macarons but these were still fantastic. The perfect amount of chewy and crunchy, plus a generous size. Stand outs were the caramel, finger bun and passion fruit cheesecake.

You really can’t go past a box of macarons to end a perfect day.

xoxo

Karma

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The Boutique Apartments.

Bad accommodation can ruin a trip, just as much as good accommodation can make it so much better.

I am so glad that I found the Boutique Apartments to stay at during my trip to Barcelona. The apartment made the trip feel even more special because it was such a fantastic place to stay, and because the hosts were so welcoming.

We arrived at the apartment and Carles and Tamara were there to greet us, show us around the apartment, and tell us about the area we were staying in. They gave us warm advice and personal recommendations tailored to our likes, dislikes and needs. They were seriously lovely.

They have a few apartments around the area, we booked a three bedroom, two bathroom for the four of us. The apartment was called Mrs Jauma.

It was really great value for four people – 239 euros a night. Plus the apartment came with a basic stocked fridge, tea, Nespresso pods and a cake. It was also cleaned daily.

It was in a beautiful building on main avenue, Passeig de Gracia, right opposite La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila- one of Gaudi’s famous buildings.) It was also on the corner of an alleyway which had some beautiful restaurants on it.

Seriously, such a great location. Close to everything with out being right in tourist-ville. We walked every where, but there was a train station right out the front too.

Here are some photos, so you get a feel for the place.

A cute welcome on a blackboard near the kitchen.

The entrance hallway.


The kitchen, complete with Nespresso machine, and complimentary chocolate chip cake!

The beautiful lounge room which lead out onto a balcony.

We had some beautiful views from our bedrooms and from the balcony …

  
  


Here are some photos of the balcony – I had quite a few coffees on it, watching the world below. It was very romantic.


Finally, this is the building which the apartment was across from – pretty cool right?

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona, I really recommend these apartments. They really helped make my visit to Barcelona even more amazing.

http://www.theboutiqueapartments.com/en/

xoxo

Karma

Delhi Streets, CBD.

 Delhi streets has become a favorite city eatery of mine. I’ve done a blog post on it before, but I go there so often that they deserve another post.

Delhi streets is located in “The Archway” off Flinders lane on the Spencer street side of the city. The menu consists of Indian street food chaat, thalis and some fun fusion items such as naan pizzas and wraps.


This dish is a must have when visiting Delhi streets- the Pani Puri. You pour the spice broth into the little lentil cracker cocoons filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, tamarind and chutney. It is a flavour explosion!

This is a Biryani – one of the spicier dishes on the menu, and also a very generous serve. It is kind of like an Indian Paella – the curry spices are cooked with the rice and the vegetables. It is delicious!

The aloo tikki at Delhi Streets is colourful and full of flavour. They are potato and pea cakes topped with onion, coriander, yoghurt, tamarind and a mint chutney. Quite light, and a fantastic appetizer.

This dish is now my favorite at Delhi Streets – the Chana Bhatura, (it is also the most expensive dish at $14.) It is indian fried bread served with spicy chickpeas that are drizzled with tamarind chutney and pickles. Sounds simple, but OMG it is amazing.

Seriously, Delhi Streets is awesome. I mean, the most expensive item on the menu is 14 dollars and the food is so amazing – it is worth checking out.

I’m even planning on having my birthday dinner there soon – I’m gonna order the entire menu to share! I’m excited! : D

xoxo

Karma

http://www.delhistreets.com.au/

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Bowery to Williamsburg, Melbourne CBD.

I love my friends. Not only are they lovely people, catching up with them   gives me excuses to drink more coffee, and eat more food.

I met up with a library friend recently and we decided to check out Bowery to Williamsburg for a coffee (and lunch for her.)

Bowery to Williamsburg has opened up another branch on Hardware Lane, on my side of the city. Their layout is gorgeous, their menu is stunning and I must say, the staff were mega friendly too.

I had a deliciously smooth Padre latte with some pretty latte art, but my friend stole the show with her…

  

…peanut butter hot chocolate, which even came with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It really looked so stylish and delicious. My friend was very happy.

  

Check out this Philly Cheese Steak Sub that my friend ordered… It looks SO CHEESY.  Seriously. I’m ordering that next time…though the Reuben sandwich also sounded good… so did the bagels.

Check out their menu in the link below, and you’ll see why I’m having trouble deciding.

Who wants to come and have lunch with me here soon?

xoxo

Karma

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Wonderbao, CBD.

 Isn’t it amazing where sudden pangs of hunger can lead you to?

When you are up early running errands, sometimes lunch time can catch up to you, and that is what happened to me, last week in the CBD.

A quick look up on Zomato lead me to through some pretty Melbourne laneways to Wonderbao, a little (and I mean tiny) eatery that does the most amazing baos.

There was no space to sit down inside so I grabbed a milk crate outside and ate my lunch, while staring at the graffiti on the brick walls.

I got “Da Pork Bao” – a steamed bun filled with egg, shiitake mushroom and Chinese sausage ($3.5) and a roast pork belly gua bao- a little sandwich like bao filled with roast pork belly, cucumber, pickled carrots, daikon and hoisin sauce ($4.2).

The “Da Pork Bao” was super filling, and warming. I thought that while the flavours were awesome, it was probably too dense for me, though I did still enjoy it.

The roast pork belly was so so good. Fresh vegetables, perfectly marinated sweet pork belly sandwiched together with a fluffy and warm bao. I could have eaten a million of these.

They also have meal deals with combinations of the different flavours available for good prices.

I can’t wait to head back there again, and order at least 5 of those open gua baos!

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Chok, Barcelona. 

 Is this my favorite sweets shop in the entire world?

Yes.

You must not miss this place when you go to Barcelona. The cakes, chocolate, macarons, doughnuts, chocolate covered chips, chocolate salami, cake pops, pastries, cupcakes and truffles are just AMAZING.


Yes, those are doughnuts hanging on hooks on that wall.

Yes, that is a cabinet full of chocolate truffles.

 

Yes, those are many different flavours of cronuts.

Oh and, try the chocolate covered chips.

Safe to say we bought nearly one of everything. When I go back to Barcelona again, Chok will be my first stop.

http://www.chokbarcelona.com/

c/ del Carme, 3
08001, Barcelona
hola@chokbarcelona.com
t: +34 933 042 360