Category Archives: Food

Gelato Messina

A line in Melbourne, oh, so not nice.

I am a hater of lines.. but this place I decided to line up as my friend told me the queue generally moves fast. Gelato Messina is a well known gelati place in Sydney, and this one in Fitzroy is the first to open in Melbourne. When I first saw the queue I was skeptical.

The queue in front of Messina

The queue in front of Messina

However, I thought, how often do I come up to Collingwood? Surely, I can just wait a little to try this ice cream out. I have to say, it was quite an experience with the ice cream flavours available.

Gelato Messina menu

Gelato Messina menu

There is even more on the specials board and although I have only been able to taste two, they were both great.

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Gelato messina interior

It is a very busy place in the inside, but just make your way through people when you get to the top of the queue as some people just stand around talking and deciding. I guess the Asian in me got the better of me and I did my best to push in politely.
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The flavours I bought was ‘Jackin it up’ and the salted caramel and white chocolate.
It was smooth and tasteful and OH my the salted caramel so salty and white chocolate real chocolate!
Maybe it is not worth the queue as it is, but i would go back on a easy day and get some more of this gelati.
 
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The Horn, African Restaurant

Having a friend living in Collingwood is a good reason to go up to the neighbourhood for some exquisite cuisines of Melbourne. Today is ‘The Horn‘ which is an Ethiopian restaurant. It’s at 20 Johnston Street Collingwood VIC 3066, with easy parking on Johnston street or Fitzroy Street.

entry to the Horn restaurant

entry to the Horn restaurant

The interior of the place is quirky and colourful.

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There is a good selection of food, both meat and vegetarian dishes. It is Ethiopian food, so be prepared to eat with your hands, as it is kindly explained at the start of the menu.

How to eat Ethiopian

How to eat Ethiopian

We ordered the Doro Salad, Godin Tibs special, Asa Tibs, Veggie Alecha, and a goat dish which has escaped my memory.

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The food is quite flavoursome, but the salad was a little disappointing. The chicken was a bit tough, and it is quite difficult to eat a salad with hands. The goat dish was extremely nice, with the meat falling off the bones, and I’ve never had goat meat before so it was a fresh change.

The fish and lamb was on the spicy side, but it was quite nice and I think the vegetables was a little bland, but I still loved the flavours. There is live music on Sunday nights, which we only enjoyed the start of as we were leaving around 8 and the music started about then.

The place is definitely worth visiting just for the experience.
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Cottle on Coventry

I am a lover of the south Melbourne market. One thing I love is the variety of shops that are around the market. One of the shops being the coffee shop on coventry street. cottle on coventry.

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Cottle on coventry

My housemates introduced this shop as I commented on the amazing scent of their coffee.
They also have the $8 coffee and cake deal or the $12.75 piadina and coffee deal. Their piadina is like a toasted Turkish bread, but i have heard they are Italian style toasted sandwiches.

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Chicken piadina and coffee

I have had the mushroom piadina before, and I this time I ordered the chicken one. The mushroom piadina has haloumi as well which was amazing, and the chicken one had mushrooms, spinach and melted cheese. The coffee is smooth and deep and the milk is always frothed to the right texture and temperature.
You can buy coffee beans here too, so have a visit

♡lubullu

Testing ground

A friend’s birthday BBQ was held at the testing grounds which is a hidden away gem next to the arts centre.
It was a very cute little open space, which is quite artist friendly. They apparently have regular food and coffee truck visits so if you want some truck action, check this place out.

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The entrance to the testing grounds next to the arts centre

It is a little difficult to find since there is no signs or any shops around the place. It is near the end of Sturt street and city road, so have patience and walk on to find your way to the entrance.

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Inside thr testing grounds

The place has a free BBQ to use, and serves drinks at the bar. There is also a piano that is open to use for those artistically talented (or not).
It is a quirky little place that also has free short film screenings on some nights. Don’t be afraid to try it out after work sometime.

♡lubullu

Bluecorn

As the hotness of Melbourne was sleeping up, we decided to battle the hot with some hot Mexican food.
St.Kilda seemed like a nice area to eat, so it was bluecorn as per a friend’s request.

Bluecorn is located at 205 barkly street, St. Kilda, which is near the corner of barkly street and Acland street.

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The heat must’ve brought everyone down to St. Kilda because the place was packed. Maybe it is the location, but after my dinner, I could say it is thanks to the food.

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My friend and I ordered the slow cooked beef with sangria tacos ($29) and a chilli con carne with bread to share as an entree ($14)
Another friend ordered the pulled pork tacos and from his expression, it was amazing.
The slow cooked beef comes in a sizzling pot, and the beef just falls off the bone. The meat is cooked really well in this place, but the taco shells were a little confusing. They are not hard nor soft, so an in between Taco shell…
The chilli con carne was full of beef as well. The bread was nice and crisp, but would’ve loved some more.. (same goes to the taco shells for the slow cooked beef)
And guacamole is nice and soothes the chilli and strong flavours out.

We also had the crushed mint and lime lemonade (virgin mojito) for $7.50 which was perfect for the weather.

One waitress was very attentive considering the amount of people trying to fit into the air conditioned dining room, but the others were quite ignorant a lot of the times. It took quite a while to get the bill, pay it or get any drinks.
Overall, nice food and nice ambience. Would want to return to try the fajitas as they looked great.

♡lubullu

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Gozleme Turkish Cafe

If you had started reading on of my first posts on food, it was about gozleme and how much I love it. I am a big fan of these savoury thin crisp and juicy inside pancakes(?) ever since I had my hands on them at a local farmers market stall. So when I got ditched by my friend for a lunch date I decided I will just check out this store which is next to, or in Queen Victoria Market.

I walked in not expecting anything as I had done no previous research, but just attracted to the word ‘gozleme’. It is actually the name of the cafe, Gozleme Turkish Cafe, located on 115-121 Victoria street right at the edge of Queen Victoria Market.

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Gozleme cafe inside view

It can be entered from either side of the shop, via Victoria street or from the markets. It is near the fruit and vegies stalls and hence I did my shopping and decided to rest my tired arms and legs whilst enjoying a gozleme.

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Mushroom, spinach and feta gozleme and latte

So, to be honest I was very disappointed with the gozleme as the fillings were barely there, and I guess I’ve been spoilt with having awesome gozleme until now. However, the coffee was surprisingly good. The milk was frothed nice and smooth and had a hint of sweetness. The coffee flavour was not intense but smooth and rich. Not my usual favourite, but definitely a nice break in between market shopping.

The other people seemed to be ordering more on the meat side, so maybe I should try that next time. Apparently the Lamb, feta and spinach gozleme is good…

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♡lubullu

Manchester Press

One of the most liked brunch and coffee places in Melbourne is this quirky little cafe in the middle of a near abandoned street. I’ve frequented this place whenever I have a meetup in the city, and am happy to say I’ve always been satisfied with the food, coffee and service. (Minus the waiting time!)

Entry into Rankins Lane from little bourke street

Entry into Rankins Lane from little bourke street

The street yells out ‘funk’ with the colourful ‘street art’ that welcomes you. For anyone who wants to have groove it out, there is a discoball hanging on top of the entry to Manchester Press. On a weekend you’d see a group of people just standing around, and that is the queue for a table at Manchester Press. On a weekday morning, I expected to be able to grab a seat straight away, but there was the slight 15 minutes wait still, as school holidays and good weather meant people were out and about enjoying a midweek brunch.

Entry into Manchester Press

Entry into Manchester Press

Even though I was a bit annoyed with the wait, as we sat down at our table, the waiter was so friendly and prompt to take our drinks order, and subsequently a very ‘Hangry (Hungry Angry)’ customer’s breakfast order.

What would I do without a nice macchiato

What would I do without a nice macchiato

We ordered the blackened tofu with hommus closed bagel ($12) and the bacon and mozarella with apple and tomato chutney ($13). My long macchiato was not disappointing and the flat white my friend had was as superb as it’s always been. I have previously tried the berry bagel with mascarpone, smashed avocado with chilli and lemon bagel and the smoked salmon with capers bagel. They were all so well presented, tasty and filling. The bacon and mozzarella bagel was quite nice, but the blackened tofu was a bit too dry and tough. The bagels were quite nice, with a hint of crisp on the outside and soft in the inside without being too dense. I must admit, for the CBD, Manchester Press does a very satisfying taste, price, ambiance and service. I am so grateful as unlike many popular cafes in Melbourne, the popularity and money hasn’t changed their attitude towards providing a consistently satisfying brunch and coffee joint. Bravo!

Bacon and mozarella bagel (top) and blackened tofu with hommus bagel (bottom)

Bacon and mozarella bagel (top) and blackened tofu with hommus bagel (bottom)

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