A little bit of Japan – Purple Peanuts (Melbourne)

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Melbourne city – One thing I loved about living in Osaka was the tiny restaurants I’d stumble upon down the many alleyways. I’m talking no more than 6 seats in a little hole in the wall. I’d worry about the quality of the food and was always pleasantly surprised as an amazing bowl of ramen or curry came and greeted me. Purple Peanuts reminds me of those little dinky restaurants.  [Read more…]

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Melbourne’s lesser known lane way – Equitable Place

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Melbourne, CBD – Friends from interstate are visiting and I need a place we can meet centrally to grab a bite together that unabashedly says “Melbourne”. Degreaves St comes to mind but, as is the case in many ‘iconic’ (tourist trap) locales, quality food can be hard to find.

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A Wee Bit Awesome – Wee Jeanie (Melbourne)

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Yarraville, Melbourne – What keeps me coming back time and time again to Wee Jeanie? The coffee! I’ve never had a bad cup in the year or so that I’ve been going. I’d never stopped for more than a coffee so I treated myself to more this recently and stayed and had breakfast. [Read more…]

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Feast of Merit (Melbourne)

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Middle Eastern Spring meets Melbourne

by Pauline

If you read my Kinfolk post, you will know I am absolutely enamoured with the work the guys at YGap are doing. The great news is, the social enterprise has expanded. Their latest outpost is on Richmond’s Swan Street and runs under the same model: volunteer staff, profits
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The Tan Track (Melbourne)

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Gotta love The Tan – by Pauline!

Ask anyone from Melbourne to name their top locales for walking or running and they will invariably speak very fondly of “The Tan”. The Tan is a true icon of Melbourne and definitely worth a visit. Bordering the southern bank of the Yarra River, the very well maintained track loops around the city’s leafy Royal Botanic Gardens. The track also passes a number of city icons, including the Shrine of Remembrance war memorial.

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Kinfolk (Melbourne)

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Coffee and kindness

by Pauline!

I am actually reluctant to give this place away but, truth be told, there is a greater good to buying your latte here that warrants the broadcast.

Kinfolk is a gorgeously rustic cafe situated at the end of Melbourne city’s main drag, Bourke Street.  Ordinary cafe this most definitely is not.  It is much more – it is a social enterprise.  For example, set beside the cash register are 4 big glass jars, each pertaining to a charity.  Customers direct the cafe’s profits by placing coffee beans into their charity jar of choice.  Last year, this little outfit funneled $100,000 into both local and international projects.  [Read more…]

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Market Lane Coffee (Melbourne)

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Your caffeine fix, Henry Ford style

by Pauline!

Soy mochaccino drinkers, look away now.

No soy, no decaf, no skinny milk, no chocolate atop your cappuccino.  Tea what?  Market Lane does one thing and one thing extremely well: straight up, delicious, single origin, pour over coffee.  That’s right, here you can order any coffee, as long as it’s black (well, almost).  Filtered water, organic, farmhouse milk; their ethos is as pure and unprocessed as possible.  On premise roasting and only serving ‘in season’ beans, these guys are serious about coffee.

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