I’ve said it before and I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but… Brunch is my fave meal of the day, hands down. I’d happily go out for brunch every day if money and calories weren’t an issue but such is life. My first trip to Common Galaxia was at least 18 months ago and aside from the outstanding coffee and service, the meal I chose was lack lustre. I ordered a mushroom dish that was drowning in truffle oil and was far too intense for me so I really didn’t enjoy it. Now, this could just be my own personal taste preference so I was more than happy to give Common Galaxia another shot when my friends Jess and Liam were visiting from Bendigo and wanted to try it out.
Common Galaxia is located in the bustling brunch spot of Seddon, surrounded by heaps of other cafes and restaurants, it’s become a very popular area in the last 10 years. House prices drove people out West and Seddon has taken this and run with it making the area a semi-hipster yet family friendly haven less than 7kms from Melbourne CBD.
Penang is a foodie’s ultimate paradise so you can bet your bottom dollar that when we were planning our 4 weeks Asia extravaganza we made sure we’d be spending some time in Penang. There’s a huge hawker stall scene in Penang, with the food being a delicious mix of Chinese, Indian and traditional Malay cuisine. I’ve been to China and India, and was impressed with the food there, so combining these two cuisines with Malay – my god I could feel my waist band tightening just at the thought.
After discovering roti canai at the start of our trip in Kuala Lumpur, I was most looking forward to checking out Roti Canai Transfer Road – an Indian breakfast stall on the side of Transfer Road. Took us a bit of navigating to find, in 35 degree heat and ultimate humidity but we were welcomed, seated and had a tea tarik ice all within a few minutes of arriving. We ordered roti with chicken in curry sauce. I very untraditional western breakfast but the place was full of locals eating just that. The locals were on to something – the roti and curry were absolutely delicious. The chicken was tender, the curry sauce was flavoursome and the roti was flaky, buttery goodness. Although the set up resembled a bit of a shambles, we were so impressed with the fast and friendly service and the amazing food that we went back the following day and had roti with mutton curry. Again, delicious.
Brunch would have to be my favourite meal of the day. I love a long leisurely brunch with friends, the boyf, or alone. It’s the only time it’s perfectly acceptable to eat something sweet as your main dish, and you can even get away with a cheeky glass of bubbles or a bloody Mary… How could you not love brunch?
My favourite weekend activity (aside from sleeping in) is testing out new cafes Melbourne is always serving up. I’m always on the look out for the latest ‘top ten’ brunch spots but also love revisiting memorable cafes like Proud Mary in Collingwood and Pour Kids in Malvern. If a drive to the other side of town, or making my own brunch on a Sunday is out of the question, my absolute fave is but a 5 mins drive around the corner – Pint of Milk in Newport.
Pint of Milk is well known to the local community but relatively unheard of across the Westgate. It’s always busy, even on weekdays but especially on weekends, and has a friendly laid back vibe those hipsters in the East wouldn’t dream about. I could eat at Pint of Milk every day. Seriously.
On average I’d say I eat there twice a month, sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s my go-to cafe when I have friends or family visiting from overseas or interstate. It’s always nice to show off my local cafe and then take a stroll along the Strand in Williamstown to Commonwealth Reserve, where you get a great view of the HMAS Castlemaine with Melbourne CBD in the background. Last week I did just that – twice.
Last Tuesday I caught up with my friend Sally who runs a carpet cleaning business in Geelong. She was in Melbourne for the day so we took advantage and headed to Pint of Milk for breakfast. I’d taken Sally here before and she loves it just as much as I do. I ordered my usual – Avocado and feta on pumpkin sourdough with a chilli, mint and broad bean dressing, and a long black. I order this dish 90% of the time, despite everything else on the menu looking amazing – I’m just a sucker for the avo, feta and broad bean combo. Sally went with the toasted bagel, avo, spinach, poached eggs, hollandaise and bacon. I hadn’t caught up with Sally for a couple of months so there was plenty to gossip about. After a leisurely breakfast we continued our catch up along the foreshore, burning calories while running our mouths.