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A weekend away

Yes, it has been a bit quiet here of late. ¬†Lots of things have been happening, much of it isn’t blog worthy. However, I did take a mini trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra. Before you roll your eyes (because I would), the place holds a soft spot in my heart for lots of reasons and last weekend I paid a visit and was presently surprised.

Lonsdale Street Roasters

I always, always start the day with a coffee, preferably a good one at that. Otherwise, I’m not human. Lonsdale Street Roasters provided me with that good coffee hit. Read other reviews here and here. Too bad it wasn’t here a few years ago, otherwise I might have stayed! Maybe. No. The food menu is limited, but provides some decent options like the ‘Cuban slow roasted pork chipotle coriander’ panini.

3/7 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612

National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery

In 2006, the Australian Government agreed to fund the expansion and renovation of the NGA. The expansion was three-fold consisting of the $20 million renovation of the existing building, the $68 million addition of further space, a new entrance and improved accessibility, and the $5 million landscaping of the surrounding area. That doesn’t even cover the cost of the art, though the total cost might only buy an insignificant Picasso. So I guess the renovation / expansion is value for money. The gallery expansion and landscaping makes a lovely stroll, pass the Australian High Court, to the National Portrait Gallery completing a new ensemble of arts and civic facilities in Australia’s Parliamentary Triangle.

Parkes Place, Canberra ACT 2600 – http://nga.gov.au/; http://www.portrait.gov.au/

The Brodburger

I heard so much about these burgers from locals, or adopted locals. I was warned the wait was long, but friends were well prepared with a picnic rug and a lovely lake view. In due course we got our burgers. The hype surrounding these burgers is such that is not possible for them to exceed expectations, but they pretty much meet the expectations. The ingredients are top notch and the all important patty is hand made. The flavours balanced very well. Man of the house ordered the over-the-top Brodburger Deluxe: 2 x A grade gourmet beef patties, flame grilled, 2 x eggs, lots of crispy bacon. Topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli and tomato relish.

I think he ate a cow.

Bowen Park Carpark, Bowen Drive/Wentworth Av, Barton ACT 2604 – http://www.brodburger.com.au/

A very big thank you to Ms C and Mr E for a fabulouso time xxA

images: Rummage: Warning Hipsters Ahead; Qantas: Travel Insider; Haycraft Duloy; Man of the house.


All coffee, but does it include dining?

In my last post, I mentioned not getting out and about of late. So, when I did venture out I suddenly realised lots of new places to try. They all seem very Melbourne chic. Industrial, modern, yet warm and cosy and it seems interesting light fittings is the decorating theme of the day.

Pillar of Salt
541 Church St, Richmond 3121
Website: http://www.pillarofsalt.com.au/

I stumbled upon this place by accident, though I think it’s been around for a bit because you can read about it here and here. I went at an odd time (in between lunch and dinner) and wanted something light. The tart of the day was fantastic (based on a balanced filling and excellent pastry), served with a refreshing rocket salad, hit the spot. Great variety of food on the menu… Take a look at their use of colanders for light fittings, interesting… It’s wedged among all the furniture shops on Church St, which makes for a great pit stop when pondering decisions on sofas or carpet rugs.

Little Mule Company
19 Somerset Pl, Melbourne 3000
Website: http://www.thelittlemule.com/cafe/

I guess if Brother Baba Budan is too full for a sit down coffee (which is more often than not) head to Little Mule for equally good coffee, though the food is a bit average. Nevertheless, the coffee is good and the space is rather cosy, even if it’s shared with a bike shop, which makes for interesting decor. I think it’s more of a trendy bike shop rather than a serious bike shop as it doesn’t sell any lycra.

The League of Honest Coffee
8 Exploration Lane (corner of Little Lonsdale St), Melbourne 3000

A decent coffee place with a nice sit down atmosphere. They are a specialised coffee place that serve coffee in gadgets that usually belong in a chemistry class. However, if you’re like me and just order a straight up cap or latte than 65 Degrees around the corner on Exhibition St is still my favourite work coffee place. It has an old school cafe charm. No interesting lights here, just yee usual fluoro.

On my radar is Portello Rosso. It looks like a lovely Spanish tapas place tucked away in another laneway. The place looks warm and cosy with hearty meals.

Where are you dining this long weekend? Have you tried Portello Rosso or another place worth sharing?

images: Pillar of Salt; Milk Bar Mag; Broadsheet

Happy Sunday.

This is how I like to spend my Sundays.

However, I have learnt my lesson. One Sunday, I had my mobile on sitting on my laptop and and a drink next to both. It only takes a couple of seconds and the damage was done. The Apple guy was nice:

HIM: It sounds like liquid damage, was there anything spilled on the keyboard?
ME: Uh, not that I know of…
HIM: Do you mind if I take it out back and open it up?
ME: No, go for it (I had imagined that once he opens up my laptop a gush of water would come spilling out and drown him).
HIM: Well, it seems there was liquid damage and I needed to replace the trackpad but because you have Apple Care, it’s covered.

Phone was not as lucky. So now coffee sits far, far away from my laptop.

How do you like to spend your Sundays?

images are credited to: Sea of Ghosts Blog