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SAINT CRISPIN

If 2014 has taught me anything, it’s that sleeping past 7am is a blessing, and that Modern Australian food isn’t as boring as I thought. Not that I would choose it over Spanish food, but when a co-worker suggested Saint Crispin for Chris and my anniversary meal after I had failed to book Attica two months in a row, I readily accepted her idea. Saint [...]
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BREIZOZ CREPERIE

Chris and I both earning a decent salary for the last couple of years has made me complacent. I’ve almost completely forgotten how to feed two people on the budget of a single second year uni student. But when life threw a bunch of expenses at me at the same time, I was left digging through those dusty-long-neglected skills. Surprisingly, I managed to piece together [...]
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ADRIANO ZUMBO PATISSERIE

Two Birds One Stone Indeed. After having brunch next door at the café of the same name, we couldn’t resist popping next door into Adriano Zumbo, the long-anticipated patisserie-cum-macaron-mecca hailing from Sydney. Adriano Zumbo was something out of a dream. As kooky as the fabled desserts themselves, the store was decked out in what seemed like shiny silver balloons stuck to the walls, and a [...]
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MR MASON

So I may be a little bit of a control freak. I like to have my day planned out to the minute, and my life planned out a couple years in advance where possible. As a result, when Chris decided to take me out to a romantic dinner at a surprise location, I had several almost-nervous-breakdowns in the week leading up to the date. Turns [...]
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CHEZ DRE

‘Why are all the good cafes in alleyways?’ asked my little sister as we rounded the corner to Chez Dre. ‘Because we’re in Melbourne, I grunted back, half-asleep. I’ve kind of been meaning to go to Chez Dre for over a year now, but being car-less, I’ve never really mustered up the determination to trudge my way out there in the early hours. But it’s [...]
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CREPERIE LE TRISKEL

The Hardware Street/Lane precinct is anything but a tourist trap… if you know where to look. Between the hulking cafes with vulture-esque spruikers swooping for carrion, there are some great representatives from all corners of the globe. A little Greek sea breeze here, some funky Spanish-inspired brunch there, and even a newcomer that specialises in fancy Japanese pork. And right at the end of Hardware [...]