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Shanklin Cafe

Before moving to Sydney, I had heard my share of horror stories about the city, along with the accolade for the beaches, weather, and Asian food. ‘The rent is so expensive!’, everyone would say upon hearing about the move, before following up with ‘and the roads are just awful!’ In my naivety, I wrote the warnings off. I mean, it’s not like Melbourne is exactly cheap, and I’ve seen the M3 at peak hour – I figured Sydney could only be so different. Oh how wrong I was.

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Light Years

After almost 5 years of loyal service, my ever-faithful camera appears to have finally hit its last legs. It had been coughing and sputtering on me increasingly often in the last year or so, but it took a false alarm a few weeks back for me to seriously start looking into a replacement. So long story short, I’ve now got a newer and fancier camera, courtesy of my camera dealer, K. However that also means that while I’m still trying to work out the best lens and settings to use, everyone will just have to bear with some subpar photos – you have been warned!

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Le Clec

Remember how my mum has neither had nor cared about brunch for the first 50-odd years of her life? Well after her inaugural brunch, she is now smitten with the weekend ritual (like all true Melbournians), and has been hassling me to take her out again. Unfortunately, I had shot myself in the foot last time by taking her to Mr Hendricks, which turned out to be one of the best brunches I’ve ever had, and now I’m desperately trying to find a place that won’t shatter her brunching dreams without crossing town. I had walked past Le Clec a few months back, and noted idly that it stood where Once A Tailor once stood (once). But aside from noticing…

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Liar Liar

Ever heard of the CCC Group? Oh yes you have. After all, they are responsible for about half a dozen cafes across Melbourne, including brunch big-names such as Addict Food and Coffee, and Prospect Espresso. But today, I’m here to check out their Hawthorn stalwart – Liar Liar. Liar Liar has been on my radar since the beginning of my blogging days, but there have been so many exciting cafe openings since then that it’s taken me a neat 5 years to make my way here. In the interim, Liar Liar has firmly established itself as a neighbourhood favourite, boasting lines out the door on a Sunday morning.

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Long hours at work, coupled with a profound hatred for getting up early on weekends, makes going out for brunch somewhat a rarity for me these days. Still, every now and then I will manage to drag myself out of bed on the right side of a Sunday morning for a spot of poached eggs. Bawa is a relatively new addition to Hawthorn, sitting just a block or so down from the illustrious Axil Coffee Roasters. The hipster-grunge trend seems to be truly gone, as Bawa was a bright and airy space, the light wooden furniture trimmed with swaths of greenery. The floor to ceiling windows let the sunlight come pouring in, and it was just such a warm, beautiful…

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Remember my little sister? She’s 13 years old, cute as a button (though I’m sure she’d hate me saying that), is a fantastic drawer, and gets painfully embarrassed when Chris is in the same room. Unfortunately for her, she got stuck with us when my parents went away for the week, and we gleefully bundled her up (metaphorically – she’s got half a head and 10kg on me) and took her out for dinner. Having been reared almost exclusively on a diet of Domino’s and Pizza Hut, my sister has yet to have a proper traditional Italian pizza. Wanting to stay a bit closer to home, we decided to take her to Rococo, a popular Italian restaurant-and-cafe in Hawthorn. In…

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