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Instagram Friends – Millstone Patisserie

Through my 2.5 years of blogging, I have met so many friends through Facebook, Twitter and mainly on  Instagram. Sometimes I feel like I am closer to my new met friends because we all have the same interest and passion about food, they really understand me! Oops…I hope my non-foodie friends won’t take this the wrong way, because you guys are still important to me :)

Millstone Patisserie

Millstone Patisserie

Today’s blog post is about an Instagram friendship I started with Alice Wright, owner and the very talented pâtissier of Millstone Patisserie. Alice and I have been following each other on Instagram for about a year or a little more than that, we like each others photos and leave comments for each other. And sometime last year, we messaged each other and decided it would be nice for us to meet up, have a coffee and put a face to an Instagram account ~

Latte and Cappuccino

Unfortunately, due to some personal reasons and time constraints we weren’t able to meet up. But Alice promised me that she was working on a new project and once it was ready she will let me know. She also said ‘Don’t worry there will be a LOT of cakes for you to indulge in!’ :D Fast-forward 10 months later – Millstone Patisserie is born! And even though I haven’t known Alice for very long, I was and still am so excited and proud of her!

Cappuccino $3.8

Cappuccino $3.8

Millstone Patisserie is a cafe/bakery, in the more residential area of Malvern on Claremont Avenue. Here they are serving breakfast and lunch dishes but most important Alice’s creations from croissants to amazing 5 layered cakes. Mr Bao and I got to the new cafe at around 11am on a Sunday morning and it was already packed with locals and people coming to buy takeaway coffee and cakes. We had our boss hahaha I meant our puppy Cupcake with us. So we were lucky to get the last table outside. Mr Bao wanted something different today and ordered a Cappuccino. They use Proud Mary coffee here and the house blend never disappoints.

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

I ordered a Latte and thought it was lovely not too warm or cold, however, I would’ve preferred if it was a little stronger as it felt slightly weak. Excuse my nails hahaha I have been experimenting at home :P

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

Slow roasted pork belly $11.50

I wondered into the cafe to find Alice and say hi to her in person. Because I’d never met Alice before, I had to ask one of the waiters and he pointed that the girl behind me talking to a table of customers was Alice. I waited politely for her to finish, but Alice quickly noticed I was standing next to her and first thing she did was threw her arms around me and gave me big hug! We both said ‘It feels like I already know you!’ because it does feel like we’ve known each other for a long time!

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

Grain fed Beef fillet $11.50

I was a little surprised that Alice was so young, because she has so much talent and already have her own cafe! I commented on the very reasonable price of her brunch dishes especially the slow roasted pork belly and grain fed beef fillet, and Alice said she wanted a cafe that was affordable to everyone and for locals to be able to revisit on a regular basis and not have to overspend. I think that’s very thoughtful as brunch is getting rather expensive with many dishes over $20.

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters $16.5

We had a dinner party at our place the night before, so I wanted something lighter for brunch the next day. I chose the Zucchini and Sweet potato fritters with poached eggs and homemade beetroot relish. I really enjoyed this dish, the fritter had the perfect ratio of vegetables versus flour and wasn’t too dense. The beetroot relish also gave the dish additional sweetness. Now I want to steal this idea and try making these fritters at home ~

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum Spanish $16

Baked eggs with chorizo and capsicum $16

t was a chilly winter morning so Mr Bao opted for the Baked eggs with chorizo, capsicum, shavings of manchego cheese and servers with toasted Baguette. Flavours were wonderful and very comforting which is what he wanted.

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Cakes!!! In front Hazelnut Dome $8

Alice was very kind and set aside 3 cakes for us to try on the house. In front is the hazelnut dome with salted caramel, rhubarb and chocolate with a biscuit base. This was definitely one of my favourite, as I’ve a hazelnut fanatic and the slight sourness and the saltiness from the caramel really helped cut through some of the sweetness and flavour of the chocolate and hazelnut.

Cheesecake $8

At the back we have the raspberry cheesecake with rhubarb and topped with raspberry and caramel macadamia. This cheesecake is exactly the way I like it, lightly dense with a more New York Cheesecake texture with that delicious macadamia cookie base. Thumbs up from me!

Tarte Tatin $6.5

Tarte Tatin $6.5

This is a unusual shape for a tarte tartin but the flavours are all those that we are familiar with mascarpone creme patisserie with caramelised apples and a walnut crumble in a tart shell. The tart shell is baked very well and definitely no soggy bottom :) Filling was nice and sweet perfect for someone like me ~

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

Mork Hot Chocolate $4

To wrap this lovely brunch up, I ordered a Hot chocolate they use Mork hot chocolate here and I loved the way they served it in a little milk bottle and you pour it into the mug yourself.

So good it deserves an action shot :P For those who haven’t tried Mork before, its not a rich tasting hot chocolate which might make you sick after drinking it. It’s a lighter more refreshing hot chocolate that doesn’t skimp on the chocolate flavour.

I don’t want to sound bias, but I truly enjoyed Millstone Patisserie and can’t help but repeat am so proud of Alice for opening up her own store and be so successful in such a short period of time. I am so lucky to have met you through Instagram and I’ve gotta come back again and try the cruffins, croissants, Snickers tart and many more! If you’re looking for a new place for pastries, cake and coffee you’ll definitely need to pay Millstone Patisserie a visit!

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Bright and Early – De Mad Hatter

“Time is my biggest enemy right now!” this is what I’ve been telling everyone lately. You see My Dearest Readers, I know we have 24 hours a day, but I honestly don’t have enough time to do everything I want or see everyone I want to either! It’s now worse because of the World Cup, I’ve never been a fan but this year, not sure what’s gotten into me, Mr Bao and I have been making silly bets with each other and we’re both staying up or waking up extra early the watch the matches :D Are you watching the World Cup?

De Mad Hatter

Anyhow, I’m not sure if you remember my friend/colleague Yue. We use to work in the same team, but I’ve since moved on and we’re not longer at the same building so it’s made catching up a little harder. So a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was getting ridiculous we haven’t caught up for so long, so we both work up at the crack of dawn (not really) and met up for breakfast at 7am :) I was invited to the De Mad Hatter breakfast event a week ago, however, was stuck at work so Ashleigh from Harvey Publicity was kind enough to organise another breakfast for me and a friend ~

De Mad Hatter

For those who work in the Docklands area, I’m sure you would’ve seen the cafe and probably had coffee here before, Vincent the owner told me that they were one of the first cafes to open in the area. It is adjacent to Collins Square the business building where Mr Colilins, Long Shot and Bar Nacional all reside in ~

De Mad Hatter

I picked Yue up on the way and we arrived just before 7am, parking was actually easier than I thought and it was only a short walk ~ we we greeted by a lovely waitress and asked to sit where ever we wanted. She then came and handed us the menu and took our coffee order. I think she’s use to business people who are rushing before work as she moves quickly :) The menu here covers a good range from the porridge, pancakes, eggs Benedict through to the corn fritters.

Latte $4

Latte $4

Yue and I both ordered a latte, and I made sure I asked for a strong one, as I knew I was going to crash if I didn’t get enough caffeine haaha :P I love the triple heart lattle art here, the coffee was slightly on the warm side but had good fruity aromas.

DMH Signature 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla and topped with fresh tomato and bean salsa $13.50

DMH Signature 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla and topped with fresh tomato and bean salsa $13.50

A very Mexican inspired breakfast for Yue, he chose the DMH Signature with 2 fried eggs, chorizo, oven baked cheesy tortilla, topped with tomato and bean salsa. He’s knows me well enough now, that camera eats first and I will always get a bite of his meal :P And it was lovely, a heavier dish which is great for brunch, I particularly liked the fresh salsa made in store.

Rabbit’s Breaky with smashed avocado, ricotta cheese, poached eggs on thick sourdough toast $12.5

Rabbit’s Breaky with smashed avocado, ricotta cheese, poached eggs on thick sourdough toast plus a side of sausage $12.5

Yue laughed at my choice, because it was so healthy I also added a side of sausage to make it less vegetarian and that’s the kind of breakfast that I like :) I save my naughty calories for cakes and sweets. I really like the combination of the ricotta cheese and smashed avocado it feels lighter than the feta and avocado combo most cafes use.

Muffins and caramel slice

Muffins and caramel slice

After our breakfast I asked our waitress what sweets she had, and she recommended the muffins that were freshly made every morning. I had trouble deciding what I wanted, so she kindly offered to surprise us and bring us a plate to share. I just didn’t expect so much! We got a selection of muffins, banana chocolate, chocolate coconut, raspberry white chocolate and caramel slice. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good caramel slice with a generous caramel layer.

Chocolate and Banana muffin

Chocolate and Banana muffin

The chocolate and banana muffin would have to be my favourite, slightly warm and still fluffy inside. My only suggestion would be to have some Nutella with it next time, but that’s just me :P

Camera shy Yue

Camera shy Yue

Camera shy Yue wouldn’t let me take a head-on shot of him and post him on the blog :P So here’s the view the back and side of his face ~ We had a great time catching up and we both agreed De Mad Hatter servers wonderful wholesome breakfast and muffins. Prices are also very reasonable for a cafe in the area and I’d love to have a cafe this down at my office, I’m stuck with cafeteria food and instant coffee :(

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Yue dined as guests of De Mad Hatter and Harvey Publicity  

Hydrangea Cottage and Stefano Cafe Bakery – Mildura Part 1

As promised my Dearest Readers :) I’m sharing with you part one of our Mildura weekend away, work has been absolutely insane, leaving me no time to do what I love most and that’s blogging but I’ve managed to squeeze some time out because we had such an amazing time.

Mildura trip

Mr Bao and I have traveled quite a bit together, however, this was Cupcake’s first trip and he was going to go on the plane with us! I was actually quite nervous because I’ve never had a done before let alone organise his plane ride, fortunately it turned out to be rather simple and Virgin Airlines was really helpful. I won’t go into too much detail but if you would like to know more, please feel free to drop me an email :)

Mildura

After a short one hour flight we have arrived in Mildura! Oh yes before I forget, for overseas Readers Mildura is a rural city on the boarder of New South Wales and Victoria, it is known for their local produce especially oranges, wine and of course FOOD! That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to visit ~  I was so happy to see the blue skies as we walked onto to the tarmac.

Perfect Weather!

We picked up our rental car, punched the address of the house were staying into the GPS and off we went. We were welcomed by more perfect weather, this photo has not been filtered or edited in any way, I love the reflection of the blue skies in the Murray River ~

Hydrangea Cottage

Source: Hydrangea Cottage

This is our home for the next 4 days, a self-contained two bedroom cottage only a short 5 minute drive from the city centre of Mildura. Once again, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be difficult to find pet-friendly accommodation, so I was glad when Hydrangea Cottages allowed dogs to stay and also inside the house. The pets are not allowed on sofa or beds as it is hard to remove pet hair, but there is a large pet sofa right outside the toilet. The cottage had everything we asked for, clean bedsheets, tidy kitchen, TV in lounge room. But what really impressed us was the bowls and toys for dogs. Our only complaint was the house only had heating in the lounge room, and our room was a little cold at night. Electric blankets were provided yet I think it would’v been better if there was a portable heater available.

Stefano Cafe Bakery

After settling in, we were all feeling a little hungry so off we went to our first food stop! I did some research and knew Stefano De Pieri was the name in Mildura ~ we managed to go to all his food outlets but missed out trying the food at the Mildura Brewery at least we got some nice beers.

Stefano cafe bakery

With Cupcake with us, we decided to take a seat outside, but you can see that the restaurant is rather spacious inside. The weather was still lovely with blue skies, but it was a little chilly and probably colder than I expected. Because I was told by friends who have lived in Mildura before that it was supposed to be warmer than Melbourne.

Latte $ 3.8

Latte $ 3.8

When travelling I can never go without my 3 essentials and that’s my sunnies, coffee and camera (which I was obviously using to take this photo :P). I forgot to ask what coffee they use here but I’m going to make a wild guess and think it’s Genovese because I’m sure I’ve had this coffee before, it was probably a tad too warm for our liking but great full bodied flavour.

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

I chose the beef cheek lasagne as I felt like something comforting, it came in a small Tapas bowl and served with a little garden salad on the side. Between the lasagne sheets was a thick Bachemel sauce sandwiched with slow cooked beef cheek and topped with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.

Beef Cheek Lasagne

The beef cheek was cooked until it’s so tender, flavours were wonderful and definitely filled me up. While Mr Bao said that the serving size was a little small and slightly cold, however, this may because we were sitting outside and I took my time taking photos ~ Either way great idea to use beef cheek as the meat inside a lasagne.

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Mr Bao chose the pulled pork burger with coleslaw inside and sweet potato chips on the side. The brioche bun was lightly toasted, with the soft pulled pork. I found it wasn’t as tender as the beef cheeks, and lacked a little seasoning. The sweet potatoes were a favourite of ours, it was the thick cut type with the soft centre. We did find it to be a little overpriced for a small burger at $23.

Cupcake

I think Cupcake wanted a bite of the burger too hahaha but too bad puppies can’t eat human food. I nearly gave in to those eyes!

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Couldn’t leave without something sweet especially since it was close to 3pm, and I haven’t had my sweet fix. We chose two, first being this coffee cake with cream cheese frosting because I knew Mr Bao would appreciate it. It was three layers of coffee sponge caked with cream frosting in between and cacao powder sprinkled on top. A very moist and lightly dense cake the way I think coffee cakes should be ~

Vanilla Slice $7

Vanilla Slice $7

The waitress also recommended the Vanilla slice which is one of their best sellers and I grabbed the last slice before it was sold out :) I’m so glad I did, because this became the high light of the mean, the crisp puff pastry on top and bottom with a luscious rich vanilla custard between. I definitely wouldn’t mind having this again or getting the recipe!

Overall, we enjoyed at visit to Stefano Cafe Bakery, surprisingly though the sweets outshined the savoury, can’t wait to share with you our visit to Stefano’s restaurant which will soon be renamed as Jim McDougall soon ~

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With our sunnies, matching leader jackets (even Cupcake!) we were ready to go and explore Mildura! Until the next post have a wonderful day and even better weekend :D

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Childhood Memories Jaffles – The F.T Tuckshop

My Dearest Readers :) Do you remember my little puppy Cupcake? Wanted to give you guys a little update on this silver fur ball. He’s now 8 months old, growing up much quicker than I’d like him to (even though he’s still tiny) and is generally a good boy until he starts chewing anything and everything he sees!

My Little Cupcake

My Little Cupcake

Because Cupcake is a single dog and I’ve been organising lots of doggie dates with other friends with a dog. It’s so nice to see the dogs jump, chase and kiss each other :) Last weekend, I organised a doggie date with Serena (Piggy Eat A Lot) and her adoptive dog Xiao Xing or simply XX (which translates to Little Star), her friends have gone on a holiday to Europe for 5 weeks so she’s dog sitting XX him ~

Cupcake and XX

Cupcake and XX

XX on the right is a Maltese cross Shih Tzu, I think Cupcake was a little too excited and help jumping on XX so I don’t think he was too pleased about that! But all good they eventually worked it out and had fun with each other :) Serena suggested having brunch at The F.T Tuckshop in South Melbourne market, I think I’ve vaguely heard about them but as soon as I saw they were dog friendly and had milkshakes I was sold!

The FT TuckShop

The FT TuckShop

It might be a little tricky to find The FT Tuckshop because it isn’t on any major streets, however, its located on Charles Street off Coventry St. But they have signs pointing towards if and when you see a shop with green grass in front, table and chairs you’re at the right spot.

FT Traders

As the name suggests it’s a Tuckshop, it’s a really casual spot for a quick bite. Their specialities here are Jaffles and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’m pretty sure that’s the next big thing! Move over burgers and burritos because the Jaffle is going to take over :) Jaffles really bring back childhood memories for me, because when I was young, my parents would go out and leave my older sisters to take care of me. Win Win isn’t exactly the best cook (hope you doesn’t read this post haha) but one thing she was good at making was a cheese and ham jaffle! I wonder if we still have that battered up jaffle at home somewhere.

Jaffles X Jaffles

Jaffles X Jaffles $4.5 Each

I think we were all quite hungry, because in total we ordered 6 jaffles, 5 savoury and 1 sweet!  I really liked the consistency of the jaffles here, the bread was light and crispy and also the quality of the filing inside. They are also very reasonably priced at only $4.5 each, the lovely lady who took our orders said they wanted to provide customers with a cheaper breakfast or brunch option, because it’ll cost at least $20 per person to have brunch at a cafe nowadays.

Ham, Cheese, Tomato Jaffle $4.5

Ham, Cheese, Tomato Jaffle $4.5

Sure ham, cheese and tomato isn’t the most exciting combination but it’s got that nostalgic factor and sometimes less is more! The whole combination just made me smile from ear to ear :)

Spaghetti Bolognese and Cheese Jaffle $4.5

Spaghetti Bolognese and Cheese Jaffle $4.5

My friends at school us to tell me about this jaffle which had spaghetti bolognese filling, here at FT Tuckshop they added cheese to the filling as well. It was definitely one of the more filling jaffles, and we could tell the Spaghetti bolognese inside was homemade and not from a can with real pieces of mince beef ~

Chicken, Curry, Mayo Jaffle $4.5

Chicken, Curry, Mayo & Cheese Jaffle $4.5

This is a slightly less traditional jaffle , usually this is made with pesto, however, they ran out that day, so they substituted it with an aromatic curry sauce which still tasted wonderful with the other ingredients. This reminded me of a more Asian twist to jaffles ~

Higgo - Turkey, cranberry, $4.5

Higgo – Turkey, cranberry, bacon & cheese $4.5

This was by far our favourite savoury jaffle that day! It had turkey, bacon, cranberry and cheese, it sort of reminded me of a grown up slightly more sophisticated version of the ham, cheese and tomato. I also think it’s because the cranberry jam gave it that slight sweetness. Highly recommend this one!

Banana and Nutella $4.5

Banana and Nutella $4.5

You can imagine how relieved I was when I saw a Banana and Nutella jaffle! And honestly if you ask me, I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with the banana and Nutella combo ~ I think this would be a great snack or breakfast for the little people or adults like myself :P

Don't forge the milkshakes!

Don’t forge the milkshakes!

The jaffles here at The F.T Tuckshop are probably the main attractive but don’t forget to try the milkshakes they have a really good ranges of flavour and also for $6 for a large milkshake is quite a bargain these days! :)

Soy Nutella and Peanut butter $4, Banoffee $4, Salted Caramel and Coffe $6

Soy Nutella and Peanut butter $4, Banoffee $4, Salted and Coffe $6

We each got a milkshake and the best part about it is, you can mix and match the flavours as you please and the best part they even have Soy milk for those who are intolerant. Serena ordered a Nutella and Peanut butter with soy milk, I got the Banoffee with banana, caramel and coffee. Perfect combo for the morning it had banana for energy, coffee to wake me up and caramel to make it sweet ~ Mr Bao got a large salted caramel and coffee, which was quite similar to mine without the banana. The milkshakes here are smooth, flavours are great and not sickly sweet because I know some places use sugar syrup to sweeten their milkshake. Next time I want to try Milo and Peanut butter as a matter of fact, that gave me an idea to try it at home, for some strange reason I think it’ll work!

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The F.T Tuckshop is a great spot for locals to get a quick bite and relive those days when your nan or mum use to make you jaffles at home. It’s also a dog friendly cafe so if you want to bring your furry friend like me, you can. The owners were very nice and a even cafe Cupcake a couple of treats, maybe because he’s a poodle lover too ;) Now Mr Bao, it would be most appreciated if you can please buy me a new jaffle machine Thx K Bye!

Ps. If you’d like more updates about Cupcake feel free to follow his Instagram account @my_mr_cupcake :)

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Rueben is back – Townhouse

I eat out quite frequently and sometimes I’ve faced with a little dilemma where I’ve really enjoyed a dish at a cafe or restaurant and then the next time I go back it’s GONE! :( This is what happened to the Rueben Sandwich at Prospect Espresso (blog post to come) in Camberwell. I’ve had the sandwich a few times and then it was taken off the menu! I got so desperate I left them a message on Instagram and they promised to let me know when the sandwich was going to come back.

Townhouse

Eventually, I forgot about the Rueben sandwich and then a couple of weeks ago a new cafe – Townhouse, followed me on Instagram. They’re actually owned and operated by the same guys as Prospect Espresso and there is was the Rueben sandwich was back :) Definitely made my day.

Town House 1

The new cafe is located on Toorak Rd just opposite Toorak Village, I visited with Julz on a Sunday and expected it to be pack because it we got there at around 11am which is usually peak hour for brunch. Surprisingly though it wasn’t that busy and we were immediately led to a table in the corner.

Latte $4

Latte $4

I’ve been drinking a lot more lattes lately not sure when I got off Mochas :O *Shock horror* will need to change that soon hehe. Coffee was good, however, I found it to be quite weak and was more milky, I think I would’ve liked another shot to make it stronger.

Cappuccino $4

Cappuccino $4

Julz got a Cappuccino and it was more or less like my latte, good temperature and crema just needed to be a little stronger for our liking :)

Reuben Sandwich - corned beef, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese and thousand island dressing $15

Reuben Sandwich – corned beef, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese and thousand island dressing $15

No one could tell me otherwise I was going to get the Reuben Sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese and thousand island dressing. I’m not sure if the cheese, the corned beef or the thousand island sauce, everything just works so well. Even thinking about it makes me mouth water again! If you like Reuben sandwiches and haven’t been able to find it in Melbourne, would definitely recommend you going.

Tempura battered or grilled with Asian slaw and yuzu tartare $22

Grilled fish with Asian slaw and yuzu tartare $22

Julz got the market fish and chips, she opted for grilled with Asian slaw, chips and yuzu tartare. It was a generous serving with three large pieces of fish and basket of chips. I had a bite was was really impressed at how well the fish was cooked and that yuzu tartare was to die for! Really like that citrusy flavour without the bitter after taste of yuzu.

Banana passionfruit and cream cheese frosting

Banana passionfruit and cream cheese frosting $4

To finish up we got a banana passionfruit cake with cream cheese, it had a texture of banana bread with passionfruit pulp through. I liked the flavours but found it to be a little too dense but the cream cheese frosting made it all worth it :)

I enjoyed Townhouse and could definitely see the similarities with Prospect Espresso, but with a larger space it will be much easier to get a table especially on the weekends. And as long one of their cafes have the Reuben sandwich I’ll be happy!

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