Three Bags Full, Abbotsford
Location: Corner of Nicholson St and Mollison St, Abbotsford, Melbourne.
Highlights: Gorgeous aesthetic, fantastic menu, quiet surroundings.
If I could choose any meal to have a bit of a splurge by going to a nice restaurant, I will always choose brunch. A nice dinner? Yeah, okay. A long lunch? Mm, sure. Brunch? YES PLEASE!
Even though I’m not much of a cook, I do really enjoy flicking through recipe books for food inspiration & advice. I’ve been pescetarian (eating no meat except occasional prawns & fish) for about three years now. Although I’ve never been a passionate lover of eating meat, I decided to give it up entirely for both health and environmental reasons.
I have a confession to make. I have absolutely no will power in front of a block of chocolate. And when I say block of chocolate, I mean any form of chocolate – smarties, chocolate biscuits, hot chocolate, chocolate cake – the lot! But as we all know, chocolate isn’t the most nutritious snack and if I want to be comfortable in my skinny jeans, I have to find a different sweet treat to satisfy my cravings.
It was a quiet Thursday night in Coburg and Sim and I were tucked up on the couch watching SBS’s Food Network. Standard. The TV show was talking about the best wood-fire ovens in Australia and my ears pricked up when the host spoke about a pizza restaurant in Brunswick, Melbourne. After watching the show and drooling over the warm, toasty goodness which was being shoveled in and out of the handmade wood-fire oven, Sim and I jotted down the name of the restaurant and immediately made a booking for the following Saturday night.
There’s nothing more enjoyable, in my books, than a snoozy Sunday morning followed by pancakes for breakfast. Luckily for me, my partner Sim loves to cook and she often whips up a soft, fluffy pancake stack which is totally Instagram-able. We usually sit out in our courtyard in the sunshine and devour a few pancakes while drinking a cup of coffee and it is my absolute favourite way to spend a Sunday morning.
Market Lane Coffee is, so far, my favourite coffee shop in Melbourne. Now that’s a pretty big statement because Melbourne as a city takes the production, look, smell, taste and everything about coffee pretty seriously. There are so many beautiful cafes and coffee shops everywhere you go in Melbourne and I bloody love it!
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Adam Liaw‘s Asian Cookery School book from the wonderful Hachette publishing and after having a flick through (and ear-marking 90% of the recipes) my partner Sim and I decided to give his boiled dumpling recipe a go! Now the recipe calls for pork mince and I’m a vegetarian so we split the mixture in two and made one lot of pork dumplings and one lot of mushroom. Divine!
House-hunting rule number one: ensure you’re within walking distance to a fab coffee shop!
In Melbourne, you can barely walk a block without spotting (and smelling the delicious aromas of) at least five artisanal cafes. So since we moved from Brunswick to Coburg, Sim and I have been spending our quieter weekends sussing out the local coffee joints near our apartment.