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Night Noodle Market

Coming into summer, there are SO many events in Melbourne, I think I’ll be doubling up for the next few weeks with events that are totally worth checking out!

Night Noodle Market- Melbourne
So the Night Noodle Market shave already been running in Sydney for years. Now it is our turn! From November 18-30th, every night there are Asian street style market stalls set up for dinner including stalls from some of the best Asian restaurants in the city. Food from a range of Asian countries will be represented, you may have to make multiple dinner trips in! Newcomer to Melbourne is Gelato Messina, who make the most amazing flavours of gelato I have ever seen and tasted. (About to open a store in Fitzroy! Maybe I should have written an entire blog entry just on them! I love gelato!!)

Some of the restaurants that will have stalls at the market include Chin Chin, Paperboy Kitchen, Hoy Pinoy and Dumpling Plus. These names don’t mean much to you? Check out the full menu here as part of the Melbourne Good Food Guide. Everyone in the comments here are whinging about the prices compared to ‘street food’ in Asia which is super cheap. When you are getting together some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city I am not expecting to pay $2 for my dinner, but I think they are also missing the point of this being a bit of fun, something different. I love a bit of chaos and atmosphere! Heres hoping the weather improves so we can enjoy it fully!

Night Noodle Markets are being held in the Alexandra Gardens from the 18-30th November times vary but from around 5-9 each night with some nights starting earlier, some open later. Check out the Good Food Guide or Broadsheet Melbourne for exact times.

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Favourite Melbourne Cafes

A bit of a slack week this week sorry- I have just come back from some time away in Queensland, everything just happens so much earlier there which equates to loooong days and now a very tired me! I was partly up north to attend a weaving class (Previously written about it here) with Maryanne Moody. It was in the most amazing space at Toby Scott Studios in Brisbane and brilliant fun, I will include a pic below of what I have made so far, still learning but so far not too shabby. I highly recommend classes run by The School (of which this course was run through), although generally based in Sydney they run creative classes in different cities at times during the year.

In Melbourne we have such a huge café culture, food and coffee are a huge deal. I will drive anywhere for a great food and coffee experience. I cant be too specific on the coffee I just know good and not good but most of these places are quite technical with their coffee and known for good quality. There are way too many places to list but here are a few of mine mostly over my side of the city. I’d love to hear of anywhere you love to go as well!!

Green Refectory 115 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Admittedly, the coffee is not great at all but the food is amazing. A small place with a great atmosphere, these guys bake all their own food, and I am yet to have a bad meal there. From brekky to lunch to pies to something sweet- amazing salads and curry- there is no particular style but everything is done well! I recommend the vanilla slice, it is so good! Hard to find as there is no sign but they are smack bang next door to True Blue Shoes- enormous blue shoe store.

Three Bags Full Nicholson Street, Abbortsford (online here)
This little gem is tucked off Victoria street in Abbotsford and does both coffee and food very well. Extensive coffee menu and the specials are always the best choice for brekky- their salads and pulled pork rolls are amazing. The space is amazing and always having fresh flowers is a winner with me too. Three Bags falls in to a category with a few others who I hear are all designed by the same people- aesthetically they are similar so this makes sense, but they are similar in food and coffee too- Proud Mary for example. If you can’t get into Three Bags on a weekend pop the other side of Hoddle Street to Proud Mary for a similar experience (172 Oxford Street, Collingwood).

Little Henri 850 High Street, Thornbury (online here)
I recently went here for a girls breakfast and was pretty impressed considering there were 10 of us and a café full of people, service was fast. A newcomer to High street, Little Henri is a great looking space, coffee was pretty good and food was delish.

Forth Brother 799 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield (online here)
Ok so this is owned and run by friends of mine but besides from that is just great coffee and food without the huge overrun atmosphere of most cafes. The corn fritters are my favourite, there is some special pepita mix on top which I’m still trying to weasel the recipe out of them its so good!

Jam and Bread For Frances 1/701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn (online here)
This is conveniently placed at the back of Readings bookstore, and I have to say makes the best salted caramel tart ever. Just down the road from my work I have been known to pop in to grab their mini beetroot, mint and feta ciabatta and a salted caramel tart. Coffee is decent too- their iced coffee is my summer favourite!

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Three Bags Full

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Brekky at Three Bags

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The Green Refectory

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Bread and Jam for Frances

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Forth Brother

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Forth Brother’s corn and herb fritters with those amazing pepitas!

And Lastly, my weaving attempt. Sorry its a bit of a small pic. Ready to be hung!

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Scarf Community at Three Bags Full

So a bit of a different post this week.

Firstly, if you are in Melbourne you must get down to Finders Keepers market! Its on Friday night 6-10pm and all Saturday. This market features some amazing products and designers! You can click their name for their website or I’ll put the flyer up at the bottom of the post!

Scarf Community at Three Bags Full
I’m a massive foodie, and Three Bags Full in Abbortsford is one of my most favourite places for their food and coffee, but it is also one of the most aesthetically amazing spaces as well! So when I heard about Scarf Community using Three Bags for a month for their dinners I was stoked!

Scarf Community is an organisation that uses quality restaurants to provide hands on training to equip young people with skills in hospitality. This unique idea is training up migrants and refugees among others to give them the skills and networks to get the job they want. Dinners are cooked by Chef Ricky Holt and the menu for the next month looks amazing.

I’d take any excuse to get out with some friends and eat amazing food, but this tops them all. Check out their site and menu and let me know if you end up going! Its on at Three Bags Full every Monday night from 8th April to the 6th May. Book on the website!

Scarf Community website

Finders Keepers Flyer-

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