Sometimes you come across a café that you absolutely just need to tell all your friends about. The Glass Den is one such place. I discovered this gem of a café on Instagram when I came across a photo of their famous French Toast and it has been on my ‘Places to try’ list for a while. I finally managed to find a day to venture out to Coburg to try this place out with a few colleagues last Sunday.
The Glass Den’s set up is an unconventional one. Set on the grounds of the old Pentridge prison which has now been bulldozed and redeveloped into an emerging trendy residential and commercial area, it is certainly a tucked away location for an eatery. From its impressive bluestone walls to its warm and friendly interior, this café bears no cold and isolated prison vibes but instead as the automatic glass doors open and closed, we could hear sounds of social chatter, the smell of coffee and delicious food wafted in and out of the kitchen. The Glass Den perfectly embodies the casual suburban eatery vibe and it was clear that it was favourite among locals, travelling brunch lovers like us (all the way from the South!) and families.
If you often brunch, you will know that any café that offers a good spread of brunch options will often come with a hefty line of costumers waiting their turn to get a seat. Brunch has quickly become the favourite meal of the day for many Melbourne residents and the discovery of the next favourite local brunch spot can turn into an obsession and at times, expensive weekend hobby. I have walked past the bustling Hawk and Hunter several times on my way to line up at other brunch spots along Glen Eira Road and wondered when would be a good time to visit when it is less busy. Situated on Glen Eira Avenue, Hawk and Hunter is in a prime place to attract all hungry Melburnians as they step off the platform at Ripponlea station.
Since I started this blog, I have really discovered the joy of photography. I have in fact become quite a big fan of photographing food. There is something so incredibly indulgent about photographing a beautiful dish that reflects the time, thought and love put in to create something so beautiful. Whilst, it was a giant and significant quality leap from an iPhone to a proper camera, my love for my little but powerful camera and 35mm prime lens continues to grow.
I cannot imagine photographing food without it. iPhone photos simply do not cut it anymore as you can see from the photo above. As you may or may not have realise yet, this entire blog is now a live homage to my growing passion for eating and food photography.Continue Reading
Rejoice! I have escaped the confines of working from home (endless cycle of list making, online research/reading, netflix… endless cycle of list making…) and indulged myself with brunch appointment with a friend at a cafe near my home.
Split Milk is a cosy cafe tucked away at the intersection of Neerim Road and Koornang Road in Carnegie. I read that it can get quite busy on the weekend but on a weekday, it is a lovely cafe to wonder in and find some peace. There is an outdoor seating area complete with blankets to keep you warm (Al fresco dining win!) and the cosy feel is reflected with its natural, homely and inviting decor inside – it is no fuss and you could easily find yourself lost in a book, magazine or even writing here. The staff are friendly, helpful but not overly attentive. They are even patient with slow brunch eaters like myself. (I like to take my time…) Continue Reading