A weathered Brunch at Tower Cafe

First, let me paint the scene for you..

It was a typical Tasmanian Winter late morning – dreary and overcast, with the leaves just sopping with rain. Just finished an early shift at work and with a hot coffee and food in the front of my mind, and my mum having a day off work, the idea of a spontaneous brunch out became a reality.

A pretty standard outing, yet with an especially great reward.

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Road-Tripping to the Valley

After pushing through a long week of work a day off couldn’t just be spent with my feet up, eating large quantities of food and watching day television re-runs.
With this weekend just been marking one month since returning back to live in Launceston, Tasmania from Melbourne, I thought a day trip out to my childhood area of Tasmania – the Meander Valley – for an afternoon of Indie Folk music and (had to get it in my day off somehow) large quantities of food.

The ever-breathtaking hour long drive out my Uncle and Aunty’s cafe/the day’s sold-out music venue, Marakoopa Cafe in Mayberry, was met at the end by a fantastic group of 30+ Sunday music enthusiasts not deterred by a 13-degree day merely a week after the state (and especially the area of Meander Valley) suffered some of it’s worst floods and rainfalls in history.

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Daylesford: Sweet Decadence

Set in the heart of the main street in Daylesford, this quaint little restaurant has more chocolates than you can dare poke a stick at. However, if you are not after a chocolate fix and trust me, the sheer sight, smell and choice will blow you away…. then the menu is something you can really get behind.


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Melbourne: Colonial Tram Car Restaurant

There is nothing more spectacular than being able to relive history. There is a certain joy in making sure a part of the bygone era still lives. Repurposing it to add value and allure to a whole new generation ensures that some of the most remarkable things in history withstand the test of time. Throw in food options and you definitely have a winning option!
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Melbourne: Kedai Satay

First of all, I’ve never really tried Indonesian and my foray in to it by a good friend of mine (hat tip BT) was more than I could ever hope for.

Location: 186 King street, Melbourne 3000.

You know what I have to just cut to the chase. The food was served so fast that I thought that the quality was going to be compromised. But no. This was by far the most delicious meal that I had. The grilled beef ribs with steam rice, sambal and salad was so so so SO delicious. Even now, I can taste the food coating in the back of my throat and the smells are making me drool.

Nothing can prepare you for it. Seriously.

I thought I would not be full, but by the end of it, I was filled to hilt. And the price? $12.

Do yourself a favour, just go there and you won’t be disappointed.

I’m so excited that I have to give this place a resounding 5/5.

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And it’s a one man kitchen. The efficiency of a well run operation just swelled my heart with pride. A few places, across multiple industries could learn a thing or two from this restaurant.

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Melbourne: Ramen Ya

Good Ramen Ahead, Ya?
Good Ramen Ahead, Ya?

It’s not often you’re enticed by a saying, but Japanese restaurant Ramen Ya managed to not only pique my curiosity but also managed to relieve me of my hard earned money.

Ramen is a staple diet of the Japanese people and when done well (I’m looking at you 2 minute noodlers) can be one that is an experience to be written home about.
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