Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Papparoti in Melbourne!

There's this bun called Mexican Bun.  It's mocha crusted on the outside, and soft, fluffy and buttery in the inside.  And it's so good!  In Malaysia, each time we walk pass by a shop that sells these buns, the aroma is so tempting that it's hard not to stop and buy one.  A couple of months back, I had one of those missing-food-from-home craving for this bun.  The thought of the warm, baked bun was just so tempting that I thought I had to learn to make some myself.  To my luck, on one of the days that we were walking along Elizabeth St, I saw a small sign that said Papparoti will be opening in Melbourne!

We finally found time to visit Papparoti last week.  The buns are Halal, and they taste just like the ones back home.  The buns are AUD2.20 each.  Not to forget, we had them with a cup of hot Teh Tarik.  They also sell some Halal gelato.  The one we tried was Durian Gelato and it was truly delicious.


Papparoti is located on 349 Elizabeth St, right opposite of Melbourne Central.
They have a couple of outdoor seating, otherwise you can have your Papparoti buns to go.

For more info, visit their website here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Weekend Afternoon Excursion to Half Moon Bay

You know that feeling that comes over the weekend, when you want to go somewhere, but can't think of anywhere to go because you think that you always go back to the same places?  Well, whenever that happens, remember that there is always somewhere new to discover!  We love going to the seaside, and sometimes, just driving by St Kilda Beach and Port Melbourne is already a good enough excursion for us.  Last Sunday, we wanted to visit the beach and the sea (again).  We didn't want to go as far as Frankston, and we've visited St Kilda, Brighton Beach, Port Melbourne and Williamstown many times already.  So where did we turn to for options?

This! Our Melbourne "Go Explore" box of cards.

Based on the card, we chose to head to a place called Half Moon Bay, a bit further down from Brighton Beach.  The card also mentions that there's a Fish & Chippery there.  So the expectation: definitely be at the seaside, eat some fish and chips, and enjoy a cup of hot coffee in the cool breeze.  Thankfully, the weather was beautiful that Sunday.

This little area is actually called Black Rock.  There's a jetty called Black Rock Jetty, a small jetty that you can walk or cycle on, and see people unloading their boats into the water.  And yes, we found black rocks too on the on the edges of the water (where the place gets its name).

There's a small cafe there, where we bought our coffee and calamari & chips.  They were pretty good too.  It's a really nice atmosphere to have our food, coffee, being outdoors and just relax with the scenery.

There's a parking area with meter available on site.  To get to Half Moon Bay and Black Rock Jetty, you can refer to this map.  It's about half-hour to forty-minutes

So next time you're along Beach Rd, remember to head down to Half Moon Bay.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lord of the Fries: Chapel St

Few weeks back, we were invited to visit the newly opened Lord of the Fries on Chapel St.  It's always great to have more Halal and vegetarian eateries outside of the city!  Since they launched their Mark sauce recently, that's exactly what we had: Mark burgers and fries with Mark sauce.  The taste of the new sauce is quite tasty.  As for the burger, I think I prefer the Spicy one with Jalapenos... but I'm sure everyone has their own fave sauce and burger :) Now our friends just told us that their nuggets are pretty good too! We'll surely give that a try next time.


Lord of the Fries is located at 170 Chapel St, Windsor.  For more info, you can visit their website.

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