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Month: October, 2011

free food at snag stand


Snag stand just recently opened in Melbourne Central. It just opened yesterday and there was a massive queue for the hot dogs. So I decided that it would be better to go today.
Snag stand is a small stand with no seating inside, but outside. They had a promotion for free hot dogs if you join their page on Facebook. But its only for yesterday and today between 3 and 4pm to promote their business. Who loves a freebie? Yours truly loves one.
Yesterday I was given a few buy one hot dog (or Haute dogs) as they call them in Melbourne Central by one of their staff

There were free chips for everyone to try but they have been sitting around for a while and were cold.
Like Brunettis they have these buzzer things that ring when your meal is ready. The lady there did not smile. I think she was a bit rushed off her feet by all the customers, but give them time and they might settle.
They are supposed to be a stand with designer and different types of hot dogs. I had the Spanish chorizo (normally $8 or $9) one. It was supposed to be hot as Chorizo is a spicy hot Spanish sausage, but it was mild and small. It came with lots of tomatoes instead of the hot sauce and the cheese was alright. It came without onions.
I can get much better than this at the Queen Victoria market. I don’t think I’ll come here again, unless they drop their prices.

ice cream at city Brunetti store


Today was a warm day and I felt like gelato again. So off I raced to Brunettis in the city square. I promised myself that I’d go there last week, but with the protest about housing and all occupying City Square it was a bit hard for me to get there and enjoy myself.

But today was not too bad… with one beggar asking for money. The view of the city and the park was lovely. It was a nice day to be sitting in the outside area. Come here on a wet day and you’ll find that you might get wet. There are no indoor seats, but there are plenty of outdoor ones. Plenty of room for prams and a comunual table for those with families or large groups.
This is just like any of the other Brunettis, except this time I went for the ice cream. Here they only had limited flavours, unlike their other stores. $5.50 for three scoops! What a bargain compared to other places! These scoops were not only just good, they were absolutely amazing. Of course I went with my usual lemon, strawberry and mango flavours and they are just divine!
I’ll have to come back with Big Fil

coffee @ naturally on high and lunch @ maney’s


I went to Bundoora RMIT today to do a bit of study so I needed a coffee hit on the way there.
So I went to Naturally on High in Thornbury.
This shop is an organic shop selling produce and drinks. They also make their own chocolate truffle balls, one of which I got to try ($1.50 each). I also tried their short black ($3.80). Their short black didn’t have a lot of flavour to it, but it was sweet. I added the two sugars that were offered.

Then later on I trudged to Maney’s. Here it is in Bundoora shopping square, where the Greek market and other student eateries are. Here they cater for all the international students studying in RMIT and at LaTrobe.
They were not too busy when I arrived at 12pm, but they took quite a few bookings for dinner.
Here most of their meals are under $10. So much so that they have an EFTPOS policy of spending more than $25. Thankfully I had cash.
On recommendation from Eat and be merry I had a noodle dish. This dish had prawn wontons and their noodles which Big Fil said that it was handmade. This was $8.00. I also had the spring onion and chives pancake ($3.00). I think this had way too much oil, but the noodles had no msg which was perfect and filled me up.
I would have liked to try the pork dumplings, but was too full.
This is a nice place for a suburban restaurant and I would return. But if this were in the city, it might need to lift its game.

greek coffee @ sweet greek


Today I had that funny feeling of having some strong and new types of coffee. So I went to Prahran market and a shop that I keep on passing called “Sweet Greek”. Last time I went to Prahran market they weren’t there, because the owner was sick and there was no one to open the shop. They are open everyday that the market is on.
They are featured a few times in the newspapers and magazines such as “Gourmet traveller”. They were reviewed by Gourmet traveller in last year’s Greek edition.
Not only do they sell cakes they also sell homemade Greek meals.
I have never tried greek coffee before, but read that it is pretty strong. It was served to me in a small cup. I read that it is made out of a pot on a stove and then served without milk or sugar. Now this is my first time trying it and its not bad at all. It came as a $6 cake and coffee combo.
I loved the cake- it was not too custardy or sweet. This is also my first time trying the cake. I can’t remember the name, but it sure was good.
The baklava was huge, not like the ones found in the city. It was very filling. For an extra $2 I have added this to the combo.
Kudos to the greek lady who was nice to me and I shall be back with Big Fil from Eat and be merry.

coffee at ablas in prahran


Abla’s coffee house is a small Lebanese/Turkish coffee place that has a wide range of coffees and limited food. They also sell baklava and turkish delights by the pack ($5-$7.50 each for a small pack and about $12-$25 for larger packs).  Baklava is a Greek dessert. It is really sweet and they are small squares of filo and filling. You can also sample the baklava which I did. They do have one special of $3.50 for any coffee and a baklava.
I got a short black as well as a baklava and a rose Turkish delight ($0.50). They didn’t have Turkish coffee at the time.

The short black was a little on the weak side and the baklava is the best that I have tried. Its not too sickly sweet. It has the right amount of sugar in it.
The turkish delight was good too. It is marshmellowy like it should be and not too sweet.
The shop was really quiet, but the guy said that come Friday it will be packed. Big Fil from Eat and be Merry for tomorrow we diet blog if you are reading this, you’d love to come here just for the coffee. Sorry there is not much food sold.

Special consideration campaign run by Student Union


Student Union on Facebook said
“COME ON RMIT, GROW A HEART!

Although almost all students affected by medical conditions, whether temporary or ongoing, have legal rights under the Disability Discrimination Act in practice the University does not fully recognise these rights.

RMIT is suspicious of students who need support!

There seems to be an assumption amongst certain RMIT panels that we are making it up and that it is illegitimate to ask for help. This means that special consideration policies have been written to make them as restrictive and narrow as possible and you often get the sense that the university actively looks for reasons to deny requests even when it knows that the student is in genuine distress.

RMIT is unreasonable!

Many expectations or restrictions placed on students who are in distress or who need extra time or support are completely unreasonable.

– Why do we only have 48 hours to apply for special consideration?

– Why can’t we talk to someone face to face?

This situation is unacceptable, but it won’t change without pressure on RMIT.

We are asking you to do two things to help us make change at RMIT.

1. Support our demands for:

* Full implementation of the Disability Standards for Education

* Special Consideration Policy to be based on:
– A conversation with a sympathetic human being
– And On reasonable time frames and expectations

* Independent and user friendly reviews of decisions about support

* An end to attempts to deter students from asking for help and

* Funding for equity in teaching

And

Anonymously tell your story- by explaining how it feels to have your consideration rejected or to be not listened to we can hope to show RMIT that we are real people who deserve real support

Send video or written stories to growaheart@rmit.edu.au

RUSU is run by students for students. Your name or story will not be shown to any third party or published in any way without your permission.

If you need help with a student rights issue such as applying for special consideration email student.rights@rmit.edu.au”
You can join the campaign at facebook.com

good luck for your exams


good luck for your exams and if ever you need help, visit the student union

Lunch at Cafe Viva


I had lunch at cafe viva with two of my friends A and B. We felt like going somewhere close to home, since B had to meet her boyfriend and see her parents.
So after much trouble with parking and being indecisisive we found this place: Cafe Viva.
Here it was pretty quiet, unlike other places in Moonee Ponds. Up the road at FIX expresso it looked pretty busy. So this was not a good sign and we should have noticed it straightaway.
The wait staff here were not too bad, although I did see one just checking her phone every five seconds and not doing much else. But the older woman took care of us, asking how our meal went etc. Service was a bit slow though.
B looked at the menu and saw that the salads here was overpriced. So she ended getting a penne pasta and an english breakfast tea. This tea appeared to be on the weak side, which was fine for her.

A got a smoked salmon pasta and a chai which was full of powder. I got to taste some of A’s pasta and chai. I found that the pasta was smothered in too much salmon sauce and was overcooked. A didn’t finish her pasta. B also said the same thing about their pasta. The chai tasted like the ones you get in a packet, not like real chai.  I got a Italian breakfast with scrambled eggs and spinach ($11.90). B said that she hated scrambled eggs so she didn’t get the breakfast. I also got a hot chocolate ($3.50).
The hot chocolate was really nice and thick which was good for a cold day. It was not too sweet for me.
My Italian breakfast did not have  much bread in it to soak up all the juices from the eggs. Hence it was a bit soggy. Eggs were done nicely, but I would have liked a bit of onions in there or something. Some olives on the plate would be nice. It did have a lovely spread of pesto to it which was nice. But a bit more bread for the amount of eggs I got would be better.
I would revisit the place if the food was done much better. 

Breakfast at Theobroma’s and ice cream


Today I went with my friend X for a coffee and breakfast at Theobroma Chocolate lounge in Melbourne Central. It is just around the corner from Cafe Torre opposite the United Benetton of Colours shop. It is right near the entrance to La trobe st, so whilst we were eating two birds came in.
Here they sell lots of cute gifts and yummy chocolates! I was eyeing them for a while.
Here they do lots of great breakfast and lunch deals one of which is the $7.50 juice/tea/coffee and bacon and egg roll. X bought this. I got the veggie breakfast with a short black ($12.50 altogether). The wait for the drinks was not long but the wait for the food was about half an hour. I could not understand why since we were the only ones eating in.

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X’s bacon and egg roll came out way before my veggie breakfast. She was halfway through her breakfast when mine came to the table. She and I could not understand why. Food should always come out together and just after the drinks come, not half an hour later.
My coffee was good though. I wouldn’t mind coming back for the drinks. The cups are so cute! X really did enjoy seeing them.
My baked beans were terribly meh because they were canned beans, not homemade. But the other stuff was quite good, although I think that they put too much oil in the mushrooms and the eggs were a little watery. X really liked her bacon roll and was willing to come again.
I bought some chocolates and yummy macaroons (those at $1.90 each). Altogether my chocolate purchase came to $9.20. They were handmade and tasted great. I think they were made by a chocolatier. I think Eat, Play, Shop might like to come here and buy the chocolates for herself and her bubs. The macaroons were a bit squashed from being in my bag for a while

If you don’t mind the wait and the mediocre beans, then this is the place for you. If you love chocolate, this is also the place for you.

Later on I went to Limonetto in Docklands. It was such a warm afternoon and I’m on the hunt for good ice cream. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a long time, but just that it looked expensive. It turns out that it is not so expensive. Prices range from $4.50-$7 for ice cream. Some of the ice cream at Docklands I had was worse and was more expensive, but for $6.50 at this place you get a waffle stick and three really good flavours of ice cream.

The guy working there told me that this place was popular with the locals and he was right, because after I left, more people came to visit. He also told me that the strawberry and the limonetto special were popular. They tasted really nice today
There is no seating at the shop. Instead you can sit outside on the fake grass or on one of the wooden seats and watch the boats go by. This is lovely on a summers day when it is not too hot, provided that you remember your hat of course.

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Little Byrd Cafe


I went to Union road to buy some credit for my phone and I was feeling quite peckish, from waking up late and deciding to go for a walk early in the morning before it gets too hot.
Here they have lots of Middle Eastern dishes such as zatar.  They have a great selection of vegetarian dishes. All the dishes here are reasonably priced from $4 (for toast that is) to about $17. They are rated in the Age’s Cheap eats guide 2011. They have been featured in the Age’s previous cheap eats as well.
This place is a dog friendly place and when I got there there was a really cute dog outside with its owner sitting and having coffee.
The place was packed as! It featured some students and workers who live in the area and know the owner really well. Although it was really busy, the place had a very homely feeling. This might be due to the friendliness of their staff. They did ask me how my breakfast was, to which I replied that it is really good. The staff did ask if I wanted a second coffee, but one is enough for me.

They do have an open kitchen, which is a plus because it allows you to see what they are doing.
I ordered a short black (ristretto size -$3) and a breakfast with poached eggs, red pepper, bread and other pepper ($15 each).
I loved the short black. Not too strong for me, or otherwise I can’t sleep. The coffee was weak and it smelt winey. And it wasn’t too bitter.
I loved the breakfast. It is much better than yesterday’s breakfast at Theobroma’s. The poached eggs were nicely done and the vegetables were really fresh. Bread was also nicely toasted and they were generous with the cheese and the peppers. This was a joy to eat and it felt like I was eating healthily. Not too much oil. And it wasn’t mass produced like yesterday’s breakfast.
I’d recommend this place to Eat and be merry because I know that they would love the breakfasts here as much as I do. The place is on the 57 tram line and is in zone 1

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