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Month: November, 2011

Preston market


Preston Market is an Asian dominant market between Melbourne and Bundoora. It is about twenty minutes by tram and ten minutes walk from RMIT Bundoora.

This market is open from Wednesday through to Sunday and only during the daytime. Although I said that this is Asian dominant there are a few European shops and a Gozleme cart. There is a proffetjie cafe that I’d have to try next time when I’m here. There is even a donut cart, but these donuts are not as expensive as the ones at Queen Victoria Market. Here you can buy 6 for $4.50.

All the fruits and vegetables are under $7 a kilo. Here they looked really appealing and the bananas were about $2.50 per kg.

I went to a coffee and cake shop at the market that sells cheap cannoli. Cannoli is an Italian sweet with pastry and vanilla and chocolate filling inside.The cannoli there is $1.30 each or you can buy a pack of twelve for $14. I also got a very strong espresso with a sweet for $2.80. I like it when there is a free sweet with my coffee. It just makes my day.

 

There is a dumpling shop outside where you could buy some dumplings for lunch. Here I bought a tiny red bean bun for $1.20.

 

Some of the stuff I saw at the market

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Next time when I visit I will have to explore High street a bit more.

Visit Preston Market


Preston Market is an Asian dominant market between Melbourne and Bundoora. It is about twenty minutes by tram and ten minutes walk from RMIT Bundoora.
This market is open from Wednesday through to Sunday and only during the daytime. Although I said that this is Asian dominant there are a few European shops and a Gozleme cart. There is a proffetjie cafe that I’d have to try next time when I’m here. There is even a donut cart, but these donuts are not as expensive as the ones at Queen Victoria Market. Here you can buy 6 for $4.50.
All the fruits and vegetables are under $7 a kilo. Here they looked really appealing and the bananas were about $2.50 per kg.
I went to a coffee and cake shop at the market that sells cheap cannoli. Cannoli is an Italian sweet with pastry and vanilla and chocolate filling inside.The cannoli there is $1.30 each or you can buy a pack of twelve for $14. I also got a very strong espresso with a sweet for $2.80. I like it when there is a free sweet with my coffee. It just makes my day.

There is a dumpling shop outside where you could buy some dumplings for lunch. Here I bought a tiny red bean bun for $1.20.

Some of the stuff I saw at the market

Next time when I visit I will have to explore High street a bit more.

Melbourne Central shopping day


Melbourne Central shopping day was happening today (24/11/2011). It started at 10am and it went until 9pm. Here there are a few one offers throughout the centre.
But there were also a few happenings such as free coffee at Plantation which I attended. There were samples of syphron coffee as well as pour overs and cold coffee. The coffee was really nice today. It had some fruity tones as well as being strong in strength.
There were also cupcake classes for the little kids ($25 run by the Cupcake central).
There was also champagne in store as well as a DJ playing on level 2 to get me in the mood.

Some other sights on the day:

Eat at Prahran Market


Today I went to Prahran market on this lovely sunny day. It was bustling full of people and I wanted to try out the Beangreen cafe since it had a nice vegetarian vibe to it. But whilst the front looked the good, the staff were really rude. They tapped me rudely on the arm and said ” You have to ask before you can take pictures”. Who wants to do that? So in the end I just walked.

I walked on to Rumbles, a little cafe just adjacent to the Essential ingredient. It was a lovely cafe with coffee from Venezianno. Here I had pumpkin and quinoa salad and a lentil salad all for $5. I also had green tea ($3.50 a pot).
The green tea was just ordinary, but the lentil salad was nice. The lentil salad was vinegary which I liked. The pumpkin salad was just little strange. I’m not sure what dressing they used but it was a little strange.

The lady was so nice that she let me buy the rice paper rolls from the cart outside. I had been meaning to try that cart for a while now. The rice paper rolls were $5.50 and there was a long queue. Everyone wanted the salads. The salads looked so good. Next time I’ll have to try them.

Next time I’ll have to bring big Fil here from Eat and be merry as they are a health cafe with the student in mind.
Rumbles Patisserie on Urbanspoon

Patto’s at South Melbourne Market


Pattos at South Melbourne Market is a tiny little cafe, selling biscuits and cakes as well as coffees, potatoes and other items.

There was hardly anyone here when I got there. All there was one little old lady enjoying a cake and coffee. The food court and the market was packed with people. I wondered why this place wasn’t busy.  The server there was not too friendly. In fact she seemed bored. It was her and another 15 year old girl. They should seriously think about employing more staff on. It seemed to be only just two staff working there the whole time I was there. The food was incredibly slow to arrive at my table. The coffee however was quick.
I loved my short black ($3.50), but the pancakes were a little dry (too much starch perhaps) and were lukewarm at best. They took a long time to come too and did cost me $10.90. I like thick pancakes but they should be moist and not crumbly. This one was a little crumbly and I had to lots of maple syrup on there to make it a little more flavoursome.
The short black was a little weak, but this was fine by me.
Now I wonder why there are not so many people there. Avoid the place and keep walking on to Sofias and Padre. I’d probably only come back for their coffee and cake.

Tookaiya


Tookaiya is a Japanese restaurant in Keilor Road Essendon. It is serviceable by trams (zone 1). It is mainly open for dinner and run by Chinese. A few years ago it was run by Japanese. Now that it is run by Chinese some of the food quality has deteriorated.
They have dinner banquets as well as other things such as sushi and sashimi and main courses. They also have ice cream.
Friend D and I both went there on Friday night and it was really packed. The people here were caucasians, although there were a few Asians (but I’d say not many). There was a birthday party in progress.
The restaurant was clean out the front (and some of the decorations looked cute though), but at the back was a different story. At the back where the toilets are it is very messy (full of boxes and stuff). The service was quite good though ( it was efficient and friendly), but there were a few hits and misses with the food.
 Friend D and I both had the $33 banquet;
It consisted of:
1) Miso soup- a tad too salty but it was alright. It was mainly from a packet. A bit more tofu would be nice as well as kelp.
2) Sushi- the fish was fresh, but the rest not so. They used Australian rice instead of short grain. Where was the ginger or the pickles by the way? Every other table got them. And why oh why do they charge $5 for ginger when we can put a tiny bit on our plates for free? RIDICULOUS I say!!!
3) Agedashi tofu- this was good. The tofu cubes were soft, but just right. The sauce a tad bit too salty.
4) Gyoza- these were good.
5) Tempura- these were great, but the serving could have been bigger. The prawns were not so fresh.
6) Spring rolls- they were yum
7) Yakisoba- The noodles didn’t taste like soba and the sauce was a bit too sweet. A sauce that is a little less sweet, might be better.
8) Beef teriyaki and salad- I didn’t get the flavouring of the mayo. Here this was a little off putting for me. The salad was not fresh. It looked like it was in the fridge from two days ago. Beef was too chewy and the sauce again was a little too sweet for me. What did they use for the sauce? Oh let me guess Kecap manis???
9) Coconut ice cream- this was the highlight of the meal. It was just like Japanese ice cream.
10) Tea- My guess is Genmacha. It was not too strong but good. And the waiter filled the pot up quickly when asked.

I probably wouldn’t come back here unless a friend really really asked me too. And what happened to the real Japanese waitress ( or maiko) from a few years ago? Sadly, this restaurant’s food quality is going down the drain.

Tookaiya Japanese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Penny Farthing Espresso


Penny Farthing Espresso is a coffee shop in Northcote along High st. Route 86 trams goes along High st and passes the place everyday.
The place was a buzz with people for their morning brunch. Here I saw that many people got take away coffees on their way to work.
Here it had a very homely feeling about it. It had an art gallery with quite a few artworks for sale. This place was featured in the Age good cafe guide. They had quite a few treats for sale as well as bags of coffee. THey really pride themselves on coffee, hence not much food. Here I got a strong short black ($3.50) and a yoyo ($3)
The yoyo was homemade and was yummy! It filled me all the way up.
Students from Bundoora and City I recommend giving this place a shot!

Penny Farthing Espresso on Urbanspoon

Where to live guide


Which suburb is the best and which are the worst? Here we have listed the best and the worst suburbs and why.

The best suburbs:

1) St Kilda- very pricey, but at least you get the lovely beaches and bars. Your parents better pay for you to live here. And they might not want to pay much.

2) Carlton- very Italian and housing is affordable there. Not to mention all the affordable eateries and Melbourne Uni. And not mention that Carlton is a short walk away from the RMIT city campus. Free transport. Hell yeah! Oh yeah and did we also mention that there are heaps of student eateries there as well as a piece of Italy.

3) Brunswick- very close to the RMIT Brunswick campus. More free transport ( for the Brunswick students that is). Hell yeah!  And you can easily ride your bike to the city if you have one. Here there heaps of affordable eateries and unique clothing shops. Very good for students. There are trains and trams that service the area and it is in zone 1 about 10-15 mins away from the city

4) Northcote- very near quirky shops and cafes. And there are a few gluten free cafes there.  In between RMIT Bundoora and city campus and there is transport at your doorstep. What more could you ask for!

5) Bundoora- this is really close to the RMIT Bundoora campuses. Although there is not much in terms of food… housing is cheaper, as well as public transport. You only have to pay for zone 2. And if you study in Bundoora you can ride your bike here.  It is really rural here. Its about an hour by tram from the city

6) Prahran- Here there is the Prahran Market which you can go and visit as well as some of the lovely cafes and Dukes Roasters. This suburb is just as classy as SouthYarra and is popular with students. Here they have another uni, known as Swimburne Uni, hence there are always student discounts. There are not many trains but there are a few trams which takes about 20 mins into uni.

7) Hawthorn- There is a student apartment on Glenferrie Road in Glenferrie.

8) Windsor- lovely place to hang. Its ritzy and very classy and you get what you pay for. There’s heaps of bars and nightlife here.

9) South yarra- best coffee places, nightlife, LuxBite, cafes, beautiful shops and trees. Need I say more!!!!

10) Ascot vale- more cafes in an affordable area. And its close to trams, trains and buses. There is public housing in the area.

11) North Melbourne- trams, cheap housing for students, Grigons and Orr, more cheap coffee, safe area… what more can I say! And its very close to the city, about a ten minute tram ride I say!

The worst

1) The city- even though you study in it, it is very pricey to live in and there is no way that you can afford it unless your rich parents pay! And sometimes there is violence at night, especially on a friday or saturday night and you might find it hard to study.

2) Dandenong- always trouble in that area and you cannot get home late night without all the fighting and violence.

3) Springvale- even though there is quality things at a cheap price there is always trouble. Best, lets just say only for a day visit. It is very expensive to travel back and forth from here to the city.

4) Frankston- same as Dandenong

5) Craigieburn- not as bad as Dandenong but it still has its gangs and junkies at night

6) Footscray- always trouble there. Avoid, even though housing is cheap. Although it is good for food, its best not to go alone. There is always Newmarket that you can hang at.

7) The country towns- lovely to see, but the train commute to and from is very expensive. And besides it is a long journey to and from uni each day.

8) Parkville is very expensive and not much out there except for Melbourne Uni. Even that is very expensive!

 

  Where can I find housing?
    You can find housing on these websites: www.housing.rmit.edu.au , www.domain.com.au, gumtree.com.au. You can also check out the on campus noticeboards and the notice board at the readings bookshop. The university also has their own property, known as the RMIT Village, just ten minutes walk from the city campus. But that place fills up pretty quickly.  It’s better to search for housing before you come to Melbourne, as places may fill up. But don’t pay any money until you have looked at and accepted the property. some online providers have been known to ask you for your money before you see the property and then you never get to see it. this is known as a scam.

Dessert at Harajuku crepes on Thursday night


After my volunteer dinner on Thursday night (10/11/11), I was not completely full. So I went and picked a crepe on the way home from Harajuku crepes.

They are in Melbourne Central and have been operating for a few years now. The last few times I went they were good. But not anymore. I think that the management have changed as the rules around photography have changed. They said no photography (but however as usual, I managed to break the rule and sneak a few in).
The service has changed quite a bit. They used to be all smiles, but now they are not. The lady did not once smile to me when she was taking or making my order. They did in fact get someone else’s order wrong.
I ordered a almond and banana crepe ($7- they used to be $4.50 a few years back, but what happened there!!!). This was very expensive for what I got, which was a crepe (which by the way is too thick to be one), with little filling. I know that the bananas were expensive back then, but now they are cheaper. Even I noticed that a few other people’s crepes got less filling then a few years back.
And they don’t offer student discounts anymore. What happened there????
To the management please bring back the student discounts as well as cheaper pancakes, or otherwise students like myself won’t be able to visit you anymore. And please put more filling in this.
Harajuku Crepes on Urbanspoon

Coffee at Dukes


I know that I’m bit behind in posting but here it is anyway.
The weekend before last I went to Dukes coffee in Prahran. Here they are rate number 82 on the Urbanspoon leaderboard as well as mentioned in the Age good cafe guide.
They are a rustic looking coffeehouse situated near Swinburne University. It was easy to miss the place as you walk past. Here you can catch the number 6 from the city and get off at Chapel st (zone 1). On the weekends it is quite busy.
However I did manage to get a spot quickly. Its not hard to see why they are so busy on the weekend. The place was full of walkers and students. They have free WI-FI.
The service was quick and very friendly. I ordered a very earthy and strong ristretto ($3) as well as smoked salmon and red onion sandwich with capers ($10.50). When my sandwich came, the server was quick to tap me on the shoulder (I was writing in my book then).
The sandwich smelt good when it came. And it was good too. I loved the sandwich. It had no sauce, which I liked. The salmon was really fresh. It was toasted.
I could taste the ricotta which gave it the feeling of being in the country and enjoying country food. You couldn’t taste the capers though. The bread was a little sweet, but I liked it (it was brioche bread by the way).
I would love to recommend this place to students as this is the best place in Prahran so far for their coffee.

Dukes Coffee on Urbanspoon

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