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Maxing it out at Max brenner

I was in a bit of a crepe mood yesterday and seeing that Max Brenner’s in QV was pretty full I thought I’d check this out.
I have been here a few times to try out their drinks and stuff and loved them, but yesterday didn’t feel like a drink.
This place is run by Chinese. It used to be run by the Aussies, but now things are different. The waitress didn’t smile so much and I noticed that the table next to me ordered a Suckao and she didn’t ask them if they knew how to drink it. Luckily they figured it out. She could have asked. The price a few years back used to be $11.50, but now it is $15.50. Why oh why so expensive?
The crepe was soggy due to the fact that they put so much chocolate and bananas in there. They could have put the chocolate on the side, rather than drizzle it on the plate. And then we can dip the crepe pieces in there and it would be less soggy.
I think that I’d only come back to try out the cookie that looked so appetizing and the drinks. The other desserts looked a bit sad, having got there at 4pm.

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Monsieur Truffe

It was a cloudy day with not much sunshine and I was heading up to RMIT Bundoora to help out with a bbq. So to break up the one hour tram journey I decided to get off at the corner of Gertrude and Smith sts Collingwood and went to Monsieur Truffe. I took the 86 tram from Bourke st in the city to Monsieur Truffe and to RMIT Bundoora.

Monsieur Truffe is a chocolate shop and cafe. It was recommended by the Age and Just like Max Brenner in the city it specialises in chocolate. But this is a much better version of it. I got to try some samples of chocolate truffles and I really liked the flavour of the raspberry, grand meriner and lime truffles. Next time when I’m here I should buy them.

some of the handmade chocolates that they sell

Miss Adriennely also inspired me to go there. I was going to try out some of the homemade ice cream as recommended in other blogs but was still full from breakfast.
So instead I ordered a hot chocolate and a macaroon ($7.30 altogether).
The macaroon ($2.50 each) was a bit small, but was well crafted. The guy there told me that it was handmade. I think they could have made it a bit bigger for that price.
The hot chocolate was small and decadent. It was presented in a small cup. The chocolate was not too sweet, but it may be a bit bitter for some of those who have sweet tooths.
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The guy here was lovely, but the lady that served me wasn’t as nice as the guy was. I think that she might be having a bad day.

cacao fine chocolates

Today was a nice cold day for hot chocolates. Upon reading about this place in the Age Cafe Guide I decided to check it out.
This place is in the GPO which is Melbourne’s most loved shopping place for designer gear. I have seen this place a few times, but did not have the time to try it.

Their opening hours. Cacao opens when the rest of GPO opens

Some of their handmade chocolate

I love their mug with the word “Cacao”

Cacao is small and very cosy. It is an open air cafe in the middle of GPO. One disadvantage is that the bathrooms are nowhere to been seen. They are downstairs in the basement. You take the lift to go down. They even sell their own handmade chocolates.
The service was quick.
Here’s what I ordered and it all came up to $15.15 altogether. One hot chocolate, one lemon and one raspberry macaroon and one chocolate crossaint. The Crossaint was recommended by the Age.
The macaroons were really flavoursome. They were nice and sweet and did not crack at the bottom. You can buy them for $10-$15 per box. There are also some chocolate golf balls which you can buy for $5.95 each.
The chocolate crossaint was not warm enough and did not have much chocolate to it. Other than that it was nice.
The chocolate was really nicely done. It was really big and filling for the price I paid for it.
I would be coming back here again this time with a friend. And also they should be featured in the Entertainment book offers
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Organic lunch and tastings @ Nespresso and Lindt Chocolat

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Lindt Chocolat Café on Urbanspoon

It’s been quite a while since I last had organic food. It has been three weeks in the making. Realfoods is closed for the holidays so I couldn’t get my fix.

So today I went down to:
1) Habib wholefoods
Here they are a supermarket selling some seemly organic food. They also have a cafe but it is only take away and like David jones salads they charge by 100 grams of salad. It is $3.50 per 100 grams of salad and that is not a lot. Expensive isn’t it.
They also have some meat products, but I try to eat vegetarian meals 7 times or more a week. they have a bolognaise wrap but it did not look too appetising so I ordered a noodle and quinoa salad. there was not many vegan pies and meals. For a shop that specializes in organic food, they should have some vegan pies and meals.

The noodle salad was drenched in dressing and was not nice at all. The dressing made quite a few oil  marks on the box. There were only a few strands of noodles and only a small amount of chicken. The quinoa salad fared a bit better. Altogether it costed me $8.50. Except for the quinoa and the noodles the food didn’t seem like it was organic

They should have eat in options available and plates instead of boxes for the noodle salad. You can buy those eco friendly take away plates online. I had to go to TOWFD to enjoy a few cups of tea (which by the way at Halib’s is $4 for a large cup and everytime you want it refilled you have to pay another $4. TOWFD a refill is free and a cup of green tea is $3.50)
I would rather go to TOWFD than to Halibs anyday. Sorry but TOWFD fared much better.

2) Next stop is the Nespresso shop in Collins st between Elizabeth and Swanston st. Here I got a chance to try some of their coffee range and have a look at the machines. Earlier on in the blog I said that you can save money if you do your own cafe style coffees at home. It is so true. Here I got to try a decaf coffee and it was really nice, just like the one in the cafes.  Here the personal, small coffee machines range from $300-$399. If you are in a share house with your coffee minded friends or housemates, you can easily split the cost of the coffee machine between the four of you. For each person the coffee machine ranges from $75-$99.75 per person. A coffee nib costs around $0.70 per nib ( a nib is enough for one cup of coffee). You can choose your coffee nibs with the staff there to guide you. They can also guide you on which machine to buy and how to use it. There are daily demonstrations with the machines and you get to sample a free coffee.
The total savings if you make coffee at home with an Nespresso machine is from $408.50- $433.20 per person. A normal coffee outside costs around $3.50 and if you multiply it by 33 (1 week has 7 days) weeks it is equal to $808.50 per year.

3) last stop is the Lindt Chocolat cafe. Lindt is very famous in Australia for their chocolates and there are a few Lindt cafes in Aus. These cafes also sell Lindt products to take home as well as overpriced drinks and desserts. I had to wait a while to be served. I had no idea which counter I had to go to pay for my products. No one really helped me. Here I bought three chocolates ($1.70 altogether) and one strawberry macaroon ($2.70) to try. Here I found that the strawberry macaroon was crumbly and hard to eat.
The dark chocolate fared much better than the others, but if you have a really sweet tooth go for the caramel chocolate. That really gives you a sweet kick. The milk chocolate crumbled and melted a little bit in my hand making it hard to eat.

free hot chocolate and a french lunch in degraves st

Today I forgot to bring my lunch from home. I’m volunteering at the su and in the computer lab today. It looked a very wintry day so I felt like hot chocolate and french lunch
1) Chocolate @Hudsons coffee in A Beckett st
This will probably be the only time  I will have hot chocolate from Hudsons in A Beckett st, as they will be closing down on the 30th. I went there with two other colleagues and they had a hot chocolate and flat white. I had my buy one get one free drink voucher from the Entertainment book, so I used that and got the free drink.
Hudson’s sells a lot of merchandise as well as drinks and food.
The hot choc was really nice for a cold day

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Hudsons Coffee on UrbanspoonB3 Café Patisserie on Urbanspoon

2) Lunch in Degraves st
For lunch today I decided to try the baguettes at B3 cafe. Baguettes are a French sandwich consisting of a long (predominately french) roll and fillings. Here the little ones are $3.50 each and the big ones are $5.
It started showering on me whilst I was waiting to order. Here they have no seating, as it is only a take away place.
I had a little $3.50 baguette of proscutto and lettuce. Proscutto is Italian ham. It may taste a bit weird and salty when you first try it, but after a while you get used to the taste. I didn’t like it when I was younger but now I do.
The mayonaise overpowered the sandwich a bit, as I could not taste the proscutto much. I loved the tang of the mayonaise. But I think if they put a little less mayonaise and more proscutto I would have liked it a bit more. But the bread was really fresh, like the way it should be with French bread.

After that I went to Roule Galette. Roule Galette is a French place. “Galette” I think are French crepes. These can be sweet or savoury. Now they are having a $12 special of one crepe and a drink. I had the French green tea ($3.50 per pot) and a virginie crepe with ice cream ($8). You can see that from the last post of how the French drink the tea.

See how cute the jars are!

The drinks that they have. They also have cider (I didn’t get to try it this time, but next time)

The nice bowl of salad leaves.

I took pictures of the nearby tables because their food looked really nice too.

It just as busy as last time and the guys were really nice. But not as cramped because they have opened a second shop nearby crown.

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