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coffee at Ruckers Hill @ Northcote

I was feeling particularly sleepy today, due to not much sleep last night. My hayfever was really bad. I knew I had to be out in RMIT Bundoora today to attend an AGM and to help out.
So I felt like a mocha to pick me up. On the way to Bundoora on the 86 tram I saw an interesting looking place called “Ruckers Hill”(zone 1). You get off at either stop 32 or 33 and its in the middle about 1 or 2 minutes walk.

Ruckers Hill is an organic foodstore but they also do coffees and run a cafe. Here the cafe uses the Atomica blend of coffee. They love to do their salads and have really yummy goodies.
Here it was lovely and very clean and they love to use lots of plants and wood to brighten the environment.
The ladies there were really friendly and one of them said that they love food blogs. So I am hoping that this will please her.
Today I had a mocha $3.50 and two macaroons $5.00 altogether. The macaroons were salted peanut and cookies and cream. I loved the saltiness of the salted peanut and I loved the sweetness of the cookies and cream.
The mocha was really nice and it did the trick. I could taste a little bit of chocolate in there.
Kudos to the waitress who was really nice and smiled. Kudos to her that recommended her two favourites and was really warm. I wish everyone was like you! I recommend this place to Miss Adriennely as one place that she could try. I also recommend this to Meld Magazine.
One day I will be back with my friend
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Volunteer Degustation dinner @ realfoods

So last night the volunteers and I (I being a volunteer of Realfoods) learnt how to use the Thermomix machine. This machine can do lots of stuff such as mixing, chopping, grinding and the list goes on. A machine costs around $2000 to buy. You can’t buy this in store or online, just by direct sales.
This was really fun and we got to make and try:
Orange juice

Samosas and pies

Banana and strawberry sorbet

Green smoothie

Beetroot salad

Warm Quinoa with carrots, bean sprouts, beetroot etc salad.

Hommus dip


Chocolate nutmilk made out of real nuts.

We also had fun playing with the machine.
So students if you have time volunteer at Realfoods for a couple of hours per week and there you will learn some valuable cooking skills as well as get to attend some events like these.

hot chocolate at fix espresso in Moonee Ponds

I did my grocery shopping at Coles and it came out to $37.50. Not bad huh for 10 items. I was so happy.
The place on the corner near coles looked really interesting. I love going to espresso bars so this is worth a check out.
This place is about five minutes walk from the train station and about 1-2 minutes walk from the bus/tram interchange on Mt Alexander Road. It is in zone 1.
So  I went and boy did it look really cosy. It was really warm in there too, perfect for a cold day.
The guy and girl working there was really friendly towards me and their other clients. The guy owned a dog called “Fatty” and he got a pat from me after lunch. Kudos to the friendly servers.
Fix does not do a lot of food items but they sure make up for it with their fairtrade coffees and Hilliers. I got to try a Hilliers chocolate (I think it was $0.20 per piece) and it was lovely.
They have a limited range of breakfast foods, cakes, pies and sandwiches. By the prices that they charge and the brands they have, my guess is that they are organic.

The interesting old radio they have there makes things a little exciting

The plant reminds me of Realfoods- nostalgia

Ah the joys of chai- I am glad they have this brand here

To start off with I had a small hot chocolate ($3.70). That was lovely. It had loads of froth in it and had that nice sweetness to it.
Then I had the eggs, toast and salad ($17.20). They could have put more things in the salad seeing as the dish was expensive. I would have liked to have feta and olives in it. Also I assumed that it would be coming with two slices of toast not one. I did however think that the eggs are much better than the ones at Boathouse. I somehow thought that the bread was either brown or rye. Either way it is good for you.
The balsamic vinegar dressing was very subtle which I quite liked. The flavours of the vegetables stood out and were really fresh.
To top it off I had a coconut chocolate ball (about $3.5, I guess). Here the ball was nice but a little bit too hard from being in the fridge overnight. I would have liked it a bit more if it was softer.
I did like the coconut pieces however and chocolaty flavour however.
All in all I would come back here again only with a friend. And maybe this time I’d like to try out their chai lattes and pies. I would recomend this place to eat and be merry for tommorrow we diet blogwhere’s the beef730 days of my life and Eat, Play, Shop blog and anyone else who would like to try it

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Mon – Sat: 07:30 16:00
1 Everage street, Moonee Ponds, Australia 3039
Payment options
Cash Only
Takes bookings
Walk-ins welcome
Good for groups or parties
Good for children
Table service
Outdoor seating

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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.

the provincial food store

I was in Brunswick today, working away on some assignment in the library, when I thought that I will pop by the Provincial food store. It is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Brunswick campus, but a short tram ride on the number 55 tram from the city campus.
I have read that this store is gluten free and organic and healthy. I love organic food. This shop sells a lot of stuff for people to take home such as chocolates, museli, ready made meals, sauces etc. I bought some museli for $7.50 per packet. The food is expensive but they source the food from Victorian country towns and farms. In the end I am supporting the local farmers.

My Museli that I bought

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Because it is a food store the ambience is just like the Cerezo sandwich deli, except that it was not busy. (I had arrived there by 12pm).
Service was quick and efficient. They also do catering as well and you can phone in your order an hour  or two before hand and it will be ready.
Today I had two lovely thai fish cakes with salad. The salad is a bit small for the price of $9.50, but the dish is well worth it. The fish cakes are made freshly and have potatoes, peas, tuna (which they have in stock) and maybe a little bit of onion.
The relish is quite sweet. I had expected it to be a bit spicy with hot chilli, but seeing as some people don’t like hot chilli, one of the other less spicier version was used. I loved the onion relish. They have the jars of relish in store for about $10-$11.
Hot chocolate ($3) was really nice. It had lots and lots of froth which I love.  It packed a really sweet punch. This is a bit better than some of the commercial ones bought at cafes.

Cacao Green

I have been wanting to try this place. In orientation I was given a promotional pamphlet, hence I went to try this place. I read a few reviews online and found that people did generally enjoy this place. This place is run by real Japanese people and they serve fair trade drinks and organic food. I ate inside because the weather was really bad.
I thought that this place was just about yoghurt. But it sells pastries and waffles. I didn’t feel like waffles today so I went for the almond croissant ($3.90). There is a $5.50 coffee deal, where you get one coffee and a pastry for that price, but I don’t drink coffee. Instead I went for a green tea latte, which tasted a little weird. I wasn’t used to the taste of green tea and milk. But it was good though, considering the weather outside which was shockingly bad. It took ages to come out too, with the pastry being the first one out. The tea should come out before the pastry.

My Green tea latte

The different toppings for the yoghurt

The pastry was good though. I like to eat pastry when it is hot. It was so soft. When it is too cold it is leathery.
To attract more people they could include in their coffee deal, other drinks like green tea latte, chai and hot chocolate.
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TOFWD- The Organic Food and Wine Deli

tuna nori rolls

poster advertising the fact that going organic is healthy

my green tea

energy balls made from organic trail mix

spelt (a type of wheat) cereal

more organic goodness

my meal which included salad

date: 24/3/11
                This deli is located in Degraves st, which is well known for their fine food. The people there are really lovely and the serves of their food are huge. This is pretty much like RUSU realfoods, except that they serve breakfast. Here I had two sushi rolls and tea, which all adds up to $10.30. I found that their rice was a bit dry and too much soya sauce. They used brown rice, which tends to dry out quickly in sushi. But the fresh ingredients and fast and friendly service made up for it. Im willing to give this another try.

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