Foodie Corner – Sugardough, Mister Nice Guy, Proud Mary

This week is all about brunch and bakeries.

Proud Mary
172 Oxford Street
Collingwood Vic 3066

If you’re ever looking for somewhere for breakfast/brunch/lunch Proud Mary’s is always a safe bet – great coffee and delicious food!
They change their menu regularly, but there is always a delicious burger, an inventive take on ricotta hotcakes (always delicious and fluffy) and the one staple, avocado on toast. Seriously, their avocado on toast is amazing, something so simple is just delicious! I tried the potato rosti with kale, crispy bacon and poached eggs this week and it was really tasty, definitely worth a try.
I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves on this one. I’ve taken these over a few visits this year, so unfortunately not all of these items are still on the menu.

8/10

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Summer Clothes for the Little Man

I went shopping for the little man last week and the absolute lack of good looking clothes really annoyed me. Seriously, I question what the hell I’m going to put him in this summer and surely I’m not the only one thinking this.

So I thought I’d share the great pieces I did come across (mostly Country Road, no one dresses boys like they do), but get in quick, all the good stuff flies off the racks!

Country Road Tshirt and Shorts

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Foodie Corner – All Day Donuts, 8bit, Jimmy Grants

This week is all about donuts, souvlakis and burgers – healthy ha?

All Day Donuts
12 Edwards Street
Brunswick Vic 3056

First thing to note is that All Day Donuts is only open Friday – Sunday. I didn’t realise this, and went down there on a Wednesday hanging for donuts only to be disappointed (by my own doing of course. Note to self, always check open hours).
When I finally made it back last week, I was so excited to get into
some great donuts. I ended up buying the strawberry cheesecake donut, the donut filled with passionfruit custard and coated in coffee icing and finally the ring donut coated in chocolate icing and sprinkled with mint rubble.
I love chocolate, so I couldn’t wait to get into the ring donut and I have to say, I was disappointed. I looked so much better than it tasted. The biggest let down for me was that it was quite dry. Each to their own, but I love a soft doughie donut, and this wasn’t that.
However they redeemed themselves with the two filled donuts, especially the strawberry cheesecake. I’m not usually into anything strawberry, but this donut was delicious! It was soft and doughie, the icing had set beautifully and the custard centre was just perfect.
It’s definitely worth the trip to Brunswick, but my tip is to get into their custard donuts, you won’t regret it.

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Foodie Corner – Sweets Special

If you have a look at my Instagram you may get the idea that I love a sweet treat, and well, love is an understatement, I’d say I have a bit of a sugar addiction. Every time I come across a great little bakery, cake or sweet shop, I have to stop in and buy something. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite places to satisfy my sugar cravings.

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio
647 Chapel Street
South Yarra Vic 3141

This is hands down my favourite sweet stop in Melbourne. Everything from those delicious cake cylinders to those amazing PBJ Wheels. The mix of flavours in every single creation is just perfect, in some cases flavours I would never think go together, when put in the hands of Burch and Purchese it just works. I have nothing but praise for everything they do. If you haven’t tried it yet, make you’re way down to Chapel Street and give it a crack. You won’t regret it.

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To buy or not to buy that designer investment piece

To buy or not to buy that investment piece? I know this is a dilemma that many women battle with if and when they decide to purchase their first investment piece. Now when I say investment piece I’m referring to that stunning high end designer piece that it worth a small fortune, but if kept in good condition will retain it’s value into the future and in some cases actually increase in value.

Having said that most of us don’t purchase an investment piece for it’s future value, we purchase it for it’s value right now, the value in how it makes us feel. My husband doesn’t get it, but when I put on my Christian Louboutin heels I instantly feel great. I have an added confidence to take on what ever I’m about to do and I have a real sense of accomplishment. So whether it’s a handbag, a pair of shoes, a bangle or a scarf, we make these purchases for the love of fashion and for the love of how they make us feel.
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Foodie Corner – The Kettle Black, Manchester Press, Purple Peanuts

A few mixed reviews this week. I’ve said it below, but seriously if you haven’t been to Manchester Press make it a priority!

The Kettle Black
50 Albert Road
South Melbourne Vic 3205

The Kettle Black is all the rage at the moment, you almost can’t have a conversation with a fellow foodie without it coming up, so naturally I had high expectations and to be honest It didn’t quite live up to it.

The café itself looks great and is super easy to get to and find parking. The service was really quick and friendly, so no issues on that front. In terms of food, we ordered the iconic Top Paddock ricotta hotcake that they brought across to the Kettle Black and the Wagyu steak sandwich.

Ok, so the hotcake is a sure thing, it is absolutely delicious and never disappoints, but it’s been done before, so this isn’t really new ground.  I have to be honest, I looked at the menu and there wasn’t a whole lot that I wanted to eat, that’s why I went for the hotcake safe option.
We also ordered the Wagyu steak sandwich, which was a bit disappointing. It was tasty, but the steak was so chewy and just down right difficult to eat which kinda destroyed it for me.

On the way out I picked up a couple of the Doughboys Donuts, but was really disappointed when I got home to notice that they had given me the wrong flavour, Banana of all flavours, I HATE banana!

Overall I thought the Kettle Black was ok, I really really wanted to love this place, so I’m a bit devastated to say that It was just ok.

6/10

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Unexpected Pregnancy Complications Part 2

Naturally I was in complete shock after being admitted into hospital. I was wheeled into my room, helped on to the bed and told not to get off it. Fortunately I was allowed to lie elevated in bed, there are some in my situation that are forced to lie flat for the duration of their pregnancy. The attending midwife told me that they had two other patients currently on bed rest who were also suffering from a shortened cervix, I know it’s awful but it was incredibly comforting to hear, at least I wasn’t alone.

Once we had completed my admission papers, my husband left to go home and pack my things and for the first time I as left alone in my room. At this point I had no emotion, I was just numb, everything was really a blur for the next hour. The next real thing I remember is Samantha, my OBGYN coming to see me, it was at this point that the reality of my situation hit home. She told me that she was concerned with my ability to get my baby to a safe gestation, so we would have to take it one week at a time. Our first target was to get past the 28 week mark, at which point I would be rescanned to check my measurements and to assess if treatment was helping. Treatment involved strict bed rest with daily shower and toilet privileges, a course of Celestone injections (steroids for the baby’s lung development), daily progesterone suppositories and daily Clexane injections (blood thinner, because I was at risk of developing a blood clot as I wasn’t moving). Looked like I was going to have to get over my fear of needles pretty quickly.
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Foodie Corner – Breakfast Thieves, Green Refectory, Nieuw Amsterdam

It has been a pretty hectic week, but I’ve managed to get out for a bite to eat a couple of times, so here are this weeks reviews.

Breakfast Thieves
420 Gore Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065

Breakfast Thieves is located in a quiet little street just off Smith Street in Fitzroy and there is plenty of street parking around. Now I read a few reviews before I went and many of them said that the service wasn’t great, however my experience was quite the opposite, the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating (which isn’t always easy when you walk in to a small place with a stroller), so first impressions were all great.

In terms of food our experience was a bit mixed, we had the PBJ French toast and the Malaysian pork burger with fried enoki mushrooms. The French toast was ahhhhhmazing! Seriously the mix of flavours in the toast, peanut butter soil, raspberry jelly, lemon curd and candied bacon was  just perfect. This is definitely a menu highlight.

The burger on the other hand wasn’t so great, I’m huge on really flavoursome food, but the marinade of the pork was way too rich, it was bordering on sickly. To make matters worse, the burger was incredibly difficult to eat as the pork was topped with a big slab of battered enoki mushrooms which didn’t have much taste. It’s rare that I leave food, but I actually left half of the burger and ordered a white chocolate and nutella lamington to make up for it.
So in the end I really don’t know how I feel about the Breakfast Thieves, would I rush back? Not sure, but if I was in the area I would seriously think about giving that french toast another crack.

6/10

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Unexpected Pregnancy Complications

Earlier this year I had my first child which has been the toughest, yet the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, I know cliché, but it’s the truth. Ooohhh, and did I say the toughest? Anyway, I wanted to share my pregnancy story because while I was pregnant I was desperately trying to find out more information and other women who had encountered the same complications that I did.

My pregnancy started without any really significant issues, a bit of spotting early on and nausea that drove me nuts up until  was 16 weeks. I had a miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, so the sight of blood freaked me out, but after a quick check up I was given the all clear, although at the back of my mind I was always worried. To be honest, as much as the nausea irritated me, it also comforted me, it meant that I was still pregnant. Then it stopped right as I started to feel bubs move, so from that point on, I was more relaxed about my pregnancy.

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