I’ve had an insanely busy week trying to organise my birthday festivities (I couldn’t turn 30 and not celebrate) that’s why I haven’t really given the blog any love this week, but in all the chaos I did manage to get out for lunch one day this week, so here is my round up of the ever popular and reliable Chez Dre.
Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne Vic 3205
Chez Dre is what I’m going to call the premier Patisserie Boulangerie in Melbourne. It really is the ultimate all rounder, it has great breakfast and lunch menu’s, and also offers and amazing array of pastries and cakes.
Accessible from two different laneways off Coventry Street (use the court yard entrance if you are travelling with a stroller, I found that I couldn’t fit mine through the other entrance) you could be excused for thinking that Chez Dre would be a relative small and understated café, however what you will find is quite the opposite. It occupies quite a large and well fit out space, both inside and out, however be warned it fills up quickly at peak times and there can often be a wait time for a table.
Happy New Year! It’s been a crazy week with all of the new year celebrations, so I’ve kept all of my outings casual and local.
Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie
19 Keilor Road
Essendon VIC 3040
Down the Bulla Road end of Keilor Road you’ll find this pretty little French inspired bakery situated in and amongst a mixed bag of shops and offices. With its fresh white signage and décor, from street level the best way to spot it is to look for the vintage white bicycle parked outside.
Before you even walk into Parisian you are tempted by their sweet pastries and cakes through the window, just wiling you to come in and break your diet with a macaron or pain au chocolate. I of course don’t require much coercion when baked goods are involved, I just about leaped through the door with excitement (seriously, it’s like letting a child free in a lolly shop). Before I walked in the door I gave myself some boundaries – to only purchase one pastry and leave. The problem is it’s so easy to ignore self inflicted boundaries when there is no one else around to keep you to it, so of course I picked up more than one pastry. Seriously? How was I supposed to only pick one when they all look so good! I’ll worry about the diet later.
Yep, it’s happening, I’m turning 30 this month, and you know what? I’m actually ok with it. Well obviously I have to be ok with it because there’s nothing I can do to change my age, but when I say I’m ok with it, what I actually mean is I’m embracing it with open arms.
You hear all of these stories of people approaching the big three O having breakdowns, not wanting to celebrate but wanting to drown their sorrows. To be honest I really thought i’d feel the same way. I remember being a teenager and looking at people in their 30’s, thinking that they were so old. Now I’m one of those people, but I don’t feel old (that is until I talk to an 18 year old and think OMG, you have so much to learn about the world.), if anything I feel the best about myself than I ever have in the past.