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Port Fairy (Part 2): Clonmara Tearooms

Clonmara Tearoom is located in the Clonmara Cottages in Port Fairy. The English style tearoom has large selection of teas, classic English lunches, scones with jam and cream and a number of desserts. We didn’t get a chance to try the scones while we were here, but based on the quality of the desserts we’d say that the scones would be pretty good too. The savoury food wasn’t anything special but the apple pie was a clear favourite.

clonmara tearoom

chai, sencha and black teas

Chai latte, ‘Japanese Evening Mist’ sencha, ‘Lime Sencha’ and ‘Monk Pear’ black tea ($4 each)

The chai late wasn’t bad, but we’d recommend ordering a tea instead because they have a lot of flavours that you don’t normally see in your average cafe. The Japanese Evening Mist sencha had a delicate sweet flavour, whereas the ‘Monk Pear’ black tea had a more bold bergamot taste. The Lime Sencha was perfect to balance the sweetness of the desserts we ordered. Continue reading

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Choc drinks at Cacao Lab and lunch at +39 Pizzeria

Cacao Lab

Cacao Lab is one of the cafés owned by Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie. They have many cute éclairs, cakes, macarons and chocolates but we were most interested in trying their de-constructed iced chocolates. They’re served divided into three separate beakers, and then you mix them together… kind of like the lab experiments we do for our chem eng subjects, except more edible 😛

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iced choc salted caramel

Iced Chocolate – salted caramel (~$9)

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A Favourite: Little Cupcakes

For Ani’s birthday (a few weeks ago), we ordered 100 mini cupcakes from the Little Cupcakes Store in Degraves Street. Little Cupcakes has both normal and mini sized cupcakes in a variety of flavours, and they also have vegan and gluten free options. They’re not cheap at $2.50 each, but when you buy a dozen cupcakes the price is reduced to $2.20/cupcake and when you order 100 cupcakes the price becomes $2 each.

In our opinion, birthday cupcakes are even better than a birthday cake because: a) they’re cuter, b) they’re more practical and c) you can get an assortment of flavours to please everyone! BUT cupcakes are more expensive. So if it’s not a big milestone birthday (like a 21st in this case), it’s best to just stick to a normal cake… or you can bake them yourself if you have the time! 🙂

plate of assorted mini cupcakes

Assorted mini cupcakes. From left, clockwise: blueberry pistachio, oreo cookies & cream, raspberry white chocolate, Belgian chocolate, and salted caramel

We came to the store one morning and tried a few different flavours before deciding which ones to include in the special order. The salted caramel and Belgian chocolate flavours both had a chocolate cupcake base. They were a bit too rich, so while the chocolate flavour was good we ended up leaving them out of the final order. The oreo cookies & cream and the raspberry white choc were both much lighter and still very tasty, so they were clear winners. The blueberry pistachio wasn’t quite as exciting as the others, but it was vegan so we included it in the order too.

Instead of the chocolate based cupcakes we ended up getting the ‘dark horse’ espresso cupcake, which was yummy and had the added bonus of being gluten free. And most importantly, we also ordered some red velvet cupcakes. Because that is the best flavour. ❤

red velvet and oreo cookies n cream cupcakes

Mini red velvet and oreo cookies & cream cupcakes

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Le Petit Gâteau

Le Petit Gâteau is a small pâtisserie that is mostly visited for its delicious cakes, though it does offer a small selection of pastries and savoury items as well. Since the seating area is very small it can be hard to get a table during the busier hours, but they have cute little takeaway boxes which make it easy to take the cakes home intact. The small cakes are priced at $9.30.

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Adventures around Smith Street: South of Johnston, Pop Up Scroll and Gelato Messina

**Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been sick with the flu and it just wouldn’t go away… this is one stubborn flu! But I’m getting better now so you can expect a few catch up posts this week. 🙂 Ani**

South of Johnston

We were very excited to visit South of Johnston because there were lots of things on the menu that we wanted to try. We ended up getting a pumpkin omelette and the burger of the week (pulled pork), but we look forward to going back to try the French toast, corn fritters and chorizo baked eggs!

iced chai

Soy iced chai

Wendy ~ I was happy about the strong tea flavour in this iced chai, which meant it had been brewed with chai tea rather than artificial chai latte powder. The soy milk of course wasn’t as creamy as normal milk, but the scoop of ice cream helped to make up for this and to sweeten the drink. Continue reading

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Cheap pies followed by Messina “soup” cans at The Royal Croquet Club (late post)

Dinkum Pies

Dinkum Pies is a bakery near the Block Arcade which sells both pies and pastries. A few weeks ago we decided to make use of a Scoopon (which is currently still available!) to get some cheap Dinkum pies for lunch. Regular pies are normally $5.50, but with this voucher you can get a regular pie and coffee for $4. Instead, the two of us opted to share the “Family Pack” voucher: $13 for 2 regular pies, 2 party pies, 2 mini sausage rolls and 2 hot drinks.

steak and onion pie

Steak & onion pie + part pie, sausage roll and sauce

Ani ~ The steak and onion pie had a really tasty meat filling due to the onion. The pastry of the pie was decent, if a little thick in some places. Continue reading

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Fitzroy: Hammer & Tong and N2 Extreme Gelato

We think there’s nothing better on a warm Summer morning than having a leisurely brunch and a big scoop of gelato. Sure, brunch is also enjoyable in Winter and it’s never too cold for ice cream, but ‘Summer’ translates to ‘holidays’ for us students, which means we can just relax and enjoy ourselves. No exams! Time to eat all the food!

Hammer & Tong

collage of food and decor

Hammer & Tong has all the ingredients for a great brunch experience: Continue reading