Out And About: 2 Days In Sydney And Cafe Con Leche, Surry Hills

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Three years ago while in Sydney, after many failed attempts at finding an acceptable coffee, I stumbled upon Cafe Con Leche in Surry Hills. It is a tiny corner shop serving Columbian dishes and smooth-creamy-chocolatey-Arabican coffee. Phew! This time I didn’t muck around and my internal radar remembered exactly how to get my ass back down there. Lovely service and the coffee was as good as last time. Such a relief! Such a blessing! I have since discovered I am not alone in thinking this about Cafe Con Leche’s coffee. Reviewers consistently agree.  
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The coffee is Columbian Connection a local roast using Columbian Arabica beans – single origin. Rob, my Cafe Con Leche barista, doesn’t think you can get this roast in Melbourne yet. Shame that!
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The decor is South American with bright colours, Latino poster art, warm glowing pendants and shelves of South American packaged produce. I haven’t eaten there but the reviews are great. When in Sydney, Cafe Con Leche should be your coffee destination. Thanks Rob!

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Out And About: The St Kilda Dispensary

The latest discovery to indulge my daily coffee addiction is The St Kilda Dispensary. Great coffee. I could stop there but the Dispensary meets so many more of my health care needs. There is a calming, fantasy-like atmosphere. Stepping inside the Dispensary is like stepping back to wartime St Kilda, with a theme of all things medical. Even the “URINE SAMPLES” cupboard in the toilet is a fine and authentic tribute to times past. I love the time-outness of this place. Kristy and Brad are the floor staff. They are friendly and consistent in their delivery of a perfect brew. They use Allpress, which I love.10410231_430521507116403_7891894389967115428_n Pictured above are Friday’s special. Doughnuts with your choice of jam, lemon curd or salted caramel filling. Pictured below is Kristy. The Dispensary is her brain child. Kristy’s background is in acting, which I believe has contributed to her understanding of creating the Dispensary’s authentic vintage yet playful atmosphere – there is no detail overlooked, from the paint colour on the walls, to the type font used on all their marketing materials. Apparently their customers have also contributed to the decor by donating original medical equipment and memorabilia.11036207_436089696559584_317874256098823722_n

the-dispensary-1 1401323272478But most amazing of all is that the St Kilda Dispensary Cafe, was once the actual St Kilda Dispensary (see picture below), a one stop health care clinic with doctors rooms upstairs and a pharmacy below. 11667403_431826846985869_2197565795787194532_nThanks for creating a space I love to visit. See ya both later today!

Out And About With Andie: Beechworth, Victoria

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My boys and I had such a great time in Beechworth over summer. Every where else it was hot, hot, hot, and it was pretty hot in Beechworth but, every night because of its elevation, the temperature was comfortably cool. Dan and I took a number of photos at this site, which captured our imagination. There is so much history in Beechworth, it being a Gold Rush town and having a jail where Ned Kelly was held, and all. but this empty paddock and its contents seemed frozen in time. IMG_3408 IMG_3399 IMG_3402Places to visit are the Bridge Road Brewers for Pizza, Beer and Cider. The Gluten Free Pizzas are awesome. The local opportunity shops are really good too. I bought a couple of little tops. Also, Beechworth Honey is a fun experience. My mum and I spent ages tasting all the different types of honey and eventually bought the Red Stringybark Honey for its deep, full, caramel tones. I couldn’t believe honey could taste so varied… just had to run off and eat a spoonful… divine.

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Best coffee? I’ll be honest. Not a great choice even though there are heaps of cafes. I am so spoilt in Melbourne that I often can’t find a satisfying brew in the country. But, the best coffee in Beechworth, I would have to say is at the Blynnz Coffee Roasters – just depends who makes it.

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All in all we had an amazing time away and it helped we were spending time with my awesome family. They are truly fun and terrific people.

Out and About: A. Bongiovanni & Son, Seddon

I am in love with this revamped, now very poshy supermarket called A. Bongiovanni & Son in downtown Seddon. It advertises itself as a Gluten Free Specialist Store and, I have got to say, it has an extraordinary range of the best brands of gluten free available. They are extremely helpful and call every week to tell me about bread deliveries. What is not to love???

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This is just one section of the store’s gluten free range of biscuits. There is so much more.

I am totally loving the Cafe Strada breads. They toast beautifully but your can also… wait for it… eat these breads like real life glutenous bread. Yes, untoasted!

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If you live in Melbourne, and particularly if you are gluten intolerant, what are you waiting for? Get down here and pamper yourself. X