The Unblogged Files: October 2017

11/19/2017 10:37:00 PM

Hey hey! It's time for my October Unblogged Files! It's more than halfway through November and I'm just doing October Unblogged Files. Wow. Well, it's been a super strange and busy time - there's been lots changes at work and home, and my routines all up and down! But better late than never. Let's do this thing.

Breakfasts! Often I was bringing a breakfast of Greek yogurt, homemade granola and bluberries to work, but I did make some proper breakfasts at home too.

Clockwise from top le; ft: Blueberry cheesecake smoothie; Strawberry bruschetta; Blueberry porridge; Chia pudding parfait w blueberries; Avo smoked salmon toast; Granola w yogurt & blueberries x 2; Coconut smoothie bowlStrawberry chia pudding parfait

And of course there were avocados.

Avocado toast!

I tried a few new places for lunches in the city in October - a haloumi bagel and fancy Spanish coffee at Jungle Juice Bar (20 Centre Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000), and super fab katsu don at Oh Maki (1/391 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004). Also, I tried the "Italian" burger at Burger Project - a beef burger with rich tomato sauce, basil, and a crumbed fried disc of mozzarella-stuffed eggplant, and it was out of control!

Clockwise from top left: Haloumi burger at Jungle Juice; Spring roll bun at Roll'd; Katsu don at Tokyo Pop in Emporium; The Italian burger from Burger Project; Pork udon at Kenzan GPO;  Katsu don at Oh Maki

Here are some home-cooked dinners.

Top row: Salami cheese toastie; Creamy cauliflower pasta; Fried Fleischkäse w egg, asparague and Bauern Frühstück; Penang Hokkien Mee; Creamy mozzarella prawn pasta; Spaghetti carbonara

Now, I really love coffee and I know I drink a lot of coffee, but looking back over October, I really did drink a lot of coffee! Plantation, Short Stop, Little Rogue, The ProvidoreJungle Juice, Market Lane, Mr Tulk...


My friend Duncan had us over for lunch one weekend, and it was super delicious! He made baos (from scratch!) with slow-braised red pork and pickled vegetables.

Duncan's home made gua bao

And dessert was a coffee cake with Brazil nuts, (Dan Lepard recipe), served with coffees in the Marimekko cups we got him for his birthday. Yay!

Dan Lepard coffee brazil nut cake; coffee

One weekend we went shopping in Box Hill, and had lunch at the always fabulous Hills BBQ (586 Station St, Box Hill VIC 3128). Their beef on crispy fried noodles is the best!

Hill BBQ (586 Station St, Box Hill VIC 3128)

I had my friend Alaina over for a Sunday brunch, and I took the opportunity to make a few dishes from the new Nigella book, At My Table. I'll share those in a dedicated blogpost, but I also made a non-At My Table recipe: Smitten Kitchen's gorgeous chocolate tahini challah buns. So fluffy, such sesame. It was meant to be just brunch but somehow it stretched out into a super relaxing day with champagne, a Law and Order: SVU marathon, dinner, and even Gerald's Game on Netflix. (One of my favourite books, by the way, and I thought the film adaptation was excellent, especially Carla Gugino's performance!)

Chocolate tahini challah buns

I had my parents over for dinner one night, and again, it was an At My Table feast, but I also made Nigella's Tiramisini for dessert. (These come from Nigellissima, and they're really great!)


I attended a media event at Moon Dog Craft Brewery (17 Duke Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067) - lots of beers and pizza! I was seriously impressed by the quality of the pizzas coming out of that tiny truck! I also loved the Dunbar's Dream, a 9.2% passionfruit and coffee porter.

Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Friday night crabs! Miss Katie's Crab Shack (Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000). Plus fried chicken and waffles, chips, and a crunchy iceberg salad with crispy bacon. (I think Belle's Hot Chicken has the edge on Miss Katie's, but it was still an enjoyable meal, especially that delicious salad!) 

Miss Katie's Crab Shack

I received some samples from Egg Unlimited, a catering company that specialises in mini breads and treats, but who also do breakfasts, lunches, salads, and share hampers. I loved the salads (particularly the coconut-poached chicken salad), the pink lamingtons and mini chocolate cakes, and the teeny tiny sandwiches. (Just look at those baby bagels - too cute!) The day I received these, I happened to be having a friend over for dinner, so entrées were sorted!

Egg Unlimited Treats

My friend An had us over one night and dinner was a giant sushi and sashimi platter. Awwwww yeah.

It's sushi time

One Sunday my friend Alaina and I decided to visit the Cheese Festival at Prahran Market, and much like our brunch the fortnight before, it turned into an epic day of eating and drinking! (Can I also say how much I am loving the warmer weather?) We started with a champagne brunch at Wilson & Market (163 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181)...

Wilson and Market

... followed by a stroll around the cheese festival. I picked up one of these push pops from the Glace Frozen stand and it was so delicious! From memory it was mango sorbet, a cream cheese ice-cream, torched meringue and crunchy biscuit pieces. Yumtown. I really wanna visit Glace Frozen now!

Glace Frozen Tropical Push Pop

We then went to see a revival screening of Psycho at the NGV (I hadn't seen it in ages, it's one of my all time favourites, and I was so thrilled to see it on the big screen!), followed by lobster rolls and rosé at The Arbory (1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000). Such decadence!

The Arbory Lobster Rolls

And at the end of October, we had Halloween! I'm not really one for Halloween celebrations, but I couldn't resist these seasonal offerings from Short Stop (Pumpkin Spice Latte donut!) and Cupcake Central. A Pennywise the Clown cupcake! Yessssssss! (Also, I realise this is now two Stephen King references in the one post, woop woop).

Halloween cupcakes!

And that was October! Plans for November (most of which are already done, hah) - a trip to Tassie, lots of brunches, a few events and general fun times and hangz with friends!

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  1. Mmm I love the sound of all of the food here. It looks delicious and I just had a Law and Order: SVU marathon too! :D



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