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Snippet: Market Lane Coffee

Market Lane Coffee is a coffee shop which specialises in coffee and the like. My coffees have always been good both from Prahran and Victoria markets. Here I enjoyed mine with a mince tart. I know that they say that latte is bad for you but having once in a while is ok and I have been craving this for some time.

 

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Do come by the markets for your coffee as it is always strong bodied.

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La Camera

 

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La Camera is an Italian restaurant known for its food and wine. There are two restaurants; one in the city and the other is in South Yarra. Leandro and I both checked out the one in South Yarra. I still prefer the one in the city and I thank Leandro for paying for me.

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But still service was very slow and forgetful. They forgot my bread which I reminded them twice. For $4.50 extra I expected butter. Perhaps they skimped out on that. The pumpkin ravioli at $21.90 was just alright but I’d expected some free bread for that.

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Luckily though I ate some of Leandro’s vegetarian pizza. It was great and it was small for $15.90 but I can’t complain.

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My savingnion blanc was good and Leandro enjoyed his soft drink immensely.

Rating: 12/20- just alright. Thank god for the entertainment book.

Snippet: Seasalt

 

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Seasalt have been around for a few years now. This is a cheap student eat. In fact they have two stores in Melbourne: one in Carlton and one in the city.

This might seem like a going out place to you, but trust you me, this is not. In fact this is a healthy takeaway place. This place allows you to have your supplements here. They are a healthy fish and chip shop. You order and then you pay. You can help yourself to sauces in which I wanted the siracha sauce. I love siracha sauce for its hot and firey taste. It also helps boost your metabolism.

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Here I have had sweet potato fries which was really salty. But the fish was really good. It was $13.90 for just one plate of this with no salad. But I did add the siracha sauce which is fingerlickingly good. The fish is always fresh which is a good sign.
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The service was a tad bit distinterested though. But then again I came around 7:30pm when they were just about to close and I did not know. I did not research their hours which was very foolish of me.

 

Do come here for your healthy fish and chips.

Healthy Lifestyle Lounge Christmas party

Its Coach Katherine and Akira here wanting to talk about the Christmas party we just went to and enjoyed ourselves at. it was a frantic time at the supermarket for some waiting for the gift card to arrive and deciding on what to buy.

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In the end though we bought apples to this potluck love party. It wasn’t really love but Christmas is all about love and the joys of giving from food and wine to other gifts of the like. Here we had a Kris Kringle and no bon bons but carols. Here everyone brought food, one bought dips, others brought meat dishes and one brought a vegetarian curry all made with love.

Here we all just mingled and enjoyed the Christmas joyballs made with F1 shake. This is easy to make and it only needs water and the powder and here is the recipe from Herbie Masterclass. Instead of champagne and cocktails there was punch with the Herbal Tea and aloe. Yum.

Baget

Baget is a healthy student eat and I have been to both Bagets in the city. Here they do awesome Bhanh Mi’s ( or Vietnamese baguettes as you might like to call them). The owner Duy is a lovely guy and RMIT Newintstudents has met him a few times. He is down to earth and humbled and it shows in his food. RMIT Newintstudents have been a few times for their events and Leandro has been only once or twice.

Eat and Be Merry really likes the place. Andrew from Foodscrazy also liked it. A few bloggers were invited to their last event which included tapas and lots of them and tales. One thing that I know is that they are good at their vegetarian Bhanh Mi and they showed us how to make the pork one at their latest shindig which we were invited to. This involved lots of champagne and merry making.

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I have sat outside a few times and on a sunny day like today outside is always nice. I have tried to make rice paper rolls last time at their event and it was quite fun to do. But mine kept on breaking. I have also made pickled carrots one time and my carrot sticks were quite thick. After a few days my fridge smelt very pickly. Making the bhanh mi at this event was fun.

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Leandro and I watched them make the Bhanh Mi. It was a lot of fun and the Bhanh Mi tastes just as good as always. The staff are always friendly and are happy to talk whilst making the bhanh mi. In fact someone on Zomato started complaining about the loud music. In fact I am fine with this and they don’t always have loud music. In fact it is the other way round.

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As a vegetarian lover I am a fan of their Buddha’s bowl which is grilled tofu and vermicelli. Here you can pick this up for $10 as a huge serve. The tofu was cooked perfectly. I loved the fish sauce in here.

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I have never tried cassava cake but this was really good. It was not too sweet and very fluffy on the inside.

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Do come by Baget for your quick and healthy lunch or early dinner ffix as they are open from 10:30am-6:30pm and their staff are really lovely and care about the customers.

Snippet: Hamodava Cafe

The Hamodava Cafe is in Bourke st and is run by the Salvation Army which help the less fortunate people. You can get a meal here for cheap, close to $0. Here they serve lots of western foods such as pastas, turkey, pork, roast potatoes and the like. Here they also do some great desserts.

But they need all the support that they can get over the Xmas and New Year period to be able to keep serving food to all of their customers.

The crackling was hard but good. I enjoyed the one single big piece of pork, peas and fried potatoes. Yum. I love to celebrate Christmas at the Salvation army and you can volunteer for them too.

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David Jones Food Hall

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David Jones Food Hall has been around for a very long time. It is not just a food court, you can buy stuff to take home or back to your office which is healthy. There is no junk food here, with the exception of pizza which is made fresh on site and the slices are tiny for one. This is a good way to remind yourself not to eat too much as one slice of pizza is a mere $8.95. The salads here are good and they used to have their own juice bar, but now Top Juice has taken over it. I bought one for $6 one time and it was filling.

Service can vary depending on the store but usually the staff at David Jones are friendly. But the tables there are a mess. Usually I get food to takeaway back to my office.

The line at Top Juice at 1:30pm was huge and long as people wanted their fruit juices to keep them cool.

 

Today I got Top Juice’s kale and quinoa salad which is low in GI and has a lot of proteins from the kale, pomegranite and the quinoa. The dried pomegranite added that sweet touch to the food. On top of that for a mere $2 I added some plain yoghurt which worked well. I loved the kale. The kale was a great super antioxidant.
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Another time I went to their sushi shop. Their sushi was not that good, but today I had the vegetarian one which was alright. Last time I went I got their udon and seafood sushi and it was not at that great according to RMIT Newintstudents.

At the other end is the grocery store and the wine store. Here people can buy Christmas gifts and other grocery items to take home to cook. Today I tried the fruit cake which is lovely. Sometimes there are samples from various departments in the food hall for people to try stuff. One time there was fruits and it was fresh.

I have bought some fruits before and they were always fresh.

They also have a chocolate section and sweet section sweet which I usually stay away from as I am a health freak.

 

Do come by for your healthy lunch needs

 

 

Snippet: Grill’d

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Grill’d is a chain store so I have had some good and some bad luck here. But everything seems to be getting more and more expensive now in terms of their burgers and chips.  All in all I have been to about five stores. I haven’t been to the one in Highpoint but I have been to the one in Southern Cross, Flinders, Windsor, Southbank, Melbourne Central and QV. A few years ago they started in Melbourne and today they are still going strong with their brand new, innovative health ideas. The last idea they had was the gluten free bun and now that’s available in all stores.

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Grill’d aims to be healthy and stay that way. The one that I liked best is Southern Cross and the one that I hated the most is at Southbank. To be healthy, I enjoy zucchini chips but not when there is a puddle of oil down the bottom. I also enjoy vegetarian burgers when done right. This one at Flinders was lukewarm and hard to eat but I managed to finish all. It was the falafel with friends burger ($11.90).

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Do go to Grill’d for their healthy chips and burgers. Sure they may be a little bit exxy. During the summertime it is a lot of good fun to grab a burger and head on down to the beach

 

Vapiano by RMIT Newintstudents

Vapiano is a pasta place in the heart of the city. It is in Flinders lane near the train station.

Here they aim to cook food to perfection but each time we went the food keeps getting worse. This is in particular to the pasta area where there are some instances where pasta was not cooked well. We have never had any problems in the pizza area. In fact the pizzas were always good and cooked well.

Every season they some specials and menu changes which is shown at the table and on their Facebook page. If you sign up to be a fanatic then you will also know.

 

They use a chip card system which makes paying your bills easier. This is in particular if you are in a large group but sometimes there is a bit of confusion over the credit card. This hasn’t happened to me but I witnessed some confusion over a large group trying to pay the two cards together via credit card. At the pasta station you wait for your pasta where as at the pizza station they give you a buzzer and it buzzes when your pizza is ready.

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I had the pasta with garlic oil ($14.90). The add on of prawns is an extra $3.90. Luckily for me I had the Entertainment card offer of 50% off the main meal so it was not too bad and I also had dessert. Drinks were a little bit pricey but luckily I had my fat burning tea with me. There was a bit of a queue and some confusion at the pasta station as to what to have. I had a salad beforehand so I was not too hungry and I had my serve of vegetables. It took them about two minutes to cook my pasta when at least at home it takes about 5 mins. It would have been nice if they included some onions in the dish. At home onions were always included in every pasta dish I make. There was much oil in there so I added some extra virgin olive oil which was at the table.

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The bread on the other hand was lovely. Whilst waiting for the pasta I tried their sauces and all in all I’d say that they need to change the sauces every so often as they were a day old and were curdling around the edges. The complimentary bread that I had had no butter with it so I added balsamic vinegar to cheer things up.

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Yes their dessert was the highlight of the evening. That and their lollies which I ate on the way out. All of their desserts with the exception of the tim tam cheesecake was $5.90. The tim tam cheesecake was $7 and looked too rich. I have had the death by chocolate cake before and my god it was soooooooooooooo rich. But the pannacotta was really good. It was light and creamy. The raspberry sauce on top was just alright.

Rating: 11/20- erm I don’t know. It is lucky that I have the entertainment book voucher or otherwise I would have not been happy to pay full price.

Ascot Food Store

 

 

WP_20151208_09_41_58_ProThis is a health food cafe which RMIT Newintstudents went to. Here they use fresh produce which is sourced locally. Even their milk is sourced locally.

The place is busy on the weekends and is quiet during the weekdays. There isn’t a lot of room for dogs although Amicus from Mon’s Adventures might be welcome. The waitress was just ok. She wasn’t that friendly.

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The cafe is on the number 59 tramline and is close to Moonee ponds. This place has been blogged about by 22 other bloggers who all loved the soldiers and the soldiers were fun to eat. It worked well with my Herbalife tea and the long black that I had.

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I had their famous 62C eggs which were not too cold and not too hot. It was lukewarm and it worked well with the brioche. The cheese also worked well making it a not so sweety dish. On top of that I added mushrooms just as an extra source of vegetables. I also loved the saltiness of the truffle.WP_20151208_09_59_27_Pro

There are lots of other locals around but so far this is the best one that I have been to. I really want to go to Phat milk though.

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