Miss Chu’s

Miss Chu’s is a Vietnamese food place that focuses on organic healthy food which is fun to eat. They cater for vegan and vegetarians alike. I have been to a few of their stores now. Like a tuckshop you tick off on an order sheet as to what you want and you hand it to the waitress. At the end you pay for your meal. You can usually sit wherever you want.

The first Miss Chu’s that I went to was the one in Exhibition st in the city and I had lunch there. Lunch was really pricey. I think the plates of dumplings were about $7-$10 each for a plate of three.

I enjoy their dumplings and their happy hour. Here they make great vegan rice paper rolls which have no rice vermicelli in them which I like. Its good for those that want to go on a low carb diet without all the fuss.

The green tea was organic and very refreshing and relaxing. They don’t have mugs though but they serve the green tea in little cups.

They are pricey though but that’s what you expect for organic food. I have tried their $4.50 dumpling special and I enjoyed their dumplings. I came during happy hour time which is $4.50 dumplings and $5.50 beers and wines.


Aldi

This is a cheap supermarket chain which is all over Melbourne and Australia. Hailed from Germany this is not a self service supermarket. This is good as it gives people a job.

These supermarkets are huge and they also have homewares and clothing as well as food. One time I bought a coffee machine from there for $89 and it worked just fine. It turned out stellar Nespresso coffees.

They have everything there at cheap prices.

Instead what you’ll find is 7 day shopping specials for $2-$8. Their specials change every week. Now the specials changes but this week I bought strawberries for $2 and bread for $0.85. They have olives for $1.99.

I also bought toothpaste at Aldi for $1.99. The toothpaste is just any other toothpaste, except the big brands are about $3-$5 at Coles and Woolworths.

I also bought water and Powerade for under $2. And they were about 600mls. Normally at Coles and Woolworths they are $2-$3 for just the one bottle. I bought nuts from Aldi for $0.99 and they tasted great. The nuts at the normal supermarkets are about $2-$4

They also have great wine at cheap prices. Normally at BWS wines are about $10-$200.

Do go to Aldi for your shopping needs.


6 essential stores that students should know about

Students need to go shopping but want to do it on a budget? Here’s where you can find low prices in the city!

Daiso

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This store is all over the city and in all major shopping centres in Melbourne. We love them for their cheap household goods and foods. Here you can find their cheap kitchen goods for as little as $2.80. All of their goods are imported from Japan. In fact you might be able to find udon noodles there amongst other Japanese things

Some of the things are $3.80 and higher though.

My Chemist

Here they have discounted goods and perfumes. It’s important for a student to be healthy whilst they study. You can even get your prescription filled here.

Tokyo Hometown

This is a Japanese grocery store which has all the Japanese ingredients. They have all the healthy ingredients for a great cook up. Many students like to do Shabu Shabu in the winter and this place has all. They also have a great range of snacks; perfect for that study session.

The store is located in Melbourne’s CBD near RMIT.

Woolworths

Here they have everything you need under one roof and their specials change weekly. They also have a cafe in some of their stores so you can buy coffee cheaply. They are based all over Melbourne and if you sign up for their rewards card you can get things even cheaper

Chemist Warehouse

This place is located all over Melbourne and they usually have big brand sales. You can buy everything that you need for low prices everyday. If you go to the gym, you can usually buy your protein powders and snacks for cheap (usually under $5).

Target

Target sells everything cheaply. From snacks to fitbits and other fitness toys and clothing, you’ll find it here. And they are not just in the city, they are also in the suburbs.


Cheaper Buy miles

Guys, would you like to buy your groceries for cheaper? Are you worried about not being able to buy enough food for the month? Well, you need not be with a cheap place that sells the same quality items as Woolies and Coles for a lot less.

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These days not everyone can afford food, especially those that are struggling to make ends meet after the exorbitant rents and minimum wages.

Cheaper Buy Miles is a place in Newmarket which is right where the restaurant precinct is. Here you can take tram number 57 from the city.  Or it’s just a short stroll from Newmarket station. They also do have parking around the place and at the station and during the week is the best time to visit as the street is not so busy.

If you don’t want to go to Newmarket there are stores in Footscray and Sunshine west and details are on their website.

Everything there is close to expiring or just after the best before the date and is still good. That is good for our nonwaste selves who love to not waste food. It’s also good for those on Centrelink as everything there is very cheap.

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You can buy everything in bulk at cheaper than supermarket prices. One time we bought granola from Be Natural which turned out to be lovely. Be natural cereal was not too sweet and did not have any added sugar which was great for Febfast.

Another time we bought this French cheese which was a hit at the dinner party. Here we had it with crudites and dips.

One time we bought this lobster bisque and it was quite creamy and easy to do soup. Normally lobster bisque would cost a lot of money to eat outside but the can was about $2. Buy a few cans and it was about $6

Another time we bought this Greens cake mix and it was yum, albeit a bit sweet. We made these easy small Angel food cakes with the pie machine and they were nice. The first time we did it with lemonade and it was way too sweet.

And then we had 5 for $2 chips. The coconut rings that we had was sweet and addictive.

Do go to Cheaper Buy miles for their cheap grocery items. You can make many snacks out of these cheap items. Its better than going to Coles and Woolworth’s anyway. City folk and folk that live on the other side of town, it is worth the drive or the train ride in.

 

 


17 Healthy places to check out whilst in Melbourne by Akira

The ticket for the Melbourne Marathon is expensive not to mention flights to and from Melbourne as well as hotel rooms. This list of places covers a wide range of cuisines and diets as well as all of their dishes is under $20 each. And that doesn’t include drinks as you should only be having water.

  1. Vegie Bar- this is primarily a vegetarian place and they do have vegan food.
  2. Lentils as Anything- here you can pay whatever you want and they serve vegetarian goodness. Based in Abbotsford and St Kilda this is a must for any vegetarian and health enthusiast.
  3. Cumulus inc- they have $16-$20 breakfasts which include a drink. Everything else is just expensive and it is rated one of the best places in Melbourne’s CBD by all the food bloggers on Zomato.
  4. Aunty Maggies in Malvern and Carlton. – they are an organic place selling organic goods at reasonable prices.
  5. Invita- this is a place in Queen Victoria market whose prime focus is on healthy food and living.
  6. The borek shop- here they have $4 boreks which will fill you up and they are 400 calories each
  7. Poolside coffee- this place is in Melbourne City baths which is a gym hence everything is healthy
  8. Metro Baguettes- here they have $5 baguettes every day and they do fill you up. The place is right outside Flinders St station outside Fitness first gym. By the way, all the Fitness first platinum members get access to this gym and others all over Australia.
  9. Maker and Monger- Maker and Monger is a cheese place in Prahran market just around the corner from the train station if you are coming from Richmond, city and the eastern suburbs. Their cheese plates range from $10-$15 and they fill you up. Moreover, you can make a day of exploring the market.
  10. Rollo’s Kiosk in St Kilda- this place is a small tuck shop which sells every type of Australian beach food all under $15. They are in Marine Parade near the beach and on a nice sunny day, they are busy with beachgoers.
  11. Pressed juices- they are a chain store so you are bound to find one in your block in the city
  12. Schmuck’s bagels-they are in the law end of the city and they do really great bagels as featured in RMIT Newintstudents post.
  13. Kenny’s bakery- this is also a chain which focuses on Bhanh mi (a Vietnamese sandwich)
  14. Beluga- is a fish and chip shop in South Yarra which has huge portions for reasonable prices
  15. Wasshoi in Prahran Market- this place is run by the Japanese and they specialize in chicken, beef and pork dishes. They also specialize in Yuzu juice. Food is priced between $10-$12 and they are cash only. You can opt to have no sauce if you don’t like a lot of sauce. But they do use a thing known as fruit sauce which is a favorite with the Japanese
  16. Hinoki Japanese Pantry- although not cheap sushi you can find all your Japanese home cooking things in there.
  17. Claringbolds- they are a fish shop in Prahran market selling $1-$5 sushi.

 

Guys, I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy your time in Australia.