Blahnik – Equitable Place [Lunch Crawl]

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It’s been a few years since I’ve been in high school. But I do remember fond memories scrambling from the lockers and bolting straight to the cafeteria for first dibs for the lunch time delights. If you were late by even 5 minutes expect to see a sad pile of soggy hot dogs that costed $2.10 each (sauce not included).

Almost a decade later and and few more hot dogs under my belt, Melbourne’s CBD is now my cafeteria. Sadly, potato cakes are no longer $0.50c. Fortunately, there’s still quite a few places in the CBD that still offer cafeteria style lunches. Lunch time squad assembled, we made our way to Blahnik.

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Mr and Mrs. Anderson – Hawthorn East

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If you’re an avid follower of this blog (my mom prefers to watch Masterchef instead, I don’t blame her), you’ll come to realise that I don’t write up about brunch places as you’ll find other bloggers. There may be a few here and there but they are mostly swallowed up by my passionate affair with high calorie, artery clogging, coma-inducing escapades.

It’s worrying that I’ve somehow managed to elude the brunch game for so long, especially since I consider myself a proud Melbournian. Surely I’ve been doing my city a disservice by not showcasing the armada of cafes that feed our caffeine addiction and smash our avo’s. Eventually, the siren call lured me in.

I came to an epiphany whilst munching on a mouthful of Mr and Mrs Anderson’s Eggs Benny.

I need to start brunching more.

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Sunshine Social – Sunshine

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I get a warm feeling in my heart when a new place open in my neck of woods. It’s like finding a $20 note in your pocket that you forgot about from last year.  Sunshine Social’s located on Glengala Road and if you’re whizzing about on your daily cruise you may just miss it. I like to keep my ears and eyes open because you gotta watch out for freshmen when there’s a new kid on the block.

I just came back from a week-long trip from Vietnam and was grateful to escape the humidity but was welcomed by Australia’s cold embrace. It’s good to be home.

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Mr Griffiths Alibis and Libations – Kensington

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I remember one of the greatest snacks of all time was a bag of hot chips and gravy, especially after a grueling 8-3pm high school schedule (hey, life was hard back then!). It’ll be about $3.50, served in a small sized paper bag, piping hot and fresh out of the fryer from the local Mom and Pop. Completely drenched with ladles of fattening, salty mysterious gravy and a plastic fork in my right hand – I’ll cause third degree burns to the inside of my mouth and happily food coma all the way home.

Somewhere along the line, the Mom and Pop shop would close down and a new, trendier, Canadian form of the humble chips and gravy would make it’s away onto Australian shores. The mighty Poutine – consisting of fried chips, cheese curds and a hefty portion of brown gravy on top, bringing all the ingredients together to create a mountain of a meal. Satisfaction guaranteed. Also, self loathing and regrets after your post-meal nap.

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Imbue – Maribyrnong

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My birthday falls within the same month that The Hungry Moustache celebrates it’s one year anniversary. Eugene (Yes, my camera is called Eugene.) was given to me as a Birthday gift and this blog was created shortly after. So its only fair that we celebrate by feeding The Hungry Mo’, right? As you all know, I love my food fried, between two buns or drowned in gravy but, sometimes it’s nice to be wined and dined. There isn’t anything wrong with feeling like a Disney princess and newcomer Imbue situated along the Gordon street strip, was going to be my Disneyland.

As long time readers will know, I love this strip. From Shinmai Tasty, Sambal Kampung, Gorilla Grill and Thai Thonglor – many cuisines will cater for all taste buds. Even if you just want value and sheer quantity there is a Lazy Moe’s next door. Within three weeks of opening, a new institution has emerged and set to trail blaze a fine dining movement from deep within the Inner West.

This was definitely a birthday and one year anniversary I wasn’t going to forget any time soon.

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Australian Seafood Fish & Chippery – Coburg

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It’s funny how I have not heard of this place when I have been in Melbourne all my life.
And the irony of my Kiwi workmate introducing me to this place. Of course, you should trust Kiwis when it comes to Fish and Chips. Especially when he raves on and on about how fresh everything is. I must admit he did turn my tomato sauce world upside down when he introduced me to Wattie’s Tomato Sauce (I get mine here.). Thanks to him, I cannot go back to Hein’s or Masterfood. It’s more sweet than Australian tomato sauce and there’s a blend of spices that I wasn’t sure of at first, but I am totally hooked now. But, I digress.

Enter the Australian Seafood Fish & Chippery!

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