Quick Breakie @ Sette Bello, CBD

Sometimes you can come across a gem by accident.

Two weeks ago, I had training for lawyer skills such as client interviews, letter writing, negotiating and advocacy.  We were also fed us very, very well by the training institute.  This had both pluses and minuses.  Plus – lunch was provided, saving some money lol.  Minus – I’m still trying to get rid of the food baby that developed that week :P.

Plus – we were located on Little Bourke St.  Minus – the day that I intended to go early to grab a bite beforehand, it was raining cats and dogs!

I found a bit of shelter at a café I had spied the day before and decided to make it my choice for breakfast.  The thing that attracted me was the Toby’s Estate name that I saw outside:

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taken on a sunnier day :)

But before anyone gets too excited, the infamous Toby’s Estate from Sydney has not opened up a branch in Melbourne – however, their coffee beans has definitely made it over to Settebello, a modern little café on the corner of Hardware Lane and Little Bourke St. Continue reading “Quick Breakie @ Sette Bello, CBD”

Dumpling Love @ Shandong Mama, CBD

Melbourne is definitely spoilt when it comes to dumplings.

Being out of the foodie-loop for a while means that I wasn’t even aware that another dumpling joint had opened up a number of weeks ago until Libby suggested ShanDong Mama as a post-work catch/meet-up spot with Winston and Dave.  Poor Daisy was sick so couldn’t make it but there will be next times I’m sure ;).

After walking in the wrong direction (it happens), I found a guy who I assumed was theragingcook aka Dave.  After confirming his identity (lol), we headed in to peruse the menus as the others were running a bit late.

(I unfortunately forgot my camera at home so these are just for the ol’Samsung Galaxy S2)

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No photos of the drinks but you should definitely check out Dave’s 8 Treasure Tea – very pretty but a bit too hot on a warm summer night!

Libby soon arrived and helped out with the orders.  It’s always nice to eat out with fellow foodies coz we’re all on the same wave length about trying a bit of everything :).

None of us had really done our research but we knew dumplings were a must!  It did seem appropriate to have at least one dish of a different variety though.  We decided to try the noodles with shredded port, egg and seasonal vegetables in sesame sauce.

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