Like mother, like daughter? feat. Cacao Macarons

Whether we like it or not, there are some habits or characteristics that we’ll get from either of our parents.  Some good, some not so good haha

As I was assignmenting away two nights ago and with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought about some of the things I’ve picked up from my mum and what things set us apart… here are a few that came to mind…

Mum and I on her birthday a few years ago...

1. Great storyteller

My mum is an amazing storyteller!  She’s one of those people who can tell you all the little details of a particular scenario down to the expression that someone had on their face, all the while keeping your attention – even if it’s a story that takes 10 minutes to tell!  I, on the hand, start to get bored of my own voice after a minute or two so will probably start telling you a funny story and then half-way through, I’ll just give up and say, ‘You just had to be there!’  Need to improve in this area…

2. Procrastinator

Unfortunately, this is a habit that we’ve both trying to shake.  We were both up to the wee hours of the morning yesterday…

3. Night owl

Whereas my mum functions well at night, I’m more of a morning person.  I’d much rather sleep early to wake up early than vica versa if you know what I mean…

4. Musical

Music definitely runs on mum’s side of the family with all of her siblings and herself singing in the church choir back in Vietnam and her younger brother (my uncle) is the director of a music school in Sydney :).  Definitely glad I got her genes in this area ;).

Earlier this year :)

5. Doesn’t like to cook

Heresy, right?  Well before my mum married my dad, she rarely cooked and thankfully for her, my dad was/is a pretty good cook having worked in many a Chinese restaurant when he first came out to Australia.  Having been married for over 25 years now, she has a number of amazing dishes under her belt and lots of different cooking techniques, however, she’d still rather stay out of the kitchen if possible.  Me? I’d love to cook if I had the time :P.

6. Teacher

Runs in our blood.  ‘Nuff said.

7. Sweets

Sadly, my mum developed Type 2 diabetes around the time she had me so my dad and I are always trying to keep the sweets away from her… including these lovely macarons that I got as a gift from my first official photography gig last night:

Cacao Macarons *drool*

Apparently, her diabetes is hereditary so I have to make sure I don’t overdose on the sugar and have to forsake these lovelies forever…

French Vanilla - love the colours!! (pls excuse my thumb)
Pistachio (regular flavour) and Burnt Orange (seasonal flavour)

My dad had never had macarons before so I had the Burnt Orange and French Vanilla and let him have the rest… he really liked them hehe and so did I ;).  The delicate shells cracks the moment you bite into them and the ganache was smooth and packed with flavour.  I had the Burnt Orange after having put it in the fridge and tasted just as good if not better than the French Vanilla which I had on the way home hehe!

Cacao has a number of different locations and items can be bought online as well!  Interesting fact: Their macarons are gluten free and Cacao won Melbourne’s Best Macaron in 2010!

Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie on Urbanspoon

Gift for your mum, maybe? :)

I know that not everyone has their mum by their side or perhaps like my dad’s mum (my grandma) they have passed away and Mother’s Day is more sad than happy.  However, I think that no matter where our mums may be, there are things about them that make them unique and special to us… and that’s something we can all celebrate!

Q: What characteristics or habits have you inherited from your mother? Or what characteristics or habits did you WISH you had inherited from your mother?

♥ Ames

Brunch at Madame Mango, Camberwell

Mother’s Day is happening next Sunday so I thought it would be an appropriate time to suggest a lovely little cafe (the name made me think of mothers) to celebrate with your mum if you are around in Melbourne :).

I first heard of Madame Mango on Food Rehab’s 8 Killer Melbourne Cafes and The Breakfast Bootcamp so it became the more favourable choice when Ms. MoreBlindDates and I were tossing up places to catch-up as part of our semi-quarterly Saturday brunch ritual a few weeks ago.

I was tad late running some family errands so Ms. MoreBlindDates had already ordered her coffee and I requested a cappuccino (I think $3.50?) while I perused the menu.

The cap was just right and who doesn’t like pretty coffee swirls? <3

The name of the dishes on the menu were quite cute with Miss Buttermilk, Madame Museli, Madamoiselle Salmon…

Ms. MoreBlindDates settled on Dr. Breakfast ($14.00) which consisted of some perfectly poached eggs on sour dough topped w/rindless bacon finished in hollandaise sauce and some fresh greens on the side.  We swapped a few bites and I must say that I’d happily order this the next time I’m in!  Loved the hollandaise sauce and the bacon… mmm.  But then again anything bacon is good haha.

It took me a while to make my choice but I decided to go with Ms. Santorini ($13.00) after the waitress kindly told me that I could swap the scrambled eggs with poached ones!  It did mean that I forfeited the spinach and cherry tomatoes but no eat-out breakfast is complete without poached eggs!

Just look at that yolk sauce!! Lol, ok I’ll stop gushing about the eggs now… I liked the freshness and the simplicity of the diced tomatoes and a generous sprinkle of Greek feta (please ignore the hollandaise sauce and greens above that were transferred over from Dr. Breakfast).

Definitely a favourite after just one visit and not just because I had great company (conversations about food, faith and photography.. could life get better?)!

A sneaky shot of Ms. MoreBlindDates

The staff were friendly and accommodating and there was a homely feel about the place which was a welcomed change from the bustle of CBD breakfast joints. So if you haven’t yet decided where to bring your mother for breakfast on Mother’s Day, give Madame Mango a try!

Madame Mango on Urbanspoon

Q: How will you celebrate Mother’s Day with your mum?  

♥ Ames

P.S. I spent $16.50 on food that visit and so set aside $8.25 for the Eat Out:Help Out Project.