Posts tagged ‘cafe’

February 26, 2017

36 Hours in Melbourne

A recent business trip gave me the opportunity to visit Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne has a serious reputation as Australia’s coffee capital, and with good reason too. A search on the internet and you’ll be snowed under an avalanche of suggestions and recommendations by serious caffeine experts, bloggers and magazine editors. So narrowing it down was not easy, but I chose The Kettle Black for my first. And it certainly did not disappoint.
Set in a gorgeous, lacy white heritage building, it serves gourmet café fare. Folks here take their coffee and their ‘brekkie’ seriously and mostly at the communal table. The hot cakes with ricotta, blueberries, maple syrup, double cream, seeds and nuts were a worthy companion to the excellent coffee.
I was on foot and in the CBD area of the city, keen on my food and coffee. So Higher ground was a natural calling. With its urban, industrial look, it had me at the entrance. The spacious, high ceiling-ed café is a warehouse converted structure. Verdant plants spill out from the first floor and add color to the monochromatic aesthetics. It boasts of a great location as well, heart of the CBD. i had a Berkshire bacon sandwich gribiche, brown sauce.
Dinner was ramen at the casual Little Raman bar. The place boasts of quick service, fuss free dining, excellent food.
Melbourne, known for its wildly popular art scene is a riot of dizzying colours in any available space in a wide variety of mediums: graffiti, paste-up posters, murals, stencils and installations. A wander along the many laneways will show you how the art form has permeated the city as it becomes a part of the identity. Touted for its unique, urban art, Hosier lane boasts of all this and more with its famous bluestone laneway setting. The street art, some psychedelic, some political, and some graphic, are in a league of their own and not to be missed.
This seriously caffeinated city is spirited, feisty and leaves you wanting for more of its artsy lanes, breezy cafés and communal vibes. With coffee holes scattered in every laneway and with a smattering of food joints serving creative and tasty food, Melbourne feels like it takes its food culture very seriously and offers it to everybody willing to partake, locals and tourists alike.
melbourne
April 18, 2015

Tom & Serg

There are lots of things that pleasantly surprise you when you visit Tom & Serg.

Located in Dubai’s industrial district, surrounded by warehouses and car showrooms, this is the last place you would expect to find a busy café. The moment you step in, it feels like you have stepped into a café in Los Angeles.

The setting is casual and laid back. Fine attention has been given to the industrial interiors.

We got there  at 11am on a Friday expecting a long wait. Even though the place was busy, we got a seat in 5 minutes.

We found this place while planning for the Dubai vacation. Tom & Serg is featured in lot of venues as a ‘must do’ place. One of them being the NY Times’ 36 Hours in Dubai.

This place is something different from the regular touristy –  Dubai Mall, Burj Kalifa, the dune bashing and the belly dancing ‘experiences’. We would certainly visit this place if we are in Dubai again.  It would be for everything mentioned above and most importantly because they serve good food and amazing coffee :).

I will let my pictures do the rest of the talking.

Tom & Serg

November 23, 2013

Pepper Cafe

Housed in an erstwhile spice warehouse in Fort Kochi, Pepper Café is a welcoming place that exudes an old world charm.

What was once a dilapidated warehouse, is now renovated into a beautiful café, with a grassy courtyard. The original details of the building, like the wooden roof, the stone lamps, big windows have been retained but updated tastefully. It has a minimalist feel, the white walls providing a perfect foil to the teal accents in the room. A walk around the courtyard leads you outside to an open space looking out into the waters; a lovely place for lingering on, watching the boats and ferries go by.

This café is part of the Avenue group of hotels and restaurants. The food and service is excellent – same as at all other Avenue restaurants I’ve been to. It is a delightful place to stop for a quick lunch, after you get off the ferry and set out to explore Fort Kochi.

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All pictures are shot on a Canon 5D MK II and processed on Aperture and VSCOCAM

November 9, 2010

Brunch on a lazy Saturday afternoon..

Last Saturday we were at Huckleberry for lunch. Huckleberry is a café/bakery in Santa Monica. It’s a great place to have brunch on a lazy weekend..:).
Amazing food and nice ambience. We reached around 12 and the place was packed.

Check it out if you are in the neighborhood.
We had the bread pudding (not to be missed!!), ‘Green eggs & ham’ and ‘house made brisket sandwich on ciabatta’. I couldn’t take pictures of the food..I will probably do that next time we are there.

Hucklberry

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