Posts tagged ‘coffee’

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.
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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

July 13, 2012

Santa Monica Farmers Market

We spent most part of 4th of July in Santa Monica. We dragged ourselves out of our cozy beds for a suprisingly cold July morning in LA and headed to our first stop – the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The market is open thrice a week – on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The produce was fresh and beautiful. We had a great time sampling the summer bounty of sweet fruits and berries. I have never seen so many different varieties of strawberries before. We finished a basket of ‘Gaviota’ strawberries while walking through the market. They were the juiciest, sweetest strawberries I have ever tasted.
We walked around for a while and then headed to Huckleberry Cafe for lunch and coffee at Cafe Luxxe.

SM Farmers Market

May 13, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 2

I will let the pictures do the talking on this one..
SFO Day 2

May 12, 2012

A weekend in San Francisco – Day 1

San Francisco is one of my all time favourite places. This was our third trip to this beautiful city. This time we decided to stay away from the regular tourist circuit. This meant no Fisherman’s wharf, no Pier 39 (this is the biggest tourist trap), no Golden Gate bridge, no Mystery Spot etc… This time we wanted to try the San Francisco food scene and neighbourhoods we hadn’t been to yet.

We started early on Saturday, with a visit to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. First we hit the food stalls like Roli Roti and 4505 Meats, before the lines got too long and they ran out of food. We had a porchetta sandwich and roasted potatoes from Roli Roti and, an amazing burger and lamb and fried egg sandwich from 4505 Meats. Then we got adventurous, and tried fresh oysters from Hog Island Oysters – first time ever! We finished up with gelato from Ciao Bella and a single origin espresso from Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

If I lived in San Francisco, I’d be here every Saturday. Such amazing food and stunning location!

Later in the day we went to Twin Peaks. This was my first time here and I have seen some amazing pictures of San Francisco taken from here. Towards the blue hour, all of a sudden this place was swamped with photogs and I had no clue as to why. Right from iphones to Leicas, they were all there. As the moon rose over the horizon, it became clear – it was the super moon! I was just lucky to have planned to be there at that time.

SFO Day 1

April 12, 2012

Istanbul Diary – Chapter 4

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February 2, 2012

A good cup of joe..

There is coffee and then there is coffee.

I realized that coffee when made the way it should will not taste burnt and won’t give you heart burns. I admire Starbucks for what they do, but this new breed of ‘artisanal cafes’ elevate your cafe experience to a whole different level. The drinks are good (maybe because its not made in a factory) and the ambience is also lot more polished.
Going off a list published by LA Weekly, we decided to check out the best cafes in LA.
Featured here is Cafe Luxxe.

September 13, 2011

NYC ’11 – Day 1

We had a marvelous Labor Day weekend at the Big Apple.
While in New York we stayed at an apartment in West Village. I just want to mention a little about this. We found this place through airbnb. This website lists apartments that are available to rent for a weekend/couple of weeks or even to sublet. Renting a place through airbnb worked out to be a lot cheaper than staying in a decent hotel in Manhattan. In addition to this, the place we chose was safe, clean and very near to a subway station. I would recommend this website!! Its worth a try. Check it out…

We started day 1 with coffee from Third Rail Coffee. After which we went to ‘Eataly’ for lunch (best sandwiches…), gawked at the Flatiron building and spent some time at the Madison Square Garden. We then walked around Grand Central and ended the day with a stroll along the Highline Park.
Here are the pics.

You can checkout the slideshow version here.


April 9, 2011

I Love LA and coffee…

Trying out the Instagram app..I was just about to publish this post when a friend of mine posted this link on Facebook..the author has got a point..:)
Why I really hate Instagram
looks good big

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