Precious Morning Moments

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We’ve blogged about our love affair with mornings a couple of times. We’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how much we just adore our morning cup of Joe and how ridiculously early we get up. Even on Sundays.

 It is also quite obvious how much we love breakfast. We take it so seriously. I mean honestly, who wants to rush out of the house with a stale piece of toast when you can take the time to enjoy warm buttery organic sourdough with avocado and parsley. I mean, really.

But since being out of home, moving house twice and adapting to city living, we’ve started to develop an even deeper love for the early hours. So many feelings about this topic. I’d like to share these feelings with you all so that you may feel inspired to create your own morning routine. A morning routine that sets you up for the day ahead.

 I’ve actually researched the power of morning routines. It’s quite a fascinating topic. Some people become extremely ritualistic with their early hours. Having a set schedule that you abide to each morning can become somewhat therapeutic, almost like a moving meditation. I know for me personally, if my morning activities are altered in any way I feel ‘off’. I am very pedantic about this time of the day. These hours are precious to both Mel and I.

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 So what do we like to do in these precious moments? Well, depending on whether it’s a work-day or a day off, we always wake up between 5:30-6:30 am. Upon waking, I’ve found it’s so important to rehydrate my body from a night of sleeping. We’ll drink around 750 mL of warm water. Usually out of a washed leftover sauerkraut mason jar. We are yet to own cups. Sometimes we take our water back to bed and do some reading. Sometimes we meditate. Well, attempt to meditate. I’ve found that reading or even just relaxing in bed is good enough for me. Mel likes to read magazines. Magazines are also nice. She says they give her a bit of inspiration for the day.

 Next up it’s coffee time. The best time. If it’s a work day, we’ll be out of the house around 7:30, even earlier, so our morning coffee will be of the stovetop sort and showering usually takes place beforehand. We buy our ground coffee from various places but recently it’s been from Wide Open Road roasters and we only buy organic unhomogenised full cream milk. Shulz, Demeter and La Latteria are great dairy farms that we love supporting.

 For us, stovetop coffee isn’t just regular coffee. It’s so much more. There is something so utterly special about having to wait for the coffee to rise. If I’m getting ready in my room, I just love coming down the stairs to the sound of the bubbling hot coffee. The sound and the smell both bring me back to the flat that our Nonna and Nonno use to live in in Switzerland. They made stovetop coffee daily. Mel and I were basically raised with the smell so each time we make it; it brings us back to the months we spent in Europe. Literally our most favourite smell.

 If it’s a day off however, we’ll usually skip on the stovetop and instead, we’ll walk down to a local café for a takeway. Extra hot flat white. Totally delicious. At the moment our go to local is Industry Beans in Fitzroy. Great coffee. They don’t use organic milk though. We feel a little funny about this. We are yet to find a local café that serves coffee with unhomogenised organic milk. The hunt continues. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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 Anyway. After coffee time is done, ‘The best time’, it’s breakfast time. Also the best time. Being creatures of habit, we tend to stick to the same sort of breaky theme. We eat a diet high in protein and fat. It’s satiating, nourishing and delicious. (It shouldn’t be news to anybody that the low fat diet trend is flawed, full fat is the way to go – will blog about this in the future). Eggs of some sort, either boiled or scrambled with turmeric and wakame, generous servings of avocado, organic butter, himalayan salt and home made buckwheat loaf (recipe by one of our biggest inspirations Jacqueline Alwill), sprouted bread or an organic sourdough loaf are staples for us. We also occasionally dabble in Ayurvedic porridge made savoury with plenty of ghee, carrot and spices. We’d also like to start making macrobiotic breakfasts with basmati rice, buttery fried eggs, sea vegetables and sesame – when we can be bothered cooking the rice that is. We never eat sweet breakfasts. Instead, we load up on healthy fats like butter, eggs, avocado, almond butter, olive oil, cheese and ghee. Obviously not all of these at the same time, we just pick and choose what we feel like on the day. Today for example, it was butter, almond butter and Himalayan salt on sourdough rye with half an avocado drizzled with olive oil eaten by the spoon.

 Whilst eating breakfast and drinking coffee, we’ve found that playing a soothing track on the CD player and burning a candle also sets a peaceful tone for the day. We’ve recently bought a candle that we’re completely obsessed. Like obsessed. Scribbling in our diaries and updating ourselves with the happenings of social media also usually take place at the breakfast table.

 We then clean up, possibly prepare lunch if we haven’t already got it organised the night before and then head out for our day. We both have to walk around 35 to 45 minutes to get to work so this is how we fit in our morning movement. It’s a lovely walk as well, through the Carlton Gardens. Long gone are the days of 5 am runs and yoga sessions. Now that a great yoga studio is literally down the road from us, we opt for the afternoon or late morning sessions. They’re normally ‘stronger’ classes where we can feed off other yogi’s energies. If you are into yoga then you would understand this.

 These precious morning moments are how we turn inwards and reflect.

 Honest feelings from me to you.

 I hope now you feel inspired to create your own precious moments in the early hours.

 Sarah

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Brothl, we love you.

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As we sit at our breakfast bench with our cup of joe’s and boiled eggs on toast, we can’t help but reminise over our delicious dinner at Melbourne’s hidden little gem… Brothl.

We have some what of the same love for this place as we do for ‘Feast of Merit’ (refer to past blog post).

Brothl takes sustainability and the idea of no waste quite seriously.

Here is a segment from their menu which sums up this whole idea perfectly….

‘Brothl employs some of the most traditional and primitive methods to produce food that should have never been discarded. Worldwide nutrients are being dumped into landfill. At the same time our food is becoming less nutrient dense. Limiting organic waste by up cycling these nutrients back into the food system is what Brothl is about’

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Obviously as the name suggests, this place serves immune boosting, probiotic rich and ultimately nourishing broths. You also have the choice to accompany your chosen broth (that being vegetable, beef bone, fish or chicken) with an abundance of healthy sides they have on offer.

You can choose between brazed beef brisket, poached chicken, offal, kimchi, chicken feet, miso and the list goes on….. To top it all off they also supply you with house made sourdough and cultured butter or if you are gluten intolerant they also cater for you (we had their chickpea falafels).

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The fact that this place is so tiny and hidden is what gives it its character. You can’t help but be curious whilst walking past watching two mebourneans sip their broths out of ceramic like pots.. If this doesn’t grab your attention we don’t know what would. Oh actually, the welcoming fun wait staff would probably do the job.

A few months back we went to a seminar hosted by Melbourne Street Organics and the one message that really stuck with us was the quote by Therese Kerr ‘We are the only species that are contributing to our own extinction’. With this in mind, we 100% support all small businesses that are for organic, sustainable, ethical produce.

Good one Brothl, we will most definitely be back!

Love M + S

xx

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Sunday lunchin’ at the Fabulous Feast of Merit

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After having quite a miserable saturday, our weekend was definitely not off to a great start… In an attempt to lighten our dull moods today we treated ourselves to a lovely lunch at Richmond’s fabulous Feast of Merit. Boy were we overwhelmed!

Where to even begin…

We should start by acknowledging their philosophy:

‘..Being local, ethical and sustainable is part of what drives our philosophy. Feast of Merit is a social enterprise owned and run by YGAP. All of our profits help make the world a better place… Consider our food as Middle Eastern spring meets Melbourne… We deliver this with our farm to table philosophy.’

Keeping this in mind we could immediately see their approach to food through their menu options. With their menu evidently being all about providing food that is sustainable and wholesome.

Without a question we were drawn to their selection of hearty salads and choice of added protein (milawa chicken, BBQ fish or beef)

Opting for milawa chicken with a roasted root vegetable salad, we were quite literally blown away and unable to find the worlds to describe the explosion of intense flavours that made us feel so good inside.

Despite our temptations to devour Feast’s jugs of sangria, we finished our meal off with a rich long black. Just d i v i n e.

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This meal took us back to that one time in Berlin where we came across a beautiful cafe called Oliv. We enjoyed the most amazing feed of our trip, that being a chicken leg accompanied with a chickpea and feta salad. Delish!

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Anyway, about five hours ago when we were actually sitting at their wooden tables, sipping coffee out of their ceramic cups.. We were attempting to find the right words that would paint a picture of the setting for you all. So when it comes to their interior, we’ve decided that it simply reminds us of a rustic farm house.

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Keeping this short and super sweet, we would like to just say that this cafe is truly  i n s p i r a t i o n a l and all for a good cause. Definitely check out Feast of Merit. It is every cafe junkies heaven.

M + S

xo

Post Yoga breakfast feasting at ‘St Edmonds’

 

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After a night of contemplation, we finally came to a decision as to where our weekly post yoga breakfast feast would be.

Let’s paint a picture for you all..

Slouched on the couch last night with our eyes glued to the ever so popular renovation and styling series, ‘The Block’, we were tossing between the prahran cafe St Edmonds and Richmond’s Feast of Merit (Supposed to be amazing – always wanted to give it a try!).

With a combination of uni induced fatigue and natural indecisive characters, we were literally becoming stressed about this situation. Still trying to focus on ‘The Block’, we were given a sign from the universe as one of the Block contestants were being filmed sipping a latter at St Edmonds.

What are the chances? Therefore, obviously we had no choice but to venture to St Edmonds. The universe said so.

So, this morning after a 6:15 yoga class, we made our way to this industrial stele cafe, hidden behind the hustle and bustle of chapel street, just off groovy Greville Street.

As we were done with yoga by 7:15 and the cafe not opening till 7:30, we found ourselves standing outside this lovely nook, waiting for the barista and chef to wake up and serve our hungry post bellies some glorious food.

In the meantime we were able to admire the exterior and came to the realisation that the eye capturing feature of St Edmonds would have to be the large Graffiti feature wall that surrounds the entrance. It’s this colourful wall that draws your curious eyes into the cafe, but its the helpful staff and industrial interior that keeps you snugged up inside. —— A note on the staff and customers, St Edmonds seems to be quite a ‘blokey’ place to hang out. Our evidence for this statement: This morning we were the only females there…actually.

Now onto the food.

A simplistic yet interesting menu, their food really caters for everyone; Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore eaters and lean gym goers. They are all able to find a dish that will meet their nutritional needs and cravings.

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Although we were leaning towards their ‘Breaky Green’s‘ (Buckwheat, Kale, raw broccoli, avocado, pistachios, poached eggs and chilli), we were persuaded towards trying their new gluten free bread that supposedly “everyone is raving about.” (quoted the waiter)

Soooooo, surprise surprise we opted for poachies on GF toast with AVOCADO (…der) and smoked salmon. yum.

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Eddies is an easy-going, stylish and simply an awesome cafe that every Melbournean must try.
Go on kids, fill your bellies with eggs on toast at this perfect Prahran nook.

154 Greville Street, Prahran

M + S xx

Vegan madness at Monk

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Sipping on some vino lounged on our balcony this sunny sunday afternoon, is the perfect time to write about one of our absolute favourites.. that being Monk. Crammed up behind safeway in the beautiful area Balaclava hides this little vegan delight which we have got to know quite well.

We fell in love with this gem around a year and a half ago, while obsessing over their vegan granola served with almond milk and fresh berries. Monk definitely had struck us with their well known vegan spell, and we have been encapsulated by their meat free beauty ever since….

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 Squashed up on their tiny tables and their communal bench, you can’t help but feel a sense of community amongst your neighbours as you all devour Monks delicious vegan meals. To name a few of our stand out menu items… they would most definitely be the smashed avo and their mushroom dish. They are also known for their pancakes (which we are yet to try), and their heart warming chai lattes. But, our all time favourite feed would most definitely have to be their carrot cake. It is just so ridiculously good that we can not even begin to describe it. I MEAN.. HOW DO THEY GET IT SO SPONGY, CREAMY AND SWEET?! You simply have to go and try it to understand our feelings towards it.

You can certainly say that Monk attracts a crowd different from the norm. Vegan hippies, ‘clean eaters’ , yogis and the locals of Carlisle street like to sit and sip coffee at this room sized cafe.. oh and us the crazy avocado sisters of course.. You may see us there on sunday afternoons. We guess the crowd Monk attracts is what we really like about it. Makes it unique to the rest of the Melbournean cafes.

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Finally, this cafe would not be a stand out if it weren’t for their outgoing, chatty and uttermost friendly vegan loving staff. They can make your day. Like they have made ours on several occasions.

So please just for us, go and try Monk. You will love it.

202 Carlisle street, Balaclava 3183

Toorak’s Townhouse

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Still recovering from our wild friday night, here we are, stranded on the couch trying to find the words to describe our sunday morning ritual. Yes thats right, its sunday morning and we are still tired from friday night (…we have fatigue problems…)

For us, sunday mornings are dedicated to our 90 minute yoga practice at the One Hot Yoga studio in South Yarra. You heard right, we prefer spending our mornings in downward facing dog on our mats rather than in bed, like a normal person.

Today’s post won’t just be about Toorak’s Townhouse cafe, we’d like to briefly share a bit about our love for yoga. We stumbled across one hot yoga about 4 months ago when we were searching for the right studio to practice. One hot yoga fit us perfectly with its inspirational teachers, beautiful architecture and of course, their refreshing body wash (it just smells too good!).

With it’s temperature set at 37 degrees, studio one is the room for their slow hot flow. Studio two (where we were this morning), is built for their power flow, set at around 27 degrees. For us, we opt for the slow hot flow during the week and weekends, we usually dedicate to power flow.

It is rather difficult to find the words to describe why we love yoga so dearly, it’s one of those things that you have to try for yourself. But what we can assure you, a regular yoga practice will leave you feeling calm, strong, balanced and bendy. 

Anyway, lets get onto the topic of food.

Townhouse, located in Toorak village, is only a few hundred metres from the yoga studio, making it the ideal place for a post yoga nourishing feed.

Townhouse has that feeling of freshness reflected from its white interiors and open front window, allowing for maximum natural light. It’s this light that ultimately gives this cafe a sense of happiness. Oh and not to mention, their gorgeously welcoming staff, always with a smile on their diles.

This morning, after a gruelling yoga session, we decided on our usual of poached eggs on dark rye with a side of avocado and smoked salmon. Bliss!

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Every visit, without fail, our eggs are perfectly poached, our avocado perfectly sliced and our smoked salmon is perfectly fresh. Literally. They definitely set the bar high.

So, to all the one hot yogis out their (and everyone else of course), head over to Townhouse and make them your local.

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466 Toorak Road, Toorak

M+S xx

 

Marvellous Muffins at ‘Melbourne Street Organics’

 

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It was back last spring when we first discovered Melbourne Street Organics. This little hideaway use to be a gorgeous health food store but now, has transformed itself into an up and coming cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, vegan treats and coffee. Well done guys!

For us, this is the perfect place to snuggle down for tea and cake, watching the busy life of high street and gaining ideas for recipes using the stores fresh produce. 

This visit, we opted for the blueberry and chia vegan muffin with a peppermint tea. To be honest with you, we are actually writing this post sitting, crammed at a tiny wooden table, right next to the Kombucha and probiotic shots (definitely recommend the strawberry shot!). 

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Everything about this little nook screams cute, even their patterned plates and tea cups. Which, might we add, are colour coordinated. Today, it was a navy blue and white theme. Bless.

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In addition to all the delicious treats, they stock literally all possible ‘milks’. You can have whatever milk tickles you fancy

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When it all comes down to it, the utter most attractive feature of this cafe is its peacefulness. Sitting down alone comfortably reading a book is actually hard to achieve in many loud, busy and chaotic Melbourne cafes nowadays, yet Melbourne Street Organics definitely have this covered.

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So, grab a book and take a seat in this organic sanctuary with a vegan cake and your choice of milk coffee.

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1430 High Street, Malvern

M + S xx