Crank the heater, brew some peppermint tea and dive into some fresh sheets with a bloody good book. It’s winter time baby and what better way to get through this hellish season then to snuggle up and read? That’s where I’ll be until conditions improve and these are the books I’ve been hiding away with recently:
Karma and Crow, Whistle and Flute, Trouble and Strife, Froth and Fodder, Bricks and Stones and now we finally have another ‘something and something’ cafe to add to Adelaide’s ever expanding collection. I’m talking about the new Fine and Fettle that’s popped up on Magill Rd and although this place has followed the ‘Hip Adelaide Cafe’ guidebook when it comes to it’s name, I’m happy to report that with everything else, Fine and Fettle is marching to the beat of it’s own coffee machine.
Last weekend we decided to head east for our eggs and with the news of spectacular reviews coming from the newly opened East Borough Eatery, we had to check the place out. With the building’s previous tenants being the famous Bar 9, these guys certainly have big breakfast shoes to fill.
I don’t know what it is about chocolate in egg or Easter bunny form that makes it taste so much damn better than a block or bar but it’s a thing, and a thing I embrace every year they appear on the shelves at Woolies when I proceed to gobble those suckers down until my supply finally runs dry. It ain’t easy being this thirsty for Easter eggs.
Another pleasant (yet of course, less important) part of Easter is giving. That’s right. A morsel of chocolate to show just how much you love and care because ain’t nobody got time for stuffed bunnies or painted eggs. So with Easter just around the corner I thought I would put together a little guide for what to buy your crew.
For the young or young at heart: Nothing screams childhood like a Kinder Surprise Egg. I remember my sister and I standing in the isle at the supermarket shaking the eggs and holding them up to our ears to see if we could detect whether it was a ‘maker’ or a figurine. Any kidlet would love to find this happy looking bunny at the end of an Easter egg hunt!
For the Easter egg hunt enthusiast: Speaking of Easter egg hunts, these Cadbury Turkish Delight dreams have got to be one of the best mini-eggs going around. These are a MUST for anyone who’s planning on having an epic hunt with family or friends.
For the gourmet gal or boy: When I got a glance of these stunning chocolate blocks on Chocolab’s insta, I knew I had to get some of them for a few special peeps. These gorgeous blocks really put the luxury in Easter, in fact any occasion really. Birthdays, corporate events, Christmas is covered by these beauties. Perfect for your friend who is anything but #basic.
For the co-worker or extended fam: Okay so you feel like you should buy a little somethin’ for a co-worker or acquaintance to let them know you care but you don’t want to spend a fortune during the holiday. Your basic Cadbury eggs range from $3-$5 so they’re perfect for this sitch. It’s Cadbury. No one can complain about Cadbury.
For the health fanatic among you: If you have a health guru on your hands then a load o’ Lindt ain’t gonna cut it. I know these aren’t eggs or bunnies but these new Loving Earth chocolates are seriously, seriously tasty. Loving Earth chocolate is made from organic, ethically sourced ingredients and it is much better for you than the standard stuff. Their Salted Caramel Swayzee will make you forget about that time at the movies when the chick at the candy bar said ‘enjoy the movie’ and you responded with ‘you too!’ *cringe*
For daddy dearest: Dads and Charlesworth really are a match made in heaven and when I stopped by their stall in the Central Market last week I spotted a bunch of beautiful gift packs for Easter. Maybe not the most original gift but hey, he’ll like it all the same.
For the ones you really love: Nothing says ‘I love the shit out of you’ better than a good old hunk o’ Haigh’s. It really is the best chocolate on the planet – that’s a fact. The chocolate is smoother than a Barry White album and my god, the flavour is second to none.
Happy Easter Ya’ll!
Until next time…That’s what she said.
It’s a beautiful day, the sun’s shining and I’m looking out at an inconspicuous sanctuary in the centre of the city. I wonder… have I stumbled upon the best brunch location in Adelaide? BIG CALL, but it might just be.
The place I’m talking about is Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe, a half inside/half outside caff, slap-bang in the middle of Hindley Street between Morphett and West Tce. An unlikely spot if you’re not a City West Campus goer – you can almost smell the group presentations from here. In fact, I’m feeling the urge to complete the remainder of this review in PowerPoint presso style. Good Morning class:
- First things first, the water comes from help yo’self taps. Sparkling or still, however you feel so inclined. A little free treat to butter the customers up on arrival. I’m into that.
- The place is bloody beautiful with a secret garden vibe in the front filled with green grass, wooden tables and umbrellas. The inside is a rustic and relaxed place too, including benches to perch with a laptop and long tables to gather with friends.
- The menu is everythaaang a brunch goer could possibly desire from granola, bacon n’ eggs your way and french toast to more exciting dishes including black rice pudding and ‘porkabell’ – a pork and fennel stuffed mushroom. Although I wouldn’t call it cheap, I would say it’s a decent price compared to some of the other cafes charging exorbitant prices around town.
- I went for the Bacon’ n Eggs with avocado, smoked bacon and halloumi which was bloody brills. Generous portions, quality ingredients and perfectly cooked. There’s not much more you can ask for from a simple dish like this. 10 outta 10 fo’ sho’.
- There are plenty of bevs to choose from on this menu and I decided to have a try of their ‘green juice’ filled with the usual leafy suspects. I’ve gotta say, it was surprisingly tasty given that green juices are basically the bitter price to pay to feel like you are ‘nourishing’ the bod.
- I surveyed 2 people and asked them ‘Which place in the CBD is better for brunch than here?’ Their response…’none.’ CASE CLOSED.
- Last time I paid this joint a visit, I asked if I could swap the ciabatta on one of the dishes with avocado. They were all for it even though they totes could have charged me more for the switcharoo. I appreciate that little extra bit of customer service. Staff definitely earned themselves a high distinction.
- Definitely one of my favourite brunch places of ALL time.
- Food, menu, staff and serenity were top notch.
- WOULD RECOMMEND.
That concludes my presentation. Does anyone have any questions or comments?
Until next time…That’s what she said.
Being an individual of the female variety ain’t cheap, especially on those occasions when you seem to run out of all the things at exactly the same time. This happened to me on the weekend so I popped into town to replenish the ol’ make-up supplies. Here’s what I got…