Maccaroni Osteria Italiana, (in Clifton Hill, with great vegan options!)

My friend Jacqui found out i love lasagna (because of Garfield haha!) and so she told me about one of her favourite places to get italian food, Maccaroni Osteria Italiana in Clifton Hill. I decided to go on an adventure to Clifton Hill and check it out!

It was pleasant night! (First night of Spring this year!).

When i finally found the restaurant, (which was conveniently quite close to Clifton Hill station) i stepped inside and immediately felt a warm, cosy vibe. The place looks nice!

I sat down and the lovely waittress handed me a menu, and i took some time reading it, although i had already made up my mind what i was going to order hehehe (lasagna! :D).

So i ordered a lasagna and a coke! I just love coke with my pasta for some odd reason!

While i was waiting, i saw this on the table:

I looked like croutons or something to me, and i assumed thats what it was! But i wasnt 100% sure.. it possibly could have been some crazy potpourri or something haha! But i was hungry so i just picked one up and bit into it!

Yum!! It was edible hahaah! Phew πŸ™‚ and delicious too. I ate all of them before my food came, i couldnt really stop haha.

And then my lasagna came out:

Looks good right? πŸ™‚

Add some cheese…

And then dig in! πŸ™‚

It was so flavoursome, yes!! Great tomato taste. And it was just the perfect amount of slight firmness/chewiness for me! I had a good time eating that πŸ™‚ so much so i wven forgot to drink much of my coke during the meal hehe.

Then for dessert, i ordered an almond tart with custard and apple:

Also delicious! And flavours!

I love places that obviously put a lot of thought and care into their food, and this place obviously does!

I definitely recommend checking this place out if you feel like italian. Especially if you need a place with delicious vegan options! πŸ™‚

Maccaroni Osteria Italiana is at 201 Queens parade Clifton Hill.


I came back here again with Jacqui, Ted and Mo and it was so good once again! I ordered the gnocchi and it was so great. So soft mmmmmmmm

Love it! Yummmmmmm

Tiamo, italian restaurant in Carlton

Tonight we were going to Cinema Nova in Carlton to watch a Studio Ghibli movie (Whispers of the Heart), because this month, cinemas were celebrating the awesome animated movies of Studio Ghibli! I really wanted to go to Cinema Nova, because my friend Tilly told me that they were doing Totoro themed Choctops!

I had to go get one! πŸ˜€


And since we were going to cinema nova, we decided to go to dinner first. Levina and Ben suggested we go to Tiamo, one of their favourite places. I was looking forward to it!

Its just across the road from cinema nova. So convenient!

When the lovely waittress came to serve us, i was so impressed that she didnt even need to write down our orders (and there was seven of us!). I told her she had such a good memory snd she said its a good exercise!

I chose to eat a lasagna, because i love garfield and he loves lasagna, so i love lasagna haha! If only i could eat it the way he does, and just shovel it into my mouth πŸ˜€

Looks good right??? And it tasted good too! And at a reasonable price!! Ahhh… i know why levina and ben keep coming back here πŸ™‚

I got to try levina’s mushroom pizza and it was delicious too!

So if youre looking for a yum place for good italian food near the city, i can recommend Tiamo!

Its at 303 lygon st, carlton

Musashi Ramen, cbd

I really wanted to like this place! It is named Musashi, which is the name of one of my favourite novels, about a real life japanese swordsman named Miyamoto Musashi. When i walked in, and saw this cool wall art:

I was like…. please let the ramen here be good! I want to like this place! πŸ˜€

And then the cups of water came out and i saw this:

Little fishes!! So it looks like a fishtank hahah! I love it.

And my friend’s cup had pandas on it!


And they were playing cool jpop music! I felt like i was watching an anime, aw yeah! And also some kpop too i think, i felt like i heard some songs by Big Bang! πŸ™‚

Well i ordered the ramen. I got the Hakata Tonkotsu. And also i saw this drink on the menu, called a Green Tea Monster. And it actually looked like a monster. I had to order it hahah!

I had to right??? I enjoyed that!!

And the ramen was this:

Mmmmmmm…. good stuff! Ramen that hits the spot! πŸ™‚

I was very happy, cos like i said, i really wanted to like a place called Musashi that has a cool picture of a swordsman on the wall! And i did!!

I think this place is open 24 hours a day too.

Musashi Ramen is at 181 russell st in the city πŸ™‚

Adana Wrap from Katik Take Away, Campbellfield

Ok that was amazing. My friend Tilly recommended this place to me ages ago, and ive always been meaning to go, but today i finally got around to going. And boy am i glad i did! She told me its at the end of the Upfield train line, very close to the train station. Actually Tilly and I refer to the Upfield line as the kebab line now πŸ˜€

I was going to visit my friend in brunswick today and i had to catch the Upfield line….. and it was near lunchtime….. and so……

That happened! Hahhaha

I quickly looked on zomato, to see what things people were recommending and the word Adana kept popping up! So i decided on getting an Adana Wrap! (Cos i love eating stuff in my hands! Like crepes mmmmm!) You can also get stuff on a plate too. It looks very appealing! But i want my wrap!!

Its a small place, about the size of your local fish and chip shop. But there was a constant influx of people! Always a good sign! πŸ™‚

I ordered my adana wrap and i asked the man what sauce he recommended and he said chilli sauce for the adana, so i went with his expert opinion!

While waiting i enjoyed the vibe in the place. It reminded me a lot of Andrews Burgers, a small place with delicious food thats constantly got people in there!

Then my order arrived! I went outside to eat.

Look at it! It smelled good. It looked good. It tasted good!! πŸ™‚ the meat was smokey and flavoursome! I forgot about the world for the ten minutes while i was devouring this. Normally i stop to make a quick post on facebook about the food. But not today. I wanted to saviour this first!

Im really glad Tilly posted about this place, and im really glad i finally went to check it out!

Its totally worth the train trip here! Just sit on the train and cross the road and enter food heaven for a little while πŸ™‚

Katik Take Away is at 349 barry rd, Campbellfield

Shandong Mama, dumpling place in the city

There are some really great dumpling places in the city! Everyone has their favs and also different places depending on what their mood is. Today I got to try another good one that i hadnt been to before! Its been on my list of places to try for a long time, ever since i saw the youtube video where Natalie Tran (CommunityChannel) visited melbourne and checked it out.

Its tucked away in Midcity arcade that runs between bourke and little bourke st.
I checked out the menu and i decided i wanted to try the dumplings. They also have different rice and noodle dishes. But i wanted to tick 'shandong dumplings' off my list!

Look at the description of the Little Rachel dumplings! "Mama was rocking her newborn granddaughter to sleept and felt overwhelmed by the serenity and happiness of the moment, and the next instant a new recipe flowed into her mind! Prawn, calamari, salmon in loving embrace accompanied by chives, chinese cannage and a dash of seseme oil."
I loved that! I love when ideas pop into my head, or hearing stories of ideas popping into other peoples heads! I knew i had to order the Little Rachel dumplings!
Also i saw 'eight treasures tea' on the drinks menu. It sounded unique so i went with that!

The eight treasures tea came out first! Pretty right? πŸ™‚ and it was definitely a unique and pleasant flavour to drink!
And then the dumplings came out!

Oh yes. And they were yummy! Definitely unique! I hadnt eaten dumplings quite like these before.

I love the bits of prawn inside lovingly embraced by those other ingredients! πŸ™‚ i definitely enjoyed eating the little rachel dumplings and was left very satisfied!
Im looking forward to coming back and trying out other dumplings. They have one inspired by Melbourne! So i might try that. One day i may try their noodle or rice dishes to see how they are too!
Shandong Mama is inside midcity arcade, at 200 bourke st, cbd

Frank’s, cafe in cheltenham

My friend Tam told me about this place. In a quiet suburban st in cheltenham, there is this bustling little cafe called Frank's.
It had a really friendly vibe and the staff were lovely.
I started off with a mocha.

Ahh coffee art ❤️
And the lovely waittress got me a newspaper to read while i waited for my meal. Which meant i got to read some Garfield, Hagar, etc woohoo.
I asked her what the Fried Chicken Bao was, and she described it to me, and it sounded really unique, so i was intrigued and got that.

Look at they hey? πŸ™‚
And heres what it looks like when i picked it up:

Nice yummy fried chicken encased in soft dough surrounded by an explosion of flavours. Mmmm, i enjoyed eating that!
They also have burgers and donuts and regular brunch options too!
If youre in the cheltenham area (somewhat near southland shopping centre), its a nice place to go for brunch!
Its at 97 cavanagh st, cheltenham.

Sweet Evelyn, charming cafe in Brunswick

I went on a big donut adventure day with Tilly, and one of my fav places that we visited was this one, Sweet Evelyn in Brunswick.
Its on a quiet street in brunswick and its such a charming place.

Mmmmm…. looks good right? Since we were on a donut adventure, i just ordered a cinnamon donut, a salted caramel donut hole, and a mocha!

And we chose to sit outside and they have heaters and provide little blankets. I love the little touches! πŸ™‚
And look..

Good stuff! I love a place that does nice coffee art too!
It was yummy, and the staff were so friendly. Oh and we found out that Sweet Evelyn is named after Evelyn, the owners daughter! I really love that πŸ™‚
I really liked this place. I think its one of my favourite places now. Id love to come back here for brunch in the future πŸ™‚

Sweet Evelyn is at 128 Union St, Brunswick

Queen of Spades, in Fitzroy (it has a writers room upstairs during daytime! :D)

I was going to check out the gertrude st lights festival and took a wrong turn and went down smith st. and as i was walking, this place really caught my eye! Im glad i went to check it out. Sometimes its good to get lost πŸ˜€

I ordered a mocha

And a chicken parma

They really hit the spot!

The staff were so friendly, and gave me this 3D labyrinth ball game to pass the time while i waited!

After the delicious meal that hit the spot for me, i went upstairs, because id read on zomato that there was a writers room up there! The friendly waiter explained to me that during the day, the upstairs part was a writers room! People could come in and write! I love that idea! I want to come back here one day and write, so i can be like my hero JK Rowling who loves writing in cafes heheeh

Well the room exceeded my expectations! It was so cosy and charming!

Look at it!

Did i ever mention how much i love typewriters? πŸ™‚

What a beauty πŸ™‚

And more neat details!

Yup! Such a cosy room to write! Im actually writing this blog post in the writing room now πŸ˜€

Oh and theres more! They have a selection of board games here (like Codenames, etc) and if you pay $5 per person, you can stay as long as you like! I think it would be fun to come here and eat and play… a nice night for sure i reckon! πŸ™‚

And Queen of Spades is open till late, handy right? 

Its at 189 Smith St, fitzroy.

(Sydney Edition!) Rose shaped Gelato at I-Creamy in Sydney!

I love icecream!! Especially in cones! It makes me so happy haha! But today, i realised when the icecream is shaped by the person at the counter into a cool and beautiful shape, i like it even more! ‘Next Level’ as they say hahah!!

So when i was chooseing which flavour, i was thinking, what colours do i want!! The blue bubblegum flavour really stood out to me. And i said to the girl at the counter, “ill have the red on the inside and this blue one the outside.” Then something clicked in my head. I had a chance to have an elusive Blue Rose!!! And one made out of gelato!!!! The best type of blue rose hahah! And i quickly said to her “no ill have the blue on the inside, and the red on the outside!!”

And then she made it. It looked so cool and she scooped and the rose came to life! Really beautiful! I appreciate the art of making it!!

And then i got it!!!

Look at that guys!!! Its beautiful!! And its delicious!! And at a reasonable price!! I love it!! πŸ™‚

And then we all posed for pictures with our icecreams. And just like good coffee art or a beautiful cake, sometimes it feels almost too beautiful to eat!! I did pause a bit.

But not for too long hahahah! It was delicious!!!!

And the cool thing is, it didnt melt very fast, so i was able to admire it for a while! πŸ™‚

I 100% agree with that sign on the wall! EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR GELATO! πŸ˜€ i agreeeeee! πŸ™‚

I-Creamy is inside the shopping area at 537 George St, Sydney CBD. I hope they open a store in melbourne so i can go get it sometimes πŸ™‚

(Sydney!) WellCo Cafe, Leichhardt, Sydney

My friend Nadia told me about their favourite cafe in Sydney, so when i came to Sydney for the Final Fantasy concert, i really wanted to check it out. I’m so glad i did, its such a nice place πŸ™‚

It hs a really warm, friendly vibe! The staff were super  friendly. And the foooooood! Was delicious.

Check out this mocha i got:

I love coffee art, this was so nice πŸ™‚

For food i decided to order the Wellco Benedict!


My sister ordered the corn fritters. She said they were like her dream fritters, the best she’s had. Nice and crunchy.

Im really glad i came to check out Nadia’s Sydney recommendation! πŸ™‚

Wellco Cafe is at 9/39-45 Norton Road, Leichhardt in Sydney.

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