Breakfast at The Grain Store, city

Hmmm! Sometimes when something bad happens, it can turn out to be really good in hindsight! πŸ™‚ Tilly and i planned to go to Sweet Evelyn in Brunswick for this mango panna cotta, but she starts work at 8am, so we decided to be crazy and get to Sweet Evelyn at like 6:30am hahah! Anything for an adventure right? So i woke up at 3:15am, got to Springvale station nice and early and waited for the first train. The 4:46am train! I was so proud of myself getting there, with time to spare! Sleepy as i was, i happily waited. And waited.

Then i heard the announcement that there was signal failures and the train wouldnt arrive until 5:15! This was a spanner in the works of our morning, as we had timed this breakfast trip to Sweet Evelyn down to the last minute hahah!

I thought to myself, i am bummed i might miss out on this panna cotta today… but i did do all i could…. so i guess thats ok…

So i met Tilly at 6am in the city and it was still dark! In my sleepy-ish state, i was kind of enjoying it.. it still was an adventure! She suggested we go somewhere in the city, since we wouldnt have time to go to brunswick and back before her shift. And immediately my brain thought of The Grain Store! (Well done sleepy brain! You did good! :D). My friend Stefanie had told me the Grain Store was a good place for breakfast a few years ago actually, but i never got around to it. But today was the perfect chance to try it!

We walked there and went in as soon as it opened at 7am.

I immediately liked it! Some places just have a nice vibe! πŸ™‚

Our waittress was lovely! Initially i was going to order the white chocolate pancakes, but she said we have a special today, which was French Toast with Nutella (and other things too, but as soon as she said β€œnutella” my brain decided and i stopped listening to the rest hahaha). Tilly ordered the pancakes, so i got to try some of it too! Win-win! πŸ˜€

They were yummmm!

And here is my french toast:

It was so yum! I was so impressed with it! It had so many different flavours and textures and as Tilly said, they all complimented each other (shes been watching a lot of Project Runway hahaha).

I enjoyed that!

Im glad i finally got to try breakfast at the Grain Store! Its at 514 Flinders Lane in the city πŸ™‚

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.

Travelled to Ancient Egypt :P Einsteins 251, caulfield north

Emily told me about this place! Its a cafe in caulfield north, where the menu has a middle eastern theme.

Its a cosy, charming place.

You know a place is special when the bathroom wall looks like that right? πŸ™‚

The staff were so lovely and helpful! Β  I ordered a mocha.

I love places that take the time to do nice coffee art πŸ™‚

I decided to order the Egyptian breakfast, simply because i love ancient egyptian history! πŸ˜€

This is what it looks like!

My first thought was how do i eat this? I made a start and then asked one of the lovely waittresses as they walked past and she explained it to me! I think the gist is that it involves dipping and eating it however u feel like! I can do that! πŸ™‚

When i was eating it, and dipping in the flatbread, it wasnt hard for me to imagine i was in ancient egypt, and some egyptian mum was making me a breakfast hehe! It was really different to anything id tasted before, unique spices! I looked it up later and the dish contains dukkah, which the internet tells me is egyptian and is a mix of nuts and spices. I had a lot of fun dipping my delicious flatbread and chowing down πŸ™‚

I cant wait to come back and try other items on the menu! They also do shakes!

Einstein 251 is at 251 hawthorn road, caulfield north

And look at this artwork on the walls:

Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take u everywhere. Love it πŸ™‚

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