Shortstop Coffee & Donuts| Melbourne CBD

I find it hard not to talk about Shortstop when I think of Melbourne. I’ve wanted to get my hands on their goods for the longest time, so it wasn’t at all surprising that I insisted we visit their store when we went to Australia last December.

I think everyone knows I’m not a massive donut (doughnut?) person, but this place might just have made me one step closer to being one. In our 15 or so days in Melbourne, I’ve dropped by their quaint Sutherland Street shop three times. Looking back, I really should have visited more often but I feel my already burgeoning waistline is thanking me that I did not. My rubbish exercise “routine” doesn’t allow me to eat the amount of sugary treats I think I deserve.

Triple Matcha donut
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Joe’s Garage | Wellington CBD

It’s a challenge to find things to write about after cutting down on the number of times S and I eat out. This is all because we’re saving money and (more importantly) calories for our upcoming trip to Australia. Thankfully, I noticed I have some photos from Joe’s Garage sitting in my phone’s gallery and thought that it was the perfect chance for me to do a little post about that meal.

It was after watching one of the films featured during the Japanese Film Fest when we dropped by Joe’s Garage along Tory Street. It’s a place we see all the time (thanks to our Pokemon Go playtime) but just didn’t get to check out until we couldn’t think of any other place and decided to pop in for a quick bite. 

Chicken burger with chips on the side
Chicken Burger with chips (NZ$19.80)
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Top Kitchen | Wellington CBD

There are very few things that bring comfort to my soul (and tummy) quite like Chinese food. Whether I’m feeling sickly, lazy or just plain ravenous, Chinese food seems to be the answer to everything. I know it’s not exactly the healthiest of all cuisines, but it sure is one of the tastiest!

One place which endeared itself to us is Top Kitchen, a small family-run restaurant along Cuba Street. When we first visited, we tried the usual roasted meats over rice and weren’t too blown away. We returned a second time to try their other dishes and were so satisfied that we’ve come back multiple times since then.

a plate of home made tofu rectangles with chopped seafood pieces and beans, swimming in  brown sauce
Homemade Tofu (NZ$16.80)
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One80° Restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel | Wellington CBD

It’s been months since I last wrote a proper food review and it feels nice to be back in the swing of things. What better way to start the ball rolling than with a look at the meal we had last October? S and I celebrated our anniversary at one80° Restaurant inside the Copthorne Hotel.  We seldom splurge, but on special occasions like this one, we don’t mind spending a bit more than usual. 

The one80° Restaurant is on the 7th floor of the hotel, with some of the tables near the big windows overlooking the harbour area and Oriental Bay. We requested for one of those tables and were seated at the far corner of the restaurant. It was a great spot for conversation with the husband as it was nice and quiet, but it also made it a bit difficult to catch the attention of some of the staff. Nevertheless, the view from the restaurant was great and we enjoyed watching the late afternoon turn into night time. Bonus points for the gentle, instrumental music playing in the background which I’m a big sucker for!

A platter of oysters, three raw and three tempura battered
Freshly Shucked Live Local Oysters (NZ$28.00 for half a dozen)
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