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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Strange Sightings

Strange Sightings

A few weeks ago i had the weirdest experience and i don't know if it was my imagination or lack of sleep. Iris has not been sleeping so well because of teething and general colds and flu's. One night i heard her crying so i went into her room. I thought i saw her sitting in the corner of the cot with her head in between her knees crying. She was wearing a white night dress, as i got closer she looked a lot bigger maybe 3 - 4 years old. I stood there and looked at her for about a minute then I rubbed my eyes and there was no one in the corner. Iris was sound asleep under the blanket.
Have you ever had a strange sighting?
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Dale

Little Ramen Bar

Little Ramen Bar

In the last few weeks we have been to a few new places but it so hard to find time to do a blog. While i have a moment i will try to finish it quickly.




 Little Ramen reminds me of Japan, you order outside the restaurant then you sit down and within about 10 minutes the food arrives. Its a cosy little place. I ordered the Garlic Shio Ramen  and it was the best Ramen we have had in ages, the eggs were perfectly cooked, hard on the outside and runny on the inside. The pork was thin and not much fat. It really reminded me of Japan with the flavours. The Gyoza had a crispy but very thin skin and the fried pork and vegetables are a perfect blend together. Its definitely worth a trip to it. 

Thanks for looking
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Dale Stewart
Little Ramen Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Parenting

Parenting



Over the last 10 months I have learned a lot about myself and our relationship, Kim and I have been together for over 10 years which is crazy and before Iris life is more simple. You want to go on holiday, you research, book it and go. ( we sometimes just booked flights and found accommodation when we got there.  You want to go away for the weekend, you just go. You can go out for dinner when ever you want on a whim. Since Iris came along she put a huge strain on our relationship and we never thought it should be so hard. It does not matter how many people tell you that you will NEVER understand it until you have one. Sleeping 3 / 4 hours a night for a week, everyone being sick for a month because you keep passing it around. ( I hardly get sick). Then to top it off you need to make sure you have everything you need to go out because you never know what might happen. Now that she is crawling non stop and standing when ever she can, I know it won't be long until she walks and it will be the next step in her life. It makes me tear up to think how amazing she is and i love being with her everyday. 


Thanks for reading.
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Dale

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Grinders Coffee

Grinders Coffee

As you know i love trying different beans and i was in the local shop and it had Grinders Coffee half price. I normally don't buy Grinders because its hard to find a Cafe' that can make it well. I could not help myself so i bought a bag. I made a few cups and it was not great, but then our Coffee machine seal broke. I took the shower screen off (metal piece where the group goes into) It was so full of coffee. I gave the screen a great clean and replaced the seal. Because the shower screen was clean the correct amount of water can go through it properly suddenly the crema almost doubled and the coffee was great. It was very smooth,  if you have not cleaned it i would highly recommend it. That can improve the taste and pour rate. 



Have you had grinder?
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Dale Stewart

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cote Terra Coffee Cupping

Cote Terra Coffee Cupping

As Iris get older my nights go quicker and a week feels like a few days, so i thought i did the cupping a few days ago but it was actually last Tuesday.  Last Monday i got an invitation to go to a coffee cupping session in Oakleigh on Tuesday night and i could not miss it. There was about 50 people all in the industry except for Tess and myself. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories about the industry. It was great fun exchanging pics of Latte art. I met people from Axil Roaster, Nathan from Cartel Roaster and caught up with old friends.


We got to try a lot of the coffees in this auction.

 
 

 

 


 

After the Gesha Coffee cupping we got to try coffee from Yemen and India.
I have never tried so many amazing coffee's from around the world and felt special and lucky to be one of the few that was there on the night.
Many thanks to Joel at Cote Terra, Nathan from Cartel Roasters and a special thanks to Tess for the invitation fro TessPresso.
I hope there are more to come in the future.
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Dale Stewart

Friday, 2 June 2017

Auction Room Harold Pajoy

Auction Room Harold Pajoy

Google is amazing, it told me i have not been to Auction room since 2015. Its crazy that it knows exactly when, where and how long you go to places. I was going past so i dropped in for a quick coffee and to get beans for filter. I have not done any filter coffee's in a while so i felt like i needed to make some more.
 
I had an amazing latte, it was so fruity and light.
The beans i got are from La Plata in Columbia, the Altitude is about 1200M - 1500M ASL which means it should have the citrus and chocolaty flavours.


This morning i made a Pour Over, it was good but not amazing so i need to adjust the grind.




It finished pouring at 2Min 30 sec which is too quick but it was still good. I get to start playing around with the grind and i will keep you updated on progress.
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Dale Stewart

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae

We love our Japanese and there is only a few stores we go to as we are fussy with what we get. We went to one in Hampton that was recommended to us.





The food is amazing and reminds me so much of Japan, if you get a chance to go here it is worth it.
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Dale

Friday, 19 May 2017

Back to The Wise Old Goat

 Back to The Wise Old Goat

I love trying different brands of Coffee but sometimes just getting a different blend can be as fun.This time i am trying the Peru Blend. Its a great blend that has a smooth taste and chocolate notes.


I have been doing random latte art and trying to be creative. But as long as it is not bitter i am happy.

This wise Old Goat makes me happy.
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Dale

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sugar Buns

Sugar Buns

Some of Kim's mothers group have been here a few times and the pics look amazing, the Cafe' is know locally for their awesome shakes and we decided we have to go check it out. A few weeks ago we decided to go on a Sunday. I decided to call and book because there was 4 of us and 2 babies. The waitress sounded surprised that we had called and booked as most people just turn up. When we arrived there was a queue of people waiting so i am glad we called. We still had to wait but only about 5 minutes which is not ad at all.




They had 3 sizes of shakes, Small, Medium and Large. I decided why not just get the large and Kim got the Medium. While ordering the meals the waitress suggested we get some fries to break up the sweetness but we decided not too. (Big Mistake)  Our drinks arrived and WOW they looked so cool and we dug into them.  They are super sweet but fun for something different, our meals arrived and they looked great as well.


I ordered the Breakfast burger which had an omelette, bacon, hash brown in the middle with BBQ sauce and it was sweet as well. After our meal we had to go for a long walk as we felt sick from so much sugar. We went to a variety store on the other side of the shop called Uncle bucks and we  bought lots of random stuff.
Kind E-gards
Dale Stewart
Sugar Buns Cafe Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hawk & Hunter

Hawk & Hunter

We have been to a few beautiful restaurants in the last few months, I have just had so little  time to do  any blogs ,which has been sad as i enjoy going out and  having a few laughs and taking some pics. It was in March i think where we decided to go out with friends but one of them is a Celiac ( Gluten intolerant). I searched a lot of Cafe's and decided Hawk & Hunter seemed the best place with great coffee.


Its a beautiful Cafe' that is open and light. The Decor' was interesting and enough of it to keep our daughter occupied.







I had the 48hr cooked Lamb , it was beautiful and the meat fell apart. It was not too sweet and the eggs are amazing.
The food is presented well,  the staff were great and the coffee was amazing. We will be back again.
Thanks For Reading.
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Dale Stewart
 Hawk & Hunter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato