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My top four places for brunch in the north.

  1. Red door cafeNorthcote A unique, chic, hidden Northcote gem! Good food and good service. There is a good selection of food to choose from. Bit of a walk from tram and expect to wait for a table.

2. TinkerNorthcote. It’s not hard to miss Tinker when driving down High Street in Northcote, just look for the big group of people huddled around the door eagerly awaiting a table. Simply sensational and a welcome addition to the Northcote Café scene.

3. AlimentariCollingwood. Very cute European-style deli cafe. Great vibe and staff, adorable set up, food is amazing. The homemade gluten free bread is an absolute winner.

4. Addict Food and Coffee Fitzroy. Finally got around to trying Addict Food & Coffee and was not disappointed. The interior is simple, s medium sized (but with plenty of outdoor seating) The menu has all the basics as well as some interesting options. definitely worth a visit.

Winter Drinks

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Hot Spiced Wine

Ingredients

750ml red wine
150g castor sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
peel of one lemon
peel of one orange
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
1 tsp fresh nutmeg
pinch of ginger

1.  Place all ingredient except the wine into a large saucepan and place on medium heat. Add just a small glug of red wine to the pan to ensure the sugar is covered and let it cook for 4-5 minutes until it becomes thick and sticky. This should let all the spices infuse well.

2.  Once the mixture has become sticky enough, add the rest of the wine and turn down the heat. You don’t want the wine to boil otherwise all the alcohol will evaporate!!! Let cook for 5 minutes and serve hot with slices with fresh orange.

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Raspberry liqueur

Ingredients

  • raspberries (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds and pod reserved
  • 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

  1. 1.

    Place the raspberries in a sealable glass jar and mash them with a spoon or muddler until just broken up enough to release juice. Add wine, seal, and shake the jar. Let steep for 2 days.

  2. 2.

    Pour brandy in pint-sized sealable glass jar along with the vanilla bean, split and scraped, and the lemon zest. Seal and shake the jar, then let steep for 2 days.

  3. 3.

    Strain the raspberry-wine mixture through strainer lined with cheesecloth. Reserve the raspberries for another use, if desired. Set aside one cup of infused wine and pour remainder into small saucepan. Add sugar. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy, 5 to 7 minutes. Let syrup cool to room temperature.

  4. 4.

    Strain brandy through fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Combine infused brandy with raspberry syrup in quart-sized sealable jar. Add reserved cup raspberry wine. Seal and shake, then let rest at room temperature for 2 days. Refrigerate and store for up to 1 month.

Tuesday cocktails

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30 ml captain morgan

30 ml butterscotch snaps

5 ml cinnamon syrup

1 egg white

shake and strain into martini glass

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tea captain

15 ml southern comfort

15 ml peach snaps

15 ml captain morgan spiced rums

15 ml vodka

ice tea

build over ice top with ice tea

long glass

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Popular Diet Trends

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Ancient Grains

10 Ancient Grains to Switch Up Your Healthy Carbs

Plant Protein

If you have been to a  health foods store, or yoga studio in the last few months, you’ve maybe come across chlorophyll water on the shelves or menu.  But what is it, and why is everyone suddenly swearing by it?  Chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants and algae their green pigment and traps sunlight for photosynthesis. You can eat it via lots of leafy green veggies, take it as a supplement in pill form, or add it to water or juice via chlorophyll drops. And you might want to do at least one of those things, because chlorophyll boasts a ton of  benefits.

Veganism

Get ready for a vegan revolution.  2016,  we’ll see more recommendations to lower meat consumption and maintain more plant-based or vegan diets, and be sure to see more of it out in restaurants.

For 2016, clean is the new organic, throw away with anything artificial, a clean eating diet excludes processed foods and added sugars. We’ll likely be seeing more chain restaurants offering cleaner options in the New Year.

Lentils

Lentils will big in 2016,I love adding a little feta cheese, red wine vinegar, and maybe some olives to my lentils to make a super easy and tasty meal or side. Whether you use them as a protien packed add on or prepare them as a main dish, lentils are a great source of iron, which is key for helping your body produce energy and regulate metabolism.

Elimination Diets

Get ready to start slashing foods from your fridge. Elimination diets can be useful for figuring out the root cause of a health issue think cutting dairy to see if it helps your acne. Elimination diets for food intolerances to either help with metabolism, digestion, or skin issues .  more of us a moving towards natural, dietary solutions for health problems.”

Hazelnut Time

 

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Hazelnut oil is a excellent skin moisturiser, in which  consists of linoleic acid, a substance not made by the body, yet that helps prevent water from evaporating. Consuming hazelnuts as well as hazelnut oil encourages healthy skin, as can using it straight like a moisturiser. You may also include a bit of hazelnut oil into a warm bath for the great healthy soak.

As a calming after shave, rub in the additional teaspoon of the stuff right after rinsing off.  Hazelnut oil can easily soothe chapped lips. Help make your own balm by combining hazelnut oil and melted beeswax in the 1:1 ratio . You can also moisturise your cuticles by soaking in hazelnut oil combined with water, or even use hazelnut oil straight to cuticles before you apply polish or buffing nails.

Hazelnut oil is a great unique way to flavor salads or lightly fry foods.  Hazelnut oil is known to be gentle on the digestive system, and also is said to help avoid gall stones as well as calm ulcers.  Hazelnut oil consists of many nutrients and vitamins, and it’s also packed with antioxidants, that many think help protect the body from cancer.

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Take a Break

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Need a coffee but don’t want the hustle and bustle of the city while you relax.

Ca De Vin is the perfect hide away for you.

Positioned between Myer and H&M on Bourke st mall Melbourne, Ca De Vin has something for everyone.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner you can enjoy the the cosy laneway setting anytime of the day.

Known for their pizza and extensive wine menu, Ca De Vin is the first choice when it comes to a cosy romantic dinner or just a casual coffee and cake catch up with friends.

Opening hours:

9:30-10pm

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Melbourne Macaroon

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After a long week at work there is nothing like going out to coffee in Melbourne on the weekend.

Victoria Markets is great spot to grab a coffee and cake and get the shopping done as you wonder around all the fresh produce.

We cant get past the Victoria Markets cake shop, at the entrance of the deli section its a great spot to grab a coffee and absorb the atmosphere.

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MARKET OPENING HOURS:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 6am – 2pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 6am – 2pm
  • Friday: 6am – 5pm
  • (General Merchandise til 3pm)
  • Saturday: 6am – 3pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 4pm