21 November 2012

The hunt for the ultimate Melbourne CBD eggs benedict: Gordon's Cafe

You may have noticed that there has been a small hiatus from the hunt.  Things just get in the way sometimes.  Anyway, we're back!!

Dining Date: 14 November 2012

Location: Gordon's Cafe
306 Little Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: 03 9663 5103

The Causeway looks a bit dodgy when you enter it from Bourke Street, but is much more inviting from Little Collins.  Gordon's Cafe is technically on Little Collins (apparently) but you enter from The Causeway.  A great little cafe, and was quite busy even early in the morning, always a good sign.

Individual ratings:
Tanya:  6.5/10
Base:  English muffins!  Nice and fresh and toasted perfectly.
Eggs:  Good, although is that vinegar I taste?  Yes, it is.
Sauce:  Tasty, but nothing to write home about. 
Ham:  Good.
Price: $15.50
Coffee:  Quite good.  
Service:  Friendly and attentive. 
Overall comment:  Overall, good.  Not great, but enjoyable.  Like my sister, I can't pinpoint why Gordon's EB didn't blow me away.  All of the elements were fine, making for a fine dish.  That's it I suppose, it's fine.  That being said, I would visit Gordon's again. 

Lil sis: 6.5/10
After a two week break from our weekly EB, I was keen to get back into it. Today’s EB was average but still satisfying. Another hidden location in Melbourne we found ourselves tucked away in yet another alley way I didn’t even know existed. The dish was served on the English muffin, eggs were cooked well and over all it was satisfactory, however nothing really stood out with today’s dish, the hollandaise was average and even the ham lacked flavor, I think this may have been because it was shaved so finely? Service was reasonable, maybe a little over priced? Oh and coffee was ok! I score today’s EB a 6.5/10.

And how does that look on the Benedict-o-meter?  A firm 6.5 out of 10 Benedicts!!

Make sure you check out the map to see the other eggs benny locations lil sis and I have checked out.

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14 November 2012


You'd think looking back on my blog the last few weeks that I'd forgotten how to crochet or something. 

There has been a severe crochet shortage going on here. 

I'm partly blaming this on going to Queensland with my sisters for 6 days over the Melbourne Cup weekend.  I really thought it would be a holiday where I would get lots of time for hooking.  wrong.  When you spend 6 days in Queensland with 3 sisters and 3 nieces, you have no time.  It was full on.  Great, but full on.  The reason for the Queensland trip was to meet my Queenslander sister's baby (aww).  She is super cute, but the worst thing about having a younger sister with a baby is that now everyone tells you that you need a baby.  No I don't, eff off.

Which brings me to babies.

Working on a layette for a friend's baby.  I'm trying to pump this out so I can move onto something else.  It took ages to settle on a pattern, which is the cotton's fault.  Damn you cotton!

I'm using this pattern.  The main problem is that cotton is just not as snuggly as wool, so everything I was working up felt stiff as a board.  I tried about 5 patterns and pulled out every one.  I've decided to just stick with this now.  I dunno, I'm not super happy with it.  The stitch pattern looks messy to me.  I have decided that I will just have to accept that maybe, sometimes, things I make might not be absolutely 100% perfect.  I have to learn to be ok with that. 

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11 November 2012

October Movies

Another month over, another bunch of movies done and dusted!!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Ok, so I knew this movie would be right up my alley, but I didn't think it would blow me away the way it did.  Absolutely amazing.  Cinematically beautiful, and a clever story interwoven with real historical events.  This movie has now found its way onto my all time favourites list!  SEE IT!

Dark Shadows (2012)
BOR-ING!  Seriously, I waited for this movie to get good, and it just didn't.  It was all flash and no substance.  I don't even want to go into it.  Probably most people really liked this movie, but I am a bit over the Burton-Depp dealio.  I do really like Johnny Depp, so I don't know why I thought this movie sucked so hard.

That's My Boy (2012)
Unexpectedly good.  When I saw the trailers for this movie I think I vomited in my mouth a little.  But watching it was a lot of fun.  It's Adam Sandler back to his so-wrong-it's-funny movies.  I would highly recommend this as a great popcorn movie if you loved Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (which I totally did btw).

Army of Darkness (1992)
Or should I say, Bruce Campbell v the Army of Darkness??  This is A's favourite movie of all time, so I've seen it many, many times.  I can probably recite every line.  There periodically comes a time when we'll say, 'Hey, we haven't watched Army for a while.'  We then quickly remedy the situation.  Brilliant movie.

Whore (1991)
What a weird movie!  Apparently it was made in response to Pretty Woman, as an illustration of the 'real' life of a prostitute.  The weird thing about it was that parts of it was hilariously funny in a bad B-grade movie sort of way, and other parts were deadly serious and bordering on disturbing.  No cute crafty thing for this movie, but I thought I'd share the clip that got me to watch the movie with you:

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
Are you cussing with me?  This movie was good, even though I'm not the hugest Wes Anderson fan.  I mean, sometimes I find his movies hard to watch.  I know they're good, but they're the kind of, 'hey look at me I'm so cool' good that I'm not always that into.  Anyway, I liked Anderson's style as he applied it to this Dahl classic.  The music was fantastic, and the puppets looked amazing.

Taken 2 (2012)
How great was Taken?  Really great, that's how great.  So naturally, I had to see Taken 2, which was not as great but still a bit great, so I was happy enough.  I wanted to put this picture here but I thought it might be a bit much, so here is a much classier version :D

Up (2009)
When I can't sleep, I watch Disney movies.  On this particular night, I was in a bit of a weepy mood, so I put this one on purely for the heartbreaking fist 15 minutes.  How do they get away with it?

Tarzan (1999)
Another sleepless night, but this time I was in the mood for a little Phil Collins.  Man, what a good movie!  Disney, where have you gone and why aren't you making anymore fun beautiful animation??

The Losers (2010)
Chris Evans!!!  Ok, there are other reasons to watch this movie too.  But, you don't really need any, because Chris Evans.  That's right bitches, I've got a crossbow!

Aaaaannndd the pick for this month?  Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter!!!  Absolutely Epic.  

10 November 2012

Caturday XXXIV

It's Caturday!  The day I dedicate to The Kitten and her cuteness, and invite you to do the same with your kitties!

Bit late today, but better late than never!

Another rad photo.  Don't be alarmed, I caught The Kitten mid yawn.

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03 November 2012

Caturday XXXIII

It's Caturday!  The day I dedicate to The Kitten and her cuteness, and invite you to do the same with your kitties!

Today, the cat's in the bag!!  Hahaha.  I think I've already mentioned that one of The Kitten's favourite pasttimes is hiding in bags.  Here she is, up to some shenanigans.

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01 November 2012

7700 people can't be wrong

Look what I made!

In hindsight I should have taken some photos with the cowl unfolded, but c'est la vie right?  I made this for Lil Sis, after she bought some yarn to try to knit and gave up because she found it too boring.  I took it off her hands and whipped this up for her.  Just in time for Summer!  ha!

I asked her to model it for me.  She is much cooler than me, look at her awesome tattoo!

Pattern:  Honey Cowl.  I wasn't convinced about this pattern until the very end.  It comes out nice and squishy, but not too stiff.  I made a few errors, like accidentally doing two rows of knit, and messing up the sl st/purl sequence, but I don't think they are noticeable at all.
Needles: 5.00mm circulars. 
Yarn: Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply.  Softened up quite nicely on washing.
Ravelled here

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