cafe

mr t and me

I think it’s quite possible that by next year you’ll find that the WHOLE of Fairfield/Northcote has relocated to Aireys Inlet for summer. On Sunday we ran into 2 families at Mr T and Me, the new(ish) cafe up near the General Store. This is in addition to the 9 other families we have met, caught up with and done stuff with around the traps. Man.

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Anyway Mr T and Me is a great new addition.  It looks woody and beachy but fairly small and unassuming from the front. However it has a large courtyard deck and garden out the back.  So I can see it will be a great small sized place in winter, and it works well in summer when Aireys is packed as well.

And the food is good. We had excellent chips with a yummy dill aioli (I am now going to make some dill aioli…). And there are options like borek and pulled pork and coleslaw rolls (which we had) and pides. And a large breakfast menu and a breakfast roll all day for those still looking for bacon and eggs after 11.30am.  Which I am sure lots of people are craving on holidays.

But, truth be known, I am a simple soul, and it was the outdoor furniture that really did it for me. Recycled solid timber and timber slat tables and chairs. Pulled together with a cheery rainbow paint job. That was matching, but not too matching. Oh, and to top it off the use of old tin cans to hold cutlery on the tables. Fun.

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While we waited for our food I browsed through a Delicous mag.  India looked through Surfing Australia.

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Second hand furniture in a cafe … on the Great Ocean Road …. finally … HOORAY … now it’s just like home! No wonder everyone’s here.

the potential of the pallet (fifteen pounds)

A few months ago my friend Joe shared and celebrated his new holiday house bike rack on Facebook. It was a sophisticated affair where he wedged the wheels of the five odd sized family bikes into the gaps in a pallet. And that was it. Bike rack made. Well done Joe, master builder.

Actually I was inspired, and have been keeping an eye out for pallet projects ever since. There are so many great ideas out there …bed bases, portable outdoor decking, coffee tables …the list goes on …. you can see some great ideas here.

Or, you could see some in real life at Fifteen Pounds in Fairfield (south of the station). Celebrating the potential of the pallet.

Fifteen Pounds opened a couple of years ago, and as a Mum with pre-school children at the time I cannot tell you how very thrilling it was to have somewhere nearby to go with a courtyard/garden and nice food. Because Fairfield generally lacks courtyards, and really, there’s little joy in taking your 3 year old out for lunch to an indoor venue.  Or even worse, sitting out on the pavement.  With a courtyard there’s a bit of ‘pottering’ leeway don’t you think?

Anyway, Fifiteen Pounds provides loads of inspiration for the second hand stylist. The pallet work is good … amazing even.  Indoor tables, seats, benches, outdoor tables.  And there’s more.

For example, how cool are the newspaper racks … Old plumbing pipes painted the best green colour.  And can you see what they hold the newspapers in place with? Tongs!  How fun!

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And as a long standing lover of wooden boxes I admire their collection.  How lovely is the citrusy one with the oranges in it, and how great do those other stacked ones look with all the fruit spilling out.

So, if you like your pallet and want to see the potential you should pop in to Fifteen Pounds for lunch, or breakfast, or just a coffee and a treat.  I can recommend the almond croissants … good for your soul though perhaps not your heart.  And speaking of hearts, I was super impressed with my latte last week.  That top heart is sooo perfect … I bet the person who made it gave themselves a little pat on the back before they sent it out!

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the best scones ever?

Last week my aunty invited me to lunch at a cafe called Jam and Cream.  It is in behind LaTrobe university (when I say behind, I mean south, at 1 Orr Street in Heidelberg Heights) and she thought that I would like it because it has lots of interesting second hand things … and as I discovered perhaps the best scones ever!  Not perhaps … definitely.  I reckon.

Look, I can’t say that scones are my thing.  I ordered the shepherds pie … but it came with a cheesy scone that was so light and delicious that when I go back again I definitely wouldn’t consider anything else.  And look, love heart butter!

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And Scarlett was sick for the day, so she came along too, which was excellent, because she ordered from the whippersnapper menu, scones with jam (no cream) and hot chocolate.  And it was super fun for her.  There were sprinkles and tiny marshmallows and the hot chocolate came in a tiny teapot for one (with loads more marshmallows).  It was nearly-six-year-old heaven!

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Out the back is a cute pink caravan that you can eat in and book for kids parties.

Out the front is a vintage green bike that I love.

In the window is a washing line of white underwear.  And there are crocheted cushions for the seats, scrabble tiles used for table numbers, lovely bunting made from doilies and a GREAT chenille door drape (is this the right description???).

And lots of teacups and interesting bits and bobs around the place.

And I like the lace patterns painted on the concrete floor.

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We got there early and it was a bit empty. But by 1pm it was packed with scone lovers of all ages.  Check out the variety of scones you can order … they come out hot from the oven … yum!!!