The Badass Book Club!

Bookclub

The internet says the hardest thing about having a book club is starting it. So, here goes…

I’m starting a Badass Book Club that:

reads fiction
is really fun
drinks wine
(and/or cocktails, and beer but also water)
meets once a month in Melbourne
eats cake
doesn’t judge if the book you pick is a bit bad
brings discussion questions
sometimes sneaks in some nonfiction
goes to see movies made from books
encourages debate
has a cute mascot called Luna

Email me (cuffiabianca@gmail.com) asap if you want in! All I will need is your reading credentials: a go-to book recommendation and the next book on your list.

Let the games begin!

Coffee Date, Because…

Melbourne Flinders Street

Annoyingly, I’ve noticed myself saying “Time goes by so fast” way too much at the moment. Or maybe I’ve been saying it forever. I don’t know. Time goes so fast I can’t remember when I first realised it. But what is time anyway? Does anyone really know? Jim Carrey maybe does. Or maybe he’s just getting to me. I’ve come across him a lot recently (see: the Netflix documentary Jim & Andy, this red carpet interview, memes) and I love him more than ever. Anyway. Time passing actually boils down to the fact that I’ll be seeing my family soon. Woo! My parents, sister and her boyfriend are coming to Melbourne in December! All the exclamation marks! I’m taking them to Hobart and Rutherglen so if you have any recommendations then give me them, please!

Here’s a few of the things that have been taking up all that time that I’m obsessed with…

We saw this movie recently, haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

And I already have tickets to this one next week.

My favourite instagram at the moment.

The difference between Emoticon and Emojis explained.

I also loved watching this in Hoyts Lux. 

And now I’m infatuated with Taika Watiti and love his Ted Talk on Creativity

Really want this sweater. 

Currently reading this big boy.

And listening to the latest episode of The High Low podcast.

This was so awkward but I couldn’t stop watching.

This essay by Brit Marling should be shared and re-shared and over-shared.

 

The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

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Complaining about the status of the cookie industry in Melbourne (Butterbings aside) is a hobby of mine. “Ugh! Even the middle is hard” and “They add too many chips to disguise the flavourless dough” and  “Well, you may have to settle for a Subway cookie” are a few of the things I hear myself saying over and over again.

I complain because I love. I love cookies.
They are the best dessert.
That is fact and I rather not argue about it.

Some would say I was cookie-spoiled by New York City. They’ve got Ovenly and Milk Bar and Insomnia Cookies and Levain Bakery. Even Two Hands knows what’s up. By the time I moved to Melbourne, I was an outright and aggressive cookie snob and I did not apologise for it.

It wasn’t anger that drove me in the beginning. I waited patiently thinking surely something will open soon. It’s now 6 years on and nothing. Again, I will mention Butterbings because they are amazing but I’m talking about the simple chocolate chip cookie we all know and love.

(This brings me to the mystery disappearance of the cinnamon and glazed donut but I will spare you that rant until I can commit to a full investigation.)

The truth, as is always the case, is that this annoyance comes from within. I’m not mad at the Melbourne Cookie Industry. I’m mad at myself. I can’t bake cookies to save my life. Or my husband’s life. Or my dog’s. I’m basically responsible for the death of my entire family.

I’ve tried for years. YEARS! I have an entire Pinterest board basically dedicated to cookie recipes. But I am not a patient baker, no. I’m no baker at all. I am someone that lives and eats in the now. The concept of starting on cookies today to eat them tomorrow is exhausting.

Life changed dramatically when I found the recipe below on William Sonoma. It takes 30 minutes max, and even if you get measurements wrong and blend things in the wrong order you get a perfect result. I don’t get chemistry enough to understand why this cookie beats all others when it basically contains the same (or less) ingredients and instructions as every other one, but I will no longer question it.

Let us enjoy and rejoice, friends! Maybe if I bake hard enough I’ll be the one to finally open up that cookie cafe Melbourne had desperately been waiting for.

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Melbourne’s Lune Croissanterie

Lune Croissant Melbourne

Lune Croissant Melbourne

Considered home to one of the best croissants in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD (according to people who write about such things), Lune Croissanterie was a real good draw card when my family was deciding where to meet for Christmas.

We considered Argentina and Hawaii and LA but all those places had one thing in common: no dependable, quality, best-in-the-world type of croissants. So, Melbourne won. Melbourne always wins!

Thanks, Lune. We’ll see you at The Lune Lab and every other (we’re not that crazy) day after starting December 22nd.

Lune Croissanterie
119 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9419 2320

 

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