Melbourne Flinders Street

Coffee Date, Because…

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.

 

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The PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

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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Rutherglen High Country

Road Trip: A Weekend in Rutherglen

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Your petrol tank is full, your bag is packed and you have snacks on hand; you’re ready to road trip to Rutherglen!

As your three-hour drive from Melbourne finally comes to an end, you’ll turn into Rutherglen’s Main Street and see a heart-warming sign, “Sydney may have a nice harbour but Rutherglen has a great port”! The historic Rutherglen offers so much more than just this: interesting people, excellent produce, delicious food and even better wine.

(Below is just a snack size sample of how to maximise the delicious food options Rutherglen has on offer. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked after your first weekend away and immediately plan your next trip to the region – it happens to the best of us!)

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Coffee date, because…

It was a big week over here in Bianca land. First, I finally did my taxes! Second, I completed my Construction Induction course which means I am one step closer to getting my White Card, which also means I’m closer to officially becoming an owner-builder. Wohhoooo because that all means we’re closer to getting started on the nitty-gritty side of our home renovation. Huge news! Very exciting! I made cookies to celebrate and they turned out to be my best cookies yet, which means you’ll probably see that recipe on Where Food Is soon because I must never forget it. Anyway…

According to Man Repeller, low rise jeans are making a come back but I think we all need to #justsayHELLno

This Aziz Ansari interview is the best.

Watch Queen Tina Fey speak about Charlottesville.

The trailer for The Crown Season 2 and I cannot wait.

I really need to come up with a reason to use this venue. 

Arya and Brinne’s fight scene analysed. 

This is exactly Jack when he tries food for the first time.

So excited for this new show on Netflix.

In need of greeting cards? Order here!