3 coffee places you want to try..

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Hello everyone!

If you enjoy drinking coffee like I do, then these are 3 great coffee places to try when in Sydney.

The first place is Alpha Espresso Bar in Epping who use Pablo and Rusty coffee beans, in my eyes this place is a hidden gem. It is situated right across Epping Station with seatings and they also serve a selection of breakfast food.

The second place is Celsius Coffee in Kirribilli, about a 12 minute walk from Milsons Point Station. The cafe is located in a fairly quiet neighbourhood and the water views is an added bonus. They serve a great breakfast menu. Don’t mind me, just trying to be hipster here 😉

The debut of the delicious food pictured below in order are Billy’s Eggs with a side of Chorizo and the Super Greens Breakfast! 

Good coffee at Flower Child Cafe in Chatswood which has an inspired take of the Grounds off Alexandria. There tend to be a line so if you don’t want to wait too long, best to come early as you can as it can quite busy by lunchtime. 

Hope you enjoyed this little edition, have an awesome week! 🙂

 

Yarra Valley, Winery in Melbourne

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The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

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People watching inside the Higher Ground

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The view from level 2

The Higher Ground - 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

The Higher Ground – 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

Happy New Year!! Hope you all kicked off 2017 on a good start.

During the New Year period I explored Yarra Valley, a different kind of exploration I usually opt for, it was nice taste testing different types of wines from different wineries and enjoying the landscapes. Here are some images I snapped of Yarra Valley and of course, no adventure is without breakfast first and coffee. This delicious breakfast dish consists of kale and cauliflower salad, almond hummus, avocado, poached eggs and salted seeds. Yum!

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week lovelies 🙂

 

Tasmania Adventures – Part 1

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She flirted with life, and life flirted right back with her, as if all the universe, became more alive just for her, and everything felt her glow, in the dew, in the stars, in the colour of the sky, it all shone for her, bright as it could, in the hopes to catch her eye – Atticus. 

On November 30th, I ventured out to a beautiful island called Tasmania in Australia with a population of just over 500,000 people. The first thing I noticed as soon as I arrived was that the air was much fresher. Ah! It was a pretty cloudy day as my adventure first started in Wineglass Bay, Tasmania’s east coast of the rugged and stunning Freycinet Peninsula. A highly recommended place and there are easy options to walk around this National Park.

Here are some images I snapped in order except the first was snapped by a friendly traveller overlooking Wineglass Bay. The next image are some granite mountains around. Image 3 is a Wallaby very friendly animal!

And of course no exploring is without a good coffee, here is a great joint called Machine Laundry Cafe. 😉

Hope you have a great week lovelies.

x

 

 

Its been one year since London…

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Twenty years from now you will only be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the train winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain.

It’s been one year since moving back from London. Oh how time flies. So it only seemed fitting to share some happy captures of my wanders. The iconic Big Ben with that rare blue sky 😉 Wandering around Westminster, I quickly crossed the road and stood in the middle of the island as I had seconds to capture the famous red bus with the backdrop of the beautiful big trees. The stunning architectural design of a transparent roof by Sir Norman Foster in the Great Court created more light and more open space which has preciously been closed off, seen in image 3.

And no adventure is without coffee. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week lovelies.

 

Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia

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img_2496img_2498img_2472img_2462img_2497img_2499Sydney has the best kind of blue. And its only Spring.

Balmoral Beach has a very nice and relaxing vibe, quite family oriented, than some other famous beaches such as Bondi or Manly. Here are some images I snapped show casing Sydney in its natural prime. Of course, no exploration is without finding a good breakfast and coffee point, and thats exactly what I did. You can make friends with salad with these tasty roast pumpkin and fennel with cos, labne and seeds was so delicious. With a side order of good coffee at Boathouse Cafe as seen in image 3!  😉

Love the blue stripes and the cosy laid back feel the cafe has with vases of blooms overlooking the water. Balmoral Beach is definitely worth a visit especially if you’re wanting a much more ‘chilled out’ place.

Hope you enjoyed this edition lovelies and have a great week.

🙂 x

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in Sydney

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Flower Child Cafe – Level 3, Westfield Chatswood, 1 Anderson St NSW 2067

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Calabur Cafe and Diner – 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

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Sadhana Kitchen – 147 Enmore Road NSW 2042

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Bread and Circus – 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

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Harry’s Bondi – 2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so its no surprise I am always on the prowl for good coffee and breakfast places. Here are some eateries I highly recommend to satisfy your tastebuds!

What better way to start the day then with a healthy, tasty and refreshing Acai bowl which has strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, almonds and shredded coconut from Flower Child Cafe at Chatswood. Goodness galore!

The green bowl is from Calabur Cafe and Diner at Bondi Junction consists of kale and spinach smoothie bowl topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, dried coconut, passionfruit, banana, chia seeds and mint. Enough said.

The next place is Sadhana kitchen a vegan place in Enmore and this is the Winter Bondi meal which is filled with miso-roasted pumpkin, quinoa, macadamia feta, shaved carrot and beetroots mixed with greens, oh, and that finger lickin spicy sesame dressing.

You can never go wrong at Bread and Circus in Alexandria. It is one of my favourite places anywhere in the world for breakfast and coffee served on pretty pink platters has eggs and you have the option of either fresh chilli or real truffle oil. I opted for the truffle oil 😉 under shaved parmesan with avocado, tomato, baby spinach, fresh herbs and sourdough. You are welcome.

Harry’s Bondi serve their breakfast like a work of art as seen with this unforgettable quinoa and feta fritters, fattoush, avocado, labna and hazelnut dukka. And two thumbs up for the coffee.

Try not to skip breakfast, its an essential meal of the day and there are many different healthy options out there. Hope you guys enjoyed this edition and do share your experiences. Have a great week lovelies x

 

 

The Grounds of Alexandria

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Good coffee and food is one way to my heart and that is exactly what The Grounds of Alexandria offers.  Its beautiful decor gives it a romantic feel when walking around and anywhere you turn will be a good photo opportunity – oh the bliss!

Here are some images I snapped around The Grounds – enjoy darlings!

Thank you for dropping by, you can also catch me on instagram @forthecurious for more creative visuals an twitter @vandy_tang

x

 

 

Melbourne… But first coffee…

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Degraves Espresso – 23 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Padre Coffee – 513 Queen Victoria Square, Melbourne VIC 3000

But first coffee… on the table… anywhere, good coffee always turns me on 😉

I recently travelled to Melbourne and indulge myself into one to two many flatwhites, but with such a strong love affair, how can I resist? And any excuse to hold something warm in my hands with it being so cold. I felt like I was back in the UK, totally unprepared for Melbourne’s 4 seasons in one hour! Here are some favourites around Melbourne’s CBD area.

The first 2 coffee images are from Brother Baba Budan and is one of my top 3 coffee places anywhere in the world so far. It’s a pretty quirky cafe with chairs hanging from the ceiling serving a handful of pastries. Love smelling the coffee aroma as I approach the cafe, there tends to be a queue of people which is no surprise whom mostly get take out, however, there is a one table right at the front and a bench which sits a few. No free wifi. This place will not disappoint.

Degraves Espresso serves breakfast and coffee with vintage seats and a wooden bar. I enjoy people watching here as it is located down a bustling alleyway. No free wifi.

A new one added to my list is Sensory Lab which has not just great coffee but also free wifi (travellers joy)! Downstairs is David Jones, hence, the ‘classy’ but ‘down to earth’ feel the cafe offers. Here I sat at a booth with hanging lamps, which I am inspired by. They serve pastry and food too. Yay!

The League of Honest Coffee is spacious and serves breakfast and coffee as seen in images six and seven. Spend alot of time reading the newspaper and magazines on offer whilst I take my time sipping my lover.

Just around the corner of Brother Baba Budan is Manchester Coffee which serves coffee, breakfast and bagels in a chic cafe. No free wifi.

The last image is Padre Coffee at the Queen Victoria Market which I highly recommend to visit. Lot’s of fresh food, places to eat and of some good coffee choices including this cute cafe. No free wifi.

Apologies for the lack of post lately but sometimes life just throw things at you 😉 I hope you enjoyed this edition and would love to share some other favourites with ya, if you’re all keen. 🙂

Have a good week lovelies! x

 

Bali, Indonesia

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Hello  Peeps!

Hope you’re well! Sorry for being MIA for the past few weeks. I took a longer break than intended but I needed the time to cooperate but its GOOD to be back in action! Since then, on the 1st of March I travelled to beautiful Bali in Indonesia for the first time spending a few days each in Ubud and Seminyak. Balinese people are hospitable with such rich culture and nature.

Getting ready by 2am for a 3:30am trek to Mount Batur Volcano which takes 2 hours each way for a 6:20am sunrise. You will need to climb up with a tour guide even if you are local for safety reasons.  I joined a group with 3 other English people plus a guide and off we went in the dark as we made our climb up… I was barely breaking a sweat… joking… our guide had to hold my hand up for the last 20 minutes of the climb – thanks Ari! Alas, we finally reached the top at 5:30am! It was such a relief and achievement since I’m not a hiker but absolutely wanting to do more…Seriously. We waited and waited for the sunrise and WOO she finally came as seen in the first image which is all natural as the sun started to rise across Mount Batur Volcano with clouds floating around the lake, such beauty! After soaking in the sunrise and atmosphere we made the 2 hours climb down which can be proven quite slippery having fallen down a few times and then ended up with a grazed knee, but Oh so worth it.

Image 2 is the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Tabanan, a community of about 200 people who work by hand and the next image is myself sitting and taking the lush and green scenery all in. The next image is Tanah Lot, Tebanan with many visitors and vendors. I stayed in a secluded villa in Ubud with an open air shower and toilet (although now shown here) since for the past 2 years I have stayed in shared hostels so hence, was so HAPPY to have my own big bed with a mosquite net since there are many of those bloodsuckers around…WOO! Image 4 to 8 is the surroundings of my villa with a pool overlooking the rice paddy and chickens and cattles roaming around… WOO!

After a few days in Ubud, I made my way to Seminyak staying in a hotel which was a 15 minute walk to the beach. Image 5 is a sunset at Seminyak beach – The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun – Christopher McCandless.

The last image is some free tasting flavoured coffees from a coffee plantation. Because, I love coffee.

Any q’s please send them my way…Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week!

x

 

Sydney, Australia

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G’day mate

After living abroad as an expat for a few years in NYC and London, I am currently back home in Sydney for Summer. Severely jetlagged as it took 48 hours of travel from the United Kingdom to Sydney with a 5 hour layover in Jakarta.

I’ve learnt you actually don’t need alot to live and came back with 21.8kgs and a backpack after 3 years away from home! On the third day after arriving I explored the beautiful city and finally got to try food and coffee at The Grounds in Alexandria.

Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour is an iconic image. Shaped like the sails of the boat and holding many events, image two is another iconic building. The next three images are from The Grounds of Alexandria, a place I highly recommend for food and coffee, there tends to be a queue but it’s worth the wait. Image three and four are some exterior of The Grounds and the last image is me with my knight in shining armour, coffee and brioche – oh yes, I’ll have it anywhere, anytime. 😉

Hope you enjoyed this piece and enjoy your week.

🙂

Bristol, United Kingdom

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The two impulses in travel are to get away from home, and the other is to pursue something – a landscape, people, an exotic place. Certainly finding a place that you like or discovering something unusual is a very sustaining thing in travel – Paul Theroux.

On the 24th of October 2015, I explored 6 hours in Bristol in United Kingdom. I found tickets for £30 return from Paddington Station to Bristol and takes approximately 1 hr and 30 minutes. It’s quick, easy and highly recommended to visit if you have the time when visiting United Kingdom.

Bristol is lively, friendly with lots of great restaurants and pubs. When visiting a new place I love to see local living and buildings and hence many reasons for the type of pictures I tend to take and show.

Here are some images I snapped in order; a boat passing through a sign of ‘I adore Bristol’ totally agree with double thumps up! My love of coloured homes in image two. Bristol is known for their graffiti art work such as Banksy, image three is an example of what you can expect to see. Here’s a shot of some complementary homes on a rainy day in image four and a pop of red vintage car in image five.

If you don’t already know, I have a love for coffee and always on the lookout for great coffee places which offer good service and wifi and the last image six is just that – a perfect place called Small Street Espresso, aside from nice coffee its small and cosy 😉

p.s I am working on giving my website a new makeover and have been having problems connecting my instagram link to the blog but please do check it out, would be much appreciated – forthecurious

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies!

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Brighton, England

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Yesterday, I made a spontaneous trip to Brighton which is a seaside resort located on the South Coast of England. Brighton is picturesque, vivid and dynamic. It should be added to your bucket list of places to visit. Admittedly, being an Australian I did scratch my head at the sight of pebbles at the sea when I visited for the first time about a year ago, but I warmed up to the idea the second time round 😉

Here are some images I snapped in order; Brighton Pier, Brighton Wheel and the seagulls, Brighton Wheel and the clouds, Brighton Wheel and the crowd, sea and the pebbles, coloured Victorian homes which are part of the conservation, my fish and chips which I ate by the sea, although half way through eating I decided to run down to the water to take a quick picture only to come back with seagulls finishing off the other half 🙂 (gosh, they are quick!)

The next picture is a view of the sea and lastly my beloved coffee which I had at Bond St Coffee a really laid back place to chill.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a lovely week!

🙂