Saturday, April 27, 2013

Over the Road cafe

Last Saturday saw Mr. C and I making our way to Northcote. I bought a Scoopon voucher for the both of us, $19 for a meal and a drink each at Over The Road cafe. Seriously, Melbourne is breeming with cafes everywhere! In the CBD like Manchester Press, Harware Societe, to name a few. At the fringes of the city and the surrounding suburbs in Brunswick, Fitzroy, South Yarra and so on.

If not for the Scoopon deal, I doubt we would have ever heard of this place.

From the outside, the cafe's sign board looks plain. The reddish brown brick building looked ordinary but even then, the hanging basket of flowers and the French doors give a hint of a potentially quaint cafe.
 When you step in the shop, you will see a lot of pretty, quirky, cutesie ornaments. I saw owls, cats, dogs, rabbits, elephants (I think), the works! All these crafty stuff are for sale. On the left, you will see the counter to order take away or make your payment. On the right, there is a couple of tables with chairs for customers and a few couch to just lounge and chill.

The lady that served us brought us inner into the shops towards the back where there were a couple  more of tables and chairs for customers. Drape around as deco are more ornaments.

On the left is the front part of the cafe

The picture was taken from where I sat, at the back of the cafe. See what I mean? All sorts of trinkets, ornaments to cozy up one's home surrounded us. Think Mr. C was worried I would buy up the whole shop. You know how some people are partial to say, butterflies, or some, owls etc. 

Me? I love anything that looks adorable. I grew fond of butterflies since my youth, I've loved dogs all my life, I like cute mouse 'cos I was born in the year of the rat (following the Chinese calender) and I fell in love with owls, elephants and giraffe since moving to Melbourne!

As usual, I ordered mocha. It was good

Bought the cat hooks for a cat lover colleague who just moved into her new home

Dainty and rose themed brings Aunt M to mind

Mr. C doing his own thing, being in touch with the world as I explore the wonders of the shop

Mr. C thoroughly enjoyed his big breakfast

Although the cafe wasn't full house, we had to wait for our food. Then again, the waitress did inform us at the start that there will be some waiting time. I think it is because I ordered the baked eggs. 

Or perhaps, they have this thing about serving both our food together at the same time. Something I learnt watching My Kitchen Rules. Lols.

I am sad to say that my baked eggs that day was rather dry. Was a little bit disappointed. Ever since my first wow baked eggs experience last year at Bluebird Espresso, I've always ordered this dish if it was on the menu. So far, I think Bluebird's is still the best in my opinion.

Enjoyed Mr C's breakfast though. So, it wasn't all bad. Maybe they had a bad day or the oven was working up. Anything is possible but I hope, it isn't the norm.

The food didn't knock our socks off but it wasn't horrendously horrible.

Love the quaint vibe (though it may not be for everyone especially if they aren't into cute ornaments) of the cafe. Mr. C feels it was only alright. Plus point would be that the shop wasn't noisy and overcrowded like some cafes and one comes to mind, Three Bags Full. Lol. Though the food there is amazing!

Basically, because of the Scoopon deal, it was a buy one free one meal and drink. And that made the difference. If I had to pay full price for my baked eggs, I wouldn't think it was that worth it. 

To be fair, I hope to go back there another day and give it another go. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Divine wedding dresses

Deviating from the whole tiffany blue wedding shebang... let's get all dreamy eye at wedding dresses we usually don't get to wear at our weddings!

One of the main highlights of any wedding is usually the first look at the bride when she first walks down the aisle in her dreamy dress. Lol. Traditionally, that is. 

#1 If you are rich or lucky enough, you will float down the aisle in some dreamy creations by a well known designer such as Vera Wang (a rather popular choice, it seems), Henry Roth etc.

#2 If not, a bride can get her dream dress custom made. Rather popular these days in Malaysia. You have 'Celest Thoi' ,  'That Special Occasion' , 'Valerie Fan' , 'Pretty in White', to name a popular few.

#3 BUT if you are the masses,  the majority that has a budget of sorts, you can still sashay down your big day, however, you will be limited to the designs provided at the bridal houses (the practise in Malaysia).

#4 Or another option would be to buy one off the internet from wholesalers such as DinoDirect. Of course, up close, it won't look as beautiful and divine as those custom made or by designers. After all, you are paying for simple fabrics and materials that has its limitations. But in pictures, you still look pretty. After all, chances are,  you will only be wearing the dress for an hour two. Well, I did! :)

Despite the budget and what nots, it doesn't stopped me from drooling at gorgeous wedding dresses I wished I could have afforded. Some of them are just oh-so-gorgeous!! Of course, often times, stick thin models showcase the dresses even more so than most of us normal humans. 

Drool away!!

 #1 Wedding's the one time you get to carry off a puffy dress!!

#2 Lace and bows are so IN!

#3 Less flesh shown can be more AND classy

#4 aaah... laces are just elegant!

#5 It would be interesting to see a bride bounce her way down the aisle in this...

#6 Gorgeous mermaid dress

#7 oooh... this is SO me!! Similar to the mishap I ordered from ebay but waaay more gorgeous!

#8 love the soft tulle or chiffon look


#10 wowza!

#11 oooh... simply simple and sweet

#12 simple.white.elegant

#13 oooh... i just ooooh and ahhh over puffy wedding dresses

#14 so grace kelly feel.. demure and graceful

#15 if you're not into puffy or too body hugging

#16 Victorian times?

#17 simple yet bridal

#18 elegant and sexy

#19 lols

#20 for the elegant
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