Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Heaven Woodfired Pizza

Situated on the perimeter of the new Coburg North Village shopping centre (on Gaffney Street at the Bus Stop) is just about the best Pizza restaurant I have found - It must be because we keep going back!

I can't say that I went looking for a Pizza when I was out shopping, but the sight of a coffee machine and Cake cabinet drew me in.

And the coffee?
It is excellent!

The cakes are still available but no longer on display as they have had to redesign the counter area to make way for ....

7 Apples brand to be precise.

This new cabinet is now integrated into the counter and the flavours change regularly.

There are also a few Lactose Free Sorbets for those of us who can't (or shouldn't) indulge.

Oh.. and they make awesome Pizza too!

All Pizzas are made while you wait, no pre-rolled/pre sauced bases here. Very thin crust and baked in a wood fired oven make these the freshest and tastiest pizza we have come across.

The Menu is not overwhelming but if you can't decide there is always the option to "Build your Own" or choose the Weekly creation off the Specials board.

If Pizza is not exactly what you were wanting - come in anyway, have a coffee and maybe a Zaatar or Flatbread and Homemade dips or perhaps indulge in the Salted Caramel Banana Desert Pizza.

They also do Gluten Free.

Heaven Woodfired Pizza
Shop 9, 174-196 Gaffney Street
Coburg North  Vic  3058

Ph: (03) 9354-0002

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Lake Placid - Cairns QLD

Good Coffee
Awesome Chocolate Tart

and just a short walk from the
Lake Placid Top Tourist Park.

Lot 102/1 Lake Placid Road
Caravonica  Qld 4078

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tea Connoisseur - Armadale

I have been watching the progress of this small shop over the last year - they have had some issues with their renovation and I was delighted that it was open for business last week.

On entering my reaction was ... It was worth the wait!

I could not resist being drawn to the incredible glassware - this photo is a Cold Drip Coffee System that they are using with Tea.

95 different blends of tea in Stainless Steel 'Milk Churn' style cannisters stand side by side, just waiting to be expertly brewed and served in any of the beautiful China and Glassware that line the shelves.

The staff are passionate about their Tea and are very willing to spend the time educating you and showing off the various blends and brewing paraphernalia.

So what did we choose?

Green Earl Grey Cream for DS#2 who has declared it his "new favourite blend ever".
And I chose the exotically entitled 'Yunnan Golden Monkey Imperial' a beautiful light Black tea.

The best ever warm Friands rounded off the experience beautifully.

And, of course we bought some to enjoy at home as well!

Tea Connoisseur
1218 High Street


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

126 Asian Cuisine

We have walked past this very unassuming little Chinese Take-away for the past 12 months as we have been sampling all the restaurants that Upper Heidelberg Road  Ivanhoe has to offer.

With a small dining area in front, for those that want to stay - we settled into a booth, where we could share a plate or two. And I must admit that I wasn't expecting anything exceptional - I was wrong - very wrong!
Oh my! What have we been missing?

The dumplings were so wonderful (obviously 'home' made).
That they were totally gone before I even thought to pull my camera out.

Then the glistening Prawns in Sweet Chilli Sauce and the Beef in Oyster Sauce followed by some Special Fried Rice.

Prices were very reasonable for the serving size and there was more than enough for 2 to share.

The only disappointing part of the meal was - we didn't have any room left for Banana Fritters and Icecream for dessert!
Something I will have to rectify on our next visit!

126 Asian Cuisine
126 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe Vic 3079

Ph:  9499 1689

Open 7 days
Takeaway and Dine in

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gloria Jean's - Polaris

Situated opposite Bundoora Park and beside La Trobe University at the Polaris Town Centre is Gloria Jean's.

The cafe is small, but bright and inviting and although it can get quite busy, owners Sash and Rosa always make me feel welcome anytime I walk in.  It is also the perfect place to leave DH with a coffee and the paper while you do a spot of shopping at the adjacent supermarket.

On this particular visit they were serving the most gloriously light little "Cakewiches".

Looking like a Sandwich, they seem to be made from Hazelnut Sponge and light chocolate mousse filling, so intriguing I just had to try one. They also come in a "White" variety with Vanilla Sponge, white chocolate and raspberry filling.
Available for a limited time and marketed as "Cake on the Go" I preferred to sit and enjoy mine with a mug of coffee.

(I love these mugs they are so comfortable to hold - and along with other store branded products, they are for sale from any Gloria Jean's if you want one to take home!)

Like other chain or franchise cafe/restaurants that are around all Gloria Jean's have the same menu. 
But it is the staff that makes one more special than another, it is what brings you back, even though it may not be in your local area. This, is my favourite Gloria Jean's. 

Gloria Jean's
(Polaris Town Centre - Off Plenty Rd.)
42 - 44 Copernicus Cresc.

Ph: (03) 9468 5015

Monday to Friday 7:00am- 6:00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8:00am- 5:30pm

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mustbar - Doreen

Out and about on Saturday, we decided to turn left and keep driving until we found a Coffee Shop.

And that is how we found this delightful comfortable, modern Coffee/Bar/Cafe.

Officially in Doreen, we just followed signs that invited us into the Laurimar Estate and there at the end of the road was MUSTBAR.

With the pavement and upstairs balcony so popular there were no tables left, we settled down in a sunny niche inside.

I was particularly taken with the wall art Spreadsheet of how to make good wine and the felt tiling that clad the feature walls leading up to the balcony.

Looking at their extensive gourmet menu I just wished we had more time to order something other than Coffee and Cake.

I have never found a Barista that could make Fair Trade Coffee taste good - - - until now.

Serving the smoothest Organica Coffee I have ever tasted. Coupled with the most delightful Hazelnut Honeycomb Cake (sharing just one piece between us) and a small chocolate surprise on the spoon made for a beautiful afternoon tea.

On leaving I commented
"This is no where near us but ... We would love to come back!"

1/90 Hazel Glen Drive
Doreen  Vic  3754

Ph: 9715 2123
Open 7 days

Monday, September 29, 2014


Nestled in a small pocket of shops, at the Bell Street end of Nicholson Street Coburg is Ruby's.

This little shop fills a gap in the local Coffee scene as there are no other cafe's in the immediate area. Parking is limited to a few spaces in the side street, but is easily accessed by bicycle from the Merry Trail or the No 1 Tram stops outside the door.

Coffee on offer was Padre Coffee, which is locally roasted in Brunswick, and cakes were inhouse made. The staff were quietly spoken and very pleasant.

For my reviews, I can only comment on what we were served.
My Fruit cake, beautifully presented with Greek Yoghurt and Strawberries, was unfortunately dry. The strawberries were mushy and I suspect, thawed frozen*. On the other hand my companion's Blueberry muffin was overly moist.

I noticed another customer being served an enormous plate of scrambled eggs, but as there was no menu or price list on display on the wall or tables, we had no idea as to what else was on offer, or what we could afford.

Also, with precious little change from $20.00 for 2 Coffees and Cake I found it too expensive for my budget.
Will I be back? - No.

138 Nicholson Street

At the time of this review - fresh Strawberries were plentiful, large, packed full of flavour and cheap, which makes me wonder why it is necessary to serve anything else.