Lattes at Laneway

Lattes at Laneway

We have been here twice. Is this the best coffee in Darwin? Or do I just think it is because it’s a cool joint?

It is a truly cool (not temperature wise) cafe. Dallas (not actually my husband’s name), had the Eggs Benny and I stuck with just the soy Latte. The coffee was quick and tasty. The food looked delicious and with a cheeky taste I confirm that it was certainly a treat. The eggs, pulled pork, spinach and chimichurri hollandaise all went together beautifully on the plate. It was nice to look at and beautifully savory to taste. Dallas’ tummy was full and my mind was beaming for more!

My dog sat nicely at the foot of our outside table with lots of attention from pass-a-buyers.  She also highly enjoyed herself.

The website – http://www.lanewaycoffee.com.au/

Debbie

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Surprise coffee on the beach!

Surprise coffee on the beach!

So here we were, taking our dog for a visit to the beach. We were hot, clammy, and new to Darwin. We took along a picnic which consisted of chicken salad cups, cheese and biscuits and a few bottles of water. What lacked – a nice coffee.

As we waddled up the grassy dunes to the life saving club we noticed that there was lots of shade and not many people enjoying the lawns at the Life Saving Club (like I said, I hate crowds.) We laid our picnic blanket under the shady treed and spread our bodies out on the blanket. It was delightful, our dog panting next to us in the shade trying to catch a whiff of some chicken.

I went up and ordered two coffees (which were tasty, strong and delivered in a quick motion). We  were surprised when they delivered them straight to us on the blanket.

Our afternoon was so lovely, lying under the shade, looking up at the trees and feeling the sea breeze in our hair. Thank you!

The website – https://www.facebook.com/pg/delaplage0810/about/?ref=page_internal

Debbie

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Ruby G’s YES PLEASE!

Ruby G’s YES PLEASE!

Once in a while a cafe comes along that you cannot wait to tell everyone about. It makes you want to dance in the street with no clothes on, run into the ocean and swim with the giant lizards and yell “Hooray for coffee” so loud that your own ears hurt. The problem – that this cafe is close to my work….. and I am supposed to save money during my stint in Darwin. Geeeeeeee whiz why is life so hard and trickyful?

Anyways, here I was. Sick day. Headache. Runny Nose. Dizzy legs. Had to pick up dog food so that my canine child would not die (welcome, I am one of THEM). Quickly popped into Ruby G’s as it was highly recommended to get one of those homemade croissants. 

2 words – HOMEMADE CROISSANT.

As I walked into the little canteen or cafe I was greeted by a funky warehouse style building with plenty of room and relaxed / trendy hipster vibes. My eyes were instantly drawn to the sweet treats sitting on the counter just waiting to be digesting in my stomach.

As I discussed in an earlier post, I hate crowds when visiting a nice place to eat. I find them irritating and off putting – and a little bit dis-organised. However, there were certainly no crowds at this place today. Probably because it was about 2pm in the afternoon on a Wednesday. The woman serving at the counter was pleasant and happy to help and the chef was happy to whip me up a special croissants. I ordered the bacon, pumpkin and brie homemade croissant (and an Oreo doughnut) and a cafe latte of course

I saved the croissant for later and ate the doughnut straight away… it was fresh, perfectly sweet, and fluffy like a cloud – it was an essential experience to everyone’s life. That is all I have to say about that.

When I got home I enjoyed my croissant, it was deliciously savory. the bacon was salty and crunchy and the cheese was plump and perfectly melted. The pumpkin was soft and moorish.

My coffee was also delightful. Strong, yummy and quick. Just as I like it.

I feel much better now.

Website – http://www.darwinfoodies.com/directory/ruby-gs-bakery

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Debbie

Cafe Central

Cafe Central

One time, not too long ago I got a job in Darwin. It’s a bit of a swanky job which offers good pay, good company and beautiful seaside views not too far away.

A few times now I have popped down the road to an understated cafe called Cafe Central. Sometimes I will bring my lunch, sometimes I order my lunch and sometimes I just order a coffee and a treat (depending on the day that I have had.) I find this cafe perfect for a midweek escape. It’s private, cosy and not corwded.

Please note: If there is one thing I HATE when trying to dine, it’s being in an overcrowded place and I can guarantee you that this spot is not overcrowded during the week.

During my visits to this little place I have been lucky enough to try a toasted bacon and egg sandwich which was delicious and a caramel slice which hit the spot. There are plenty of other delicious items on the menu.

The coffee is strong, yummy and quick. My three faves!

The website – http://cafecentraldarwin.com.au/

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Debbie

 

Chow down on the Waterfront

Chow down on the Waterfront

This place was so yummy that I visited twice in one day! OK, the second visit happened by accident.

LUNCH: I visited the restaurant as I was wandering around the waterfront one day in late April. I was hot, sweaty and just needed a place to sit and have a cool drink of coke and a delicious feed. All of the restaurants along the waterfront look inviting. I remember an Oyster bar, fancy Greek and an Irish pub. I was looking for somewhere that I could sit for a while in private, that’s why I chose Chow. The beautiful plants that line the outside eating area provide a tropical feel and a place for me to hide. Ever since I visited South East Asia a few years ago, I have had this obsession for the food.

I ordered Chicken Pad Thai (Surprise) $18.00

It was delivered quick and it was nice and warm – also delicious.

DINNER: Only a few hours later my nurse friend called and said lets go for tea at Chow. Being a newbie to town I had to accept and I told her in the car that I had been there during the day. Luckily, I was in the mood for a Bun’s Vermicelli Bowl $17.00. It was a mixture of cold, warm, crunchy and fresh, just perfect.

My nurse friend ordered the Mussaman Curry $24.00 and I had a cheeky taste – it was really yum. I was actually a little jealous as I always want to order Mussaman curry but constantly stick to my old favorites. Next time I will take a risk and order something different.

Debbie

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The website – http://www.chowdarwin.com.au/