Blink, and you might miss it. Nestled quietly among a sea of shop fronts, its simple façade gives little inkling as to the delights that lay within. The only clue to outsiders that it is anything more than a book shop, or a hole-in-the-wall gift shop, is the psychedelic painted wall in the alleyway beside it. Drawing visitors in with its bright swirls of colour and pattern, a stark contrast to the surrounding buildings, their features painted a dull, weathering, cream. The store front is dark and, if the sidewalk wasn’t filled with bustling customers, you may ask yourself if it is even open. You push open the door and the hum of conversation hits hard, the floral wallpaper makes you question your own taste, as you try to decide whether you love it or hate it. Wait staff dance among tables, not even batting an eye when what available walking space this narrow café holds is swallowed up by a line of table-hungry customers, but we’re not here for the décor.
If you are looking for award winning food, this is the place to be. With the title of Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016 People's Choice award safely under their belt, Indulge takes traditional country-town dining up a notch, opening up a new market for other café owners and dreamers. I took my best friend on my most recent visit, as I do with everyone I entertain, and, after a menu mix-up, opted for the spiced red wine infused pear French toast, and my friend the truffle eggs. The meals here leave me breathless from bragging to everyone I see about the deliciousness and the sheer size of the dish. Perhaps the best thing about Indulge is the produce it uses. Everything is delivered fresh, daily by local farmers and the menus adapted to reflect the year-round seasonality of our farms. Dining at Indulge is ‘indulgent’ and is guaranteed to impress guests, friends and family.
I have been staying at my aunts for the last few days, and for Lunar New Year celebrations last night, and this morning I ventured to Block House Coffee, which I have been eyeing off for a while now. BHC is only a few minutes drive from my aunts so I am kicking myself I haven’t been before. The area itself is really modern and fresh and there are beauticians, hairdressers, and retail shops in the same ‘complex’.
I got a cold-drip coffee and if you are looking for a coffee different to your traditional Colombian robust Merlot flavours than this is the place to go. I had the Ethiopia blend that has notes of chocolate and fruit and oh my god can you taste it. This coffee reminds me of the mixed packet dried fruit you put in fruitcake at Christmas time.
I woke up early to get a iced latte from Dudley Street Espresso, a few stores down from Annerley Woolworths, and a lackluster almond croissant. Dudley’s is a local hot spot with ample nearby parking and bus stops this is a prime drop-in drop-out coffee goers destination. It’s location does not make it ideal to sit and eat as it is small and on a busy main road, but the service is friendly and fast.
I often hum-and-ha about where I want to go for my coffee in the morning and it normally gets narrowed down by; ‘could I be bothered walking that far?’ and ‘do I want iced or hot?’ Because it’s summer in Australia and hotter than the inside of a car parked in the sun all day, I have been opting for iced coffees and Dudley offers the best within walking distance to me.
My go-to choice here is just a vanilla iced latte for $4.50 after I have done my groceries at Woolworths.
I had a pelvic ultrasound this morning, because I am getting an IUD put in on Wednesday but I couldn’t find a car park and was in so much pain from holding my bladder that I had a panic attack, started crying and had to cancel. So, to calm me down I am currently working on a knit throw for my boyfriend’s apartment couch as it is in need of some white to brighten it up. I went to Spotlight the other day and unsurprisingly for me bought the wrong coloured yarn, so today I am going to go return it for the correct colour, hopefully! This project is keeping me pre-occupied while I wait to hear back from jobs. Knitting is super easy to learn and do, my mum taught me when I was younger, she claims she doesn’t know how to knit so she couldn’t have, but I refreshed my memory using this YouTube video here.
One of my favourite cafes to take my friends and family is Billykart Annerley, and not just because it’s a five minute drive from me. Billykart boasts three cafes; Billkart West End, Billykart Provisions and, my favourite, Billykart Annerley. Billykart is the baby of celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue and is always bustling with life. Being a lover of breakfast, and this being a breakfast lover’s menu, I often find myself sipping one of their amazing cappuccinos and eagerly waiting for my french toast on a Saturday morning.
Billykart’s breakfasts are second to none with their crispy corn fritters and fluffy ricotta buttermilk pancakes always a crowd pleaser. They always have fresh muffins and pastries on the counter and an assortment of baked goods in the cabinet. This breakfast favourite is very popular among locals, and groups of four or more may require a booking on the weekends. Billykart is local, delicious and a must-go breakfast destination. I would 10/10 recommend a trip there for coffee with friends, or just to treat yourself with some self-care.
My go-to menu choice is their brioche french toast, fresh strawberries, new season peach puree, strawberry and lavender syrup, and a cappuccino, which sets me back $22.50 and is worth every penny.