The Cornish Arms Hotel, Brunswick

The Cornish Arms in Brunswick is the first pub I’ve visited on behalf of Occupie Fitzroy. It’s the first Brunswick venue I’m blogging about. It also has a balls-awesome vegetarian menu. Everything is exciting.

I originally visited the Cornish Arms some years ago amidst a bad acid trip and to see my friend’s angry grunge band. Needless to say, the experience was unpleasant. I’m now extremely grateful to have forged some new memories of this classic venue.

This place is a really nice break from the wankery (and prices) of many Fitzroy venues. I’ve started frequenting the Cornish Arms every Monday night with a band of vegan-parma devotees and cider-holics, and I’m pretty excited to be spending regular hang times here. The place is chilled out and unpretentious, which is what you should be looking for on a Monday night. They have an impressive menu of vegetarian/vegan parmas and burgers, all at the finance-friendly price of $12. And they have cider. So no matter what, this place is either going to be good, great or amazing.

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This is now my Monday night dinner. Noms.

*I know* it may just look like a typical pub meal, but nay! This be a mushroom and haloumi burger, the dinner of gods! And some chips (because every Monday night must include 2 cholesterol points). I would be happy to eat this every week for all of eternity. However I’m already feeling that pang of regret for having discovered this wonderous dish so early on in my exploration of the menu, because now I’m never going to order anything else. Woe.

cornish arms 03This is Nikki enjoying her mushroom burger and being a total gangsta.

The only thing almost (but not quite) as good as the mushroom burner and chips, is that every Monday night is an open mic night. Some open mic nights can be hit or miss, but this one involves a Shakespearean stringed instrument, and a guy who dances to his synthesiser. This place is pure, indulgent, north-side bliss.

cornish arms 02 AKA Lord of the Dance, this guy is a total badass.

Occupie Metrics:
Door to Beard Index: When I say this place is unpretentious, what I really mean is every kind of beard can be seen. Beards on hipsters, ageing alcoholics, north-side family men. Brunswick is diverse, thus the beards are varied and plentiful.

Beer: They have it.

Noms: SO GOOD. Apparently their vegan parmas are amazeballs but faux chicken weirds me out.

How poor will it make me? A full Monday night belly will cost you around $22 (burger and pint). Goes alright in my books (and my blog).

 

-Maddy

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Sonido! on Gertrude St

Sonido! was probably the most pleasant surprise I’ve encountered all week. Not because I suspected it to be bad, but because I tend to find myself in a cafe-routine (rut) thus assume every other place must be rubbish (especially after visiting Breakfast Thieves last week). And especially if Avocado Smash isn’t on the menu.

South American cuisine would probably not be my first choice for a Friday morning brunch with my brunch bestie Chloe, but she had been here before and tends to have far superior cafe taste to me. So come 9.30am, I was bleary eyed and feasting on some South American noms served by a sweet, Spanish speaking fellow. I was content.

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My first thought upon entering  was ‘wow, this place is colourful and the barista has an incredible beard’. Followed by, ‘What does this menu say? I hope I don’t eat something meaty’. The aforementioned Spanish speaking fellow was incredibly patient with our order, while we deciphered the list of South American fruits we wanted in our smoothie, and I figured out what ‘arepas’ were (I’m a massive Spanish noob, FYI).

The menu was simple and small, which when you’re ordering slightly unfamiliar food, definitely works to your advantage. I ordered something involving ‘huevos’ and ‘arepas’ with a side of guacamole, which turned out to be some fried eggs with tomato on top of a corn tortilla kind of thing. The meal looked small but was incredibly filling and satisfying. It was like a Latin American party in my mouth, minus lines of cocaine but including lots of coriander. Complimenting this meal was a tasty pineapple and guava juice with some mint. This place certainly knows how to do ‘fresh and zesty’, which is perfect for a slightly hungover Friday morning.

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This was my incredible meal.

Occupie Metrics:
DBI: -3 steps. You could probably see that beard from the passing tram.

Coffee Snob rating: I ordered a smoothie instead of a coffee, which was badass. But Chloe’s long black looked equally as badass.

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Noms: Amazing food. However it’s probably not a place I’ll frequent too often, I’ll want to keep those noms for a special occasion.

How poor will it make me? If you’re already committed to eating in Fitzroy then this is on the slightly lower-end of the scale. My meal and smoothie cost $20.

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This place is colourful and friendly. Come here to liven up a grey Melbourne morning, and enjoy the vibes.

Their website: http://sonido.com.au/

-Maddy

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Breakfast Thieves on Gore St

Let me tell you about my plan to kidnap the chefs from Breakfast Thieves and keep them in my basement.

I mean what I meant to say, was the food at Breakfast Thieves is absolutely, mindblowingly incredible.

Tucked under a pretty fugly set of apartments, is this super cool, somewhat rustic little cafe that has well and truly won my heart. I had brunch here last week with my brunch bestie Chloe, and it changed my life. Despite my initial disappointment that the menu did not feature any avocado smash (my all time fav), the menu is really creative, and made myself & my brunch bestie wonder how people come up with these incredible meals (to which someone kindly reminded me that “people actually go to school for this stuff”).

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This was my Friday morning breakfast. It’s called ‘The Leprechaun’, and it involves corn and basil fritters on cauliflower and pea puree on toast with eggs. It must also contain heroin. I spent the rest of my Friday chasing the dragon and hoping to re-experience the magnificence that was this meal, but instead I found an extremely substandard burger in the CBD and went into withdrawal (#RegrettableLifeChoices). The soy chai latte I ordered alongside this meal was also fucking tops. You know when cafes bring out really bad chai lattes that are nothing more than some frothy and slightly sweet milk? This was not like that in the slightest. It was Christmas in a teapot and it was $4.50.

The next morning I awoke to a mild hangover and an empty stomach. There was only one answer to this situation: go back to Breakfast Thieves.

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‘The Breakfast Chain’

This is what Chloe the brunch bestie ordered on our first visit, and it’s what I ordered on my second. Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a serious addiction to cheese (sorry vegans) so this one was automatically a winner. Plus the eggs and yummy crumble, Breakfast Thieves had lived up to my memory from the previous day. I’m not much of a food critic so can’t really explain much about this meal other than it was well rounded and fucking delicious.

Occupie Metrics:
DBI: Unknown- I was too busy focusing on how amazing the menu was to notice any beards. There were probably quite a few though.

Coffee Snob rating: The soy chai latte was the nectar of Gods. I’m sure the coffee is somewhat similar.

Noms: I don’t think I could make it any clearer. When I die, I will go to heaven and feast on this cuisine. The menu is also vegetarian friendly, so 100 extra points.
How poor will it make me? Meals range from about $12-20. Standard Fitzroy prices, but it will definitely make you poor because you will definitely keep returning with your wallet and your mouth wide open.

Have a look at their aesthetically pleasing yet mostly useless website at: http://www.breakfastthieves.com.au/

-Maddy x

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Check out my face.

Before we continue, I think I should introduce myself.

My name is Madeline, I’m a 24yr old Melbourne native and I like to dance.

This is me, enjoying a tea party:

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Stuff I like:

  • Living in Melbourne, when I’m not getting rained on or fined for fare evading.
  • My job (I know, right?).
  • Boston terriers.
  • Tutus.
  • Burning Man, and other festivals of that persuasion.

My favourite meal right now (and the one I keep chasing) is avocado smash on crusty bread with goats cheese and possibly a poached egg on top. But I don’t mean to be too specific. I like most things so long as they have no meat and plenty of garlic. I’m a former coffee addict but prefer a soy chai these days as it doesn’t make me feel crazy. I’ve lived in Melbourne’s inner-north for a year now. A glass of red is my drink of choice and life treats me pretty well.

This is the blog I like to keep so I can spread the word on my (hopefully) amazing culinary experiences.

Cheers!

-Maddy

Bimbos Deluxe- Brunswick St

We are beginning with a Fitzroy classic, Bimbo Deluxe on Brunswick St

I’ve personally always found this place to be pretty good. Seconds after locking your fixie to a fence around the corner, you can see that this place just screams “fuck you…. we’re cool”. It has really sexy/dungeon-esque mood lighting, super freaky baby doll decor, and couches that are easy to get stuck in. It definitely clings onto the grunge that was once so pervasive in Fitzroy, and in parts closely resembles a cave. In fact, it actually has a cave.
The pizzas are often cheap and always amazing, with plenty of options for vegetarians like myself. However, eating said pizzas has proven difficult whilst being stuck in a couch, and at times I have ended up with a lap full of mushrooms (a warning for those lazy pizza eaters). I assume there is other food available, however when $4 pizzas are on the menu, who really gives a fuck about the salad.
Bimbos also do vodka infused with cool flavours, like watermelon and chili. It hangs in big vats above the bar, amongst even more freaky baby dolls. I assume it’s tasty, however a vodka-aided hangover from 2009 still lingers in my mind, so I no longer touch the stuff.They have the normal beer selection, and a fancy beer selection, of the ‘normal’ Fitzroy prices (see: ‘fuck drinking here is expensive’). Their cider (the only thing I’m usually concerned with) is great, however it was served to me in a fucking schooner. One of few downsides to this place: if I wanted a schooner I would go to fucking Sydney.

Occupie Metrics:
DBI: 3.0- This place has fierce beards, and many of them.
Noms: $4 pizza during certain times. Seeing as it’s $4 and it’s pizza, it is definitely good.
How poor will it make me? Food, not very. Drinks, probably. Because of those fucking schooners.

Final notes:
I visited this place on a Monday night. Like any bar, Monday nights are pretty chilled, kind of the way I like them. However a Saturday night is very different and seems to get filled with the kinds of people I actively try to avoid. Moral of the story: visit at your own risk, but it will probably be awesome.
Bimbos pizza get in me!
-Madeline

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This is Occupie Fitzroy!

Hey hey!

Welcome to Occupie Fitzroy (pun completely intended).

Occupie Fitzroy is a food blog. I plan to visit every bar/restaurant/cafe in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area, and write about these experiences. Melbourne’s inner-north is known for some fucking cool bars and cafes, perfect to stumble into from the 86 tram when you’re so hungover (like the song says). So I’m going to check all of them out, and rant about it here.

Alongside my general observations of food quality and hipster cred, I will be using a series of metrics on which to judge each Occupie location:

  • DBI (Door to Beard Index)- The number of steps it takes before one is presented with an incredibly fierce beard.
  • Coffee Snob Rating- A rating on how much their coffee doesn’t suck.
  • Noms!- Is their food nom-worthy?
  • How Poor Will It Make Me?– The damage to one’s presumably struggling bank account.

Metrics may change according to location and creativity.

And so it begins. Stay tuned lovers!

-Maddy