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Bowery to Williamsburg

It’s rare that I venture to the city during the weekend for brunch, but the Mother’s Day Classic gave us a good reason to reward ourselves after.

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Most brunch places on my list were a bit far from the Flinders area though, but I remembered there was a bit of hype around Bowery to Williamsburg when it first opened. Located on a laneway of Flinders St, there was bound to be hype as they are run by the same team behind The Hardware Societe.
20140511_100528It basically serves brunch with an American twist, hence the name (Bowery – New York, Williamsburg – Virginia). The menu (above) is short and sweet whilst printed on the back of a postcard.
20140511_100546When the hype first started, all I heard of was the peanut butter hot chocolate (below). Served with a Reese’s peanut butter cup and in a trippy cup that’s designed to look scrunched, the taste was definitely rich of peanut butter. The only issue was it got unpleasantly clumpy at the bottom of the drink.
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My friend and I ended up choosing the pulled pork hash ($16, below) with broccoli rabe, poached eggs and corn bread. It was served with a sauce on the side, which to me tasted like a barbecue sauce with a hint of mustard, demonstrating the American influence.

20140511_102937One egg fell off the top of my pile of food and onto the plate on the way to our table, so my friend’s dish was more suitable for photos. I enjoyed the dish as it’s something different from your normal brunch fare.

The pork was a little cold but I’m not sure if it was because we were waiting for the last dish to come out or it was genuinely not that hot. The portions of each ingredient was reasonable and I really enjoyed the sauce on the side.
20140511_102943Meanwhile, my friend was eyeing a dish on the table next to us. It happened to be one of the shakshouka eggs, similar to baked eggs. Out of the the pastrami, salmon and sweet potato, she chose the hot smoked salmon ($16, below).
20140511_103229The dish looked great but unfortunately it felt like the salmon didn’t suit the shakshouka’s sauce that well. I think pastrami would have been my choice, served with a mint salad and yoghurt.
I wouldn’t mind coming back to try some other dishes but it’s not as though I’ll be rushing to come back.

The place was busy when we arrived but luckily a table had just left, which spared us a wait. Unfortunately the round tables outside are quite small and they had to pull up an extra chair for all our condiments etc to make room for our food. The long rectangular tables are more spacious but evidently more popular and often taken.

At the counter is a sandwich bar where you can choose what ingredients and spreads or “schmears” (as the sign says) you would like, so you can treat yourself with an American sandwich for lunch.

I am constantly eager to try brunch places that don’t just serve the everyday items and this was a nice addition to the mix. I find it at least a bit more interesting than Hardware Societe itself. They also have a few specials so don’t forget to take a look at these too – check out the buttermilk pancakes with lavender marshmallow listed above!

Bowery to Williamsburg is located at 16 Oliver Lane, Melbourne CBD and is open 7.30-3pm weekdays and 8.30am-3pm weekends. Check out the menu here.

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Skinny Dippa Frozen Yogurt

When you think of frozen yogurt, you usually imagine a simple, bright shop. It might be a small stop along a busy street, or part of a food court and so forth. But when it comes to Skinny Dippa Frozen Yogurt, your ideas will be confronted when you see a spacious interior, outdoor seats and a very different concept.
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What really impressed me was the design of the shop and the idea and use of the skinny dipping analogy. This analogy extended into a beach theme, hence the wooden houses bearing the flavours and a little “Beach Closed” sign right at the back of the flavour room (below).
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The place had a similar layout to other frozen yogurt places such as Goyogo, with the flavours at the back, toppings along the side of the shop, then ending with where you weigh and pay.

20140425_141731 Yet simultaneously the atmosphere felt so different. The floorboards and potplants just provided a bit more of a homely feel, and it felt more like a cafe rather than a quick froyo place where you stop by. The skinny dipping idea continued with the sign above, and I enjoyed the naming of their sizes, ranging from snack (225g) to famished (600g). Having just had lunch, I went for a peckish (340g).

The beach house design in the flavour room was very cute, as well as the hanging board signs. Such small details, but it really helps to differentiate Skinny Dippa from other places. The staff were kind enough to let us taste test the flavours before committing to a whole cup.

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The burnt caramel is one of their signature flavours. Curiously, I tried it and found it not to be that much different. But after a few seconds my friend and I went, “Ohhhhh,” when the burnt aftertaste kicked in. It was a strange sensation but amazing as to how these flavours are created.

The toffee macadamia tasted exactly as I expected but it was catered to vegans so I could taste the undertones of soy (although it’s not that strong). In contrast, the peanut butter biscotti had a strong taste of peanut butter so I’d recommend it to peanut butter lovers!

The natural uses stevia, a natural sweetener instead of sugar and you can taste a slight difference – somehow the yogurt just feels that touch more natural. In the end, burnt caramel really grew on us so I chose that along with the natural flavour.

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The next hard choice was choosing the toppings. Once again, their adorable plants and blackboard signs continued a subtle, playful beach theme. I liked the consistency of this theme and how it worked so well throughout. Their toppings ranged from fresh fruits, to granola and of course juicy balls (boba).

I couldn’t resist the lychee boba (below), and by the looks of the bowl, a lot of other people couldn’t too. I also got the mango whilst my friend decided to have well…all of them.

20140425_142752 After this I debated whether to get oreos as I usually do, but got swayed by the cheesecake pieces instead! I love having the crumbly cheesecake base mixed in with my yogurt, and the yogurt also helps to dampen the richness of the cheesecake.

My cup (bottom left) was full to the brim of natural and burnt caramel, whilst my friend got a few more flavours to taste a bit of everything, including raspberry, coconut and vanilla bean. The sign below stated they use real flavours, such as real raspberries and coconut, and my friend found this evident in these flavours.

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He even thought the raspberry was a bit sour like real raspberries. I think it’s great that you can taste the difference in their flavours, knowing that they are more natural and healthier without ingredients such as sugar.

Skinny Dippa charges $2.80 per 100g, and then you can sit at their tables, which exhibit their fun design. The plants kind of remind you of shrubs by the coast whilst the boards on the wall are like your swinging bathing box doors.

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Another cute aspect of their marketing is that they are running a competition for schools, whereby the school with the most receipts for frozen yogurt will win free yogurt for their school for one day. There was a wall of jars for each school. I observed some families putting their receipts in the jars, demonstrating that this is a great incentive to encourage families to have a healthier option.
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Located on Chapel St, Skinny Dippa faces a bit of competition but I believe their concept and natural flavours makes them stand out from the crowd. They seemed to attract a reasonable crowd on a public holiday, and the atmosphere really entices you come in and enjoy the whole theme.

Skinny Dippa Frozen Yogurt is located at 121 Chapel St, Windsor and is open daily between 1pm-10.30pm.

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*Mon’s Adventures was invited as a guest of Skinny Dippa Frozen Yogurt