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Mission #2: Outdoors

Hello Spring and hello to a new adventure! It’s funny how a change in food can affect you…it may be the end of my August vegetarian mission but today I even chose to buy a vegie burger for lunch and okonomiyaki (vegetarian pancake) for dinner. Continue reading

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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

Father’s Office

I’ve heard the place Father’s Office thrown around many times, but always thought of it as more of a bar. Upon arrival it has a noisy bar section on one side, but a lovely dining section to your left.

Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant actually has a 1920’s theme, which I wasn’t aware of until I saw the waitresses dressed in sparking black dresses with fancy headpieces. “Speakeasy” refers to places that served alcohol illegally in the 20’s in America, as it was prohibited.
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It was early in the night, so still a little empty, but it allowed me to admire the decor, with the main wall’s photo (above) providing a true vintage feel. In addition to this, the blue water glasses really provided a nice colour that subtly complimented the colour of the walls.

Continuing with the theme, the menu is presented like an olden day newspaper with the unique cocktails on the front whilst the inside is full of various American and pub meals..and plenty more drinks. The menu had a similar feel to my previous visit to New Orleans inspired Po’ Boy Quarter, with items such as New Orleans Cajun Chicken Wings, however Father’s Office’s influences felt a little broader.

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20140322_190857Their drinks menu had some entertaining descriptions and I thought I couldn’t drop by this place without trying a drink. So I went for a Granny’s Blackberry Press ($15, right), perhaps swayed by the description “An instant favourite with some of our prettier customers”, allowing me to deduce that its popular with the ladies! It consists of blackberry, creme de mure, limoncello, apple juice and mint. All those flavours mixed so well, with the prime flavour being blackberry. It’s quite fruity and was presented in a lovely fashion, so my other friend ditched her sparkling wine and we ordered another one!

We all ended up getting burgers – I was particularly determined on getting one as I had been craving one that week. It was a tough choice, but I went with the pork belly burger ($19, below), which included brioche bun, apple and pear compote, cos lettuce, Dijonaise dressing and Victorian pork belly. Secretly, I was hoping that it would live up to the pork belly burger at Strange Wolf, which has sadly closed.

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In my excitement, I didn’t realise the apple part was “compote”, usually pieces of fruit soaked in syrup and spices. It provided a strange mushy texture to my burger, which I didn’t enjoy too much. I was expecting crunchy pieces of apple, but that’s my fault for not reading properly (and maybe not knowing what compote meant until I wrote this blog). The pork belly was not bad but didn’t feature as much crackling as I would have liked.

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The chips were classic French fries and were addictive, but I’ve always preferred my chips thickly cut. I know this isn’t the tradition for American food though but I did love the the accompanying mayo in a cute little jar on the side.

My other friend chose the fried chicken burger ($15, above), crispy buttermilk battered chicken thigh with purple pickled coleslaw and Dijonaise mayonnaise. The chicken lived up to its description as it was cooked just right, it was crispy, juicy and buttery. My friend absolutely loved it, whilst I had a try and felt the same, but she felt there was too much of the purple coleslaw.

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Finally, I had joked to my friends about the ‘Man burger’ and next thing you know two of them ordered it! The Man burger ($20, above) comes with fried Dijon mustard, black Angus patty, Swiss cheese, beer battered fries, more cheese, a fried egg and bacon. I looked at my burger, and then their’s and instantly felt the food envy. It looked great, but my friends felt the taste of the Dijon mustard was a bit overwhelming in the burger.

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Overall, the meals and atmosphere were great. The burgers were good and although they weren’t as big or amazing as I expected, they satisfied our burger cravings and made us content. There are little things in the burgers that didn’t suit us as individuals, but seem unique from other places and seem to be pleasing the crowds.

Father’s Office is located at 249 Little Lonsdale St and is open Mon-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am and Sun 11am-midnight. You can find their menus here.

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