Archive for the ‘Food & drink’ Category

Hidden innocently enough on the main street of Gloucester is a neat little cafe called Roadies. It’s immediately obvious that the owners are bike nuts, with a couple of gorgeous oldies serving as decor alongside the tables. Not to mention the vintage signs and other prints on the walls.

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The other thing that caught my eye was the beautiful art deco ceiling work. Often ceiling plaster has a much older style like Victorian, with deco being particularly rare. The central piece with the lights would have been a good metre long!

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The food is pretty good too, nothing fancy just good quality burgers and chips. All in all well worth checking out for lunch or dinner if you’re in the area.

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With Christmas coming up, here’s some great swag to fill up your loved one’s stockings.

Cars, surfing and sport – doesn’t get much more Aussie than that! An awesome triple DVD pack from ABC stores and great value at $34.99. Check it out here.

Jess Eisner is absolutely killing the Aussie pin up scene with her edgy modern take on the classic pin up. Her awesome work is in the Street Machine Hot Rod magazine, but why not hang her calendar up and enjoy a new lovely lady every month, all for $25.00. Check it out here.

The boys of Sydney’s Porteno and Bodega restaurants are also killing their field as well. The good news for those not living in Sin City is you can get a copy of their cookbook and enjoy their recipes in your own home. Don’t let the subtle cover fool you, it’s chock-a-block full of amazing photography and recipes. For a sneak peak check out this article here, or buy it for $59.99 by clicking here.


Love mid-century modern? This unique book looks at Australian MCM gardens with over 330 images in glorious full colour. All that for $39.99. Check it out here.

Fuel magazine is great ‘little magazine’ which punches well above it’s weight with fantastic photography and great variety in it’s subject matter. Four issues delivered to your door for just $60.00. Check it out here.

Know a budding artist? Check out these great pinstriping and lettering kits from Kustom Lane Gallery in Melbourne. There’s a range of kits available, the cheapest being 3 colours and a pinstriping brush at $65, through to 5 colours with brushes for pinstriping, scroll work and lettering. Click here to check it out.
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Is there a better way to celebrate a wedding than with a cocktail from a tiki mug? We didn’t think so either!


Most ceremonies have some kind of ‘unity ceremony’, to symbolise two people coming together. Often this’ll be something like pouring coloured sand into a single vase, or lighting a candle together. We met through a mutual love of tiki culture, so we wanted to reflect that in our wedding. Sure it didn’t go with our country kinda vibe, but we’ve never been ones for doing things normally. To keep things simple we stashed all the ingredients in a vintage thermos, with the alcohol in mini glass bottles.



The cocktail is of our own concoction, and we’ve dubbed it ‘The Tiki Two’.

The Tiki Two
1 shot Banana Liquor
1 shot Sailor Jerry Rum
200mL  Charlie’s Orange and Mango Quencher
A splash of bitters
A sprig of mint

Add ice, add shots, stir, add juice, splash bitters on top, add mint. Enjoy!

The finishing touch was our caterer Mario’s Kitchen making up a whole bunch of them, so our guests got one as soon as the ceremony finished. Needless to say they were a hit!



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I’m pretty stoked to share these amazing pics from our wedding a couple of months back. The plan from the start was a fun and relaxed day with family and friends, and that’s exactly what we got.

We also wanted something that reflected US as a couple. So naturally it had to include our EK Holdens, our mates old cars, lots of rustic and vintage décor, great tunes (blues, rockabilly and rock and roll), and of course great food. We coordinated the whole thing, and bought or made all the décor (even the 75m of bunting, the bouquet made from vintage brooches, all the signage and stationery). I think scouring the op shops and antique stores in little country towns every time we went away was one of the best bits! Having said all this, there is no way we could have done it without the help of family and friends. They went above and beyond to make it happen and were truly awesome.

So without further ado, check out these amazing pics from Jonathan David Photography.

The venue was Castlereagh Hall, just north of Penrith. With gorgeous art deco styling and stunning views over horse studs and Penrith Lakes, it was a pretty easy choice.





Our guests had travelled from all over the place, so we made this sign to recognise how far they’d come!



The amazing chairs and tables are from She Designs.




We encouraged our mates with old cars to bring them along. They looked great and the other guests loved checking them out too.




The bride arrived on the tailgate of our EK, with her best friend by her side and driven by her brother.


My nieces were the flower girls and were adorable!



Our celebrant was the amazing Laurel-Anne from Love from LA. She was sweet, funny and gave us a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. She’s a lover of rockabilly and vintage style, and we’re stoked to have now become friends with her.



Hair and make up for the girls was by Thalia Amour.



One thing I’ve never liked about weddings is that awkward gap between the ceremony and reception. We had the whole shebang at the one place. To make our guests feel comfortable we had our awesome caterer Mario’s Kitchen put on an amazing spread of gourmet food on a mate’s old Chevy truck, with his staff  serving drinks as well.






To keep guests entertained, we provided lawn games like bocce, croquet, quoits and a lasso set up with a saddle on a sawhorse.




During this time we got some shots with the bridal party.




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Back at the venue, our gifts and wishing well table featured a bunch of vintage items we’ve collected over the years. The picnic basket with the slit in the top made a perfect wishing well! We also featured the wedding pics from all of our grandparents, as none of them are with us anymore.




My mum made the amazing cake. We gave her a simple brief of rustic and native flowers, and she came up with this stunner. Each of the flowers is hand made, painstakingly made petal by petal.


The Hall allowed us a lot of freedom when it came to set up. Our caterer Mario suggested one big long table which looked fantastic, and once again the food he provided was amazing. Each of the dishes were served as share platters, which meant you could have as much or as little of them depending on your tastes. One of my favourite memories of the day is looking down the table and seeing one of our mates eating the remnants of the mash potato directly from the serving bowl.











After dinner we had speeches, and then our first dance was to ‘rolling in my sweet baby’s arms’ by The Snowdroppers.



Dessert was banana flavoured soft serve topped with fresh banana. Half had chocolate topping and a covering of chocolate Persian fairy floss, while the other half had caramel topping and caramel Persian fairy floss. These were served in preserving jars with handles which guests were then able to take home with them.



And with it all over, it was time to make our escape in our EK. We drove ourselves, and it was great to have some quiet time to ourselves and talk about everything that had happened.


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Interstate road trips necessitate food roulette every time you stop for a meal. Maybe a servo pie? God knows how long that bucket of salmonella has been gestating in the warmer. What about a McKentucky something? Sure it’ll be quick, and the quality is reliable, but that quality is low. How about a local cafe? Yeh good luck with that. First you’ve got to find one, then who knows how good the food is, or how long that will take. Our best experience was cannelloni which was served still frozen in the centre! If you can’t even microwave food properly, maybe you should try a different profession.

So we were stoked to stumble across the Long Track Pantry at Jugiong a while back. It’s nice and easy to find and get a park, and is only minutes from the highway. The place is decked out with a rustic vibe, selling a range of handmade preserves as well as their food. The food by the way is fantastic, with an ever-changing blackboard menu depending on what fresh food they’ve got. We’ve stopped in for lunch on the way somewhere, and stopped in a few days later on the way home and there was a number of different dishes. The service is quick too. We’ve stopped in on a long weekend and it was seriously packed, and the food still came out in a reasonable time. One of the hidden gems of the Hume. We passed few a couple of weeks ago and I got some pics. Lunch was an old school curry, and it was great sitting there in the winters sun looking at a quiet paddock with cows grazing.



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If you’re ever in the gorgeous alpine town of Bright in Victoria, you should check out the Coral Lee cafe. First of all it’s pretty cool, with its dash of 50s kitsch decor, like their vintage ceramics which are used for hot drinks. Secondly, and more importantly, their food and coffee is awesome!

My fiance is a self-confessed coffee snob, and searches out the best java whenever we’re somewhere new. She gave these guys the double thumbs up, which is a big call for her. Personally I was blown away by their banana muffins. The mix was one of the lightest and fluffiest muffins I’ve had in years, intermixed with small chunks of mushy banana. All topped off with a crusty top sprinkled with raw sugar. So damn good!

Check them out if you’re ever in Bright, pop into 8 Barnard Street and check them out.





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