Satisfy the “bodhi”, mind and soul.

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[Monk Bodhi Dharma, Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava]

Open: Mon-Fri, 6.30am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-4pm

I’m not vegetarian, but don’t really eat that much meat (unless of course its Jamón ibérico, then its all a bit of “excuse me while I undress”) and Vegan? I doubt I could ever go there as I get my “bake on” way too often, and you have to agree almost everything that makes you go “mmmmm” has butter in it. (mmm butter…I’m really a heart attack just waiting to happen)

However, I will be honest say that and didn’t even notice Monk was a culinary heaven sensation for vegans anonymous. (what a mouthful, could’ve just gone with “vegan cafe”)

I often find Vegetarian/Vegan food and menus to feel like they are “missing” a key ingredient (derr, obviously), however on this day my eyes feasted, and my tummy left feeling loved, nourished and super satisfied. (yes, SUPER satisfied :))

Good deed for the day? *tick*

Juxtaposed on this beautiful day for breakfast lovers was my “newest cafe find”coupled with my oldest friend in the world!

I met this man when we were children – I was 5, he was 6, and it was lovely to see him again. It’s always surreal to reminisce about yesterday, be in the moment for today and ponder about tomorrow with someone who knew you a lifetime ago.

Lots had changed, and change is a beautiful element of life. Nothing is permanent, and we are ever evolving.

For instance, when I was 5, I hardly spoke any English and articulating my thoughts into words was a challenge… (I still find it difficult to say EXACTLY whats on my mind…pictures help :))

Today, I write this without much thought as to the words on this electronic page, but to the story I wish portray…(yes I waffle on a bit)

So…on to the main attraction, the food and coffee? Here goes:

No ridiculous latte art, just a beautiful creamy latte made with love:

Yucatan “peasant” beans, toasted carbs and vibrant Chilli jam that kicks a punch:

This deceivingly petite dish is a reminder not to judge a breakfast by its portions. It was very filling, and satisfying, and you have to say the colours were delicious!

Marlo sweetcorn ricotta hotcakes:

These were perfect balance of flavours, and were visually exciting too-I’m one to eat with my eyes first, and little Mr Marlo Sweetcorn here was easy on the eye ;).

Some cafes are great, but there is no urge to work your way through the menu from start to finish. And some – like Monk, are a real treat and keeps you coming back to try new dishes and/or relish in your “sunday favourite”.

Breakfast lovers beware, it is a little hard to find (in an alley, behind a carpark….very Melbourne) But I assure you, whether you are Vego/Vegan or not, you will enjoy every minute of this beautiful little hideout and will leave having satisfied your “bodhi”, mind and soul…

Tastefully yours,

Light reading:

About the Monk “Bodhi Dharma”: click here
Broadsheet review: Click here
Age review: Click here

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C a f e : L e c c a

[Cafe Lecca, Trier]

Definition | Lecker is the german word for ‘delicious’. ‘Lecca’, therefore I assume is a variation of that.

Trying to find a good coffee in Trier is like trying to find good coffee in starbucks [apologies to starbucks lovers…]  I think a great coffee is a team effort: good beans, clean water and a talented barsita!And just when we were on the verge of giving up on enjoying good coffee in Trier, we came across Cafe Lecca near the Haupbanhof…this is where the 3 elements unite.

We ordered espressos to taste the true flavour of the coffee…

At first we were overwhelmed by the aroma…it was sublime!!!

It was soo good, we wondered how the breakies would be like… We came back the week after around 1ish, sadly to find breakfast had finished for the day. The waitress laughed as she said, ‘but it is too late for breakfast ja?’… I nodded sadly, holding back from yelling out, ‘but breakfast should be available-all-day ja?’…

Nevertheless, we ordered what was left over and what was available for lunching… it was delicious!!! 🙂 What a relief!… hellooo new local!!! 🙂

I ordered a bagette with basically a Calabrese salad inside…DIVINE!! 🙂 filled to the brim with flavour, so simple, yet the freshness of the ingredients shone through!.

Paul ordered this amazingly hearty ‘soup of the day’, which was basically a creaaaamy vegetable soup! the day was a bit gloomy, so the soup went down a treat!

The search was over! we had finally found a coffee destination that offers a simple yet delicious breakfast too!. 2 birds with one stone!!

We’re definately coming back for round 2 of breakfast @Lecca 🙂

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‘Leckerly’ yours,

Joanna