At first glance you mightn’t notice just how much detail went into creating 10sqM. But take a closer look and you’ll see that the copper detail in the artworks by local artist Little Quarters match the Duckfat pendants hanging above, the mandala painted by Natalia Berlizova has real coffee colouring part of the artwork and a mural in the laneway by street artist Glummo was specially made for the cafe.
In a time where we only look straight ahead, Bear & Bean is a café that’s forcing you to shift your focus. Look to the ceiling and you’ll see over 40 boards decorated with illustrations by family, staff and friends spanning the length of the venue.
What used to be an unused garage has now been turned into a quaint and cosy coffee shop. Enter through the aged blue door and you’ll find a clean interior with glossy white tiles on the far wall, white brick lining the walls and intimate seating arrangements each with a wood finished table.
Zambrero is Mexican with a mission: a healthy quick service restaurant as well as humanitarian enterprise committed to tackling world hunger. It does this via its Plate 4 Plate charity initiative, which means for every burrito or bowl sold, one meal is donated to someone in need around the world or living in an underprivileged Australian community.
Have you seen what has Roll’d into town? Yes, the nationwide Vietnamese street-food phenomenon, Roll’d, has set up shop in Westfield Geelong. Opening up just before Christmas, the store has had no shortage of customers. But for those of you yet to visit, what is Roll’d and what exactly does it offer? I spoke with Store Manager, Tin Ly, about this fast-growing and delicious chain.
Schnitz recently made the move to Geelong, with two stores now open – Waurn Ponds and Westfield Geelong. And with over 30 joints in Victoria, the team has developed a keen eye for location, location, location. “We love the relaxed, community atmosphere in Geelong and had an overwhelming number of schnitzaholics requesting stores in the area. A couple of locations came to our attention so we jumped at the opportunity.”
“We care about our food and our customers so much, we don’t just wake up, come to work and go home – we breath it,” George says. “I wake up every day super pumped to smash out some great food and talk to customers as well. I think that’s how I’ve been brought up with mum and dad, and everyday here I get the staff and do a pep talk. There’s no point creating a negative workspace environment, it’s just like soccer if you have one negative player the team is going to collapse.”
After receiving a bit of a facelift, the Portarlington venue is ready for a Summer season and whatever celebration you care to bring along with you. Adapt at multi tasking the venue offers a spot to grab a bite to eat, listen to some great live music and a stunning view across the bay. We had a chat to one of the owners Mitch, about his pretty excellent spot on the coast.
Check out what’s on at Earthcore this year with our handy 4 page guide! Featuring acts you won’t want to miss, festival map, full line-up and set times, activity timetable and survival guide for this huge five day event!! When&Where: Thursday 27 November to Monday 1 December at Pyalong, Victoria
There’s a new taco man in town and his name is ‘Gringo’. Gringo’s Taco House is the brainchild of local chef Rob Swander and currently resides in the heart of Torquay’s Surfing Village, in what is known by day as the Golden Plate award winning cafe, Stick and Stones Specialty Cafe. Rob is a Northern Californian native who originally moved out to Australia to study at La Trobe University, which is where he met his future wife, Katrine.