post industrial design
The cafe/retail store is not a new combination but it works beautifully at POD at Post Industrial Design (PID). It’s also a kid-friendly destination!

The front half of the Post Industrial Design, a cool homewares and furniture store, was carved out into a cafe last year by a couple who are friends with the owners of PID.

As befitting a cafe in a designer furniture store the dining space is lovely to look at, with the whole fit out made by PID co-owner John Van Hulsen (an industrial designer) mostly using recycled and reclaimed materials. I loved the repeated circle motives on the walls and the lighting and there were lots of curious knick knacks, including a freaky waving Mona Lisa by the coffee machine.

post industrial design

If you sit at one of the small tables by the door then you can spend your time window-shopping from the comfort of your seat. PID stocks lots of local designer goods, including the Make Me Iconic in Lady AB’s bedroom to drool-worthy lamps.

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The cafe menu focuses on seasonal food that’s simple and healthy. For autumn the menu is warm and earthy, such as the mushroom risotto with truffle oil and a poached egg ($18) It came out hot from the oven and was comfort food in a ramekin.

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Lady AB and Baby 2.0 hoed into their Sourdough Kitchen toast with gusto ($5.50) while sipping on matching berry smoothies ($6 divided into two) and flipping through the basket of kids books provided by the cafe. The staff had thoughtfully poured the smoothies into takeaway containers with straws for spillproof sipping.

post industrial design

Note that this weekend is your last chance to visit the fabulous Christmas windows adorning Post Industrial Design. Lots of fun details and moving parts and they even set up a little stool so that kids can climb up to view the work.

post industrial design

post industrial design

Features:
  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • kids menu;
  • standard menu suitable for kids; and
  • toys and books.

POD at Post Industrial Design (PID), 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray 03 9362 7703

Tuesday to Friday 7am-4pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm

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albert park community playground

The Albert Park Community Playground is an outstanding example of what community spirit, working together, can achieve.

The playground was built in in the 90s through the efforts of volunteers over five days. Over 3000 men, women and schoolchildren worked on a variety of jobs with tools donated by local people and tool suppliers. Food for the volunteers was donated by local families, restaurants and traders. Others cared for volunteers’ children at nearby schools and kindergartens.

albert park community playground

The result is an impressively imposing wooden fortress, full of towers and turrets, nooks and crannies – perfect for hide and seek and imaginative play. Baby 2.0 played lots of peek-a-boo with me!

albert park community playground

As the playground design was developed through community consultation, there are spaces suitable for babies right up to older kids. The equipment ranges from swings, slides, bridges made of rope and tyres, musical chimes and monkey rings – and Baby 2.0’s favourite, a sling bridge.

albert park community playground

albert park community playground

There’s plenty of parking right beside the playground as well as other facilities close by, so it’s a great spot for a day out. For hot summer days there’s natural shade from the imposing trees and shade sails too.

Features:

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older children;
  • toilets;
  • some natural shade and shade sails; and
  • BBQ, seating and tables.

Albert Park Community Playground, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park

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cherryhill

Christmas is cherry season in Australia and Cherryhill Orchards, Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard, is only 45 minutes from Melbourne.

I was invited to experience Cherryhill and took Lady AB for a morning of cherry picking and cherry treats.

cherryhill

Cherryhill is located in a picturesque part of the fruit growing region in the Yarra Valley, with its hilltop location providing expansive views of the valley and beyond.

cherryhill

There are picnic benches and you can also bring your own picnic blanket and basket and enjoy the gorgeous views.

cherryhill

cherryhill

The small cafe sells cherry products, including a delicious cherry soft serve ice cream made with macerated pitted cherries mixed with vanilla ice cream.

cherryhill

cherryhill

Also try the cherry baked goods by Gladysdale Bakehouse in Yarra Junction. I can report the brownies are worth the $4 – gooey, chocolatey with pops of cherries inside, served with a little scoop of ice cream.

cherryhill

Cherry picking is surprisingly easy for little people, as there’s lots of low-hanging fruit, they’re easy to remove from the stem and you can eat as many cherries as you want as you pick!

cherryhill

Lady AB acted as quality control, inspecting each cherry carefully before placing it in the bucket. If you fill the bucket to the brim it’s about 5kg of cherries.

cherryhill

We visited on a very sunny and it turns out the cherry picking (for fun) is actually not a very hot activity. Of course wear hats and slather on sunscreen but the cherry trees provide a lot of shade, unlike say strawberry plants. Visitors have been known to take a nap under the trees!

cherryhill

In December Cherryhill have extended its U-Pick hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday so families can pick cherries up until 7pm and avoid the afternoon sun.

In the end I’m glad that I didn’t take Baby 2.0 as the location is not really suitable for prams or energetic runaway toddlers – there are gravel tracks going up and down hills, you have to take a minibus to the actual u-pick orchard and there are no fences anywhere.

cherryhill

Cherry picking at Cherryhill is a great trip out with the family. Cherry picking is relatively easy work, even for youngsters, and afterwards you can relax with an ice cream or a coffee. There are many farms and attractions close by and visitors to Cherryhill often combine it with a trip to the Blue Lotus water garden and/or Warratina lavender farm.

And If you can’t make U-Pick this year, or just want some extra cherry treats, dial 1300CHERRY for delivery to your door!

Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

U-pick season from 15 November 2014 to late January

7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, December only – Fridays through Sundays 9am to 7pm

$10.00 per adult, $5.00 for children aged 3-13 and Infants (3 and younger) free

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This product talk is brought to you by Nuffnang and dish’d

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You know, I’d love to be more organised with feeding my family. In an ideal world I’d have a meal plan for the next year and bulk shop and batch-cook freezer meals and never buy takeaway.

But realistically?

I’m tired, I’m overwhelmed by chores, admin and work and I often have to manage two kids solo as T travels frequently for work. Mealtimes often end up being a last minute scramble.

Which is why I was excited to try dish’d, a new food service that brings a more gourmet offering to frozen meals. The meals have been designed by Melbourne chef Jacques Reymond and are made with high quality ingredients, plus they provide the convenience of online shopping and next day delivery to metro NSW and VIC. They have also opened a physical store in Prahran.

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My first impression of dish’d was the impressive array of meals from world cuisines and we tried sides to complete meals to canapes to desserts. All their meals are frozen to retain their nutritional value and flavours. We used dish’d to supplement our Christmas party catering and as family meals when things got super busy.

The HOTs

–        All the desserts! High quality ingredients and impressive presentation.

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–        Chimichurri rice. Spicy, fluffy rice which I actually ate for breakfast as a meal! You would normally serve it as a side dish with a protein.

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–        Squid en papillote. There are a range of complete meals which are microwave steamed en papillote so as to retain the moisture and flavour of the seafood. The fish dishes are ok but the standout is the squid papillote – bursting with Mediterranean flavours with surprisingly tender squid rings.

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–        Meatballs. I tried them plain and found them flavoursome and springy. I then doused them in some passata, added some farfalle and fresh parmesan and voila! A family meal that everyone loved.

The NOTs

–        The pizza. The flavours were fresh and lively, but the stiff base was disappointing.

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–        Pearl couscous salad. The texture and presentation were great but I found the flavouring much too sweet.

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I would definitely stock my freezer with dish’d again, especially for emergency meals and when I was having guests. The process is easy-peasy – you just select the dishes, choose a timeslot for delivery (you don’t even have to be home), pay and checkout.

They currently have an introductory offer of $30 free plus free delivery (when you spend $50) on your first order so now’s the time to try it out.

Giveaway! Thanks to dish’d I have 1 x $50 dish’d voucher to give away.

To win just answer the question: What would you spend your $50 dish’d voucher on?

The competition closes on Thursday 18 December midnight and is for metro NSW and VIC residents only. The winner will be the best comment as chosen by me and will be notified via email Friday 19 December. Good luck!

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HOT: Penguin Australia’s Children’s Books new releases + Giveaway!

December 12, 2014

When parents and friends ask what the kids want for Christmas, I always say ‘books’. Books are a gift that keep on giving! For Christmas this year I have compiled a picture book wish list for our kids age 2 and 4 from Penguin Australia’s new releases. John Williamson’s Christmas in Australia by John Williamson […]

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HOT: Jellybread Cafe, 561 Barkly St, West Footscray

December 12, 2014

Cafes don’t get much more kid-friendly than Jellybread in West Footscray. It’s your vintage-loving friend’s house complete with playroom and backyard toys. The kids can go wild while you enjoy a break or a meal – and then you can leave someone else to clean up the mess! Jellybread sprawls over several spaces – pavement tables […]

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