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For the past few weeks, we’ve been spending our Saturday running around -amazing race style- doing inspection marathon. What a stressful activity! with all the adrenalin,finding the right address, got lost, got pissed, arguing about which way to go, catching another tram to the next house / flat..pheeww..! Each inspection only lasts 15 – 30 min, and if the property located in popular suburb and close to public transport, there always at least 10 people looking as well. I found that inspection is kinda funny in a way, you can see in people’s eyes, when they see another couple arrived at the property, they look slightly pissed. And they try to limit interaction with each other, I think, in their mind would be sort of like “hmmm, we’re competing for this house.., better avoid eye contact!” (or, maybe not, I probably just imagining it).

Last Saturday, we went out around 9am, fully charged with coffee, and half a croissant (we share 1 croissant, we’ve got nothing else at that time). About 3 hours, 3 properties and 2 blisters later, (I stupidly wear my new shoes – NEVER wear new pair of shoes for inspection marathon, stick to your havaianas) we were famished and cranky.

We decided to go to A1 bakery, because other breakfast places must be really busy at that time, and we didn’t have any energy left to wait longer. It was quite busy when we got there, but luckily, there were still some empty tables around. The scene was different form other cafes we usually go to, most of the customers are families, or locals. We ordered the same stuff, spinach and cheese pastry, $3.50 each (how uncreative, I know, but low blood sugar level shut down our creativity). while we’re waiting for our pastry reheated, we couldn’t resist to buy the baklavas ($1 each, but if I bought $5, I always get 1 extra 🙂 ). I ended up eating the pastry, and saved the baklava for dessert. My hubby, has interesting way of eating them, he had 1 bite of pastry, and then 1 bite of his baklava, and his pastry again..weird! his tastebuds must be soooo confused..  The spinach and cheese pastry were really good, stuffed with generous salty chunks of feta, and fresh spinach, wrapped in crisp golden pastry. The spinach and cheese pastry was a huge triangle, sliced in three smaller triangles.The amount of cheese was just right, not overpowering the spinach, yet still satisfying.

The baklava – sheets of filo pastry, nuts, drizzle with syrup, and sprinkled with crushed pistachio. Very sweet, rich, and sticky (in a good way). I try to be good, and resisted the temptation to buy baklava to take home, because we still had some tiramisu left in the fridge. (I wil post the recipe later). On the way out, we saw a couple sharing a huge plate of pizza, automatically we exchanged glance, and telepathically said “we got to try that one!”

A1 Bakery – 645-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick, (9386 0440)

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rajee'sRajees Instant, 702 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056 (cnr Albion st and sydney rd)

(03) 9386 1181 ‎

After op shopping at savers and lazily strolling around sydney rd on warm-bright friday night (oh, how I love daylight saving!! ❤ ) we decided to eat at rajees. It’s a typical indian fast food restaurant, with most of the curry serve on bain marie (is that how you spell it?). But, their curry taste so much better than most of the indian fast food in CBD or food court. Their curries doesn’t leave a burning sensation in your belly after you had them. I had mix vegie curry (mild) and dahl (medium hot). The mix vegie curry had lots of vegies in it, most of them were carrots, which is good, cause I really hate mix vegie curry with 99% of it consist of potato chunks. The dahl was also good, a little spicier than the vegie, but the naan was really good. It was warm, and smeared generously with butter or maybe ghee, yumm.. I could just eat the naan by itself.

My hubby had butter chicken and palak paneer. He loved it, by the look of his empty plate, and the smile on his face. 🙂 The palak paneer was good, but, not enough paneer unfortunately. He had his curries with yelllow basmati rice, and while he was waiting for me to finish my food, he dug his pocket, and bought a vegie samosa for $2.

for 2 dinner meal we spent $13.50. ($6.50 vegie meal, $7 non vegie meal)

oh, dont forget the vegie samosa $2