Packing, Packing, Packing

Yes! Hubby and I are heading to Europe for two weeks and packing remains the biggest challenge (apart from the 24 hour total flight time),

I used to be overzealous with packing, bringing along tons of clothing and countless pairs of shoes, and oh, who can forget the bags. Up till last year, I got a taste of travelling light for the first time and I have fallen in love with that comfort ever since.

This time, I've tried to be practical with my packing. It was very hard but anything that wasn't versatile enough to be worn with other pieces was out of the question. After rationalizing, my packing list looks like this:

3 x tops (for layering and doubling as sleepwear if required)
3 x jumpers / sweaters
3 x dresses
3 x bottoms (2 pairs of jeans and 1 skirt)
3 x jackets (1 denim / lightweight jacket, 1 coat, 1 down jacket for excursions)
2 x shoes (1 pair of ankle boots, 1 pair of hiking boots)
1 x bag

And of course all the other essentials like underwear and socks and hosiery.

I'm counting on these lovely booties from Madewell to see me through my trip! 

I think it looks pretty rational? There are at least 20 outfits that I can create from these pieces so I think I'm covered for the two weeks! 

I hope it will be a success, and who knows, maybe I'll even find that I still packed too much! (Will probably try to sneak in a couple more pieces in the last minute or two..)

Brown Cow Cafe, Hampton

I'm on a roll here! We were looking for some breakfast on the weekend and decided on Brown Cow in Hampton after seeing some interesting dishes on the menu. When we arrived, we were surprised that it wasn't a cosy little café, rather, a large establishment with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors that also served lunch and dinner.

I wanted something to warm me up and their hot chocolate did the trick, although I did find it a little too sweet.

Sandy & Andy Eurocafe, Hampton

Hampton adventures again! This time we chose to have our breakfast at Sandy & Andy Eurocafe, a neat little café with a very homely feel.

I was craving avocado that morning, so I ordered a classic dish of smashed avocado, feta and poached eggs on toast. It's really a very simple dish, but somehow the team at Eurocafe made it startlingly delicious. Everything just tasted really fresh and there was nothing pretentious about it. And the poached eggs, oh my goodness, best I've had in a while. I feel a lot of joy when I see perfect yolks gently oozing out! 

Cake Hopping

Ever heard of cake hopping? It's like bar hopping but way better and with cake instead! I had a rare day off with a foodie friend, and we thought it was best to spend it sampling some lovely cakes around the city.

#1: Le Petit Gâteau

It was only the first stop and already the bar was set high! We shared a slice of their signature brownie and passionfruit cake and it was heavenly. So many textures were incorporated, like the smoothness of the mousse and the crunchiness of the praline. I also loved that the passionfruit flavour was quite strong.

Sushi Hotaru, Melbourne CBD

I've been to Sushi Hotaru so many times now but I've never written a review because I'm usually so busy stuffing my face that I forget to take photos. I brought a friend for lunch last Friday and I told myself I had to write a review this time, otherwise I would feel like such a traitor for not doing my part for one of my favourite places to eat!

Sushi Hotaru is pretty much a sushi train that offers lots of fresh options. The best part is that apart from premium dishes such as noodle soups and sashimi, everything else is a flat rate of $3 per plate (Note: This will be increased to $3.30 per plate from 1st May 2016). This includes nigiri, gunkan, hand rolls and plenty of side dishes. Amazing value!