When you're scrolling through Instagram on your morning commute and you realise that you're viewing more photos of coffees, cakes and doughnuts (or cronuts, anyone?) taken from tasteful angles than actual people, scenery or anything else, then you know you have an obsession. This may or may not be me that I'm referring to here - but I am quite positive that I'm not alone in this food photo phenomenon. Yes, it may mean that I find myself with cruffin (re: croissant/muffin - yep, they exist too!) cravings at unusual hours of the morning, and YES, I am indeed guilty of re-orienting my way home from uni in order to strategically pass a cafe with good carrot cake and purchase a slice "for my boyfriend" because I saw a picture of it on Instagram the night before. But alas, I will not be ashamed… much ;)
Apart from being a regular #instafood stalker, I suppose, I must admit that I fuel the foodie photo hype by clogging the feed from time to time with either my own sweet creations or a beautifully presented meal at a restaurant… sorry :') It wasn't long after I arrived in Melbourne that visiting the city's numero uno brunch haven, Top Paddock, situated on Church St. in Richmond, became a TOP priority… I've been back many a time since my first taste - most occasions naturally accompanied by a series of photos which are, indeed, not very tastefully done as it is impossible to be both sneaky about picture-taking AND incredibly artistic. Photography is not my calling.
Any Melbourne frequent brunch muncher will tell you to order the blueberry ricotta pancakes here. They're deliciously indulgent and I tell you now, having tried to recreate these exact beasts on Sunday morning in mia cucina, I have a whole new admiration for pancake creations and whole lot of important questions, like, how do they get them so damn fluffy?!?! Besides, every second day these beauties (to the right!) are thrown in my face on my Instagram feed so who am I to resist? I'm definitely going to cave… many times.
You may inquire, why it is that they are number one in Melbs? Well, I may tell you. It just ticks all the checkboxes on a cafe-goer's list - great coffee, fast service, cakes to tempt you on arrival (damn you doughboy donuts!) and a super vibe. Due to its now celebrity cafe status, I must say that it really does lack that distinct Melbourne-cool combo of chillaxity (totally a word) and sweet hipster tunes which were probably present once upon a time but then, people cottoned on to how good it is. Now, it's busy - always.
More to the point, the salient thing here is that they do more than the eggs on toast - they make it different. They make it special. So basically, this is why I can forgive them for spamming my Instagram with pictures of their glorious food and coffee. And in turn, why you should forgive me for spamming yours ;) Just making your commute a little more yummy!