Along Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

The different cultural sectors of Melbourne have been a source of delight.

Lygon Street is the Italian enclave, where, it has been said, all tensions were eased when Italy beat Australia in the World Cup and the gelato shops all handed out free scoops to celebrate.

The D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana group includes an espresso bar, a delicatessen, and two mozarella & pizza bars.

We loved the authentic Italian provision shop look and feel of the delicatessen where a man was cutting up fresh spinach pasta under hanging legs of ham, and two older man came in, giving greetings and orders in rapid Italian, with many hand gestures:
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana delicatessen, Lygon Street, Carlton

D.O.C. Delicatessen, Lygon Street, Carlton

Next door at D.O.C. Espresso (326 Lygon Street), we settled down for warmth and a meal:

D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, Carlton
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, Carlton
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, Carlton
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, Carlton
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, Carlton
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, Lygon Street, CarltonBoth the spaghetti pomodoro and black rice salad(?) were excellent. The milk coffee was dark-tasting, as per Italian standards.

A few shops away, was a spice house with the German name, Gewürzhaus (342 Lygon Street, Carlton):
Gewürzhaus, 342 Lygon Street, Carlton
Gewürzhaus, 342 Lygon Street, Carlton
All the spices I’d ever seen in recipes and despaired of obtaining! Salts of various kinds including a black lava salt! And pink salt bowls!

And then, just across the intersection, Pidapipó (299 Lygon Street, Carlton), an amazing gelateria:

Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Seriously, nutella from a tap? Bring it on!

Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Affogato with vanilla ice-cream? Yes please.Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

Chewy pistachio ice-cream in a fresh cone, topped with Honeyfingers honeycomb. Yum. The honey was fragrant and the comb, not too waxy:

Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne Pidapipó, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

A little further one, a real-life bookshop! We enjoyed browsing at Readings (309 Lygon Street) before taking a tram down, past Donnini’s enticing fresh pasta shop,

Donnini's fresh pasta shop, Lygon Street
Donnini's fresh pasta shop, Lygon Street

to the long Lygon stretch to Rumi Restaurant (facebook, 116 Lygon Street):

Rumi Restaurant, 116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Rumi Restaurant, 116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Our waiter was originally from Canada, in Melbourne to train in rowing. He brought hot water on this tray, in these little pots.

Rumi Restaurant, 116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Rumi Restaurant, 116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East - Jerusalem artichokes with feta, fish cooked in vine leaf, slow-cooked lamb
Rumi Restaurant, 116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Despite the waiter’s best efforts, we can’t say we enjoyed this meal very much after waiting more than 40 minutes for the food. There was no variation in taste in each dish and the fish tasted distinctly fishy. The unspoken grump was that we might have spent far less for greater satisfaction at a pizza joint instead.

Hanging Out at Holland Village: La Nonna and Sunday Folks

Signature pizza, crab tomato cream linguine, La Nonna, 26 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore
La Nonna, 26 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, SingaporeThe 1-for-1 lunch promotion at La Nonna (Lorong Mambong, Holland Village) has drawn hungry students from the nearby National University of Singapore for some time. We had lunch with two of them this week, sharing the signature pizza (tomato, mozarella, asparagus, egg, parmesan, black truffle salsa), salmon e rucola pizza, and two crab linguine in tomato cream sauce.

Sunday Folks cafe, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Mega Saga, Holland Village, Singapore

Sunday Folks cafe, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Mega Saga, Holland Village, Singapore
Sunday Folks cafe, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Mega Saga, Holland Village, Singapore
After the students headed back to school, two of us repaired to Sunday Folks (facebook, 44 Jalan Merah Saga) across the road for their weekday S$10 cake and coffee/tea set.

We were talking about how difficult it must be for pastors/ministers of churches not to show favouritism to the people who themselves treated these pastors/ministers well.

  1. Full-time Christian ministry is a tough job – long hours spent in the study understanding God’s word, more hours spent on your knees for the sheep, and then counselling many with relational/psychological/personal/godliness difficulties, and dealing with the line of people waiting after service to tell them what exactly they disagree with in the sermon or running of the church etc.
  2. So, spending all waking moments dealing with sinful humans could very well be immensely discouraging, and it isn’t surprising that many ministers suffer from depression.
  3. But, said the friend who had been diagnosed with clinical depression, the temptation is to then depend on other people, other humans, for love, support, approval. Sadly, because they too are sinful human beings living in this fallen world, they may betray you, disappoint you, or, even if they were a perfect companion for life, they might die on you (and here the friend cited the Lee Kuan Yew – Kwa Geok Choo partnership). Also: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:6)
  4. Unfortunately, positive thinking, or being thankful for the good things in one’s life falls flat as well – it feel stilted and artificial especially when you’re already very down, and sometimes, objectively, there just isn’t much good in one’s life!
  5. Much better to trust in One who is eternal (won’t die), and who is in control of all things (not impotent to help), and who loves us so much that he died for our sins (more than willing to help).

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:4-8)

 

Sunday Folks cafe, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Mega Saga, Holland Village, SingaporeThe Sticky Toffee Cake was, as the name suggested, more spongy than the usual heavy-in-the-tummy sticky toffee pudding, and a good foil to the slightly over-extracted coffee.

flat white. Sunday Folks cafe, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Mega Saga, Holland Village, Singapore

  • beans: Liberty Coffee‘s Speakeasy Blend
  • crema x microfoam: good
  • flavour x body: nutty and a little burnt
  • aftertaste: medium