This quirky little café was the location of choice for K and I when we decided to catch up with a friend who was also completing his elective in London.
From the outside, it had the appearance of a Vespa workshop, while the interior was no less strange – a mismatched assortment of furniture, art and scooter memorabilia filled the space. The staff were very friendly and more than happy to let us chat away over some coffee and cake.
‘What are you going to buy with your first pay check?’.
That was the question everyone was asking in the first few weeks of starting internship. After being a poor medical student scrounging for free food every day, it was liberating to know that we were actually now being paid for the time we spent in hospitals, and having dreamt of this moment for the better part of my degree, I knew exactly what I was going to spend my first pay check on.
I took a short trip back home to visit my family and invited them all out to a big dinner just a few days before Chinese New Year – my way of showing thanks and appreciation for all of their love and support throughout my life.
We decided to visit Ruby, a local Chinese restaurant with a fairly decent reputation for food. Located on the main street in Dickson, it’s certainly one of the nicer eateries in the area, and its bright red sign is hard to miss. The service was surprisingly good – I was expecting the usual dismissiveness – but our waitress was very accommodating and courteous. It took us some time to order due to the extensiveness of the menu, but in the end picked some of our favourite Chinese dishes as well as a few new ones to experiment.
Not only is Axil Coffee Roasters widely known as one of Melbourne’s top specialty coffee venues, it’s also a hugely popular brunch destination owing to its huge, brightly lit space, friendly staff and consistently delicious food. I finally got around to making a visit with some friends recently, and even though the café was packed out, the four of us were seated after only a 15 minute wait. The menu was a great mix of savoury and sweet options, with some interesting variations on café classics, and there were definitely a number of dishes that I wanted to try.
While we were in London, K and I took the opportunity to catch up with a friend who was in the city completing a year of research work. Luckily for us, her many months of experience meant that the choice of restaurant was a London favourite – Tonkotsu! Named after a classic type of creamy, pork-based ramen, this restaurant is considered one of the best in the city if you’re looking to devour a bowl of these Japanese noodles (slurping encouraged!).
11 Upper St Martin’s Ln, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9FB
Jamie Oliver – the quintessential English celebrity chef – talented, charming, and a proud advocate of the importance of home-cooking. I love his simple recipes full of fresh, seasonal ingredients, his amazing YouTube channel that features up-and-coming chefs of all specialties, and his firm, whole-hearted belief that food can be both delicious and healthy. He spent the better part of 2015 campaigning for the introduction of a sugar tax in the UK in a bid to reduce obesity and will continue his work on child nutrition this year*.