The Hardware Société

IMG_5128My favourite breakfast place in Melbourne.

To be honest, I didn’t go to many cafes. Out of the few that I went, this is definitely my favourite. Strongly recommend and I will be back when in Melbourne.

IMG_1942Simple layout yet with its own character

IMG_5126_meitu_1The coffee area

IMG_1944The kitchen. Chefs busy at work satisfying our tummy 😛


Time for the food….

IMG_1950Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a must. My choice for the day was cold drip.

IMG_1952Baked Eggs – Un. Scallops, cauliflower puree, leek, crispy jamon.

This is a must try! I’m not an egg lover but I’m in loved with it. The eggs are done to perfection – soft and fluffy. If you are not a seafood lover, there is another option. Baked eggs – Deux. Chorizo sausage, potato, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds, aioli.

IMG_1951Lobster Benedict. Lobster, citrus hollandaise foam, soft herb, bun noir, 64 degree eggs.

You can check out the menu here but I noticed it was slightly different from the one that I had.

Location: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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How I spend my birthday

No fancy buffet lunch this year but I was blessed with a good weather to carry out all the plans for the day.

Starting with a wonderful breakfast at The Hardware Société. The breakfast was so good that I will be doing a separate post on it.

IMG_1952The famous baked egg. Must try!

Address: 120 Hardware Street Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

After a heavy breakfast, it was time to follow the itinerary planned. First stop, Melbourne Town Hall.


The town hall provides free tours to visitors to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building. You will get to experience the grandeur of the wood-panelled Council Chamber, stand on the portico where the Beatles waved, sit in the Lord Mayor’s chair and view the richly carved Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, the largest grand romantic organ in the southern hemisphere.

IMG_5131Photos were only allowed to be taken at some areas of the Town Hall.  A photo of the Lord Mayor’s chair.

Unfortunately for us, there was an event held at the Auditorium on that day hence we were not able to see the organ up close.

Where to book: Melbourne Town Hall Tour

Next off, Bright Bathing Box. It was really easy to get there, just hop on to Train 32 from Flinders Street Railway Station and alight at Brighton Beach Railway Station. Veolia!

IMG_1967No worries of getting lost. There were many of these signage along the route.

1Beautiful Melbourne skyline

IMG_5137_meitu_5Finally catching a glimpse of the bathing boxes

Get ready for photos flood…







If you ask me if I have a favourite, my answer is No. All the boxes have their own character and I like them all.

Website: Brighton Bathing Box

Next on the plan, St Kilda Pier. This would be our last stop and we had plenty of time. Hence, we decided to walk there. It took us around 2 hours to cover the ~7.5km. We did stop along the way to take photos and take mini break.





And we finally reached!

IMG_5176_meitu_11St Klida Pier

You must be thinking what is so special about St Kilda Pier that we walked 2 hours here. There’s the reason why…

IMG_1992_meitu_15Hello Mr Penguin!




I had a scenic birthday and I totally enjoyed. Thanks for all the well wishes 🙂

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Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I admit the main reason was due to my laziness but I have been busy with work, falling sick and planning for my holidays. I’m back now!

There are still tonnes of posts on my Adelaide trip which I will be getting them up. However, I would like to share on my latest trip first and slowly post the remaining of the Adelaide holiday.

Stay tune…..



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Tscharke Wines

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

IMG_9214The pebble walkway leading us to the cellar door.

The Tscharke family are one of the original settling families still operating a family business in the region today. They started as a mixed farming business, including the production of grapes for on selling. The sixth-generation farmer, Mr Damien Tscharke continues the family’s rich tradition, and also become the first generation of winemaker.


The interior was very prettily decorated. I loved how they incorporated their branding in their decorations.


IMG_9221Wine bottles inside the light “nest”

IMG_9218We were blessed with good weather and spent some time outdoor.

IMG_9229.JPGThe basement was converted to a function cellar for private wine tasting events.

IMG_9223Wine tasting

Whilst not certified organic, they engage in organic farming principles for grape growing. The wines are vegan friendly, no animal or dairy products are used in processing and they do not filter or fine. All wines are produced using techniques requiring minimal intervention.



Our take home wine was Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz. The three Shiraz vineyards provide a complex, balanced wine that is layered with dark fruit and red cedar.  Rich aromas of black berries, liquorice, plum, caramel and fig are evident.  On the palate, fruit cake richness, savoury spice and dusty persistent tannins provide a refreshing display of Shiraz flavours.

The wines here are priced very reasonably. This bottle of Shiraz cost us AUD10! #goodthingsmustshare 😛





Website: Tscharke Wines

Opening Hours: Thursday to Monday, from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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Jacob’s Creek

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

Jacob’s Creek is a well-known brand internationally and we can easily get a bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine in Singapore. Our plan was to visit the boutique cellar doors and try wines that cannot be easily bought in Singapore. We drove pass the Jacob’s Creek vineyard so often that we decided to visit the cellar door.

IMG_9196The first thing that welcomed us was the massive vineyards.

IMG_9197The cellar door is inside the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre has a museum that showcase the history of Jacob’s Creek, a wine tasting area and a restaurant.

img_9203_meitu_1.jpgTrying out the white

The outdoor area was also very nicely decorated. They were puffs outside which you could laze around to have a glass a wine, enjoy the view and relax the whole afternoon away.




We of course would not leave the place empty handed. We bought a bottle of Moscato Rose. The tasting note is light and refreshing with cool sherbet and red summer berries.

Psst… If you are interested to try this wine in Singapore, then you might be disappointed as it is only available in Australia.





Website: Jacob’s Creek

Opening Hours: Open from 10am to 5pm daily. Except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 2

Day 2 of the trip was all about finding the winery gems.

IMG_9185_meitu_1Making full use of the morning glow. A wefie before we set off.

IMG_91961st cellar door of the day – Jacob’s Creek

After visiting a super modern cellar door, the 2nd cellar door had a more family feel.

IMG_92142nd cellar door – Tscharke Wines

The 3rd cellar door is a place filled with rich history and it was also time for lunch.

IMG_9252_meitu_23rd cellar door – Seppeltsfield Wines

IMG_9254Lunch at Fino which is within the compound

The concept of restaurant is to order small dishes for sharing. We order 2 mains – mussels and eggplant with a dessert to share.

We then moved off to the last location of the day.  This time round, we visited a brewery.

IMG_9259Greenock Brewers

IMG_9267_meitu_1Trying out our beer sampler. The owner was very kind to give us a tour around his boutique brewery.

Our beer sampler consist of (1) Bunawunda Blonde (crisp malt body balanced with clean bitterness and mild spiciness), (2) Victorville Ale (citrus flavour profile with a pronounced grapefruit and a touch of passionfruit – 4.9%) and (3) Dark Ale (spicy kick with essence of citrus and fruit-like tones – 4.7%).

IMG_9264Ended our night with another round of BBQ dinner

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TeAro Estate

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in wine. My views of the wines and cellar doors are based on my personal experience. It’s mostly on my interaction with the staff and owners.

IMG_9138TeAro Estate – Our first cellar door

Established in 1919 by ancestors Charlie and Minnie Fromm, TeAro is a Maori term loosely translating as ‘Happy Home’. Under the guidance of 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation vignerons Ron, Trevor & Ryan Fromm, the vineyard portfolio of 58 hectares includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Viognier, Riesling, Merlot, Semillon, Mataro, Tempranillo & Barbera.



The ‘Two Charlies’ were the original property owners of the vineyards. Charlie Hausler owned the Sugarloaf property which is now managed by 4th generation family member Ryan, and Charlie Fromm owned the TeAro Estate property where he planted the Old Vine Shiraz back in 1919.

IMG_9135The Two Charlies

We had a very light breakfast and the staff very kindly prepared an impromptu cheese platter for us to go with our wine tasting. The cheese platter was delicious! It went really well with the wines that we tasted.

IMG_9131Cheese platter

We had a lovely tasting session and tried many different wines. We had a great time understanding the tasting notes of each wine and how they are named after the different family members.  Since this was the first stop of our 9 days winery trip, we bought 2 for the night.

Sweet Petite: Infused with a light bubble, this semi-sweet blend displays tropical notes with a dash of apricot. Capturing the playful side of life.

Iron Fist: Hints of fresh cherries and light spice, medium bodied in style and balanced with delicate tannins and a judicious use of oak.


Website: TeAro Estate

Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Closed on public holidays and over the Festive season.

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