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A little bit of Paradise

For the last two weeks I have been off soaking up the sun on a cruise of the beautiful pacific islands. No work, no phones and no internet. Just time to appreciate great company, great drinks and the little things that make life great.

Back to the normal schedule today and although my escape was amazing (boy was it amazing) It’s good to be back.

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Cakes and Tea

IMG_5135{the array of cakes and sweets is to die for}

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{The lineup and a glimpse of the gorgeous green walls}

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{The design is amazing, each aspect makes it all the more beautiful}

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{Look at that roof}

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{My cousin experiencing the tea and the scones, oh the scones}

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{As per usual my hot chocolate with marshmallows, don’t forget the marshmallows}

In my 23 years in this world I have never been a tea or coffee drinker. Yet, I love going to cafes, especially the hidden ones off lane ways and quiet streets (they are usually the best). ┬áBig up-market cafes that have ‘the best coffee or tea’ are not the ones that pull me in. The small business cafes that really use their space well, are cosy with great design and quirky pieces that bring a sort of happy atmosphere to the place, are usually the ones that grab my attention. On my recent trip to Melbourne we made a stop at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms (mainly because I have never been to a tea room before and the cakes in the window were to die for). The Tea Room was all kinds of incredible. Amazing food, service, drinks and the room was just beautifully designed. I couldn’t stop staring at the walls and the roof! There was a line out the door the whole time we were there and it was packed inside, yet felt wonderfully cosy. Everything I look for in a place to wine and dine. My first time at a tea room, success. Even if all the other patrons where 20+years our senior. Can’t wait to find more to explore.

I think it’s time I let go of the hot chocolate with marshmallows (although I love it) and try some tea or coffee. Although, I really have no idea where to start. Any suggestions on some really great tea or coffee to try for a first timer?