Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you.
I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published July 16th 2012
Not a crumb left on my plate that was for sure, when I visited Crumbs this week. On Union Road, Ascot Vale, there are many bakeries to choose from, but only one that I had heard of well beyond this humble shopping strip.
You see, Crumbs supply to many Melbourne cafes and I realised when I got there, I had eaten many of their products before. The citrus cake, the almond biscuits, the lemon scones, the spelt scrolls, doughnuts, muffins, oh yes, I get around, but so do they!
It felt a little like visiting family. Not only was the food familiar, but also the surrounds were cosy and homely. Retro-style furniture and displays of organic juice and milk cartons all add to the feel. An old-fashioned 50s style formica table, with lace tablecloths and fresh flowers on the tables (in old juice jars) was also a lovely touch.
I had a slice of pizza with fresh capsicum and green olives; there were two other choices on offer. The base is of spelt flour, and the pizzas are all vegan. It was ever so tasty. Once upon a time I never would have imagined pizza without cheese, but times and tastes have changed.
All the breads were set out on wooden racks in the front window, and they did look and smell delicious. I couldn't resist a jam doughnut, and I was delighted to taste the real jam inside, none of this fake gooey sugar syrup, but real fruit jam and I could taste the fruit!
If you are closer to North Melbourne, there is a new Crumbs (a crumb off the old bread block) opened up recently there too. Well worth a visit especially if you're seeking healthier options, have a special diet or simply want some good wholesome food.