Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published October 17th 2018
I make decisions for myself and my clients all week long. So on a Saturday morning, when I go to my local cafe, I like to hand over control and say - "you choose!
This backfired on me magnificently, when I visited Jethro Canteen in Richmond recently. It had just started raining, as I settled into one of the window seats and I was feeling fairly healthy after a yoga class and walk.
I was tossing up a few of the delicious menu options with my waiter, when I (ironically) decided to let him pick my meal. A short time later and this work of art was presented to me:
Beetroot Waffles with baked ricotta and dark chocolate ganache, topped with raspberry coulis and crunchy pistachio praline, garnished fresh strawberries and edible flowers - was not exactly what I had in mind, but it certainly wasn't the first time I ate dessert for breakfast!
After my initial shock, I picked up my cutlery and dug in. Any feelings of regret quickly melted away, as the flavours and textures combined on my tongue. It was so delicious and rich - a decadent delight for my taste buds and belly. Yum!
Located a minute or two from Burnley train station, Jethro Canteen is a great little spot to watch the hustle and bustle pass by. The service was friendly and fast - just don't let the staff pick your food if you're on a strict diet!
Perched in the window, happily sipping my Chai tea and reading my book (a YA novel called Mercy Point by Aussie author Anna Snoekstra) I knew this would become another local favourite.
Sure, the waffles are not something I would have ordered for myself, but now that's done I can try one of the other (healthier) menu items - like the Sweet Potato Rosti with crispy bacon, pumpkin seed and lime guacamole, two poached eggs and dukkah crumble that I had my eye on...or the Coconut and Almond milk Chia Pudding - with elderflower jelly, mango puree, vanilla bean cashew cream topped with a nut granola...
My mouth waters as I write this, and you know where I'll be on Saturday morning!