Together with an ultra fluffy puppy and loving partner, I live in a cosy, quirky wooden-cabin, nestled under the majestic Mount Kunyani in Lenah Valley, Tasmania. I have a journalism and social work backround and am a Zimbabwean born product
Published May 20th 2012
"There I was sitting on top of the world in a coin laundry, well I could have been royalty, sitting in a palace, like a queen." - Lisa Mitchell
The opening lyrics to Lisa Mitchell's Coin Laundry song, sums up the Machine Laundry cafe located in Salamanca place in Hobart.
It's another brisk but beautifully refreshing morning in Hobart but you can't leave the house until your washing is done! Tragedy? Not if you venture along to the retro styled Machine Laundy cafe, with a basket or two of your past week's worth of dirty clothing.
The cafe is equipped with more than enough washing machines to do the job, and better yet, should the rain decide to visit - a set of impressive dryers perch themselves literally five seconds away.
Rather than hypnotise yourself watching the tumble dryers spin at this quirky and jolly cafe, you better snap up one of the brightly coloured tables outside, as it is a profoundly popular place. Should you have young kids with you, not to worry, there lays a giant chess board a few metres in front of the cafe, designed exactly for child entertainment. So you can soak up the mesmerising views of the nearby sparkling white water spring fountains and meditate to the sounds of the birds who circle the skies above and tip-toe along the grounds, scavenging for tasty treats.
Upon seating, a friendly and cool waiter/waitress will be by your table, note-pad in hand, as you strain to decide what foods to feed your gurgling and peckish insides. Next to you, a little girl elegantly suited in a pink dress, curiously pitter patters down to the giant chess board. Bravely, she attempts to wrap her delicate arms around the over-bearing Bishop. She reluctantly gives up, and instead goes for the pawn piece nestled beside it. Her grand-dad, offers his full support from a few metres back, and proudly snaps away with his camera. Her parents meanwhile, take the opportunity to dig into some delicious proscuitto pancakes. This is closely followed by the famous maximum latte, which arrives in a soup bowl. The couple gazes across to their neighbours slurpping away on the same latte, it's no mistake. The man, has a glorious and flowing beard which is now a little wet and has a brown coffee tinge to it, the effects of tipping the caffeine monster drink up to his hairy chin.
A Commonwealth Bank is conveniently placed next door, as the queue of future customers begins to splurge outwards, with both tourists and locals eager to withdraw sufficient funds, so they can hand the cafe a fair trial, with little money restrictions. After all, it is the weekend. Next they rush to secure and guard for themselves a prime spot. The cafe menu offers true modern cafe food - light, tasty, healthy, satisfying and with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Word on the street is that muffins are great value too, and come in a healthy portion size. Sooner or later, your clothes will be clean and dry, and you'll have to whisk them up and return to civilisation, a place which seems like light years away from this magical little cafe. Fully satisfied and rejuvenated, you pay for your meal and soup bowl sized latte which just couldn't slip by your curious instincts.
As it turns out, your instinctual ways, have done you no harm at all.