Pastizzi café, newtown

Numero uno coffee. 523 King St, Newtown. Wooden furniture, lots of natural light, and an impressively friendly owner combine to make a place that’s a pleasure to visit. Specializing in pastizzi, this café usually has options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Coffee is good too: separate grinder for decaf, and a good temeprature, well made latte with a well rounded palate.

Salty dog seafood café and gallery, coolongolook

Segafredo coffee. For kilometres heading north there are signs detailing the menu of this converted church on the pacific highway. Dedicated to fresh seafood, and providing travellers with a pleasant spot to rest, sadly the coffee for me wasn’t up to standard.

There’s something about segafredo coffee that I just don’t enjoy: I thing it’s the peanut-like aftertaste. If you like segafredo, though, they deliver the textbook segafredo flavour in the style that you’d expect from the side of the pacific highway.

Fig and bean takeaway cafe, sawtell

Peak coffee (roasted in port macquarie). First ave, sawtell: near the cinema. Outdoor furniture indoors, a range of fish-and-chip shop fare, along with some more fancy salads, gourmet pies and sushi options.

Coffee is ground to order, and takes a long while to arrive – there’s only one barista for the whole place, so he’s pretty busy. It’s a good, but not great cup.

As a place to write, this isn’t quite right: the furniture isn’t designed for long sitting stretches.

Myalla café, Bulahdelah

Amore coffee. Stroud st, Bulahdelah. A house with a café that has taken over not just the house, but the front yard as well! Staff are quiet and efficient, going about their business with a polished air.

This is an “order at counter, take table number” kind of place, with a room devoted to ice cream and confectionery. They’ve made the most of the house’s charm, painting the walls a steely silver.

Coffee takes a while, with no dedicated barista, but the staff splitting their duties. Not a place to call in if you’re in a hurry, but then why did you come off the highway in the first place, if that was your aim? It’s served hot, but it’s milky and yet still quite pleasant.

For writing, if you’ve already travelled this far, it’s a good spot to sit and put down a few pages.

Movie: Hitman

Movie: Hitman

Not since The Day After Tomorrow has there been a movie so tailor-made for sitting down with my younger siblings and ridiculing. A combination of action movie cliches, this film somehow manages to be entertaining, despite its lack of substance – it’s a case of reminiscing about the movies that this film was drawn from.

From the tacked-on romantic subplot to the cliched dialog, this is a nostalgia trip for fans of action films, and even fans of the video game on which the movie is based.