cafe: Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Marvel Street Roasters coffee. 260 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul. The original Buck Hamblin ran a shoe store here for three generations of his family, and now it’s a licensed cafe. Ex-White-Horse barista Luke Barrett is at the helm, and is running the show on a hot but quiet Saturday afternoon when I wander in.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Inside, it’s a spacious, well lit place with comfortable chairs and excellent coffee. I have an espresso and a filter, and they’re both well made, and Luke is happy to explain their origins.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

And you have to love a place with a lego character on the espresso machine.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Open 7am-4pm every day.

netflix: Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

Watched this while on holidays, after reading Nathan’s review of it. I was on holidays mostly to stay home and tidy up the house – something we’ve been aiming to do for weeks – and so I was lifting boxes of things while listening to how people have dramatically simplified their lives.

Is there more happiness in getting rid of everything? Just having a tiny wardrobe, a chair, and a few technology items? Or in globe-trotting with all your possessions in two bags (and – we assume – a large bank account somewhere)?

The Weston Eatery, Canley Vale

Double Roasters. 2-4 Canley Vale Ave, Canley Vale. On the edge of Canley Vale, close to its train station, lies this newly opened cafe with a focus on delicious, instagram-friendly food.

Weston Eatery - exterior

The inside is reminiscent of Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, with lots of light timber and white walls. It’s a beautiful space, and they’ve made the most of the space they have – fitting in as many tables and chairs as they can, but still with the airiness of the high roof.

Weston Eatery - coffee machine

 They managed to spread the colour around, and provide views into the kitchen.

Weston Eatery - front counter

 Coffee is quite good – it’s a double roasters. My espresso is gone in a single gulp.

Weston Eatery - espresso

 The flat white is even better than the espresso; balanced, with a rich mouthfeel.

Weston Eatery - flat white

 We tried quite a bit of the food, but the standout was the fried chicken burger. Just a hint of chilli, good balance, and Brasserie Bread soft bread roll.

Weston Eatery - chicken burger

If you’ve never been to Canley Vale, now might just be the time to try it out.

 

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