Armageddon Cake

Where: 7 McLarty Place Geelong

When: Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 11pm

Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Armageddon-Cake

What more can we say….CAKE….CAKE…and more CAKE. We just had to go and try this little gem of a place our selves as we had heard so much about it. And we didn’t try it just once, I went back the next week and did it again. Yes, that’s just how much we like CAKE. Nat is a huge sweet tooth, me, I love a bit of sweet and sour and I was not disappointed.

First time around we had the boys in tow, so we opted for the tasting plates, well we ordered two, as we just had to try everything on the menu. And not only that, it came with a plate of equally delicious sweet sauces and condiments to go with it. I could have eaten a whole bowl of the special lemon curd, but decided to restrain myself and have it on all of my cakes.

The menu at Armageddon is short and sweet, well it is CAKE. With 6 staples to select from plus a few weekly specials there is something to tempt everyone. With a cheesecake, decadent chocolate brownie and an apple pie, there are also cakes for the vegans and gluten free diners as well, along with the weekly pudding, there is something for everyone. The tasting plates offer you a half serve of each cake you select or you can go for a very generous full serve that is perfect to share as well. I think the cheesecake rocks, but the brownie is pretty decadent too, especially when you slather it in house made raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

Armageddon Cake

To find Armageddon look for the electrified blue bike and head down the lane, a little world of sweet delights await you along with speciality tea and coffee. It’s a great place to head out to for a sweet bite to eat, to sit and relax and to catch up with friends for a chat. The inviting atmosphere and friendly staff make you feel very welcome. Quirky vintage decor and fun walls give you plenty to look at or pick up a book and have a laugh. If you can’t stay you can grab your cake to go. Takeaway can be arranged or you can phone through an order. But if you are after something special for an event, Armageddon can organise an amazing cake for you. Just ask.

We really love Armageddon and i’m sure you will too. Who doesn’t love to eat CAKE…

Good Evening, and Welcome to Television…

Back in the 1950s we welcomed in the dawn of television. It was in black and white and we all thought it was incredibly exciting….

We are equally excited to announce that Geelong is getting it’s VERY OWN magazine show!  Forget Postcards, the new ‘Pulse Television’ will be highlighting and featuring the Greater Geelong region and its many hidden gems and we, yes, us two are on board presenting a segment most weeks uncovering what we love about Geelong.

So when does all this excitement happen you ask….the pilot episode of Pulse Television is going to air on Friday 6th September at 8pm on Channel 31. We can’t wait as we had so much fun filming our first adventure at the Hughes Street shopping centre where we interviewed the local traders about what they love about being a part of this colourful community. Not to mention us enjoying the tasty treats they have on offer.

So do you have a story to tell? Do you want to let Geelong know about something you are doing? Know a gem thats perfect to be uncovered and to gleam in the spotlight? Then get in touch and let us know. We are always looking for new and exciting things we can let our readers or should we say ‘watchers’ to know about. We think Geelong is a great place and we want everyone to know about it so we might be paying you a visit with a TV crew.

Put the date in your diary and join us for this new and exciting adventure.

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A little more about the show –

The various segments will introduce our audience to the diversity of Geelong and its surrounding community, profiling its personalities, exploring local music talent, dabbling in the arts, highlighting different cultures and taking part in local festivals. Expect to see live music, local artists, local food and wine, community gardens, refugee stories, Geelong personalities and more – all developed, filmed and edited by our youth media students training at The Pulse and presented by volunteers from the station and the wider community.

The new show is intending to cater for the wider adult community, from teens and young adults to baby boomers. Specifically, it will be targeting open and creative minds interested in diversity, arts and culture.

Liz Carr, Executive Producer says, ‘Channel 31 want Geelong content, and that’s exactly what they will get. I think once the people of Geelong see the show, they will all want to be a part of it and get involved. Join us once a week where we will take you on a tour of the Geelong region and all it has to offer”.

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94.7 The Pulse FM is the heartbeat of the greater Geelong community, broadcasting over 70 programs per week. Pulse Television captures the essence of the station and its partner Diversitat, the largest Multicultural Communities’ Council in Australia.

The series will run in accordance with Channel 31 thirteen-week seasons with an expected 13 episodes produced per season.

Thank you to Christine Morrissy of Morrissy Photos for taking the location shots.

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Echidna

Where: Shop 1a/ 7 Gilbert Street Torquay

When: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm

Web: www.echidnahandmade.com

Nat and I spent the day exploring Torquay. The first of our finds we wish to share with you is Echidna. Tucked away in an arcade in Gilbert Street, Echidna is bursting with colour, texture and an eclectic mix of things you just won’t find anywhere else.

Echidna Torquay

The force behind Echidna is Sue Ingpen. Inspired by natural fibres, traditional handwork and contemporary trends Sue designs all of the Echidna products, from hand knitted rugs and crochet cushions to beautiful screen printed papers to hand bound journals.

Echidna started from the concept of getting original designed product made well and made ethically. Just because something is ethical it does not mean that it lacks impact. Every Echidna product is intrinsically unique, handmade by artisans, sourced locally or made by a women’s fair trade co-operative group in Nepal.  Sue heads over to work with the group twice a year to create her Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collections.

Echidna stocks beautiful ceramics, clothing, knitwear, home wears and a great selection of unique gifts, vintage items and children’s toys. Echidna also sells hand dyed yarns, books and materials for the designer/maker. Our favourites are the knee length stripe socks and patterned scarves. Not to mention the amazing throw rugs!

Don’t despair, if you are not local you can visit Echidna’s new store in Kyneton that is opening on the 7th of September at Shop 56 Piper Street, Kyneton, open Wednesday to Saturday 10-4pm  and Sunday 11-4pm.

We will be bringing you more of our Torquay finds soon. Stay tuned.

La Madre Bakery – Perfection

Where: 18 Milton Street, Bell Park

When: Mon – Fri 7am to late, Sat 7am to 1pm, Sun 12 noon to late

Phone: 5272 1727

Web: www.lamadre.com.au

There are some smells in the world that have the power to get our dopamine levels soaring, sometimes it only takes one little sniff! Without doubt there is one universal smell that gets hearts racing (and mouths drooling) and that is the lovely scent of a good old bakery! Oh! Hello Geelong adores all things bakery (the smell being just one), golly where to start this list? We love breads, biscuits, scones, cakes, slices, pastries, flans, tarts (did we mention bread?). So of course we’ve done the rounds when it comes to local G-town bakeries and without doubt our favourite is the beautiful La Madre Bakery nestled in the heart of the quiet lil’ Geelong suburb of Bell Park. Seriously, if you haven’t discovered the world of La Madre yet (either by going to the shop or sampling some of their delicious goods at local cafes) then please make sure you do! The beautiful Anna Spurling (one half of the La Madre story), has very kindly shared the wonderful world of La Madre with us, enjoy! Thanks Anna!

 

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Can you tell us a little bit about your backgrounds and how you came to take on La Madre Bakery?

My husband Tez and I both worked for a multinational sports and event management agency in London, which was an exciting time for us both.  However, when we got pregnant with our first child, life in London lost its shine so we trekked back to Geelong where my family is based.  Tez left his family and friends in the UK to start up life Down Under so he either really loved me or loved Australia! It is a cliché but we have always been passionate about food and knew we wanted to run our own business.  We went searching and kept dismissing La Madre because we were terrified about the early starts.  Once we learnt about the unique baking process and timings, we were sold.

What bakery favourites we can find at La Madre Bakery? What about if you’re craving something a little different?

The Seeded Sourdough is definitely our most popular loaf and the Olive Sourdough is spectacular.  We have customers who are in the know lining up at Ciabatta O’Clock for the ciabatta rolls and focaccia breads that are hot out of the oven.  It is a well-disciplined person who can resist tearing at a Rosemary Focaccia in the car on the way home! Our most beautiful loaf, in my opinion, is the Rye Sourdough with Currants and Walnuts.  It is excellent with cheese and beautiful toasted with real butter.

Everyone has a sweet tooth, what sweet treats are on offer at La Madre?

To satisfy the most ardent chocolate craving head straight to a double chocolate lamington. We made these for Australia Day a couple of years ago and haven’t been able to remove them off our portfolio!  For an English treat, try a Garibaldi which is affectionately known as a squashed fly biscuit – two layers of pastry with a goey raisin and fig centre.  At the moment, we’re going a bit old school with a revival of cakes you ate with your Nanna – think carrot, jaffa marble, hummingbird, apple tea.  Perhaps lemon slice and hedgehog need to come back too?

What sets La Madre apart from other bakeries?

The purity of our product sets us apart.  Every single item is made by hand with love and attention by our highly skilled baking team.  Our bread is made from our sourdough culture + flour + sea salt + water.  That’s it.  We care for our culture (The Mother, hence La Madre) like a baby.  She is fed every single day.  We don’t add any nasties in anywhere – there are no preservatives, additives, numbers or chemicals and we focus on buying organic, biodynamic or chemical free ingredients.

Where can we find La Madre products (outside of La Madre)?

In Geelong, you’ll find our retail loaves at V&R Fruit & Vegetable Market, Geelong Fresh Foods, Organic Larder and Darriwill Farm and in Melbourne at David Jones Food Hall, Thomas Dux Grocers and Leo’s Supermarkets.  We also supply some great providores down the Bellarine and Surf Coast. If you want to eat La Madre with your latte then head on into Fuel Coffee + Food, Go Food or A Spot For Joe to name a few.

La Madre has reached some amazing heights in relation to the environment and sustainability; can you share some of your achievements with us? 

Our bakehouse in Milton Street is a certified Low CO² operation, which means that all the carbon emissions that are produced onsite are offset with an investment in renewable energy.   We also produced the first carbon neutral Hot Cross Bun in Australia.  We’re tremendously proud of these achievements but they are still only small steps in a long journey.

For the past five years, we’ve worked hard to reduce our carbon footprint as low as possible given that we use huge electric ovens and distribute all over Victoria.  We use bamboo labels on our breads with a PET backing paper for the stickers, heat from our ovens is shifted to the office and shop during the cooler months, rainwater tanks service our toilets and laundry and our lighting is energy efficient. We are also working towards reducing our waste by 50%.

I recently completed a Diploma of Sustainability at The Gordon.  It was a great process for me as it gave me confidence to decipher some of the green jargon that is bandied about.  Now I can nod and smile more knowingly!

So Anna we’re dying to know, what’s it really like to be the baker’s wife?

Ha, it is fabulous really!  Tez works really long hours as the business is virtually 24-7 but on the weekends he still bakes at home.  Lately he’s been mucking around with soda bread, ANZAC biscuits and pikelets.  The only problem is that I have to clean up!  Oh, and eat it of course.

What’s life like for Anna and Tez away from La Madre?

Pretty busy!  We have many small people in our house – Mia (7), Evie (5), Lexi (3) and Fred (15 months) – so most of our life away from La Madre is centred on them.  Life consists of birthday parties, negotiating on weather appropriate clothing, picking up toys, stepping on Lego, nap times, laundry and a bit of rest time in between a lot of cooking.  We try and spend one day on the weekend running errands and one day on a family outing.  It could be as simple as taking scooters down to the Waterfront and getting some fresh air.

Where is your favourite place to eat in Geelong?

Only one place?  Oh, that is hard!  So I am going to say that Winter’s has it going on for fabulous casual dining – brunch, a birthday catch up or for an excellent coffee.  The service is outstanding and it oozes a cool niceness.

What is Geelong’s best-kept secret? 

I’m going out on a limb here and saying Bell Park!  Its multicultural eccentricity makes it a fascinating suburb featuring authentic orthodox churches replete with gold domes, backyard gardens that would put Jamie Durie to shame, a multilingual chatterbox population, a lovely bakery (!) and a spectacularly good continental butcher called Siketa’s in Hughes Street!

What do you love about living in Geelong?

G-Town offers an eclectic blend of city slick, country charm and surfer chic.  With easy access to Melbourne and one of the world’s best coastlines down the Great Ocean Road it is hard not to be swayed by its location.  It is not yet the prettiest city but beneath the exterior is a vibrant community that is constantly developing and one which often surprises me.

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Thanks Anna and La Madre!

 

Love Penny + Laura