I’m currently sitting in Brisbane Airport, waiting to head back to the big smoke. Flying often is really not as romantic as it sounds, the gate “lounge” is packed with people loudly speaking another language and the lady behind me seems to have no idea of personal space as she leans her head and back onto mine. I’m too tired after a day at work to prop myself forward, so with a grimaced face, I just hope that she doesn’t have nits. Then we are herded into cattle class and my accompanying sound track is Reis mooing and giving a full commentary on the quality of the cattle boarding and respective sale prices. Whilst the airport does not uphold its romantic stereotypical characteristics, in our tired state we certainly ensue a good deal of laughter from it as we swiftly retort our cattle assessments of each other to one another (assessments include: muscle, fat, breeding prospects).
These photos encapsulate one of the many reasons I love Sydney. The cafe culture is grasped with full force by the cafe owners, who run as fast and as far as they can with elements of this culture that include: a cute hipster remembering your order (and if they’re really good, your name); smooth lattes with a signature rosetta; and al fresco furniture illuminated by the morning sunshine.
The Grounds at Alexandria however, have created a culture of their own. Bakery, florist, indoor cafe, outdoor cafe, alley way stalls that provide both healthy fruit and tea, or treats like brightly coloured cakes and exotic breads. Whilst I didn’t snap a photo of it, they also have an animal farm and a macaw that sits at the entrance to The Potting Shed which you can find on my friend Kiki’s food blog ‘My Kiki Cake’ here.
Mum and I explored The Grounds for her birthday last month and we were both very impressed.
Owners of The Grounds, thank you for taking the Australian Cafe culture and bringing to life our ‘perfect cafe’ experience. Your service was prompt and your staff were friendly, very well set up indeed! We will be back soon.
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