Hello 2018! It’s nice to meet you. Hope you’re full of wonderful adventures, good eating and splendid weather. Let me recount a day with all of these things, back in the city of Toulouse, in the country of France, with my friend Judy. Here’s a […]
The cafe you’ve been looking for? I had been looking forward to visiting Dublin for a little while now; it was one of the first cities I booked myself in for. Once there, I was keen to check out the best of the bunch. And […]
I have a clingy relationship with Gelato Messina. My friends often joke I moved to Collingwood so I can be across the road from the store. That’s only partially true. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the massive array of tantalising flavours including seasonal ones and here even the gimmicky ones are worth a go. I keep a close eye on the Insta to see what’s new and popped in most recently to sample the “Yuzu crazy” green tea with yuzu curd with mandarin cake along with my always perfect match of Salted caramel and white chocolate. Always good and worthwhile.
The queue can be insane at times (Fri/ Sat evenings I’m looking at you) but small bodies, artful eye contact and clever people weaving always get the job done. Consider trialling a few flavours of course, before you fully commit, like any good relationship.
It’s probably all down to individual taste but some of my favourites include (but are not limited to) also include, dulce de leche, pannacotta with fig jam and amaretti biscuit and the poached figs in marsala. The seating too is a plus. Get in early for the gelato appreciation classes and you’ll be happier than me. Love.
Best croissants in Melbourne! I was a bit weary of reports of queues and items selling out, so I had avoided Lune Croissanterie for a little while. I had a morning in Fitzroy planned for my friend’s very last day in Ozzieland and Lune was […]
I don’t quite understand the appeal of the hyperbole scrolls here. Excessively rich, excessively priced and not something I’d particularly want to eat. Oregano recently opened up a pop-up store (or should that be stall?) in Melbourne Central offering these heavy, sugar-laden treats at six […]
My first taste of Messina was the Fitzroy store and such it holds fond memories of when my sense of food wonder was really heightened in my Melbourne life. As a reasonably new addition, I had yet to discover any suburbs north of the CBD even and was only a lick on the food scene here. Ever since, I frequented this store many more times, moving to the suburb and a solid half of the reasoning for Collingwood was my proximity to this store. Sad but true?
I agree it’s not necessarily the absolute best, fall off your seat gelato across all flavours but it’s very, very good and not to be missed for the very reasonable price ($4.80 one scoop). Salted caramel and white chocolate is the best flavour here by far, and I’ve spent more time with this gelato that some of my relatives. Queues and crowds are variable for this popular spot, but I’ve made use of the long opening hours and the takeaway options, which arrives safely chilly through my commute home. Yay for packaging science.
The last 0.5L tab we got ($12.50) had three flavours, adding to my completion of everything they sell. The specials are usually a bit of a turn off, with way too much happening in some of the combos. It’s always a worth having a taste, and the staff are more than happy to oblige (other waiting customers, not so much). The good flavours here from the Specials are the more simpler ones, like the cheesecake or fairy bread. Most of the continuing flavours are also very good, if not better and should be based on the individual and their preferences. I rather like the coconut and lychee but classics like tiramisu, hazelnut and apple pie are also very good. Never too sweet, never too melty, mostly hits. Of course you should check it out.