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Easter present from my awesome brother :) #zumbarons The hot cross bun flavoured ones are pretty good!
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Natural Mathematics – Blue Lotus Water Gardens, Healesville

Blue Lotus Water Gardens, Yarra Junction

I tempted our little blogging group (Celina, Violet, Tobias and Jimmy – with the Doctor as bag boy) to come out to Innocent Bystander by promising them a photography trip to the Blue Lotus Water Gardens in Yarra Junction.  I have no idea where or when I first heard about them, but surely it was somewhere on the internet.  The first day of the Labour Day long weekend was clear and sunny, so we trundled out east in search of flowers and lunch.

Blue Lotus Water Gardens, Yarra Junction

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Innocent Bystander, Healesville

Brilliant sign at Innocent Bystander, Healesville

On the Labour Day long weekend, we spent a morning at Blue Lotus Water Gardens, then headed to Innocent Bystander for lunch.  Healesville is a favourite lunch destination of ours (Beechworth Bakery and the wonderful Healesville Hotel), so we thought IB would also be right up there.

Sadly, it was more of a miss than a hit.

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Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

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This year, I didn’t ask the Doctor what he wanted for his birthday cake.  I wanted brownies, and I hadn’t blogged about them yet.  Guess what he got :)

This is my go-to recipe for brownies because:

  1. It only uses butter and cocoa powder (which I always have around) instead of needing to melt chocolate (which I don’t have around because I’d just eat it).
  2. It totally has the laziest way to use baking paper ever.

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Paradise Road, Glen Waverley

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Paradise Road is a new kid on the Kingsway block – to me, anyway.  Ever since it opened, it’s always been That Place That We Really Should Check Out… said while we’re on our way out of Kimchi Hut.  I recently decided that I was not happy with my local Thai takeaway’s version of pad thai, so when we were planning our usual Glen Waverley dinner date, I suggested we finally try this place out.

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Saigon Light, Glen Waverley

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Saigon Light ranks pretty highly in our regular rotation.  Being Asian, noodle soup is very much a comfort food to me, and since I work nearby, any source of comfort is extremely welcome.

It’s not my favourite noodle soup place in Glen Waverley.  But it’s close.

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Saigon Light, Glen Waverley

They changed the doors around! Confusing at first, but actually really pleasant on a warm evening.

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Mocha Jo’s, Glen Waverley

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Another steadfast favourite, Mocha Jo’s is where we go when we don’t feel like Asian food, but want to go to Kingsway.  They changed their menu for summer, shockingly cutting out a lot of our favourites.  On the other hand, I like what I’ve seen, so it will be interesting to see if they change again for the new season.

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