Eat here: 1090 Burger, Melbourne

1090 Burger (food truck)
https://www.facebook.com/1090BURGER

Hamburgers have always been my favourite food, and much to my utter and complete joy, the burger phenomenon that began to take Melbourne by storm a couple of years ago is still going strong. My general allegiance has always been pledged to Beatbox as my all-time, all round favourite basic burger, and the double smash from Rockwell & Sons would have to take out my favourite “dirty” burger (read: dripping with melty cheese and grease and sauce and everything I love. Dirty is NOT a bad word here!). I didn’t ever think I’d find a hybrid so perfect. 1090 Burger, where on earth did you come from, and where have you been all my life?!

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This little gem of a food truck is a regular in my northern ‘burbs (thank the burger gods), and compared to a lot of it’s competitors, it really doesn’t stand out at first glance. It’s a plain, unadorned truck, that might be mistaken for any other parked truck in the area, were it not for the crowd of people on the lawn beside it with picnic mats, beers, dogs and burgers. Like all good food trucks, the menu was small but impressive – I always like to try the signature on my first trip to any burger place, so I went with the 1090 Burger ($8.00) which was made up of bun + patty + cheese + lettuce + tomato + onion + mustard + mayo + ketchup + fairy dust. At the last minute, I noticed bacon on the menu for an extra dollar. My hands were tied. Give me bacon, too.

The burgers came wrapped in plain white paper, in a simple brown paper bag stamped with the 1090 logo. I loved that; simple is good. I carefully unwrapped my little gold nugget, and it was up there with the absolute best looking, most picture perfect burgers I’ve ever seen. It was burger porn.

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With beautiful looking burgers come high expectations, and I’ve lost count of the amount of pretty burgers I’ve eaten that have tasted like crap, so I tried not to get my hopes up. Totally unnecessarily so. This was the burger of my dreams. It was all the best parts of my favourite burgers combined. The holy trinity of mustard, mayo and ketchup was perfectly proportioned, and didn’t lead to soggy buns (thankfully, because the burger bun was perfectly soft with just enough crispness to hold it together). Flavour of the beef was just about perfect, cheese was melted magnificently and the bacon was crisp and so very good. Just the right amount of lettuce and tomato, and I know it seems like a random point, but best onion I’ve had in any burger. I don’t know what it was or where it came from, I just know it was several types of delicious.

Honestly, there really isn’t much else to be said. I think 1090 Burger just soared to the top of my list. To be certain, I plan to chase down the truck again next week, and possibly the week after. Quality control, you know.. Also, they often park up at Ruckers Hill in Northcote, and I mean, how much better a view can you ask for?! Anyway, believe the hype, this burger is beyond amazing, my new fave, and if you’re not already on social media trying to find it for dinner over the next few nights, then you need to have yourself examined.

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Shop here: Terra Madre, Melbourne (health foods)

Terra Madre (health food store)
103 High St, Northcote, Melbourne
http://home.terramadre.com.au/wordpress/

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I’m lucky enough to have this little piece of heaven not too far a drive from my house, which makes me a very happy camper. Terra Madre is one of the most crazy busy stores I’ve ever been to, and they were selling all things organic, special diet friendly, vegan, natural and eco-friendly way before it all became hipster and cool.

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It’s the most gorgeous little place; actually, no, it’s not little at all. It’s just packed so full of merchandise and buyers, that it feels smaller than it is! They have an amazing range on sale (I’m coming to that…) but what most people don’t realise is that they also run a clinic from the store! They have practitioners that you can book appointments with who cover the whole spectrum of health and wellness, including:
– Herbal medicine
– Naturopathy
– Homoeopathy
– Kinesiology
– Massage therapists
– Reiki

Prices, practitioner profiles and appointment information can all be found on their website!

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Back to the store itself… the old wooden floorboards creak under the feet of the high levels of human traffic, and every nook and cranny is filled with so much goodness. Some of the things you can find are…
– an enormous range of gluten free flours
– organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables
– eco-friendly cleaning ranges- free range, organic and biodynamic meats
– chemical free skincare and beauty products
– dairy products that range from full-cream to lactose free to unhomogenised and everything in between
– supplements and superfoods
– dried fruits and nuts, raw, toasted and activated
– soooo much more I can’t even start to list them!

My personal favourite, however, is the tea section. I love tea. You guys should all know this before. If you don’t, type “TEA” into the search box to your right, and you’ll see what I mean! Anyway, the tea section. It’s amazing. It has everything. EVERYTHING! It is also one of the only places I know that sells one of my favourite teas, the delicious stuff from the English Tea Shop. And it’s super cheap here!

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It’s one of my favourite places to shop in the suburbs; if you find yourself in the area, maybe after a delicious breakfast or brunch at the Red Door Corner Store or the Breakfast Club, do yourself a favour and stop in for a box of tea, a bag of cocoa nibs and some fancy, delicious breakfast muesli!

Photo Journal: The old buildings of Preston & Northcote (2014)

I’ve been sick with the flu for a week and a half. Second time in a month. Husband and I usually go for a pretty long walk (around 12km on average) most Sundays to and from a breakfast or brunch spot. Last weekend was the first time in over a week I’d had the energy to actually do anything, and also the first time it hasn’t really been raining in a while, so we decided to head out for a walk and a feed. That review is coming up soon.

In the mean time, I quite enjoyed my time being let lose for a 10km walk in the fresh air, and really noticed for the first time that there are some really beautiful old buildings along High Street, spanning the Preston and Northcote suburbs. A lot of them now have shiny new signage for new businesses that have popped up, but there are still hints of the good old days to be seen. More still have that retro, vintage, gorgeously run down and dilapidated look to them. They’re all little bits of history, though. Here are some snaps I took and played around with on the VSCOcam last weekend…

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