When we hired our van from Los Angeles, we had three weeks till we had to return for our flight out. Our goal was to make it to Portland in Oregon and we are so happy that we did. We had experienced the most amazing nature on this drive and sometimes when we hit a big city we struggle to go from the peacefulness of the outdoors to the hustle and bustle. But this was not the case with Portland. Portland has to be one of our favourite cities, a place we didn't want to leave and will most likely return to. It has such charisma, such style and the people are ridiculously friendly. It is well known for its coffee and we can say that that was a highlight. There are eclectic little cafes and roasters everywhere, our favourite was the School House Electric. We saw some great live music and had too many restaurants to choose from, each one more delicious than the next. The only down side to visiting this city during the winter is the weather, if you are there during this period be prepared for rain, lots and lots of rain. One local told us it would now rain for 5 months straight, although i think that may be a slight exaggeration. But it didn't dampen our sprits and it is all that rain that makes oregon one of the greenest most lush states. The landscapes just outside the city are breathtaking. Thank you Portland, for letting us get caught up in your magic.
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Seasonal Garden Cafe in Hahndorf South Australia was a special treat to visit. The inside is warm, cosy and welcoming, with beautiful staff who love a good chat. The creative talent behind this Cafe is Silvia Hart, who took the time to tell us about her business and the exciting work she is doing with organic food in the local community and around Australia. Silvia is passionate about minimising food wastage and sharing that message to others.
The Seasonal Garden Cafe is just that, a cafe that serves meals made up of local produce that is in season. Their food is sourced from local producers, farmers and growers markets. The Cafe's menu changes frequently, according to what is available and in season. By the end of the week they will have an open plate night where you pay $10 per meal and let the chef create you something special. It is a way for the Cafe to use foods which may have gone to waste. It's this type of thinking that makes a difference.
Check out the link below for The Seasonal Garden's Facebook, find out more and follow their journey.
Samudra in Western Australia may be the reason why we left dunsborough a little broke haha. We ate there for breakfast, lunch and tea. It was just to good to go anywhere else! They have a great selection of smoothies & raw foods, using produce grown straight from their organic garden.
Samudra also houses two yoga studios and runs events regarding health, nutrition and sustainable living. These principals can be seen in their cafe and eco store, where they sell organic clothing, cushions and accessories.
It is such an awesome place to hang out at. The people who work there give off the most welcoming and friendly vibe, you feel like you can spend hours, surrounded by beautiful gardens, relaxing and eating yummy food. We are still craving their raw desserts!
For more information on Samudra check out their website, link below.
The Quarterdeck, Narooma, New South Wales, Australia would have to be one of the coolest places we have stumbled across on our adventures. While searching for a somewhere to hire stand up paddle boards (SUP) we drove passed this funky little dock side cafe. After our paddle we headed back for lunch. It had the sweetest vibe, filled with groovy trinkets, signs and souvenirs. The view of the river and boats was the cherry on top, it was so peaceful sitting over the water. We love finding places like this for our make shift office, we just order food, coffee and juices and make the most of our awesome surroundings to write and edit photos.
If your travels ever take you to the town of Milton in NSW, Australia, be sure to stop at Pilgrims Cafe. It is one of our favourite places to eat, we look forward to their food, juice and coffee every time we pass through. We go a little crazy and nearly order everything on the menu, we just can't resist. Thanks Pilgrims for the yummy treats.
We have left the vanlife for a couple of weeks to set off on an adventure overseas in Bali and Lombok. We love coming here for the amazing food, friendly locals and point break surf, we always leave with amazing memories. As soon as we stepped off the plane in Bali we were greeted by the smell of incense, smiling locals and crazy humidity. After arriving at our hotel, we changed into board shorts and bikinis and headed out to explore. Our first stop was catching up with a few locals who we love and stay in contact with, Agus and John from the tattoo shop, Nana our cheeky laundry lady and Rio from the surf shop. We love talking to locals, it's one of the best ways to get a true understanding of the culture and they always have the best tips for surfing and good food. After a morning of walking around the markets we were ready for a refreshing drink and some tasty food. Even though we have been to Bali several times we love finding new places to eat so we Googled bars on the beach in Seminyak. We saw an amazing picture of a rainbow cafe and we knew we had to check it out! We couldn't find an address or name so we got a driver to drop us off at Seminyak, hoping to find it. We walked along the beach until the most colourful shack you have ever seen caught our eye. We had found it, La Plancha! It was absolutely beautiful, it's amazing how fresh colourful paint can make you feel so happy. We had some beautiful juices and delicious tapas, perfectly relaxing. We left with a smile on our face and a beat in our step.
On our way to Torquay, for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells beach, we stopped in for a tasty treat and fun shop in the city of Melbourne, NSW, Australia. We love the character of this city, we always find a new little cafe or boutique and come away with some special memories.
Garden 2 Plate is an amazing cafe in Killcare, NSW, Australia. There is something unique about this little jem of place. The owner's bright and bubbly personality immediately makes you feel welcome, the view from your table is to die for and the food is so fresh and tasty you are left satisfied and wishing it was lunch time tomorrow, so you could order another tasty treat.
For more information on Garden 2 Plate check out their Facebook, link below.