The day after the Global Atheist Convention, Rish and I went with a couple of Sydneyites to The Hardware Sociéte, tucked away on Hardware St, Melbourne, for breakfast. Breakfast extended to 11:30, awesomely for a Monday, but they are very strict with that as the cut-off time.
Rish started with an amazing mocha, basically an espresso shot, with a jug of hot chocolate. The hot chocolate itself came as a clump of chocolate in a cup, with about two cups worth of hot chocolate in the side mug. Ultra-sweet!
My soy latte was at a perfect drinkable temperature, and awesome. Two went down quite welcomely.
Rish selected one of the versions of baked eggs, with chorizo and romanasco, while Ash had the (ultra rich) baked eggs, with sausage, pesto and olives. She didn’t make it through, though you could blame it on starting with the hot chocolate!
I ate “Le Sandwich”, while Mike had my second choice, sardines on toast
The Hardware Sociéte was one of those place I’d never have found without Foursquare, and the fact it was recommended by my food blogger contacts on there.
What’s the best place you’ve found via your online connections?
Kicking off the weekend, armed with a couple of glasses of wine, or a few beers, a smorgasboard of sushi rolls, oysters, rice paper rolls and mini sausages greeted us. Some struggled to find their vego options, but I just tucked into the sushi. Nom nom nom.
Live sushi making!
And so we merrily went in for an evening of comedy to kick things off!
Morning and Afternoon Teas
Morning and afternoon teas brought the usual dodgy coffee (and thus long queues for the coffee cart for proper soy lattes!), but there was a huge selection of teas on offer, and half-decent sachets of hot chocolate.
I loved the SerendipiTea chai (once they fetched more soy milk because they made the mistake of not labelling the mini soy jugs as soy and I believe many people had their first soy coffees that first morning!), and the peppermint was also as expected.
(The MCEC coffee cart was well priced and good to kick off my morning before the first talk. $4 for a large, no extra soy charge)
The gluten full home-made cookies were devoured by the masses.
Many more apples were consumed by me on the weekend than most months. No wonder I got a tummy ache!
The gluten free and vegan among the group were offered vast amounts of fruit pillows, but also melting moments, choc chip cookies (not vegan) and jam thingies. Pre-packaged, but appreciated!
There was an awesome gluten free caramel slice on the first afternoon! I didn’t eat the jam tarts. Anyone?
The separate special needs table provided some delicious gluten free rolls, gluten free foccacia, sushi with gluten free soy sauce, and other gluten free options of awesome:
Ham was provided. You know, cos Atheists aren’t Jewish or Muslim.
Lunchtime entertainment was provided by the Christians on Saturday, and Muslims on Sunday.
If you were at the Convention, what was your foodie highlight? If not, what has been your best and worst conference food experience?
Booked a room with two Queen beds for the Digital Parents Conference for just under $200 per night. No breakfast included, but that’s what the fruit I snaffled from the plane and lunch buffets was for!
(Fifth floor view)
After an initial stuff up, where we were put into a room with just one king bed (we upgraded you! but yah, great, I just MET this person, not yet on bed sharing terms), and then when I arrive I walked into an already occupied room where someone was asleep with the concierge due to them forgetting to change the room number on my key. Silly. Anyway. Once that was all settled :/
The beds were super comfy and the shower nice and HOT. The aircon controller had me confused, so I just stuck with using the window to regulate the temperature…