I went to the city today to socialise – in addition to being The Connoisseur Humanist, I’m a Connoisseur Introvert – and I’m glad I did. The weather was perfect today. Cool and sunny, without being too sweaty. It’s the kind of weather you appreciate and wish there was more of in Melbourne – the city of mood swings (one day 35 C and sizzling, the next 12 C and storming, and sometimes, in one day!).
I’m still experimenting with the format of this travelogue. I’m confused because it seems like I’m the only one who plans to do a travelogue the way I’m doing now – sketches and drawings, with notes and prose underneath. It’s usually one or the other. And if it’s both, it’s usually PHOTOGRAPHS, not drawings or sketches. I suppose the format will find me one day (hopefully before the Camino), but for now, I apologise if everything’s a mess and inconsistent.
Today is my birthday! It’s a pretty simple affair – some cakes, some reading and then The Book of Mormon tonight.
I dropped by one of my new favourite cafes – The Crux & Co – yesterday to treat myself to some birthday cakes (small, cute, and just the right level of sweet).
They have a branch (the original) at South Melbourne, and I haven’t been there yet. This little one – just a little way down Little Collins St, nearby the Windsor Hotel and Parliament House – is just as nice. It’s cozy, it’s airy, it’s coloured in yellow and white and decked with all sorts of greenery. It makes a nice place to sit and have a coffee – close to the hustle and bustle of the CBD but far enough to offer peace and quiet.
But the atmosphere of a place is always secondary (or more precisely, a bonus point) whenever I visit a restaurant or a cafe. The main thing – always, forever – is the FOOD. The DESSERT. I came here for the eclairs originally – small and aesthetic finger bites, and they have a huge array of colours and flavours. I would recommend trying at least one. They are pretty good. But what satisfies me – in terms of price (as a uni student) and gastronomical fulfillment – are their cakes.
They are round deliciousness – with all the cakes I’ve tried so far they share a subtle sweetness. No element is too overpowering. And they are all cute! Well designed! What I like most overall is their hazelnut cake. I suppose the note I’ve written in the drawing is adequate in describing why personally it is above the rest.
Dessert Run draws: the eclairs, the cakes, the crogels (not drawn; Croissant Bagels) and the absolutely adorable matcha latte.
This is the first post of this new travelogue project I’m embarking. The Connoisseur Humanist has gone through several iterations since I thought of the name itself, but I think this is its final form? It’s in line now with me as a person and a storyteller (an artist and a writer). Drawn content is something I can easily provide – it’s a lot less daunting than writing – and now with an iPad, it could not get any easier.
I’m going to try, for the whole of 2017, to return to sketchbooking. I haven’t done it in years, and not as frequently as I should. It’ll just be of simple things: drawings of food, of places, of people, etc. I’m going to document where I’m currently living a lot more intimately. So that’s my first travelogue: about Melbourne.
Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’ll post a couple of things (a recipe and a dessert review) later.