1. the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.

Good Food, Good Mood was established after I realised how often I was asking myself the difficult question of "Where and what should we eat today?". The Melbourne food scene truly makes us spoilt for choice, so I am hoping my honest reviews can act as a guide for any occasion - from cheap eats to fine dining, to burgers and pizza on cheat days, to fresh and healthy on cutting days. Recommendations on places to try and review are always welcome, just leave a comment.

All photos are taken with my Samsung Note 4 or Sony NEX-F3 unless stated otherwise. Thanks for dropping by!

- Lisa Pizza xo

P.S. Shoutout to my friends and family who dine with me - thanks for not picking up your cutlery when the food comes out so I can take all my food photos... y'all know my camera eats first haha.

The Gables

As you are well aware of, I was born with the curse of an unyielding sweet tooth. Therefore, high tea and me go hand in hand. Yesterday afternoon was spent at The Gables, located in one of the richest streets of Malvern, Finch Street. We drove under avenues where the gorgeous trees were swaying in the wind, and the experience felt so surreal. The sun was shining, I was surrounded by my girls, and the day was just so ideally relaxing. We were initially meant to go to Collin's Kitchen (in the Grand Hyatt), but I received a call from them, two hours before my booking, saying they had double booked me, and offered a weekend session instead for the same price. I was furious, and rejected their offer. I had to call up several different places that were either closed on Wednesdays, or needed 48 hours notice for a booking. FORTUNATELY FOR US, The Gables greeted us with open arms, and allowed a booking an hour and a half before they even open for their second session.

When we arrived, we were surrounded by tables of elderly people, which is the cutest thing to watch. We made a toast with our champagne (that we didn't finish) to stay forever friends until we were of old age and had grey hairs and saggy boobs. Cheers to that!

^ fruit and plain scones. yum yum yum.
They came out nice and warm, and therefore soft!
^ the "ribbon sandwiches" were extremely delicious!
Usually I love salmon, but the flavour of the capers were too strong for my taste buds.
^ mini quiches and mini meat pies.
Wish there were more of the mini quiches, because they were actually SO amazing.
Just melted in your mouth. There was not enough tomato sauce though.
^ assorted desserts, I was expecting macarons and cupcakes, judging from their website.
Some of the cakes were a bit dry, but my favourite was passionfruit.
^ Kimono by Maxwell & Williams.
Gorgeous colours and patterns - can be found at any House or homeware stores
^ can't have high tea without a little french bubbly ;)

So many people have asked me,
"Lisa, what is SOOOOOO good about high tea? You always seem to go, but it's so expensive..." 
I just say no, no,  no. You have got it all wrong. I can't really answer this question for you guys, it's something that you need to experience yourself. It's something to do with the girls, it's a different way of eating, it's a culture, a celebration, an eating foodgasm. And no, high tea is not expensive. It can range from $35-$95. You get what you pay for. The most I've spent on high tea is $70, and that will probably be the first and last time I do something like that. You might also think that it isn't a lot of food, but trust me, it is. 

^ me trying to act like a lady in the bathroom.
I wish I had a bathroom like that, it was absolutely beautiful. Like a model's change room.
^ Instagram: badasiandriver
No, I did not use any frame apps for this, I just took 19 photos, and print screened my camera roll for this effect. Don't you just love watching milk being poured into tea? It's one of my favourite moments.
^ finito

The Gables
11:00am -1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$45 on Wednesday, $55 on Sunday
16 Finch Street Malvern
(03) 9571 6631

1 comment:

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