So the other day, me and two friends trooped down to the Abbotsford Convent for some Japanese food at Kappaya.
Now I had never been to the Convent before and was quite taken aback. Firstly this place used to be a huge catholic convent. Lots of nuns doing lots of charity work. It’s also in a beautiful location.
Nowadays, the convent is run as a non-profit secular organisation. It has a few restaurants (lentil as anything and the convent bakery (great coffee!), art gallery, commercial art studio space, animal farm (we fed the horses, pony and donkey - the sheep were not interested) and gardens. I’m sure there is more. Definitely worth a visit!
Back to Kappaya - this place is run out of the old convent kitchens (used to feed 1000 people). They share it with the other food places. The inside seating is pretty cosy, but there is ample room outside.
I opted for the $12 bento. Quite affordable really. For that I got this:
This website is brilliant. Basically you go on there and can find the nearest cafe to you an see what it is rated out of 10. You can rate them as well! If the cafe isn’t listed then you can list it. All for free. Win. I’m working my way through some of the top rated ones.
Last sunday was the Sydney Road Street Party. They shut Sydney road from Victoria to Barkly Streets.
It was a giant mix of cultures and craziness. There were stages with kids music playing, others with rockers and even one cranking out some middle eastern music (the hippies mind’s nearly blew at this).
The weather was perfect and everyone was having fun.
So much food on offer as well. Ice-cream too, although the queues for it were long with the hot weather.
It was a very interesting and random selection of those living in and around Brunswick. Here are some of the photos:
Portable DJ booth.
I can’t recall their name, but this guy was their singer.
The brass band playing amongst the crowd.
A mini rave.
This guy was creating this temporary art and all the donations were to go towards community radio.
Something for the alternative kids.
And an accordion band, just to round out the randomness of the occasion.