Bean & Grain

Do you breakfast or do you brunch?

My favourite time to dine out is in the morning hours while most people are doing this weird thing called "sleeping in". I've never been able to master that skill. Give me an early start and an afternoon nap any day. I usually label a morning meal out as brunch, but can it be classified as brunch if you are seated, coffee in hand, by 8.15am? Surely that's breakfast territory. The golden rule, I think, lies within the golden arches. If it is before 10am, it's breakfast. If it's after 10am then anything goes, except mcmuffins of course.

All of this is to say, we had a lovely breakfast at the new Dickson location of Bean & Grain last weekend. The coffees are rich and smooth, the eggs are perfectly poached and the new fit out is light, cool and a much needed breath of fresh air in this little pocket of Dickson. Oh, and don't forget to peruse the selection of breads, bagels, pastries and cakes for a sneaky little morning tea treat to take home. The cinnamon scrolls are delicious...or so I'm told ;)

By the way, if you work or study at the Australian National University and have been lamenting the loss of the friendly barista at The Coffee Grounds (previously The Purple Pickle), you will be as overjoyed as my breakfast date was to discover Matt's friendly face over at Bean & Grain. Hurray!

Bean & Grain: Website / Facebook / Twitter
Location: Dickson Shops, Dickson Place, Canberra 2602
Opening hours: Daily, 7am - late afternoon
Contact: bean_grain@yahoo.com.au

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Oh, hi there! Remember me?

If you follow me over on Instagram or Twitter you may have noticed that I sometimes sign off with #humanbrochure. Why is that, you ask? About six months ago, 101 people from in and around Canberra were chosen to take part in the second chapter of the Human Brochure, "the world's first living, breathing travel brochure created by real humans". I was very lucky to be picked as one of the 101 and have been tirelessly eating, drinking and generally exploring my way around the city in an effort to show the outside world just how great Canberra is. The photos above are just a sample of my "research". Yeah, I know, it's a tough gig. My waistline and I are not on speaking terms at the moment.

This weekend, 31 October - 2 November, will be the culmination of all that hard work (ahem). Each local human will be hosting interstate guests of their choice, resulting in roughly 500 people soaking up all we have to offer in our fair capital. We'll spend the weekend letting them in on the big secret - Canberra is awesome!

I've got a pretty fun (and delicious) weekend planned for my guests and will be posting regular updates on Instagram and Twitter if you'd like to follow along. You can also search social media channels for #humanbrochure to see what the other local humans have been up to or head over to humanbrochure.com.au to see the entire weekend unfold from 500 different points of view.


life. simply.


I've been fruitlessly staring at the screen all day and latching on to any distraction I could muster. "Why yes, I believe I do need to rearrange all the plates, glasses, pots and pans in the kitchen right this very minute." "Better make sure all the washing is still on the line." (Where did I think it would have gone to...?). I was this close to cleaning the windows when I remembered that I hate cleaning the windows. So instead of any of the five or six posts I wanted to write today here is another life.simply. A few images from around the cottage, unedited, un-styled, just life exactly as it is. The garden coming back to life, a nosy neighbour, a pair of kangaroos boxing in the morning fog (I kid you not) and a discarded chew toy (I have no idea where it came from - we don't own a dog).

How is life where you are at the moment?