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Shelling seafood by the seashore

My home in Australia is on a beach that boasts three seaside cafes. My personal favourite is The Armchair Collective, which is styled by interior designer Pip Robb. 

It’s the perfect place to pick up all the necessities, according to the world of Christiana, homewares, fresh flowers, coffee and delicious sustenance.   orderhereBrooke and I (plus the boys) enjoyed a lazy brunch here, followed by a browse of their homewares. Every time I go into their store I always find at least five things I would buy for my imaginary loft apartment. browsing2cornfrittersOne thing you need to understand about being an Australian is that corn fritters and banana smoothies are quintessential brunch staples.  insideoflrcushionsbrowsingTrying to calculate if I have any space in my suitcase for this ceramic jug…. Considering I just bought five dresses earlier that week I would say it’s a no. flowersNow, the other cafe I love to go to with Sydney first timers is The Boathouse. From the outside it doesn’t look very special but once you walk through the cafe and onto their private pier you just know you’ve discovered a local secret.  BsigntablesignEveryone has heard of Home and Away, right? Well, the Summer Bay beach scenes are filmed only a minute from this cafe on Palm Beach so make sure to stop by and take a nosey peek at the actors. (We did and spotted a few famous faces!)hotchipsvasesstairsboathouseI just love the Aussie tradition of dining outdoors especially when you have uninterrupted views of the water- it’s so humbling to be a local to this part of the world. prawnsMy mother always told me, “If you can see the ocean, order the seafood”, so with her wise words ringing in my ear I got myself a large bucket of prawns. prawns2With each bite you could taste the seawater, which was a real culinary pleasure after years in London.  prawns3 bread Never have I  seen sourdough so large in my life. emptyprawnstableThese rustic white, wooden benches and big floral bouquets are all part of my dream kitchen space.  pineapples waiterNow Brooke and I might both be in relationships but let’s call a spade a spade ladies! Let’s just say, if you do go to this cafe, you’ll find that delicious Australian morsels aren’t limited to just their menu.