Get In The Car! We're Going To Prague

Thursday, 17 September 2020

jeshoots-com-romantic views over prague and the charles bridge

Last summer I took my car to Prague for a very spontaneous day trip. 

There's something incredibly liberating about the idea to just get in your car and go wherever you like. I guess that's why I love road trips and exploring. The independence when being on the road just screams adventures and epic driving stories to me. I'm also very, very good at carpool karaoke.

Sounds good, right? 

My parents' house in Germany is conveniently located between Berlin and Dresden. From Dresden, there's a new motorway extension which makes driving to Prague way faster than before - a perfect opportunity to venture out and only a 250km drive away. 

Driving In The Czech Republic 

The downside of taking your car to Prague is the toll network, meaning you have to pay for using the roads. Therefore, you'll need to get a vignette, a sticker that allows you to use the roads in the Czech Republic. Ideally, you *should* purchase the vignette in advance - but for the spontaneous traveller like me....oh, well you just gamble and hope the first motor service will come shortly after you've entered the country. 

The vignette needs to be placed on the bottom right-hand side of your windscreen and carry the date of your first day of use. There are several options to buy. Short-term permissions which are valid for 10 days, cost around 13 EUR, which is a fair price.  

xiaofen-busy streets with tourists in central prague

Petrol is cheap, so the day trip to Prague from Germany won't break the bank. 

From Dresden, the E55 will take you straight into Pragues' city centre. It is easy to drive into the city and navigate around. Even though I had my sat nav with me I didn't fancy going on a search for a car park. Unfortunately, Czechs are very, very strict and have tonnes of parking rules, so better not risk a ticket and go the way of least resistance. 

The Palladium Shopping Centre Was An Ideal Parking Spot

The parking guidance system leads you automatically into the underground car park of the Palladium, a huge innercity shopping centre. Given, that the Palladium is super central, the costs for parking are only 2 EUR per hour. 

The shopping centre itself is quite nice and even has a few shops from the UK, such as a Tesco and Marks & Spencer. In general, Czechs are very modern and forward-thinking. They are miles ahead when I think of Germany in comparison. Paying with Euros, even though the Czechs are not in the EU, is absolutely no problem. They all speak fluent English, some of them even offer to speak German, and are very friendly.

remi-boyer-prague streets and charming houses

With my car securely parked, I was in a great spot to explore the city. The central square with its world-famous astronomical clock is close by. You get lost in the maze of picturesque streets, admire timber-framed grade listed houses, which ooze charm and fairytale character and there are tonnes of statues.   

Even though Prague attracts 8 million visitors per year, there's enough space to walk around. The souvenir shops are cute, there are lots of bars and outdoor beer gardens serving absinthe and beer for as little as £1.50. The city is also very cultural and artsy so if you come for a longer stay, do check out a black light theatre performance. 

medieval astronomical clock in prague
hanna-balan- pargue astronomical clock souvenir shop

From Prague's' New Town To Its Medieval Old Town And Anywhere Inbetween 

For a quick breakfast stop, I can recommend Coffee & Waffles in Staré Město, before crossing Prague's main attraction, the Karlův Most (Charles Bridge) towards the Old Town district. The bridge is always busy with tourists and street sellers but offers stellar views over the river Vlatava and the towering 9th-century castle. A tourist tradition is to rub the feet of the statue of John of Nepomuk, which is a promise to the city to return one day. 

The Kafka museum lies straight to your right when entering the Old Town district, in between narrow houses and can easily be missed and overlooked.  If you prefer to stay on the main street in the Old Town, you'll see it buzzing with life and seamed with traditional bakeries. From here you can easily walk up the hill to the castle and admire gorgeous views over the roofs of the city. If you look very, very closely and know the direction, you can even spot The Dancing House. 

views over prague from the castle
roof views over prague

On your way back to the new part
 of town, you should definitely pick up a Tredelník, the Chimney Cake. It's sweet pastry rolled up on a cone and traditionally, the pastry is coated in sugar and cinnamon. As it has proven to be a very popular dessert, the various shops on the Old Town main street down to the Charles Bridge have invented a variety of deliciously fruity, savoury or sweet fillings. My favourite is a caramelised apple mixture, but you can also get strawberries and cream or chocolate and pistachio. 

trdelnik chimney cake sweet pastry prague

When strolling through Prague, other points of interests are the main shopping mile in central, the 
Na Příkopě, which has luxury and High Street brands. Close by is a Mucha art nouveau museum which is on my list for my next visit. There are hidden local markets and the streets are neat and well presented. Just looking at the houses and losing yourself in the city's' maze of cobbled streets will lead you to some incredible mews, little fountains or squares bursting with life and hospitality. 

Especially in the summer, people love to be outside and have food in the streets. For dinner, I found a great place outside of Adele Restaurant, a very chic and trendy restaurant as part of the upscale Kings Court Hotel. The restaurant offers a changing menu of Mediterranean cuisine and I was very impressed when the waiter brought me a tablet. The entire menu was displayed with a little preview of the food. Very high-tech but never pretentious. I opted for the Italian chicken breast which was served with a salad and fries. It was a perfect meal to prepare me for the drive home. 

adele restaurant dinner in prague

Is Driving To Prague For A Day Worth It?

I love day trips and exploring in my area. However, I always make sure time efficiency is given. What do I mean with time efficiency? So I know this sounds very German, but to me, a day trip is only effective if the time spent at the destination exceeds the time of travelling. Even though I love driving and travelling, there's just no point in going to a place, spending a huge effort on trains, cars or flights and then only spend an hour or so at the destination. 

For my Prague trip, I invested 3h of driving each way (6h in total), which meant I had to spend at least 6 to 7h in Prague to make the trip and the investment of effort worthwhile. It's going to be a long day, but it is doable when you leave early and I would probably do it in the summer when European summertime allows a longer day in general. 

Prague itself is a beautiful town, regardless of the season so I can recommend a visit whenever. It does get hot in the summer, but being outside in a beer garden or enjoying a meal in the streets is priceless. The friendliness and hospitality are second to none and I'm sure you'll fall in love with the city's enchanting character in no time. 

Thanks so much for reading, 

Till next time, 

What Is Quality Content And How Can I Create It?

Monday, 14 September 2020

adventure time sign at sydney airport

I've recently come back to travel writing and decided it is time to take my little adventure blog to the next level. I've been looking properly into monetizing it, which will open up a lot of opportunities in the long-term but beforehand there a couple of obstacles to overcome. Most affiliate programmes or AD publisher require your website to attract a decent stream of traffic - ideally somewhere in the monthly 10k range. 

More traffic? OMG how do I do that? My stats are shit (fact). Where do even I start? 

Once my panic was over, I pulled out my Gantt-Chart, came up with an improvement plan and drafted a road map for the next three month. If I wanted to grow my blogs' traffic and increase its performance I would have to work harder on my content and its quality. 

Right. Let's go!

Step 1: Work In The Backend to Improve My Travel Content

Some of the ranking factors which Google identifies as "quality" and which will eventually also affect your blogs' DA are SEO, grammar & spelling as well as all outgoing links placed on your blog.  

I haven't done a thorough blog maintenance for a year so there were LOADS of things to tidy up in the backend. I went through all 260 blog posts individually, checked for grammar and spelling with Grammarly, updated pictures and their Alt-Tag and included long-tail keywords in my subheadings. 

I've also removed a couple of posts which no longer reflect my niche, so 30% of my content went back into draft mode. Some of my old content, mainly film reviews, went over to Amazon. I've also got a few book reviews which I could submit as a guest post so if there are any book blogger interested and currently take on guest posts, do let me know!

what is quality content

Next on the list were outgoing links, so I checked every single link placed on my travel blog for its redirect and correct functioning, and if the link would open up in a new window. This is crucial as otherwise, readers will be leaving your blog and Google evaluates session duration as a quality factor for your website. 

I keep my readers for as long as possible on my blog to reduce bounce rate. Any time spend over 3 minutes is a high-quality indicator for Google, too. To achieve the maximum stay for my readers I've included a similar post widget at the end of each post, make sure my outbound links open up in a new window and I also interlink to my own content. 

TIP: Whilst I ran a broken link check, I also noticed that my Google Analytics code went missing in the majority of my posts. This had something to do with changing my template recently which is annoying, as Google Blogger doesn't provide a plugin to automatically pull and insert the code. Do check your HTML from time to time and replace a missing GA code. 

Step 2: Improve On-Site Content & My Travel Writing

Writing is by far my favourite part of blogging, but how do you measure the value of your content? 

Through my work in digital marketing, I've learnt a few things on content production and what makes it high quality. Ingredients to be successful and create quality are relevancy, purpose and engagement. 

Relevancy: Does my content reflect my niche (travel) and is, what I produce, relevant?

This includes new and old content alike, hence why I sieved out and excluded old posts which are no longer relevant for my topic "travel". When I'm planning future articles, I have to keep my niche in mind so I can work closely on producing the right posts. 

Right now a piece on "Fun Things To Do in Australia" would be highly contra-productive and insensitive, but a post on How to Survive a 14 Day Quarantine will spike high interest and demand due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. Therefore, relevancy creates interest and will drive more traffic to my site. 

working on creating quality content

Purpose: Does my content solve a problem and why should anyone care? 

Problem-solving is a huge quality indicator as most readers are drawn into finding a solution to their own issues. People, when they consume travel content, have intent and want to know as much as possible about certain processes. What is the destination I am going to like? What is the best way to travel to said destination? Are there any hidden gems which I can explore? Are locals friendly and so on...

My target group are Millenials, so I'm aware they love to explore locally and prefer affordable accommodation. They are also fond of eating out and keen on "off the beaten track" adventures. 

Identifying your readers' needs and interest to produce relevant content, as a result, is called "Intelligent Content" - content creation based on data, audience profiles and industry insights. The more you know about your audience, their problems and desires, the more targeted you can produce your content, cater to their needs and convert them into sales. 

Sounds a bit creepy and stalkerish? Yeah, it is, but a great deal of my time goes into analytics and insight analysis. My main tools are Google Analytics and Audiense. Other helpful tools which I can recommend are Buzzsumo, a social listening tool, and AnswerThePublic

Whilst I disagree to a certain level of producing content purely for the demand of a readership, I am interested in my target audience and their needs. When are they online? What do they talk about? Is my audience mainly female or male? This is all useful research to spot and maximise opportunities for me rather than creating specific content because my readership demands it. 

jess-bailey planner and pen

I'm pretty sure everyone does research and analysis their audience from time to time, which is a healthy practice to do and vital to determine your blog's future journey. Plus knowing the topics and keywords your travel-hungry audience is talking about opens up many content ideas and inspiration such as How To posts, Where to stay in post, What to do in posts, hotel reviews or even Travel Diaries.  

Engagement: Will my audience react to my travel content and how? 

When I publish my travel content, I automatically ask for a response and call to action from my readers.  I've worked hard to provide quality content, so it is only natural that I want a reaction and some sort of feedback. 

This can be a Like, a comment or even a share on Social Media. Any reaction that shows that my readers have engaged and reacted to my content, is a great achievement. It means my content triggered enough motivation for them to get active. I was able to engage them and they found my content useful and shareable (which is another Google indicator for quality). 

Next question: How to trigger engagement?

I define engagement as the measurement of an individual's willingness to put forth discretionary effort.

One formula which works in Content Marketing is the GRAB - PROVOKE - CONVERT method to generate sales. Basically, my travel posts need to grab my readers attention (engage), provoke an emotional response which will then lead to action (commenting, sharing). 

I'm yet to master the principle of "grabbing" attention, which I'm aiming to achieve through producing better headlines. There are countless headline generators out there which can be consulted for research but the best way to grab my audience' attention has been through question-asking and controversial statements. 

Controversial statements contain subjective views which trigger a variety of emotions as displayed in Plutchik's wheel of emotions.

plutchiks wheel of emotions quality content

An example could be: 

A Complete Guide to Sydney     vs     48h in Sydney, the Most Boring City in The World

In the later headline, I've used "boring" which conveys my subjective, slightly negative views of Sydney. Now, my connotations with Sydney may be dampened, but I'm sure there are readers out there who would disagree with me. Readers, for example, who had a fantastic time in Sydney and share fond memories.

They may be outraged by my statement and, therefore, I've triggered two actions here: first, the disagreement and secondly, I may have stirred my readers' potential memories which they would like to share. In the next step, my reader would skim read through my article out of interest why I dislike the city they adore and then hammer away in the comment section to persuade me of the exciting sides of Sydney. Mission accomplished! 

There's another insight gained from this example, which is "identification". Identification in readers happens, when there are shared similarities and values which can form the basis of relation. This is important because if a reader reads about my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella and can identify with any of my challenges, pain and happy moment of accomplishment, that reader is more likely to return and consume another post. After all, reader retention is also a key indicator of quality content. 

annie-spratt-sydney opera house on a clear crisp day

A second method which has worked well in content creation contains the three key elements of INFORM - INSPIRE - ENTERTAIN 

People consume online content for a variety of reasons and their reading habits tend to be rather shallow and short-lived in comparison to reading a book. Most skim-read and have a short attention span, so most online content aims to be informative, entertaining and light-hearted which allows a faster and easier read through the content. 

Think List posts or "17 Things You Should Do When Visiting Brisbane"

"Inspire" is similar to "Provoke" which indicates the trigger function that my travel article needs to have and animates my readership to interact with my piece. Inspire is definitely on the positive spectrum so my readers will be left with a positive impression and call to action. 

An example could be: I Quit My Job, Flew Solo Across The World And Would Totally Do It Again

seeing hte world from a different view with skydive australia

A job is the embodiment of adulthood. Quitting a job is something many of us would LOVE to do, but can't because of commitments, social limitations, no money or God knows what. 

So I've done something completely out of the norm - I refused to follow social convention and quit adulthood. Pretty badass, right? 

I also flew solo to the other side of the world, which some may find inspiring whilst others will be like "so what?". 

Anyway, I'm targeting the first group of people here and hope to inspire them by my boldness to "quit my job" and go against societal expectations. Then, further, I took the plunge to go by myself, alone (!) and travel a significant distance to another continent. Plus I indicate motivation to do it again, hence why I've triggered enough interest in the reader to check out the piece. 

Both examples, the provoke and inspire method, have been excellent strategies for me to create original and fresh content. 

Step 3: Share My Quality Travel Content On Social Media

Right, so my content is fully optimised and packed with useful informative context. Time to share it with the world!

Online promotion is an inevitable key element when blogging and driving traffic. When I share my blog link online, it creates a signal to Google. Though there's been debate on the SEO value of Social Media shares, one can't deny the impact of a regular and consistent promotion. 

However, travel bloggers need to be aware to not "overdo" it as an aggressive promotion online can look spammy and intrusive to your brand. 

A few years ago, work send me to Brighton SEO, a huge industry conference with keynote speakers and the latest developments in the industry. I was lucky to attend a talk by Mel Carson who introduced me to the AURA principle - the winning formula to produce high-quality content on Social Media. 

jamie-street-setting your compass to success

AURA stands for:

A ... Authentic - 60/40 split. Share 60% to promote my travel content and 40% private information
U ... Useful - Think about why someone should care about your content
R ... Relevant - Is the content relevant to my readers? Fashion news are probably not as engaging as travel
A .. Actionable - Does my travel content ask for a call to action

His main objectives for the principle were to create a better branding experience and make a better impression. Any produced content is a reflection of your brand and a creator should aim to produce discoverable, sharable and memorable contributions. 

An example could be my promotion of my latest post What To Expect When You Fly During The Corona Virus Pandemic.

tweet promoting my travel post on flying during the Cornona pandemic

My tweet includes my own personal flight experience (A) during the ongoing Corona Pandemic (U). I'm providing information on what to expect when flying these days (R) and have included RT services and hashtags to animate my readers to share my content (A). 

My tweet has generated 2k impressions, 4 likes and 2 RTs - overall not that much, but the piece attracted the attention of the national press. A few hours later, I was contacted by The Telegraph and provided a short interview on my flight experience and return to the UK. This wouldn't have happened if my content wasn't of high quality. 

Did they share a backlink to my blog? 

No, but that would have been the absolute cherry on top (Bye, Bye backlink juice). 

Small steps at a time...

Thanks so much for reading, 

Till next time, 

Top & Flop Brunch Spots In Brisbane

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

brooke lark brunch in brisbane

In January I flew out to Australia to go travelling for a year. I started my trip with a two-week stay in Brisbane and as time went on, I found myself coming back to the city on many more occasions. 

Over the course of 7 months, Brisbane became my "home away from home". I fell in love with the city, which is best described as a mini version of London, minus the stressful lifestyle. Instead, I made friends here, created epic memories, spent a great deal of my lockdown time and got a good sense of what it would feel like to live here.

With its all-year-round perfect weather and relaxed lifestyle, the city also has a rich and versatile brunch culture. Australians celebrate breakfast like no other nation and thanks to affordable Brisbane, I quickly ate my way around its many cafés. 

Here are some of the brunch and breakfast spots which I visited and I tell you if they are any good. 

1. Anouk Café: Top Spot in Paddington

A 20-minute walk north of the centre in the borough of Paddington is Given Terrace, which is THE breakfast mile and top address for brunch in Brisbane. The street is seamed with countless little cafés where I found my personal favourite spot: Anouk Café.

It ticks all the boxes for me: an industrial style look - think dark flooring in contrast to the cream-white shabby chic interior and lots of green plants - outdoor seating and phenomenal food. It is no surprise that the place is popular and busy around the clock. To secure a seat outside in the glorious Queensland sun, I would recommend getting here as early as 8am. 

Once seated, it is time to check out the menu which changes every few weeks with its interesting and healthy choices. There are homemade granolas, avo on toast with a Queensland twist, a variety of sourdough bread with Eggs Benedict, sweet waffles or my absolute-never-to-forget French brioche toast with a croissant, roasted pistachios, caramelised slices of peach, ricotta cream and maple syrup. 


the best breakfast in brisbane served at anouk cafe
anouk cafe brisbane pancakes with banana and chai spiced maple syrup

The French brioche/croissant hybrid was an absolute DREAM and reignited my love for peach. I knew straight away that I had to come back to Anouk's for a second breakfast round. 

The opportunity for a second visit came after lockdown. The French brioche croissant was no longer on the menu so I ordered their current pancakes with banana, whipped ricotta and chai spiced maple syrup. 

The pancakes were fluffy and filling and I found the ricotta and chai spiced maple syrup took away the usually very overpowering taste of banana. Overall another tasty composition which kept me full for the rest of the day. 

Alongside a huge iced coffee and orange juice, I paid a modest £15 each time. 

Oh, the days of brunching in Brisbane....I'd give anything to go back here. One day, it'll happen. 

2. Corner Store Cafe: Hipster in Toowong

I found the next café through Instagram and was sold when I saw "waffles" on their menu. I have a very sweet tooth and weak spot for waffles, which was motivation enough for me to justify a 40-minute stroll westbound along the river to the suburb of Toowong. 

On the corner of Sylvan Road/Quinn Street is the Corner Store Cafe, a local magnet for young families, hipster residents and Instagrammers alike. The place is listed on every decent online publication for brunch and breakfast recommendations so it was no surprise that it was busy on the day I went to try their waffles.

corner store cafe in brisbane waffles with fresh fruit

The menu is not entirely vegan but has healthy options such as the Acai Bowl with paleo granola, sourdough gluten-free toast, porridge and the avo on toast classic with dukkah and pomegranate molasses. Interesting combos, so far so good. 

And of course, the cinnamon waffles, topped with whipped ricotta, maple syrup, baked apple and dates.  Together with a cappuccino, I paid $24 which translates to roughly £13 - for a Londoner, this is a very affordable breakfast. 

The apple and dates went nicely with the syrup and the waffle was freshly made. My coffee was creamy and delicious. Overall I was a bit underwhelmed though, especially with the presentation which reflected minimal efforts and I kinda expected more. 

Even though the café was well visited that day, there was a constant come and go and staff were more interested in a quick turn over rather than persuading guests to another coffee or sweet treat. The slightly impatient atmosphere didn't sit too well with me and I got peckish a few hours later. 

I was happy I gave this one a try but didn't feel motivated enough to go back. Instead, Paddington lured me back and check out some Roche filled croissants. 

3. Paddington Social: UBEr Cool in Paddington

Back in Paddington, it was time to try out Paddington Social - a mix of an all-day café and Thai pop-up kitchen. The place is well-known for their variety of chocolate and Roche coated croissants which will make you drool when you see the pictures online.  

But it's not just the sickly sweet sugar shock croissants, pastries and cakes that had me intrigued. The menu has some very healthy and highly interesting options available. My personal choices from their seasonal menu at the time were pear & blackberry hotcake with a cardamon champagne poached pear, blackberry compote and chocolate Anglaise or a mega healthy chia pudding. 

AND then I spotted the Ube pancakes.

Never heard of Ube? Me either! It's a purple yam originally from the Philippines. Realsimple describes Ube as a "bright purple sweet potato with an even sweeter, more mellow taste than its orange relative with a slightly nutty, vanilla taste. It's popularly used in desserts, often boiled and then mashed with condensed milk." 

Sounds YUMMO to me. 

My enthusiasm to try something completely new was, however, quickly thwarted as they've sold out on Ube that day. NOOOOO. 

So instead, the vegan and gluten-free Chia Pudding with dragon fruit, blueberry compote, passionfruit, house-made granola and coconut yoghurt at $17 (£8.50) had to save the day. 

paddington social in brisbane chia pudding best breakfast

And it did deliver. 

The pudding was smooth, infused with a lovely taste of exotic fruits, all topped with the crunch of home-made granola. The coconut yoghurt was creamy and light and a wonderful addition to the overall composition. The pudding was filling so it took me quite some time to finish it but I did and needless to say, I was completely stuffed for the rest of the day. 

4. New Farm Dicki's: Vegan Heaven

OK, the next place is not really a pure breakfast café per se but offers a versatile range of vegan dishes for a light lunch. Originally I had planned to go to Little Loco in New Farm, but on the day they didn't do brunch past 1pm and so I made my way back to the CityCat boat terminal in Sydney Street. 

On my way, I came across Dicki's and spontaneously decided to get my brunch there instead. Turned out to be a great decision! 

dickis cafe in brisbane vegan tagliatelle with green basil pesto and macadamian cheese

The café is small and popular (which is always a good sign) and on the day I got seated in a cosy corner, overlooking the main action going on in Dicki's.

Their regular menu lists some save options such as Mac 'N' Cheese, classic vegan burger, arancini balls or the all-time evergreen avo on toast all in the region of $16 (£8). I felt more adventurous that day and was up to trying something unusual so I had a quick look at their lunch specials and there we go, I found my match:

Basil pesto infused tagliatelle with roasted pine nuts, Macadamian cheese topped with fresh basil leaves. 

Sounds nice? It was!

The portion had the right size for me, not too much but enough to cover me for a few hours. The basil pesto felt refreshing and not overpowering. Sometimes pesto infused pasta tends to be a bit greasy but this one was nicely balanced. The crunch from the roasted pine nuts is always a huge winner for me but I was mostly looking forward to trying vegan cheese. 

The cheese cubes made from Macadamian nuts were creamy with a nice nutty flavour and a hint of saltiness to round up the taste profile. Loved it and researched on the spot how to make Macadamian cheese as this is something I would definitely try to recreate at home. 

5. Adonis Cafe: Death By Chocolate in Yeerongpilly

I get a lot of my travel inspiration through Instagram and having visited all these amazing brunch spots in sunny Brisbane, I got bombarded with all sorts of recommendations on where to go next. 

With a very clever and slightly aggressive PPC campaign, Adonis Cafe kept popping up left, right and centre-front. The clear and aesthetically pleasing images plus the very instagrammable presentations of their food even made avo on toast look highly attractive to me. The USP and main factor why I sat on a train for 20 minutes southbound to Yeerongpilly were the Kinder Bueno Waffles. Literally a slow, sickly sweet death by chocolate.

Sign me up for that.

adonis cafe in brisbane breakfast waffles with kinder bueno

This is a breakfast spot that requires a bit of effort (train ride), adventurous spirit (industrial estate) and patience (I'll explain). 

The walk from the station to the café through an industrial estate is not the sexiest if I'm honest but once you're at the place it does get better. Adonis is very inviting with a big roofed terrace, wooden panelling and stoned flooring. The lively staff are busy to serve the rather young main clientele (20-year-old "Instagrammers") and can take their time in seating you. 

At first, the staff were a bit reserved towards me as I'm a solo diner and they've tried to seat me in the furthest corner inside the café away from the main action, which didn't make sense to me (terrace had enough empty tables available) or made a great impression. No matter if someone is a solo diner, a local, the Queen of England or turns up with a group of friends, a customer is a customer. 

Seating solo diners away from the main action feels very dismissive and excluding which I didn't appreciate and it didn't make me feel like I wanted to stay, to be honest. Luckily, they've allowed me to swap tables so I got a super nice seat outside on the terrace and had time to check out the menu. 

Don't expect many healthy options for this one, as the main selling point are the chocolate loaded waffles, pancakes and churros. And I mean, look at this one, presentation is everything. 

For $20 (£10) you'll die a slow sugary death from two Belgian waffles, topped with vanilla ice cream, three pieces of strawberry, Oreos, Kinder Bueno and a chocolate-filled syringe. After all, I'm still on holidays, right?

It was quite a lot but I knew what I had signed up for so technically it is my own fault. The waffles were ok and I'm aware you pay mostly for the novelty of it which I happily accepted. 

Overall Adonis has been quite an experience and without the slightly passive-aggressive encounter at the beginning of my visit, I would have probably considered the place for another time. 

Anyway, once finished and on my way back to the train station, I did end up next door and spent a good amount of time at Mandy's Plant Empire - a creative pottery centre with tonnes of plants, succulents and local artwork which made the world trip to Yeerongpilly definitely worth it. 

... and Where To Get Decent Coffe In Brisbane CBD? 

jesse-collins-coffee club in brisbane

Right, so sunny Brisbane has an abundance of brunch spots and breakfast alternatives to offer, so you definitely won't starve in the city. Whatever you do, do avoid Pancake Manor which is an outdated tourist trap in the CBD. Do venture out into the nearby suburbs and indulge in the rich brunch culture and if you're just looking for coffee, I can report back the following positive news: 

Surprisingly, all coffees I've tried have been decent in Brisbane, chain and independent alike. The average cost for a medium-sized Latte or lactose-free Cappucino is about $5, which is a £2.50 happy dance for any Londoner.   

- Coffee Club Brisbane on Queen Street, opposite the casino by the Suncorp Tower: average but ok. Had no complaints.

- Jimmy's On The Mall, Queen Street Mall, pretty much in the centre of the pedestrian: quick, creamy,        tasty

- Nodo, Southbank (near the wheel, beginning of the arbour): creamy, decent size, excellent price/quality

Thanks so much for reading,

Till next time,
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