Being social in Geelong West

Lass and Lad love the idea of community, but they often find that the reality of making new friends and becoming a part of a community is some times much harder and scarier than the delightful, romantic blossom filled idea appears.

SO, it was with great thrill and excitement that we discovered the opening of the gorgeous and groovy “Geelong West Social Club” a few weeks ago (made even more exciting by it’s two minute distance from home). You’ll find Ross and Mia at 1B Yuille Street in Geelong West making excellent and delicious coffee, bagels and daily treats. There is Chai Boy Tea, Coffee Supreme and precious hand blended Modern Tea just for you to have in or take home, there’s also beautiful Jam Lady Jam available. And JUST when you think it can’t get any better, you’ll discover the sparkling water on tap, ON TAP!

I can hear your thought bubbles wondering what more coffee talk and sparkling water excitement has to do with friendship making and community bonding. Well; the thing is that this beautiful little space truly, really is a social club. It’s a friendly and welcoming space where you do feel like your making friends and where you don’t feel like the new kid on the block. You’ll bump previously made friends here,  who also loves the joyfulness and non judging of this excellent new addition to the hood and you can all sit around together and really feel welcome in the hood.

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Where do the wildflowers grow?

When this little lass lived in the land of the never never she missed two things dearly (apart from her lovely loved ones of course). These two things had previously been taken for (stupid) granted and were: a good (bon) soy latte and a beautiful florist.

There were indeed beautiful tropical flowers splattered around the market places and frangipani trees lining the streets whilst littered with those pretty little flowers (sounds rather blissful really). However, there were no tasteful, treat supplying, awe-inspiring florists.

So it was with great excitement that a fateful email put this lass in touch with beautiful Alice from ‘She’s a Wildflower.’ Alice has the most beautiful of styles and does it with friendly sass. She hosted a floral garland lesson for a precious bride and did it perfectly.

This Valentines day I requested a trendy terrarium for my lad from Alice. I nearly cried with delight at its beauty. She delivered to the door, in a beautiful box with a red rose and lad loves his terrarium and its beautiful Deer and ladybird tenants.

Alice can be found on Instagram and Facebook and you won’t regret seeking this talented wildflower out and discovering her treats.

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Where’s the nearest good coffee AT?

There’s a certain hospital in Geelong that has lovely staff, excellent facilities and TERRIBLE coffee. Whilst certainly a first world problem, it’s one that sets a challenge. This challenge however (which was willingly accepted upon my return from Darwin, where the coffee is generally also terrible) has been an easily solved dilemma thanks to some skills and beans located very nearby.

‘Cartel coffee’ (shop 1,80 Little Malop Street Geelong) is a friendly, cool (but not uncomfortably chic) welcoming space where the coffee is excellent. I’m not an expert so I won’t pretend to be, but from the looks of their bean collections and selections there are plenty of serious options.

Down an alluring alleyway where ‘Leaf Tea’ lives ’10 sq M’ coffee has made a new home. With delicious ‘Born and Bread Bakehouse’ treats (delivered fresh from a basket, I was there this morning to see with my very own eyes and nearly squealed with delight, a real basket delivering real treats!) They also offer some Health Lab eats for those being sensible in between weekends or who really do sincerely love healthy living. Their Sensory Lab coffee is perfect, and whilst they only have one take away (smallish size) option, it’s easy to pop back for another.

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*disclaimer, I have used the photos from the above named coffee shops instagrams. I am always in such a frenzied rush to get my hands on my Soy Latte I forget to snap.

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But WHY Geelong?

A few years ago, I’m sure this was a justified question. These days, it’s a simple lame response of “but why NOT?”

This Lass and her Lad returned to the home of the Victorian beaches for a few reasons, its proximity to the coast a crucial consideration and the short drive to our families another. We knew (all the way from Darwin) thanks to the regular stalking of social media that it’s coffee culture was getting cool (King of the Castle deserves a MEDAL for their Instagram excellence) but we had no idea just HOW cool.

Coming to my little excited taste bud driven mind right now are a few favorites:

The Dirty Rascal and King of the Castle are cool friendly spaces with delicious staple store porridge, croissants and hipster staff, not to mention macrame gold fish. We miss ‘She’s a Wildflower’ there, but she’ll be a treat in our flower dreams again.

The Geelong West Social Club has been in our lives for approximately three weeks, and is already looking like it really is the place to go to be social, fed and caffeine watered.

Geelong Fresh Foods of course provides a mecca of inspiration when the eating and treating is to be had at home.

Born and Bread Bakehouse is like a real life lolly shop for grown up Lassies (except for those on the Atkins diet of course). But you should just join the cool kids in the lolly shop and trash that diet.

Tulip is a BEAUTIFUL treat that you would travel miles on a unicorn for.

The Bloody Mary at Zigfrids?! Well why WOULD you go anywhere else? (It’s got CLAMATO JUICE, CLAMATO!)

There’s more more and more to come, which is why it was necessary to start jotting down the thoughts of eating and treating in and around Geelong, it’s far too exciting not to share.

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