Saturday, August 16, 2014

The sweeter things

After we had dined at a lovely little Italian Restaurant for lunch on Saturday afternoon, daughter and our friends said this was a must place to go and visit while we were in Melbourne.

So off we went,... peering through the front window attracted my attention with the most amazing cakes and I felt like a small child in a candy store.

Into Brunetti, we walked which is one of the most iconic places to indulge in delicious Italian style coffee,  decadent cake from the Pasticceria,  delicious gelato or a tempting savoury from the Paninoteca.

To be honest though, lately we have made a decision to forgo eating sugar, after reading the book, Pure White and Deadly by John Yudkin.  A treat for me is a small piece of dark chocolate occasionally when I am feeling like something to eat after dinner. 
But every so often it is nice to just have one day off a week when it does not matter - so today was the day.

The macarons and fancy cakes all looked almost too pretty to eat and deciding which ones we would taste was a dilemma.

I opted for a lemon gelato, the intense creamy flavour was really delicious

This is the perfect place to visit especially if you have a sweet tooth.

I wish you a happy weekend


  1. What utterly beautiful creations! The colours, shapes and decorations are all so perfect. Not to mention delicious. I could spend all day in there.
    Have a great weekend

  2. Hello Carolyn
    The sweet shoppe looks lovely and what pretty cakes! Good for you... I need to get off sugar but will have to wait until Sept when we get home as there is just way too many sweets here I want to try. Have a great weekend.

  3. Yes, sometimes you just have to indulge and enjoy the moment. I certainly did that in the States this summer. The rest of the time, I don't use much sugar at all as I opt to use alternatives such as maple syrup or even dates and bananas to naturally sweet things. :) Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  4. Ooooo yummy :)
    I am a sweet tooth and I love sweet treat so much *•*
    Happy hugs x

  5. And what a treat it is to once in a while indulge in something you love. Yes, I've read many an article about white sugar and flour; I've given up on the flour and the sugar (as much as I can) but sugar is found in almost ANYTHING that is packaged! What a joy for you however, to catch up with your daughter and enjoy the sights. All the walking will take care of the extra treat!

    Have a lovely weekend sweet Carolyn! Anita

  6. I have a very sweet tooth and this was therefore the perfect post for me. I can just imagine how long it would take me to choose one or more of those sweet treats. Macarons are a particular favourite of mine. Recently I have been reading about Melbourne and it has so much to offer. I know that I would love it!

  7. Oh Carolyn, remind me not to go there, it would be toooo tempting for me. Coffee and a piece of that chocolate cake and I would be in heaven.
    Hugs Kay

  8. Dear Carolyn!
    Thanks for this delicious post.
    I know Brunetti from Dubai.
    I am happy that you had such a lovely time with your daughter.
    Happy weekend my Sweet!
    With love,

  9. You are so right about the dangers opt white sugar. dark chocolate (more than 70%) is a good alternative occasionally.
    Even so, those cakes and macaroons and other treats look so yummy!

  10. Hola amiga querida ! Que dulce y bella tentación ... Que tenga un óptimo fin de semana

  11. Hi Carolyn, first I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and your very sweet comment....
    Oh my but what a treat to walk into that bakery of sweets, I would never want to leave the place to many


  12. Oh my goodness do all of those beautiful desserts look delicious!!!!! We have a sweet tooth in our neck of the woods but try to be aware of sugar as well. But I must say you only live once and if I walked by this store front you can bet I would walk in for a treat!!! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!!! Nicole xo

  13. Dearest Carolyn,
    Even I had a day off on Saturday evening. We dined at our authentic Italian resaurant. They are also dear friends. But you are so right about sugar and people should become more conscious about it. NO refined sugar and reading labels. Agave nectar and coconut sugar are a far healthier substitutes with a lower Glycemic Index.
    Sending you hugs and it was a pleasure to see these Italian desserts; like being back in the country...

  14. OMG!!! What a SWEET place for a person (me) who have a sweet teeth ;p) I try to contain my desire but.... haha(^^;)

    Wishing you will have a wonderful new week, my friend;
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  15. There were many goodies, and
    all so beautiful. i would love to taste

  16. So yummy, darling!
    Now I'm craving gelato ;)


  17. O wowww i wish i could taste them...even it is better go do not.....;-))) from me...x!

  18. Beautiful my lovely friend.
    Everything you share is so wonderful indeed.

  19. those cakes look amazing, but these days I just can't eat that kind of thing any more. Unless it's made mostly of very dark chocolate....

  20. Looks yummy!! Share! Happy sunday babe x

  21. oh my gosh, it all looks so wonderful, choosing would be very difficult, thank you for visiting me, I came right back and joined to follow!

  22. Dear Carolyn, I got a sweet tooth, so these looks like paradise for me.
    Whis you a great week.

  23. Lovely place.... delicious cakes!!!!!

    Ciao bellissima!!!

  24. Hello Carolyn,
    I am putting on weight just looking at these pictures. Delicious!
    Big hug,

  25. Vacations always call for a little indulgence don't they :) All these treats look lovely. I gave up sugar many years ago and once you don't eat it, you don't really miss it. Have a splendid week Carolyn :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  26. Have a great monday and start of the week! xx

  27. Carolyn, this sweet shop would be a dream for me, as I love chocolate! I have been staying away from too much sugar also, but every now and then, I'll treat myself to some See's candy close by. These cakes look amazing, and the macarons look colorful and yummy. I can see why you had a hard time choosing what to try. These are the little places that bring a smile to our face. Thanks for sharing.


  28. What a sweet galore, Carolyn! My sweet tooth is calling for attention when I'm reading this. And I too love macarons. Have a great day xx

  29. Hello Carolyn,
    such lovely cake shop you find out!!!
    These cakes look all wonderful, I'd taste everything!^^

  30. Greetings Carolyn, thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading your blog posts. Have a good week ahead! Binti

  31. Oh my Carolyn, Yummy Yummy!! ...mouth watering yummy!!
    very nice place to go indeed!!
    Many Blessings, Linnie

  32. Oh this look´s really yummy Carolyn!
    I would really like to have a cup of coffee there...
    Have a beautiful week, take care!
    Love, Titti

  33. oh gosh these do look yummy,bless you for popping over to my blog hunny hugs cheryl xx

  34. What a legit place to come, those are looks so beautiful and tasty! I'd love to try everything there!! Have a wonderful day!


  35. Lemon gelato sounds delicious though it must have been a hard decision to make with all these yummy sweet treats in the store.

  36. Hi Dear Carolyn, what pretty sights to see in these yummy desserts. I too try and stay away from sugar and all flours with gluten. It has changed my life to be gluten free but much harder with sugar as it is in everything. A treat now and again I think is okay and especially as you would be walking it off. Sounds like a special time with your daughter.
    Thank you for stopping by while I was on my vacation. I have enjoyed catching up with you today and happy to be home again.
    Hugs and Blessings~

  37. Yum. Everything looks so amazing.

  38. It all looks decadently delicious, Carolyn! Like you, I have been reading a lot about the horrible, unhealthy effects of sugar and for this sweet toothed blogger, it's been challenging trying to wean myself off it, not all together, small steps, that is, but mostly store bought treats. I am baking once a week, muffins or a loaf of seasonal fruity fare. Your lemon gelato sounds scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.


  39. Hi Carolyn! I have a huge sweet tooth, this would be the paradise for me, everything is mouthwatering and my jaws are just dropped!:) I should stop to eat sugar as well..I admire u for this. Many kisses dear! xo

  40. Dearest Carolyn,
    these cakes and treats look really great! From time to time a small sweet sin is definitely allowed: o) Thank you so much for your lovely words on my blog! I'm sorry that it has taken such a long time to visit you, too - the last days and weeks have been very busy ...
    Warm hugs, my dear,

  41. Those sweets look divine ~ I have to say as much as I wish I could resist ~ I would indeed indulge !

  42. Everything looks so delicious. How did you choose? I would have wanted to sample everything!

  43. The cakes look gorgeous. I've decided to give up sugar in my tea and coffee. I'm trying to eat more fresh fruit although sometimes it's nice to have a sweet treat.

  44. Beautiful Carolyn - I need a foodie trip away!!
    It's a while since I've been to Melbourne -I know it's a great destination for us!
    You have a special incentive for a trip, to meet up with your DD - I'm sure she is in her element there.

  45. Wow those cakes look amazing it must have been so difficult to choose what to have!
    Thank you for your comment, it meant so much. Sarah x


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