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Friday coffee, market crawl, flod donations [Feb. 24th, 2011|12:09 pm]

We'll be meeting at Dome from five as usual but not only does Bleeding Heart have an Alternative Market for Flood Relief http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136456673083297

but the Twilight Markets in King George Square are on as well!


I don't know how long I'll be able to sit still and drink coffee. Feybles will be at the Twilight markets with what stock she saved from the floods. She lost a lot of carefully built up tools and materials, so I am collecting old broken vintage jewelery for her to remake, so if you have some at the bottom of your drawers bring it along and if you don't see her you can give it to me.

this is the type of thing she does with it.
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Drinking for Flood Relief [Jan. 10th, 2011|03:32 pm]

We've been settled at Dome for a while now, but we are moving to Bleeding Hear Cafe 166 Ann St (The beautiful old School of Arts building not far from King George Square.)

You are invited to Bleeding Heart's Flood Relief Knock Off Drinks!

You can help in 2 ways:

On Friday January 14th $1 from every cup of coffee sold between 8am and 5pm will be donated to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

From 5pm - 9pm we are hosting one of our regular Charity Knock Off Drinks where 100% of profits from the bar will go to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

There will be raffles and food provided on the evening so invite your co-workers, friends and neighbours.
So if you normally buy a cup of coffee during the day or if your work team relaxes on a Friday afternoon with a couple of hard earned beverages, come along to Bleeding Heart where your normal routine will make a difference!
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Wider issues in dining. [Feb. 13th, 2010|11:19 am]

I've decided I want more from a coffee shop than decent chips and non-deafening music. After following the story of Brodie Panlock, who took her own life after relentless bullying from other cafe staff at Cafe Vamp in Melbourne, I want a cafe with an effective Workplace Harassment Prevention Policy.

If something like that had come out about Aromas, I would have been shattered. I would have felt guilt by association. I emailed a feedback form to Dome early in the week and asked what they did to deal with bullying issues. I hadn't got a reply by yesterday, so I stayed back and asked a young waitress while she was packing up.

I'm happy to say she knew bullying issues were part of OHS conditions, and what her rights were, and this is her very first job. She had been given a booklet as part of her training that covered racism, bullying and other issues. She felt that the manager was approachable and that new staff were vetted well during their probation period.

I was going to suggest another coffee shop if I hadn't liked the answer. I'm glad I didn't have to, everyone seems pretty comfortable here. Except the comfy chairs get the full brunt of the sun at five o'clock so right up the back is the best spot.
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A-Dome-a-meet. [Feb. 5th, 2010|10:34 pm]

I thought we'd only have a couple of people this week but we had twelve in all over the night. We had to move from the comfy chairs because there's only room for six. Up the back was still good and it was out of the glare of the windows. Going for Dome again next week.

Those who want better coffee or the opportunity of having cocktails, feel free to continue to suggest other venues. In general we are enjoying having a cafe to ourselves, though.
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Dome Good! [Jan. 29th, 2010|10:12 pm]

Well, Little Jumbo has the crappest service ever. They just have a large "For Lease" sign and thats it.

So we went to Dome instead, at 147 George Street. http://www.domecoffees.com.au/find-a-cafe-qld-george-street.html

Wow! Decent chips at an old fashinoned price. AND wedges. No blaring music. In fact, it was ridiculously quiet and uncrowded. Comfy Chairs. No cocktails but an amazing array of cold drinks based on coffee or fruit. Maybe they'll add alcohol to them for us.

I believe thebellman doesn't think much of their coffee, but polrua was highly impressed by their tea. And I was impressed by their 22 dollar deal for three bowls of nibblies. We chose meatballs, prawns and chicken breasts, and they were all really good. I'm afraid I didn't check out what vegetarians can eat besides chips.

We've got the comfy chairs booked from 5pm Friday next week.
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(no subject) [Jan. 22nd, 2010|10:21 pm]

It seems the grass is always greener. We looked towards Cicada from Firefly and thought it looked quieter.

Firefly was less overwhelmingly noisy than Cicada was last week, except for the peak period when it rivaled it. No chips, just pizza and garlic bread. The pizza wasn't bad though.

Its wheelchair accessible, which I was thinking it may not be.

Next week's suggestion was Jorge. Except now I go to google it I discover its gone and Little Jumbo is in its place. So I guess we are trying Little Jumbo Level 1, 183 George St
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Best so far. [Jan. 16th, 2010|02:03 pm]

I like Cicada.

Sure, the chips are floury and have too much chicken salt. But the coffee was pretty good, even though they almost fainted that someone ordered coffee Friday evening, when its the bar that's busy. I liked the spring rolls.

And they have absinthe.

They are very popular and the noise level is high. Seating is at a premium. I'm thinking with a little effort we could establish a goth-hold on the darkened corner at the back.

But we were thinking we'd try Firefly which is up a terrace, next week. More open, outdoor seating. Now that I look it up, Firefly is actually a pizza bar. I'm assuming they do coffee.

Not much online about them but being Shp C3 Courtyard 275 George St, Brisbane.

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Cicadameet? [Jan. 10th, 2010|11:36 pm]

Anyone that missed trying The Verve on Friday was lucky. It was hot and crowded and they really require a booking. Not friendly to casual coffees at all. After the fourth request that we order mains we chugged our wine and buggered off to a japanese restaurant that was much more friendly.

The Cicada Cafe next Friday has been suggested. http://www.yourrestaurants.com.au/guide/?action=venue&venue_url=cicada_cafe_restaurant_bar

Are we game? Has anyone got another idea?
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Not-Quite-AromaMeet [Jan. 4th, 2010|06:33 pm]

So. Given that the Good Dr Jon may not be able to arrive at an early time on Friday, who has thoughts regarding a First NQAromaMeet for the last year of the first decade of the 21st century? Bubbles was... difficult.

I guess that criteria would be:
1) coffee that does not make me want to stab myself in the leg with a teaspoon
2) chips
3) cheap
4) cheap as chips
5) comfortable
6) not deafeningly loud
7) not have wait staff who hover around aggressively cleaning tables at us.
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Bubblesmeet [Dec. 16th, 2009|12:19 pm]


Here is an alternative venue with coffee, alcohol and an outside seating area for this Friday not far away from Aromas. It's 190 Albert Street, just down the hill from Hungry Jack's before you yet to Elisabeth street. So off the mall proper but still kinda on the mall.
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