Archive for February, 2017

dscn2108Often when you live in your own town you avoid all the typical tourist areas.  However  while scoping out new cafes in the CBD I decided to experience Townsville a small city located in North Queensland Australia as tourist would see the city and came across this minimal designed cafe called Stone’s Throw attached to Rambutan a 5 star backpackers.

The cafe aesthetically is what you would expect in a tropical climate with an open design bar and seating area with relaxed friendly staff.  Their tagline which is on the blackboard above the bar reads: Keep Calm and Drink Coffee which shows they have a little bit of humour encouraging customers to embrace the North QLD lifestyle.  While it was too hot in the middle of the day for me to try out their coffee I did try out their crispy chicken burger with real succulent chicken, fries and aioli by head chef Nate Barbaric. The burger was really good and the whole meal was just the right portion size.


The Positives

* Friendly fast service, good vibe and cafe music

* Delicious Food that is presented well

* Competitively  priced cafe to cater to all budgets

* Inviting minimal designed cafe

Things that could be improved

* I am not convinced the fully open designed doorway works in the middle of summer especially when flies are present it could be a challenge eating your meal if seated near to the entry.

* The open entry means the strength of any air-conditioning is reduced which can be a deciding factor on a hot day whether you go here or not.

Apart from these few minor things I would rate it at a 4 out of 5 and would recommend trying it out sometime if you can manage to get a table that seem to get snapped up very quickly


Tips on getting here

Locals if you hate paying for parking in the CBD mid week and don’t mind walking free parking can be found near the Strand a short  10 minute walk away.

Visitors if you are staying in the CBD the cafe is located on the Flinders Street night life precinct a  short walk from many of the hotels.


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A bright red retro turntable that is fully manual, belt driven, with counter balance weights, a stylus needle that needs to be maintained  and everything minimal in design. If that isn’t scary enough the manual turntable type if left unattended could potentially damage your vinyl collection.  Is this really worth the effort if you like living without many material things? The short answer is YES


In a way it is a great way of turning back time and escaping living in the hectic 21st century for a few hours a day. Especially when it comes to 60s and 70s music which was meant to be listened to on LP vinyl records.   Over the years people have ditched these large records for the cassette, compact disc, music file downloads and more recently  music streaming sites but recently there has been a revival from a much younger generation that enjoys the deeper bass/imperfect sounds and novelty experience of having an unusual hobby.


I think this interest comes down to being able to physically hold onto a record which takes a little effort to hear the music compared to electronic music files that can be played anywhere instantly with no connection to the full album.  With a turntable setup you need to find a spot for it along with the amplifying equipment and not to forget storage space for those large records.  While from a physical point of view this would go against living a minimalist lifestyle, this is about living minimally in your mind which is a great way to disconnect from technology while sitting back and watching/listening to that spinning record.

I think the balance comes by limiting your record collection to records that you really like while keeping the technology based music for when you do not have time to sit down and only listen to music.   This month I have been listening to The Beatles – Abbey Road along with Fleetwood Mac – Rumours on vinyl and the experience is like nothing I have heard before when played with simple vintage equipment.



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