Mother & Daughter

FEATURED IN F-MAG, Words by Olivia Ustariz

Published on May 16, 2018 | in Profiles

Located on Latrobe Terrace, Westport & Lee Cafe is a haven for coffee and food connoisseurs alike and the Paddington cafe has just celebrated one of the most important events on their social calendar – Mother’s Day. Owned and operated by mother-daughter duo Stephanie and Hannah, Westport & Lee is nestled in a canopy of lush, native vegetation, boasting an attractive outdoor entertainment area complete with a timber deck, Tiki torches and an alluring white pergola for more private occasions.

Stephanie and Hannah have discovered how special a mother-daughter relationship can be through the journey of starting the humble cafe together. “Mother’s Day [was] a tribute to our Mumma Westport and also a time to celebrate Mother’s Day surrounded by those who wish to show just how special all the mums out there are to us,” they said.

The family atmosphere continues in the cafe, as large tables are flanked by a sea of white umbrellas and customers can enjoy the fresh air and warm company in any type of weather. The other two dining areas comprise of the main cafe and a sun room, allowing customers to sprawl throughout the space as if it were their own peaceful retreat.

Westport & Lee’s menu is equally as enticing as the easygoing atmosphere. What makes Westport & Lee so singular however, is its penchant for in-house innovations. The lunch menu is reigned over by the dijon herb crusted salmon, which is seasoned with a medley of fresh herbs, Dijon, ancient grains and served with butter almond sauteed greens and lemon and dill cream.

The drinks menu is diverse and colourful, featuring everything from coffees and sundae shakes to bottled beers and Bloody Marys. Located in the heart of Paddington’s bustling food district, Westport & Lee is the perfect retreat for those craving wonderful service and an unforgettable time with friends and family.

hannah park
Thank You Indulge Magazine

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Words by Olivia Ustariz

WESTPORT & LEE CAFE

Published on May 11, 2018 | in Eat

Located on Latrobe Terrace in Paddington, Westport & Lee Cafe is a haven for coffee and food connoisseurs alike. Owned and operated by mother daughter duo Stephanie and Hannah, Westport & Lee is nestled in a canopy of lush, native vegetation, boasting an enviable outdoor entertainment area complete with a timber deck, Tiki torches, and an alluring white bagola for more private occasions. The large family tables are flanked by a sea of white umbrellas, and customers can enjoy the fresh air and warm company in any type of weather. The other two dining areas comprise the main cafe and a sun room, thereby allowing customers to sprawl throughout the space as if it were their own peaceful retreat.

Westport & Lee’s menu is equally as enticing as the easygoing atmosphere. The breakfast menu features a cache of fan favourites, such as the Avo Stack served on organic sourdough and embellished with crumbled feta, rocket, tomato salsa and a sharp balsamic reduction. Waffles also make an appearance, and can be enjoyed with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and Canadian maple syrup, or with caramelised banana, fresh berries, vanilla bean ice cream, and a charming drizzle of Nutella. What makes Westport & Lee so singular however, is its penchant for in-house innovations. The lunch menu is reigned over by the dijon herb crusted salmon, which is seasoned with a medley of fresh herbs, Dijon, ancient grains, and served with butter almond sauteed greens and lemon and dill cream.

The drinks menu is diverse and colourful, featuring everything from coffees and sundae shakes to bottled beers and Bloody Marys. On Saturday and Sunday customers can enjoy share plates, including pulled pork quesadillas with tomato salsa and guacamole, and $10 cocktails. Located in the heart of Paddington’s bustling food district, Westport & Lee is the perfect retreat for those craving wonderful service and an unforgettable time with friends and family.

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Reflections of the Coffee Drinker

Coffee is a popular commodity that is consumed widely and in many ways in our current world. I, myself, am an avid coffee drinker and over time have developed preferences towards certain beans, cafes and even baristas who just have that touch. Coffee culture has grown immensely in recent years and the progression has resulted in more complex and refined flavours of roasted coffee. Throughout my experience I have observed changes in the day to day agenda of consuming coffee and perhaps some of these reflections will resonate with you.

Firstly, the convenience of a cafe location has no longer become an important factor in my quest for the perfect coffee experience. Where once upon a time I would ravenously consume the closest coffee to desperately spring life into my bones, I now find far more enjoyment in tasting the flavours of the coffee while I sip an espresso and watch the world begin like a theatrical performance unravelling on cue. Instead of purchasing a coffee that is enroute I now chose to travel to cafes that have lovely ambience and staff that I can engage with. I have made beautiful friendships with staff members and it has become a combination of quality coffee and friendship that attracts me. At some point throughout this journey the purpose of the caffeine hit has also became redundant. The gripping addiction of caffeine was seamlessly overtaken by the enjoyment and challenge of smelling and tasting a black coffee. Nowadays, I would rather go without coffee than to have an unsatisfying experience. Would you drink coffee if there was no caffeine in it?

Secondly, the concept of coffee is actually mind blowing. Some guy at some point has plucked a coffee bean from inside a coffee cherry (Yes coffee is a fruit, and it tastes like a strange cherry in it’s natural state) and then roasted the bean similarly to how one would cook popcorn. They then ground the roasted coffee beans and extracted a liquid using heat and pressure. So, the coffee you are drinking right now is made up of 10-20 beans that have been plucked from trees and then dried and eventually roasted until they were sent into the hands of that handsome barista over there and pressed through a machine. Now, I don’t know much about porcelain but if i did i am certain that the process required to imagine and manufacture a mug would be just as mind blowing. However, we are talking coffee, and the point of this is to trigger mindfulness and gratitude as you sip on your cappuccino or flat white. Coffee is a massive part of many of our lives and it can easily be a vice and unhealthy, unconscious exercise or a ritual and empowering experience.

So, next time you sit down to have your morning cuppa’ I challenge you to observe yourself and your surroundings. Consider the history before you that has amounted to the now simple act of pouring a coffee. Similarly to that of a band who has no fans and followers, coffee without the cup holders and demand would not exist. So, it is the drinkers of coffee who hold the power and who keep the metaphorical coffee ship afloat. Keep drinking and keep dreaming.

Peace n’ Love.

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