So I’m in Orange for uni placement. I tried really hard not to leave Sydney so that I didn’t have any issues with work but the best I got was 4 weeks in Orange. So far the experience has been positive, in fact way beyond my expectations. My friend and I are being hosted by an incredibly generous couple, our supervisors are great and the project is not bad at all. Yes, it’s cold, but I’ve been in Russia in winter; I can handle this.
My first “taste of Orange” outside from home-cooked meals and hospital food (both from the kiosk and for the patients) was in this cafe/recording studio. Can’t get better than that for me.
Oh wait, it can: they use Campos Coffee. One thing I’ve noticed is that coffees in Orange aren’t as cheap as I expected for a country town. I guess the food scene is growing, and prices are going up accordingly.
Long black ($3.80)
I’m not a musician anymore but I appreciated the feeling of familiarity of being surrounded by gear. I also appreciated the separate gluten-free menu, which made ordering so much easy than usual. I got the eggs Benedict “style” with ham (other options are smoked salmon or bacon), served, of course, on gluten-free bread. Good bread, perfectly poached eggs, good thick-cut ham and sauce.
Eggs Benedict “style” ($18)
Well fed and caffeinated, I went to the public library to do some work. Time flies when you’re having fun (yeah, right) and even though I wasn’t incredibly hungry, I wanted to get some lunch before the cafe closed for the day (2pm). They were out of bolognese so I couldn’t get the baked potato that had caught my eye. I got the big breakfast instead (yay for second breakfast!) with sausage, bacon, eggs your way (I had them fried), mushrooms, roast tomato, and hash brown. It comes with gluten-free toast, which I skipped, and even though I only ate half of the hash brown I was pretty full by the end of my meal.
Big breakfast ($19)
By the way, they do have wifi, just ask the waiter for the password.