Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where to Eat in Melbourne # 1

Well, have been home since Sunday after a lovely week of shopping and eating in Melbourne.. busting to share with you all my favourite dining spots - but our internet has been down... it just recommenced today!

So voila my list of the best/funkiest restaurants for breakky and dinner in Melbourne.

I've lost the source of this image, so let me know if it's yours. It's lovely.

Great Breakfast Joints:

- Cumulus Inc :
- Location: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Great "modern Australian"* food, laid back atmosphere, great quality ingredients, fairly reasonably priced.

- Journal:
- Location: Next to the city library, Ground 253-265 Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Hidden cafe with fabulous coffee - you must try the avocado and lemon on toast.

- Degraves Cafe:
- Location: Down a laneway off Collins St, 23 - 25 Degraves St, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: A bit of an institution, laid back, funky tatooed staff and warming, comfortable breakfast.

- Von Haus: (photo above from TummyRumbles)
- Location: 1a Crossley Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Feels like a lovely secret, hidden down an alley-way, it feels as if you're walking into someones home! Although a little stiff in the AM, it rocks on at night ('till 11pm) - a great tipple spot. Great wines, cheeses, coffee and breakkys.

Delicious and Laid Back Dinner:

- Vue de Monde
- Location: Normanby Chambers, 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Absolute food theatre! Degustation only restaurant, worth the extra $$ for the delicious menu. Sort of Mod Aus* style (french-y). Simply the: Best. Meal. Of. My. Life! (The truffle risotto is impressive as was the smoked trout). And the sommelier was completely spot on with his wine pairings. Amazing, worth the splurge.

- Seamstress
- Location: 113 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Mod Asian. Delicious, very modern/funky atmosphere. A great experience. Has a few levels for different types of dining. Try their "Cocktail du Jour".

- Cumulus Inc. (Again!)
- Location: See above.
- Food/Atmos: Changes from chilled cafe at breakfast, to fairly sleek yet unpretentious dining spot for dinner. Lovely dishes which are advised to be shared... Mod Aus* style, again!

- Grossi Florentin0
- Location:
80 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD.
- Food/Atmos: Absolutely amazing service, an old fashioned kind I had never experienced before. Feels very "family" too, like many Italian restaurants. Delicious comfort food.

Anyway for those who live in Aus and those who don't, I hope you get around to tasting these hand-picked/tried and tested restaurant faves in Melbourne.

Share with me some of your favourite restaurants...

*"Modern Australian": is sort of a modern, simplified evolution of French food and simple Anglo food.

P.S. The best breakky was chez our hotel: PJ dress code, strange interstate newspapers soaked up and many teas consumed...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Melbourne Gastronomy

"The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made,"

Grimod de la Reyniere, 1758-1838.

Von Haus cafe - Crossley Street, Melbourne.

I've made many discoveries whilst down here in Melbourne. It's been lovely... I shall share some experiences and great food addresses with you when I'm home.

How has your week been? Anything planned for the weekend?

On another note; I'm continuing to watch the news from Iran with a heavy heart yearning for honesty and truth.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

And So it Goes On...

Right to left: Ahmandinejad and Moussavi.

I know I said that I'd lag with posts because I am going away; but am at the airport now and felt compelled to speak; just read the news that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected as president of Iran.

It's saddening news for the many Irani's who were stirred and inspired by Obama and his offering of "Change" last year and who were excited at the hope of a new President, Mir Hussein Moussavi.

NYTIMES: Consequently riots have broken out.

My heart goes out to those whose hopes were quashed...

What do you think this outcome will have on Iran? Continued mal-relations with Western countries?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

TV With the Lights Off

"Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?"
- Al Boliska.

A still from the film "Woman of the Year" with Katherine Hepburn.

A bizarre notion to ponder; TV without lights... surely it would've happened with Edison or without... we'll never know.

Anyway as uni wraps up; I'm off to Melbourne for the week with my Mum to buy up some warm winter clothes for my sejour in France.

Am really looking forward to venturing back to the delectable, delightful and absolutely freezing city - it's culinary delights outweigh any chills!

What are you all up to this weekend, and the coming week?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Road a-Head

Found on fffound.

Somehow this image resonated with me today, I'm not sure why because as far as I know a road is not being paved through my head ...

But I suppose with my exchange to France approaching fast, I am faced with not really a turn in direction but an open road with many possibilities.

Will keep you posted...

Obama: He's Just So Cool

I spotted this pic on the Huffpost and had to post it for you.

Taken on his recent trip to France... isn't Obama just the epitome of the phrase, "Cool, Calm and Collected"?

The Feeling of the Past in My Present

If I could bottle this feeling, I would.

I just finished reading a sort of memoir book my Grandma wrote for my brother, sister and me.

It was so lovely to have such insight into her life; her past adventures, and I now cannot wait to visit her in England (where she lives) while I’m away studying in France. (I haven’t seen her since she came to Aus for Christmas 2007/2008).

Rugged up and reading: Having a cold is a great excuse to rug-up and read.

When I got to the final page of the book, which she has lovingly filled with interesting anecdotes, photos and thoughts; I was filled with a humbling sense of family pride, love and hope for the future.

It’s strange, and this is probably one of the most deep “thought-tracking-like” posts I’ve submitted. But I just wanted to share my sort of excitement and happiness with you.

To explain, the book is one that was bought at one of those gift stores. There are approximately 150 pages in it, each page features a different question to be answered.

Granny answered all in-depth with her memories and photos. And I feel so touched that she went to so much effort with it over last year.

This book is now definitely one of my most-treasured possessions (although it’s not just mine); it’s one of those “save in-case of a fire” items.

It’s priceless, thoughtful, nostalgic, insightful, loving, touching and... my number one favourite book of all time.

What's your "save in-case of fire" item? Something nostalgic? Expensive? Irreplaceable?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Randoms at a Wedding Reception

I know this is a lazy post, but this is such a lovely concept. Improv Everywhere recently staged an spur of the moment reception for a couple who got married at City Hall in NYC.

It's a heart-warming video - a real pick-me-up for anyone who's lost a little faith in the world...

Found on Joanna Goddard's lovely blog.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Monroe's LIFE

LIFE Magazine has recently uncovered many never-before published photos taken of Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of her career.

She looks so naive, eager and juvenile...

She is one of my most favourite celebrities; cliche I know, but for me, her untimely death shrouds her with much intrigue.

Also, I think her healthy, feminine body-shape is one that should be encouraged in the mainstream today... rather than boys with long hair being the industry model.

She would definitely recieve an invite to my fantasy dinner party - she seems like a lot of fun.

Who's your favourite celebrity (either modern or old-world), why?

Six Things That Make Me Happy

Well, I was tagged by Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit. So being my first tagging I feel very flattered and excited.

I must list 6 things that make me happy, so here goes;

1. A large steaming cup of tea cupped in my hands.

2. Catching up with friends at lovely cafes.

3. Hugging my doggies after they've excitedly run into my arms upon returning home.

4. Recieving lovely comments from lovely people on my blog.

5. Writing a feature story that just makes sense.

6. Getting a new Twitter follower (as long as they're not spam!)

I cannot choose which of you fabulous blogger's to tag, but please share 6 things that make you happy with all of us - goodness knows we need a few more positive thoughts circulating the world right now.

Monday, June 01, 2009


There's a mob of carrots around.

No they're not "ranga's" (like me), nor are they a bunch of vegetables on a rampage.

The Carrotmob is all of us, or can be all of us. Watch this clip to understand the aim of the Carrotmob.

Carrotmob Makes It Rain from carrotmob on Vimeo.

Really interesting, I want to get involved! Anyone heard of this before? Or better yet, been part of it?

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