So anyways, I’ve spent the last few days in Melbourne.
It’s been marvellous.
Sure we ate and shopped and walked and insta-spammed (if you follow me on instagram, you’d be cursing me right now), but more than that, this is also the first time that Miss 15 and I have travelled with my sister Becca and her daughter A-nearly 15. That’s what made it so special.
I’ll pop some other photos up later, maybe, but for now, here’s my top 5 from the week.
This wonderful little shop is tucked into an offshoot of the Royal Arcade near the Elizabeth Street entrance. It’s packed full of lots of wonderful items from (mostly) Australian designers. I bought a wool head band from Otto & Spike, that will keep me warm at my desk, and some cute little earrings. The best bit? The stories. Ella is able to talk about their suppliers- where the items come from, the materials used. Just. Love. It.
Melbourne is full of great breakfast and lunch spots. This means that the stand outs are special indeed. And this place is indeed a standout.
I chose the house smoked sardines with palm hearts and fennel salad.
Miss 15 had the banana loaf, that was, layered with banoffee mousse, so much more than a banana loaf.
Bec had the baked eggs with chorizo and cherry tomatoes.
A stuck to toast…but made up for it with the realest (I just made that word up) chcolatiest hot chocolate imaginable. Both A and Miss 15 declared it the hot chocolate to end all hot chocolate.
Make sure you have cash- no eftpos or credit card facilities are available.
Where is it? 120 Hardware Street in the city. That’s right, Hardware Street, it’s an extension of Hardware Lane…
There are a few branches of this tea and yum cha destination- we chose the one in Chapel Street, South Yarra. It’s the perfect intermission to a Chapel Street Shopping Expedition.
You come here for the dumplings and the specialty teas…although, I drank sav blanc. Anyways, this place is great. All the serves are for 3 dumplings, but you can add extra dumplings to the serve as required. Sure they have the basic shao long bao- good enough that you close your eyes to savour the burst of soupy flavour, but they also have a few different steamed delights. We also chose the roast duck in beetroot, the wagyu in chilli oil and the baby pea shoots with prawns…and the salt and pepper calamari.
Chill On Ice Bar
Everything is made of ice- the floor, the chairs, the glasses, the vodka luge…everything. I’ve been to an ice bar before- in Queenstown- but the others hadn’t. We took a heap of selfies using the auto camera thingie and danced and slid around the floor in our over sized blue ponchos in minus 12 temperatures. No one looks fat in those things.
Apparently the cocktails and mocktails were good- I stuck to straight shots…as you do.
Aaaah St Kilda. I’ve spent many an hour at the end of the Pier letting the wind push the crap out of my head. But there’s more to St Kilda than the Pier, the beach, the eating spots, Acland Street cake shops, and great coffee. There’s even more to St Kilda than Luna Park and the Sunday markets. A couple of streets back from Acland Street, between the strip and the beach is Veg Out- an organic community garden allotment scheme.
It’s open to visitors, so is a little creative piece of rural peace on what used to be a lawn bowling green. Veg Out isn’t just about the vegies- space is also given to flowers, art, sculptures, chooks and whatever.
So we wandered the paths and talked to people, and wondered aloud why we didn’t make more of an effort with our own gardens. Then we argued over which plot was our favourite.
I couldn’t decide.