MELBOURNE SURVIVAL KIT

I get asked by a lot of friends what to pack when visiting Melbourne – I assume it’s in anticipation of our well known temperamental weather and not just because they don’t know how to pack. So in an effort to answer all their questions in one hit here’s my Melbourne Survival Kit.

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O ORGANIC CAFE : SYDNEY

You know you had a good weekend when you pledge to begin some kind of health/fitness kick on the Monday. For my housemates and I that was us on Monday night after a long weekend away in Sydney. It was hedonistic in the best kind of way – friends, food, sun, lunchtime mimosas, brunch, more drinks and pancakes.

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SORRY IM ON HOLIDAY

Hi friends!

Apologies it’s been so quiet this week but I’m up in Sydney enjoying the (lack of) sun and (comparable) coffee.

I’ll be back with pleeenty of stories and reviews next week.

Have a fabbo weekend!

x

SERVED WITH PRIDE: PROUD MARYS

House-hunting is the worst. As much as I enjoy snooping around other people’s homes, repeatedly leaving work early or waking up at 8am on a Saturday morning gets a little tiresome.

Tuesday’s (unsuccessful) house viewing was made a little brighter as it brought us right near Proud Mary at lunchtime. One of Collingwood’s most beloved cafes it’s been on my list since I moved to Melbourne but the prospect of staggeringly long queues on weekends had put me off.

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS: SEPTEMBER 4TH & 5TH

How’s your week been? I went to two Melbourne Fringe Festival shows – Chest of Wonders & Snap.Catch.Slam. Both were excellent and I recommend checking them out before the festival finishes. Otherwise it’s been visits to Raw Trader, avoiding the gym,  late nights at the office and brownies for dinner (oops). Here’s to a slightly healthier weekend and week ahead…

Have a great weekend!

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Spotted on last weekend’s city hike.

CITY HIKE: ABBOTSFORD CONVENT & YARRA MAIN TRAIL

City hikes are becoming a bit of a habit for me. When the weather’s nice I set aside an afternoon on the weekend to go for a long walk around Melbourne. I usually base my hikes around places to eat that I wouldn’t normally visit, i.e. it takes me approx 1.5 hours to walk to Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop so I ‘hike’ there, eat delicious things and ‘hike’ back.

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NOT A JOKE: KNOCK KNOCK CAFE

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Orange juice!
Orange juice who?
Orange juice going to talk to me!

I’m sorry but also… not really. Please comment your favourite knock knock joke so we can start an amazing knock knock joke comment thread – the more ‘dad joke’ the better. I haven’t had my coffee this morning – can you tell??

All jokes aside, serious cafe time.
I saw Knock Knock cafe on Allergic In Melbourne’s blog last week and her breakfast looked so tasty I had to visit it myself.

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS: SEPTEMBER 27TH & 28TH

I just realised I start nearly every ‘Weekend Wandering’ with comments about the weather…. #sorrynotsorry. I suppose I can call myself a true ‘Melbournian’ now. So avoiding commenting on the weather too much (hooraythesunisback!) this weekend is all about GRAND FINALS FEVER.

If you’re new to Melbourne and not a fan of AFL I suggest you leave town for the weekend. Otherwise find a pub Saturday arvo and pick a team! Sydney Swans v Hawthorn Hawks – should be a good one. Although I’m a born’n bred West Coast Eagles fan I’ll be barracking for Hawthorn out of loyalty for my new home state.
Aside from watching the footy and drinking beer for most of Saturday here’s what else I’ll be up to this weekend:

  • Long walks, or ‘city hikes’ as I like to call them, are becoming a bit of a weekend habit and this Sunday I’m hoping to make it up to the Abbotsford Convent and loop around the gardens.
  • Got my tickets booked and most spangly outfit prepared for Fringe Festival’s Who Killed MamaShak? on Sunday night. I’ll be putting up a review on Monday so keep an eye out for it!
  • More active activities: rock climbing. It’s been a while since I did any indoor climbing but my inner monkey has been calling.
  • Trying to recruit ‘volunteers’ for the Royal Melbourne Show (on until Wednesday October 1st) – mostly so I can pat/admire all the show dogs.
  • If I haven’t drunk enough beer on Saturday, there’s always Oktoberfest at the Melbourne Hophaus.

Go Hawks!

RumDiarys

I’m hoping this picture of a Pina Colada drunk last weekend at The Rum Diary Bar will encourage more tropical weather.

THE RIDERS: MALTHOUSE THEATRE

Attending the world premiere of Victorian Opera’s latest show The Riders last night I had some reservations. Firstly, after over studying Tim Winton’s many works during primary and highschool I wouldn’t list myself as his biggest fan. This is of course not Mr Winton’s fault but more a fault of the WA Curriculum which at that time found an Australian author and stuck rigidly to his work. In one year I studied one of his short stories 3 times in different classes. THREE TIMES.
Secondly, my experience with opera is limited, probably the most out of all of the art forms of theatre, musical theatre, ballet, music etc. As much as I know there is more to opera than old, fat people singing in Latin, going into my first Victorian Opera show I still struggled to shake the stereotype.

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IT’S FRINGE TIME!

Guyyyys, Melbourne Fringe Festival is here! I am super excited to see what’s in store this year and rather than follow any suggestions from Time Out or Broadsheet (as per my norm) I’ve decided to choose shows entirely at random.
So here’s what’s on my list so far – I’ll be updating it as I go so keep checking back.

Die Roten Punkte: Acrobat vs Idiot – I saw this duo at the Perth Fringe Festival in EUROSMASH (also at Fringe) and I nearly fell off my chair laughing. Go see one/both of their shows!
Street Art on the Spot
Glamping with Bobby and the Pins
Who Killed MamaShak? It’s not a Fringe fest without some burlesque. I saw Chest of Wonders fundraising show a few weeks ago and have been counting down to see what they were raising $$$ for. These ladies are fab.
Reception:The Musical
Bucket’s List
10 Things You Can’t Do On Stage

Let me know any recommendations you have. I’m still undecided between some of the performances…. I really should have started saving my $$$ earlier for tickets. But who needs food when you have the theatre?

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