Month: March 2014

ALL THE LOLZ: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

One of my faaaaavourite festivals is back in town!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the third largest comedy festival in the world AND Australia’s largest cultural event, takes over Melbourne from March-April with a program including stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, TV, radio and visual arts. (more…)

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DAYTRIPPIN’ ON PHILIP ISLAND

Some weekends I like to get away from the city.

Especially for views like this:

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DRINKS AND A SHOW AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB

My usual art-gallery partner in crime is leaving Melbourne soon to travel and teach in China. So before he became too busy trying to pack his life into a suitcase we decided on one last cultural hurrah.

Drinks and a show was an easy choice and as for where to go he chose the venue, The Butterfly Club, with strict instructions I wasn’t allowed under any circumstance, to look up anything to with it. As someone who tends to Google the menu of any restaurant before visiting this was difficult for me.

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ON TOP OF LOOP: LOOP ROOFTOP BAR

I love Melbourne in the autumn.

Boots, scarves and jackets are pulled out of closets as the days start to get a little cooler but with the odd day hot enough to remind you of summer.

As for where to enjoy the last of these warm days and nights, you can’t really go wrong at Loop Rooftop Bar, the latest addition to Loop Project Space and Bar.

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BIRTHDAY WOWS

I celebrated my birthday on Friday in Melbourne for the first time and was utterly spoilt with flowers, presents, cards, birthday messages and drinks. A lot of drinks.
It’s Sunday and I’m still recovering from all the birthday drinks.

To start off my birthday I was surprised with two beautiful bouquets on Friday, one sent from a friend in Sydney…

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WELCOME TO MY HAUS

I’m a little hesitant to tell you about one of my favourite bars in case it’s suddenly inundated with people and I can’t find a seat there on a Saturday night.

But I will, because I’m nice like that.

Von Haus Wine Bar is tucked away on Crossley Street, just off Bourke Street.

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NORTH-EAST NORTHCOTE

How did you spend your long weekend?

I was intending to go to Wanderlust Festival but my plans were slightly derailed by illness so I spent most of the weekend in bed watching Real Housewives of Melbourne – for blog research purposes, of course.

Prior to being bed-bound I did some exploring and finally visited Northcote’s High Street. I’ve been meaning to visit the area for some time after read countless delicious reviews of its cafés. I particular newcomer Barry,opened in October 2013 by the owners of popular Richmond café Pillar of Salt. I didn’t have time to stop but it’s high on my list of ‘places-to-brunch’. Peanut butter with heirloom tomatos and salt’n’pepper peanuts on toast – that’s my kind of food creativity (have a look at the menu to tempt your tastebuds – Barry Coffee & Food Menu ). There was a queue at 12pm though so keep that in mind if you’re planning a visit.

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MYKI TO THE CITY

Firstly, if you ever catch a tram within the CBD or inner-city suburbs you do not need to tag off.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAG OFF.

Little irritates me more than commuters blocking the tram exit desperately trying to tag off despite everyone else telling them not to. It’s one way to find yourself at the receiving end of scathing looks or have a tram driver get out of his cab and yell at you as I witnessed in St Kilda.

But you do need to tag off if you’re catching a train, bus or tram in Zone 2. Confused? Welcome to Melbourne’s Myki system. If you thought you could escape all this by buying a ticket you’d be much mistake as there are none – only Myki’s. (more…)

JACKSON SLATTERY: APPLES, ORANGES & PARQUET FLOORS

Hello Autumn!

If Saturday is anything to go by I’m in for an excellent season. After a hectic week at work I spent most of the day in bed reading and watching TV, leaving its comfy confines only for snacks, bathroom breaks and more snacks.

In case my mum’s reading I did leave the house twice. Once to buy my snacks and a copy of The Saturday Paper (sold out!) and the other to see Jackson Slattery’ exhibition Tunisian Parquetry at Sutton Gallery. This was my first visit to the gallery and I was pretty pleased to find it only around the corner from my house – mostly as this allowed me to stay in my pyjamas for as long as possible.

Sutton Gallery is a gorgeous little gallery located on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and at lunchtime my friends and I were the only visitors.

Jackson Slattery is a Melbourne-born, Montreal-based artist, with a growing reputation for his incredibly detailed, photo-realist watercolours. Sutton Gallery have an excellent artist profile you can read here.

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