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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ZEN DINING: BLUE BUDDHA CAFE

Returning to work after a holiday is difficult. I spent last week/weekend in Perth for a wedding (which was lovely) and enjoying the weather (which was lovely). Back in Melbourne the weather is not so lovely…. let’s hope spring comes back asap!
(PS – Apologies there’s no ‘Weekend Wanderings’ this week, I was too busy eating and drinking in Perth to see what was happening back home.)

What has helped with my post holiday blues was my first visit to my new favourite lunchtime spot – Blue Buddha Cafe.

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SAY MMM: SAYERS

Sayers is always one of my first stops when I’m in Perth because, well, just look at this plate of deliciousness.

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ALL ABOARD: PUFFING BILLY

Last Sunday with friends in town and the sun in the sky we headed to the hills to take a ride on Puffing Billy.
Puffing Billy is a century old steam train lovingly preserved and maintained by an army of volunteers. The train runs on its original tracks from Belgrave to Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges and was used to connect some of Victoria’s rural areas.

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100 CATS: OFF THE KERB GALLERY

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to do a post about one of my favourite galleries in Melbourne. In the heart of Collingwood, Off the Kerb Gallery & Studios exhibits up and coming local and international artists.  I’ve seen several of their exhibitions since I moved to Melbourne but their current is by far my favourite. Even based on its subject matter alone: cats (yes, I am a mad cat person).

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS: SEPTEMBER 6TH & 7TH

So I didn’t achieve anything on my list last weekend. I spent most of it making the most of the sunny weather and meeting friends for coffee/juice in parks, which isn’t too bad a trade.
Did anyone go to the Chocolate Festival? I stayed a little more local and stopped by Vegan Day Out at the Cruelty Free Shop. Amazing vegan baclava.

So this weekend, here’s hoping I cross some off my list.

– Riddle Me This? Batman Exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery and as I’ll be in the area another visit to Pana Chocolate 
– I’m heading to Healesville on Sunday to release my inner kid and take a ride on Puffing Billy
Strawberry Fields Launch Party on Saturday night
– Brunching at Breakfast Thieves, don’t leave without trying their lamingtons!

Was anyone else freezing cold this morning? 6 degrees on the fifth day of Spring?? What is this Melbourne!

All the bacon at Breakfast Thieves

All the bacon at Breakfast Thieves

 

FULL OF GOODNESS: GOODNESS ME BOX

I’m not a super healthy person. But, as you might have noticed in my last few posts, I’ve been trying to be healthier and make conscious decisions about what I eat.
Having said that I polished off a tub of Ben & Jerry’s for dessert- dinner on Monday night after several wines and dumplings so clearly I have some way to go.
Baby steps…

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MIGHTY FINE FOOD: MIGHTY BOY EATERY

I love it when a new cafe opens up less than 500m from your front door.

Mighty Boy is the newest eatery on the city end of Gertrude Street. They’re so new they don’t have eftpos set up yet so make sure you’ve got some cash if you’re planning a visit.

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