There is one single thing (or multiple, rather) that has made my stay in Melbourne worthwhile: people. People I’ve met briefly, people I’ve become close friends with, even people I didn’t like. They’ve all chipped in to make my third trip away the best one yet.
In an ode to the many, many laughs I’ve had across Melbourne, here are a few photographic memories of people I met and liked in Australia.
Goodbye Melbourne, it’s been a delight!
Last week Marlee and I had a second blogging excursion to go, this time it was the Kuwaii Launch at A Quirk Of Fate
. A Quirk Of Fate is located in Northcote about a fifteen minute train ride from the CBD. It’s one of those shops that stocks wonderfully quirky and unique trinkets and works closely with local designers and producers.
I had the pleasure of meeting Vulette who blogs over at Young Red Violets
. It’s great meeting other bloggers, it means you can make jokes about hashtags and people will actually laugh!
I loved the Kuwaii designs. Perfect for summer or winter, and I’m also a big fan of wedges as I just can’t walk in heels. They require too much effort for me.
There were a range of cards featuring puns around the names of Melburnian train stations, the one above is my favourite.
On the way back we spotted this cute graffiti, it’s elephants in parachutes.
Followed by this below. This, is a Lush cat. Lush is a local graffiti artist who leaves these cats all over Melbourne. Each one has something different written in the paw. Marlee and I always text each other when we spot a new one. Until now I’ve not been able to photograph one because they’re usually on train lines, so I was pretty excited to spot one next to the pavement.
A Quirk Of Fate
289 High St
Chin Chin gets nothing but rave reviews. Everyone I know who has been there loves it, and plenty more have never made there because you can’t book tables and the place is always heaving. On Tuesday I finally went there with friends.
We only had to wait 40 minutes for a table – perfect length of time to go get a drink – and once seated were quickly occupied by the menu. I absolutely love the menu, and the website. I just think the design is fantastic. Whilst we’re on the subject I should mention that they don’t actually show the menu on the website so this may mean the menu changes quite regularly.
I like simple menus, but sometimes it’s nice to be spoilt for choice too, and that’s what you are at Chin Chin. We ordered a couple starters to share and four mains.
Now, the reason I’m not a food blogger is because I can never be bothered to note down can never quite remember the names of the dishes we order. All you really need to know is were they delicious, and they were.
|I remember these were roti wraps. I do not remember what was in them, it was delicious though.
|This was a barbecue goat dish, memory win
|And these are barbecue pork satays
The one problem we had with the meal was that my dish arrived as everyone else’s was almost ready to be cleared away. I know that with Asian cooking the dishes never arrive at the same time, but this wait was too long. Hopefully we just caught them on a one off, because the food really was delicious!
The night ended with a fair few gin and tonics at Gin Palace, which I’ve blogged about before here
125 Flinders Lane
One of my favourite things about being a blogger is having a legitimate excuse to go to any kind of event, have a gander, have a free drink and then chat to strangers in a swanky venue. Tonight was exactly that. Marlee at String Of Events got invited to attend an exhibition of some new and current jewellery designs at e.g.etal on Flinders Lane. She was allowed to bring a plus one and so of course picked me.
We arrived a little late but that didn’t matter, the venue was small so it was easy to to get around all of the collections. I don’t really wear a lot of jewellery out here, I left the vast majority of it in the UK because I was too scared to risk losing anything – my rings are all inherited from grandparents and great aunts so they’re very sentimental. Being at this event made me miss jewellery terribly, is that shallow?
Before I get to showing you pictures of the actual jewellery, here’s something arguably more important. There was free Hendricks on offer (and they got it right by serving it with cucumber):
|Spot the gin
I used to be quite particular with jewellery. I typically like designs that put on a twist on classic style – but not too much of a twist. However, I feel that Australian designs (and not just in jewellery) challenge classic styles a lot. I’ve grown to really like that after living out here for a year and feel I can now appreciate a wider variety.
Cue the photo essay …
|This was my favourite ring. Simple and beautiful
|Amazing inner designs on these rings
I really liked the lady above’s outfit so I asked to photograph her. It then transpired that she was actually one of the designers! Anita Crowther is her name.
And last but not least, here are a couple of pictures of shoes that I spotted and really liked.
I will really miss blogging excursions like these with Marlee, hopefully I can seek out similar ones in London and then when (not if!) she visits we can resume business as usual in Blighty.
I’ve been meaning to blog about this place since I arrived in Melbourne almost a year ago, literally. Better late than never. They have a few stores in and around Melbourne but the one on Hardware Lane is the one I always visit. La Belle Miette is a macaron café, you can get coffee and/or macarons and that’s it!
I like La Belle Miette because it’s simple, really pretty and the macarons are delicious. Apparently though, according to a French person I know, the name is French, but they wouldn’t normally be put together. Each macaron is between 2 and 3 dollars each and they are handed to you in the most beautiful little boxes.
I was having a bad blogger day and forgot to bring my camera. Luckily Marlee very kindly let me use her SLR, which I definitely didn’t complain about.
La Belle Miette
30 Hardware Lane
(Also located at 8 Collins Street)
03 9024 4528