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Foodie Fridays – St Ali’s

The Urban Ma at St Ali's South Melbourne The Urban Ma orders brunch

 

St Ali’s 
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Like the enchanting laneways in Melbourne’s CBD where you always seem to find a new place to have coffee or a pop-up store full of eclectic goodies, South Melbourne is also blessed with good quality eateries. One well-known hangout is St Ali’s, perfect for a Saturday brunch with girls and our little male guest, Toddler D.  I hadn’t been there in ages and there were a mix of families, friends and  fitness fiends decked out in their sleek running gear and the latest fitness tracker wearables ordering their Saturday morning coffee.

Amongst all the chatter about the latest mummy, work and relationship goss, we enjoyed smooth coffee, savoury dishes and couldn’t resist the seductive row of sweets laid out on the front counter (I’ll be back for you custard and lychee donut!). The specials board boasted veal shin with roasted root veggies and a pork belly dish with black pudding and mash. I opted for the seafood scrambled eggs with kimchi and it was full of flavour and texture with roasted rice scattered on top. Finished it off with a sweet macadamia blondie. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite at this Melbourne institution that should be on everyone’s brunch place list :)

St Ali on Urbanspoon

Daniel at St Ali's The Urban Ma blog Seafood omelette with kim chi St Ali's The Urban Ma blondieSt Ali's South Melbourne

Life Lately #8 – Winter warmers

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Life Lately – Winter Warmers

Family and work have taken up most of the past few months and even so, we’ve managed to fit in some milestone celebrations ie. my grandma partied it up at her 80th birthday last month! Work has been extremely rewarding lately collaborating with great colleagues and learning lots of new things. Daniel’s vocabulary has been expanding quickly and his cuteness has kept my spirits high even through this flu-ey, freezing, Melbourne winter season. So here are a few pics (minus the sleepless nights and packets of cold and flu tablets!).

August collageUp highDaniel the DinosaurThe Urban Ma with Disney carsGreatgrandma and grandmaDaniel loves trampolinesPlaying Masterchef
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Sunday family time – Pt 2: Toys & Crepes

The Urban Ma at Becasse Banoffee crepeThe Urban Ma Becasse menu
Becasse, Melbourne Emporium
Level 2, 287 Lonsdale street, Melbourne

With a full tummy from my sister-in-law’s yum cha birthday celebrations, we decided to take a stroll down to the shiny new Emporium for a bout of shopping and to check out if any more new retailers had finally opened their doors. Victoria’s Secret was open but with a line just to get in so we decided to come back later and make our way to Myer Kids Emporium. Toddler D again fell into the lure of the Thomas the Tank Engine wooden table and train track set, and easily spent what felt like an hour with Percy choo-chooing around the railway! I absolutely love watching him concentrate so hard with his eyebrows furrowed and his lips pursed. There were quite a few amazing bargains in the kids clothing section and I found myself scoring a few Bonds items from $2 – $6 each (there was 30% off already reduced marked prices!). Daniel walked away with some Crayola markers, Edward the train and a Cars playset! The spacious wide aisles of level 4 made shopping a breeze and enjoyable even though there were lots of kids and parents around the place.

After spending time lots of time with the toys we searched for somewhere to take a break before heading back to the car. We found ourselves at the elegant Becasse Bakery on level 2. With clean white walls and rich dark accents, we were immediately seduced by the ambiance and the pretty, little, sweet treats in the window. Smooth saxophone riffs played while the hubby devoured his salted caramel milkshake topped with toffee popcorn and a soft macaroon. I had the banoffee crepes…oh the caramel sauce! Drool!

Bécasse on Urbanspoon

The Urban Ma Becasse kitchenIMG_1627The Urban Ma Becasse Salted caramel toffee popcorn milkshake The Urban Ma Becasse urban spoon The Urban Ma Emporium Melbourne Becasse The Urban Ma Daniel ootd

The Urban Ma Myer Kids EmporiumThe Urban Ma Thomas the Tank Engine
The Urban Ma at Myer Kids Emporium
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Sunday family time – Pt 1. Yum Cha lunch

The Urban Ma visits Crystal Jade Palace MelbourneThe Urban Ma yum cha treat

Crystal Jade Palace
154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

It was a happy birthday celebration that brought us all together for Sunday lunch at Crystal Jade Palace. First time here and it was bustling with happy chatter and trolleys full of tasty dishes ready for the taking. I never know what to order when going to yum cha and because I eat anything (except for the chicken feet!) I gladly tried out the different pickings of the day including eel and tripe! Daniel loved it and ate everything we gave him, even sipping the tea when he got thirsty. We were seated towards the back end of the first floor restaurant and it was perfect being next to the large windows as Daniel was able to watch he cars below driving down Russell street after he finished eating. With $10 all day parking a few steps away, Crystal Jade Palace is conveniently located in the middle of all the action.

Crystal Jade on Urbanspoon

The Urban Ma sticky ribsThe Urban Ma foodie yumThe Urban Ma yum chaThe Urban Ma blog Crystal JadeIMG_1566The Urban Ma blog windowOOTD: H&M knitted jumper, Target plain black leggings and Freshly Picked moccs
IMG_1596Daniel and his yeye :)
The Urban Ma Forever new vestCuddles with baby Will
IMG_1587The YuansThe Urban Ma blog window
Looks like an ad for City Mini! – seriously love this pram! We’ve taken it all over the place including overseas and it is so easy to maneuver, fold and push along (I’ll have to write up a separate blogpost on it!) 
The Urban Ma Melbourne Little Bourke street yum chaAll rugged up with a nice big coat to protect him from the chilly Melbourne winter day

 

 

 

 

Australian Dance Crew Championships – Melbourne Prelims 2014



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 The Australian Dance Crew Championships – 2014 Melbourne Prelims
Presented by UEG Events

Last Saturday after a play date with our mummies group at Kidzmania, we made our way to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) at Albert Park to get our fix of the latest dance shows choreographed by Melbourne’s finest urban dancers. It was so encouraging to see a range of crews from those with years of experience performing together, to those only a few months old! The crowd was filled with supportive patrons and very proud mums and dads cheering their kids on from the stands. I always love seeing the dancers give their all doing something they love. Hours and weeks of rehearsals culminated in amazing performances witnessed by those lucky enough to make it to the event.

Congratulations to all the crews who took part in the preliminary round and can’t wait to see what Sydney has to offer. I missed out on the Canberra prelims but you can watch all the Canberra dance crews doing their thing here.

THE LINE UP

Melbourne Prelims – 2014 ADCC, July 5
Judges: Shane Clarke, Vincent Calingasan, Naomi Valodia

Junior Division
A2D Juniors~Steptronik~Mini Mob Squad~Choice~Urban Force Juniors (2)~TDC Teenies~Babysteps Juniors (3)~Kstar Gen II (1)

Varsity Division
Young Kreationz Crew~Gen Reset~Beat Hustlers~DFX Mob Squad (equal 3)~UF Alliance~Kstar Varsity (1)~Babysteps Varsity~                    Urban Force Varsity (equal 3)~A2D Varsity (2)~Xx K.I.D xX (Kstar Infamous Divas)

Open Division
Sole Symphony~2iC~Hollabak~Collektive (2)~A2D Open (3)~BKode (1)

Canberra Prelims – 2014 ADCC, June 20
Judges: Eman, Pania, KG

Junior Division
DKC (1)~Legs~FreshFunk Fire (2) ~Elite (3)

Varsity Division
J4 Crew Bombfunk (3)~Legs~Project Beats One~Fresh Funk Flow (1)~DCV (2)

Open Division
Legs (2) ~Fresh Funk Open (1)~Elite XI (3)

 

IMG_1448Full house
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ADCC productionIMG_1421Lights, camera, action! Weeks of preparation in production saw high quality sound, lighting and MC-ing from a newcomer to the ADCC show – MC John
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IMG_1360ADCC openSole Symphony, Collektive and Hollabak struttin their stuff on the floor
IMG_1466Toddler D trying to get in on some of the trophy action
IMG_4998The always entertaining and improving Bkode – they took out first place in the prelims last week!
IMG_1469Nothing but support and love from all the parents, friends and family of the crews. Keeps our dreams alive.

Tonka Melbourne

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Tonka
20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne

It was a cold and wet night when we finally headed out down Duckboard place for a night at Tonka. With the former Head Chef of Jacques Reymond, Michael Smith joining Executive Chef Adam D’Sylva and Chef Ved Navghare we were treated to an Indian fusion of wonderful flavours and quality wine.

- Pani puri, crispy parcel filled with spiced potato, mung
beans, date and tamarind chutney with aromatic water
– Soft-shell crab pakora with pickled cucumber, lemon, chilli
and mint
– Mughlai vegetable curry, baby eggplant, snow pea and
tempura jalapeno
– Chicken biryani with Sella rice, saffron and cassia
– Thirlmere corn fed chicken from the tandoor
– Roti
– Ginger beer cake, walnut cream, caramelised milk, pear
sorbet and poppy seed glass
– Banana and jaggery parfait, chocolate mousse, lime
sherbet and coconut sorbet

A memorable night and already craving for more.

Tonka on Urbanspoon
IMG_4687The unmistakable works of Naomi Troski. Creative talent commissioned by Tonka for this installation, Drift 2013
IMG_4690 IMG_4691 Tonka entreeAn absolute perfect start to our dining experience, panipuri is a popular street snack. Pour the aromatic tamarind water into these crispy, little parcels and eat them whole!
Tonka soft shellTonka mainsThoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of the dishes Mario ordered for us since we were all open to trying everything.
IMG_4713Dessert was bliss! – I had the banana parfait with chocolate mousse and lime and coconut sorbet. Mmmmm.
Tonka dessertGood conversations with great company 
IMG_4720The blue city, Jodphur, and Jaipur’s pinkish tinge are the inspiration for Tonka’s aesthetic appeal. Naomi’s pieces on the ceiling make you feel like you’re in a dream!
IMG_4721Melbourne and its laneways – so much character. Love this city.
Tonka alley

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