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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 :)
August 14, 2014 Leave a comment
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!).
July 15, 2014 1 Comment
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!
July 14, 2014 2 Comments
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.
OOTD: H&M knitted jumper, Target plain black leggings and Freshly Picked moccs
Daniel and his yeye :)
Cuddles with baby Will
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!)
All rugged up with a nice big coat to protect him from the chilly Melbourne winter day
July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
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
A2D Juniors~Steptronik~Mini Mob Squad~Choice~Urban Force Juniors (2)~TDC Teenies~Babysteps Juniors (3)~Kstar Gen II (1)
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)
Sole Symphony~2iC~Hollabak~Collektive (2)~A2D Open (3)~BKode (1)
Canberra Prelims – 2014 ADCC, June 20
Judges: Eman, Pania, KG
DKC (1)~Legs~FreshFunk Fire (2) ~Elite (3)
J4 Crew Bombfunk (3)~Legs~Project Beats One~Fresh Funk Flow (1)~DCV (2)
Legs (2) ~Fresh Funk Open (1)~Elite XI (3)
Sole Symphony, Collektive and Hollabak struttin their stuff on the floor
Toddler D trying to get in on some of the trophy action
The always entertaining and improving Bkode – they took out first place in the prelims last week!
Nothing but support and love from all the parents, friends and family of the crews. Keeps our dreams alive.
July 10, 2014 Leave a comment
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
– Mughlai vegetable curry, baby eggplant, snow pea and
– Chicken biryani with Sella rice, saffron and cassia
– Thirlmere corn fed chicken from the tandoor
– 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.
The unmistakable works of Naomi Troski. Creative talent commissioned by Tonka for this installation, Drift 2013
An 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!
Thoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of the dishes Mario ordered for us since we were all open to trying everything.
Dessert was bliss! – I had the banana parfait with chocolate mousse and lime and coconut sorbet. Mmmmm.
Good conversations with great company
The 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!
Melbourne and its laneways – so much character. Love this city.