Disclaimer: these photographs were snapped again by clever Arky. This time I did take my gear with me, but for the purpose of doing this shoot. As much as I would have liked to carry around my gear and shoot, when Arky has his little Fuji, it's too easy to leave mine at the apartment. Arky, get your own blog, now.
We spent a lot of this trip eating and shopping. But that's what I do in every city. However, Melbourne has this appeal. It's sneaky and special. It empties your wallet and triples your stomach size. You see, we like to eat brunch out every single day (in my opinion, the greatest part of travelling anywhere) at places like Three Bags Full & The Kettle Black. Forget Top Paddock for goodness sakes. Move on, people! The Kettle Black is owned by the same people, has the same hotcake (don't tell me you don't know the one) but does not have the line or hype, which in my opinion is one big fat plus. It was at Kettle Black where I ordered a magical chia pudding and all I need to tell you is that I would probably fly back for it. Maybe. For a quick and incredibly cheap breakfast, brunch and/or lunch stop off at Rustica Sourdough on Brunswick street. You can buy a loaf and use their toasting station to eat right there in the little cafe! You even get a choice of condiments! We bought their olive & basil loaf and it fed the three of us lunch for $6.80. It also fed me the enjoyment of such a supremely cute novelty. Someone bring this to Adelaide for me?
We spent a few days shopping, and it was on this trip we realised we all share the common trait of being "enablers" which was/is incredibly dangerous. "Buy it, it looks good on you," "treat yourself" "just do it" - and so on. Needless to say, I am very poor now. After emptying our wallets, we head to the rooftop of Curtin House and eat the tastiest vegetarian burger and sweet potato fries. If you haven't been, please go. Worth it alone for the views of Melbourne city. We also adore Brunswick street and it's many haunts. For the lovers of Art, make sure you head to the National Gallery of Victoria. At the moment they are exhibiting Andy Warhol/Ai Wei Wei and it's unreal. If you're in Melbourne before the end of April, go and allow the whole day. The Museum of Moving Image is also a fun way to spend the afternoon but we didn't get there this time around. Nor did we check out a ballet, despite that being one of my favourite things to do in Melb-town.
Our apartment was huge and beautiful, and if you're looking for somewhere to stay with a couple of people, let me know and I'll pass on the name. It also happened to be next door to the most delicious cup of almond milk coffee one can consume. I hate almond milk coffee so please know that this is a huge statement for me.
Finally, of all the places one can head for dinner, my departing tip is: dine at Chin Chin. More than once if you can. Go early, order to share, try all the cocktails and enjoy the Michael Jackson playlist. Maybe I wouldn't fly back to Melbourne for the chia pudding, but I sure as hell would to eat at Chin Chin.
See you again soon Melb X