Thursday: arrive, check in, etc. Hubbie has a meeting so grab a quick snack and nap. The we are off, we start at WATERFRONT, on the river It's a French style cafe that incorporates local items on the menu.
Then we start walking. I love walking around a city without a definite plan, often that is when the best discoveries are made ( and for a type A person like me it feels really crazy and spontaneous).
A stroll down Hosier St, or Grafitti Alley happens. This alleyway has been brought to life by artists that use cans of spray paint instead of brushes to breathe into once mundane walls a new life. And when I say "breathe a new life" what I really mean is some rough CPR with a little slip of the tongue at the end. Dirty and exhilarating at the same time.
At one end of graffiti lane is the start of unique eateries and bars that comprise Flinders St. I thought, why not have our own bar hop and ease on down this road? Which is what we did.
Stop One: Meatballs and wine: drank wine and jammed to old school rap (DrDre, Snoop, etc). I know, makes no sense but fun never the less. I always love singing "in the LBC" or some other famous line from a famous rap song half way around the world knowing I have driven down some of the the same streets those boys have rolled down with their homies....but I digress.
Stop Two: Tonka-1. I loved the name, at this point it made me giggle because I thought of all the tonka shit my brothers used to have when we were growing up. 2. It was down an alley and the sign was barely visible from the street-must be good! To my surprise it was an Indian fusion, the menu piqued my interest somewhat but it was one drink and time to move on.
Stop Three GoGo Bar: this is the bar in the basement of Chinchin (will be back to eat there). The tatted and pierced bartenders have a firm handle on body art but also on making a kick-ass cocktail. I had a drink that could be described as the rich classy aunt of a piña colada. Nothing spring breakout about this one-presented in an old-school champagne glass. It was all class :). Then it was time to go to dinner
Dinner at MoVida-I tried to book at their location on Hosier st but they were full so we went to the one on Bourke St. I love, love, love Spain and the culinary treasures that can be found in the tapas bars there. So, naturally when the review I read said the chef was from spain and sought to recreate the same feel of a Spanish tapas bar, I was in! The food was fresh and delicious. We enjoyed classic dishes, a Great wine list, congenial servers, and topped it all that off with yummy churros for dessert. .....Winning!!!
Friday: This morning consisted of workout, steam, breakfast, dress and out the door. Which means I left the hotel around 1:00pm. The intersection at Chapel St and Toraak Rd was my destination, shopping was my goal. The kind waiter at La Camera made a very strong latte, like, palpitation and sweat-inducing strong. I was "low energy" that day, I now know that's because the flu was creeping up on me and would hit me like Mike Tyson in the Hangover the next day. Coffee done and I'm off. Thank you to Life with Bird, Green with envy, top shop, nudie jeans and zomp for helping me unload some cash into the Aussie market ;).
The evening included pre-dinner drinks, dinner with friends and then we ended the night at the Supper Club drinking espresso martinis and smoking cigars (the boys did anyway). Here's the view from the roof-top balcony.
I truly enjoy this city and every time I have to leave I am left feeling as though I didn't have enough time and am already yearning to return. I like that feeling-Melbourne I think this is that start of a beautiful relationship.