Thursday, April 24, 2014

Smith & Daughters: Fitzroy, Melbourne.

We celebrated Alanna's birthday at the newly opened—and wildly raved about—vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy. The d├ęcor was beautiful, the people were awesome, the food was amazing and it was clear we weren't the only ones in love: there was a steady and regular stream of patrons all night long. It certainly lived up to the hype.

For a restaurant that had only been open a week, it was a bustling success. If you live in Melbourne or you plan on visiting, definitely eat here at least once, even if you're a carnivore—you won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Valley: Collingwood, Melbourne

Upon reading about Happy Valley in The Design Files a few weeks before our trip, I knew I had to go. I wasn't let down: there were rows upon rows of great books, everything from classics to cooking; an abundance of quality gifts, ceramics, homewares and more. It was so beautiful I didn't want to leave (I actually went there twice within two days). If you're looking for something "Melbourne-esque" to take home as a gift and you aren't the type to shop at a tacky souvenir store, this is definitely your destination.

Lucky for us living outside of Melbourne, Happy Valley has an online store.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Melbourne photo diary.

Some snaps of Melbourne (aka photos of buildings, street art, bicycles, coffee) from our trip four weeks ago. We spent most of our time catching up with old friends and didn't do as much exploring, but it was, as always, nice all the same.

A portrait: Alanna, in Richmond.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Slumber Safari, Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Last Friday, on our second last day in Melbourne, we went to Werribee Open Range Zoo for their brilliant Slumber Safari, which I read about in Peppermint a few issues back. I booked this trip 6 months ago, an anniversary present to Martin who was still recovering from surgery at the time. Now here we were again, a week after my own surgery and our last little trip before his second surgery—the fifth in his lifetime—on the 1st April.

When I went through these photos I was left with 400 final, edited shots. There were so many photos I loved of our stay that I found it almost impossible to choose which ones to post here. It was as amazing as it looks; guinea fowl and bunnies and kangaroos roaming freely, exotic plants scattered throughout the lush green zoo grounds and of course the wide expanse of the savannah, with all the animals grazing and wandering gracefully through it. I felt as if I was in some other place, and it was easy to forget the Melbourne CBD was just 45 minutes away.