Open House Melbourne 2015: The WishList

La Trobe Reading Room

So the Open House weekend has finally arrived. What is Open House? Well, make yourself comfortable, you’re in for a good conversation.

The Open House is an annual event that opens up 105 (at a minimum – 100) buildings in Melbourne every year to the public. This allows people a behind the scenes look at some of the most amazing architecture or hitorically significant buildings there are. Being a (relatively) young country, it would be easy to dismiss the rich historical tapestry woven into the fabric of Melbourne. And thus, here is my 2015 pre-planned attempt.

D01 – AGL
D05 – Port of Melbourne tours
D06 – Medibank
D07 – Library at the dock

Whilst these may now point to the existing information, because it’s an annual tradition, the buildings do change and therefore the data gets updated. Once it’s done, I’ll be coming back and fixing these up to point to the new blog posts and pictures of these ones!

Here’s what happened in 2014 and 2013.

Bits and Bob: Exciting news

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The iconic Yarra River that runs through Melbourne

I finally decided to take my blogging to a different level. After close to two years, I believe I’ve got enough of material to go legit.

I’m starting an email list!

Yes….an email list.

It might not mean much to many, but to me it signifies that I want to pursue this professionally! And to top it off, I’ll even be having a free gift!

I know, right? More work but so much more fun. My silence isn’t that I’m not reviewing or forgotten you, it just means that I’m making it better.

Stay awesome and I’ll see you shortly! Keep your eye for the sign up form!!

Coming up in July 2015

This is July in Melbourne and things are really heating up. Well not temperature wise anyway…

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First of all the fireworks are back on. Docklands host Friday night fireworks for the month of July and August (weather permitting). If you haven’t been, you need to go. It’s a great half hour to spend with people.

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Secondly, the Melbourne Open House. If you have been living under a rock, then I can forgive you. Otherwise… I hope you signed up for it. The Open House opens some of the most amazing buildings in Melbourne to give people an unrestricted view of the place. These can include behind the scenes usually denied to the public. Yes. You want to get in on that. And yes, there are some places where you put in a ballot (which is now open). So go ahead and enjoy a weekend exploring the amazing city of Melbourne!

Winter Night Markets 2015

The 2015 winter night market is on again and you need to go.

They have included a new fun thing called the silent disco whereby people have headphones and are linked to the same channel that tells you the actions you need to complete. There is nothing like a bunch of people just silently moving up to you and busting a groove to bring a smile on your dial. Especially if you have no idea what they’re doing.

And as always I ensured that I got into the best food option there was. Given it was my birthday recently, I caught up with a good friend, after a long time. By long, I mean it’s been a year. And we caught up at the exact same thing last year.

But unlike last time, I made sure to go around the entire section to get a glimpse of everything before I let my stomach decide. Last time, I had an amazing burger only to find more exotic fare 5 stalls down (crocodile and ostrich).
Ramen Store
I decided on Ramen burgers and the Korean Fried Chicken. I’ve always wanted to try the Ramen burgers and this one definitely didn’t disappoint.
Ramen Store Menu
Filled with tonkatsu sauce and a pork filling, the Ramen burger was a great compilation of the crispy yet soft noodle in delectable pork that melted in your mouth as you ate it. The bacon and cucumber really offset the tonkatsu sauce too.
Ramen Burger and Korean Fried Chicken
Having seen everyone get the Korean Fried Chicken as I was walking around, I had to get it myself. And boy was I glad. This was my first ever introduction to Korean Chicken and damn it was delicious. So much so that I could have sat there eating that forever. Here I thought Kentucky Fried Chicken was good. But no….the Koreans have done it better. In the words of my friend PA, “The Koreans took the Fried Chicken and made it into an art form”. Absolutely, spot on.
Mulled Wine
You need to go. Not just for the food, but for the activities (cinemas), live music and the amazing mulled wine and cider and all the other fares you can taste. If anything, go for the amazing massive fire pits and enjoy it with good company for a night out you won’t soon forget.

Bits and Bobs: An update

Howdy folks, I’ve been away for the last few weeks and I thought I’d give you an update why.

Firstly, I took two weeks off and enjoyed one of them in India with a traditional Indian wedding. Photos and a blog post to come. Needless to say, the trip was more emotional than I expected that I needed some space to get back in my life. Seems like travel always break you out of your routine and shows you what really matters in life. Sometimes even to appreciate it just a little bit more. You should check out the comedian, Gabriel Inglesias – Goes to India on YouTube. He’s got my experience down to a T!

Secondly, the Winter Night Markets are back on in Queen Victoria Markets. When you avoid the rain (ha-ha, who am I kidding, it’s Melbourne. It could rain on a summer’s day) the place is even more magical. I caught the perfect evening recently and they’ve improved on it in numerous ways. Here’s what happened when I went to the summer one recently.

And without a doubt there was a blog post all lined up (I just forgot to hit publish to line up with my schedule – lesson learned the hard way).

And finally, I’ve come to enjoy life so much more yet wonder where I’m going too. For anyone that knows me, knows that I like having plans. But knowing that I can handle anything that life throws at me is reassuring enough.

Melbourne: Kedai Satay

First of all, I’ve never really tried Indonesian and my foray in to it by a good friend of mine (hat tip BT) was more than I could ever hope for.

Location: 186 King street, Melbourne 3000.

You know what I have to just cut to the chase. The food was served so fast that I thought that the quality was going to be compromised. But no. This was by far the most delicious meal that I had. The grilled beef ribs with steam rice, sambal and salad was so so so SO delicious. Even now, I can taste the food coating in the back of my throat and the smells are making me drool.

Nothing can prepare you for it. Seriously.

I thought I would not be full, but by the end of it, I was filled to hilt. And the price? $12.

Do yourself a favour, just go there and you won’t be disappointed.

I’m so excited that I have to give this place a resounding 5/5.

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And it’s a one man kitchen. The efficiency of a well run operation just swelled my heart with pride. A few places, across multiple industries could learn a thing or two from this restaurant.

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Wantirna South: The Coffee Club (Knox)

Coffee Club

I must admit, I avoid any coffee chain place like crazy but a catchup with a good friend and his daughter made sure that this local pit stop was going to be worth it.

And when I saw that they had an all day breakfast, I was hooked.

Location:

Nestled in the leafy suburb of Knox, this is an institution as old as time. Or as long as the Knox shopping centre has been open. It’s a great place to go to if you’re in a bind.

I was torn between their slow cooked pork burger and the big breakfast. And given the big breakfast was only 3 dollars more… I couldn’t say no.

The big breakfast was delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly. The steak was tender and juicy, the sausages cooked to perfection. The button mushrooms retained it’s moisture and the eggs on the sourdough was just delicious.

It was as close to perfection I could ever hope for.

The coffee on the other hand? Oh please. Just make sure you ask for extra hot, because by the time it gets to you, it cools down really quickly. And the service isn’t the best, so if you can work out where things are, all you need to do is find the nearest waiter and order.

The food was this place’s only saving grace. The company made it just that much more sweeter.

TDT: 2/5

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