Overcoming fear of tram

As some of you know I have a fear of trams that I am overcoming and today I think I passed a milestone – managed to get two trams and arrive early at the destination! Becoming more and more confident, especially waiting in the middle of the road at the tram stops with traffic whizzing past on either side.

No offense Melbourne, but, while the trams are frequent and many, not sure where the genius is in putting such big vehicles on the same track as people, cars and bikes!

But I am making peace with the beasts of metlink.


Proud Mary, Artists Markets, Smith and Brunswick St

Had lunch with some lovely ladies today at Proud Mary cafe on Oxford St, Collingwood, at the Stanley St end of Oxford Street. Having seen some great write ups and having been in for coffee a few times I was excited to try the nosh. It did not disappoint.

The pumpkin and fetta tart with side rocket salad was delicious and just the right size, as agreed by the pretty Fran – we had the same dish. The menu details some yummy looks corn frittas which my lovely friend Joyce had and crushed avocado that Lisa chowed down on.

Proud Mary was bustling and very busy with a 15 minute wait for a table at noon but worth the wait.

After this I was lucky enough to be escorted on a tour around Smith St, to the Rose St Artists Markets, up Johnston St then to Brunswick St by the absolutely gorgeous Lisa – thank you lady, you have such a beautiful soul and kind heart.

Highly recommend exploring these parts of Melbourne because each street is a hidden gem of shops, cafes, markets, street art, shabby chic terrace houses, cobble stones and apartments begging to be renovated. This really is a special part of Melbourne which I am very fond of. Lisa’s passion for the area has certainly rubbed off on me!

Excited about yum cha and Sydney Road, Brunswick Music Festival tomorrow!

Queen Vic Markets

The many marvelous markets Melbourne offers have become a fond favourite of mine. Tonight the Suzuki night markets at Queen Victoria Markets came to an end for the season. I celebrated with some wonderful people whom I have also grown very fond of here in Melbourne.

For a few hours it seems the whole of Melbourne has come to grab some dinner, peruse the stalls and soak up the atmosphere that is busy but buzzing. Aromas from the different food stands swell around the queues that are plenty but well worth the wait in most cases.

To list a few food stalls there is Turkish, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, German, Greek, Vegetarian, Mauritian, Aussie and more.

Tonight I enjoyed a Greek lamb souvlaki followed by rum’n’raisin/honeycomb ice cream and a sample of puffertjes (the spelling of these mini pancakes escapes me!). The selection left me full and happy.

I love the night markets and it’s sad to see them go but many other wonders of Melbourne are getting ready to set upon this lively city, namely the Food and Wine Festival next month.

This is just one of many markets that delight the locals and I recommend anyone in Melbourne – local or visiting – explore as many as possible!

Melbourne is Ace

I’ve been back from Sydney for just one week now and already I have done so many great new things in my new-ish city of Melbourne (is four months still considered new?). Here is a brief list:

  • Went to a social media night Silicon Valley Drinks at Little Creatures (also a first at this fab venue)
  • Checked in to Foursquare at nearly all relevant places I’ve visited
  • Sat on a park bench in the city for a long chat with a new friend
  • Learned to play poker
  • Went and heard live music at a pub (this is my first time in Melbourne!)
  • Invited myself to a Facebook group (long story short, it was so I could “attend an event” a friend had already invited me to offline … although it wasn’t her group so there was a fair amount of randomness in my action!)
  • Made a hook turn
  • Cooked quinoa properly
  • Went to a cafe in Port Melbourne

Loves it.

Endnote: Apologies for the bad “ace” dad joke in the headline!

My Melbourne (honeyjoys included!)

It has been a while since my last ‘Operation Relocation: the settling in phase’ post so thought it time to bring you up to speed. Transferred my third rental payment which means I am celebrating three months in Melbourne. Yay! The time has passed quickly though not without leaving an immeasurable impression on me with every passing day.

I have met, connected and am yet to meet many wonderful souls here. I have seen, heard, tasted, smelled, touched and absorbed the magic of this beautiful city and a visit to Sydney has really made me appreciate the differences between the two cities. Although the people I love are an hour flight away, I am very nearly comfortable to call Melbourne ‘home’.

This is not an exhaustive list because I can’t remember the names of some of the places I have been to but these are the ones I remember: Ladro,, MoVida, Silk Road bar/club/meat-market, The George, Joe’s Garage, Jim’s Greek Restaurant, Ethiopian, Noodle by Noodle, Goshen, European Cafe, Akari, International Cakes, the Chinese Restaurant I can’t remember the name of that is at the Spring St end of Chinatown, Shanghai Dumpling House, Solarino, a few of the places in DeGraves, Roule Gallete, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons (amazing), Tuscan Bar, The Mess Hall, Tony Starr (& something), Love Machine, Mr Wolf, Mr Tulk, the cafe at the top of the stairs at GPO, a questionable place that my bosses will remember (thanks TY), the good Japanese place my bosses took me to when I started, San Churro, Classic Curry Co., and that’s about all I can remember. Apologies to the places I have left out. (ha, sounds like an acceptance speech list!)

I have also embraced the amazing stalls at the Queen Vic markets and today I had the joy of experiencing the South Melbourne markets which I am smitten with for so many reasons.I breezed through the Arts Markets which I hope to get to next Sunday for some last-minute Christmas gifts and another set of stalls I could see near Fed Square if they’re there next week as well.

And there is still much to discover. How exciting! I will be back in Sydney over Christmas which I am looking forward to but mainly for the people I will be sharing the time with and perhaps a little beach action. I will also be trying to convince everyone to move to Melbourne so I can have the best of everything…

Walking through the Fitzroy Gardens today I took a moment to really enjoy the moment. And I feel truly lucky and happy in my new city of wonders.


Taken at Yarra St after grabbing coffee at the amazing cafe there

I felt five years old again eating this giant honeyjoy from the South Melb Markets (cornflakes bound with lashings of honey in a patty-pan)