I Only Wanted To See You Bathing In The Purple Rain

Another road trip.  Back to Melbourne.

The plan for this past weekend was that I was going to hang around Echuca and go out on a boat to go water skiing (just ‘skiing’ here…side note:  ‘skiing’ is water skiing and ‘hockey’ is field hockey…you have to add snow or ice in front so they know you’re talking about the Canadian versions!)…anyway, skiing didn’t happen for a few reasons, which was okay…nobody really needs to see me try to ski…on water or on snow.  So while watching the news on Friday night and learning about a cool festival being held for just Saturday night I asked Simon if I could tag along to Melbourne with him (he was heading into the city anyway to pick up some art he had on order) and I asked if he wanted to go to the event too…of course always being up for an adventure he said yes so we were up early Saturday morning and on our way.

The concept of the night is incredible and, from what I did get to see, totally cool…however, for someone who suffers a bit from claustrophobia, I had a difficult time when we moved to the more popular area of the event.  At about 10:00pm Simon got to see me have a little mini panic attack but I recovered when we moved off to a less crowded section of the street (and when I say less crowded I mean about 15,000 people around me instead of 150,000).  I was slightly disappointed because I really wanted to see more of the instalments but I honestly wouldn’t have been able to make it through the crowd of over 500,000 to see the rest.

To get an idea of what the night was about and to see some professional pictures from the event have a look here.

For some of my own pictures just scroll down!

All in all it was a fun night and it was followed up by the best breakfast I have ever had in Melbourne (and trust me, I have had many breakfasts in the city) so all in all I was incredibly glad I tagged along on an impromptu road trip!

Thanks for stopping in!!

~ Hugs and love ~

Country Victoria
Country Victoria…this was taken from the main road in Heathcote…from our parking spot.  Love it. 
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paint in light

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Cathie had fun too
Cathie had fun too!!

 

She Don’t Cook Mashed Potatoes

Happy Blogmas day 21 everyone!  I apologize for missing the last few days but with the holidays approaching, and a bit of an ice storm where I live, there were many more important things to tend to rather than this blog (as much as I love it)

I was planning on skipping Day 20 regardless…I was to talk of a difficult time during my life and since it is the holidays I didn’t want to dwell on the sad stuff…so moving on!

Day 21 – My ten favourite foods!

This is most likely the hardest thing for me to narrow down only because I absolutely love food. LOVE IT!  More on this on Day 23!  Because this is difficult I am going to try to focus on the top 10 things I have loved at restaurants…mostly from when I was in Australia…

1.  My five course dinner I had at Stefano’s in Mildura, VIC.  Everything was delicious but one of the courses stood out to me…there was a lamb dish done three ways that was out of this world…I wasn’t a huge eater of lamb before I went to Australia but now it’s one of my favourites! http://www.stefano.com.au

2.  Move from Mildura to Melbourne…where I have eaten some of the best food (and definitely the best coffee) of my life…I had this amazing cauliflower dish at a restaurant called Cumulus…it consisted of creamy roasted cauliflowers in some sort of truffle cream.  OH MY GOD it was so good!!  http://cumulusinc.com.au

3.  Still in Melbourne and one of the first restaurants I ate at called Coda.  Super cool joint with this amazing mozzarella and pea salad…so delish.  One of the best salads I have ever had. http://www.codarestaurant.com.au

4.  Back to North America…NYC…ate at Momofuko Ssam Bar and had the most delicious pork buns.  I had never had anything like it before and they were amazing.  I could have eaten 100 of them.  http://momofuku.com/new-york/ssam-bar/

5.  Moama, NSW…just around the corner from where I lived for 6 months was a lovely winery where I had my first ever “bubbles and squeak”…it was a pork chop dish with bubbles and squeak and it was amazing.  I would have licked my plate if I could have!

6. Chicago, IL….Table 52…Fried Green Tomatoes.  All I can say is I was in heaven.  HEAVEN!!!!!  http://www.tablefifty-two.com

7.  Momofuko again…this time dessert…I am not a fan of chocolate per se so when we asked our server what dessert to get and he mentioned this chocolate dish I was very meh about it…I ate my indifference that’s for sure! Best dessert I have ever had. Some chocolate mousse with plum jelly candies or something…it was sweet and sour and amazing.

8.  Alcohol counts as food??  It does when it’s made with avocado!  La Jolla, CA at an amazing restaurant called Whisknladle I had the best cocktail I have ever had…London’s Burning…gin, avocado juice, lime and jalapeños…sounds disgusting…try it!  http://www.whisknladle.com

9.  Back to Cumulus in Melbourne…I think this was my favourite stop on my food journey while there…just like lamb, duck was never high on my list of things to order.  I now know better…much better!  Duck on a bed of whole grain/seed mix…doesn’t sound great but trust me…it was!

10. Last but definitely not least…Mexican…It is my favourite “genre” of food…does food have genres?!  I ate at a cool place in Melbourne called Mamasita…delish.  We did have tacos and tostaditas but it was definitely not taco bell!  http://www.mamasita.com.au

I know Canada has some amazing restaurants as well but I just haven’t had the opportunity (or have been with someone) who loves exploring food as much as I do…sorry it wasn’t a true “these are my favourite foods” list…but it is so much more interesting this way I think…when I eat amazing food I love to share!

What are some of your favourite places to eat?  Where have you had the best meal of your life?!!

Hugs and Love!