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Thirsty Thursday in Melbourne

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It wasn’t a Thirsty Thursday, or even a Thursday at all, when we spent a night out with our Aussie friends, Barb & Tony, in Melbourne, Australia. But today is Thursday and it might even be a Thirsty one. So I’d love to share it with you.

Tony, knowing that I love wine, researched a few places before we all met up in Melbourne. He said he found a wine and cheese bar called Milk the Cow right in the St. Kilda area where we were staying. How sweet is that?! It was a beautiful early spring evening in September  and perfect for a ten-minute walk.

The sun was still out when we arrived. And an available table gave us the opportunity to take a nice little seat outdoors. I started with a glass of bubbly:

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Apparently, my bubbly wanted to be the star of the show and blocked Tony’s face out of the photo!

Rob opted for a little Scrumpy – a favorite style of cider.

{Don’t worry, that Aussie Cider post is still to come!}

 And then the cheese… Oh the cheese!!!!!

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We opted for a spread to share, with as many local, Australian cheeses as possible. And do you think I can remember now what they all were? It doesn’t matter, though. I loved them all! {The fact that I grew up in Wisconsin and am also a Francophile probably has something to do with that.}

After we milked the cow, we decided to hop around a little and stop for a bite to eat elsewhere if we found ourselves still hungry. We found an Irish Pub to continue the tradition that my friend Jen and I started back in 2000. You can never go wrong in an Irish Pub no matter where you are in the world! But we had to prove to Jen that we were there. Do you see the Irish flags and Magners Cider banners hanging from the ceiling?

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And if you think we are pulling one over on you, the pub was called The Wee Chief on Fitzroy Street. We didn’t stay for long. It was so loud in there and we had only so much precious time together. So we wandered back toward our hotel, stopping to look in all the bakeshop windows along the way. St. Kilda is known for them!

At the suggestion of Rob, we finally stopped back at Abbey Road, which is where Rob and I had lunch on our first day in Melbourne. As much as I loved my lunch there, I was kind of reluctant because I wanted to try something new. But I didn’t want to be a drag and didn’t have any better ideas, so in we went.

And I’m so glad we did!

It was the perfect place to grab a table, have a drink and eat a little late night nosh. 

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Rob found another cider! Or was that mine?

What was perfect about that night at Abbey Road is that there was entertainment. It was either 50s or sockhop night or something. All of the staff was dressed up for the occasion. The ladies wore poodle skirts; while the men rolled up the short sleeves of their white t-shirts to tuck a pack of smokes inside. And the music! It was timeless. The musicians captivated the crowd playing past 50s hits such as Rock Around the Clock. They delighted us with songs that we all knew and loved and that made us smile, sing along and dance a little in our seats.

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And enjoy we did. We might have even stopped for some late night dessert from one of the bakeshops on the way home. 😉

Although we stopped at some great places in St. Kilda that night; it’s definitely true that it’s not where you are that truly matters, but the company you keep.

Other posts on our trip to Australia:

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

An Afternoon in Melbourne

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When a fellow Aussie Wineaux friend told me that Melbourne is a Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise, I knew it was a part of Australia we could not miss. {Especially when several other friends chimed in!}

We opted to take an inexpensive one and a half hour flight from Sydney to Melbourne rather an endure a 10-hour drive together. We know better! But that hour and a half flight turned into three hours when an emergency medical situation turned our flight back around.

But when we finally did arrived in Melbourne, it was an absolutely gorgeous day!

I found a great deal on a hotel just on the outskirts of the city in St. Kilda. The Cosmopolitan was right near the beach and across the road from Luna Park and the Palais Theater.

We were near the corner of Acland and Carlisle Streets which meant that we had a number of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and bake shops at our disposal. The  hardest part would be choosing!

Since we arrived later than we expected, we were quite hungry for lunch. Rob was really in the mood for pasta, but the Italian restaurants that were recommended to us were only open for dinner. He finally found some pasta on the menu when we walked by Abbey Road Cafe. The menu looked good to me, so we popped right in.

While the restaurant name might suggest The Beatles, this place was really about all music of eras past. The decor was nostalgic.

How did we choose a wine? We wanted something local that we couldn’t get back home. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wine in the U.S. from the Mornington Peninsula!

All my Wineaux friends will laugh at how many glasses are supposed to be in this bottle:

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Rob was more than satisfied with the fresh ingredients in his pasta:

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Pasta Carbonara – creamy bacon and mushroom sauce

And you won’t believe what I ordered… I was in LOVE! Look at all of those tomatoes!

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Grilled Halloumi Breakfast Plate – with roasted olives, tomato medley, cucumber slices, a fried egg and fresh bread

Those tomatoes were fresh and juicy. The cucumbers were crisp and had the flavor of just being picked from the garden. The olives were succulent, the bread crusty and the fried egg had a crispy edge. How could I ask for more? Oh, wait, that’s right. It’s a vegetarian plate – so there was also grilled Halloumi cheese, too!

It’s almost like a friend knew I was coming and they put together a plate of my favorite foods!

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The egg is under the bread on the left. What looks like scrambled eggs or a pancake, perhaps, on the right is the halloumi. We saw it on a lot of menus, specifically in vegetarian dishes. It is a cheese with a high melting point, so it can stand up to grilling or frying. Halloumi originated in Cyprus, but it is common in Greece and other areas along the Mediterranean. Melbourne has a lot of Greek heritage and boasts the largest population of Greeks outside of Europe!

There was a tram stop right outside just a block from our hotel. A 15 to 20 minute ride took us to Federation Square.

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Federation Square

My Aussie expat friend Helen told me that I had to take Rob to Young & Jackson’s Pub, just off Federation Square. She said it’s every man’s right of passage to have a drink with Chloe.

Well, I certainly wasn’t going to deny Rob that opportunity. So off to Young & Jackson’s we went…

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Well, that’s actually my cider pictured above. I wasn’t going let Rob sit in a room alone with a naked woman! 😉

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Chloé has graced Young & Jackson’s since 1909, where she will remain forever. She was painted by French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875, when it was pretty racy for its time! You can find her in the upstairs bar.

Chloe, has been  at the y&J since 1909. painted by Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1875, arrived i

We loved this old pub so much that we came back on another occasion to enjoy some some cider and stouts in the lower level. I did find this sign in the bathroom a little strange though:

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Is someone really “in the right head space” when they are doing LSD?

 Just across the street from Young and Jackson’s is the grand Flinders Street Station.

We wandered through a bit and then it was back to our hotel where we watched the sky change colors as the sun went down just before dinner.

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I knew I was going to like it here.

What would go on your platter of favorite foods?

You can read my other posts on our Australia trip here:

The One Thing I Didn’t Need to Bring to Australia
The Wattle and Bush Tucker
Scenes from Sydney
A Morning at Bond-Eye

The Blue Mountains
Sydney Eats
Sydney Dinners: His & Hers Picks

Cheers~
Carrie