Monday, 23 November 2015

Bluff Town

When I have a bayside house-sitting job, I love hanging out in Sandringham as it feels like a small beachside town rather than a suburb of Melbourne. Now I have a really cool café to go to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, etc. This year Bluff Town opened in Sandringham. If you like The Resident in Ashburton, then you will really love Bluff Town... The food at Bluff Town is fabulous and the Spring Menu has some very tempting items. The Bluff Town Lunchbox is a novel idea where you receive a bun filled with goodies, a salad, and a sweet for just $15. A narrow, corner site is where you will find Bluff Town which stretches back to some very inviting booths. The concrete elements of the interior are softened by pale timber, greenery, and interesting artwork.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Upcoming Event: Paris to Provence

Bonjour my lovely readers! This weekend Paris to Provence returns to the magnificent Como House and Gardens for its 6th year... Well, I might be a bit biased as I volunteer at Como every week! Anyway, Paris to Provence is Melbourne’s ultimate French festival where over three days the National Trust's iconic Como House is turned into a lively French village. 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Ruby T's

Ruby T’s reminds me of being back in England. I love a good old fashioned tearoom... a cosy retreat that’s full of doilies, teapots, ribbon sandwiches, scones and cream cakes. Well, I don’t need to book a plane ticket for Merseyside... I just need to jump in the car and drive over to Canterbury! Ruby T's is named after owner Pam’s grandmother. Ruby’s recipes have been passed down to Pam and are recreated at Ruby T’s. The last time I visited Ruby T’s, it was located further down Maling Road. The new place is much bigger but at the same time both comfortable and intimate.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Second Home

How often are you seated in a café in the suburbs when a libations trolley swings past offering you some cocktails? This is obviously why Melburnians are queuing up at the recently opened Second Home in Eltham. You may have had a steak and fries (or steak frites...) at Entrecôte by now... Well, serial restaurateur Jason M Jones is spinning his magic yet again with Second Home which is part cafe, part art gallery. When we were there they were showcasing some beautiful snow photography on the walls... The building was designed by architect, Alistair Knox, in the 70s. A central olive tree stands watch over the space which is bathed in natural light. White table cloths add a touch of luxury and couches around a fireplace will be cosy in the winter. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Weekend Away - Ballarat Part 4

This year the Archibald Prize is being exhibited in Victoria at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. If you have not been to see it already, the exhibition is on until the 15th November... Tickets are $13.00 for adults and I suggest you pre-purchase your tickets to avoid disappointment. We enjoyed our time viewing the paintings and seeing how much talent Australia has to offer in the art scene.
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