Category Archives: Australia

Sonya’s One Bar stool please ~ week 3

Sonya’s One Bar stool please ~ week 3

This is week 3 of Sonya’s challenge to spend the next 8 weeks hitting a bar on her own, something she’s never done before because she’s always been afraid of what people think of her.  The style of these pieces is very personal, basically like a personal email to me….complete with some good old, heavy Australian slang…so it’s a travel, cultural and lifestyle piece of sorts.  Read here for the introduction.  Please comment below…your thoughts are encouraging. Guday from the Gatta (editor note: short for Coolangatta) lovely Lyn, Yep I’m here on the sunny Gold Coast. Hasn’t been anything but rainy since I got here but there is water which I can swim inContinue Reading

Sonya’s ‘Bar stool for one, please’ – week 2

Sonya’s ‘Bar stool for one, please’ – week 2

This is week 2 of Sonya’s challenge to spend the next 8 weeks hitting a bar on her own, something she’s never done before because she’s always been afraid of what people think of her.  The style of these pieces is very personal, basically like a personal email to me….complete with some good old, heavy Australian slang…so it’s a travel, cultural and lifestyle piece of sorts.  Read here for the introduction.  Please comment below…your thoughts are encouraging. Hi Luv One Bar Stool Thanks – mark 2. Last night I thought I would go local and try a One Bar Stool Thanks in my hood. Not sure why, as it filled me with dreadContinue Reading

Vignette #5 – The Little Lucky Cafe; Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

Vignette #5 – The Little Lucky Cafe; Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

 This is the last of my Vignette series for my trip home to Melbourne. I do hope you’re enticed to explore. BACCHUS MARSH Bacchus Marsh or, affectionately known as ‘The Marsh’ by some locals is only 50km outside of Melbourne city.  It’s an easy, and painless drive up the western freeway and a gorgeous little jaunt into the country that you don’t have to commit an entire day to. It offers a beautiful, tree lined boulevard for your arrival and fresh farm stands that have tucked themselves between the gigantic tree trunks.  Melbournians who live out west, go to Bacchus Marsh to get farm fresh fruit and vegetables.  It’s dotted withContinue Reading

Vignette #4 – Daylesford, Victoria

Vignette #4 – Daylesford, Victoria

As part of my Vignette series, I feature bite sized moments in my home town of Melbourne and its surrounding areas.  This post features a quaint little town called Daylesford, a little over an hour out of the city. DAYLESFORD On my way back from Ballarat I made a last minute decision to take the exit off the highway to Daylesford.  Daylesford is well known for it’s holistic lifestyle due in part to the natural Hepburn springs that it’s built around.  You’ll easily run into an organic cafe or a yoga class or a day spa that you can visit, healing is what this town is all about. It wasContinue Reading

Vignette #3 – A home among the Gum trees, country Victoria.

Vignette #3 – A home among the Gum trees, country Victoria.

For this post in my “Vignette” series, I head out to country Victoria and show a few snippets of some ubiquitous Australian sights and feature a few quaint little cafe’s that I recommend (and some I don’t) “Give me a home among the gum trees, with lots of plum trees.  A sheep or two a ka-kangaroo a clothes line out the back.  Vernada out the front and an old rocking chair……” Heading out into country Victoria always makes me want to sing the famous Australian bush song “A home among the gum trees” (I have this weird habit of singing obvious songs to myself about the situations I am in. Continue Reading

Vignette #2 – Unplanned days, a lesson in slang and Melbourne style.

Vignette #2 – Unplanned days, a lesson in slang and Melbourne style.

As part of my “Vignette” series, below is a typical Sunday afternoon in Melbourne.  With a full day of sunshine, a rarity in Melbourne, we basked and ate in all that Melbourne has to offer. Melbournians are sluts for good weather, it’s no joke.  When you hear the term “Four seasons in a day”, people aren’t kidding around.  Experiencing, what feels like, all the seasons in one day is a common weather pattern in Melbourne, which is quite likely the reason for our eclectic style (one needs layers).  So, when the sun comes pouring out for a consistently good portion of the day, Melbourne spreads its legs.  Doors fling wideContinue Reading

Vignette #1 – San Telmo restaurant

Vignette #1 – San Telmo restaurant

For this post in my “Vignette” series on Melbourne I discover, and highly recommend, a great restaurant tucked away in one of the famous lane-ways of Melbourne. SAN TELMO – Restaurant. My mate Sonya and I had decided to check out a show at the comedy festival while it was on.  We were looking forward to a good dinner and a glass of wine beforehand and we had chosen a restaurant which is an old favorite; Bar Lourinha.  It’s a postage stamp sized tapas and wine bar that sports one long communal high table and a bar downstairs (I think they have dinning upstairs too but I’ve never been upContinue Reading

Vignette’s – Melbourne Style

Vignette’s – Melbourne Style

One of my favorite cities in the world is my hometown of Melbourne.  After spending the past two and half months in India, I decided to make a 5 week long pit-stop home to Australia before heading back to the States. Melbourne has been voted the most livable city in the world countless times, and it’s where I grew up, but these little facts aren’t much without the specifics.  I love it because it is always on the move culturally and its progressive sense of style runs through everything from architecture, to fashion to innovative cuisine. Melbourne is less focused on flashy glitz than its sister city; Sydney and ifContinue Reading