Category Archives: Melbourne

Sonya’s One Bar Stool Please ~ Week 4

This is week 4 (and last – see note below) 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.

 

Hello lovely,

Now I am really making the most of this little challenge! I’m at The Local, my local.

It’s been a hard day, a damn hard week actually – you know those weeks that are just so emotionally and physically challenging. I needed a drink.

So on my way home I knew I was either going to go straight home and put the fire on and enjoy a heavy glass of red wine or head out. Head out I did.

I drive past the Middle Park every night so instead of driving past I parked my car, took off my seat belt, put my seat belt back on and drove away.

What was I thinking?  This is where my friends met for a drink. There is a huge chance I would bump into someone and how awkward would that be (after speaking to 3 friends later that night I asked what they would think if they walked into a bar and saw me drinking on my own – 2 said they would think ‘wish I would do that’ and the other said she would think ‘I wish I had that sort of courage’ – sound familiar Lyn?)

So I drove to The Local, grabbed a bar stool and ordered a Rymill Cabernet Merlot from Coonawarra. Very cool bar actually and I can’t believe we didn’t go there when you were visiting. It’s literally around the corner from my house and specializes in beer, hence the bar staff wear t-shirts ‘Life Beer In It’ (sorry for any non Australian reading this as this just won’t make sense)

life beer in it tshirt

When I first arrived the bar was quite empty but no more than half way through my glass of wine, and it was packed. A 6’5″ transvestite walked in and ordered some beer shots and the woman next to me with a baby said to the bar man ‘I really feel like nuts’ (get in line love – you clearly had some about 12 months ago). There were also 3 girls finally giving me the once over and suddenly I felt really international. If I ordered another wine I’m sure I would have asked with an accent, French probably.

wine at tshirt at The Local

Hey, I spoke to Claire tonight and she is going to start OBST.

Lets get the masses into this.

I didn’t linger as I loved the one wine and wanted to leave it at this. I really enjoyed the drink. We are getting there love.

Love you girl.

Sadly, Sonya had to make this her last OBST due to travel and work obligations.  She did assure me that she feels completely comfortable now having a drink on her own at any bar she wants to stop into.  Her fear of what other’s would think of her has been erased, she just doesn’t care!  I’d love to hear below what thoughts this triggered for you.  Do you fear sitting on your own in a public place?  What comes up around that?  Could you do your own challenge?

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 dread… Continue 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 with… Continue 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 was… Continue 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 wide… Continue 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 up… Continue 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 if… Continue Reading