10 on 10 – November 2017

10 on 10 - Melbourne

So it’s the penultimate 10 on 10 Photography Circle, although I use the term “circle” loosely, as I’m all on my lonesome, so it’s not a circle at all. You know I’m like a dog with a bone with this project, I started the year so I’ll finish it!

Last week, I had a fabulous few days in Melbourne for the Bupa Blog Awards. Official business aside, I didn’t have a list of things to see and do, but I did have list of people to meet and places to eat. I’m all about the priorities!

I arrive late on Wednesday afternoon and nothing beats a cup of tea after a long journey, so I head straight to Hopetoun Tea Rooms  for a well needed cuppa and a slice of cake. This place is famous for it’s fancy and delicious cakeage and there is almost always a queue. Today is no exception but the line moves quickly. The shop windows are a sight to behold and behold you should, because the idea is that you select your cake before you are seated. This place is temptation plus, but in the end I settle on one of their new mini cheesecakes. Oh, so good!

10 on 10 - Hopetoun Tea Rooms

No plan is the best plan in Melbourne because it’s such a pleasure just to wander through all the streets and laneways. Before I know it, it’s time to meet my friend Rochelle, a fellow dumpling lover for dinner. She knows her dumplings and takes me to Shandong Mama for some of the most reasonably priced and yummy dumplings I have ever eaten. These Prawn, Black Fungus and Chive Fried Dumplings were our favourite.

10 on 10 - Shandong Mama

Rochelle is kind enough to offer her house as my hotel and I head into the city with her the next day where I check in to my new hotel and search for sustenance. I find breakfast and bohomie at Roule Galettea bijou French creperie serving a range of sweet and savoury delights. I may be dining in a Melbourne laneway, but it feels like I’m in the heart of Brittany. Incidentally, a galette is a savoury crepe made with buckwheat flour so it’s gluten free and all kinds of delicious. I can’t go past the La Campagnarde with egg, emmental cheese, diced bacon and mushrooms and it totally sets me up for the day! Oh, and check out the coffee cup with it’s words of truth 🙂

10 on 10 - Roule Galette

I walk my breakfast off around Melbourne before I meet my fellow finalist and friend, the lovely Lauren from Create Bake Make for coffee. Afterwards we stretch our legs and check out Melbourne’s street art. Hosier Lane is always my favourite.

10 on 10 - Hosier Lane

I have to tell you, the weather in Melbourne was most un-spring like but the sun does make a guest appearance, probably because I have decided to wear tights AND boots. Yes, it is that cold!

10 on 10 - Hardware Lane

I am super excited to be heading off to the BUPA Blog Awards, in this gorgeous Review dress – so not my usual Thursday night attire. The dress was a bargain buy from the outlets at Birkenhead Point and FYI it’s still on sale (not enabling, just sayin’!) It may be the first outing for this dress but it won’t be it’s last! Praise be to Jenni from Styling Curvy for her foto taking skillz and posing tips.

10 on 10 November - Review

You can read all about the Bupa Blog Awards here but the styling at Circa, The Prince was just sublime. Check out the fancy place setting!

10 on 10 - Bupa Blog Awards

Of course, after all the excitement (and bubbles) from the night before, I need a breakfast fit for a king (or queen) and I find it in the Oreo Smash at Manchester PressThis choc chip bagel topped with vanilla cheesecake and smashed Oreo mix is not for the faint hearted but it totally hits the spot!

10 on 10 - Oreo Smash

I know everyone has been waxing lyrical about the Dior Exhibition at the NGV but I only have eyes for the Wallace & Gromit and Friends Exhibition at the ACMI. I am such a big kid, I have so much fun checking out all the exhibits and even make my own model dog (that the museum person thinks is a sheep!) that I turn into a short animation clip! I’m totally old skool so everything and anything Morph is my favourite!

10 on 10 - Wallace and Gromit

All that modelling works up quite an appetite so I have one more place to tick off my edible bucket list. I have deliberately saved some stomach space for my visit to Miznon in Hardware Lane and it does not disappoint!

10 on 10 - Miznon

Long, long ago when I was in my twenties, I was on a kibbutz, actually I was on two, and I’ve been mad for Israeli food ever since. This pita with roasted cauliflower and tahini totally took me back to the streets of Tel Aviv. I am going to have to go back to Melbourne just so I can eat my way through the whole menu.

Then with a happy heart and a very full belly, I head to the airport and fly wee, wee, wee all the way home. My time in Melbourne is short and sweet, but in the words of the great Arnie S, “I’ll be back.” Let’s hope it’s soon, hey?!

Do you like to have a plan or fly by the seat of your pants when you’re exploring? What’s your favourite cake? Is there a food that transports you to another time or place? Tell me all the things!!

  • Luce Mills

    You are incredible … how could I ever beat that story … trying all that delicious food in those gorgeous little shops in Melbourne and then coming home with an award and writing that beautiful story CONGRATULATIONS.

  • Melbourne is my favourite Australian holiday destination and the food alone in this post explains why. So proud of you and your well deserved win xx

  • Sonia South

    Just spent a Saturday night in Melbourne with 3 girlfriends and my only insta photo I posted was the same one as the beginning of your post. We had no plans- just walked, ate, drank and oh how we laughed. 15kms Saturday and 13km Sunday so I think we covered every laneway in the city! Huge WELL DONE on your special award.

    • We had snap snaps! How funny! I think wandering is the best way to explore Melbourne and it’s such good exercise. I walked heaps of steps too, my fitbit was in overdrive! Melbourne is just so delicious – let me know if you have any tips for me for next time! And thank you for the congrats, I still can’t quite believe it!

  • Lorelle Catalano

    What a wonderful Melbourne stay. I have yet to visit the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. I actually saw a billboard driving today of the Wallace & Grommit exhibition! How funny, I think I’ll have to look into that for the kids. X

    • The tea rooms are definitely worth a visit – it should definitely be on your edible bucket list! The Wallace and Gromit exhibition was so much fun – the kids will love it.

  • Congratulations on your award (just caught up now on your blog)! That is wonderful news 🙂
    Looks like you had a wonderful time in Melbourne – great pictures!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    So much delicious food in that post! I especially love the look of the dumplings!! 😀

  • Oh wow that oreo and choc chip bagel…never knew I wanted one but I feel I have to have one now after seeing that photo!

    Melbourne is always a good food trip – there are so many nice places to eat! And shop! It’s always fun when I visit 🙂

    • I love Melbourne so hard – there’s always so much to see and do! I even got to visit the new Debenhams store – it’s one of my UK favourites and now there’s a Melbourne branch!

  • merilyn

    yes! … Melbourne is always interesting sammie!
    I lived there for a few years and loved it back in the day!!!
    I used to wander through the lanes by myself and loved it!
    that breakfast with oreo on top!!! omg soo decadent! i’ll pin it!
    good shots hun! and you look lovely!
    always good to get calories in first thing them wear them off through the day I say!

    • The Oreo breakfast was definitely a one off, but a delicious one off at that! I may have eaten a trillion calories but I did walk about a trillion steps too! You know what they say, life is all about balance, isn’t it?! Those Melbourne laneways are just magic, aren’t they?! xx

  • How incredible does that Oreo Smash look?!?!!

    I’ve been to Melbourne so many times – but only to fly in and out in a day to work with clients. I really need to take Jesse one time and make a trip out of it!

    • That Oreo smash was pretty spesh! We went to Melbourne when we first came to live down under and only went back for our anniversary this year! It was way too long between visits. My only regret on this weekend was that David didn’t come too. It’s so different from Sydney and there’s so much to eat, see and do!

  • You know how to do a city right! I love Melbourne, every time I go there I find something new that makes me wish I lived there. The Hopetoun Tea Room looks like my cup of tea!

    • Those tea rooms were divine but so many cakes, so little time (and more to the point, so little stomach space!)