Winter warmers

This weekend, I escaped the slight Sydney chill and headed home to Noosa for some much needed family fun time.

As I packed my bag for this weekend getaway a coat was not a requirement, unlike my recent trip to Melbourne where I felt I was able to don my winter staples one last time and feel the crisp air on my face as I walked through the hustle and bustle of this Victorian city. I’m not a fan of winter! Growing up in Queensland makes you quite the summer baby and that I surely am, however, with fair skin, dark hair and some might say a very affectionate and cuddly nature, winter seems to suit me. I don’t tan very easily and these days feel more comfortable showing less skin then back in my hay day, so I felt I need to bid one last farewell to winter in style with a post on one of Australia’s best winter cities and a chic outfit made for the cooler months.

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Melbourne is a wonderful city, I know this as I lived there, many of my friends currently live there and the shopping and food is simply out of this world. You know I love Sydney dining but Melbourne offers something pretty unique and I was more than happy to sample the sensational dishes they had on offer.

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On this particular trip I was based in the city and not too keen to venture far from H&M so many of the dining options were city based or close by in Richmond. We began with Manchester Press, a bagel bar tucked away in Rankin Lane where the food is simple yet scrumptious but the coffee is unbelievable! Now, I’m not much of a coffee connoisseur but this was some good coffee with perfectly formed coffee art and all. I opted for one of staple favourites, smoked salmon and cream cheese with capers and it didn’t disappoint. This café was cute, quirky and not so hipster I felt out of place (in fact, it was just the right amount of hipster).

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For lunch, we actually did venture out of the city to experience The Boathouse – which sits on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. The Boathouse is a collaboration between Gary Mehigan judge and co-host of Channel Ten’s hugely successful MasterChef series and partner Steve Bogdani with a vision to share life’s simple pleasures done really well. The food was delicious, fresh and easy to share. It was modern Australian with hints of international flair throughout. The scenery was picturesque and calming as a change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Dinner was spent at one of my favourites, Mamasita. Yes, I went here last time but had not taking my bf there and I think he walked away as impressed as I am and dreaming of corncobs smothered in paprika and Parmesan.

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What made this trip all the more entertaining was the shopping and not just the new Emporium and H&M but it’s the level of customer service in Melbourne that makes shopping all the more joyful! Walking the streets in my boots and coat, hand in hand with my man, sipping hot chocolates and window-shopping is certainty a nice change from life in Sydney or holidays back home in Queensland! X x

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