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30 Apr

That’s the German equivalent of ‘cheers’. You’ll need to know that when you head to Hofbrauhaus.

Oddly hidden in China Town, Hofbrauhaus is a German restaurant in Melbourne CBD.  Inside, it has been decorated to give an Alpine atmosphere. I’m no expert in what constitutes as alpine, but it is definitely cabin-esq. It’s beautiful.

While the beer hall is somewhat smaller than it’s original counterpart in Munich, the beers are still a huge challenge.

Tackling the stein.

Tackling the stein.

However you’ll need to pace yourself so that you can actually eat some of your food. The dishes are enormous too. They are also delicious. If you see the menu and get bamboozled by the dish names, look for anything with pork, a Bavarian specialty.

A mouthful of a menu.

A mouthful of a menu.

My humble advice on your visit to Hofbrauhaus is to follow these steps:

Eat first.

Drink next.

Those steins of beer are quite tempting. If you’re small like me, they’re also filling and disabling.

Lastly – eat a pretzel.

Why? Because I said so. They’re delicious.

This isn’t really the kind of place that one can drive home from so I heartily recommend that when you make your dinner reservation, you book a cab too!

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Touché Hombre

25 Apr


Melbourne finds itself below the old Brisbane Line. If you were below that border in America, you’d be in Mexico! Okay, so maybe not, but do you love a taco or two, ese?

Well then you can’t go past Touché Hombre. Packed with Mexican goodness, the menu boasts a range of tacos to order singularly – which if you suffer from food envy like me, is genius! You can order one each of the 11 available if you’re up for the challenge. But if you decide to go with a more modest order, ensure you check out the crumbed and fried haloumi. Yum!

Dessert needs to be on your list here. Particularly the chocolate and chilli peanut cookie. It may be small but it’s rich in taste, with two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiching a chilli peanut soft centre. Perfect for those with a mega sweet tooth or the ones who gain from sugary satisfaction while sharing.

chocolate and chilli peanut cookie

Chocolate and chilli peanut cookie – Yummo!

The restaurant itself will keep you entertained, with the walls plastered in bright magazine pictures and Mexican paraphernalia. Not to mention their very own DJ set up to play you those forgotten 90’s party tunes that become even more enjoyable if you order the full carafe of Sangria. Amusingly it comes in a large porcelain chicken jug!

full carafe of Sangria

Full carafe of Sangria in a chicken!

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Have you been to Touché Hombre or just had some delicious Mexican tucker? Let us know!

(p.s. What’s the Brisbane line? find out here: )

A slightly astro-Aussie dream!

16 Apr

Coming from a place where the outdoors and grass are plentiful, it’s not easy to suddenly find yourself in a concrete jungle.

However, being in a big city doesn’t mean you have to give up the Aussie dream of your own patch of grass. Melbourne has it’s very own alternative for the city slickers – AstroTurf!

Here’s three places you can get grass burn and carpet burn all at once:

The Rooftop Bar

Roof Top Bar

Roof Top Bar

Not only is it a little bit of AstroTurf-y outdoors, it’s seven floors up and has an amazing view of Melbourne’s CBD.

Especially at night!

You can grab a drink here, and even dinner. From December through March, The Rooftop Cinema takes over, screening classics for a lazy night out. If you’re lucky, they may even screen Crocodile Dundee. That’s a classic in my book!

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 Chuckle Park

Chuckle Park

Chuckle Park

Blink and you’ll miss it!

Chuckle Park is hidden away on Little Collins Street. I felt a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when I found it – I was lost and suddenly I happened upon a hidden gem!

Wall to wall AstroTurf, a caravan, hanging lanterns made of jars and shrines of flowers entice you to enter the secret lair.  The food is pretty good too! Add in an electric atmosphere and it’s definitely worth the adventure!

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Rooftop Cider Bar at Young and Jacksons

Young and Jacksons' Rooftop Cider Bar

Young and Jacksons’ Rooftop Cider Bar

So you’ve been stuck on a bloody train all afternoon and not only do you crave a drink to wash your troubles away, but perhaps want an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Flinders Street Station as well.

Then all you need to do is cross the road to Young and Jacksons. Head up to the third floor you will find the Rooftop Cider Bar. Here you’ll be transported back to summer with a fresh helping of AstroTurf, deckchairs and gas heaters. Serving up a range of Australian and NZ craft ciders and a handful of international ciders, you’ll soon be on your way to forgetting your public transport woes.

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Where’s your favourite AstroTurf haunt?