39. Find somewhere that sells amazing breakfasts

25 06 2012
Green Refectory, Sydney Road, Brunswick

YUM.

It’d be fair to say I’ve eaten my fair share of amazing breakfasts in Melbourne. Back in my first week I had strawberry crepes in Degraves Street. Annamiek showed me the wonders of Arcadia on Gertrude Street on a day when my stomach was refusing to cooperate despite the incredible lemon ricotta hotcakes before me. And then there’s the homemade crumpets with marscapone and honey from Di Bella Roasting Warehouse in North Melbourne that have filled my tummy numerous times.

Melbourne is THE best city in the world for breakfast.

Actually, as it’s my last week here I’m going to be all sentimental and simply say Melbourne is the best city in the world. It’s my best city in the world.

And these past ten days since handing in my final uni assignments have made me realise how much I’m going to miss it.

I’ve been living like a complete tourist: Taking walks in the Botanical Gardens, going to the Immigration Museum (highly recommended) and tomorrow we’re navigating our way across the Dandenong Ranges by public transport. I’ve also been eating as though I’m on holiday. This has meant many trips to cafes. And in the past ten days, I’ve been to Green Refectory on Sydney Road, Brunswick twice. Once for lunch last week and then today I went there again. This time, for breakfast.

Wow.

I had the pancakes with caramel and banana ($7.95) and it was delicious. It was sweet – but not sickly – and the caramel and banana combo was always going to be a winner. I also had a large fresh fruit juice. I can’t remember how much a large was, but a small is $3.70. In a small you can pick up to three fruits to be juiced together, and up to five in a large. On both trips I’ve opted for apple, pineapple and mango nectar and have not been disappointed.

Sydney Road, Brunswick

Totally unposed picture.

Lucy decided to go for savoury and was narrowly defeated by her huge Breakfast Stack ($10) comprising of a poached egg, tomato, spinach, haloumi, bacon, hash brown (and possibly other bits I’ve forgotten). She also opted for a small orange juice and a flat white; both of which she seemed to enjoy.

So have I found somewhere that sells amazing breakfasts? Most definitely. But more impressively, I’ve found an entire city that does too.

Has anyone got any other Melbourne breakfastories (may have made that word up) they’d like to recommend?

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5. Find somewhere to live

14 02 2012

Today I moved into a house.

It was the first house I saw in Melbourne. Actually, it was the only house I saw in Melbourne.

But I went for it. And now, five days after arriving in the city, I have found myself a home in Brunswick West.

It’s big, new and all together rather lovely. It’s a 15 minute tram ride from Uni, but the route goes past the zoo and through some parks so it’s all rather lovely. Especially on a sunny day such as today.

I celebrated moving in by having a solo housewarming evening sat on the sofa watching My Kitchen Rules (totally rivalling The Great British Bake Off for my all time favourite cookery show) and eating a bowl of pasta. Living across the globe is still yet to change my crazy party lifestyle.

So yeah, if anyone wants my address to stalk my adventure on Google Maps… let me know and I’ll send you it privately.





4. Search for somewhere to live

16 01 2012

With just over two weeks until I fly to Australia, I am currently checking the Melbourne Gumtree page for houseshare/flatshare more often than I am checking my Facebook. If you know me, you’ll know that’s quite something. Unfortunately my search has, this far, been fruitless so I’m considering posting my own advert – highlighting my ability to be the dream (or at least an acceptable) housemate. I’m thinking something along the lines of the below. I want to sound personable – without crossing the line into downright creepy – and I’m very aware that my unique form of sarcasm doesn’t always translate well online. Let me know what edits you would make. Oh, and if you have a room that you think would house me for five months then please get in touch here.

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Hi,

I’m a 19 year old British student looking for fully-furnished accommodation around the Carlton/Brunswick/North Melbourne area.

I’ll be arriving in Melbourne around Feb 10th and will be hoping to secure some viewings/interviews as soon as possible with the hope of moving in immediately. I’ll be sticking around until the end of June so I can guarantee around five months rent.

I’m open to living with students or young professionals and would prefer it if you didn’t smoke.

As for me, I’m a non-smoker who doesn’t really drink (but don’t let that put you off). I’d much rather spend an evening catching some live music at a gig or going out for dinner than a night out clubbing.

I consider myself to be mature, sociable and polite (then again, it seems everyone does on Gumtree) but I promise I actually am. I can cook and clean – the former is more of my speciality – and my love of baking has gone down favourably with previous housemates.

I’m currently living in a sharehouse in the UK so am very happy splitting bills and am used to communal living.

I’ll be studying a mix of Linguistics and Australian Studies at the University of Melbourne and fully intend to get a part time job soon after moving in. I love travelling and writing so might have the occasional weekend away.

If you’ve got a room going and think it might suit me please contact me on…

Thanks,

Catherine