I am not sure how many notice my current absence from Tumblr or social media in general but I’m on an extended vacation in Melbourne and it’s been amazing.
Today is Day 23.
The past 23 days have been a blast even though I’ve spent quite many days cooped up at home while The Girlfriend and her housemates study for their exams.
The holiday started with a weekend getaway at Mornington. Beautiful house by a lake with a gorgeous view. It had a gas grill, a fireplace, a scrumptious breakfast basket and champagne.
We visited gardens, hedge mazes, a glass studio and a wildlife sanctuary. And we got ourselves unknowingly in the Mornington annual festival with lots of food and wine. We fed ourselves with copious amounts of food over the weekend and we got to feed wallabies too.
Then it was a week of running around the city, catching up on sleep and some factory outlet shopping. Checked out craft markets! Managed to catch the bi-annual Finders Keepers Market and the Rose Street Market. Bought the Girlfriend a bowtie and I got myelf a swanky tweed vest. The Melbourne Wood-Working Show was totally underwhelming though. I thought there would be more design stuff but it was mostly traditional design.
Then I spent my birthday here! Frankenweenie at the Beanbag Cinema, shopped, played with puppies and had the most amazing steak at Rare. And… The Girlfriend bought me a blank Paws! from Coarse Toys which I have been totally eyeing for yearsss. Totally AWESOME.
I have also rolled up and sleeves and cooked up a storm throughout my trip. Culinary Therapy. I made cheese fondue and steak for the housemates. Had tacos. Steak, lots of steak. Soups. So much food that we’re kinda spending the rest of this week finishing left-overs. I was meant to leave on the 7th so I made batches of soups and meat sauces for The Girlfriend to heat up. In the end, I managed to convince the parentals to let me stay for longer hence the never-ending supply of leftovers. Time for the nom-a-thon.
In terms of food adventures, The Girlfriend brought me out for mind-blowing sushi omakase. A medley of raw and lightly torched fish. Melt in the mouth teriyaki wagyu beef. The highlight of that night was the creamiest, sweetest Uni (sea urchin) that was pretty much like ice cream. Oh so delicious. And we had a lot of seafood and did I mention, ALOT OF STEAK. Oh and I finally got to eat at Pancake Palour! There is just something so comforting about fluffy pancakes drowned in maple syrup with a side of bacon and eggs. Maybe it is the excitement of having breakfast for lunch or even dinner. Well I am definitely going back for more!
To summarise, the trip has been about having a lot of seafood, steak, ice cream, craft markets, shopping, cuddles, inspiration, self-discovery, some personal projects, more cuddles and lots of love from The Girlfriend.
The Girlfriend is the most amaaazing and awesome-est person on Earth. I love her to bits.
I am going to start posting some of the photos up.. mostly from my iPhone. Suddenly, I wonder why I bothered bringing my Olympus Pen out at all.
Anyhow.. gonna be here for another 17 days.. I will try to post a little more even if it is just photos. Would probably elaborate on my trip so far along with the photos too.