Having a Swinging Time with Pizza & Jazz in Our Sunday Clothes! @ Sunday, July 02, 2017
Monday 5th June
Every so often my heart adds an extra beat. Just like how I add an extra step in my dance. Most likely stress says the dr.
It must have been decades since I last forgot my umbrella and my hair was ruined. Perhaps this is why water proof makeup exists. That or photo shoots in the pool.
A couple days later I would forget my umbrella on the train, my favourite watermelon umbrella, never to be seen again. To loose something of mine that I'm attached to is to loose part of myself.
Some day my prince will come. But I'll be asleep. I think I have narcolepsy. I have the ability to crash anyway anytime. I don't even need to sit down, I could be doing the waltz one minute and down the next. I crash while I'm having a good time, so it's not an escape from boredom. I crash at concerts I love and within 15mins of arriving for work. At work it's not only once, but multiple times. A few minutes at a time.
Jazz at the Recital Salon. Followed by dinner at Bangpop, it was an early night at the bar.
Pad Thai $10 & Milk Tea $5. I know you can't see the noodles but this dish was deep and delicious! There was lot of noodles, but we did it! We finished it! The milk tea was perfect, the secret being a sugar syrup.
It has been a while since we went out for dinner it seems! Ok maybe only last week, though that was a decision made on the night as the night was young and it was too early to go home.
Tonight we were delighted to attend Vapiano's Winter Warmers Tasting Night, not as a blogger by the way, we rarely ever get invited to blog events, and we know why, it's something that is not very nice to point out why. High school never ends, though for me it never mattered back then.
The highlights? Well I always have loved pasta, though tonight it was the tomato soup and Nutella pizza.
Five minutes till the train leaves? There's always time for a song!
Why Sunday? Traditionally it's the only day you close shop. Why? To go to church.
Bright, bold and easy to follow we loved it! 1890 is my year (well era), well one of them and we loved the fabulous costumes! From everyday bustles and full covered dresses with pantaloons and petticoats to Dolly's mermaid tailed sequin number! Though my favourite dress would be her heavily embroidered purple dress with that hat and all the feathers!
My biggest regret? Not wearing the red dress or something to suit the occasion! But it was cold outside... if you dress like that you need to drive/uber there and back, and not stop anywhere in between.
I wished we did this musical at school along with the music man and hairspray. Things we never did.
We traveled an hour and half up north to see 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)'. Yes it was funny but way too long! The entire second act is the performance of Hamlet - but not a good serious one, funny but slow. At the end it is done in minutes, as fast as they ran through the plays in the first half. Disappointingly they also missed the hand washing scene from Macbeth.
There was popcorn and fairy bread! It was good but not worth more than $10 a ticket, and only recommended if you have an afternoon to kill.
The real reason we were in town was for the op shops, and cake! Beware there's a lot of vintage/opshop looking shops that aren't. At Savers I bought Julie Godwin's Family Table book which I have actually used once, and hope so to do again. These days we buy more reference books than read-once fiction.
Down to the Green Refectory we had three slices of cake, including one of my two true loves, the pavlova! Three was overkill, so next time we'll get one slice to share.
Over to Hot Potatoes, a huge asian homeware & co shop. These places the best for things that require no quality e.g. pop sticks and other craft supplies as well as glassware and kitchen stuff. I bought some tulips, this is my go to place for cheap fake flowers.
Back to the city we parted ways and we attended the annual Swing City dance, a couple dances but mainly enjoying the band and feeling an emptiness where he should be.
Saturday night at town hall, a swing dance event. There is a slight fear as the last one was possibly the single worst event I've ever been to. Fortunately it was a different organization, but scary because they were both swing dance parties. Though the other promised things, this one did no such thing and so expectations aren't to fall short. There's a cash bar but there's no food. I'd love to attend a catered one, one where drinks and canapes are include.
Arriving a little after 6.30 there were a few seats left scattered around the round tables. Intimidating as it means you have to talk to others and those who come as a group have the advantage. Being single at events is a disadvantage, being single at a cafe during peaks will also get you a seat at the singles bar, though can make it go faster.
Dinner at Oppa, We've had bubogi, fried chicken x2, now a curry and next time udon.
Grilled chicken breast with curry and rice $13. The curry was a bit salty though pretty satisfying, though the chicken was a bit dry. I'd might try this again.
I don't actually recall the clock striking midnight but at midnight the magic of the 1940s faded away as the house lights turned on and the janitor started sweeping. Out on the streets it smelt like trash and junk food, the modern city *sigh*. Well at least we're not at risk being under attack due to war, though security is high in the city we've noticed as we traveled this past week.
A tradition we have is to stop for crepes whenever going to an event at Town Hall,
the lemon and sugar is a classic without being sticky. One of my favourites!
Good Food & Wine Show - Melbourne 2017 @ Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday 2nd June
The annual good food and wine show. This year like the past couple there are no free workshops that don't involve alcohol. As someone who doesn't drink that kinda sucks... Expectations were low this year.
The highlight of the show was Colgate's Sensitive Wonderland, where you get to try their toothpaste (and take a tub home). You then get to try all these canapes of hot and cold foods. Does it work? Yes. We got in early so didn't have to wait that long, but I heard others waited for an hour.
Sugar coated apples! Oh how could we resist? This would be thee perfect wedding favour for us too. Though I'm not sure what's with the Micky Mouse gloves??
Miss Molly Bakes. $2 mini cupcakes! Perfect pricing! We had the choc top. Buy 5 for $10 and get one free, tempting but not today. I recall a time when mini cupcakes were $2, these days they lean towards $3.
Oregano Scrolls - Yum! We've had these before. If you wait till the end of the day you can get 3-4 for $10. At $6 each I'd just get one though. The filled ones are the best.
A highlight of the show according to the guide, and yet there was no one there?
Every show has that one show that doesn't quite fit in. My favorite is still a loan place at a wedding expo. Though today at the food show it's the terrarium stall.
The chill out zone, other than the food truck park at the back.
One of the stalls we were looking forwards to checking out was Heilala Vanilla. $25 for the jar & bottle liquid. Often there will be show specials, on pricing. But not always, know how much things are worth before going if you know there are certain things you're after.
Wine ice cream/froyo was a hit! It was paired with a VR experience, all the rage these days. There were two flavours, one was more boozy and had the burn. I didn't like that one. Why is wine ice cream special? It's hard to freeze I'm told.
There's always a tomato stand!
Macaron De Paris - The worst (well top two) macarons I've had, I have no idea how they're still in business. Sure it's huge, but it just crumbles like old plaster.
Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to check out the cheese alley as I felt really sick.
The Friday and the first day of the show always coincides with National Donut Day,
so we always stop by Krispy Kreme after/before the show. The best donut ever!
All the things we bought, and a few samples. Oh and free wine.
Excited to use these in my basic sponges/cupcakes!
Chris's does not only dips, but also desserts! Known for their reusable terracotta thingys that the dip/desserts come in. If you buy four-ish? You also get a cooler bag, yay! Scroll up three pictures if you want to see it. It's the perfect size for lunch.
The true highlight of the show for us was this apple. Sure it was $9-12 but it was a caramel glitter coated apple, the tartness of a Granny Smith was perfect with the sweetness of the caramel! It's also the perfect wedding favour as a sugar addict marries a teacher, our original wedding favour was going to be a red apple with a customized sticker but this is perfect!
Idea - Someone needs to sell instant stain remover, in a spray and pen like marker size.
Overall the show was just ok, sure I'd recommend it if you're in it for the wine. But otherwise no, there aren't many samples or free workshops (unless you drink). Unless you have nothing, absolutely nothing to do and free tickets, then perhaps go.
It used to be better. Also Sovereign Hill didn't have a stall this year. No raspberry drops.
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