Who doesn’t love a Parma and a Pot (glass of beer) or a Burger and Wine deal? I’m not sure if these are available outside of Australia but here they are on most pub and ‘modern Australian’ menus. Last night my friend and I went to a restaurant called Switch at Fountain Gate shopping centre and chose our wine and burger for the second week in a row. Normally we have a policy of not going to the same restaurant too many times because there are so many to choose from.
I don’t really eat burgers but both weeks I chose the Pulled Pork burger. It was delicious but I’ve had my fill of burgers for a while.
After dinner we went to the Village Cinema to watch Ladies in Black, a lovely Australian movie directed by Bruce Beresford with a great Australian cast.
I live about 30 minutes drive from Melbourne so I have never felt the need to stay in the CBD or surrounds before. If I go to a restaurant or event in the city I normally just drive home because it’s not far. However when friends of mine decided to come to Melbourne for the weekend I didn’t hesitate to say I would stay there as well.
I suggested we stay at the Travelodge Southbank which is just south of Melbourne’s CBD and right in the heart of the restaurant belt of Southgate and Crown Casino which is my favourite part of Melbourne.
The rooms themselves are small, but very fresh and comfortable. Prices are very reasonable considering their location a few hundred metres from Crown Casino, Southgate, Federation Square and Flinders St Station. From my room on the 9th floor I could see a glimpse of Flinders St Station through the gap between the Langham Hotel and Mobil building.
I have recently become a Your Inspiration at Home consultant. We sell lots of different herb and spice mixes, dip mixes, olive oils and vinegars to name a few things. If you would like to have a look at the online YIAH catalogue feel free to do so.
In this recipe I have used our Herb and Garlic mix and Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar. Using different coloured vegies means you get plenty of different vitamins and minerals. To make it I just chopped up the vegies, placed them in the roasting pan then sprinkled the products over the top. I saw the idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect way of using up some vegies that were in the fridge and having a healthy meal. I popped them into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 35-40 mins (depending on your oven).
Last Friday my Mum and I went into Melbourne to watch the A-League semi-final between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. We went in early so we could have dinner. Federation Square (aka Fed Square) is one of the great meeting places in Melbourne despite being very controversial in design.
Feddish overlooks the Riverwalk and the Yarra River. It would be lovely to sit outside in Summer. We sat outside because it wasn’t very cold. It is quite protected from breezes on that level and they have heaters on nearby.
We arrived in time for Happy Hour with house wine only $6 per glass and quickly chose two meals from the Sharing section of the menu. One of my favourite dishes is Salt and Pepper Calamari with Lemon Aioli so we chose that and also Traditional Arancinni. Both dishes were very light and delicious. I can’t wait to go back there for a full meal.