Apologies in advance, this might be long winded – I’m new to this.
When OH and I moved to Melbourne just over a year ago we decided that we would embrace the Melbourne lifestyle, food, wine, coffee (OH, not me – I strangely have a mild allergy), theatre, comedy, and maybe even sport (Melbourne cup, Footy – once, Ice Hockey and maybe even the Tennis).
We had been living in a small town in NZ – I had been lured away from Auckland by the offer of what seemed a good job with a promising career path. I’m originally from Auckland and OH is from Christchurch – but don’t worry he’s lived over half his life out of Christchurch and can be considered a fully fledged, card carrying JAFA. It turned out that it was a good job but the career path not so good! The business was sold and I ended up out of a job after not quite three years. Our software provider asked if I’d like to go and look after his clients in Melbourne. We packed up, sold up the excess and moved.
We never really liked living where we were. It is a beautiful part of the country but not suited to our lifestyle aspirations. KFC is the most popular restaurant in town – yes, it is considered a restaurant. Not counting places like KFC and Macca’s there were around seven restaurants in town, all quite expensive, all with dubious offerings and most definitely some weird combinations. We would often go out and order a dish that in concept sounded good but then the restaurant for some unknown reason would add a weird little twist – perhaps to make it exotic. An example of this was the famous Hash Brown tower – homemade hash cake, bacon, mushroom and poached egg. Sounds delicious! But no, the chef had decided that the mushrooms on this dish would best complement the other ingredients by being heavily spiced with cumin and curry powder. They were in a gritty, nuclear green coloured sauce – Manu (MKR reference) would have wished they didn’t add the sauce! That was when we decided that the Weird Food Fairy must live in the town.
Being deprived of good restaurants and now living in a city full of them, I suggested to OH that we try and spend our first year in Melbourne trying out restaurants, keeping track and rating them but not going back. We have a bad habit of sticking to places we like. OH thought this was a good idea, but we never really got around to it and kept visiting what had become our faves. This year is a different story. We have made a list of places we want to visit, put them in a jar and we are drawing out a new one each month. That gives us the option of trying a new place each month but also the ability to go back to faves.
That’s where this blog comes in, predominantly it will be a place for me to express my opinions and occasionally OH’s on where we have been and what we have done. This won’t be limited to eating out but will also include my #12wbt exploits – oh yes, I am a Michelle Bridges #12wbt disciple. If I wasn’t I would easily be over 30kgs heavier than I am now. Last year I lost over 20kgs and I would like to do it again this year. That would see me at my goal weight. My latest 12wbt exploits is running, well, ok, shuffling. OH and I currently do the Albert Parkrun on Saturday mornings with another #12wbt disciple.
I told you it would be long, enough for now.