What do you call more than one Kiwi. I googled what a group of Kiwis would be called and learned that there is no official term for more than one Kiwi -so a flock it is.
Last weekend we were inundated with a bunch of Kiwi friends for a visit over Waitangi weekend. There are a few of us living here in Melbourne that went to Uni together in Auckland – three to be exact. We did a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) together and graduated in 2010. As a class we were a pretty tight bunch and have kept in touch since. Late last year one of the girls (Water Ski Chick) from our class separated from her husband so Fijian Barbie (FB) had the great idea that we should get her over to Melbourne for a visit. Water Ski chick jumped at the chance along with Lawyer Girl and Gadget Boy (the only couple from our cohort). Gadget Boy is over here quite often for work so was able to tie in a work visit which provided accommodation and a car for him, Lawyer Girl and their little one.
I had a planning meeting with my Melbourne colleagues (Fijian Barbie and Sport Mad Chick) deciding on how best to entertain our Kiwi mates. I’m not a huge fan of my current work project so jumped at the chance to have a day or two off work We decided that we would have a big night out on the town (Thursday was chosen) and that we would have dinner Wednesday at our place, drinks on Friday at Fijian Barbie’s place and Saturday we would venture out of the city to sample the delights of the Yarra Valley. The two visiting girls had indicated that they would like to hit the Melbourne shops which I took to be a fab use of my two days off work as I am still rebuilding my wardrobe after my weight loss.
Day one was fairly average as it was a school night for us and they had all been up since the crack of dawn. Day two was a brilliant day of shopping and fun, followed by a fabulous dinner at Burma Lane. We’d been there before with another group of Kiwi friends and were really impressed with the service and food. Both times I think the standout dish has been the Potato cake filled with spicy slow roasted lamb belly, cabbage salad & minty yoghurt. They dealt with a group really well and catered to a couple of allergies in our group with their exceptional service. I think Burma Lane is my current fave restaurant in Melbourne when dining with a group.
Day three was a visit to South Melbourne market where we were able to score some new designer gear and my first ever size 14 dress (I’d never been below an 18 before starting 12wbt). Their visit coincided with the second Melbourne heatwave and on the way back to their Hotel my pals decided that they needed to indulge in a pub crawl along Southbank to combat the heat. This involved drinking pints of cider for me and pints of beer for them.
Day four we had planned to make more child friendly and had decided that we would venture out to Yarra Valley. Healesville Sanctuary was our first stop – get in before the heat of the day. The last time I visited the Sanctuary was around 20 years ago, we had a fab time. Lunch was a great pick by Sport Mad Chick – Innocent Bystander. Absolutely loved their Moscato Granita. OH and I shared a delicious pizza and fries drizzled in Parmesean and Truffle Oil – yum. Although, I did have a bit of food envy when Gadget Boy ordered the Beef Short Rib. Gadget Boy and OH both purchased new T-shirts. The boys ones are way cooler than the girls were.
After lunch the adult festivities commenced, we started with a visit to De Bortoli on the recommendation of a fellow customer at Innocent Bystander who informed us they had delicious cheese as well as wine. The staff at De Bortoli guided us through a tasting to go with our shared cheese platter. Purchases were made – OH and I both agreed on a couple of the Bubblies and a Riesling. Domaine Chandon was next on the list but we had spent such a long time at De Bortoli that we missed the tasting but the staff there hooked us up with a bottle to share on the terrace. We finished our afternoon off at Yering Station enjoying a lovely tasting and more purchases – I think OH chose an Off Dry Riesling on the suggestion of Gadget Boy.
The weekend was finished off by breakfast the next morning at Proud Mary‘s. Another fave for OH and I. Unfortunately, two of our groups orders got completely forgotten including the coffee, partly because we all arrived in dribs and drabs and didn’t wait for the rest to turn up and the waitress got a bit confused with who had had what. The waitress was very apologetic and neither of them had to pay which was appreciated.