All posts tagged: things to do

24hours in NYC: Food itinerary

24 hours in New York what’s your plan? I’m not talking a trip up the Top of the Rock, I’m talking about where are you going to eat? It is my firm belief that all great plans begin, feature and end with a great meal, so if this sounds like your kind of itinerary then I think we are going to get along just fine. I’m thinking: 1 city – 24 hours – 3 meals = 3 amazing restaurants to visit? Let’s cut straight to the chase, there’s food involved and we never mess around with restaurants. These three are my favorite places I have visited in the last two weeks so I promise you they will not disappoint. Just prepare yourself for a busy day and make sure you’re wearing baggy trousers (think Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants) and don’t worry if you feel guilty after I have just the solution: you can work it off the next day at a Trapeze class? I have literally thought of everything. Now get to …

Trapeze School in New York

My biggest challenge in the morning is how quickly I can get coffee, it does not normally include being strapped into a harness and swinging through the air in Manhattan, but after a morning at Trapeze School New York safe to say I’ve been starting the day completely wrong. This has to be one of the funnest mornings I have had in a long time, now all I need is someone to appreciate my Sex and the City reference because yesterday that bombed almost as quickly as I slipped off the trapeze. Please tell me someone’s seen the episode where Carrie tries this? Anyone? I mean seriously just look at these photographs, how random is this? I challenge you to find a more unique activity in Manhattan. And what’s better, literally anyone can have a go, you could be the least flexible person around and just swing back and forth a few times, it’s about enjoying the experience and just having fun. There’s no pressure and you’ll feel right at ease with the lovely staff, which always helps when I propel myself face first into the safety net. And …

Lately (In July & August)

What’s that saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’? Couldn’t agree more especially when they come courtesy of Jonny, he got embarrased when he saw I wrote this but I don’t care, the guys really good. So if you’re sat here with a cuppa watching endless youtube videos then hit pause and check out some of his latest work on his personal website ‘None-Other’ here. Here’s a little look at some of his recent photographs… But wait, just before you go and do that here’s a little recap on some of the stuff we have been up to since we got back from Indonesia if you’re interested, and yeah so most of it’s food related but since that’s pretty much what we do with the majority of our time then what can you do. Do you recognise any of these places in Melbourne? 

Day trips from Kuta, Lombok.

It’s always hard when you arrive somewhere new to know where’s worth dedicating a valuable day too but I think these places definitely count as ones to add to the Lombok (Kuta area) activity list. – Mawi Beach Mawi is a gorgeous beach to visit, a 40 minute scooter ride from Kuta and worth remembering for a day trip. The journey itself is definitely half the package, the road to get to the beach winds in and out of the hills and is some of the beautifulest scenery we have seen so far. Hop on your scooter and slowly make your way there for a chilled afternoon at the beach. What used to be a little insider secret is definitely slowly reaching the ears of tourism, the 10,000IRP entrance fee reminds you of that, but I guarantee you are still looking at plenty of privacy. We were among maybe 20 others if that and no one came to hassle us to buy a coconut or for a picture once. Just Jonny pestering for more sun cream on his …

Económico & Exuberante

There is nothing more fun than finding a new bar to enjoy on a Friday night. That is until it starts creeping into winter which is what’s currently happening in Melbourne. As soon as it hits 5pm and gets dark then I have a strong desire to crawl into bed until morning. Anyone else? So if I have to brave the arctic temperatures and the pitch black then it’s got to be for something worth it. Thankfully we found two little places that are worth removing the slipper socks for… First up Bar Economico. Theres only two things we need to say about this is, it’s a rum bar and happy hour is between 6 and 7pm. Job done. I mean what else do you really need to know, except how quickly they can get you a $9 Mojito? This is a cool little bar, reminded me of an old caribbean shack where I’d expect to see old men sat on crates playing dominoes and drinking moonshine style bottles of dark rum. Cliché? Yeh maybe. My favourite part …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Gin Pop-Up Bar in Prison

There’s not much that can beat a good Gin. No, really there’s not much at all, big Gin fans over here. So when we saw a special Gin pop-up bar this weekend I was already half way through booking the tickets, then we saw it was in the old Melbourne Prison and could there be a better Friday night plan? See the only thing I like more than Gin is a ‘unique’ experience. Strangely in the last week we have been looking into doing a prison tour to be more ‘cultured’ and explore more of Melbourne, beautiful coincidence don’t you think? It was such a great evening and so different from your average Friday drink in a bar, for starters you walk into a prison…that’s special enough on it’s own. The building itself is so imposing and eery as it gets darker. Pick up a G&T and then you’re free to wander around, up the two stories and in and out of various cells listening to the live jazz band playing away on the first floor ‘scaffolding’. Certain cells had special displays with different …

A night at Queen Victoria Markets

You could say we are a bit behind the times on getting excited about this one considering that there’s only two Queen Victoria Night Markets left until they’re finished for the season, but the way we see it is there’s even more reason to kick up a big fuss now, because you really want to go to these last two nights. I mean they’re good. Real good. We have been pretty rubbish with making the effort to get here, I’d like to say it’s just so far to get to from where we live, its not, it couldn’t be easier unless we lived behind one of the food trucks or that we both have been so busy it’s hard to find the time, again probably a dramatic exaggeration of the truth, we are probably usually found tucked up in bed watching Game of Thrones. So it is long long overdue that we came and checked these out, living through everyone else going here and loving it just isn’t quite the same as going yourself. And lets think …