Cheeky Chinos

EricaL

I stumbled upon Cheeky Chinos by luck.  As my young family meandered through Chadstone Shopping Centre on Mother's Day we questioned why we couldn't find a children's play area.  Chadstone Shopping Centre, is, afterall, the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere, surely there must be small indoor playground for the little ones to stretch their legs?  Google on my andr ...

Industry Beans

Vi

Industry Beans differs from the ‘average’ Melbournian cafe in that it neither is just a cafe, or just a warehouse, but it is a proud hybrid and the decor makes it work. On arrival one can immediately see the shaded outdoor seating area with tables for small groups. The area is defined by its ebony frame, minimalism that contrasts with the juxtaposing tones of its surrounds. Meanwhile communal ...

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Melbourne Sights

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk If you were wondering what all the excitement is about in the City of Melbourne regarding Jean Paul Gaultier here is a sneak peak to answer your questions.The National Gallery of Victoria are currently running his first international exhibition which features more than 140 beautiful garments plus there are some photograp ...

Melbourne Street Art Tours

EricaL

City based Hosier Lane, opposite Federation Square is one of the most visited laneways in the city, attracting tourists, school groups, photographers, documentary makers and music video directors to its rapidly changing street art coating the area. Nevertheless, Hosier Lane merely scratches the surface of Melbourne's street art movement, as the city boasts some of the largest, most prolific street ...

Fort Nepean

monsadventure

Previously, I wrote about a nice trip and bike ride at Point Nepean National Park. This was more about the journey to the very tip of Mornington Peninsula, whereas now I will tell you about what else is waiting for you at the end! Last time, we didn't have the same enthusiasm to explore the end as we were more excited to reach the end and admire the scenery, then ride back. This time, we took a sh ...

Chain of Fools

EricaL

Chain of Fools, a quaint little cafe on Beach Road in Mentone opened just three months ago, and is already attracting a wide range of patrons. Admittedly, the reason my family and I ventured into Bayside's newest eatery, happened to be because of the images I'd seen online of its magnificent Bollywood-esque wall murals, decorated by Spanish-born airbrush artist 'Txiki'; and they are rather fabulou ...

Docklands Winter Fireworks

EricaL

Dark, brisk winter nights may not inspire you to leave your warm couch of an evening, but if you like the idea of free family friendly entertainment, rug up and head down to the Piazza at Docklands. Held every Friday in July and August, Docklands Winter Fireworks will brighten your dark nights illuminating the skies with a ten minute display of colourful choreographed explosions over the city skyl ...

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

EricaL

  In a world exclusive, Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, a visual journey from sketch to screen. This is ACMI's largest ever exhibition and DreamWorks'  first, featuring over 400 items seen in much loved movie animations including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Prince of Egypt, The Croods and Mr ...

Southgate Moveable Feasts

Billy knows best

Melbourne’s winter dining adventure is back for another season, following a well-received launch last year. Southgate Moveable Feasts offers three courses at three riverside restaurants on Sundays and Mondays from 14 June – 3 August. The program of Sunday lunches and Monday dinners will take food lovers on a meandering journey experiencing each course ...

Spiegelworld Returns to the Crown Rooftop in 2015 with ABSINTHE

EricaL

After the success of last year's EMPIRE tour, Spiegelworld returns with its newest show ABSINTHE, opening in Melbourne on March 21, 2015.  Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabaret shows performed in late 19th century Europe, prepare to be dazzled by the amorous Spiegel crew as they are once more let loose on the Crown Rooftop. ABSINTHE introduces a new group of mischievous yet talented ...

Ice Hockey - Canada vs USA

monsadventure

Traditionally a big sport in America, ice hockey is coming on tour to Australia, full of excitement and hype. And why not? After all, they're bringing the best teams with the biggest rivalry, USA and Canada, to showcase one of the most popular sports and provide the full experience. There will even be American commentators, jumbo screens, sound and lighting effects, entertainment and more. Image c ...

Kamel

Vi

Among the myriad of restaurants along Victoria Avenue, Kamel is a cosy restaurant serving quality Middle Eastern and North African inspired dishes. Even for a Thursday night the two rooms are abuzz with a refined crowd engaged in happy chatter over a candlelit dinner. With a table of 8, it is good that we have booked beforehand. Dim lighting creates an intimate ambience. We are seated in the back ...

CATS returns to Melbourne

EricaL

Theatre goers will be delighted to hear Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking musical CATS will return to Melbourne this December for a strictly limited season.The hit stage show prowls back to Australia after a triumphant revival season performed at the London Palladium in Britain's theatre capital.  CATS will open in Sydney this October, moving onto Hobart then Melbourne in December, and ...

Christmas to do list 2014

Melbourne Sights

I love the City of Melbourne especially during the Christmas season! You can't help but smile and get into the festive spirit once all the lights and decorations are up. There is so much to do and it’s a night full of fun for the family and close friends.  I have had a lot of people ask me where to go in the city during the Christmas season so I thought I would share with you all my fa ...

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Exhibitions at Southgate

EricaL

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is fast approaching, where some of the city's established and emerging designers get to show off their latest collections to influential fashion bloggers and style lovers alike. Melbourne's landmark dining and shopping destination Southgate is earmarked to celebrate in the fashion festivities with FREE exhibitions and displays of innovative emerging designers and the ...

Every Office is a Circus!

Billy knows best

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! Join Ringmaster Scott Hollingsworth as he cracks the (literal) whip and shows that every office is indeed a circus! Described as Horrible Bosses meets The Office and drawn from Scott’s real life corporate ‘day jobs’, this comedy cabaret explores everything from job interviews to unfair dismissal. Featuring classic pop and Broadway songs from the likes of Britney ...

Laneway Learning

EricaL

If you are the type of person that likes to expand your knowledge and skill set, yet balks at the idea of enrolling onto a fully fledged course in a formal class setting, you might like to try out city based Laneway Learning instead. Laneway Learning Attending a Laneway Learning class will undoubtedly be like no other you would have been to before.  Classes start from just $12 (some hands-on c ...

Fukuryu Ramen

Vi

Fukuryu Ramen is the latest hotspot to be slurping up bowls of mouth-watering noodle and broth in Melbourne. Despite opening three weeks ago, patrons, streaming in for a taste, stream out with positive reviews, singing praises of their experience. Located in Chinatown, one can be forgiven for having doubtful thoughts as they descend down the laneway and up the concrete stairwell, looking almost li ...

Dine Out in Degraves Street

Jo Ferguson

Degraves Street is a narrow cobblestone laneway running between flinders Street and Flinders Lane, opposite Flinders Street Station in Melbourne CBD. The first thing you notice is the abundance of cafes, restaurants and tiny hole in the wall eateries lining either side of the road. Being one of the most frequented laneways for lunch or dinner, Degraves St is always teeming with people. Numerous hi ...

BOUNCEinc Trampoline Park

EricaL

Get ready to bounce into Melbourne's latest craze - literally, with BOUNCEinc's two trampoline parks open to the public in Glen Iris and Blackburn North.  Both trampoline parks are relatively new on the scene, although you'd never know it considering the amount of bouncers that spring through the venue each week.  BOUNCEinc trampoline parks feature a free jumping area, a dodge ball area, high p ...