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February 5, 2011

Cookie, Melbourne

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Cookie’s great. I love the low key vibe when you’re walking down the street, unaware that people up a flight of stairs are happily munching away on great food and delicious cocktails. And I love taking people to this place when we visit; with their first reaction as they enter the dark dirty stairwell, “where on earth are you taking us Jenny?!”

There’s plenty of different dishes to tempt anyone’s taste buds. And if there isn’t a table at the restaurant, the bar is right across the room with the same food and drinks menu, just bar service.

Chicken & lemongrass salad with banana blossom

Pad thai

Raving about the coconut rice again because it is amazing, and as simple as it sounds, it works well with a flavoursome dish like the chicken and lemongrass salad; shredded pieces of sweet and tangy marinated chicken with thinly sliced banana blossom, a common vegetable in Asian cooking. On the plainer side, we devour a chicken and prawn pad thai, simple yet surprisingly really good. The noodles are tossed and left with a little wok char to make it a little crispy yet still soft.

And don’t forget upstairs at the rooftop bar for faux grass, deck chairs and a beer!

Level 1, 252 Swanston St

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February 5, 2011

+39 Pizzeria & Degustation, Melbourne

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Vegetarian piadina

As I got lost amongst the twists and turns of Melbourne’s alleyways, my growling tummy stopped me from venturing further and just opt to settle down at this little Italian pizzeria cafe. I take a seat on a faux balcony overlooking the alleyway, served by kind service and a thick Italian accent. I order a piadina, a Italian styled pressed sandwich made with thin flat bread filled with rocket, cheese, mushrooms and plenty of colourful bell peppers. Warm and stretchy cheese. Delicious and light.

+39 Pizzeria & Degustation
362 Little Bourke St

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February 5, 2011

Melbourne Summer 2011

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The coolest place, both metaphorically and literally on a 40 degree day is the hotel rooftop pool. It seems as though the heatwave has followed with me wherever I go; from Adelaide, back to Sydney, to Melbourne and now back home. But I have to say, I’m glad to be back home, for a good solid while. Spent most of my time working and when I did have a few hours off, I got rather (or terribly) lost in the alleyways and never found that lunch place I wanted to visit… sigh, maybe next time.