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WIAW Eating Out in Australia

4 Sep

Eating out in Melbourne and the surrounding area is pretty pricey. That’s why I always try to make sure the few times I do eat out are absolutely fabulous and so far they have been!

The first real meal I ate out obviously took place at the greatest restaurant in the Melbourne Area…The Vegie Bar. Before coming to Australia I had heard raving reviews about this place so I knew I needed to get there ASAP. A low-key friday night this past weekend was the perfect opportunity.

After looking at the menu for days.

I still couldn’t decide what to order first.

Everything looks amazing.

I couldn’t even decide what to order to drink.


Ginger Beer?


Fresh Juice?

I finally choose a fresh juice because I haven’t had a fresh juice in a while and was craving one. I went with the Super Juice which was combination of freshly squeezed spinach, beetroot, carrot, and cucumber! I was definitely impressed.


After that tough decision, I looked over the menu another 100 or more times going back and forth between options.


Tempeh Burger?

Soba Noodle Salad?

Raw Tacos?

Raw Living Stack?

It was a touch choice.

But I finally ended up going for the Raw Living Stack. The description on the menu states “layers of thinly sliced tomato, zucchini and squash, grated carrot, baby spinach, avocado, basil pesto, and cashew ricotta. All stacked on a marinated mushroom and finished with dehydrated herbed tomato, raw parmesan, and kale chip.



You can’t really go to the Vegie Bar and not get dessert. Obviously dessert was not an option. The choices all looked fabulous but this time the decision wasn’t too hard.



Raw Mango and Blackberry Cheesecake



Raw desserts are freaking awesome.

Sunday morning was the first day of spring in Melbourne. A few of my closest friends and I decided it would be fun to venter to the nearest beach and grab brunch. We choose a small cafe that’s been in St. Kilda for ages. The decor was cute, the water was served in absolute vodka jars, and the food was reasonable and delicious.

I started with a Emma and Tom’s Green Juice.


And filled my stomach with multigrain toast sandwiched together with smoked salmon and a generous portion of avocado.



Definitely having brunch more often.

So far the food in Australia has been fabulous. Can’t wait to share with you all what I eat next!

Now head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is eating lately. Hopefully the pictures are just as mouth watering as these ones are!


Are you a brunch person? What’s your favorite brunch item to order out?

Australia Check In #2

30 Aug

I think it’s time for another Australia recap!

First, I cannot believe i’ve been in Australia for over 7 weeks now!

The days are seriously flying by.

I’ll admit before I left 5 months seemed like a very very very long time.

But I am realizing pretty quickly just how short 5 months really is.

I am also reminded on daily basis by my mother and sister of the small number of days left until I return to the states.

It makes me sad to type that i’ll sadly be on a plane to the US in 85 days.

But let’s not think about that.

Let’s think about all the awesome things i’ve seen so far.

Eureka Skydeck: a breathtaking 88 story view of the city of Melbourne


Queen Victoria Market: a market that has been in Melbourne for over a century. I was in heaven with the rows and rows of fresh bread, 100’s of different cheeses, cases of fresh fish, and the abundance of fresh produce.


Phillip Island: A couple weeks ago I took a day trip here with a few friends. The views on the beach were absolutely breathtaking. Australia is such a beautiful country.



I got to put my feet in the Australian ocean for the first time!


Driving on the opposite side of the road! I haven’t been brave enough to actually drive yet- riding in the passenger seat is weird enough!


My first Australian footy game! Footy is the most interesting sport ever and i’m slowly becoming a pro at the rules.


The city of Melbourne: I try to visit the city at least once a week. It is awesome to be so close to such a beautiful (and clean) city!



Melbourne street art: the graffiti is absolutely beautiful in the ally ways in the city.


Healesville Sanctuary: this is a zoo in Australia that specializes in native Australian animals. I saw tons of different animals including Koala bears,  Kangaroos, and Wallabies!





Up next on my to-do list in the next few weeks includes:

1. St. Kilda: the closest beach to Melbourne
2. Brunch at The Manchester Press: a trendy brunch spot in the city
3. Mid-semester trip to Cairns, The Whitsundays, and Brisbane: I recently booked a 6 day trip with a few of my closest friends from abroad during our semester break. The highlights of the trip include snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, skydiving, holding a kola bear, relaxing on Australian beaches, and sailing to the Whitsundays.

Here’s to hoping the next 85 days slow down just a little bit!