Quick collab: Food #2 100% Melbourne

There are so many good places to eat, that I just had to write another quick food collab!

If you’re ever in Melbourne CBD, check out Bowery to Williamsberg. It’s sells sandwiches/bagels, among a few other thing like brownies and a few hot dishes. Located down Oliver Ln just off Flinders St. And it’s amazing! And I know this because it gets extremely busy with business people around lunch time! I forgot to take a photo of my sarny, but Reuben all the way! It also sells milkshakes, which I’m dying to get! 

Another great place is birds of a feather in Newport (20 mins west of Melbourne CBD). The day we went for lunch, one of the specials included brioche French toast, with rocky road ice cream. What could be better?! There’s also stuff for GF and DF people, like myself. I had the corn fritters which was an excellent choice, super yummy and filling. The whole menu is just mouth watering, so give it a go!

If you find yourself looking for a quick coffee spot, head to Degraves Street. It’s got a tonne of cute little places! There’s an epic doughnut shop called Doughnut Time, which serves some exotic looking doughnuts and it’s always busy so it must be fabulous!  There’s also a super cute cupcake shop, as well as a tonne of places that serve food. My go to place is Degraves Espresso, where you can get a decent cup of coffee or juice, and a quick bite as well. There’s seating indoors as well as undercover seating in the street (with heaters for those chilly days).

The other day I met up with a friend at the Queen Vic market, and was hank marvin (‘starving’ for those who don’t know Cockney rhyming slang). I was ready to opt for a greasy spoon, but he has a more refined taste. We walked past Fancy Hank’s BBQ joint and he was sold. And I must say, excellent call because the food was totally amazing! I had a fancy sanga, and the only describing word I can think of is mouth watering. I think there was brisket in it, and pickles and onions and pickles and onions on the side. There was cheese in it, but I opted out of that. Seriously, go there for a bite! You won’t be disappointed! And it’s so reasonably priced! 

Jess xx

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My travel Essentials

I’m off to New Zealand, and holy moly am I excited! 

I’m staying for 27 days, visiting 11 different places, so staying in 11 different hostels!

I thought I’d put together a quick list of my 5 absolute top travel essentials, which I take with me whether I’m hopping countries or just states.

1. Nivea moisturising day cream

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This cream is my saviour and I’ve used it for so many years now. It’s super light, and it doesn’t make you shiny (such a bonus). Plus it has SPF 30 in it. I love this as I hate putting sun cream on my face, as it makes me feel like my pores are being clogged!

2. Microfibre towel

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I take this literally everywhere! Some people hate the feel of using them, but I love it! It’s super quick drying, absorbs water super quick when your drying yourself after a shower or at the beach, and it folds up super small. What more could you need? It’s just so practical!

3. Ear plugs and face mask

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I think these two come as a package deal really. I find many people complaining about how loud a hostel can be, but it’s like dude, you’re in a hostel full of a tonne of young people. What do you expect? So for a peaceful night sleep, earplugs are obvs a must. I also find it helps to have a face mask to block out the light. A lot of places I have been to, the curtains haven’t been shut at night, or they’re super thin. So, get yourself a mask to block out the light. I think mines made of a towel material, so it’s quite thick and I see no light.

4. Padlock

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Padlock is a must, there’s no question. It’s always good to lock your bag when flying, I know I do as it gives me extra piece of mind. But most hostels have lockers to store bags and valuable things away, and many don’t provide padlocks. So get yourself a good one! Mine have keys, but on many an occasion I have had a moment of panick after I think I’ve lost them, so a number one is definately better I think.

5. Travel diary

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I take my travel diary with me wherever else I go. I note down what I do, where I go, how I feel, so it’s basically a journal. I view everything that happens to me whilst I’m away, is an experience I’m probably not going to have again. Whether I’m feeling happy at the beach or eating with a few friends, I may never go back to that beach or eat with these friends again. Every experience you have, you should treasure. 

I hope this was useful, and you use it to help get your own travel essentials!

Jess x

Long weekend on Phillip Island

For Labour Day weekend, we headed down to Phillip Island in Victoria!

Phillip Island is known for many amazing things including the Penguins, which we did the first night we got there. We ended up getting a special pass which allowed you to be closer to the Penguins when they arrive back from their day of fishing. It was amazing! There’s no photography allowed at all whilst the penguins are coming in!  If you’re lucky, you may get to see chicks being fed, or moulting penguins. 

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The next day we headed to Churchill island. It’s a bit like a working farm. There are horses and pigs to stroke, as well as a sheep shearing demo,

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a cow milking demo (which you can have a go at), whip cracking, a wagon ride and working dog demo. Plus there’s an old style house set up, which is to demonstrate what it was like to live there when first colonised. The food in the cafe is also great! Get yourself down there if you have a spare day, as it great fun for kids and adults! 

On the Sunday, whilst everyone went surfing in the morning, I took the chance to catch up on some reading (I’ve found a great new series. Be prepared for a post about it soon!). In the afternoon, we ventured to the Koala sanctuary and saw some very cute Koalas,
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and some wallabys hopping about,

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and then went and saw the nobbies, which are rock formations in the sea.
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If you’re lucky, you might even spot a penguin or two when at the nobbies as there are a tonne of little houses dotted about. Felt so bad for them, as some of them are up some very steep hills! Not sure I could climb that after a 50km round trip fishing for food! 

On the Monday morning, on the way back home we stopped off at Amaze n things.
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Which is literally a maze and things, and it’s amazing! There are so many things to do! Obviously first off there’s the maze. Got to get to the 4 flags and then exit.
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There’s also optical illusions, moving jigsaws, one of those rooms were you get locked in until you solve the puzzle, a huge and very steep slide (which I was too scared to even look at), and many other things. Oh, and there’s 19 holes of mini golf! 

Deffs give it a go if you’re down there!

Jess x

Going to the Opera

I thought I’d do a quick post on Sydney Opera House, because if you’re in Sydney have obvs seen the Opera House but have you been to an opera? 

  

Quick facts: 

It was designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon

It opened on 20th October 1973

It’s a UNESCO world heritage site as of 2007

Every tourist, traveller and maybe even a local or two have posed for a photo in front of the grand sails. 

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But going inside if even more breathtaking. I was even stunned at the roof in the toilets!

Going to the opera at Sydney Opera House was one  of the best things I did. It was my first opera EVER, and we saw a greatest hit collaboration which included songs from such operas as Carmen and the Barber of Seville.

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The theatre was amazing and the acoustics were just astounding.

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Obviously when singing opera, one would need to have a very loud voice, but I still expected them to wear mics, which they didn’t.
At the interval, we ventured upstairs to a windowed area and got a nice view of the harbour and then harbour bridge. Plus, we got a great idea of the interior architecture.

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You can tell why it’s one of the most recognised building of the 20th century!

Amazing architecture, amazing performance! Go to the Opera!

Jess x

Quick collab: Food

I’m a foodie. I love food. All I do is think about food. All I do is eat food. I love food.

I thought I’d do a quick collaboration of the best places I’ve eaten at so far in these past few months. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of these eateries, go in and get some grub!

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The Rocks Burger (lunch menu)
12 Rocks Cafe and Beach Bar is found in Port Campbell, along the Great Ocean Road. This double sarnie was actually meant to be a burger and chips (I’m intolerant to wheat which is obvs in a bun and in batter) but it had all the same filling and it was amazing!

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Chocolate Shot
This little chocolate beauty came from Max Brenner, which is a chain of chocolate shops in Australia. You need to go there, at least once (went 3 times in the first 2 weeks). Feed your inner chocoholic! Found in every state, except SA. 

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Waffles
These AMAZING looking waffles are from Grocer and Grind, a little discovery I made when I was in Gold Coast. They are Gluten and dairy free, for those people intolerant to all the things like myself, as well as super healthy! Yum!

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Salmon Roll
Also from Grocer and Grind! Featuring lots of salmon and greens in a spelt flour crepe. Prepare for a taste bud explosion!

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Beachy beef burger
Got this at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay. Beef burger, bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, pickles, and relish. What more can I say?

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Chocolate fondue with milk chocolate
Got this fantastic creation at Gabriel’s Chocolate, which is located on Caves Road in Western Australia. We stopped here on a trip north wards from Margaret River. I’m pretty sure there’s a winery attached, as well as a cute jewellry shop. What more do you need?

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This very decadent plate of food is found at Tha Fish, located near the pier in Cairns. It’s octopus, chorizo, tomatoes and a vine leaf. I had it with a side of Jasmine rice. We ate here twice during our short stay, they’ve got tables set up outside but undercover. Really good atmosphere.

imageI’ve saved the best until last. This gorgeous pizza is from The Australian Hotel in Sydney, and it’s half Emu and half Kangaroo and its soooooo yummy! Before this pizza, I’d only had kangaroo steak and never eaten Emu, but surprisingly it’s so yummy! This is definately a place you should go! 
Jess x

City of Churches

Recently i had a quick trip to Adelaide and i had soooo much fun!

Adelaide is a very small city (can walk the length of it in about 15 mins), but its got a lot to offer! I stayed in hostel 109, which is a small hostel and the guys that run it are so great!

Maybe your interested in churches, like i am, which means Adelaide is the place for you! They dont call it the city of churches for nothing! There is a church on every corner, with South Australias oldest church Holy Trinity, sitting just outside the city centre.
I was told it was originally built in the centre of the city, but the city expanded a lot leaving the church on the outskirts.

If youre not into churches, have no fear! There are a tonne of shopping arcades in the city, as well as museums, and art galleries that are all free. Make sure to nip to the botanic gardens for a relaxing stroll! Theres also an opal museum in an opal shop which is very interesting if youre into minerals and geology.

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Looks like a celery, definately not a celery
On my 3rd day, i headed to Kangaroo Island (off the south coast of Adelaide) where id booked a one tour.

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View from the YHA onthe island
The tour was great! Got to see all the sights such as remarkable rocks!

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Me in a rock

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A bit of remarkable rocks
We also got to see some New Zealand fur seals which are endangered, and went to a wildlife sanctuary where we saw wild Koalas.

I headed back to Adelaide the next day.

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Pigs in the city centre
If you are in Adelaide, dont forget to gead to Glenelg beach! Is is blue sea next to amazing white sand! It’s only a short tram ride from the city straight to the beach!

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Glenelg beach
It was really hot when i went to Adelaide so make sure to take your sun cream with you!

Jess x

A quick trip in a week

My latest travels included Sydney, Port Douglas and Cairns.
Having already been to Sydney, I spent a lot less time sight seeing (Opera house, harbour bridge, Taronga Zoo) and a lot more time relaxing in Hyde Park, reading and shopping!

But, there’s always time for a trip to the Blue Mountains which, literally, takes your breath away.


The Above photo is at the Three Sisters. You can also go down to the first rock and touch it, and head further down to honeymoon bridge. Or, if you’re feeling like a hike, walk to Leura Cascades, Katoomba Falls or Gordon Falls.

If hiking so not your thing, you can just stay at the look out and take in the amazing scenery, or check out the really cute town of Katoomba (you can get to Katoomba straight from Sydney Central).
On the way to the Blue Mountains, stop off in Blacktown and check out Featherdale wildlife park. Where you can have a FREE photo with a Koala, you can’t hold it but most other zoos and parks charge


and try and get a selfie with a Kangaroo.

There’s also other animals, such as Cassowaries and Wombats too.

Port Douglas was next. It’s so cute and I love the place! There’s easy access to the reef is you fancy diving, and there’s great scenery to look at, such as four mile beach! Also check out the Sunday markets if you’re there. There’s lots of clothes and accessories and ornaments that are locally made. Port Douglas is great for some down time, but note that the rainy season is, indeed, rainy.

Next was Cairns! Cairns is hot hot hot! I actually stayed in Gilligans, which I had heard some crazy horror stories about. Buutttttt, it was actually one of the best places I stayed! Beds were great, showers amazing, and couldn’t even hear music from the party below when I was in my room.

I tackled the Skyrail and train back from Kuranda -once again, beautiful scenery as you going over a rainforest! It’s about 40 mins on the Skyrail to Kuranda and I think about an hour and a half train from Kuranda to Cairns train station on the train.

Also did white water rafting! Ahhhhhhhh! It was amazing! I booked through rnr, and got picked up and dropped off at Gilligans. The lads who are the instructors are so nice, they’re there to make sure you stay safe and have a great time, which I obvs did! Was such a laugh, and it gets your heart pumping a bit, so definitely go give it a go!

Jess x