Places

Skinny, strong and hot: the Melbourne coffee scene

If nothing else, Melbourne will turn you into a coffee snob. I’ve never been someone who “needs” a coffee in the morning: my mom doesn’t drink caffeine, so I’ve always thought it’s more of a mental block than an actual physical need. I did fall prey to the Starbucks claim in high school and college, […]

June 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of Collingwood

Until I ventured into Collingwood, I never realized that there was a clear river split in Melbourne. Like the Left Bank/Right Bank in Paris, there is a decidedly different vibe once you head to the “other side of the river.” It rides that fine line between hipster and grunge, with more than enough tattoos, nose […]

June 1, 2011 Continue reading…

Melbourne: a city to live in

There are some cities in the world that are amazing to visit: full of sights to see, picturesque vistas, locals that look like they climbed out of a stereotype (Paris instantly springs to mind). There are other cities in the world that may not top the list of most popular vacation destinations, but those who […]

May 30, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Lorne

The Great Ocean Road is dotted with picturesque seaside towns: the whole beauty of road tripping is being able to stop and meander through each one. Lorne is often recommended as an overnight stay, but we decided it was just perfect for an afternoon tea break. After indulging in a cuppa and freshly-baked scones, we […]

May 25, 2011 Continue reading…

Brewery tours: the best invention since beer

I’ve always been a beer girl. I’ll never forget as I knocked back my after-work pint of lager while working in France: my British coworkers gave each other a look of appreciation: “Only a Yank could drink a beer like that.” I spent high school and college drowning red cups of cheap keg beer and […]

May 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Food and wine envy: Paris edition

As I read through the responses to my query as to people’s favorite places in Paris, I wondered how I would answer the question myself. The Marais is my preferred neighborhood and the Jardin du Luxembourg is my go-to spot on a sunny day; I have amazing memories under the Eiffel Tower and I’d rather […]

May 18, 2011 Continue reading…

Where to stay on the Great Ocean Road: Surfside Backpackers

Some people will claim you can do the Great Ocean Road in a day. Sure, you can: but why would you want to? The best part of a road trip is the luxury of seeing things at your own pace.  Spend at least a night along the way. The best place to stop is debatable: […]

May 14, 2011 Continue reading…