I had just completed a training session with Andrew Ellem at Pivotal Health & Fitness. The exercise was the snatch and the focus was technique. After about 30 minutes of training, my shoulders and my legs were bushed and I was ready for breakfast. My sister had told me about a new place that had opened up about three weeks ago near her place and while there weren’t many reviews on it yet, my guts said that we should give it a go.
I haven’t been to many cafes in the city – the likelihood of me waking up in the city was always fairly low and all those times I worked in the CBD, my lunchbreak wouldn’t allow me to have a leisurely second breakfast. Therefore, when the opportunity presents itself, it needs to be used well.
I found out about Satchmo’s Den on Urbanspoon and it was nice and close to my sister’s work so we met there for lunch. On arrival, I asked about breakfast and it had stopped 30 minutes earlier at 11:30am – DAMN! The guy behind the sandwich bar heard my torment and reassured me that I’ll still be able to get a good feed. Fine – I’ll sit…
A stint in Melbourne wouldn’t be the same without a night out with Helen and Casey. Choosing a venue was tough but the winner ended up being Pugg Mahone’s Irish Pub, purely because of the $15 dinner specials. Plus, it was Mad Monday and Mexican night so anything could happen – right?
You have no idea how I have been craving pho since leaving Melbourne. I simply could not find pho of equal standard. I went to the ‘best’ Vietnamese restaurant in Adelaide and it was thoroughly disappointing and overpriced. I went to the ‘best’ Vietnamese restaurant in Perth and it came pretty close but the service and layout of the restaurant was designed to appeal to the yuppies that breeze through at lunchtime.
I was back in Melbourne briefly for a friend’s wedding and it was time to get dirty. The lovely ladies at Hollywood Nails that did my mani pedi were Vietnamese and I asked, “where is the best place for pho in the south east?”
After a few minutes of deliberation, the response was Thuan Kieu. I was puzzled, “You’re welcome?”
Just in case you guys are wondering where I am, I’m travelling around Australia with Dave to put together a travel resource called Our Naked Australia. We’re three months in and are in Perth at the moment. There is so much to see of this country, I highly recommend getting out and exploring it.
Not sure when I’ll be back in Melbourne. There are still so many places I want to eat at, like Chin Chin, Hellenic Republic, Vegie Bar, St Ali, The Hardware Societé, and the elusive Taco Truck! Hopefully all the places on my wishlist will still be there when I get back, but in the meantime, I’ll let my belly rule my mind in other places around this great country.