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Elsewhere…

Many of you may or may not know that I also write for Weekendnotes, a website featuring articles about events and activities happening in Melbourne.

I’ve also just started writing for a new website called Livlicious. It has a similar concept to Weekendnotes but also has opportunities for businesses to contribute with special offers etc. Check it out and if you have any suggestions, leave it on the Feedback tab, as it’s only just starting out!

Here’s a selected few of my articles but please visit the respective websites to see the rest so you don’t miss out!

 

 

 

Goyogo Frozen Yoghurt

Froyo is all the craze now, so of course the popular and lively nightlife of Lygon St could not miss out! Goyogo is a new frozen yoghurt place on the popular strip and they’re attracting people with their bright, modern decor, and their flavours and toppings that cater to everyone. Read more here.

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Top Things to do in Autumn in Melbourne

It’s a common mistake to believe there’s not much to do in Melbourne once summer is over. However there’s plenty of places to explore that radiate a special and unique beauty in autumn. Read more here.

 

 

 

Blue Lotus Water Gardens

The beautiful lotuses and water lilies at Blue Water Lotus Gardens make for spectacular views in this area of Yarra Valley. It’s great for a walk – take in the luscious scenery as you walk on cute bridges in the midst of it all or sit down for a bite in a gazebo. Hurry, the season closes on 6th April. Read more here.

Picknics Cafe

Located along Nepean Highway, the strip right across the beach, this Rye cafe serves some classic breakfast meals with careful presentation. In addition to that you can walk right across to the beach after your meal. Read more here.

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As Summer Goes By…

As you’ll remember that alongside eating, I also enjoy going on adventures! Here are my recent adventures in summer, as documented on Weekendnotes. In addition to that I also recommend an event for March – when summer will officially be gone. But it’s ok, there’s still plenty to do in Melbourne as always!

Squeaky Beach: article
A three hour drive to Wilson’s Promontory was well worth the beautiful views that this national park provides. We spent most of our time at Squeaky Beach where the sand truly squeaks with every step and the water was breathtakingly clear.

Yarra Valley Day Trip: Cherryhill Orchards & Healesville Sanctuary: article
Yarra Valley never ceases to amaze with its hilly and green scenery. During this adventure I got to pick cherries for the first time at the same time as admiring these famous views. In addition to this we squeezed in a trip to Healeseville Sanctuary, where I got to feed birds and come right up close to native Australian animals.

Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Swims in Sorrento: article
An early morning was well worth my first time snorkelling. Did I mention I can’t swim? So you can imagine how nervous I was, but I’m so glad I got to step out of my comfort zone and come up close to animals such as the Australian Fur Seals. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see dolphins, but the seals were amazing.

Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road: article
I’ve been along the Great Ocean Road before but not as far as Victoria’s iconic Twelve Apostles. There’s a long viewing platform to walk on and take all sorts of photos, as you marvel at the impressive coastal formations. You also get to admire the views along the Great Ocean Road drive itself. A must-do for Victorians!

Round She Goes Market, Coburg: article
This isn’t your typical Sunday trash and treasure market. It’s indoors and it’s all about quality vintage products – nothing shabby here. There will be lots of preloved designer items as well as other items that are in fantastic condition. This market has a $2 entry but it’s well worth the goodies that will be available!

Where to Relax, Read and Dine

If you want to know where to dine with some amazing views, what’s a relaxing place to enjoy a read or what’s on next weekend, my latest Weekendnotes articles will tell you all that. Simply click the links below or visit here. You can even show me your support by clicking “Like” or “Subscribe to Monique N” in the left hand corner of that page!

Philippine Fiesta 2013: article//website

If you didn’t get enough of Filo culture in my last post, did you know that each year there is a Philippine Fiesta in Melbourne? You can witness some amazing cultural performances, from singing to dance and wrestling matches. Meanwhile, you can venture through all the food stores and sample their amazing BBQ dishes.

If you look out, some Filipino groceries are selling presale tickets to the event or you can just rock up on the day!

Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne: article

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your latest novel and block out everything else. However, it’s always nice to do so in a peaceful atmosphere, whether it’s a beach or a park. Read my article for my favourite spots, including a little sneaky treat at the end.

Melbourne Dining Spots with a View: article

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Here you will find some conventional places that you may have heard of, within the greenery of areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. If you’re wondering what will be nice for someone’s next big occasion, if you want to explore or if you simply just want to treat yourself, these places are perfect to drop by!

Come Away With Me

If you’re looking for a mini-getaway from Melbourne, check out some of my latest Weekendnotes articles for some ideas of how to escape. Click titles/pictures for links to my articles!

Picture This Ballooning: 
Hot air ballooning and breakfast in Yarra Valley

Mazes in Victoria
Getting lost in various mazes in Mornington Peninsula

Horse Riding
Learning to ride horses in the bush and on the beach

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery

After discovering the existence of Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, and that it was not too far away (about forty minutes for me), I could not miss the opportunity to give it a try.

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We managed to visit on ANZAC Day, thus the place was bustling with children for the public holiday. Although busy, we managed to find seating quickly after taking some free chocolate (milk, dark and white) from three large bowls at the entrance.

Luckily for us, the cafe was launching their breakfast menu, perfect for a morning visit if you don’t feel like ice-cream for breakfast haha. As curious as I was about the chocolate, lamb, mint and onion sausages…. I went for the breakfast wrap with bacon, lettuce, eggs, BBQ sauce and aioli ($16.50).  I found it very refreshing and healthy with the lettuce, compared to some at other cafes such as Green Refectory, where it was very cheesy. My friend ordered the creamy mushrooms ($15.50) with sourdough, which were quite flavoursome with its herby sauce, but I feel it could have had more mushrooms. It surprisingly didn’t take long despite being so busy, so I was impressed by their ability to cope on busy days, especially with a new menu.

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I also ordered a “real hot chocolate”, which came with frothy milk with chocolate flakes, a chocolate shot and a whisk to mix it together. The idea of mixing your own hot chocolate, as I have experienced in places like Lindt Cafe, is always fun.

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Afterwards, we walked around the shop and I was amazed as to how many things you can make out of chocolate, from frogs to tennis balls. There was also the obligatory window where you can see the chocolatiers creating the delicious sweets.

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Before we left, I eyed the special chocolate display and discovered something that was surely made for me – Mango Tango: Fresh mango pulp in a creamy white chocolate ganache in white chocolate (below, second from the right). This combined my favourite chocolate with my favourite fruit – and one bite was heaven! Other flavours included champagne and apple cider.

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The location of Yarra Valley Chocolaterie also holds some scenic and luscious green views. It’s child-friendly with colouring sheets in the outdoor seating area, and there are balls scattered throughout the lawn, if the kids are in the mood for a kick. I would love to go back to indulge in more of the desserts and ice-cream (and mango tango chocolates), as the sundaes and chocolate fondue sound irresistible.

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If you’re interested in visiting soon, they are having a “Strawberry Affair” from Oct 14-31, featuring chocolate-coated strawberries and one-off strawberry sundaes and ice-creams.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery  is open 9am-5pm everyday (except Christmas), and is located at 35 Old Healesville Rd, (corner Melba Highway), Yarra Glen. If interested, you can view their latest menu here.

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