Here are 12 things I did in Melbourne this year, sadly without taking photos (with the exception of a few posted on Instagram — see right nav link)
- Ate many acai bowls at Green Cup each dripping with house made creamy peanut butter and oh, so yummy! 539 Chapel Street, South Yarra
- Happened into a charming pottery studio on Chapel Street that is home to three ceramicists during the week and open to the public on weekends to buy wares or for scheduled classes. Pot Dispensary, 425 Chapel Street, South Yarra
- Had the most relaxing facial at Little Company. The perfect way to re-hydrate after a 15+ hour flight. 79 Stephenson Street, Cremorne
- Took in 2 exhibitions (Commes des Garcons and Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat) and a few galleries at the NGV — one of my favorite museums for its interesting roster of shows. And a wonderful way to escape the heat and humidity that was oddly Melbourne in February.
- Gifted myself a few pieces of Bromley & Robert Gordon pottery from their new collaboration exclusive to Myer stores.
- Attended a lunchtime sitting of Lune Lab — 3 heavenly courses of croissanterie and all the fancy coffee and/or Mork hot chocolate you can drink. Lune, 119 Rose Street, Fitzroy
- Picked up heat and eat meals at Meatsmith because why cook if the Andrew McConnell team can do it for you. 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy
- Bought more pottery at Made in Japan, direct importers of beautiful wares at affordable prices. 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne
- Ate Indian street food at Delhi Streets. All I can say is eat some Pani Puri. 22 Katherine Place, CBD
- Made my second visit in a second city to the Rain Room interactive exhibit. Held over through March 2020 in St. Kilda
- After the rain, ate beautifully crafted cakes at the Black Star Pasty Pop-Up right next door.
- Watched the ABC TV special on rescuing koala bears after the devastating fires. Koalas are precious. People are heroes. I cried.
Another great trip to my favorite city. You can now make your way there for as little as US$675 round trip from Los Angeles through November 2020 on nearly any airline. Do yourself a favor and go. Do Australia a favor and visit some fire ravaged areas where your dollars are needed.