Bali Day 1

For the most part my flight was uneventful. I had been given the exit row seat, which was great, and the middle aged couple beside me were lovely. There was a child a few rows back which screamed for the first 10mins of the flight, which caused visible discomfort to many passengers. I think we were all unanimously relieved when the toddler finally calmed down (mind you it had been screaming like it was a newborn).

When we arrived at the airport, the heat smacked you over the head the second you walked out the plane door. Unfortunately I was still wearing my hoody and jeans, and it was about 5mins before I was able to separate myself from the crowd enough to stop walking, and get the hoody off. The heat, compared to the cold in Melbourne, was pure magic. [...]  read more

Second half of my Melbourne journey

Saturday morning I awoke with the dreaded feeling that I was getting crook. My throat was sore, my nose felt a little blocked, and I was feeling a little fatigued despite having a long sleep. I was determined not to get crook though.

Julie had already eaten, so Jens and I popped down to Crabapple Kitchen so that I could show off my newfound discovery. We both decided to try something from their international menu; some recipes influenced by their world wide travels. We ended up with a duck something in a tajine, and mushrooms on a slice of sourdough (I think) with a poached egg on top. Interesting breakfast, although I think I preferred the hot cakes I had had the morning before. [...]  read more

The first few days in Melbourne

It's moments like tonight when I really feel how blessed my life is. I am currently writing this blog from my bed in my villa in Seminyak. It's a huge king sized bed, made from bamboo, with a canopy and beautiful apricot/orange curtains hanging around me. And because I don't have to share the bed I get to sleep in the middle. Oh yeah!

So I have made it to Bali, which is fantastic. But it's time I updated you on Melbourne.

I had the best start to a holiday I could have ever hoped for. I got to catch up with some great friends of mine that I haven't seen in a long time, enjoy some great food, and combined relaxation with leisure activities in a perfect ratio. [...]  read more

Time to fly to Bali

Well folks, it's about that time: time to fly to Bali!

I have some blogging to do to update you with the last few days in Melbourne, which food played a large part of. I don't think I have stopped eating the entire time, and the size of my gut has increased accordingly.

This morning at the airport I very nearly tried to check onto a flight to New Zealand, only to realise that that trip is later in the year, not now! Duh! It wouldn't be right without a dumbass Kelly moment (I should also mention I'm half asleep). When I finally checked in for the correct flight, I was stoked to get an exit row seat, hello extra leg room! Who said I needed to travel with a 6ft 8 giant to get such benefits? It's aisle, but to be honest I don't care to look out the window. As a good friend said, most of the time we are flying over the land of Australia anyway, and I'm pretty familiar with that country 🙂 [...]  read more

Breakfast at Crabapple Kitchen


Today I have been left to explore the city on my own, as both Jens and Julie had to work today. I felt their pain…actually, no I didn’t as I’m on holidays!! Woo!

After a lazy morning with a sleep in until 8am I rose, showered and made my way down the street to hunt down a breakfast cafe. And find I did! I found Crabapple Kitchen on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn.

I am currently writing this from a table where I sit by myself, having just treated myself to some signature buttermilk pancakes which were simply divine. To say I am full would be an understatement. The softness of the pancakes combined with crunchy nut praline and baked apple was just perfect. It’s the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time. The Campos coffee was also incredible, but unfortunately rest in the shadow of the pancakes.  [...]  read more