mentioned that I was tired on Sunday morning. By that stage of the weekend I had already eaten out at the Grovedale Hotel and Federation Square, visited Newtown Farmers Market, looked over Treasury Buildings as part of Open House Melbourne, and viewed the lights at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, as well as spending time in Geelong (out of town) with family. So here is a little more information of what I got up to.
the Grovedale Hotel (236-236-258 Torquay Road, Grovedale tel: 03 5243 2814). It was my first visit but I think other family who live down that way have been there before. We were greeted with a huge urn of flowers and some fancy modern gates. Portofino's restaurant is very modern and well lit with none of the clutter that you might associate with traditional pubs.
I was impressed that although dessert orders were taken all at once, the kids' desserts arrived first. Generally the service was friendly and thoughtful. When not eating chips and chocolate frogs, Sylvia had a lovely time in the kids play area (see her cousin Stella at play in the top photo).
And share we did. I think I most loved my brother in law John's sticky date pudding because it was warm and sticky and soft and perfect for a winter evening. I also was very taken with the white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with honey and macadamia sauce. My sister Susie had enjoyed it before because it is gluten free and loved it enough to recommend it and order it. It was indeed a marvellous soft creamy cheesecake but very sweet.
Newtown Farmers Market (on the corner of Shannon Avenue and West Fyan Rd). My mum and I just bought a few bits and pieces before she had to meet a friend for coffee. I headed back to my folks' place where Sylvia was playing with her cousin Ashy. It was very cute that they were doing drawings for each other. Ashy's big brother Cooper came over later and played hangman with me.
Open House Melbourne over the last two years. A few buildings seemed to have dropped off the list this year but there were still ones that interested me. By the time we got back to the city, we were too late to queue anywhere and decided to go to the Old Treasury Building. I visited back in 2008 and enjoyed it enough to return.
my food history post. Possibly Sylvia's greatest curiosity was kept for the caretaker's section when she wanted to see a toilet. We pointed out the below pot. She was suitably amused.
Beer DeLuxe. Yet again Sylvia ate chips. I had a delicious lentil burger with tomato, lettuce, cheese, beetroot and pineapple. I was surprised that their section that served coffees and ice creams closed at 5.30. That scuppered our plans of a coffee for my dad and an ice cream for Sylvia. (Her screams were loud enough to be heard around the world!)
Paint the Town Red light display in the city. Apparently over 45 buildings are lit red at 6pm in a show of support during the international AIDS 2014 conference. This was our second journey into the city to see the lights and both times I was disappointed. The Arts Centre spire (above) was red but my dad and I couldn't work out if St Paul's Cathedral was lit red. Fed Square and the Town Hall definitely weren't red (though Town Hall was last weekend). Fortunately we had Sylvia with us and she just loved all the regular lights in the city.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival. These were brilliant. Different patterns and pictures were projected onto the Atherton high rise towers. Across the road a pub on the corner of Napier St was lit up with white fairy lights.
We stood on the street corner watching the projections. The pub
projections were actually interactive. A few people were using their
phone to make little dots race about and chase the fairy lights. The
miracles of modern technology! I really liked the friendly vibes of
people standing around on the corner.
Frozen songs and feeling very tired.
The projection festival has finished but there is information about other city projects in this article or check out the Melbourne Public Art Program.
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