We've been past The Last Jar a ton of times on the tram not far from our place but never been in, so, naturally, when I read in Time Out about their annual Oyster and Guinness Festival this past weekend, I pushed Charlie and friends to partake. How could you pass up $2 oysters and $6 pints? (Easily, anywhere besides freakin' Melbourne, where those are actually decent prices. In NYC, it's not a deal until those little shuckers are $1.)
Monday, May 27, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
This dish was inspired by our need to use up a left-over half head of red cabbage, and somehow turned into one of the best meals we've made in a while. Beautiful. I've never really had kofta but my general understanding is that it's minced meat on a stick cooked on a grill. Ours took the form of lamb meatballs. Above you can see our shiny new $50 Ikea kitchen table (all white errrything,) which will be on sale in about 8-10 months. I'll start the bidding at $30.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
OK, maybe not next to nothing, but with a few learned tips, Charlie and I have definitely managed to cut our grocery bill! (I have no numeric proof, but we MUST be saving money.) ((This post could be a sign of my withdrawal from working at All You, a womens' value minded maga-- stop.))
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Such is my first post about Australia. My one month here so far has been one of searching for a home and a job. It's expensive here, and we're starting to feel the anxiety of unemployment, so the last week or so has been all about what we can do around the area for cheap. Last Saturday, that quest took us to the Prahan Market and for a walk up Chapel St., and then on a free walking tour of the CBD, the Central Business District. On Sunday, we took a little train trip to Williamstown, a suburban area overlooking the Hobson and Port Phillip Bays with gorgeous views of the Melbourne skyline and some really nice coastline paths.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
All the cool kids in Hong Kong eat on the streets. The streets west of Nathan road in Jordan and Yau Ma Tei are lined with rickety tables and stools outside of tiny stalls selling seafood concoctions and clay pot rice dishes. We chose a spot near our room at the Temple Night Market; they all look the same and have mostly Asians eating so in that area I'd say its pretty hard to go wrong. Western tourists don't really get up to the northernmost part of the market.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I don't think you should say that you've truly been to Hong Kong until you've had a few hours wandering around the frenetic neighborhood of Mong Kok. Travel north on Nathan Road until you hit Mong Kok, and then let the sights and smells suck you in. Actually, it smells pretty putrid, but if you can get past that, there are some great photo opps, shopping stalls and street morsels to indulge in.