My Blog, Your Life: Merry in Melbourne

Aparna Pednekar , 16 Apr 2013
Author- Aparna Pednekar
Author- Aparna Pednekar

Writing a book is a b*tch. Writers deserve epic holidays.

With [email protected] all printed and packed, I saw it fitting to drift into Emirates First Class, soothing my frayed nerves with Dom Pérignon 2000. Further seduction occurred at the airline’s plush new lounge at Dubai airport, amidst clouds of Coco Mademoiselle and 24 hour a la carte dining.

Runway show at Peninsula central pier
Runway show at Peninsula central pier

Arriving in sunny Melbourne, it was time for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Undisputed scene stealer? Alannah Hill’s tangerine cape (great for Delhi winters, IMHO), crashing Melbourne’s official colour code – black.

Windows by Design tour
Windows by Design tour

Trawled the city on a Windows by Design tour of chic retail establishments and quirky stores.

Switchboard Café (Photo Courtesy | melbournecoffeereview.com)
Switchboard Café (Photo Courtesy | melbournecoffeereview.com)
Anna Davern earrings
Anna Davern earrings

Caught some amazing street art on the way. And a Melbourne icon – Switchboard Café. Try their Avocado and Fresh Lemon on sourdough toast. Another find were these gorgeous hand-painted earrings by Anna Davern. While dining at Neil Perry’s Italian restaurant Rosetta (more squid ink risotto here, Sir!) spotted a Lamborghini slinking around. Love how this city goes from edgy to bohemian to unapologetic glamour within minutes!

Lamborghini near Rosetta
Lamborghini near Rosetta
Vue De Monde
Vue De Monde

More oomph oozed during a seven course meal at Vue De Monde on the 55th floor of the Rialto. Don’t be intimidated by nitrogen on ice cream and wasabi snow on duck eggs; the delightful staff is always happy to let you investigate their open kitchen. Another vibrant dinner venue is the Atlantic at the Crown Hotel, modeled after NYC’s meatpacking district. Conquer their mighty seafood platter, and they may just gift you with this very cool apron.

Vue De Monde
Vue De Monde

Six days later (post dreamy, rustic weekend at Mornington Peninsula), I’m definitively cured of author-itis! Thank you, Tourism Victoria and Merry Melbourne – equal parts sexy and soul.

Weekend at Mornington Peninsula
Weekend at Mornington Peninsula

Meanwhile, [email protected] has a very small but cute Aussie connection. Do read (it’s available on Flipkart) and shoot me your thoughts!

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