Hakuba

The Hakuba Valley is located at the bottom of one of the highest sections of the Japanese Alps, which makes it unsurprising that it is home to seven different ski resorts (read my skiing post here). It is quite a spread out valley – a number of smaller villages, rather than one concentrated township. Consequently…

Eating in Hakuba

There were so many delicious places to eat in Hakuba. Here is a review of some of my favourites: Bos: a one man show, where the young chef cooks everything in front of you. It is really small, so unless you plan on going early, I would definitely recommend booking. The most popular dish is…

Review: Brighton Soul

Brighton Soul (129 Church Street, Brighton) When Mum suggested Brighton Soul for brunch, I had no idea what I was in for. It was love at first sight (seriously): the place was SO cute, light and spacious; it had a delicious looking cabinet fronted by some highly inviting gingerbread men, and it had lots of…

Review: Radio Mexico

Radio Mexico (11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda) Radio Mexico is located in St Kilda and serves up some pretty delicious Mexican food. I would budget about $50 per person for a drink, some shared mains and dessert. Although we were part of a group, everyone else was vegetarian so my boyfriend and I ended up…

Review: Vons Restaurant and Bar

Vons Restaurant and Bar (78 Hardware Lane) I’m sorry, but my most recent experience of Hardware Lane (I went last time I visited to a restaurant called Max) suggests to me that it is really just a tourist trap. It is so hectic! Waiters and owners are standing outside every restaurant along the lane, pressuring…

Review: Abstract

Abstract (157 Greville Street, Prahran) One of the added benefits of staying with friends when travelling means that you get to go to new restaurants that they already know are good. We were staying quite near Prahan for the first part of our trip, so a walk to Chapel Street was no big deal. Nichola had…

Review: Tay Street Beach Cafe

Tay Street Beach Cafe (154 Marine Parade) Literally metres away from where my Mum lives, somewhere I have never really been to because when I’m there we tend to venture further into town. Seemingly popular, I had always wondered whether this place was worth the hype, or if it was popular purely because it was…

Review: Me & You

Me & You (58 First Ave, Tauranga) As Cafe 88‘s sister cafe, I was pretty excited when Mum suggested we head there for brunch. If it was half as good as Cafe 88, I was pretty sure that I would still enjoy myself. The place was absolutely packed, but we somehow managed to squeeze a table…

Review: Pronto Burgers

Pronto Burgers and Cafe (Shop 7/1 Marine Parade, Tower 2) Every town needs a local burger joint, and the one at the Mount exceeds all expectations. It is in a prime location, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. Regularly featuring on TripAdvisor’s best “cheap eats’ it was somewhere that I knew I needed to get to,…

Sigiriya

Sigiriya was the first place Mum and I visited in Sri Lanka. Straight off the back of our India trip, the intensity levels couldn’t have been more different. We were staying at Sigiriya Riverside Home Stay and it was one of the best places we stayed on our entire trip. We were picked up from…