Touchwood

Touchwood

480 Bridge Road Richmond VIC

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I had a break this week from uni so I had time some spare time to spend with my friends and go out and check out some new cafes. I hung out with my friend Baz on Monday and he suggested Touchwood, he had been there over the weekend and said he wouldn’t mind going back.

It was great because there was not queue, I think you can wait up to 20 minutes for a table on the weekend not that that would have been a problem for me anyway because I always carry around my book with me and waiting time equals reading time, so I am always happy.

There is so much space in Touchwood, and it’s filled with light which creates a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Baz and I sat up near the counter on the long communal table which was nice, I like sitting in places that give me a good view of everything around me.

Baz ordered the Morning Grain Salad – Quinoa, freekeh, wild rice, rocket, toasted almonds, chai soaked raisins, cumin yoghurt, poached egg $16, and I ordered the Banana and blueberry wholemeal waffles, organic maple syrup, banana ricotta and strawberry dust $16.

Both great choices and very satisfying. I enjoyed the waffles especially because they were wholemeal, so they were lighter and healthier so no bloating than usual waffles and all the ingredients worked really well together. I had two coffees and enjoyed both.

We also had some interesting conversation about social media; what we think about it, what platforms we like to use, how we use it, how much we should/share, how it makes us feel, the importance of it, etc. We both felt the same way in that we actually do love to use it, that it is fun sharing what we’re up to with our friends and ‘followers’, that it is great being able to connect with so many more people, and that it actually does add value in our lives. I would love to continue a conversation on social media with anyone and would love to know your views.

Jx

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Links:

- Touchwood Website

- Touchwood Facebook

 

- Photography by me

Emporium Melbourne

The Emporium had its soft opening yesterday and most of the stores had their new store launch parties last night. I went in specifically for the Alannah Hill and the Superdry launch party. I also, obviously had a walk around and explored this new ‘reimagined’ space. It reminded me so much of Westfield in Sydney. And that’s a good thing because I love Westfield in Sydney. From what I can already see and what I have heard, Emporium contains not only a great selection of fashion stores, but also a great selection of places to eat, which is perfect because I do love good food just as much as I love shopping.

Only about half of the stores have been opened so far and the rest are expected to be opened in time for the official launch in August. I am really curious and super excited to see what the official launch will entail, especially since the creative director is Baz Luhrmann. I am really hoping for a Gatsby style party. What fun that would be.
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1. Celebrating the opening of the Alannah Hill store in style. Champagne, cupcakes and roses.

2. Gorgeous Alannah Hill employee and her amazing hairstyle. Now I want to go get a perm too.

3. I was admiring the painted roses on the wall the whole time I was in there, they definitely add to the stores ambience.

4. Roses, beautiful roses everywhere. I was lucky enough to get a perfect red rose in my gift bag.

5. The entrance, you can also see Fashion Hayley in the pic wearing that incredible Gorman raincoat that I wish I had bought.

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2. My beautiful friends Steph and Misha.

3. Cool light fixture in the middle of the store.

4. So many people and so many celebrities, I spotted the twins from My Kitchen Rules, Miss Australia, a guy from Big Brother, and I’m sure there were so many others.

5. Tunes by DJ Andy Murphy.

 

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Jx

 

List: Best Burgers in Melbourne

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So I finally took the time to compile the best list of all time. The Best Burgers in Melbourne List.

The list is a compilation of Place’s nominated by a Herald Sun article, The Burger Adventure Website, TimeOut and Broadsheet. I’ll add the links at the bottom for you. A few of the places appeared a few times such as; The Merrywell, Belle’s Diner, Fat Bob’s, Nshry and some others so I’m assuming those are the best of the best.

I’m going to try and tick them all off. I don’t know how long that will take because there are so many but I plan to document my progress through the list here on The Juliet Report. If you find any that aren’t on the list please share, and if you go to or have been to any on the list please share that too.

I also made THIS, it’s a Google Map where I’ve marked almost all the places on the list, this will make it easier to navigate myself through all these burgers. Haha.

Wish me luck!

 

Jx

 

Links

- Herald Sun – Melbourne’s top 10 Best Burgers

- The Burger Adventure – Melbourne’s Top 10 – 2013

- TimeOut – Melbourne’s Best Burgers

- Broadsheet – Burgers in Melbourne

- My Burger Treasure Map

Massive Wieners

Massive Wieners

226 Chapel Street Prahran
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If you’re a vegan/vegetarian don’t read this paragraph *but read the rest because there is a vegetarian option*… I love minced meat, I don’t know why. I love anything that is made with it, like burgers i freakin’ love burgers, sausage rolls, bolognese sauce, meatballs, meatloaf and sausages. YUM. I really love sausage sizzles.

So when I was talking to my friend Alex and he mentioned his current obsession with hot dogs I got excited. Then he mentioned that he had seen a hotdog and milkshake place on Chapel Street I was totally interested. We (Alex and me) were like trying to beat each other and be the first to try it, until we decided it’d be only fair to try it together.

We went on Saturday and it was fun. As you have probably realised the place is called “Massive Wieners”. They call themselves a “Hot Dog Stand”. It’s very American and reminded me of an American 1960′s? diner. Alex wasn’t very impressed by the interior (It’s quite simple) but I thought it added to the experience. Alex did say the actual sausage was better than the ones he uses at home. So I couldn’t have the normal wiener because it was mixed with Pork and Beef I don’t eat pork so I had the vege option and it was good. I love that all the options come with “The Basics”; Mustard, Ketchup, Onion and Cheese. I also had a Vanilla and Malt Milkshake. YUM!!

If you want to be cool and stuff you can try the challenge and get your photo taken and put on the Wall of Fame. You basically have to try beat the best time which is about 2 minutes to eat a 25 inch hot dog. DO IT!!

The staff were really nice, I had a nice conversation with the girl that worked there.

If you know of any other places that sell hot dogs in Melbourne, please share!

 

Jx

 

- Massive Wieners Website

- Massive Wieners FaceBook

 

 

- Photography by me.
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Doughboys Doughnuts

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So can you imagine the best doughnut you have ever tasted? Times that by a billion and then another billion. Okay? How amazing does that imaginary doughnut taste?

Well that’s what a Doughboys Doughnut tastes like. Complete doughnut perfection.

The doughnut pictured above is one I sampled for free as part of a competition Gecko’s Adventures ran with Doughboys Donuts, which I think required people to send in entries of what flavour combinations they thought would be amazing.

The winner was: ‘The Turkish Doughlight’ ; Pommegranate-infused vanilla icing and small chunks of turkish delight.

I think some of what makes these doughnuts taste so good is that they are so big (so, so much yummy doughnut) and they are made to order, so they are still warm when you eat it.

You can add them on Instagram @doughboysdoughnuts where they update where they are selling, (usually at the Mercat Cross Hotel 456 Queen street CBD) what times they are open, what flavours they are selling and when hey are sold out (They usually close early because they always sell out).

Jx

 

 
Doughboys Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

Nose Casting – Aesop

“Do not hover always on the surface of things; but penetrate into the depth of matters.”

- Isaac Watts

 

Aesop will be occupying the Myer Windows in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall for about three weeks in April and presenting a seven-part installation to the fortunate passers by.

The windows were revealed last night as part of Aesop’s Nasotheque campaign and I was lucky to be a part of it. Not only for the excitement of something new and also yummy sparkling wine and a thoughtful goodie bag, but because places were available to be one of about 1500 people to have my nose cast.

Yes, nose cast. In my photographs below you can see Aesop have set up a Nose Lab where you can make an appointment and have your nose hand-casted and then have the cast displayed along with other casts in the Installation Lab at the Aesop Nasotheque.

If you can’t get an appointment or don’t want to, you should still go and have a look and experience the performance and information in the windows.

Through this installation Aesop is exploring the human olfactory sense in a clever way through performance art.

 

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“It’s a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Jx
Links:

Declaration of Human Rights

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I forget that at Uni I actually learn a whole lot of different things. I do a whole lot of research on a wide range of issues. And do a whole lot of assignments. I will try and share more of that on The Juliet Report. Y’all may find it interesting .

 

I created the poster above in my second semester of my first year. The particular task required me to create a poster to promote the first articles (1-6) of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights with found images referencing the fashion industry. My teacher was pretty impressed with the result and has printed, laminated and put it up at uni. It was kind of funny, because coincidentally she put it up just after our visit by Simone Cipriani (I briefly mentioned Cipriani in my previous post) from the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative,  and everyone that sees the poster thinks that he left it behind for us.

I hadn’t heard about the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights until I did this task, have you heard about it before? I’ll include some links for you at the bottom so you can go snooping around and find out more.

I’ll just quickly explain the images and how they relate to the relevant rights.

1.  Image; supply and demand image; rights and equality, free market economy; everyone has the right to express themselves.

2. Image; Models. No exclusivity, but more inclusivity.

3. Image; Sass and Bide in Africa for the Ethical Fashion Initiative. Ethical Fashion and Sustainability; making a better world, ethics in the workplace, using sustainable resources, UN Ethical Fashion Initiative, giving women in Africa the opportunity to work.

4. Image; Child slave in Uzbekistan in cotton fields.

5. Image; workers in India. Known to keep workers locked in unsafe factories until all work is complete, low pay…

6. Image; designer knockoffs. Copyright/Trademark, IP Law, Protecting Designs.

 

I don’t have time to make full explanations but I hope that you get the gist from the points listed above.

 

Jx

 

Links

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/what-universal-declaration-human-rights

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/history.shtml

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/drafters.shtml

http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/resources/plain.asp

http://www.ecouterre.com/hm-sourcing-child-picked-uzbek-cotton-claims-anti-slavery-group/

http://www.antislavery.org/english/campaigns/cottoncrimes/default.aspx

http://www.antislavery.org/english/slavery_today/what_is_modern_slavery.aspx

http://www.ilo.org/travail/Whatsnew/WCMS_173363/lang–en/index.htm

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/28/sweatshops-supplying-high-street-brands

http://www.intracen.org/exporters/ethical-fashion/the-initiative/

the week that has been

Hi.

I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.

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This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.

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At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.

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I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.

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And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

gelato messina

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Gelato Messina

237 Smith Street Fitzroy,  VIC

Finally went to Gelato Messina in Fitzroy.

And it’s actually the best gelato ever. I’m not kidding. It was actually voted the best gelato in Australia by the Good Food Guide.

Each lick was so satisfying, so flavoursome, and so creamy. I was naughty and got two scoops because I couldn’t decide which one to have. It was the best decision. I chose Hazelnut ( Made with fresh roasted hazelnuts from Cortemillia in Italy) and Pannacotta with Fig Jam & Amaretti Biscuit. It cost $6 for two scoops in a cone. Pretty fair I’d say.

Something else that makes it extra super is that they make the gelato with raw ingredients and make it all themselves and don’t use any preservatives, flavourings, colourings or pastes. All natural and yummy. I plan to try all the flavours!

Ps. You can see a pic of my gelato on my instagram feed. And the two illustrations above are my own :)

Jx

Links

- Gelato Messina

- Good Food Guide Review

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

time to think about it

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I have decided to be more mindful of what food I am putting into my body. Most of the time I am so busy that I end up not really paying enough attention to the food I eat. I am no longer happy to be like this. I really want to actively attempt to think about what I am actually eating and make better choices every day.

My friends have been teaching and telling me a lot about health and food lately. There are so many things that I am just used to having and not thinking twice about it. I’m not talking about fast food like McDonald’s and the like. We all know those foods aren’t good for us. But I’m talking about anything that is processed, anything with an ingredient as a number, or preservative or something artificial. Even simple and ordinary things like say an ice-cream. I just assume that things are food, they’re being sold, and they wont kill me today so it’s ok. But actually it shouldn’t be ok, because these foods aren’t natural and they aren’t doing me any good.

Anyway, I am sure I will talk more about these things as I learn more, for today though I want to tell you my first step toward thinking about it. I’m going to make some delicious brownies that my friend had made the other day. These brownies were Raw Chocolate Brownies. They were actually so good that I would choose them over any other brownie.

The recipe comes from The Healthy Chef, and I purchased the Raw Cacao from The Spring Street Grocer.

Jx

Links

The Healthy Chef

Brownie Recipe

The Spring Street Grocer

Loving Earth