Baby Styling – Relaxed summer

ย Styling Daniel – Relaxed summer baby

Before the scorching heatwave that hit Melbourne last week, Baby D enjoyed a nice, relaxing summer day visiting the ducks at the various parks walking distance from our house. Dressed in this comfy combo we enjoyed running after his furry friends, flying in the air on the swings in the playground and spending quality family time in the great outdoors.

– tshirt by Zara Baby
– red shorts and casual shoes by Pumpkin Patch

Baby D has grown up so much over the past few months and it’s been such an amazing journey so far watching how much he is wanting to talk and communicate with us! He is starting to copy things we say and is developing his independence already. I can’t believe that just 12 months ago he was just a little baby needing to be carried everywhere and only eating breastmilk – now Baby D is eating anything and everything he can get his hands on from olives to anchovies and kare-kare goodness! He is totally loving this summer weather because he just gets so excited being outside. Ahhh the simple things ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

South Melbourne’s Tuckshop

Tuckshop menu The Urban MaThe Urban Ma South Melbourne

The F.T Tuckshop – 2 Charles St, South Melbourne

As you can probably tell by the shaggy and untamed fringe Daniel is rocking we visited this place quite a few months ago now! – I found a few unpublished posts that I need to get up on this blog. I found this place whilst taking a random stroll down Clarendon street’s surroundings as I waited for my sister to meet me. It pays to look up and as we made our way down Coventry street and its cute boutiques the words “cheeseburger, jaffle and milkshakes” caught me eye.

In a small space down the laneway emerged Tuckshop – suitably named as ordering through the little window was like ordering lunch at the tuckshop at primary school ๐Ÿ™‚ With quite a substantial menu for lunch, Baby D and I couldn’t go past the meatball sandwich and a Banoffee milkshake. The bread roll was soft and the meatballs were covered in just the right amount of sauce and melted cheese. Our milkshake was served with a cute striped straw, creamy and super delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚ We lounged around and watched people on their lunch break enjoying old school jaffles and quality coffee. If you’re after a satisfying meal of good old classics served by friendly staff check out Tuckshop! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Little Mushroom Co.


The Little Mushroom Co. – food trucks at the Yarraville Gardens – various times

It was a boiling hot Sunday in Melbourne so we decided early in the day that we’d go out for dinner. We scoured the social media channels to find out where the foodtrucks would be serving dinner and thought it would be nice to make the most of the summer heat and enjoy a meal outside. We found that there were going to be at least 5 food trucks parked at Yarraville Gardens…woohoo!

The hubby and some of my relatives all ordered from the The Dude Food Man devouring big, flavoursome burgers dressed with crispy bacon and some chunky chips on the side. Mum had her first try of the goodies by Dos Diablos while I opted for a mushie burger from The Little Mushroom Co. Having eaten so much food over the Christmas period I really wanted a burger but didn’t want anything to heavy. I ordered The Mexican burger and the Mexican corn. Well cooked, tasty and just what I needed to feel a little less guilty about everything I consumed during the Christmas/New Year season.

ย Baby D loved roaming the Yarraville Gardens andย seeing all the dogs run about while the parentals happily watched. May 2014 bring many more picnics in the park!


Lunar New Year in St Albans

Chines New Year Festival #1 – Alfreida street, St Albans
Sunday 5th January 2014

Every year for the past 16 years St Albans has come to life with the lunar new year festivities taking place in the closed off Alfreida street. This was the first year I attended the St Albans festival as previously we were always busy performing at either the Springvale, Richmond, Crown or Russell street events (see further down for the dates and locations of this year’s Lunar festivals). It was so great to see all the local traders and the community come together to enjoy the culture and celebrations as they welcome the new year – approximately 70, 000 people were expected to visit the St Albans festival this year.

Opening ceremony

In the opening ceremony we were told by the MC that this is the year of the green wood horse and in 2014 if you’re thinking of travelling or starting that business, now is the time to do it! We also told to watch out for an unexpected romance. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The festival was opened by some special guests including Bill Shorton and some representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Vietnamese TV and John Watson from the Brimbank Council. There was loud applause when Bernie Finn promised that this was the year that will finally see the removal of the St Albans level railway crossing – let’s keep an eye out for that. Loud firecrackers and vibrant lion dancing brought the main stage to life and then we were off to check out the wonderful aromas that filled the street. Baby D received a red envelope from the beautiful women dressed in traditional attire, score!

The food

All the stalls had fresh food ready for the taking and I thought it was all quite reasonably prices compared to other festivals I’ve been to! All up we spent around $50 pigging out on:
bbq skewers, salt and pepper soft shell crab,
beef wrapped in betel leaves, shrimp pancakes,
Vietnamese iced coffee and sugar cane drink and some Vietnamese doughnuts.

It was such a nice way to spend a Sunday as the sun shone down on us. There were over a dozen rides and games that filled one half of the street creating such a cheerful atmosphere as you walked from one stage to the other. Singing and dancing by the local talents entertained the masses. Food, entertainment, family and great weather, what more could you ask for!

If you missed out last weekend, not to worry! – the St Albans Lunar festival was just the first of the Chinese New Year offerings this year in Melbourne. See the below table for the upcoming dates and locations or you can check out their official website here. Congratulations on such a well run event! See you at the next one!

Upcoming Chinese New Year events

Location Venue Dates Time
Richmond Victoria St, North Richmond Sun, 19 January 2014 10 AM – 10 PM
Springvale Buckingham Avenue, Springvale Sun, 26 January 2014 9 AM – 9 PM
St Albans St Albans Town Centre Sun, 5 January 2014 10 AM – 9 PM
Box Hill Market St and Main St Sat & Sun 1 – 2 February 2014 1 PM – 1 AM
Chinatown Russell St Sun, 2 February 2014 10 AM – 10 PM
Glen Waverley Kingsway, Glen Waverley Sun, 9 February 2014 11 AM – 9 PM
Footscray Hopkins Street, Footscray Sun, 2 February 2014 10 AM – 10 PM

Crown Casino will also run their 12th annual Hawkers Bazaar along the Yarra with many stalls and stages from
Thursday 30th of January – Sunday 2nd of February 2014 and spectacular fireworks displays at midnight on Thursday 30th of January and 9pm on Saturday 1st of February.

If you’re hungry for more check out fellow bloggers Kenny and Arielleย to see their adventures at last Sunday’s Lunar festival ๐Ÿ™‚

Rewind Dance Crew doing rocking the CNY stages over the years