City 2 Sea Melbourne 2013

It’s always fun to run around Melbourne on a beautiful Spring day!! And Sunday 17th September was perfect for the City 2 Sea race, 14km run.

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I have done this race before in 2011 and I did the City 2 Surf in Sydney 4 times – so I knew what to expect and I knew I wasn’t ready. Perhaps training 2 months out instead of 2 weeks out would have been better. But still, it’s a fun run and I did indeed have fun!

Exhausted at the end
Exhausted at the end


We started off near the National Gallery of Victoria off St Kilda Rd – And it was packed. More than 13,000 people there and everyone with nervous energy. Lizzie and I were excited and a bit scared to get going but so happy with this weather.

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I tracked my progress along the way taking photos at the 4km mark, 6km mark, and 10km mark … perhaps this did slow me down. Especially the 4km mark when I stopped with these two ladies to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Why? Because Westpac was donating $50 for every person who stopped and sang! How amazing! As if we wouldn’t stop!


It’s always a great achievement to compete in one of these races and although I wasn’t quite as fit as I’d like to be, I did laugh and smile and have some lovely moments throughout the race. Especially when I saw my event manager friend Boydy at the 7km mark and get a big hug and chat from this incredible girl who had done such an amazing job working on this event.


Motivation as we run form Adidas
Motivation as we run form Adidas


Another great thing about competing in an event such as this is being invited to attend the VIP City 2 Sea After Party. I will run a 14km race every week if it means finishing up with a couple of ciders and some beautiful gourmet food! Lying in the sun, relaxing with my friend on a Sunday having achieved so much so early in the day. Oh and then to finish with a massage!!


City 2 sea – Hope to see you next year!


Finish 14km success
Finish 14km success


Night Noodle Markets Melbourne 2013

Night Noodle Market has been mentioned a number of times on this blog – but this time for a different location, Melbourne. The famous Sydney food event as part of Good Food Month is now offering Melbournians the experience of this festival.


Set up in Alexandra Gardens just off the hub of the city- the Yarra River, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, the Night Noodle Market is easily spotted by commuters as they hop off trams and head for trains. It’s a beautiful sight in the early evening seeing lots of people flocking into these beautiful gardens to enjoy a wide variety of flavours and foods.


Lights through the trees, Asian style decorations, bar areas decked out like the Oktoberfest marquees and food stalls as far as the eye can see. I was lucky to attend on the second night of the festival and it was pumping. The opening night had attracted 25,000 people and actually temporary close the doors to manage the flocks of people.


Night two was perfect with a warm atmosphere of light and relaxed people tasting amazing food from all around Melbourne. Queues were long and you did have to wait but it honestly didn’t take too long, and if you’re up for trying anything, just jump in the shortest queue. You can also stick around til late and grab some last minute goodies – like the delicious Indian street food of chaat from Autorickshaw. 


I was here with my visiting friend Boydy and we managed to meet up with another few of her friend and make a real night of it. Sharing food, having a few G + T’s from Tanqueray and laughing amongst the colourful lights in this festive area.


The festival is running as part of Good Food Month so make sure to get some friends, grab a picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible Summer atmosphere with some tasty eats.


Night Noodle Markets

November 18-30, 2013

Mon-Tue: 5-9pm; Wed: 5-10pm; Thu:-Fri 5-11pm; Sat:4-10pm; Sun: 4-9pm
Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne


Bastille Day in Melbourne with Eureka 89 Events


Another year and another Bastille Day fast approaches. The french National holiday provides us with an excuse to enjoy delicious french foods and incredible wines. Why not do it at the Eureka Tower where the team from the Eureka 89 events consistently put on wonderful food and drink?

This is the best way to celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne and say Salute (cheers) to our French Friends across the foreign seas!



Eureka 89 & Laurent-Perrier welcome you to celebrate Bastille Day with a French inspired champagne brunch at the top floor of Eureka Tower.

Enjoy a morning of fine food, champagne and glorious views, all from the highest vantage point in Melbourne!

Indulge in a two course French brunch complimented by Laurent-Perrier champagne.

Sunday, 14th July 2013
10am – 11:30am
$65 per person

Download the flyer here.

Make your booking for this Fabulous French Feast by contacting the Eureka 89 Events Team –


Journeys Storytelling – Felix Bar, St Kilda, Thursday 13th June 2013

A brand new, free storytelling show in the heart of St Kilda!

8pm @ FELIX BAR (11 Fitzroy St, St Kilda). Thursday 13th June theme is “JOURNEYS”.


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Come along and hear some of Melbourne’s and the world’s best storytellers tell their best stories based on a different theme on the second Thursday of every month.

Telling stories will be:
Jonathan Schuster
Claire Sullivan
Arielle Conversi
Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall
Rose Callaghan
Sean Bedlam
Stuart Daulman
Briggsly Edwards
Mathew Walkerden

Hosted by Martin Dunlop

This is an incredible night of entertaining storytelling, held fortnightly in St Kilda at the Felix Bar.


If you love storytelling, you should also download the Cock and Bull Podcast from Itunes.

Camping in Style: A complete guide to comfortable camping.

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Recently I met the lovely Angela Armstrong, Author of Camping in Style, at  the Melbourne Writers Club at the Honey Bar in South Melbourne. These are often inspiring evenings where I get to connect with other writers. Angela has written this wonderful book with her husband Stephen to bridge the gap between first time campers who like a little style with those hardcore outdoors types. It’s a fun and interesting guide to camping.

Camping in Style: A complete guide to comfortable camping.

Camping in Style delivers everything you need to travel, shelter, furnish, cook, sleep and live in style when accommodating outdoors. Discover four styles – Starting Out, Continental Breakfast, Outdoor Kitchen and Totally Wild – for fun and easy camping holidays no matter what your level of experience.

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Authors Angela Armstrong and Stephen Rado present camping in a way never been seen before.  Stephen, king of the outdoor castle, six-time Antarctic expeditioner, UN contractor and lifetime camper delivers the technical content while Angela, city girl and queen bee of creature comforts shows how camping can be enjoyed by even the most discerning travellers.

Find out more here:






Press Release here:

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Melbourne: Ideas for a one week visit

Melbourne is now my home! I moved here two years ago and I love exploring my own city. In that time I’ve probably been away for about 6 months of that time if not more with 2 x 2 month overseas trips, week long trips to Sydney, other parts of Australia and overseas. When I am here – I love embracing the arts that this city has to offer and indulging in the many wonderful cuisines offered at great restaurants and bars around the city.
Here is my list of activities and things you can do while visiting for a week. There is a lot more on offer but in a week, I think this will keep you rather busy.
Beautiful Melbourne
Beautiful Melbourne
Things to do in Melbourne:
– Arts Centre – plays
– Shopping on Chapel Street
– St Kilda Beach and Luna Park
Watch a play here!
Watch a play here!
– National Gallery- Monet exhibition
– Melbourne Aquarium – baby penguins there for another 6 months until they are all grown up!
– Draculas – Theatre dinner restaurant (This is a MUST – dinner and show. Very famous!!)
– Eureka Skydeck – 89 floors, view of Melbourne – you could also have a wonderful meal there, 5 course degustation menu.
Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka
Winter Cocktail Evening at Eureka
– Great Ocean Road = 2 days
– Phillip Island – 1 day, drive there and back. Penguin parade and animal park
– Rooftop Bar
Best place to be in the afternoons, Rooftop Bar
Best place to be in the afternoons, Rooftop Bar
– Shrine of Rememberence – War memorial
– River cruise on the Yarra River through the city.
– River boat to Williamstown for Fish and chips.
– AFL Match at the MCG – or stadium tour.
MCG tour
MCG tour
I think this should be more than enough for one week!
If you are up for the Dinners, you should book these in advance so you don’t miss out.
Enjoy my city! There is so so much to do here!

Declared the Taste Master at the Master Wine Challenge 2013

Ok so it’s not as glorious or award winning as it sounds-  I was picked as the person on my table to go in a blind folded wine tasting competition… and I didn’t win! But I had so much fun!

Master Wine Challenge 2013 was hosted at the River’s Edge Events room in Melbourne by the wonderful team at Hurrricane Events. I had a great time last Thursday 16th May.

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I was proud to be asked to attend again after having a wonderful time at last years Master Wine Challenge Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. Last year we were there to mingle and be an honoured guest of Hurricane Events. This year I was there with my Lovelly Communications hat on as social media advisor to Hurricane who recently launched their Social Media Campaign. Very impressed to see them hosting a Twitpic competition on the night with lots of entries coming through on #masterwinechallenge. I was like a proud mumma bear of Social Media– Well done Hurricane Events!



Great wines, 5 course degustation food, competitions and fabulous people. Oh and incredible view of the beautiful Melbourne riverside. What more could you ask for at an event!




An expert wine master was on hand to host the night and teach us about the wonderful grapes we were sampling. Nick Stock (@stockwines) is not only a wine conneisseur, but a wine expert and he now owns his own label TwoFold. Brilliant riesling.


Loved the food, loved the company and was even invited to be the Taste Master for a special competition. Blindfolded on stage sampling a beautiful red wine. I didn’t win but we had a whole lot of fun taking part.

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Thank you Hurricane Events and we hope to see you next year! All the best for the rest of the events around Australia.

More about Hurricane Events:

Twitter: @hurricaneevents 



Video of last years Sydney event:


Today is National Day Of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Show and Tell recently posted a fantastic video of Michala Banas speaking about when she was bullied in high school. It was heartfelt, real, confronting and honest. It was a beautifully done video and it brought to my attention this great website.

Show + Tell was made to inspire and literally show and tell other people’s experiences to the world. We always try to go back to the fundamental understanding that we want to offer an escape for people and will continue to add categories to give more places to peruse and inspire.

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Today again, the video has been posted as well as an article : OK. Time to stop the bullying. 

The video was again shared and the article talks about how bullying is affecting not only children but adults in work places and even amongst friends. Here is a short excerpt from the article:

“Today is National Day Of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Bullying is a huge issue in schools and even workplaces. The bottom line is, it seriously sucks to be bullied.”

I really love this new website, Show and Tell. It’s boomed since starting only a month ago and is picking up pace as it shares beautiful content such as this article and video on bullying.

The website is based around intimate, raw and honest interviews with well known Aussie females. We want to talk to female celebrities, authors, politions and women who are prominent in their field about career, love, family, friendships and other topics that interest and affect women.
There are plenty of great US conversational shows where women act as a voice for other women, but we couldn’t find enough of this stuff featuring our own Aussie women so we thought we’d make our own! We aim to make Show + Tell somewhere we can come to feel inspired, have a laugh, and maybe even a little “ah ha” moment along the way!
The website is also a place you can visit for a daily dose of lifestyle – our take on the news of the day, interiors, food and fashion – your one-stop-shop for all you need to know.

Show and tell were also great to include this wonderful show, Darkness and Light which will be on at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can follow the show and learn more about it @DrknessAndLight on Twitter and on facebook at

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Follow on twitter: @Show_And_Tell_
I hope you enjoy this site as much as I am and share the experiences with these women as they share their lives with us.

Eureka! It’s New Years Eve!

Want the best view of the fireworks in Melbourne this year?

There’s no other place then the fabulous Eureka Tower – the tallest building in Melbourne.


From here you will have 360 degree panoramic views of the incredible fireworks display scattered all over Melbourne.

Not only will you enjoy incredible sights, you get to soak up the stylish atmosphere that is the wonderful Eureka Events floor. Great food, plenty of champagne and the electric vibe of the New Year ringing in.


Contact Eureka 89:

Eureka Tower/7 Riverside Quay
Southbank VIC

(03) 9693 8888


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