Monthly Noms: Burger Edition Part I

It seems that Melbourne (and the rest of the world??) has been infected with Burger-fever for the past year or so with many on the hunt to find that perfect burger. With newspapers popping out ‘Best Melbourne Burger’ articles and bloggers creating Burger Adventure blogs left, right and centre; it wasn’t hard for Ash and I to get sucked in to this Burgermania!

As there quite a number of burger joints to sift through, I’ll do this in a few different posts :)
Excuse for some bad quality photos as a lot of them are taken with my iPhone and the lighting may have been bad!

Classic Baby: Lamb & Wamprat Kofta, Grilled Haloumi, Energon, Funky Coleslaw and Tomato Salsa. Plus, Torgos Executive Powder & Spice Weasel Seasoned HOT CHIPS with Harissa Mayonnaise. ($13 for the meal)

As the name suggests, Baby Burger sells baby sized burgers happen to be incredibly delicious!
Apart from thinking the name was cute – although a bit cannibalistic! – we bought this on a whim at their Supanova food stand just before needing to line up to see Finn Jones as we were starving, and it was a great decision! The chips were an A+ too in our books. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a permanent store but rather open food stands at festivals, cons and the like :( We would definitely get this again next time we see their wonderful food stand pop up!

Charlie

Classic Charlie Burger: Wagyu patty, tomato, gherkins, garden leaves, aioli, Charlie’s tomato sauce with Cheddar Chess. PLUS, Parmesan & Truffle Fries ($11.90 for burger & $4.90 for fries = $16.80 // there wasn’t a combo?)

Charlie & Co’s is just one of many delicious finds that can you spot in the newly opened Emporium in the CBD!
I think my favourite part of Charlie’s burger was the bun. Apart from that, everything was pretty yum but average. We had no problems finishing off the burger in good time, but was it worth travelling to the CBD for? Maybe not? With many other delicious eateries surrounding it, there isn’t much temptation to get this again. On the other hand, their parmesan and truffle fries were a huge hit! Their unique taste was delicious and I would definitely get them again!

Fat Bobs

Jackie O Burger: 180g grass-fed beef pattie, tomato, spanish onion, fontina cheese, cos, mustard, tomato & Fat Bob’s special sauce; PLUS normal fries. ($18.50 combo)

The first thing that you’ll need to know about Fat Bobs is that the burgers here are massive.
I had a lot of problems finishing my burger with the sides. But because the burgers were just so amazingly delicious, we somehow managed to finish everything! (well I left maybe a tiny bit left but I really tried!) The burger pictured above is actually Ash’s and he still stands by his word in saying that it was the tastiest burger he had eaten to date. I actually ate the “HUMMER” which is their spicy burger which I really enjoyed too! However, they also seem to have excellent skills aside from burgers – zucchini chips. They were just so good that I still crave them! ♥

Leroy

Beef burger with fried egg, bacon, lettuce, house made relish, and cheese; served with fries ($17)

We actually visited Leroy Expresso because we bought a Groupon lunch/brekky for 2 Deal for $19!
I’ve had some pretty shitty experiences with groupon/scoopon vouchers but I was pleasantly surprised with this venue! Although their burger could never go up against the top guns, it put up a pretty good fight! As always, I love these kind of buns so that was a huge highlight! The patty tasted quite nice and so did the chips! No complaints from me!

Royale

Bacon Royale: Beef, bacon, double cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles, mustard, mayo & Royale sauce ($14)

The Royale Brothers is actually right by Ash’s work place making it perfectly convenient!
I’ve been there a fair few times (Ash has been there a billion times for obvious reasons) and their burgers are top notch. We’ve had a taste of their cheese royale, bacon royale, pork jerk and grilled chicken. Yummy! Their burgers are delicious if you ignore one critical problem. The BACON. It seems that either the bacon is not cooked enough or is cooked until its black. Until they change bacon chefs, we recommend you go for the cheese royale.  No problems there! On a random note, Ash and I received free Royale Brother hats from the owner for no particular reason!

Big Boy BBQ

The Dorothy: Kansas style saucy beef brisket with pickles and coleslaw ($10.90)

Technically Big Boy BBQ calls this a ‘sandwhich’ but I think it can be considered a variation of  a burger :P
Usually we get a platter at Big Boy BBQ, but I vaguely remember saying I didn’t want to eat that much so we opted to try their sandwiches instead. If there is one thing I can say about them, it is that they do their meats really  well, so it should really be no surprise that this was jam packed with flavour! The saucy beef brisket is absolutely delicious and soaks right in to that bun mhmm. It is definitely something to try if you’re wanting to venture away from the usual beef patty burgers. 

Okay that is the end of my Burger Edition Part One! And man, I am hungry right now.
There’s still a lot more burgers to get through but that’s for another blog post ;) Please let me know if you recommend any awesome burger joints that we could try out. There’s still a few on our list to get to but we’re always happy to eat!

Birthday Presents 2013

Hello! OKAY. I KNOW. This is a very late blog post but I need to post it!
I received pretty amazing gifts for my 22nd last year and this blog post is a way to say thank you to my amazing friends! I have been meaning to post this for ages but I was waiting on someone and then …I just got lazy haha ♥

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As this is super late and the presents are heaps amazing, I thought I’d do something a little different with this blog post (compared to my previous birthday haul posts). Instead of just posting pictures of the birthday present items, I shall also take photos of what my friends think of me based on what they gave me as a present hehe :)

Firstly, quite a number of my friends pitched in to purchase all of these amazing gifts (hover over for names!)
This present had so many aspects of things I loved – esp the wallet which is actually perfect in every way possible that I’m still using it now! But of course…what jumped out the most of this present was that gigantic box in the back…

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So I guess they think I’m some crazy chocolate-loving, candy-smelling, money-hungry NERF GUN WIELDER?!
They also got me this super cool card in which they all wrote one line of a really confusing but funny story about me!!

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The wonderful Cindy, Nico, Amelia and Alex all pitched in to get me Peter Alexander pyjamas and a tea cup set. Which means, the only thing I can assume they think I do is sleep all day and drink tea in those brief moments that I’m awake!?

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Charleen and Ryan got me a trio of MOR beauty care products.
I guess they think that I smell bad and want me to smell more like Lychee!!

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My mum actually got me a few different things that included perfume, my birthday dress and jewellery..but the main gift she gave me was this Rusk Miracurl! I guess she thinks my curling sucks normally and I need help :C

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Lynn gave me this amazing box of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and accessories!
She obviously thinks I’m a fashionistaloser and don’t use enough jewellery and accessories to brighten up my ootd :P

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Jennifer got me a range of beauty and make up products plus a notebook *-*
I guess she thinks my beauty skills suck and that I need a lot of help with my eyelashes and lips in particular!

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Mei got me this cherry blossom handkerchief! Guess she thinks I sneeze too much LOL.

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Sue got me two lovely lip products and a ice cream nail polish!
I guess she thinks that I don’t use enough lip products and need a little help!! And I like ice cream .. :P

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My brother got me this cream bag (which goes nicely with the wallet!). It’s bigger than the previous bag he bought me for Christmas the year before… I guess he thinks that I carry too much shit around with me ahaaha

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Lawrence gave me these clothing items very late (hence no photos of myself) so I guess he wants me to dress better D:

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Now Ashley bought these gorgeous red shoes and paid for a surprise couple photoshoot ♥-♥
I’m guessing he thinks I’m pretty damn vain and that I want to be taller standing next to him HAHA (*angry*)

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I hope you hovered over each of the images to hear my true thoughts about each of the presents ;)
I’m super grateful for all the presents that I received for my 22nd birthday and I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life! So this post is definitely my way of recognizing and thanking all you awesome people that constantly shower me with your love :’) I can’t wait to celebrate my upcoming birthday with all of you wooop! <3

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Kickstarter HJ-Story

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Hello hello! A few months ago, I received my Kickstarter from HJ-Story!
I’m sure most of you have heard of HJ-Story before or at least have seen his amazing artwork floating around the net. I have always been a huge fan of his artwork so when I heard he was starting a Kickstarter project to create two art books, I jumped on board straight away. I decided to select the “Perfect Love Set” pledge which got me all the above items!

When you pledge a project, you receive emails to notify you when there are updates.
And it was seriously amazing how much effort and work he was putting in to all the rewards! I couldn’t get it in the above picture but there were bookmark rewards, but instead of creating normal flat bookmarks, he went a whole lot further and made an adorable clip set. ANDD If you look closely, some of his artworks are printed on holographic paper making them reflect and shine and asfhjk-♥ I seriously cannot get over how awesome the rewards were in this Kickstarter.

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Another awesome part of this Kickstarter was a Thank You page at the end of the art books for all the contributors! Because HJ-Story is a love story about the creator and his wife, people were encouraged to enter two names of their choice (theirs and a loved one!). So if you look closely, Ashley and my name are in these books! ♥ Super special.

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As of yet, this is the only Kickstarter I have backed and I am so glad that I did it!
If you don’t know what Kickstarter is, I recommend that you do go check it out to see some amazing projects and if you see something that interests you, back it!! …in moderation of course *looks at Ashley

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GoT Themed Outfit

Hello wonderful people! How have you all been?
My life is feeling rather empty at the moment with the lack of Game of Thrones episodes. I need my weekly dose of fantasy, medieval warfare and conspiracy plotting. So when Amy from Fanny Crown told me check out their wide range of formal gowns, I was automatically drawn to pieces that could fit in to the GoT theme. After pages of scrolling, I finally settled on this stunning V Neck Gown that Margaery would love to get her boobs in hehe.

No really though, look how amazing this V neck is? Imagine dat cleavage you would get mhmm!

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To style this dress, I envisioned Margaery sitting in her bed chambers getting dressed for the day.
Whilst her hand maiden made swift work of her waterfall hair, Margaery stared in to her reflection in the mirror. Without much hesitance, she firmly secured the two golden rose earrings in to each ear lobe before sighing . Surrounded by Lannisters, it only seemed fair for her to be able to don her family sigil as much as she could. Thus, with a slight gesture of her hand she instructed her hand maiden to fasten the lightly tinted-pink gold necklace around her neck. Leaning closer to the mirror, she light applied a thin coat of baby pink lipstick before puckering her lips and smirking. Standing up, she glanced down at the heels Grandmother had insisted would ensure no men could overlook her. With a bounce in her step, she thanked her hand maiden whilst she exited her chambers to face her future husband.

Hehe. Well yes, that was just a small drabble of how I imagine Margaery would get ready in the morning (I have yet to read much of the books so I apologize if I did not do justice to Margaery! Please just focus on the outfit!)

I really wish that I had some sort of formal event so that I could wear this! Although, maybe it’s lucky that I don’t have anything on because it’d be pretty hard to decide if I would wear this Margaery style dress OR one of these two others I found below. The first Black Gown would be a good representative of Sansa’s new makeover that we saw emerge in Season 4. And the second silver gown would look absolutely stunning if you were to go down the Targaryen pathway!

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In the mood to rule the Eyrie? Check out Sansa’s gown here

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Dance with the dragons in this Targaryen-esque dress over here.

As you can see I had quite a bit of fun with styling the dresses that Fanny Crown had on display for my viewing!
The site is definitely jam packed with amazing dresses and if I am ever in need of a formal gown, I would be heading straight to this site for choices. I should also mention that they have wedding dresses. Yes. I know!!! If you’re like me, you absolutely love lusting over what kind of dress you may wear at your wedding one day! Based on my body type, I’m definitely thinking of an A-Line type of dress hmm. But ah, I regress! That won’t be happening for quite some time, so until then …please invite me to events where I can wear long flowing dresses!

Also until the 30th July, you can get a 15% discount code if you use: MELLUDEE14 at checkout!

Which dress would you pick out of the three?!
WHO DO YOU WANT TO SIT ON THE IRON THRONE?!?

Not-So-Monthly Noms

Hi! So it has come to my attention that I …have not done a Monthly Noms post in a really long time.
For those who read my tweets sometime last year, you would’ve remembered that I tried to post the Sept-Oct Noms post but I lost all my edits after my browser crashed (why it did not save? I have no idea). Either way, I remember being sick (laryngitis) and pissed off ..so I never posted it. And then continued not to post anything…

So, I have decided to rectify this problem (as there are too many delicious photos of food not to post!) by posting them in a series of different blog posts until I catch up to present time.  They won’t be posted in any chronological order, but rather just randomized and maybe sometimes specialized ;)! So please, sit back and prepare to salivate.

Nom

The Masterpiece @ Passionflower (City)

Scotch Eggs @ Gypsy & Pig (City)

mow

Chicken with Plum Sauce @ Kumo Izakaya (Brunswick East)

Brekky

Eggs Benedict(?) plus Hashbrowns @ LeRoy Expresso (St Kilda)

Ramen

Tonkatsu Ramen @ Waya (Glen)

Aunties Dumpling

Shanghai Fried Noodles, Chicken & Prawn Dumplings, Spring Onion Pancake and Ribs @ Aunties Dumpling (Carnegie)

Fresh

French Platter @ La Cassolette (City)

Kebeb

Open Souvlaki with Chips @ Meat Me (Oakleigh)

fishchips

Fish & Chips @ Ionic (Knox Ozone)

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Little Boy @ Big Boy BBQ (Caulfield South)

Paradise plus Jam donut @ Herosubs (City)

I think that should be enough procrastination for one night hehe ♥
Hopefully, I should be posting another one of these within the next week or so! If you have any recommendations of places to eat in Melbourne, please feel free to shoot me a comment and we’ll definitely check it out!

xxx