2015 in a Nutshell

It’s crazy to think that it feels like just yesterday that we were welcoming 2015!
This year has flown past really quickly and it’s worrying to think that I might be at that age where years begin to blend together eep. Seriously though, I vividly remember painting my nails for Easter :|

Anyway, when I’ve made these ‘year in a nutshell’ posts in the past, I’ve always been able to go through my photos and pick out the memorable moments of the year. But when I had a look at my photos for 2015, all I could find was food photo after food photo!? 90% of them being burgers lol! So because of this I dub 2015 the burger year.

Check Ash’s instagram @encephlon to find out his top 10 eatsburgers for 2015! 

No, really. We ate a lot of burgers lol. The above image is a “quick” compilation of only some of the burgers we consumed in 2015!! What theeee!!! And can you imagine that there is so much more than this photo holds purely because 1) I don’t always take photos of my food 2) there wouldn’t be enough space on this screen to fit all of them! Hah. So this explains my weight gain hah (srs tho I’m a fatty boomba now ;A;)


Thankfully, I managed to find some photos of things other than food and burgers hahaha.
2015 was also the year for education! I have my Bachelors of Biomed, Cert in Educational Support, as well as undertaking my Masters of Teaching (Primary) and Dip of Early Childhood. Super study load at the moment heh.


And I actually think most importantly, 2015 also held a huge ‘visual’change for me.
I’ll do a proper blog post about this in 2016 but I made the brave step to undertake Orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Simply, this is an overnight vision correction method that works by me wearing specially made hard-lens while I sleep. Because of this amazing treatment, I am able to see clearly for the first time without needing to wear glasses/contacts during the day. I promise I’ll post about Ortho-K soon but for now, just know that it is a much recommended option.

As all years, 2015 had many ups and downs but I believe it was overall a good year.
Let’s hope 2016 will be an amazing year for all of us too ♥

Happy New Year!

Favourite posts for 2015: Big Bang MADE in Melbourne, Eat with Melody, Recent Eats, Burgmania


Sup it’s Ash again to regale you with some Easey readin’ (and Mel too with her text in pink!!!) 


Easey’s is the place where you can take it easy with an Easey Cheesy and a frothy or four, and that’s the Easey’s motto…
or at least in my mind it is…

Chowing down on some iconic Melbourne foods – burgs, dimmies and potato cakes – could not be done anywhere more appropriate than on that which Melbournians have our most emotional relationship with, our public transport system. Specifically in this case decommissioned train carriages that were inexplicably hoisted up onto a rooftop.


The concept of the place is that the building is about 5 stories high and each floor offers something different. The ground is a bar with some retro gaems with a wholefoods place out back, the second floor is a pop-up fashion store which was yet to open when we went and the remaining floors are the Easey’s kitchen, the rooftop beer garden and the crown jewel, the train carriages. The linchpin of this mish-mash is that you can eat/drink errythang on erry floor. So if the train carriages are full you’re in luck, you can eat a burger  with a vegetarian friend at the whole foods place and watch them salivate.

We were pleasantly surprised when the elevator from the ground took us straight up onto a train carriage. There’s nothing like overlooking Melbourne from original train seats while smashing some  of our most cherished takeaway foods (except these are much better than what you had as a kid and don’t cost too much more). Follow that up with something  with a bit more of a twist – sexy old school milkshake flavored donuts – and  the resulting culinary experience is sublime.


Unfortunately, the first time we went was on a Saturday causing a few unexpected problems.

We had booked for a train carriage at 2pm, but due to traffic etc, we were a bout 10 minutes late. Due to their extreme popularity, it seemed that our table was given away. We were told to sit outside, meaning a few outdoor tables between carriages (which was actually pretty sweet, if it wasn’t so cold that day!) until a table freed up. Waited approx 15 mins. 


The above image is actually their ‘old menu’ now, as after being open for a week, Easey’s listened to some customer feedback and changed up their menu quite some bit. You can check it out here. Not gonna lie, I am slightly disappointed that the Easey Cheese now comes with salad and is therefore an additional $2, but oh well.

If people want salad in their burgers, they’ve now got it.



We were all very disappointed to find out that their potato cakes and dim sims were both sold out by the time we were ready to make our order. But really, that just meant that Ash and I were going to have to make a second visit…which we actually did, about 4 days later on a Wednesday afternoon. 


First Visit (Saturday): Easey Cheesey with added 2x bacon, beef patty and cheese ($16)


Second Visit (Wednesday): Easey Cheesey with added 2x bacon, beef patty and cheese ($16)

While one can get lost in the surreal venue, we have to remember the endeavor in question, the endeavor of burg ingurgitation that is. The outside is a secret recipe potato bun which served as a tasty but perhaps less overbearing substitute for a brioche.  Nestled inside is SOFTNESS. EVERYTHING JUST MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH. Except the bacon, the bacon was crispy like well CRISPY BACON (sorry my metaphors are failing me). Anyway it’s a definitive burger and one that undoubtedly should be at the top of everyone’s ‘to try’ list.

You can wash down all that rocket sauce with Melbourne Bitter on tap (!!), which perhaps not the most distinguished beer is one closely entwined with the heart of this establishment, Jimmy. Melbourne Bitters throughout its unremarkable history has never been on tap.  That all changed conveniently just in time for its most vocal proponent, Jimmy, to serve it at the grand opening of his restaurant.


First Visit (Saturday): Easey Cheesey with added bacon and jalapenos ($10)


Second Visit (Wednesday): Easey Cheesy with added bacon and jalapenos ($10)

While I’m quite the burger fan by now, I still sometimes struggle to eat a burger due to size and/or taste. My burger at Easey’s was in fact very easy to eat. The size was perfect for me and the overall taste was so good that I don’t think I put it down once. As a spice lover, I did experiment with the two available Changz hot sauce and can confirm that they’re both good. I personally actually really liked the addition of the Changz Red Habanero to my burger!

Interesting to note, despite the burgs looking diff the second time around, they were just as delicious.



The milkshake doughnut was hot and crunchy on the outside, reminiscent of a good jam doughnut, and perfectly gooey and sweet on the inside. Despite asking the waitress about the Blue Heaven doughnuts that were advertised on their Facebook page, we were served their oddly green coloured ones. After posting about it on my instagram, it turns out they were Lime flavoured which were still perfectly delicious. 

I knew that the Blue Heaven ones would be A M A Z I N G if these were already so good. 



On our second go around, we were promised Blue Heaven doughnuts BUT IMAGINE OUR DISPLEASURE WHEN WE WERE SERVED GREEN DOUGHNUTS AGAIN. So anyway we complained straight away about this ginormous problem, only to be reassured by someone with a certain managerial aura that they were indeed blue heaven, but joked that his cook had gone color-blind (who knows maybe it wasn’t a joke, looks pretty green to me). His words did not lead me astray and I enjoyed the best doughnut like eva, a green-colored-but-blue-heaven-flavored doughnut.

Being the sweet tooth in the relationship, I was incredibly pleased with these. 
I was correct – I liked the Lime flavoured ones, but I LOVED the Blue Heaven doughnuts. I have never enjoyed a doughnut more! They were so delicious that I decided to order another two for takeaway (Ash stole on tho :( )


On our second visit, we managed to order the potato cakes. I have never had a beer-battered let alone a Melbourne Bitter battered Potato cake. The verdict? Like a normal potato cake BUT BETTER.

The golden batter was delightfully crunchy and it was def one of the best I’ve had.


On a funny note, when we took the elevator down, we had an extra person try to join us but the elevator beeped stating we had exceeded the maximum KG…..which was 400kg. What even. All those burgers couldn’t have surely made six people total to 400kg, could it?? Either way, the sixth person stepped out and the elevator worked again haha. 


Easeys are open for the long hours and proudly serve burgs for brekky, lunch and din. They also have an interesting brekky item of deep fried frostie (dat cereal) chicken & deep fried poptarts. As I’m not a morning person I’m afraid I won’t get to try them anytime soon. But then I think of those delectable burgs again and that regret becomes a distant memory. Easey’s is departing platform 1 now and this is one train you really don’t want to miss.

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Ash’s B’day @ Cafe 51 & Ike’s Rack Shack

Hello hello from both Melody and Ashley!
Today we bring you a joint post about the awesome places we visited for Ash’s birthday. So if you see any blue text in the post, that’ll be Ashley butting in with his opinions about the dericious food we fattened ourselves with.
(Sorry that this post is so late, it took foreverrrr to force Ashley to write a few sentences -_-)

I messaged Cafe 51 about a potential birthday booking for Ash’s bday and man, did I receive an amazing response.
Not only did they take my booking (not something they’ve done in the past), they presented me with several different options and offers to make Ash’s birthday that little bit more special. As you can see in the photo below, we got our own little private table out the back along with awesome decorations that they let us keep! Best customer service ever.



I was happily surprised to see the above signage outside the cafe and on their instagram!!
Yeah, like I said, they have excellent customer service and there aren’t much other places that are this awesome.


Bacon 3 Way burger. This burger sounded like rocket sauce but unfortunately I wasn’t overly fond of the sauce, namely the bbq-sauce-like-bacon-jam. However I could taste potential, which was confirmed when I tried Mel’s derishicious doughburg, that was awesome and I need to have another. Now. Normally I’m a fan of sweeter buns, the big eg being brioche and so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at how much I liked the sweetest of sweet buns, namely the donut encapsulating the doughburg. Note: they have since switched up the buns which are now prettier ;)


At this time, the doughburger wasn’t yet on their menu so when I explained my sweet tooth to them over email, they encouraged me to try out their latest creation. I actually really enjoyed it and finished it easily! It helped a lot that the size of this burger was a lot smaller than Ash’s one haha. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would like to get it again!


We stuffed our faces gloriously (literally haha ^) but the main attraction was yet to arrive!
Our Death By Chocolate burger …waffle?… CAKE! Yes, his birthday cake was a special burger cake haha ♥



This gargantuan beast aka my burday burger bake… I mean cake aka a much bigger than usual death by chocolate. This baddest of bad sweet boys from bottom up is waffle bun, 10 inch beef patty, heaps of cheese, layers of bacon, nutella, bbq sauce and popping candy, and waffle again. MAN this was the tits but also super rich. I would say it should be treated as both your main and dessert rather than attempting to conquer it post ‘savoury’ burg. Woops. The overwhelming sweetness of the nutella was a bit of a clash with everything but when you remember that bbq sauce is normally pretty sweet anyway it’s not too much of a stretch. I can’t guarantee everyone would like this but I’d say if you like the way it sounds its no doubt worth a try.

Like shit, I knew they warned me about the size of this thing but I really didn’t realise how big it was LOL..
While I personally wasn’t a fan of nutella and beef … I really really liked the nutella and the waffle!!! Seriously. Their waffle was amazing and I will happily order it separately to eat with nutella :)

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After waddling out of Cafe 51, feeling at least a few KGs heavier than when we walked in haha, I gave Ash some secret driving instructions to a nearby place for his next birthday surprise! For agessss, Ash has been bugging me to go to one of those Escape Rooms but because I’m literally a wuss, I always refused as the majority of them are quite scary. But as I really wanted us something to do other than eat on his birthday, I did lots of googling until I found one that provided non scary themes haha …also lucky that it was super close to Cafe 51.

Hilariously, there were a few other things nearby such as go-karting and paintball nearby so he was kept guessing until we finally entered the building named ‘EXITUS” and he saw what we were really doing!

I chose the ‘Casino Heist’ challenge and managed to successfully complete it! YAY! :D


Even though, dinner was at like 8pm ..we were NOT ready for this. Seriously. I was still so full :(

Dat triple rack stack. These were some sickkkk ribs. Pork, beef and lamb. When people talk ribs they are usually talking pork and let me tell you these were the business. Best I’ve had. Altho I enjoy a good lamb rib, and it goes without saying that these were damn fine, I usually find lamb ribs to be a bit too fatty and so they are my least favourite and that held to be the case here. But again prob the best lamb ribs I’ve had and still very enjoyable. I might be a bit of an oddity and beef ribs tend to my favourite and so man these were the shiiit. They reminded me of an old fav – Racks Ribs Co which unfortunately closed it’s doors permanently and is sorely missed, but the great smoky taste was def invoked here.

As for the non-racked food accompaniments aka sides, the jalaoeno cornbread and salad were all more than up to scratch. (Oddly, I found myself enjoying the jalapeno cornbread way more than I should! It was dericious!) All the rack recipes as well many of the others were put together by famous Texan pit smoker, Chris Terlikar and are prepared on a competition grade smoker imported from rack city itself, Texas. Anyway the short of it is, get these ribs in you now.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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After a long day of eating and solving puzzles, Ash took me home where I finally got to present him with his gifts! I tried my hardest to make everything a ‘B’ theme haha – for no particular reason except that he loves boardgames, burgers and beer lol. Although, I couldn’t think of a ‘B’ word for the Makise figure hmm…

Pressies from mah babeh #baconbourbon #win A photo posted by Ashley Kasner (@encephlon) on


His mum says I should stop spoiling him though ahah (Naaaaaah, spoil me more)
Isn’t Makise Kurisu just beautiful though?