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Grand Final Long Weekend in Melbourne

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One advantage of having a mother who is a crazy Swans fan is when she offers to take you to Melbourne to see the AFL grand final…. let’s ignore that my team (the Bombers) apparently only had one player all season! I was there to cheer the Swans and do some heckling!

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Starting with a flight out from an airport with terrible coffee and a logo that reminds me of the new one for

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My first Jetstar flight. Yeah, what leg room?

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A bumpy ride and a drizzly cold grand final parade.

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Grill’d for lunch

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Myer’s dizzying heights

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Soy Gelato for dinner

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And back on the City Circle Tram, to the Docklands Travelodge.

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Dressed for the game Saturday morning. Showing my true colours.

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Coffee and breakfast at Hardware Societe.

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Rice pudding!

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Ampelmann???

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Following the crowd to the G.

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As the weather gets worse and the ponchos come out.

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Fortunately we were sheltered.

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Some post match celebrations:

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Dinner at Baci at Crown

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Squid

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Pasta.

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Pizza for breakfast! One with a black rice base, the other polenta. Both gluten free from the QV Markets

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Awww poor Hawks….

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Hotel Ibis, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

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My second stay at Ibis Little Bourke, this basic, but adequate, hotel, located ultra close to Southern Cross Station and within walking distance of all the best conference venues ;) (read about my first stay here)

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I managed not to injure myself in the shower this time. The air con was quieter, and the towels better. I did pay more ($103 per night, this time through wotif, last time was through Qantas, but it WAS school holidays and a weekend this time).

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They have a luggage storage area which we used, but don’t leave valuable there, because I kinda just walked in to get my bag and could have left with anything. You can pay for a locker there, or at the station, if you need. I just carried my zenbook around for the day ;)

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Loved the 11am checkout, and our room was available before lunch on the day we got there :) I’m sure I’ll stay there again!

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Soy Gelato from Casa del Gelato, Lygon St, Carlton

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This gelato has gotten even better since the first time I had it. Nom nom nom.

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Went there twice while in town for the atheist convention. Soy Baci, Soy coffee and soy hazelnut flavours. 5 for a small. Awesome.

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Tank Fish and Chippery, Lygon St, Carlton – my first taste of Kosher salt!

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We went to Lygon street in search of pasta, but wound up trying the fish and chips at Tank. And ZOMG I’m glad we did! (aside from feeling weird that I wasn’t at Bateman’s Bay and I was still eating fish and chips. Sokay, though, cos I didn’t end this meal with tea in a paper cup…)

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We got the “Tank for Two” ($26) with one of the pieces of fish grilled for me. Delish! The tartare sauce is amazing, and the calamari has a touch of chilli and is divine.

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And, I’ll have to admit that Kosher is not something I’d thought of for salt, being in Melbourne for an atheist convention and all, but David’s Kosher salt is great! Big flakes, perfect on these chips!

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Where’s your favourite fish and chips?

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The Hardware Sociéte, Melbourne

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The day after the Global Atheist Convention, Rish and I went with a couple of Sydneyites to The Hardware Sociéte, tucked away on Hardware St, Melbourne, for breakfast. Breakfast extended to 11:30, awesomely for a Monday, but they are very strict with that as the cut-off time.

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Rish started with an amazing mocha, basically an espresso shot, with a jug of hot chocolate. The hot chocolate itself came as a clump of chocolate in a cup, with about two cups worth of hot chocolate in the side mug. Ultra-sweet!

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My soy latte was at a perfect drinkable temperature, and awesome. Two went down quite welcomely.

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Rish selected one of the versions of baked eggs, with chorizo and romanasco, while Ash had the (ultra rich) baked eggs, with sausage, pesto and olives. She didn’t make it through, though you could blame it on starting with the hot chocolate!

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I ate “Le Sandwich”, while Mike had my second choice, sardines on toast

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The Hardware Sociéte was one of those place I’d never have found without Foursquare, and the fact it was recommended by my food blogger contacts on there.

What’s the best place you’ve found via your online connections?