One of the shore stops on the Alaskan cruise was Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. Even though it’s the capital, there’s no direct road access to the rest of Alaska or the US, and primary access is by air and sea.
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Brown rice and lentils.
I know, for most people it doesn’t bring up images of deliciousness.
But but but… what if I told you that it is possible to cook something really tasty from brown rice and lentils – something so good you could serve to guests?
In late August, Alastair and I went on holiday. Huzzah.
Along with the parentals, plus Bro and gf, we flew to Vancouver and hopped on a cruise ship to Alaska. Yes, family holiday ahoy.
It was a 7 day cruise to the inside passage. If you’ve ever looked at a map of that part of the world, you’ll see that there is a thin segment of land on Canada’s far east that belongs to Alaska. That’s the part that we visited.
I attended the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup preview dinner courtesy of Melbourne Racing Club and Haystac.
Well. Hello! My month’s absence was mostly an unintended hiatus. I can’t even really say that I was busy? We returned home from our holiday, I hung out at home for a bit, went back to work, and blogging just went on the backburner (much like editing holiday photos oyyyyy).
However, one thing I did do in the past month was this dinner at Caulfield Racecourse.
Now I do have a confession to make. 10+ years in Melbourne, and despite living not particularly far from the Flemington Racecourse, I have never yet been to the races. But that is changing this year. Thanks to Haystac I’m heading to the Caulfield Cup next weekend, and I also attended this preview dinner for the Black Caviar restaurant at Caulfield Racecourse.
8bit is the latest (only?) gourmet burger joint in Footscray, and in the few short months since it’s been open it’s already received a lot of attention online. The place is themed around old school video games (hence 8bit), with the decor similarly inspired, a playable arcade machine inside, and all the burgers and hot dogs named after various titles from what some would say is the golden age of video gaming. There’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia, hey?
Alastair and I stopped by for lunch one weekend and they were doing a roaring trade, with plenty of people waiting for takeaway. They were pretty busy but we didn’t have a problem finding a seat inside, with customers eating and moving on pretty quickly.
Disclosure: I attended Colours of Cuba courtesy of Crown.
I’m currently in Canada, but a couple of Mondays ago I was in Cuba.
Actually, that is a total and blatant untruth. I was actually at Crown for the kick off for their Colours of Cuba fiesta.
Colours of Cuba is running over four weeks (so there’s a couple of weeks left) and all venues within Crown are interpreting the theme in their own way with special drinks and food.
Disclosure: My meal was courtesy of DuNord.
You have to love Melbourne.
Pretty much whatever cuisine tickles your fancy – you can find it.
Feel like – oh, I don’t know – Nordic cuisine? Because if that’s what you’d like, trot on down to DuNord on Little Bourke Street, where they serve Nordic-inspired cuisine and cocktails.
So if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I like animals.
I like dogs, I like goats, I like alpacas, I like capybaras, I like elephants – I LIKE THEM ALL.
And cats too of course, because: cats.
I mean, look at these dumbies of mine. How can I not love them?
So when RSPCA asked if I wanted to become an online ambassador for their upcoming cupcake day, my answer was yes! Who can resist animals, cupcakes and good causes?