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Grand Hyatt Melbourne Collins Kitchen– Mouth-watering dishes from the Burn City Pop Up

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During our holiday in Melbourne, we had the opportunity to check out Collins Kitchen at the Grand Hyatt. The name Collins Kitchen might bring about a rather casual restaurant image in your mind, but it is actually a pretty contemporary looking restaurant with an ultra high ceiling and an enormous kitchen in full view of the restaurant.

While we were there, Burn City Smokers was helming the kitchen and they will be there until the end of November. Burn City Smokers, as their name suggests, are experts in the art of smoking with wood, combining traditional techniques with modern flavour and style. Their menu for Collins Kitchen include Tasmanian free range baby back pork ribs, smoked lamb rump, pork scratchings, corn bread and popcorn ice cream sandwiches. Basically all the good stuff that will leave you feeling like you’ve just been to a traditional Southern American barbecue.

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The 3 of us were very impressed with the food, the ambience and the service. We managed to get a nice booth seat next to the windows so we felt like we were in our own little world, even though the restaurant was packed since it was Melbourne Cup day. Speaking of which, all the ladies were dressed to the nines, with their fascinators and all. Aside from the spring salad which was a little difficult to eat (too many long stems), we enjoyed all the dishes that we ordered. The meats were fabulous as expected. The hanger steak had beautiful flavour while  my 8 hour smoked beef short ribs was bone tender and very rich tasting. It might actually be a good idea to share this, because a little goes a long way!

Collins Kitchen Burn City Pop Up

More than once during the meal, and during the course of my holiday, I mentioned to the Partner that we should plan another visit to Collins Kitchen. Great pricing (this meal would probably have cost much more in Singapore!) and a great experience, alas we just didn’t have time during our trip!

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Is Melbourne Baby/Toddler Friendly for tourists with children?

Parents with young children often wonder if a country or city that they’re travelling to is baby or toddler-friendly. Just check the mommy forums online and you will know that this is a perennial question. And rightly so too. I mean if your baby or toddler is already a handful in Singapore, the last thing you want is to be unprepared and ill-equipped in a foreign location. It’s very easy for bystanders to say “go with the flow, it’s a holiday!”, but if it’s an issue that you have to face every single day of your trip, it will take its toll.

We just returned from Melbourne last week. Prior to visiting, I had been told that Melbourne is pretty baby-friendly. My biggest concern before going was how to let Baby nap comfortably, and whether the streets would be stroller-friendly. I wasn’t too concerned food-wise because Baby loves his food, and also Melbourne seems clean enough. On the whole, we had a pretty good 10 day holiday in Melbourne, yes 10 days entirely in Melbourne city.

Is Melbourne baby / toddler-friendly? Here’s what I found out.

1. Baby food is super affordable in Melbourne!

Baby Food in Melbourne

So cheap! $1.50 for Rafferty’s Garden, $1.65 for Macro’s Organic and $2 for Bellamy’s!!

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Greetings from Melbourne!

Hello people! If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting this week, it’s because I’m now currently holidaying in Melbourne! For more current updates, you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook. Meanwhile, here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!

Jam doughnuttttts.

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Omg the abalone is alive!!!!

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Literally cake street! Every few shops is a cake shop with a display full of cakes! I really wanted to try everything!!!!

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So hard to decide which cake to have!

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U By Uniworld- 5 reasons you would want to experience the world’s first ever river cruise for 21 to 45 year-olds

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You might be familiar with Contiki Tours, which organises tours for people aged 35 or younger. However, did you know that there is now a cruise catering to travel enthusiasts aged 21 to 45? Check out U By Uniworld, a new brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. It offers tours along popular rivers across Europe. Btw, both Contiki Tours and U by Uniworld are owned by The Travel Corporation, as are Insight and Trafalgar Tours amongst many more.

Four eight-day itineraries – The Seine Experience, Rolling on the Rhine, Germany’s Finest and The Danube Flow – will sail along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays available in major cities including Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U by Uniworld will also offer two five-day holiday itineraries – Dashing Through The Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise – during the holiday season.

I won’t go through the reasons why you might want to do a cruise tour instead of a traditional coach tour. Okay, one of the biggest reasons is you don’t have to pack and unpack at each destination! Instead, here are 5 reasons why I think you might be interested in U By Uniworld cruises specifically.

1. A really cool design

There are currently 2 ships under the U By Uniworld brand : The A and The B ships, and they feature a contemporary look and feel. I mean, have you seen a black ship before?

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U by Uniworld - Ship Interior

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[Margaret River] Injidup Spa Retreat–Secluded beachfront luxury villas indeed

Aside from Smiths Beach Resort, the other fantastic resort I stayed at during my 6D5N in Margaret River was the lovely and secluded Injidup Spa Retreat. It is so secluded and private that there is no mobile reception here! For a social media addict like me, it was an abhorrent thought (and besides, what if a shark eats me and nobody knows about it?) But the Partner thought it was a fantastic idea! A precious few days to be totally disconnected from everyone else, and to just enjoy the moment! The resort give you a wifi router to connect to the Internet while you’re in your villa, just in case you can’t go cold turkey (thank goodness!).

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Injidup Spa resort wows in many ways. Firstly, who can resist a private plunge pool that comes along with the villa? I certainly couldn’t, and being pregnant, it was fantastic to be able to sooth the water retention in my legs by soaking in this pool and doing some light kicks. And it’s a heated pool too so you can use it even in the winter! How romantic is that?

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