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The winning cosmopolitan culture of Melbourne means forgiving the unpredictable weather
I came to Melbourne…
On a freezing cold day in May 1995… took me three days to thaw!
Home in India is in:
It was Nagpur (Maharashtra), and before that in many parts of India, but the heart will always be in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (my maternal home).
In our early days here we lived in:
Trendy Toorak and loved the vibe.
Now we live in:
A place that is clean enough to be healthy, and messy enough to be happy!
My favourite scenic spot in Melbourne is:
The wineries around Melbourne, I get to smell the rose and drink it too!
A Melbourne spot that has a special place in my heart:
Now that’s a toughie, it’s like choosing your favourite among your septuplets. Let’s see… the Chadstone Shopping Centre where retail therapy never fails to revive my heart.
Where the water is not cold. Still looking!
My favourite place to eat out:
Do we have all day? The list is endless because we are spoilt for choice in Melbourne. RACV Club, Chois, Dumpling King, Grill’d, Rococo, Melba, Roti Boti, the list goes on…
My favourite bar:
Not big on watering holes but quite like the one at the Sofitel and Spice Market (both on Collins Street).
Favourite theatre spot:
Our city is big on drama in all sorts of locations, but I have to say the Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre and Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank are both spectacular.
Favourite ‘other’ activities:
Dancing is a shortcut to my happiness, reading is music to my soul and coffee is my saviour.
BTW, there’s great coffee at Le Petit Gateau on Little Collins, The Mailing Room in Canterbury, and any place open really late ‘cause I am prepared to lower my coffee standards then for lack of choice.
The Melbourne spots I always take my overseas guests to:
They have given me a lifetime membership at the Melbourne Aquarium and the king penguins know me by my first name!
The one thing I would change about Melbourne:
The weather; it’s darn inconvenient for the hair, from fab to flat to frizz to the unmentionable.
What I do for a crust:
Besides filling in surveys on the lifestyle in Melbourne, I whip up teams and words in shape. I am not laughing all the way to the bank but very content.
Where would I travel miles for?
The Yarra Valley for a good drop of red – full bodied, hearty, bold, with aromas and flavours of wild black fruit and overtones of spice. You see… I am not very fussy!
My pet peeve:
There are only five days out of 365 when I can ‘happily’ open the top of a convertible and enjoy the ride around the city.
What gives me a great buzz…
Living in the world’s most livable city and loving it!