) BAR LIBERTY, FITZROY For ages I’d look at Bar Liberty’s menu and deem it too fancy and tricky. KISUME, CBD When I moved to Melbourne in 2014, my stomach and I were deeply dismayed at the lack of Japanese eateries, a cuisine in which Sydney excels, from the fancy and expensive, to the corner joint doing gluggy teriyaki salmon. Nobu no longer needs to hold the fort; Kisume (sushi bar and restaurant) is . Not the service, not the pace, not the subtle, modern, playful Japanese dishes.
Too many ingredients I didn’t know, and too pretentious. But you’d expect that from Lord Chris Lucas, the chap behind Chin-Chin, Kong and Baby, all three of which are all in my heart and favourites list. MARION WINE BAR, FITZROY From the silky paws of Andrew Mc Connell (he of Cutler and Co, which is next door, Cumulus, Ricky and Pinky…
Had I not revealed this, however, you would never know: he keeps that trip a closely-guarded secret, mentioning it only if someone mentions they’re going to Fiji, or whenever we consider holiday destinations with our two small children, or on Tuesdays.
Quality, present and who-cares-where-my-phone-is, time. Slow morning strolls and raucous pre-dinner swims, none of the snapping and ‘hurry-up-and-put-your-shoes-on-we-have-to-go! We had a week our (then) three-year old has a chance of remembering for the rest of his life, and that’s not nothing. He’ll never tell, obviously.) At the end of our stay, I cried.
Maybe it was the rousing, smiling choir of new friends that assembled to bid us farewell in song on departure, or maybe there was sand in my eye, or maybe we’d just had one of the best holidays a young family could ask for. What I “Start with a deep cleansing exfoliating mask, then a hydrating mask, then three serums, a face oil, eye gel, and SPF then makeup before you leave the house.
The way Fijian people connected and interacted with our children was genuine and whole-hearted. No matter which part of the island we were on, no matter what time of day, the staff would swoop our baby out of our hands, and whisk her off for songs, cuddles and quiet flower gazing.
Meanwhile, our preschooler knew everybody’s names, and they his, and every day was like that scene in a movie where the popular guy walks through the school and everyone serves up pistol fingers and high-fives.
Especially after schlepping 18 hours to Maldives recently, for, if I’m be honest, The Exact Same Thing. The good overlords at Expedia knew this, which is why they sent me there to get proof.
The water is pristine, the weather is perfect, the diving and surfing is sensational, the flight is only five hours (from Melbourne), our favourite show in the world, US Survivor is filmed there The Fijians I met were walking, talking sunbeams.
I have a pretty effective, simple philosophy of flight skin care.
Most of it is done before you get on the plane, so you can focus on your meal and a movie/walking your child up and down the aisle 75 times.
Finish off with a Martinez ( LAZERPIG, COLLINGWOOD Lazerpig is very casual and pub-like, only with open fires and disco balls and often, a DJ. I usually just eat breakfast again to teach it a lesson. You might think otherwise if you read This Article, titled ‘Skin care is a con.’ Someone on Twitter was yelling about it this morning, and since I’m in a conference today, while my fellow directors were talking about boring stuff, I read it.
We take our three-year old here for dinners, and we all dance and eat pizza and drink wine. Look, it IS a Special Occasion place, and it IS a tasting menu so if you hate those (I studiously avoid, as a rule) maybe it’s not for you. I went for the vegetarian option and I not only didn’t feel sick at the end (a terrible and unfair appraisal of some outstanding food, but come on, most tasting menus are Too Much), I was satisfied and delighted. These days I only eat out properly about once a month, so I make it count. You’re a marvellous, clever sausage with fantastic taste in blogs. And then secretly wrote this blog while they went on about logistics and revenue and blah blah blah.
(He cried in the shower at night because he wanted to go back to Kids Club RIGHT NOW, Both of our children relished their deity-like status, (how strange! Resorts in Fiji are READY-MADE for kids: this is not arriving to find one of the conference rooms housing a few balls and a cheap tent as the “kids zone.” This is purposeful, considered child-minding, and it’s a huge relief for parents.