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This is our last post about our Melbourne trip – possibly time to start planning the next holiday?manchesterpress1 manchesterpress2Manchester Press is extremely popular, again with a waiting crowd. In our opinion the food was average.dessertstoryAmazing milk shaved ice with mango cubes and mango popping jelly. We’re craving this all day every day, take us back please!stkildabeachP5015005-Edit-Edit P5015031-Edit P5015033-Edit P5015045-Edit-EditIncredibly beautiful day and an incredibly beautiful beach.P5015059-Edit P5015087-EditThis is hands down the best steak I have ever had in my life. No exaggeration. A must-visit.sushisushiConvenient, fresh, cheap and good quality sushi. Why can’t we have such things in Auckland too?originallollyshopFun little shop jam-packed with goodies, we probably spent a little too long in here.P1015298-Edit P1015288-Edit copy P1015292-Edit copy P1015293-EditP1015519-Edit P1015461-Edit-Edit P1015426-Edit-EditA very popular tapas destination situated just opposite Federation Square. They have two restaurant spaces next to each other and both are full to the brim with a wait extending past the half hour. The food was very tasty and at a reasonable cost.

We hope you enjoyed these Melbourne blog posts!

Not only did we do a crazy amount of eating, we also did a bit of hotel jumping on our recent trip to Melbourne. In total we stayed at three different hotels.

1: The Westin, Melbourne
The Pros – Clean minimalistic design, excellent service, incredibly comfy bed, perfect location right at the heart of the CBD, close to Flinders Train Station and the tram stops, bathtub available, large bathroom, grand lobby
The Cons – Poor wifi connection (we ended up asking for a router for the room), difficult toilet flushing (the toilet cover was half covering the buttons which were also very hard to press)

The view from our room

The view from our room

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A mocktail before boarding the plane

A mocktail before boarding the plane

P1015746-Edit2: The Blackman
The Pros – Good price, clean and stylish room and furniture, large balconies
The Cons – Poor location (no supermarkets or restaurants close by and nothing to do/see nearby either), slightly creepy artwork, poor security (they didn’t even ask us for I.D. when checking in)P1015211-Edit

Across the road from the hotel

Across the road from the hotel

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The depressed girl and dead girl artwork

The depressed girl and the dead girl artwork

The dead girl with the creepy black eye flower pot head

The dead girl with the creepy black eye flower pot head

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Massive balcony #1

Massive balcony #1

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Balcony #2

Balcony #2

3: Stamford Plaza, Melbourne
The Pros – Good price, very spacious with a separate bedroom and living room, classic and clean interior, bathtub available, L’Occitane products for use
The Cons – Slow serviceP1015506-Edit P1015508-Edit P1015510-Edit

Obviously we ate our hearts out in Melbourne. The Hardware Societe is a famous breakfast/brunch destination in the CBD. We waited for around 30 minutes. Inside, the cafe was bustling with people and sported a happy and light atmosphere. The staff were friendly and offered prompt service. Between the three of us we shared a baked egg dish and some mushrooms. Both were great. The baked egg simply stole our hearts, it had ample amounts of flavour with the egg cooked to perfection. There’s also an array of homemade jams and other treats for sale. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area and don’t mind the wait. Please do let us know of any baked egg recipes you guys may have, we’ve been dying to relive this delicious dish.P1015226-Edit P1015269-Edit P1015273-Edit P1015260-Edit P1015251-Edit P1015246-Edit P1015279-Edit P1015276-Edit P1015240-EditP1015215-Edit P1015231-Edit

Sister bracelets!

Sister bracelets!

On a Sunday night we decided to go for a stroll along the Yarra River in search of some good food. We were told that most of the decent restaurants would be closed so it was really a hit or miss with what was open. As we walked along we checked out the menus which were conveniently displayed outside their respective restaurants (it’s like Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter but with about 100x greater of a selection). We settled on The Breslin Bar & Grill after having been lured in by the wonderful smoky smell that was drifting out of the restaurant. That, and we were getting hungry halfway down the river. I must say, we were pleasantly surprised. My favourite would have been the Pork Ribs which were grilled to perfection and was obviously the dish that created that oh-so-tasty smoky air. We also had a Char-grilled Wagyu Rump to share between the three of us. Tasty, yes but I had better steak at The Meat, Wine & Co. which is actually located further down the river. ย The only real disappointment was the dessert, being a lemon meringue pie. It was extremely runny and too sweet, having lost that tang which seals the deal. With a great atmosphere and classy interior we were three extremely satisfied sisters. After having seen so many other delicious-looking dishes popping out of the kitchen, we were so very tempted to come back another night, but maybe next time!

Also, next post will be about Boni’s birthday dinner at the one and only Sails restaurant in Westhaven. Hurrah on turning 23. Follow us to stay updated on Instagram @twohonesttruths or click the +Follow button at the bottom right hand corner to subscribe by email or WordPress.P1015627-EditP1015626-EditP1015605-EditP1015623-EditP1015610-EditP1015609-EditP1015619-EditP1015613-EditP1015617-EditP1015604-EditP5015075

I sincerely hope we haven’t overwhelmed you with Melbourne photos but point is this is our first trip to Melbourne (Kely’s to Australia) and as excellent tourists, we will snap away at anything and everything. It’s only natural. Please bear with us. The following are photos from Federation Square, the cultural precinct of Melbourne. It’s a brilliant CBD space where you can meet people, have some lunch, get on the tram, get on the train and enjoy some street exhibitions as you go. We need something like this here in Auckland.P1015177P1015407-Edit P1015176-Edit P1015171-Edit P1015172-Edit P1015175-EditThe art of the city is heavily embraced by Melbourne’s laneways culture. The street artย offering ‘a feast of colour, ideas and energy.’ It brings a lot of life into the CBD, something we thoroughly enjoyed on our stay.P1015597-Edit P1015522-Edit P1015419-Edit P1015418-Edit P1015393-Edit P1015286-Edit

piefaceSo following on from this crazy pie hype going on in the country, I thought it was only apt that we share with you our great Pie Face experience. I always believed we here in New Zealand all had an unexplainable love for pies, be it the apple pie from McDonalds, the Big Ben frozen pies from the supermarket or the gourmet award-wining pies from the standalone stores. Everyone claims to have been brought up with pies, like we see with the Georgie Pie comeback. But oh, we are not alone in this flaky pastry heaven. Aside from the beautiful buildings in the Melbourne CBD, another thing which stood out was that there was a Pie Face on every corner of the street – I kid you not. A lot of the stores we saw were even open 24 hours, the pie love is immensely strong. At first I was a little skeptical, surely all those gold and silver award labelled pies we got here would be better than a chain store. I was wrong. We ordered a Steak and Cheese Pie, a Sausage Roll and Minestrone Soup. Although the latter wasn’t to our liking, the former two were enough to have us reminiscing about Pie Face after returning back to Auckland. The pastry was puffy and crisp with a great buttery flavour. There were chunks of steak and cheese was oozing out of the pie. Now now, don’t get sad that you’ll have to fly four hours over the sea to try some of these happy looking pies, they’re actually opening soon here in New Zealand! (I had no idea too, until I spotted the familiar red face splashed all over a vehicle in Ellerslie after work.) Here’s some photos to give you guys a ‘taste’ of it first, the many faces the pies sport give it the extra happiness – an ‘S’ frown for a ‘S’teak pie! :S.ย A little side fact: Pie Face was actually started by two fashion designers.pie-store chunkysteakchicken-and-mushrromFACES

On our trip to Melbourne we visited the famous Chadstone Shopping Centre which boasts 530 stores and is the largest mall in the southern hemisphere. It dwarfs anything that is available here in Auckland. The centre has an abundant amount of natural light shining through by way of its transparent glass ceiling, which makes it easy on the eyes and comfortable to shop. To no surprise, we couldn’t make it to every corner of the mall and inadvertently needed a rest. Happily we found that The Pancake Parlour was conveniently located inside, having just seen the standalone store on our way to the mall. The pancakes are amazing. We ordered the Regular Stack, and as The Parlour likes to say, ‘there’s nothing regular about the Regular Stack’. You have my word. There is 100% truth in that. It might not look like anything astounding, but believe me it was incredibly good. Secretly I hoped they would sell their mix in powder form so I could relive the memories back here in Kiwiland.pancakeparlour-front pancake-machine-pp menu-pp pancake-icecream- pp-paper-bag pp-logo-on-window

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