Back to the Start with Epicurean of Southbank

Every blogger made the decision to start their blog. What we wanted to know was how they decided what would be their first post – and to reflect on something that has been hidden in their archives ever since. Sharking for Chips & Drinks are running the feature ‘Back to the Start’ over the next few weeks where we will introduce you to bloggers from Melbourne, Australia and much further afield. These are all great bloggers so I suggest you subscribe to their blog and follow them on Twitter.

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Epicurean of Southbank

When I moved from Sydney to Melbourne in late April 2012, I had “favourite” Melbourne-based restaurants that I would frequent when I would visit this fine city as a tourist however after moving here I quickly found myself in a rut and spending too much time at Crown Entertainment Centre-based venues and old familiar haunts. Given that my “friend-base” was cut dramatically after moving to Melbourne, when I woke up one year ago on Saturday 30 June 2013, I decided to start a blog as it seemed not only fun given my penchant for writing epic opinion pieces, but I thought it would not only give me a motivation to visit more and diverse venues in Melbourne that were out of my “comfort zone” of the Melbourne CBD. I also thought it would also help get in touch with people that have a penchant for food and beverage which contrasts completely with what I do professionally and give me a bit more of a work/life balance along with more of an appreciation for the greatest city in the world in the process. So, The “Epicurean of Southbank” blog was born. I aspire to be an “Epicurean” and as I live in Southbank, I thought the name was fitting.
Technically my first blog post was on Bar Americano. I thought of writing about it since it was my first visit to Matthew Bax’s small Melbourne bar as I never found time to visit it as a tourist since I would greedily horde stools at Der Raum, Gin Palace, Manchuria or the Croft Institute when I visited Melbourne on the weekends. I really enjoyed my trip to Bar Americano and as I sat in front of my laptop with a new yet empty Google Blogger template with a hangover, I managed to type out what would come to be appreciated as an “epic post” including a description of my adventure based solely on words. I fondly remember posting the first “review” and wondering why after a few hours passed that it hadn’t been viewed by more than one person, which was me. It was then I decided that my novel blogging experiment would last for a month and if nobody was interested or I could not find a niche that I would abandon it. Exactly one year into this hobby and exactly 200 “reviews” I am carrying around a few extra kilograms of weight and am poorer for the experience if I look at my savings account but the adventure has been worth it. I accomplished my goal of meeting some new and interesting people; people with a passion for food and beverage. Not only restaurant patrons but other bloggers and all sorts of professional service-oriented men and woman at restaurants and bars that have not only provided me a greater insight into all things epicurean but really made my first year in Melbourne much more interesting and rewarding if not fulfilling.

My First Post

I don’t care if Monday’s blue…

One of the best kept secrets in Melbourne, well at least from I can tell because of the attendance, is the $7 cinema ticket night at the Kino Palace cinema on Collins Street. For ages this cinema was Kino Dendy but it changed hands in the recent past it would seem.

The first voucher from my Entertainment Book was ripped out before the wander to the cinema. In reality it is a rather anti-epicurean event, but I attended Maccas with the epicurean emo and received a free frozen coke after purchasing one. That is a savings of $3.25.
So a couple of frozen cokes and a tickets to see Prometheus cost a modest $17.25. It isn’t bad for a night out for two in the Melbourne CBD however when it is put in perspective, which can ultimately be applied to fine dining (give me the benefit of the doubt here) is that you must mingle with the public, and the public are everywhere. There was a gentleman in the cinema that sounded like Black Caviar 300m from the post at Royal Ascot when he breathed from three rows back. People came in after the movie started and then looked like kangaroos when presented with the age old problem of where to sit. Fortunately Kino Palace does not allocate seating which is a plus. I probably added to the annoyance and discomfort of my fellow patrons as I am still in the final stages of getting rid of the flu so I coughed on occasion. Can you really have a relaxing time when in such close proximity to the public?
Punters attempted to have a relaxing time at Coda not long back however the restaurant was soon under attack by the happy couple that decided to play the old age trick of walking into a restaurant and asking if a table for two can be sourced. When the restaurant responds in the affirmative, one of the members of the party goes outside and pushes a pram in the size of a Volkswagen Golf. You may have read the recent press that the restaurant refused them service for this outrageous ploy. I am sure the diners were appreciative that they did not have to shout about how much they hate the carbon tax and the federal government over the noise of the screaming child. I would encourage everyone to support Coda and the interesting article can be found here.
After the cinematic experience and being somewhat disappointed by Prometheus, we found ourselves at the Transport Bar in Federation Square after wandering past Coda and the packed Chin Chin. I was impressed that the Transport Bar had Coopers Red on tap as that is always a favourite and also a cauldron of muddled cider on offer. A pint of the former and a serve of the latter totalled $18.50 was ordered and enjoyed in a relaxed environment.

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