I've said it many times and I'll say it again. I'm in love with Melbourne city.
Whenever I'm there I feel at home and I don't even feel that way when I'm in Malaysia. What does it feel like?, you may ask. Well....
Like you are where you are supposed to be.
Like everything fits. There's a sense of excitement yet it's comforting.
Like coincidentally bumping into an old friend when you are lost in a strange, new city.
I've always been drawn to the 'modern-traditional' and to places of many cultures and these are exactly the things that Melbourne has to offer. I, being a total foodie, think it's awesome that these attributes are reflected in the types of food you can find there. From continuous rows of colourful and inviting Italian restaurants at Lygon Street to baklava-filled Lebanese cafés in the suburbs, Melbourne is the place to be if you simply love diversity because the city is all about diversity - from food to people. You'll see Somalis, Lebanese Arabs, Indonesians, Malaysians, Greeks, Italians - you name it.
(l-r): I think that was probably my first time to see a parking lot sign board with 10 different languages!
Snapshots of an Emirati jewellery store and a Lebanese café in Brunswick. I had Lebanese bread with haloumi cheese and baklava of course.
My blogger-turned-real-life-friend, Fairuz, and her lovely family took me to QV for a Malaysian lunch.
One chicken rice and soya bean drink with grass jelly later, I was stuffed!
Not to mention, I had a little bit of Auntie's massive ABC (crushed ice with sweet condiments and peanuts)
Ah, Max Brenner. I heard a lot about this chocolate food joint from friends. I finally had the chance to go there and try their mouth-watering desserts and oh-so-refreshing pink grapefruit ice blended drink (thank you Iva!)
... to be continued.