How to Spend a Day in Victoria

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Aug 172016
 

If you are a local or a foreigner in Victoria with some time to kill, there are plenty of things to enjoy. Victoria is one of the most diverse and vibrant states in the world’s smallest continent. You can enjoy ethnic cuisine, beaches, water sports, artsy attractions and many more in Victoria. Visitors interested in history will find stunning attractions along Victoria’s coastline, which is dotted with historic ports and cities. It’s a great location for summer vacations, winter breaks and weekend getaways for those living close by. If you are one of the lucky ones, here is how you can spend a day in Victoria.

Start from the Coast

Have breakfast Geelong, one of the best cities in Australia for historic, adventure, art and culinary attractions. There are plenty of top-notch restaurants that families, couples and solo travellers can enjoy. You can enjoy healthy food, indulgent fast food or high-end dishes prepared by Michelin starred chefs. Your budget doesn’t matter. You will find plenty of both budget-friendly and high-end menus here. Afterwards, embark on an unforgettable journey to enjoy the rest of the state.

Visit the Waterfront Precincts

Victoria is full of coastal cities. So after breakfast Geelong, visit a port city for breathtaking waterfronts. Here, visitors can enjoy strolls, brunches or tea while watching the sea. There are plenty of other highlights to admire in the waterfront precincts as well. For example, many are old port cities so there are plenty of historical buildings to visit. Some waterfront precincts are well developed with great hotels, parks and even gold courses. You can enjoy the lovely beachside scenery while walking or strolling on a seafront promenade. Many of these promenades feature great artwork to feast your eyes on as well.

Hit the Beach

Some of the beaches along Victoria’s breathtaking coast are very safe for swimming and sunbathing. The whole family can enjoy a day out on the beach. It’ll be just like Bali, or even better! Some beaches are great for water sports like kite surfing as well. Also, try surfing, the one sport Australia is most famous for. If you pick the right beach, you might be able to get beginner lessons in surfing. However, do pay attention to all the warning signs erected at the site. Don’t go swimming if a lifeguard is not present.

Finally, visit the vintage markets scattered all over the state. It’s not a visit to Victoria if there’s no shopping involved. These markets are great for antique items and cheap food.

The above are only a few suggestions. You can discover more by actually visiting Victoria.

Why a Chocolatey Basket of Heaven is the Perfect Gift

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Jun 082016
 

The joy of getting a basket of goodies is one that is celebrated the world over. Everyone and their mother loves getting a gift basket, and for good reason. If you know someone who absolutely loves chocolate, sweets and whatever else, a gift basket just might make their day. Here are some cheap, easy ways in which you can make the people you care about happy. Gift baskets can easily be filled up with cheap goodies. The best part is the wide range of choices open to you in terms of what to put in it. There are chocolates, mints, non-edible goodies and so many more. You can customize just about anything under the sun and put it in the gift basket.

Chocolate is love, chocolate is life

The most awesome thing to put in anyone’s gift basket is chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate, except when they are allergic to it. Chocolate gift baskets might be the key to your loved one’s happiness this fine month. To start building upon this, make lists of everything the recipient loves, such as their hobbies, sports, books, TV, and all the other things they love to do and see. Then, think about things like rest and relaxation, pedicures, massages, and more interests. To fill the basket, you can look in thrift stores, sales, and other sources of cheap things that will draw their fancy. For the actual basket, it might be unique if you were to use something that the two of you can relate to. For example, if you both met at a screening of Alice, you may want to present it in a large, lidless teapot to talk about the Mad Hatter’s tea party while you gorge on chocolatey goodness.

Line it and include bonuses

You should have a liner for your chocolate gift baskets so that you don’t have to risk anything spilling out. In addition to this, liner makes the baskets a lot more fun and nicer to look at. You can use just about anything as liner, including hand towels and shredded newspapers. If it is to celebrate a pregnancy, it might add some humor to the situation to line the basket with baby diapers instead. As a filler, you can base it on the occasion being celebrated. For example, Easter might be celebrated with grass as the filler and so on.

Try not to include anything in the basket that has a strong fragrance. It might interfere with the quality of the chocolate. As bonuses, you can include gift certificates, personalized mixtapes and so much more depending on the situation and preferences of the recipient.

Tips for Barbecuing Better

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May 252016
 

There are some things that anyone who wants to be a great outdoor cook has to understand. One of these is the entire concept of heat and how it works with the meal that is being cooked. There are different factors pertaining to the use of heat, such as the control of the temperature on the grill, the difference between heat that is applied directly and indirectly, and the idea behind the increasingly popular twin zone setup of a grill. Now, there are many different types of grills out there. Some of them are very expensive, and others are dirt cheap. They all do the same job, basically, with different machines requiring different levels of care while cooking and after. They will all function a lot more efficiently if you start using a BBQ setup that involves two zones. This is an increasingly popular method of setting up a charcoal or gas grill, and it basically causes the meat to be cooked indirectly.

Why is temperature so important?

In order to be able to cook the best BBQ Meat Melbourne has ever seen, you need to have a smidgen of control over the temperature your meat is cooking at. Different organic compounds in meat react different to a variety of temperatures. This means that they actually release more or less flavor depending on the temperature at which they are placed. This is why you are usually advised to set an oven to a certain gas mark or to a certain temperature before you place something in it to bake or roast. It is to ensure the optimal temperature for the necessary compounds in the food to release the right amount of flavor. If you set the oven too high, the food will burn, and if the oven temperature is too low, you’re never going to get that perfect brown exterior that is so highly sought after in the cooking scene.

What’s so great about 2 zone setups?

If you are really that dedicated to putting out the best BBQ Meat Melbourne has ever tasted, you need to use a 2 zone setup. The main reason for this is the level of control it allows you to have over the temperature at which your food is cooking.

You can expose different foods to different levels of heat at the same time in order to cook more efficiently and to have that yummy food that will leave everyone speechless on the first bite. The “indirect” cooking area is at a lower temperature and is not exposed to the source of the grill’s heat.

Common Table Manners Everyone Must Follow

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Apr 292016
 

When visiting a formal event such as business dinner or a family gathering, not knowing your table manners can be quite humiliating. This will create a bad impression about yourself – especially if you are dining with complete strangers. This is why it is important for you to be aware of such mannerisms. Listed below are some common tips that you need to follow.

The Seating

Do not sit until the host gestures you to do so. If you rush towards the table as soon as you enter, it shows that you are desperate, if not too hungry and impatient. So, be calm and wait till you are directed towards the seat. If the seats a named, make sure to sit where your tag is placed, even if you do not like the view or position. Fighting for a better seat or view can be considered as childish behavior. You need to sit straight. Do not keep your elbows on the table, but rather, place your hands on your lap.

The Utensils

Not knowing how to handle the utensils can be really embarrassing. This is a behavior that must be taught to individuals during their childhood. The fork must always be held in the left hand and the knife with the right. Do not use the knife you if you do not need it. If you are going for a degustation dinner Sydney, remember to use the same utensils for all your dishes. Using a different one for each dish can overcrowd the table. Moreover, do not make clinging noises.

The Food

Serve only as much as you can eat. Taking more than you can handle can result in wastage. If you need to help yourself with pepper or salt, do not stretch across someone. Politely ask the individual to pass it over. Do not eat until everyone is served and until the host begins to eat. Do not talk when you are eating or leave the table halfway since it is considered to be rude. If you are attending a degustation dinner Sydney, make sure to compliment all the dishes and avoid complaining publicly – even if it is against your personal preference.

The Napkin

This is a simple manner that most people forget. As soon as you are seated, you must place your napkin on your lap. Use it when you need it and without brushing your hands on your clothes. If you are getting up or done with your meal, place the napkin on the left side of the table setting. There is no need for you to return it in the same position since it is used. So, you could just keep it unfolded.

Following these behaviors is not only essential to impress other people but also to establish your own personal standards.