If you happen to follow my instagram, you are sure to know at least two things about me. Firstly, I love coffee. And secondly, I love consuming coffee at this place – Lava.
Lava is my absolute favourite. When I was at uni I would spend hours here with my laptop and uni readings, taking in as much caffeine as necessary. Now I regularly come down to Lava on a Saturday to drink coffee and eat pastries with my parents. And recently, on my days off work, I have loved nothing more than sitting on my own in one of Lava’s two locations with nothing but a soy cap (or two) and my sketchbook.
You can find Lava on Brierly Street in Weston Creek or Townshend Street in Phillip.
Memories of my childhood are filled with family holidays to the South Coast, when entire weekends were spent on the nearest river or lake waterskiing with family and friends.
It is now a rare occasion that we can all find a free weekend to get away and spend some time on the water. The last couple of years I’ve always been overseas whenever the family has had the chance to get the boat out, so this time around I was pretty excited for the opportunity to see if I still had the skills. And despite some very sore muscles for a good part of the next week, I managed to find myself balancing atop a long plank they call a waterski more than once over the weekend.
There is something so exhilarating about having the wind in your hair, the sun shining down on you and only your body standing between you and a face plant into that cold, hard body of water.
Tuesday is probably one of my favourite days of the week. And it is my favourite for one reason only – tacos.
There are two places (that I know of!) in Canberra’s CBD where you can find cheap tacos on a Tuesday. Firstly, there is Honkytonks, where you can get two tacos and a beer for $10. Then there is the Beach Burrito Company (pictured above), where tacos are only $3 each. Located in Garema Place, both Honkytonks and Beach Burrito have outdoor areas perfect for a warm summer night in Canberra. Every Tuesday it is always a hard choice, with decisions usually made on a “to-beer or not-to-beer” basis.
All I know for sure is that I want to be very good friends with whoever the alliterative genius was that came up with “Taco Tuesday”.
Matt and I spent a romantic Valentine’s evening at the opening night showing of About Time. After a light shower, the weather cleared up and we enjoyed our picnic as the sun went down and the stars came out. A cute movie with a cute guy – the perfect Valentine’s night.
With a variety of films showing over the next few weeks, there is something for everyone. No matter what your cinematic taste, a night out at the Openair Cinema is the perfect way to spend the last of Canberra’s summer nights.
The cinema is located down by Lake Burley Griffin in Commonwealth Park and runs until 8 March.
Elvis sneaks a kiss in the stairwell with a lucky fan.
The National Portrait Gallery presents Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer – a stunning collection of images taken in 1956, the year that Elvis’ career began to really take off. The photographs portray a young Elvis, blissfully unaware of how famous he would become. Accompanied by the quirky and often amusing personal recollections of Wertheimer, the collection provides a unique insight into the life of Elvis as he was rising to fame. On until 10 March at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a definite for any Elvis fan. Swoon.
Elvis at home in Memphis, shows his latest recording to high school sweetheart, Barbara Hearn.
It’s been more than a year since I got home from my uni exchange in New York. What was five glorious months spent frolicking around America now seems like a distant memory. But last week, reunited with three of my girlfriends from New York, it felt like no time had passed at all. You may remember Jill, a born and bred New Yorker, Alex, a fellow Canberran, and Amy, a Melbourne native, from such posts as this.
Just like in New York, time spent with these girls is always fun, but this time we had a different setting – the streets of Melbourne.