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    AM - Trip to Melbourrne

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    My daughter is in the final stages of being reviewed for a position in the Australian Ballet Company, and thus I will be heading down with her in a weeks time.

    This is exciting for her (14) and causing lots of work and effort on our part, let alone trying to plan for the future, as it all hinges on the outcome of her efforts.

    1: We will be leaving Brisbane Saturday the 5th and returning the following Saturday the 11th
    2: Staying in apartments close to the Ballet centre (Southbank and the Casino)
    3: In effect that gives me Mon to Friday to get around by tram, do some sightseeing (Markets etc) and if luck holds out, get to sample some coffee ;D

    So, if any one is on / close to a tram route and can provide details, I will do my best to drop in with my son and catch up / sample what is on offer / available. I will also be taking my PDA and mapping software to ensure that we do not get too lost ::)

    Was going to take my Presso, but have been told space is at a premium as costumes etc are the priority, and that there are plenty of places to enjoy a coffee ;D

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    The other things that I am to be looking into is full-time accommodation / home stays etc as if my daughter does get in, then she is required to move to Melbourne for full time schooling and dance. Needless to say that this is a major shift for my wife and daughter, as to any number of issues to be resolved and the problems that the distance brings with it. In addition, should she get in and like it, then we are also looking to move from our home of 18years and downsize with a move up to the sunshine coast. At the end of the day, our lives are all up in the air and will be for a while yet.

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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    How exciting for your daughter!! How proud you must be. :) I cant help with coffee in Melbourne, but I do hope that all goes well for her next week. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1185768051/0#1 date=1185770439
    How exciting for your daughter!! How proud you must be. :) I cant help with coffee in Melbourne, but I do hope that all goes well for her next week. :)
    Thanks for the support, however proud is only part of the journey and it has been about supporting her dreams and in some cases putting ours on hold. But then again that is life. If she wanted to quit tomorrow, then that is her decision.

    In the mean time, I will just bumble along looking for great places to have a coffee and a chat. Who knows, new friendships and experiences are always just around the corner.

    I am sure that Melbourne will see me OD on coffee.

    WHAT I need is a "CS loyalty card" that way I can actually have a stamp and even get a reward some where along the line.. A discount on CS beans maybe. A new topic I think.

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    Close to the Casino is St Ali...a must try cafe in Yarra Place, South Melbourne.

    Your next stop should be 7 Grams...pay Con a visit and challenge him to a triple or even quad rosetta.

    Whilst in Richmond, come and pay Luca (Saturday) and I (full time week days) at First Pour, just up the road....26 Bond St, Abbotsford.

    Cheers,

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    I have attempted to get the actual address details, so correct me if I am wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by Veneziano Caffe link=1185768051/0#3 date=1185805987
    Close to the Casino is St Ali...a must try cafe in Yarra Place, South Melbourne.
    St Ali Coffee Roasters 12 Yarra Pl South Melbourne 3205

    Your next stop should be 7 Grams...pay Con a visit and challenge him to a triple or even quad rosetta.

    7 Grams 505 Church St Richmond 3121

    Whilst in Richmond, come and pay Luca (Saturday) and I (full time week days) at First Pour, just up the road....

    26 Bond St, Abbotsford as stated here http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163934198

    Will do my best to get every where and am sure I will get lost to boot.

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    That is a very noble thing for you to do in support of your daughter, AngerM.

    When I was last in the ballet centre (in a suit, not a tutu, I hasten to add) there was a canteen with coffee machine, but the quality was inconsistent because most staff are amateur volunteers. At least you can have a coffee while you wait.

    Nearby at Federation Square there are too many cafes to mention, including the ACMI lounge and Chinotto --seatng both inside and out and still others in the attrium.

    Even closer to the ballet centre is southbank, a couple of minutes walk, with about a kilometre of waterfront cafes and restaurants.

    I mention these places not so much for quality -- but for location.

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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    Good on her AM.

    Last time I went to the ballet was a few years ago in Sydney when the London company premiered Swan Lake in the round.
    I had front row seats. Those girls really work up a sweat.

    Their Prima Ballerina at that time was an Aussie lass.

    Maybe your daughter will follow in her footsteps if shes good enough and so inclined.

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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    Sue and I are travelling south this weekend to sunny (?) Melbourne to give "Fifteen"a try. Well be staying at Albert Park and looking forward to trying out some of the cafes mentioned here!:)

    Last ballet we went to was to see the Paris Opera Ballet ensembles performance of Swan Lake and it was absolutely brilliant.

    So AM...whats the latest re your daughter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1185768051/0#7 date=1189746997
    Sue and I are travelling south this weekend to sunny (?) Melbourne to give "Fifteen"a try. Well be staying at Albert Park and looking forward to trying out some of the cafes mentioned here!:)

    Last ballet we went to was to see the Paris Opera Ballet ensembles performance of Swan Lake and it was absolutely brilliant.

    So AM...whats the latest re your daughter?
    Mixed blessings :-)

    1: Many of the places we managed to get to, had very ordinary coffee :(

    Had some great coffee at two roasters in Brunswick St Fitzroy, and an even better coffee one night at cafe in City Rd Southbank (their business card is all black, with the name embossed in black)

    Worse coffee was a flat white in Chapel Street, where the waiter stated White! I repeated Flat White.... I got drip coffee with a dash of milk :o My son and daughter got their orders also mixed up, but not as bad as me. It was raining and we were tired, so gulped the sh1t down and got a tram out of their ASAP.

    2: With all the ballet stuff going on, we had almost no time to do the things I wanted, but we were there for her; Not me.

    SO, at the end of the day, of the 20 being reviewed, they took 6.

    My daughter was OK as she was not happy about having to leave family and friends. In addition she was invited to try again next year, and being in the top 20 for Australia is bloody good any way.

    For my wife and I - Mixed blessings - She is our girl and still at home (14).

    Had she got in, we would have been very happy but lots poorer. $8K for Schooling, $? K for every day things, flights to and from, extras etc and at least another $14K for food and board.

    PS. One night I nipped down to teh Casino (1.00am) and I actually got a reasonable coffee in side.

    AM


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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    That actually sounds pretty good - apart from the coffee!

    We had a neighbour quite a while ago that went through a similar plight as you are with your daughter. They found the lifestyle for everyone involved a real struggle both emotionally and financially.

    Anyway, being in the top 20 in AU is not bloody good....its absolutely brilliant!

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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    Congrats on your daughters achievement. I found Melbourne coffee heaven, the times I have been there I couldnt get enough of it. I cant recommend any outlets but Im sure you wont get too many bad coffees while there.
    good luck
    Greenman, Perth WA

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    Re: AM - Trip to Melbourrne

    Are you serious? Inside the gaming rooms or at a cafe?

    The coffee inside the gaming rooms are atrocious. The cafes lined up along the Yarra in Southbank Id think would be a lot better than inside the casino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wushoes - David S link=1185768051/0#11 date=1189763262
    Are you serious? Inside the gaming rooms or at a cafe?

    The coffee inside the gaming rooms are atrocious. The cafes lined up along the Yarra in Southbank Id think would be a lot better than inside the casino.
    It was outside teh gaming rooms, just near the moves. It was late, and many of the Cafes were shut / in party mode.

    I had a double shot, flat white in a regular takeaway cup. No sugar needed and quite palatable.

    Barister / ???? or who ever ther were, was not busy and I watched him cleaning one unit, and the other one was sitting there with the Group Handels in the machine. He was also adjusting the grinder and when he dumped what was in the doser a couple of times, and ran a shot or two. I thought uummm..... Temperature aware, playing with the grind......worth a go. Have to say it was good, and better than 75% of all teh other stuff I had.

    Interesting enough, one of the managers of a small cafe is going out with my son... and she loves my coffee made in the EM6910. She also stated that it was their policy never to adjust the grind (set up by the coffee supplier on install), and if the been hopper looks too oily, then empty the beans into a container, wipe it out and then put the beans back. They also top up before closing of a night.

    Oh, so so lucky am I..... Knew there had to be a reason why my poor efforts appeared to be so good. Fresh beans and a reasonable grind.... It does it every time.... and covers my mistakes.

    So maybe the guy at the casino knew what he was doing, or I got fresh beans and a fresh grind set up... What ever it was, it was 1:00am I had a tough day and I enjoyed it.



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