Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekend Recap

We are just wrapping up a quiet but fun weekend. On Thursday night I met Peter in South Yarra (on his train line home from work) for some pizza at one of our favorite spots, Pinocchio. We discovered this pizza place the day we moved to Melbourne, as our temporary accommodation was just down the road. We also went quite a few times when my mom and grandparents were visiting since it was within walking distance of their hotel.

Our favorite pizza on the menu is the tivoli, which consists of tomatoes, mozzarella, salami and a swirl of pesto sauce on top. It's amazing. Excuse the blurry photo. 

I went for brunch Friday morning at Two Birds One Stone (also in South Yarra) but failed to get a picture of my avo toast because we were sitting high up on stools and my phone was in my purse on the floor. So basically, I am lazy. You'll just have to believe me when I say it's one of my favorite avo toasts in the city!

We ate at home Friday night and didn't do anything particularly noteworthy until Saturday evening, when we went for dinner at Shanghai Street Dumplings with our friends Lauren and Matt. The food was amazing and so cheap! We ordered a variety of dishes and all shared. 
The dumplings on the right were vegetarian, which we hoped would resemble a spring roll but were actually just filled with spinach. They weren't awful, but we all enjoyed the meat ones a lot more. 

Today was mainly a lazy day; we slept in and then played virtual golf in our apartment building. I had never used the golf room before, and Peter had only been once, so we decided we should get some use out of it! Our building has a ton of amenities but we kind of forget about them on a day-to-day basis. I have yet to use the pool or hot tub, and it's been an embarrassing number of weeks since I last hit the gym. 
Perfect form, I know. The moccasins really helped my swing. 
I double par-ed all three holes so I've got some work to do. Peter didn't end up scoring that well either because we couldn't figure out exactly how the putting worked. And when I say "we" I mean Peter, because I never did make it onto the green. 

We had a pretty lazy afternoon and then went down to Lauren and Matt's apartment just before dinner for a game of Clue, or as they call it, Cluedo. Apparently that's the British/Australian name for it. I hadn't played in forever and I would compare my Clue skills to my golf skills...not good! I think everyone won a game except me. Lauren made her signature English Breakfast Tea, which helped ease the burn of my epic loss :).

Overall, a successful weekend! I'm off to bake some brownies to kick off Peter's birthday week!


  1. In the third dumpling photo, I love the random one in someone's spoon chilling on the table!!

    1. HAHA I didn't even notice that. Hilarious!

  2. We went to Shanghai on Friday night, so funny! Their pork dumplings are my fav! And that pizza looks amazing, def need to check out pinocchios soon.

    1. I loved the pork as well! So good and so cheap.

  3. This post makes me so homesick! Pinocchio's is an old South Yarra institution, has been there for as long as I can remember. And Shanghai Dumping! Ughhhh so good! Have you had the weird sweet pumpkin dumpling/patty things? They are worth a try!

    1. Ah no I didn't see any pumpkin on the menu!? I'll have to look next time :) soooo good!

    2. Hang on, I think there are a few 'Shangahi Dumpling' places! The one we used to go to was officially called 'Camy Shanghai Dumpling House' or something like that.

    3. Ah ok, this was Shanghai Street I think. I'll have to try Camy though!

  4. Looks like a great weekend! All that food looks delicious. I'm jealous of your apartment amenities - a golf room?! That's insane!

    1. I hadn't ever seen a golf room as an amenity in an apartment building until I moved in here haha! We don't use it as much as we should-it's cool!



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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