I’m back in Melbourne after a week-long stint in Far North Queensland… and I’m so glad to be back at work instead of soaking up the gentle rain and luscious green views of the Daintree Rainforest and drinking my weight in young coconut juice at Rusty’s market in Cairns. I’m stoked to be attending my first class in my new course this week instead of scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef with a cute diving instructor named Albert and soaking up the morning tranquillity in Palm Cove with Marty.
Okay, the sarcasm ends here.
One of my favourite things to do when I’m out of town is to suss out the local dining scene. As a self-confessed foodie, this is nothing strange. In Cairns, I was excited to see that you can get fresh and ridiculously cheap barramundi at every second restaurant on the Esplanade. In Port Douglas, I tasted crocodile pie for the very first time (to be honest, I couldn’t say that I enjoyed it). In Sydney, I love to duck into one of Randwick’s many authentic Indonesian restaurants that mirror those I can get back in Bandung. And on the Gold Coast, nothing makes me happier than tucking into a takeaway salad box from the Duck’s Nuts, a hidden gem in a random shopping village on Bundall Road.
I’m going to be travelling quite a bit from now on. You can say that I’ve finally been bitten by the travel bug (better late than never, I say). While I’m certainly keen on hopping on a jet plane out of Australia every now and then, I am just as excited in exploring some of the cities and towns in this beautiful country. I can’t wait to spend long weekends in Sydney, explore Hunter Valley and other foodie destinations and do a Nullabor road trip.
However, I need your help. I may be well-versed in Melbourne’s food scene (or at least make it SOUND like I am!) but I’m clueless when it comes to food in other parts of Australia. This is where you guys come in. I’m talking non-Melburnians and Melburnians who have been interstate or out of town and know of an awesome restaurant or café. What is a must-go-to dining destination in this particular city or town and why? And here’s the best bit: the best response will win a double pass to attend an awesome event, IGA WORLD’S LONGEST LUNCH this Friday 2nd March in Melbourne as part of the upcoming Melbourne Food & Wine festival brought to us by the Bank of Melbourne and Ogilvy Melbourne folks. Tickets to this event have already sold out so you’d be crazy NOT to give this competition a shot.
What you need to do:
1. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling me the name of the restaurant/café that whets your appetite and the Australian city/town it’s located in (remember, it MUST be in a town or city that’s NOT Melbourne).
2. Tell me why this particular restaurant/café is worth going to.
3. All entries MUST be received by Wednesday 29th February 2012 at 5pm AEDST.
4. I will contact the winner personally by e-mail to arrange the pick-up of those tickets.
5. Winner must be available to pick up tickets at a William Street, Melbourne CBD location prior to Friday 2nd March either during business hours on Thursday 1st March, or in the morning prior to the event on Friday 2nd March (I will inform the winner of the exact address via e-mail). If any of those times do not suit, I will do my best to arrange alternative pick up times and locations.
6. Winner and their plus one must be free to attend the event on Friday 2nd March 2012.
7. I’m crying inside as I will not be able to attend this event due to having already taken way too much time off work this year. Therefore, the winner MUST tell me how fantastic the lunch was, whether the food was amazeballs and whether you saw any cute guys sitting at the table.
I will disable comments for this post, but please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any further questions about this event, or anything else TVVHC-related!
In the meantime, you will have a few FNQ restaurant/café reviews to look forward to in the coming weeks. Enjoy!