And now, a couple of Melbourne questions;
Where do you live in Melbourne and what do you love most about it?
I live in Canterbury – I love Melbournes’ leafy east. I enjoy the period architecture, the family feel and our beautiful parks and trails. I also have a wonderfully old country house in South West Victoria, which I spend a lot of time at. I’m a country girl at heart, a big fan of nature, open spaces, rambling gardens and rolling pastures. Most of our design concepts are sprouted in the countryside.
Favourite places to eat: While I love good food in general, flavour, simplicity and freshness are key and Im a creature of habit. Favourite restaurant to frequent with the family is Japanese – Ocha in Kew, Special occasions are always worth a trip to St Kilda, we have been going to Di Stasio for years and never tire of it. But, when it comes to really simple honest affair you cannot go past pizza at Silvio’s in Richmond – we’ve been going there for more than 20 years and the pizza is still as good as it always was.
Favourite places to drink: My favourite local coffee haunt is Hello Sailor in Auburn Village. After experiencing substantial damage last year due to fire, they are due to reopen soon and I am salivating at the thought. Best coffee and best service.
Favourite places to shop: For clothing Eastern Market in the city. For interiors Mondo Piero in Fitzroy.
Weekly local rituals: When in town Saturday mornings are put aside for a trip to the three o’s – Toscano’s, Monaco’s and Leo’s. I have two teenage boys who love their food. We frequent Toscano’s for all our fruit and veg, Monaco’s for all our charcuterie and Leo’s is our choice supermarket.
As a family we have always enjoyed being so close to The Rivoli. My eldest son and I are big movie buffs. The third addition to our family is our divine 10 year old Moodle – Ayrton. He still has the stamina of pup and enjoys his daily walks along the Anniversary Trail and visits for toast in Mailing Rd Village.