Discover Your Own Backyard Tour- City of Stonnington
Sometimes, when you seize an opportunity to do something, it yields amazing result. I was really bored at work one day when I glanced at Twitter and @LittleMissMelbourne retweeted whether there are any fashion/lifestyle/ food blogger free this weekend cos there’s an opportunity for you! I think the more skeptical person in me went “Yeah? What opportunity?” but thought I got in touch anyway.
Turns out, @Sarahstyle is helping the City of Stonington run a Discover Your Backyard tour. “Where the heck is Stonnington?” I asked Hubby and he shrugged. Having been here for nearly 8 years, I am ashamed to admit I don’t know most city council’s name. I think I only know City of Melbourne and City of Whitehorse… Fail
Google is my friend at that point. City of Stonnington encompasses suburbs like Armadale, Toorak, Windsor, Prahran etc. Aha! Not too far away! LOL. So yes, this is a blogger event and food and drinks are being paid for. Shopping is not by the way ;) in case we went nuts.
This tour reminded me of the one I had in Paris, where a not-for-profit organization have volunteers running tours in their neighborhood, and we were taken around the cheese making , bread making places, wine shop etc on our tour and then had a picnic in the gardens. Our retired tour guide actually paid for everything for our picnic, which he was not supposed to do, but he did it because he is so passionate about his city.
Anyway I digress. Discover your own backyard made a video of Stonnington, inviting people who resides in Stonington to talk about their favorite spots in the area. This tour brings us through these recommended spots to discover what Stonnington has to offer.
We started off at Lisa Baron’s shop in Armadale, where we get a private tour of her workshop. It was interesting to know that she came to Melbourne from Perth with $500 in her pocket 30 yrs ago and now here she is.
We got to do a blind taste test of four flavours each. I got spearmint, mango, lychee and lemon myrtle + manuaka honey. I must say I am pretty impressed with the lemon myrtle + manuaka honey, it tasted super refreshing. It would make a great souvenir for overseas travellers also I reckon.
After all the hardwork shopping, Sarah took us to Market Lane for a mini session on coffee. We get to experience the Pour Over using Juan Ticona. I am no coffee connoisseur so I have only heard of Pour Over from Glee cos Kurt and Blaine always get pour over… LOL
I haven’t heard of Cylk before this trip to Chapel St, but I will certainly come back now. With simple elegant designs and beautiful fabrics, I have already picked out a few outfits I wanted to try on. Also loved its dressing room with natural light, so you can really see what you look like. They also collaborate with artists and have a few installation going on instore. Gorgeous.
We celebrated with some canapes and sparkling from Chandon (LOL no, not Laurent Perrier) and our guest stars Lisa Baron and Barbie joined us for a drink. Those of you who are wondering what the heck is with the Barbie, one of the bloggers Cheryl @busichic has received a barbie from Mattel. Talk about random but fun. I think Barbie lost her shoes by the end of the day. LOL.
I had such a great time so thank you @sarahstyle and City of Stonnington for the wonderful food and drinks… and of course fashion and homewares!