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  1. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    How nice to meet someone through your blog and then really click with them.

  2. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Lisa sounds awesome! I hope she liked Australia 🙂 Of course she would with such beautiful company. And amazing eats!!! Man, veggie bar, must get there stat!! I’m still coming around to kombucha…had it in the states. let’s just say that is wasn’t love at first sip for me….
    Heidi xo

  3. CheezyK

    Sounds like another fabulous day! That fruit platter looks delicious, I haven’t seen a passion fruit that full for a long time. Please, please, please share where you found that Kombucha …

  4. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    You already know how I feel about this meetup – so, so happy for you both, yet so, so envious! Lisa is a absolute doll, and one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve ever met – and I know that when I meet YOU, I’ll feel the same way. 🙂

    I’m not at all surprised you liked the kombucha! I was wary of the vinegariness (?) at first, but I grew to love it. If you ever see kvass or water kefir, you must try some – I like them even better than kombucha!

  5. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I think the most wonderful friends are those with who you have sufficient things in common to be connected, but are different enough to still inspire each other. 🙂

    Yay for the kombucha! It looks very yellow, I’m used to rather reddish one. At least the one I like is the rather reddish one, whereas the yellow one I found over here was … not something I would need to have a second time. Your faces tell that Melbourne also has good *yellow* kombucha, though.

    But YUCK you drank the scoby?!?!!?!?! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Happened to me once, accidentally. Still makes me shudder when I think of it. (I know, I’m a sensitive little animal, lalala.)

  6. Ricki

    What a fantastic day you two had! And who doesn’t love Lisa?? So glad you like the kombucha, too–I had the same experience the first time I tried it (instant love). 🙂

  7. Lou

    Oh how wonderful… I LOVE Lisa’s blog, she comes across via the internet exactly how you describe her in person. Mojo Kombucha is GOOD, no? Perhaps if I do a drive down to Sydney at some stage, I will make a detour and come + visit YOU and bring you your own little culture so you can make you own kombucha glory… it’s so ridiculously easy and you can make so many amazing flavours. I’ve got a cranberry+ elderflower brewing, and a fejoya+ apricot.

    What a lovely time you had in Melbourne… oh I love Smith Street, I used to go to that grocery store where you found the kombucha all the time, sigh I miss Melbourne.

  8. Whispering Gums

    At last a report of your day. We are a patient lot, your readers. Sounds a wonderful day.

  9. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oooh how very delicious indeed!

  10. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    I like everything about this post. So happy you have found kombucha! I’ve been drinking it soo often lately. Yay for going to Vegie Bar. I miss that place so much! Pretty much anything you get there is good. Hopefully you got some nice strolling and window shopping done along Brunswick 🙂

  11. veganlisa

    How I wish you were here with me in Honolulu. We would be strolling and sipping our way around this beautiful city. I will never forget our double-date in Melbourne but I hope we will add many more memories very soon.

    Thank you for coming to Melbourne for our meet-up, finding my lost-long soul mate made all the long flights, bus trips and train miles worth it.


  12. Margaret

    What a heart warming story. I’m so pleased you had an amazing day.
    You used to drink white vinegar when you were a child??!! Yep, you are certainly unique! :p

  13. Ali Seiter

    Oh, I’m so happy you were finally able to try Kombucha! Isn’t it just a life-changing experience? That first sip–head over heels in love, I sure know the feeling. All that raw food sure does look delicious, too!


  14. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    What a super awesome day! That food sounds amazing, this raw food thing is inspiring. Plus that drink – I’m a vinegar drinker too, let me know if you find it in the ‘Berra.

    But what I really want to know is what was in the secret room?!

  15. Kath Lockett

    I want all of it – ALL OF IT, I tell you!

    …..and that ‘secret room’ reminds me so much of the Social Roasting Company’s little courtyard in Flemington…. *sniffle*…

  16. JohannaGGG

    I want some of that fruit and to spend hours in books for cooks and the vegie bar – all sounds like an excellent day – am also interested to know what Lisa thought of the vegie bar’s raw food given her raw food pedigree! that falafel sound amazing to me!

  17. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Ahh so this is the reason for your visit! Aha! The plot thickens 😉 Looks like you had a great time! 😀

  18. Libby

    That falafel salad looks friggin’ amazing!

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    All sounds incredibly wonderful! This Melbourne trip is becoming more fairytale-esque every update and I’m becoming almost concerned that in the conclusion you’ll announce you’ve been adopted into an overseas, fully-stocked-with-exotic-chocolates-all-the-time family, and never returning. Sob.

  20. Emma

    I’ve never had kombucha from the store, but I used to have a nice li’l culture of my own. I KILLED MY MOTHER wahhhhhhh!! My mushroom mother, not my mummy mother.

    Knowing nothing of this raw food trend business thingamajig, I am impressed by the piles of shenanigans on the plates that look and sound somewhat tasty. In that first picture the amount of food looks huge! Nearly as big as a mountain !

  21. EatPlayShop

    What a fun day! I’m not vegetarian but all that greenery looks a-mazing! The kombucha, the fruit, the greens….. my you guys are healthy!!!! (Never mind the chocolate addiction right!?)

  22. Alexia

    great that you were able to connect with a blogger friend and could become such good friends. sounds like an amazing day! i love kombucha too, its quite expensive though!! but every once i a while i like to splurge on a yummy coconut water or kombucha! mhmm

  23. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I wanna go to a secret room! Glad you were able to try kombucha. I’m not a big fan but I’ve only tried it once so I might give it another shot 😉

  24. Silvia

    Oh this looks so good!
    I really wish winter was over and we’d have more fresh veggies and fruit available…

    I really like Kombucha, and even more the Kombucha fresh version (Kombucha with added water), one of the most refreshing drinks I know.

  25. Debi

    Ah, you continue to amaze me. You love chocolate. I love chocolate. You love vinegar. I love vinegar! 😀 So glad you were able to have a wonderful time with Lisa. And that food at Vegie Bar! WOW! I want some. 😀

  26. theresa

    I think veggie bar must be a bit schizophrenic… maybe it is one of those places that really depends on what you order, or who did the cooking. I went once and it was meh, I have heard of some people having yuck experiences, but other people rave about it! Maybe it also matters the company you’re with?

  27. Kate

    I’m actually surprised I love kombucha so much because it tastes like vinegar- one of the foods I hate the most! I would buy it more often but it’s SO flippin’ expensive. The only time I’ve bought it has been on sale!

  28. Mike

    Mojo kombucha eh! It must have magical charms and qualities. A bit like your relationship with your new soulmate. Next time you and Lisa are toasting each other (with a heel click on your kombuchas) across the oceans, you might like to think of the magical qualities of your new mojo friendship – not that WOULD be worth bottling. Can’t wait to hear how the next day went in Melbourne. And I hope you can encourage Lisa to come to Canberra sometime to hear you sing.

    1. Mike

      *now* that would be worth bottling (sorry)

  29. April

    Awww, what a heart warming story to hear you can find your soul mate who lives on the other side of the world! Sounds you had an amazing, fun and friend filled Melbourne holiday.

  30. Ashley

    Wow, how awesome! Meeting bloggers from the other side of the world?! How wonderful this connected world we live in is! I love wandering around Brunswick and Smith St…! 🙂

  31. hungryandfrozen

    Hoorah x 3 for blogger friends! So intrigued by Kombucha, will keep a sharp eye out for it from now on.

    I rather love the secret door, it reminds me of Enid Blyton books – now I know you didn’t read those as a young ‘un but know there were lots of secret doors!

  32. Catherine

    Rather envious of your city food/friend day. What gorgeous platter, I’m am starved!!! And all those warm bare shoulders, here so seriously cold.

  33. Louise

    Still not connected in Melbourne! Looks like such a grand day. How wonderful to meet up with so many blogger friends.

  34. Fiona

    Those meals look amazing 🙂

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