Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Java Mfg ~ Yarraville

12 Ballarat St 
Yarraville 3013
03 9687 7508

Dogs definitely dominated this cafe which neighbours the nostalgic Sun Theatre. If you don't mind the wafts of popcorn (Gypsy didn't mind!) this cafe is a great place for dogs. One of the largest outside eating areas in Yarraville, there is plenty of room for peeps and pups. On this particular afternoon, there were 6 other dogs at Java Cafe!

This cafe serves a basic menu with unusual specials (Thai fishcakes with mash and sweet chilli!). Whilst the food doesn't rival it's neighbours (The Corner Store), it's worth mentioning for the large alfresco space and quick service after ordering (no table service). The staff were also very dog-friendly which probably explains why the outside area was jam packed full of pooches!
Parma @ Java
Thai Fishcake Special @ Java
Gypsy loves visiting Yarraville village and we always find that each little place there offers its own twist of joy.
Off home. See you soon Yarraville!
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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Foo Fighters!

The Foo Fighters have arrived in Australia for stadium shows,
 and this Friday and Saturday will play AAMI Park! Woo!

Gypsy, being the coolest one-eyed pugX there is, must blog the arrival of the coolest rock band she knows. Welcome FOO!

Knowing their sense of humour, we have created this video with equal parts sarcasm, humour and fun. These are the qualities, that enhance the brilliant music the Foo Fighters create. If you haven't seen their documentary 'Back and Forth' then definitely make a point of watching it. What an amazing insight to who they are, the journey of the band and their extended 'Foo Family'. 
Dave's daughter makes the cutest cameo ;-)

Speaking of cameos ;-)

Thanks to JibJab for their awesome holiday videos!
Check them out & make your own!

Gypsy is ridiculously excited. The new album has basically been on repeat since release!

Running times:

AAMI Park, Melbourne
Doors: 4pm (GA field tix)
            4.30pm (Res Seat tix)
Local Opener: 6pm - 6.15pm
F**ked Up: 6.25pm - 6.55pm
Tenacious D: 7.10pm - 7.55pm
Foo Fighters: 8.20 - 10.50pm

Limited tickets are still available for their second show. 

Suzuki Night Market

Queen Victoria Market
Cnr Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street
Melbourne 3000
(03) 9320 5822

The Suzuki Night Market is a summer tradition. It attracts over 200 stall holders and blends together beautifully a mix of locally-made jewellery & clothing, hawker style food, bars and live music.

Make sure you  swing on over to the buzz of these markets one Wednesday before February 29, 2012 (excluding 28/12). The market runs from 5:30pm-10:00pm at the Queen Victoria Market.
Live music always sets the vibe of the market. Gypsy is very excited about next week's line up. Ganga Giri, Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa and La Mauvaise Reputation are all playing. The later sound particularly enchanting, their sound described as  joyous and infections, the rhythms that will make you dance, and the melodies are plucked out of the heart of old Europe. The repertoire is performed in French, staying true to the beautiful French music of the 20s, 30s & 40s.

* NOTE dogs are not allowed at the Night Markets. Gypsy has attended the normal Queen Victoria Markets in the past, as there is a pet store in the centre ~ but the Night Markets are a different set up - with security and licensed areas etc. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

STONZ ~ Essendon

 200 Buckley St
Essendon VIC 3040

Despite being on a busy road, Stonz maintains a beautiful, relaxed vibe. The first thing your eyes gravitate to is the delightful cakes and slices they have on display. Gypsy is a seasoned sweet tooth with the eye for a good morning or afternoon tea.

Today though, we are having a quick brunch and opt for something we don't see often on breakfast menus.

Pharaoh's breakfast was packed with middle eastern flavours, a combination of beans, fried eggs and spices on a flat bread. 

Stonz pride themselves on good coffee & we regularly grab a coffee-on-the-run from here ;-)

There are tables available curb-side for you and your dog, though these are for smoking patrons so that is something you will have to consider. 

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cesar Millan Live ~ Hisense Arena

Cesar Millan Live: 
            "Unleash Your Packpower" Tour 
Wednesday 23 November 8pm 
Hisense Arena
Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne

Gypsy would like to officially welcome the GURU to Melbourne. Cesar Millan is an internationally renowned dog behaviour expert. He will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners in a unique and new live event. 

Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of Cesar's Way as he reveals that the secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions starts with transforming ourselves.

Gypsy watches Cesar's DVDs. Though it's her 'pack leaders' that take in all the training tools. Gypsy just barks at all the naughty dogs on the TV! 

Gypsy is a clever dog who responds well to Cesar's training. We still all have much to learn, as most dog owners do. We will always be looking out for new training DVDs of Cesar's. 


Tickets for Cesar's live show in Melbourne are available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hellenic Republic ~ Brunswick East


Gypsy can only dream about Hellenic Republic, but to make things dog~ friendly, we decided to visit the Greek Taverna in Brunswick East to inspire us to cook from George Calombaris' recipe book 'Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart'. That way, we are motivated to try new dishes at home and Gypsy definitely gets her own tasting plate.

As quoted from their webpage 'This is a busy and bustling restaurant, it is noisy and brash and very Greek'. This is an authentic statement! There was constant movement and credit must be paid to the brilliant floor staff who were literally 'running' from table to table to ensure each patron received a personalised service.

Now to the food.....!

Our photos should speak for themselves ;-)

Tyri saganaki 
- Kefalograviera with peppered figs-
(The Tzatziki in the background definitely deserves a mention. It was superb!)

Grilled Octopus
 - very tender and a table favourite -

- sweet corn, spiced butter, smoked almonds, kefalograviera -

-white anchovies with roast capsicum, tomato, garlic toast -

Kipriaki Salata Dimitriakon 
- Cypriot salad of grains, pulses and nuts -

Melitzana Papoutsakia 
- baked eggplant, yoghurt, garlic, chilli -

Arni sto fourno 
- slow roasted shoulder of lamb, garlic, oregano -

- Hellenic donuts, local honey, walnuts, cinnamon -

Hellenic mess 
- rose water meringue, orange blossom jelly, vanilla crema, strawberry ouzo sauce -

Gypsy will await her home delights. 
Be inspired! Go and check out Hellenic Republic for yourself ;-)


Hellenic Republic on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Pig vs Pug

Gypsy had a lovely day at home enjoying the beautiful weather Melbourne has to offer us of late. She had a little play in her puddle pool and spent most of the day outside basking in the sun.

Her favourite part of today was getting a present from her Nanny ~ a toy pig that snorts just like her!

It was hilarious watching her discover this new toy! We love that it's not a typical squeaky toy ~ this pig has as much personality as Gypsy!

PIG vs PUG. We think Pig 1. Pug O. We are sure this will change though!

Gypsy hopes you are enjoying this warm weather as much as she is!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Dog Diversity ~ Seddon

142 Victoria St
Seddon 3011

We are drawn like magnets into Dog Diversity every time we are in Seddon. Gypsy loves this store & we buy her carob treats here, amongst other things on impulse! Dog Diversity offers the latest in stylish dog and cat products & provides their clients with up-to-date clips and accessories. It started out exclusively as a dog grooming business, but has since expanded into a retail store & training centre for dog grooming.


Like most puppies, Gypsy ripped her first bed to shreds, so we invested in an iron bed from here, which try as she might, can't destroy!


We splashed out & bought her a toy for her 10 month birthday which she has to knock about to get her treats out. Upon recommendation from a friend, we originally filled an empty plastic bottle. But now she is mastering that, it was time for an upgrade. 

The Bob-A-Lot has differing levels of challenge & keeps her occupied for much longer.
How do you occupy your pet when you are at work? Gypsy is a very smart dog & requires lots of stimulus throughout the day. Though she is partial to extended naps too! 

Check out Gypsy's cool Fuzzyard Space Invaders leash. Also bought at Dog Diversity. We might see you soon there ;-)

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