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New Year’s Eve approaches … and departs

Were you ready for New Year’s Eve? We dug in for the NYE buffet right on the sand at St Kilda in Melbourne, at Beachcomber, which turned out to be directly in your line of sight if you’re sitting out the front at the formidable Esplanade Hotel, The Espy, home to the wonderful Rockwiz series.

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We visited the Espy just before Christmas and sat in the front bar cradling our pots and chips. Only pots, the young woman behind the bar insisted. Interesting place … interesting décor. Then we trouped through the passageways in search of the Gershwin room and a look at where Brian, Julia and Dugald pump through the questions and scores, and James Black, Mark Ferrie and Peter Luscombe pump through the classics and the mysteries (visit). Another curious drinker was on the same mission. But we came up against a locked door and, well, didn’t get in.

The Beachcomber NYE buffet was $50 a head including all the food we could eat, and our party of six (aged a la palindrome from 18 to 81) had a great time. The oysters and prawns were in superabundance and the barbecued beef was cooked to perfection. It was our first time for dinner at dusk at Beachcomber and it was a delightful surprise that we had picked just the perfect spot to enjoy sundown over Port Phillip Bay and the sights of the lights right along Docklands. We hung around until 9.30pm but didn’t see any of the hoped-for early fireworks from the city … so it was off home in the Rav4 to settle down in front of the tele with a little something to sip.

Where were you on NYE? Please leave a comment today …

IT’S BEEN a big month of exhibitions and galleries here at EDSDA (Eat Drink Sleep Shop Australia) and we’ve had a ball. Took the Qantas great iron bird north to Brisbane and saw the newly launched 2012-2013 Asia-Pacific Triennial (the 7th since 1993).

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Then we jetted back to Melbourne to become acquainted with the ever-changing exhibits at the Museum of Victoria …

Cole's Book Arcade display

Cole's display

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… and the slowly-being-restored Royal Exhibition Building opposite.

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