About Lynda C
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
Since Jan 2012
After years dedicating many years to corporate life, I decided to take an extended break to travel throughout Latin America. What started out as a five month trip has turned into over a year on the road with a little break in between to touch base with my roots in Adelaide, Australia. I adored living and volunteering in places such as Cusco, Peru and Puerto Lopez, Ecuador so I am now back in the Americas, travelling and volunteering once again and am excited to be sharing my experiences with others. I know Australia well, and have also travelled New Zealand, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. I just love discovering new places and learning how others live their lives. What a wonderful education travelling our world is!
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Immerse yourself in the flavours and spirit of Latin America. Former visitors of Mexico will rekindle their passion for ‘comida tipico’ as you are transported back to the home of Tacos and Mezcal. Family-style share meals with bite-sized versions of authentic dishes offer a variety to suit all tastes. The décor and Spanish translations add to the authenticity, along with the extensive Tequila menu.
Offering a worldly blend of flavours, Two Birds is located in South Yarra – not far from popular Chapel Street and Toorak road. Coffee connoisseurs can enjoy a full range here. Besides a great espresso, they also offer cold drip, aeropress or syphon coffee. With clean and sophisticated designs and wide open windows, Two Birds is open, airy and light. They pride themselves in making their menu items from scratch such as crumpets and baked goods, and even their own relish.
Creator Johnny di Francesco claims that if the pizza is in the oven longer than 90 seconds it is not a true Neapolitan style pizza. And he should know. He has won award for the best Margarita pizza at the world championships in Italy. If you can distract yourself long enough from the chef's pizza base twirling entertainment, you can view a varied menu of pizzas, pastas and main dishes such as Ossobucco. For desert the Nutella filled calzone is 'delizioso'!
Clean, delicious food. For the health conscious and dietary specific, Patch is a great choice. Paleo options, activated seeds and nuts and unexpected surprises such as the Spanner Crab Omelette. The ingredients are locally sourced and the menu is ever changing according to season. Such delicious options – you will forget you came here for your healthy conscious and just indulge in the experience.
Never tried Afghani food before? You are in for a cultural treat! This Middle Eastern homestyle restaurant is located on Brunswick street and is known for its music, cafes and alternative fashion shopping. Along with Kababs and Kofta, vegetarians will be please with the variety of options from Dahl to Qorama-i-Gulpee, a delicious cauliflower dish. The banquet is a great option to sample a bit (or a lot!) of everything. Owned and operated by the same family for over twenty years, you can trust that you will receive an authentic and flavourful experience!
Overlooking the stunning Yarra River, Fatto is located on the terrace at Hammer Hall. Modern Italian, delightfully presented in a clean and contemporary setting. The menu is simple focusing on quality over the number of dishes with authentic homestyle flavours. A great place to eat before catching a show at the Melbourne Arts Centre or for a relaxing weekend lunch.
Be prepared for complete and utter indulgence. The array of Belgian chocolates is truly mouth watering, but wait until you take a seat to peruse the menu from one of the luxurious lounges. Delicious hot chocolates, with unique twists such as chilli and cinnamon are a highlight. There is also a great selection of deserts. Thankfully they have put together a Dessert Degustation so you can sample more than one. After shopping up a storm in the city, this is the ultimate place to take a load off and delight in total chocolate decadence.
If you are after a high energy Asian experience come to Chin Chin. With their varied menu with distinct flavours from Thailand, it may be a tough call deciding which dishes to choose. To combat this issue – go for the Feed Me option. To add to the vibrancy of the menu and atmosphere, take a look at The Wall of Art display which consists of not-for-profit contemporary pieces.