Melbourne: a gala, wineries & all the food

I flew to Melbourne on Thursday after being invited by Prime Media (who the company I work for, Wiley, advertise with & provide editorial to) to be a guest at their Endeavor Awards Gala for National Manufacturing Week. Big thanks to my awesome account manager Sonia for the invite!

We had a fantastic table, filled with my friends and colleagues and we had a great ol’ time! I don’t think I have ever had so many compliments on a dress, I had wondered if it was a little risquรฉ but thank goodness it oozes class as well for good measure.

On Friday, Seren talked me into going to the winery where she worked and working from there. I had planned on working from my hotel rooms but gave in. I spent a lovely day eating Meredith’s goats cheese and taste testing the Coldstream Hill wines while working from the Cellar Door both inside and outside. When I skyped in for my arvo meeting they had all grabbed a beverage so they could join me in my wine drinking! I love being able to work remotely and having such a wicked work crew.

After we both finished work, Seren took me to Meletos, an absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous winery. We had a look around, ordered some sensational wines and walked around the vineyard watching the sun set over the Yarra Valley. Spectacular.

Back in Melbourne, we met Lisa and headed to Hutongs for dumplings! Yummmm, one of my faves. We were all pretty exhausted from the night before and crashed out for an early sleep.

Saturday Lisa and I went for brunch and did a little shopping, got our nails did then met Nikita and Jake for phenomenal ramen at Shujinko on Russell Street in the city. Afterwards I took the train to my cousin, CJ’s house.

CJ and I had a lovely evening, I finally was able to see her cute new house that she’s very proud of. We started with wine and cheese and followed that with a bonfire at her friend’s place. We crashed out early and had a great sleep. I remember waking up and thinking how cold my face was and being so thankful that while I am lucky to visit Melbourne all the time (I love the place and my friends there), I’m glad I didn’t live there and have to endure the freezing cold.

Sunday we wereย up to beat the Mother’s Day rush for breakfast at The Premises in Kensington then wandered around the St Kilda waterfront.

Now here I am on the plane on the way home happy and ready to get some exercise (work off the last four days) and chill out at my place, hopefully in some sunshine. Oh and to ring my beautiful Mumma and wish her Happy Mother’s Day!

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