Monday, July 6, 2015

Lisa Defazio THE Unofficial Ambassador of Everything

I have grown up in Melbourne Victoria where the cuisine is world renown and we have a great depth of culinary variety. Our city is vibrant and diverse, so even when I am familiar ground I am thoroughly spoilt. My comparison when I travel is...
'Is as good as I can get at home?' 

I love to cook, fine dining and occasionally fast food but of course it must be good. Often a meal can be one of the more memorable markers of traveling or life in general. I will never forget the Lobster Pasta I enjoyed at the Grossi Restaurant when it was in Eltham many many years ago - little did I know that the restauranteur would go on to be a hugely respected and famed chef. I had my unconventional 21st at Florentino's as it was known in the day. I think I managed to confuse my friends but the Spinach Gnocchi was divine.

Word of mouth is very powerful - I have taken some ordinary advice but upon reflection it was from a person far removed from me, we were after different things. The good meaning individual sent me off for a wonderful afternoon of shopping that turned out to be cheap knock offs and a less than desirable food court in Thailand. No harm done - what I can tell you is what I have found to be remarkable in the many places I have been. you can see my instagram profile lisadefazzio for examples of what delights or excites me.

Culture is a subjective experience, I do not long for the mundane. I want to know the people, see the back streets hear some back stories. Find the proverbial hidden gem and I seem to have a nose for it. There was a wonderful little cafe I found in Sapporo called Eamon's Chouchou that had charming smiley cutlery that was so full of character it is still in my head today. Then there is the local fare like that found at No 35, Attica, UAE, B'stilla Cantina to name a few.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Date Night at Vue De Monde Melbourne

Date nights are always great and I love an excuse to dress up so with my best plastic and cheap jewellery which I adore, my perfect 70's vintage bag, Chocolate and scarlet shoes and a nifty little number I picked up a while ago I headed out into the chilly Melbourne weather to destination unknown...I love a nice surprise. I always carry a compact and this is my fav' from Shiseido which gives a lovely matt finish and a freshly pressed handkerchief - be prepared.
What I was not prepared for was to dine at Shannon Bennett's Vue De Monde - the exclusive assess begins with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like entrance via lift from there it is all a little bit lovely. The restaurant has an incredible cellar with some very rare vintages. Expert Sommelier Anthony is a virtual wealth of information and enjoys sharing his passion, I love seeing people truly love their vocation. It was an unexpected delight to learn the heratige behind this 1969 bottle.
The view the restaurant offers perched above the Rialto is quite extraordinary and must be seen to be appreciated. 
Everything is part of the theatre and delight - be warned if eating offal and native animals offend you might need to let staff know. I only shied from one dish alone this image is the beginning of the degustation experience which was an enlightening culinary ride. The staff who attended us the very warm and attentive Natasha, Rachelle and Anthony made the experience inviting and made me want to revisit the restaurant before the evening was over. I have worked in service and this team gets it so right. One thing I also would urge you to do is try the Tasmanian Black finely ground Pepper it is full of flavour and naitve notes I adored this love love!
You can see the MENU here. I enjoyed the Champagne and the Rose'. 
You can book online and when you get there tell them Lisa sent you Cheers!

Then you can always take a little peice back home with you.

I hear there is no need to make reservations for Live Jazz at the Lui Bar every Sunday it Sunday yet?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Have You Got a Minute? Interview with Fletch from Classic Resto's

It is no secret I love vintage and classic cars so it will come as no surprise that I have spent many hours watching CLASSIC RESTO'S with Fletch as the host.

I have marvelled as he weaves his way through the myriad of cars and I love that he shows no bias. From heavy movers to panel vans and everything in-between. From the small car shows here in interesting outback towns to huge events based in the United States Fletch informs and educates and lets us get to know the people. You learn about the vehicle and more importantly the owners story which he highlights so well.

Recently I got to meet Fletch for the first time while appearing on Classic Resto's at the Showcars of Melbourne event. We discussed the Richard Zocchi fully customised 1960 Dodge Pioneer I get to love and drive with my partner. With its pink velour interior and exquisite lines highlighted by paint work by Art Himsel in two tone Malibu Pink with a gold pearl overlay the car really is remarkable.
Meeting Mark Fletcher was great although I am sure my nerves are evident in the footage.

A few weeks later I got to turn the tables on Mark Fletcher and interviewed him for my youtube show Have You Got a Minute? Where I interview people about their passions and interests. I hope you get to enjoy getting to know Fletch a little better and hear how he shaped his career carving into the show we have all come to know and love.

Fletch also runs tours which sound incredible I am told it gives you exclusive access to are and seldom seen areas - book me in! You can find details of the tours here. 

If you love cars I will be meeting the very lovely Cherie and Richard Zocchi later this month and interviewing them about their incredible contribution to the Custom Car Culture. Please subscribe and share my youtube Channel - you never know who you will meet. See you next time!

You can see the Dodge in motion here!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Put Some Shizzle in Your Drizzle! Vintage Glassware

I do love collection of beautiful objects and price or origin has never been my motivator I don't think anyone could ever accuse me of being a snob and here is proof. This adorable set of glassware is a pretty adhoc and is not extraordinary in anyway but I love it being a reminder of a finer era.

 Check out the very short video and vote yes or no to the hair do - did!
I would love some more signature Jonathan Adler pieces like this little Lion to compliment some of my vintage items they blend in beautifully...and did you note I am looking out for fellow collectors? If you have a friend you might recommend please share the video with them.