Any Melburnian will tell you that the beauty about living in Melbourne is the diverse range of food. You feel like Italian? Any good pizzeria or restaurant in Lygon Street will do the trick- also, Italian food I’ve had here is miles better than the meals I had in Italy in 2013… You feel like Korean? There are so many good Korean bbq places & restaurants in the CBD and in the suburbs… Mamak is also the closest thing you can get to authentic Malaysian food (best roti I’ve had in Aus). You don’t need to travel far because Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures.
Hidden away in an alleyway, not too far from Flinders Street station lies a quirky small cafe. You are also able to do take-away, but from my experience at Creperie le Triskel (also another great crepe place!), the hot chocolate or caramel sauce will just keep on dripping and it becomes no fun when your hands get ultra sticky…
All the workers are French, and I really wanted to strike up a conversation with them in French! However, I was a bit shy, seemingly that they were talking amongst themselves.. My eldest sister who took me here was like “Why didn’t you talk to them in French!?!?” I said a mere ‘merci beaucoup’ at the end and when the guy asked how were the crepes I was about to rave in French but my sis was talking in English.. Next time I will definitely practice my French..
There were many enticing options on the menu, but we settled on having one sweet and one savoury (galette) crepe to share. We ordered ‘La complete’ ($10) which had egg, ham and emmental cheese and the ‘gourmande’ with ice cream, bananas,strawberries, choocolate & almonds ($15).
I also had an iced coffee which was a bit sickening because there was too much whipped cream in addition to the ice cream.. Just ice cream would have been just nice. My sister had a French cider which was super nice and refreshing! Definitely would get that next time..
La complete was excellent- not too rich and the flavours are clean and simple.. The gourmande was delicious too, and in my opinion very generous with the ice cream & chocolate sauce. I guess they’re not skimpy on anything (including whipped cream) ! I’d love to try the salted caramel next time…
Pros: Nice vibes, friendly service, excellent food and value for money.
Since it was a Sunday, it was incredibly busy.. Try to avoid the weekends if possible!
This section was originally meant to have Lego bricks, however Lego declined to provide a bulk order to Ai WeiWei as they had a policy where they did not endorse works that made political statements (but now they changed their policy). He ended up using ‘fake’ bricks that were donated to him.
One of my favourite parts of the exhibition was the collection of his famous photos where he raises his middle finger at iconic landmarks in several countries.. This is called the ‘Study of perspective’, taken from 1995-2003. Yes, one might chuckle at the sight of these images but in fact, it is supposed to represent Ai WeiWei’s rejection of the power held by culture and politics, in other words, making a bold political statement.
While I was at the exhibition, I remarked at how amazing it was to see crowds of people who are interested in an Asian artist, let alone that the NGV displays a whole artwork by him & Warhol. My sister was also saying how this exhibition really shows how progressive society is nowadays, as we would have never seen a whole section dedicated to an Asian artist in the past.
I really enjoyed this exhibition. All the works are incredibly beautiful, poignant, yet so educational. It’ll certainly leave you pondering and trying to answer the philosophical and cultural questions Ai Weiwei poses through his artwork, as a famous artist and political activist. Thumbs up, a must visit! This exhibition runs until the 24th of April, 2016.