The Spud Box, Warrnambool

Most evenings on the Princess Highway you can see a group of people standing in front of a food van in the carpark of a closed tyre outlet. This is The Spud Box and I will probably be one of the people standing in line. The Spud Box is open Wednesday to Sunday evening and one of the only spud outlets around.
It can be quite hard to find a hot baked potato as very few outlets are available so when you do find one of this quality it makes the queuing worth your while. The difference I find here is that the potato is crushed at the top rather than just sliced open. Watching Jeremy create the spuds at a very impressive speed adds to the culinary experience.
A large selection of spuds are available in two different sizes (I always go for the large). Choose from meat lovers to vegetarian and many others in between as well as several sauces and salts. The service is always friendly and fast although you may have to queue for some time so if it’s raining or cold be prepared.




 

 

Address: Cnr Henna and Raglan Pde, Warrnambool Victoria 3280

Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday:  Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday: Open 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Block Arcade, Melbourne CBD

The main entrance to the Block Arcade is in Collins St in the city. Collins Street itself is rich in impressive architecture and frames the Block Arcade perfectly. The Block Arcade is like stepping back in time. The elegance and attention to detail is spell bounding and I’m not just talking about the chocolates. From the floor to the ceiling, it could only be described as a work of art. It is a credit that it has been maintained in such pristine condition.

You cannot walk through the Block Arcade without expecting to see people in period dress walking towards you.  The arcade could only be described as immaculate. This is the perfect place to have a cup of coffee or more appropriately tea and scones.  The first section was built in 1891 and the final construction completed in 1893. It was designed by the architect David C Askew for a financier at the time by the name of Benjamin Fink.  The name Block Arcade is reputed to come from “doing the block”or in other words showing yourself off around Melbourne’s best shopping streets.

The arcade was completely revamped giving it modern amenities without spoiling the original look.  A tour is a must.

 

 

Open on Everyday

 


The Bridge Mall, Ballarat

The Bridge Mall is a collection of many unique specialist stores offering traffic-free shopping with bookshops, fashion outlets and major chain stores. It has recently undergone redevelopment and upgrading with undercover areas and paving and planting.
You can park on either side of the mall with limited parking at the mall itself.  An eclectic collection of cafes and specialty stores is on offer as well as major chains including Starbucks, McDonalds and the Reject Shop.
Located at the bottom of the city it is a good starting point to start your shopping and dining and get a feel of the town. There is a playground for the kids and one of the best McDonalds I have been to (it is built with a heritage feel and really blends in).
The very, very disappointing thing is no toilets. There is no public toilet and not one cafe had one. How a council builds a complex without public amenities is beyond me. You have to walk out of the mall across the road and use what I find to be divey toilets. Lift your game Ballarat as I always visit the mall and it could be a lot better.

Sturt St, Ballarat VIC 3350  Open on Everyday