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Legoland, Chadstone

Legoland at Chandstone Shopping Centre is yet another remarkable family tourist attraction in Melbourne. They offer a day pass or annual pass for the kids and kids at heart to enjoy.

Take a look at what’s inside…

xoxo

Vanessa

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La Spaghettata, Carlton

 I would like to greet all the mothers out there a very happy Mother’s day! I hope you were given the special treatment you truly deserve.

For this year’s celebration, we decided to avoid the hustle and bustle on Mother’s day itself. Yesterday (Saturday), we opted to have a nice and quiet family dinner at La Spaghettata  situated at 238 Lygon Street, Carlton. Lygon Street is famous for it’s variety of restaurants and La Spaghettata is one of them, a two-storey Italian restaurant that provide good food and excellent service.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a cheerful elderly bearded man at the entrance. We went in with our pram and the service staff led us to our table. I picked up the menu  and saw a photo of the same man who greeted us outside. His name is Tony Cattafi, the owner of La Spaghettata. Having the owner at the restaurant when it’s busy and crazy somehow gives me an assurance that it’s going to be a night of an awesome dining experience.

We were seated at a table for four people (2 adult and 2 children) beside a nicely painted wall. We ordered the following:

Entrees: Garlic bread and Mornay, bechamel (white sauce) and grated parmigiano  (6 pieces Oysters)

Main: Moreton Bay Bugs with fresh salad and tartare sauce, Fillet Gordon (eye fillet with demi-glace brown sauce, avocado, prawns and mushroom), Lasagna (kids meal)

Drinks: cocktail and white wine

Dessert: Profiteroles

We started with our entrees, my kids devoured the garlic bread while me and my husband enjoyed the oysters. I love the cheese on top and as we scooped out the oyster, it was juicy and fresh. The fillet gordon was so tender, cooked just the way I like it. They were very generous with the brown sauce (I usually have bernaise sauce with my steak) although it was a tad salty for me. I’m not really a fan of salt. Even a pinch could be salty for me. So again, this is just my personal taste. Side dish veggies were all cooked perfectly – the corn, carrots and beans.

Portion size is generous but not too much. White wine Moscato went very well with the steak. I finished my food very satisfied. It was our first time at La Spaghettata and I must say it was a great choice. Then came our for time for dessert. My husband ordered Profiteroles and I was picturing small chocolated-coated balls with sweet cream inside (Coles profiteroles) so I said maybe I’ll skip desserts. We waited for a good 7-10minutes and we were served with this beautiful pastry dripped with chocolate and vanilla ice cream on the side. I said “ok well I’ll try it” and ended up eating half of it (or more). It was delicioso! The chocolate wasn’t too sweet, cream puff did not taste like there’s sugar in it and it just matched perfectly with the ice cream. That was the highlight for the night.

I would recommend La Spaghettata to Melbourne diners, couples or families. It was definitely worth a try.

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La Spaghettata, Lygon Street Carlton

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Phillip Island, Cowes

Phillip Island, Cowes

Going out on a leisure trip with an infant and a toddler is never an easy feat. There’s so much things to pack with so little time to prepare. But, the good thing about living in Melbourne is there’s so many beautiful places to visit, keep your toddler amazed and occupied plus you wouldn’t have to travel too far.

We’ve recently been to Phillip Island, Cowes – a tourist destination, 2 hours from Melbourne where they offer visitors a spectacular view of penguins swimming out from the sea, getting to the dry land and parading up to their burrows.

In this photo, around 8:30PM spectators gather up in this viewing area for the penguins’ arrival.

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Waiting for the penguins to come ashore

Unfortunately, it’s not allowed to record the parade so we just privately enjoyed the experience of walking with the penguins while they went up to their burrows. Some of the penguins seemed to learn how to socialize as they waddle towards the people waiting for them. My 2 year old was fascinated and loved every minute of it.

Here’s all the information you need to get there Penguin Parade Phillip Island.

Our family stayed overnight at Ramada Resort in Phillip Island Road, Cowes. This is 15 minutes away from Penguin Parade. Most resorts / hotels can only accommodate a maximum of 2 adults per room. At Ramada, they offer a 3-bedroom cottage (with a living room, kitchenette, 2 shower rooms and 2 toilets) for $336.

The following day, we went to Panny’s Chocolate Factory in New Haven. We had a fun time viewing chocolate-made creations and participating in quizzes and games.

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For those who would like to visit Melbourne, add Phillip Island to your list. There’s so much to do and see and it is definitely suitable for the entire family. ♥