Some things in life are worth standing in line for: Lune Croissants, for example. Raffle tickets to Book of Mormon (won twice, thank you very much!). Getting your copy of ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ signed by David Sedaris who instead charged me a dollar for saying how AWESOME he was. Long story but, word to the wise, never say AWESOME in front of David Sedaris .
Most recently, I waited in line to have dinner at Shanghai Street in Melbourne’s CBD. We had a group of 7; Each person carrying their 6 pack of VB around the city. We thought we had reserved a table somewhere else that was BYO, you see. But we hadn’t. Instead of freaking out my friend Ben took the 1,345th spot in line at Shanghai Street.
If you have ever heard someone say ‘Warburton is the perfect weekend get-away’ they were not lying to you. Warburton is an incredible place!
You can eat delicious food, visit wineries, explore until your hearts content, see waterfalls, sequoia trees, ride bikes down the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. This creates one of those too-much-to-do-so-little-time scenarios when you’re only there for two days.
I first noticed Rice Paper Scissors on Instagram. Their photos had me drooling – I was very hungry at the time. Every dish shared had juicy meat as the centerpiece, with pops of color throughout. Images of the exposed brick, high chairs and stunning bar drew me in. Plus, cocktails like the Tigerita: tequila, salted cucumber and lime had me chanting ‘TGIF! TIGIF!’. It was a Friday.
But it was the images of the staff having, like, the best time ever that sold it to me, and the hashtag #useyourhands. I wanted in!
Not only would I press follow, I would visit. Immediately. They have two locations: Melbourne CBD and Fitzroy. The Fitzroy once is approximately two minutes walking from my house. So, we drove to save time.
Rice Paper Scissors makes deciding what to order super easy. You can choose any five dishes on the menu and it will cost $59 for two people. Pictured above you’ll find the crying tiger, the bbq lamb ribs (OMGAWD!), my gorgeous boy, the chicken salad and the calamari.
You cannot order wrong here, I swear. We’ve been back again and tried the bbq king prawns, the crispy barramundi, the Asian greens and the vietnamese baguette. I’m hoping for my birthday this year we can rent out the entire Fitzroy location, order everything on the menu – including cocktails – and have a dance party.
I just feel like it’s the type of thing the lovely folks at Rice Paper Scissors would endorse.
You’ve been working your butt off since the start of the year. You’ve been kicking ass, taking names, hustlin’, and all of that. You’ve been doing it all with the resilience of a college sophomore intent on getting crazy during Spring Break.
Unfortunately, Spring Break is not a thing in Australia but Easter is, and it’s finally here. Yes! A long, lazy weekend – just when we all need it. It’s time to sit back, relax and put on your bathing suit because there is nowhere better to go than the Peninsula Hot Springs.