I’m currently sitting in the Melbourne Airport waiting for my flight home to Sydney, after a quick trip to BurnCity.

My extended weekend started early Friday morning, out the door at 5am for a 7:15 (come 7:45/8:15am) flight down. After landing and seeing the commuter chaos that the Australian Grand Prix had brought, it was a stroll down to Southbank to find my AirBnB, followed by a longish wait for my host. Once he finally arrived, I settled into the private room and made my way to the Grand Prix.

This was my first time experiencing a Grand Prix. The sounds alone are a worthwhile drawcard, let alone seeing the amazing machines that produce them gunning around the track at speed. Camera in hand I explored various turns and parts of the track, trying to find a decent angle that wasn’t crowded to snap some pans. Pretty happy with how this turned out.

Post F1 Friday, I went up into burn city to find a shirt, since I’d forgotten to pack one in my suitcase. I found myself at one of the many Calibre stores around Collins St. where the lovely Mika helped grab a few options for me. Unfortunately they didn’t have my size in the shirt I was after in store. After a few phone calls she was able to organise one for pickup the day after, steamed and ready for use on Saturday night.

Next stop was The Sherlock Holmes for drinks with Roxy & Paul, which then turned into more drinks when Ali & Tom arrived.

Saturday was my main reason for the trip to burn city; the worldwide premiere of RWB Film: From Life After Birth to 12 hours of Idlers. This was a film written and produced by Chern from Fifteen52 Australia & owner of “Southern Cross” aka SoCro and directed by Bao from Xquisite Films. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at Rennsport last year, and thought it would be good to support them in this amazing venture. Chern is also the head honcho behind RWB Australia, which has seen another 3 RWBs built in Australia after SoCro. Not only did the film get premiered, but Akira Nankai the man behind Rauh-Welt Begriff made time in his busy schedule to join the family for the screening, along with all 6 cars from Australia and New Zealand.

After the film, and a signing session with Nankai San I was lucky enough to hang out with some of the RWB Family, before heading off to my next rendevous: Birthday dinner for Veigli.
Pre dinner drinks were at Sweatshop, followed by dinner downstairs at Seamstress, and then we went on a tour of some of the cities “clubbing establishments” including Rooftop bar, and Spice temple

Finally this morning, feeling a little dusty (after a trip to long island), I found my way to Deadman Espresso in South Melbourne.

Coffee was tasty, and the food menu was pretty extensive and varied, not to mention the specials board and the cake cabinet.

I opted for Deadman’s Eggs Benedict – 2 poached eggs on a hash cake with smoky pulled pork, seasonal greens & chilli hollandaise.

The pork and greens were generous, but the plate could have used less of those and more hash. The place was packed to the rafters with patrons waiting for tables to open when I left. Definitely would consume again.

It’s been about 7 years since I was last in Melbourne for the first Semipermanent venture down there. Definitely need to cut down the time between drinks in this nicely cultured city.