Monday, 24 October 2011

Not fat enough

Spencer's Guide is now getting close to a thousand hits a month, and the most popular post by far is this one. As Hollyhock have recently extended their restaurant I went down to check it out and to see whether they'd taken any note of my comment on the enticing sounding, but dissappointing, "fat chips" on their menu.
The answer, as you can see, is an emphatic No. I'm sorry but these bog-standard frozen chips are just not worthy of their chubby label!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Broken up?

It's balmy evenings like tonight's when it's a treat to sit outside The London and watch the ferry set sail.
Which makes it all the more inexplicable why its doors are currently shut. Perhaps half-hearted signs like this one may be part of the reason?

Monday, 17 October 2011

Port Melbourne protest

The Antiguan cargo ship Andrea has been conspicuously moored up at Station Pier for a few weeks now, and a scrawled message hanging from the deck (and weighted down by water bottles) hints at possible mutiny.
With the aid of a zoom lens it becomes possible to read the message "The workers united will never be defeated!". In smaller writing, something is "Here to stay!", but it's hard to discern what. According to the cruise ship schedule, they won't be able to stay beyond the 31st, as the P&O Pacific Pearl is due in.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Peace punt

Despite delivering a crushing blow in the supposed 125 year war with the suburb over the other side, today a new daily service commenced to allow energetic commuters to travel between Williamstown and Port Melbourne (well, technically Spotswood and Fisherman's Bend).
The Westgate Punt, which has been taking cyclists under the bridge on weekends for a long while now, secured funding in the last budget to resume a subsidised week day service, which will run for at least the next four years. It will cost only $2 each way from next month, and for this month ... it's free. Shame it's just a bit too ambitious a trip to take one of the new Bikeshare bikes over within a half-hour rental window.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Exchange

The pub known for a while as Molly Blooms lies at the corner of Bay and Rouse streets, and is never empty.
The main room feels pretty traditional, with a large central bar (housing a pleasing array of beer taps), stripped floor boards and open fire. To either side lie dining and dancing rooms, each with their own character. The pub as a whole manages to strike a good balance between the "down to earth boozer" feel of its nearest competitor The Local, and the "place to take a (materialistic) date" feel of its next nearest neighbour competitor The Pier.
However it's still possible to feel slightly out of place here on the weekend if you're not late twenties/early thirties and dressed in the unofficial 'uniform' of Elwood or G-Star for guys, and skimpy dress for girls.
Beers on tap: Carlton Draught, Boags Draught, Classic Blonde, JS Golden Ale, JS Amber Ale, Blue Blue Tongue Pilsener, Kosciuszko Pale Ale, Hoeegarden, Heineken, Becks, Kirin
Wine range: $8 - $12
Parma: $24.90 (see my review)
Gastro: At these prices, you'd hope so
Tradie vs Yuppy: Tends toward the latter

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Blue bike invasion

It's nearly eighteen months since the controversial Melbourne Bike Share scheme launched, and now some bike stations have even arrived on our foreshore, just in time for Ride to Work Day. It makes perfect sense really with the great bike path into the city easily achievable within the 30 minute per trip charging model. Although it's a shame (especially for energetic cruise ship arrivals) that the map displayed beside the bikes inexplicably hasn't yet been updated to include the station itself, or the next one along the beach at Kerferd Road.
For Port Melbourne residents without a bike (or perhaps somewhere to store one) of their own, it's extremely cost effective to use at $50 a year. Of course for the $2.50 a day casual users, there is still the headache of complying with helmet legislation. The nearest 7-Eleven (which allegedly sells subsidised helmets for $5) is all the way up at the top of Pickles Street, which could explain why a station has also appeared one block down at the junction of Dorcas Street.