Thursday, December 19, 2013

Feliz Navidad

I am going to sign off for Christmas here on this very hot December day.  I went out for a final pre-Christmas celebration last night with some ex-work colleagues to MoVida Aqui in the city and had a great night.  Mr Rosanna and I have been to the original MoVida in Hosier Lane a couple of times but this was my first experience of the much bigger space at Movida Aqui - up the stairs and right next to their brother bar in Paco's Tacos with open air tables, smaller inside tables and bar tables as well as the more private group tables down the back past the kitchen.

Image via MoVida website
The menu is largely the same as MoVida with yummy Spanish individual and shared plates, the service was excellent - tightly run and seamlessly executed given we were in the earlier 6 - 8 pm dinner slot.  There were people everywhere getting right into the festive spirit and my friends and I retreated to the very groovy Paco's Tacos roof top bar for drinks after we finished dinner.
Image via Pacos Tacos website
We also wandered through Bourke Street Mall on our way home and even at 10pm at night, the city was buzzing with people of all ages out on the street, buskers playing music, queues of people looking at the Myer Christmas windows, workmen doing last minute jobs and even a couple of fire engines and bemused firemen parked right in the middle near the tram tracks.  It was not only looking, but also feeling, a lot like Christmas.

I made the mistake of taking the freeway home forgetting about The Boulevard Lights which are on every night from 8 - 11pm until Christmas where you can expect long delays if you take the Burke Road exit or the Lower Heidelberg Road entry point - take the back streets people if you do go!

I'm gearing up for another busy year next year not only continuing to work for Avant Card and The Light Factory Gallery but also with the gorgeous Rina Chia at Take 2 Markets - exciting stuff!  Plus possibly a couple of other smaller projects in the design and education fields - I will reveal more next year.

Whether you are having a staycation, going up country, down to the beach, interstate or (lucky you) overseas for Christmas, I wish you a peaceful, restful and joyous Christmas break spent with the people closest to you and I look forward to catching up with you online (or in the flesh!) in the New Year.  It's time to breathe...Merry Christmas!

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