Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I've been sick the past two days with a virus courtesy of my kids but I have to say that the severity and duration this time has been a lot less than previously and I think partly due to the fact that I'm a lot fitter (I've been back at boot camp since school started).  Strangely enough, getting sick has coincided with me running out of my Chinese herbs so needless to say I'll be back to the Rosanna Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre next week.  I really do think it's made a difference health-wise over the past 6 months.  And a reminder to those of you who have kids or work with kids and/or the elderly, get a flu shot next month!  I managed to catch the flu in March last year so I'll be lining up for that one.

Image by Paola Balla, Detail: Tidda Murrup
Original photograph by Rosie Kilvert
I wanted to mention a number of different things today.  Firstly, Diverse/City: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Melbourne opens this Thursday at The Light Factory Gallery and should be a great one to see.  Curated by Katrina Gubbins, the aim is to incite conversation surrounding contemporary Aboriginal art in Melbourne and the show features the work of 6 individual artists and one art collective including Paola Balla, Megan Cadd, John Duggan, Mick Harding, John T. Patten, Jamie Thomas and artists from the Baluk Arts collective.  The show runs until Sunday 30 March with the opening being held this Sunday 2 March from 2 - 4 pm.  Entry is free.
Secondly, nice to see Burgundy Street in Heidelberg get a mention in today's Age Epicure with G&G Deli at No 48 (serving breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Fri & Sat nights), All'antico Trattoria (Southern Italian food) at No 94 and Lime Fresh Produce (fresh fruit & veg and high end groceries) at No 155 Burgundy Street all being featured.  Epicure also listed this year's award winners for The Age Good Food Under $30 and in the north-east, Dainty Sichuan in Box Hill won Best New Restaurant, Yong Green Food in Fitzroy (which I have been to) won Vegetarian of the Year and stalwart Moroccan Soup Bar in North Fitzroy won Hall of Fame.  While it's not in the north-east, I did go to the very groovy Touchwood in Bridge Road, Richmond a couple of weeks ago with the girls for brunch and it was excellent - great food and service.  I had the mixed whole grains (above) for breakfast which included quinoa, freekeh, wild rice, rocket, toasted almond, chai-soaked raisins, cumin yoghurt and a poached egg - delicious!  You can't book so ask for a table back right near the kitchen if you go with kids like we did.  

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.


  1. What chinese herbs would you recommend for general health and wellbeing?

  2. My practitioner Catherine Farchione has put together an individual concoction of herbs for me based on her analysis of my particular health issues which I guess is what you're paying for to see a specialist who has done all the study in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I'm not a specialist so I'm not the right person to be asking although I will say that my formula does contain astragalus which is one of the general herbs for improving immunity - how much you take and how often is for an expert to prescribe. I've been happy with my treatment there in terms of preventative health measures and a more holistic approach in general.

  3. Great thanks, might just see a specialist and whats right for me.