Saturday, December 05, 2020

After Lockdown

The first Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup Day, a horse race and a public holiday for greater Melbourne. It is normally attended by perhaps 100,000 people or maybe more but no public spectators this year. The following Thursday is Oaks Day at the races also known as Ladies Day. There are prescribed ways women should dress for each racing day during our Spring Racing Carnival. Many follow the unwritten rules. Some don't. I think Ladies Day is the day for women to wear bright colours. 

On Ladies Day we caught up with my former workmate for dinner at a nearby restaurant. While these ladies couldn't attend the racing event, that was not going to stop them dressing up to celebrate the day and having a good time. From our table they sounded like they were great fun and they welcomed me to take a snap. 

R and I rounded off our meal with an affogato. The strong coffee is poured over the ice cream, followed by the whiskey (optional but of course we took the option) and while waiting for it to 'infuse' we nibbled on the loose coffee beans. A delicious end to a nice meal out.

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  1. They do look like a very happy group - which is wonderful.
    Himself would love the affrogato, but pass on the whiskey.
    It must have been great for you to get out and about again.

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    1. EC, yes it was very pleasant to be out.

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  2. I've often wondered what an affogato was, now I know.
    The ladies all look lovely.

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    1. River, I used to know but I forgot until recently.

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  3. I have never heard of affogato but it combines 3 of my favourite things in the entire universe - espresso, whiskey and creamy icecream. Combined with fancy race-day hats, it looks like a super outing.

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    1. Hels, for your next cafe visit.

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  4. Its great to be able to go out for dinner again. Enjoy.

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  5. I Totally Spaced The Cup This Year - Hope The Weather Is Gorgeous And Your Heart Feels Healthy Again - Take Care And Thanx For The Reminder

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Padre. The weather is pretty good.

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  6. I'd have to forego the whiskey (hot damn) but anything creamy with coffee and I'm your slave.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, it could be made with Irish whiskey, if that would tempt you.

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  7. I like the sound of your Affogato (not something I've heard of before), and I may try my own version here.

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    1. Cro, and with a little bit from your special bottle.

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  8. Having fun, how wonderful.
    All look good and everyone happy.

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    1. Margaret, it was a happy night, for them and for us.

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  9. SIGH we've had one meal out inside with family since March...

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    1. Jackie, none with family yet but on our own and only with someone else in the above mentioned.

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  10. Anonymous2:08 pm

    I love affogato but I've never had it with whiskey! Might have to give it a whirl. I don't like whiskey unless it's prepared with something else...I currently have dried fruit and nuts soaking in a very generous dollop of whiskey, waiting to be turned into Xmas cake! Bunyip

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    1. Arigato for you affogato comment Bunyip. Don't worry about Border Security. Send us a slice each please.

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    2. Anonymous10:49 am

      Is R not making a Chrissy cake this year? Bunyip

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    3. No Bunyip. There is always far to much to eat on Christmas Day and we didn't start eating last year's cake until February.

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