The Bloody Long Walk 2020

The Bloody Long Walk is an annual event to raise funds for Mito. The funds will be used in researching a cure for this disease. In previous years it used to start at Fairfield at the Boathouse and then finish in St Kilda. Walkers would go past the city and Southbank before going into St Kilda.

What is Mito?

“Mitochondria are the power houses of the cell providing the body with over 90% of the energy it needs to sustain life. Mitochondria take in sugars and proteins from the food we eat and produce energy called ATP that our bodies use to function properly. Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that reduces the ability of the mitochondria to produce this energy. When the mitochondria are not working properly, cells begin to die until eventually whole organ systems fail and the patient’s life itself is compromised.” (definition from the Mito site)

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, The Bloody Long Walk has gone virtual! This year its taking place on August 1-10th. It is a 35 km walk and is a lot of fun to do. In past years people ran that 35km. You can do it anywhere and record your walk with a Garmin or a Fitbit. I have a Garmin.

Over that week I ran 35km but over a few days due to the Government’s Stage 4 restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne saying that we can’t go out for more than one hour per day.

If it is run again next year they should organise it just like they did in previous years but with a charity sausage sizzle at the end for people that did not partake in the walk so that they can raise even more funds for Mito.

From now until the next time they run the event they could organise some bake sales and cooking competitions to help spread the word and for them to raise more money towards finding a cure for Mito.

July 4th- Independence Day

July 4th is Independence day. We cannot spend Independence day together because of the coronavirus restrictions.

It is normally celebrated with fireworks and parties all over the US. In Australia it is celebrated at TGI Fridays with some themed specials. Of course this year at TGI Fridays there would be no such thing.

“Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4”

(source: Wikipedia)

But luckily there is apps like zoom and Facebook where you can spend time together virtually. I feel for you. I’m lucky to be in Australia but I feel sorry for you.

So here is something from Australia to cheer you up. We would love to give you some Tim Tams to help you celebrate July 4th.

If you really wanted a small meal with just your household, you could go with a classic hotdog where you buy the bun (or you can bake your own) and buy some frankfurters. And then you could have it with potato salad and ketchup, mustard, onions and cheese.

Happy July 4th guys.

Boston Marathon and Coronavirus

This has been a hot topic for some time and Runners World reports that they have cancelled the race this year due to Coronavirus. They don’t know whether they will run in 2021 due to social distancing rules.

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What is Boston Marathon?

For those of you that don’t know- its a prestigious race where runners who wish to run that race have to run a qualifying time or even better. With other races being cancelled they say that you can use the 2018 or 2019 time to enter. Runners enter in September and then if they are accepted train really hard for a money can’t buy experience.

But what about those charities

At a minimum runners had to have raised $10000 or more to enter. Those charities would have lost their place and the reality is most of them do not know if there will be any bibs allocated to them in 2021. Those runners that raise the money would lose all and would have to do it all again next year.

We just don’t know whether that or any other races will go ahead in 2020. Lets for now keep our fingers crossed that Melbourne Marathon and other races in Melbourne don’t get cancelled and that the states will allow them to go ahead.

Sausage fest and the Bratwurst shop

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This was an old event so it might happen now due to Covid19

The inaugural Sausage festival was on and it’s on every year at Prahran Market. Here we got to taste and vote on the best sausage by the best trader of which there are a few. This is held in time for Australia day where we love our snags. The tasting and the voting for the different sausages was fun.

I wanted a snack so I went to the new Bratwurst store to try one for $7 and $1 extra for toppings. This was a pork sausage and the skin was quite hard. Here this was not cooked long enough but I did like the bread and the toppings of Sauerkraut and Onion. Sorry guys I prefer Queen Victoria market’s one anyday.

I also went to El Alamo for their dessert empanda ($5) and this was an apple one which tasted a lot like Apple pie, except it was smaller and has less calories than apple pie.

If there is a sausage festival anytime soon, do pop by it. Although post Covid times there may not be one until a few years later.

What to give to your mum for Mother’s day that is about health

Many of the things you can buy online and then they can go to it later in the year when it reopens. It’s a small win for the business and one for you. Buying that thing will mean that the business may be able to keep its doors open during or after the current crisis

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A yoga studio pass

A yoga studio pass would mean that she would be able to attend a yoga class at a retreat or a place later on in the year when studios reopen

A cycle studio class pass

Does your mum enjoy cycling? If so a pass to her favourite studio and instructor is a great idea. It keeps them going and motivated to put that class on later in the year

A ticket to her favourite event happening later in the year

Does your mum like going to certain events? Does your mum like fun runs? If so a ticket might just be the thing that keeps her event going or they might put it on next year (depending on restrictions).

Fun runs are a great way to bond together. After you finish your run you can go have brunch in a nearby cafe. Another win for you and another for them.

A gym membership pass so that she can train with you and you can support your favourite gym

That is awesome as that would keep your favourite gym in business after the virus is over. Getting fit is essential for older people

A spa pass

Does your mum need relaxation? Does she work in a stressful job? If so a spa pass is a great idea and if they are reopened before Christmas then she can use it and get a day out of it

A wellness retreat pass

They might not be opened until next year but who knows.

Easter with the Coronavirus

Easter this year is very different and we explain why

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Now that the Coronavirus is here, people would have to spend Easter at home and not go to the shops to buy stuff. In Australia supermarkets and bakeries are open so you can get your Easter goodies just in time for Easter. A lot of restaurants here in Melbourne have a special Easter banquet but you have to order ahead.

People are also not allowed to spend time with their family ( unless they live with them) and friends. In Australia you can be fined for this. But you can face time, Zoom or Skype or Whats app people. Or chat on Facebook. This is different as in previous years you can spend time with family and everyone gets together over Easter.

But if you’re diabetic you could do easter with flowers or sugarless easter eggs. It doesn’t have to be chocolate eggs. It can be the hard boiled eggs for breakfast.

Hopefully with time this will all pass and you can see the people that you like.

The coronavirus and why we should #savehospo

The Government has banned all restaurants and cafes from dining in. But they can still do takeaway and alcohol sales online or you can go there and pick it up.

People in the hospitality industry are feeling it right now. The hotels may not be feeling it as they are getting people who will be in 14 days self isolation and the Government is paying for their stay.

But people in the food industry need your love as they are closed except for takeaway and Ubereats. On the first day of the ban I had fish and chips takeaway. In the subsequent days I looked for the ice cream shop and they were not open until 3pm. I had really wanted to support them and show them my love.

Gastrology on the other hand has supported the Save Hospo movement by buying and promoting all their meals online. I was a fan of their Papparich posts. Pity that there is no Papparich near me and I don’t have a car.

But do support the hospitality industry as like everyone they are going through some tough times.

Our March events

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus we couldn’t do four events- we only did three.

So here is what went on during March and before the shutdown of essential services

Vamff at Myer

Vamff at Myer was a wonderful time for shoppers. There was Champagne and whiskey, but no catwalk show. It was free and there was many offers on the night which shoppers took advantage of. We tried the champagne and it was nice and sweet and it worked well with the arancini. The whiskey was also nice but a bit of coke could have been added in there to give it that sweet touch.

Stout Shout

Stout Shout is an event where you get a free pint of Guinness for St Patrick’s day. St Patrick’s day is an Irish day full of fun and Guinness. A Guinness is an Irish beer which is dark and stormy in flavour. Here I got mine at Bridie o Reilly’s and I really enjoyed my beer.

It was my first time doing Stout Shout and you had to sign up for the free beer online.

The launch of Fortress

Fortress is a gaming place in Emporium and they just launched. They have a Irish tavern, two bars and two levels of gaming. At their launch party they offered free games all day and no free alcohol or food. At a launch I would expect free food and alcohol at that place. But the Superdry clothing shop offered alcohol and the Glue store offered free popcorn and soft drinks to assist with their launch.

St Patricks Day

We talk about St Patrick’s day which is celebrated in Melbourne with good food

St Patricks Day is an Irish day and its on the 17th of March. It is a celebration of Irish culture and it is a day where St Patrick was born. St Patrick is one of Ireland’s saints. Whilst in Ireland it’s spring in Australia its Autumn.

Here it is all green and many of the pubs here have their St Patrick’s day parties. This year due to the Coronavirus there aren’t many St Pat’s celebrations. People celebrate it in Irish pubs with Guinness and Irish food. Guinness is an Irish beer which is dark and fruity in flavour.

If you choose not to go out this year, here’s how you can celebrate it at home with cake and Irish food.

In Melbourne many pubs would offer specials. The pub that I like is called Bridie O’Reilly’s and its on Chapel st in South Yarra. Here they are lovely and vibrant. In the days before St Patrick’s day they would have their free beer days.

I have had their food and its equally delicious.

Find them at:

462 Chapel Street, South Yarra Victoria 3141, 03 9827 7788

The High Country Fundraiser and why you should support this

As health bloggers we are all about supporting the businesses in need. During the summer the High Country and other country towns have had bushfires and so they suffered quite a lot. They lost a lot of business and so now they are trying to recouperate with what they lost.

They are doing this by having series of fundraisers in the St Hotel and 107 Fitzroy st St Kilda. They are having it until the end of March. These businesses and wineries want to attract people to visit their townships as well as earn some money for what they have lost.

On the opening weekend the fundraiser was a huge success. The apple juice I had on the opening weekend was really nice and many people came to opening weekend. Here they have some samples of some of their goods.

At the Port Melbourne one I had their vegetarian burger. I wished that they could do this here along with their awesome smoothies.

Note: the fundraiser is card only.