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Borsch Vodka and Tears – Praharn, melbourne.


Borsch vodka and tears- Prarahn 1This unbecoming establishment is just on chapel street, and one of the first restaurants I visited when I first came to become a full time Melbourne resident, oh so long ago!

Apparently its been here donkeys years, and polish colleagues of mine swear that their parents took them to this place to eat the most refined of all delicacies- piroggi.

Oh, and did I mention the fact there are 100 different types of vodka served here?

Located on chapel street, not long from the Praharn station, its within a safe stumbling locatBorsch vodka and tears- Prarahn 2ion to get back home safely if you choose to overindulge.

The food is great, the service is friendly, and if you were stuck waiting aeons for your disorganised date to arrive, like I did, the drinkies and coffee are excellent enough that you can forgive almost any amount of waiting around in such a pleasant and enjoyable environment.

173 Chapel Street
Windsor, VIC, 3181
+61 3 9530 2694


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E-Dumpling Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD


This is probably one of my favourite places in Melbourne CBD for a quick, cheap, tasty, and filling lunch that’s pretty consistently good.

E-dumpling flinders lane food Tucked away just off Elizabeth street, near the state library, is a line of French folding doors, behind which, you can find e-dumpling.

The place has a ridiculously extensive menu, with over 100 things to choose from, from the cheap, quick and hopefully not too dirty, to more premium meals that you can kind of hoe would be cooked with a bit more love and care… but you will still get change for a $20 note for it.

Anyway, this place is pretty close to my heart, and I tend to take friends here for dinner when they come to Melbourne- the fact that we walk away after having has a very filling tasty and substantial meal, plus a few cold beers to wash it down, yet there is still change form a pineapple $50 note tends to start people off on a good note in Melbourne.

The reviews on other sites tend to agree with my assessment, though, admittedly, the service can be a bit sketchy sometimes, but, you get what you pay for. Personally, I like to spend my money on good food, not bowing and scraping myrmidons- I see enough of them at work.!

E-dumpling flinders lane melbourne CBD foodhttp://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g255100-d6937446-Reviews-E_Dumpling-Melbourne_Victoria.html

My personal favourites are the pork dumplings, the satay dumplings and the chicken katsu with chicken soup combo. I forget what “numbers these are on the menu.

Either way, you cant really go wrong with this place!

This fine establishment even makes it into lists of awesome places to enjoy some dumpling love in the CBD- I tend to agree wholeheartedly!


What I am curious about is the “e” ness of the dumplings. No online ordering, no fancy apps, not even a website. But the place is there, in bricks and mortar.

Recently a sushi bar and hot quick service bain maree has been added for the time poor and starving office worker. The stuff proffered is far from swill either- it makes a pretty good and tasty lunch!

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This series follows the rather twisted, lonely, and tortured life of a self taught former computer hacker, come white hat security expert, Elliot, who becomes entangled in an underground hacking cell with the stereotypically inspired name of  fsociety by an apparent crazed vagrant on a train, who turns out to be an infamous hacker who identified by the callsign, “Mr Robot’.

As per its anarchist name suggests, the cell’s aim is to execute an ambitious plot to penetrate, subvert and destroy one of the largest corporations in the known world, Evilcorp.

Addled by mental health issues, potential delusions, psychosis and a nasty substance dependence problem, as well as a rather crazy sort of girlfriend, come drug dealer, as well as various other personal problems like stalking being his main hobby, Elliot, who cries himself to sleep most nights in his depressing “new York” aka bedsit apartment really isn’t in great shape by anyone’s standards.

His contact with the hacking cell, and the fairly loopy, potentially dangerous people in it, who potentially make him a positively sane and stable, happy man in comparison creates a stressor in his life that has the potential to test his resilience to the limit, creating immense personal growth, or push him well and truly over the edge.

As a character portrayed as clever, analytical, yet socially awkward, a bit damaged and with demons, yet still somehow functioning in a limping and broken manner in society, Elliot is easy to relate to, because he is a good metaphor for some of the character flaws we sometimes see in ourselves, and people close to us, which we need to battle to get though each day, and hold our lives together.

This production has a mildly semi-believable air to it, with tongue in cheek type stereotypical devices abounding, from the way some of the support characters are portrayed, to the ridiculous name of the big brother like corporation and the overarching nature of the spread of its slimy tentacles across the sphere of  the world Elliot and his pals live in, is not so subtly depicted.  “Evilcorp” – I mean, REALLY!

The flavour of the series hence somewhat reminiscent of a marvel type comic, with Elliot being the unlikely Hoodie wearing, Linux bash code loving dark eyed, barely functional and awkward junkie hero.

We all love a good underdog, though, don’t we? makes us all feel like we could change our own insignificant and isolated lives (ok, that’s just me ranting on maybe)

Even so, the whole thing seems to kind of work, and I’ve obsessively watched most of the first series already after a rather nerdy friend recommended it the other night. Funnily, Elements of Elliots character, mannerisms and awkwardness, and struggle to live in this world, made for social people kind of remind me of somebody I know well.

My advice- watch it. You’ll Enjoy it.


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