Dex2rose

One of my favorite places that we visited in Melbourne, was this hard to find, hole-in-the-wall gelato joint, called Dex2rose. After a 40 minute walk down what seemed like endless streets, if you manage to find the place (which is down an alley), you'll get to experience probably the coolest science themed liquid nitrogen gelato & drinks. 

I even like how they display their menu! What we really came for though, was their famous Mist in the Woods hot chocolate set. This elaborate set, which comes with a full set of instructions, is described as:

Mist in the Woods - "Featuring our own lightly spiced hot chocolate, this decadent set comes with a generous dollop of salted caramel gelato, raspberry drupelets, and toast-at-your-table home-made marshmallows."

After it's prepared, the waiter brings it to you & asks if you want to get your camera ready (you definitely do). Then let the fun begin! The waiter (or in our case, it was the owner of Dex2rose), starts by pouring rose water infused liquid nitrogen into a shot glass. They'll flip an empty glass onto it, to let it flavor the inside your glass. 

As the liquid nitrogen does it's thing, the waiter will light your little fire, allowing you to start toasting your marshmallows. Once the liquid nitrogen wears off, it's time to pour the hot cocoa in the glass, and enjoy it with the salted caramel gelato, topped with raspberry drupelets, as well as your freshly toasted marshmallows.

Being a fan of salted caramel ice cream, I enjoyed the entire experience a lot. What I didn't expect, was how much I would enjoy the marshmallows. It's texture is just different than anything I've ever experience & they're hands down the best marshmallows I've ever eaten. The raspberry drupelets added a sweet factor to the salted caramel & the hot cocoa was delicious. My only wish, was that I could stay in Melbourne longer, to try out every single item on their menu. In short, don't  you dare go to Melbourne without checking this spot out! 

Of course you'd have to find it first ;) - JEN

Touring The Great Ocean Road

We arrived in Melbourne, halfway through our first week in Australia.

On our first full day, we left our hostel bright an early, for a small guided bus tour of the Great Ocean Road. While I've never been a huge fan of scheduled tourist activities, especially tour buses, it proved to be a worthy way to see a lot of beautiful places in one day. It gave us just a enough time in each spot & a preview of where to come back to.

The tour included a lot of fun interactive spots, like Kennet River, where you can spend a good amount of time with Australia's native Parrots & Lorikeets, as well as find some wild Koalas sleeping up in the trees. 

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Halfway through your tour you'll be able to feast your eyes on the famous 12 Apostles, which by the way is more like 6 or 7. No one seemed really sure why they're called they're called the 12 Apostles. Essentially they exist because the cliffs are made of limestone. Over the years, the waves have worn the cliffs down, creating these pillars.

If you've got a drone (that you're pretty speedy with), I'd definitely bring it along on this tour. I didn't, but in retrospect I wish I did. Some stops, like the 12 Apostles are a tad too short to bust out the drone, and get shots with my Sony a7Sii, but some stops were long enough for both. 

Ultimately, the tour got me excited for my next time in Melbourne. I'd love to rent a car next time though. Hope you guys enjoyed the post! - JEN