Posts Tagged ‘chinatown’

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Melbourne. Credit: ChinatownMelbourne.com.au

Kung Hei Fat Choy y’all. The Chinese know how to celebrate a new year. While we have our measley few hours of drinking champagne, where we pay outrageous prices to even get into a pub, the Chinese have two weeks of celebrations with lots of great food, very loud firecrackers, and of course the dragon. This Sunday, February 1st, head down to Chinatown to see martial arts demonstrations, cultural shows, and some good food. Hopefully, it will cool down a bit by then.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinatown, Melbourne

Sunday, February 1

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Rude, racist staff in Cafe Andiamo

Cafe Andiamo - Great food and coffee. Pity the staff aren't.

Cafe Andiamo - Great food and coffee. Pity the staff aren't.

Cafe Andiamo, along Degraves Lane, is one of the more popular coffee and meal spots in Melbourne. It’s a personal favourite of mine, having spent many cold winters and hot summers there with my fiancee and dog. It’s a warm, fuzzy relationship built up over four years. I love it.

Of course, I write this to warn people never to go there again. Unless barbed racial remarks done with unprofessional subtlety is what they are eager for.

Yesterday arvo, my fiancee, her sister and me made our way to Andiamo after running some errands. It was lunch time and naturally, packed to the rafters. We spotted an empty table lane side and sat down. Really, the three of us were in good spirits. Laughing, teasing, gesticulating madly while telling each other a story.

It became clear we weren’t going to be served quickly, so I made my way to the counter to grab some menus. I’m familiar with what they serve, but I felt like an All Day Brekky and wanted to know if they served it during lunch time (alas, they don’t serve it between 12-2pm).

We took several minutes to decide, and my fiancee’s sister decided to call for the staff’s attention. My back was facing the counter, so while mucking around with the girls I flapped the menus around like a lightsaber. Mostly to get the staff’s attention too, but also because I can.

A longtime staff (I won’t mention race, coz it’ll be really obvious) came over. I greeted him. His response?

“You don’t have to wave the menus as I gave you the menus so I’ll know when to come over. This is not Chinatown.” (more…)

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