Jemima and I have been doing a lot of cardio walks into town and back again. Feels great to be out and about. I think she loves the fresh air too! We were excited to see new street art in the Page 27 laneway. With these bright colours you can't help but feel excited.
Remember that time we bought a burrito shop?
Last July we took the plunge and became business owners. With Nick's stint at his family business coming to an end, he had various thoughts about what steps he might like to take next. His background is in film and tv and starting a media company was one idea (one that could still happen). Around the time that he seriously started looking at his next steps, the fairly new local burrito shop, Loco Burrito, went on the market. The owners, who had started the business from scratch, had moved interstate to take on a new challenge there and after running the business from interstate for almost a year, they had decided to sell, rather than continue the business from afar.
Loco Burrito specialises in slow cooked meat, tex-mex style. They slow cook the beef for over 18 hours, yet your burrito is served up super quick. Slow cooked fast food. Loco Burrito also has tasty vegetarian and vegan options and the majority of the food is made fresh daily, no preservatives in sight. Nick and I both love tex-mex food and have been fans of Loco Burrito ever since it opened. You may have spotted it taking a coveted place on my Eat Drink Shop Alice Springs map!
An established business, with an amazing manager, in our favourite take-away food category was too good to pass up. Loco Burrito is the perfect fit for us. The 'lover of tex-mex' in my bio has been taken to another level here, by spreading the tex-mex love to all our wonderful customers. If you are ever in Alice Springs, pop by Loco Burrito and have the tastiest burrito you have ever had.
Dropping past to say good luck to Nick as he started on his 6 hour enduro race a few weeks ago and low and behold we stayed the whole 6 hours! Talk about endurance. The girls had the best time, outside, playing in the dirt. This time of year is so beautiful, am grateful that we were able to enjoy the sunshine & good weather.
Coming up is the June long weekend. In Alice Springs this weekend offers a big choice, do we go camping for the Finke Desert Race or do we go to Glen Helen for the Folk Festival?
The Top Half Folk Festival is held every other June long weekend at Glen Helen, while the Finke Desert Race is every June long weekend. This year we are choosing Folk, but we do hope to get down to the Finke Start/Finish line on Monday to see our friend finish the race.
What is your choice for the June long weekend? Are you a Finke or a Folk?
This year has seen a bumper wildflower season. I think it must be the rainy winter that we've had that has lead to the wildflower explosion in Central Australia. Beyond our back fence and even in our yard (though there would have been more had I not been so militant about getting rid of 'weeds') there are wildflowers everywhere. On an average year there are normally a few along the river, but not everywhere else. It has been wonderful to see. I also think that we are seeing more due to the amazing efforts of the community landcare groups that have worked to get rid of the buffel grass and saltbush in the swamp and the buffel grass around Spencer Hill.
Below are a few more photos of the wonderful wildflowers that have appeared this year.
Last night we went to Parrtjima - A Festival of Lights. The festival is a free event (I know, free!) that has run for the last week and finishes up on Sunday night. Parrtjima contains various art installations as well as art projected onto the range. The installations and artwork were all created by the local indigenous community, based on local contemporary experiences and ancient traditional stories.
If you have a chance to go tonight or tomorrow night, just go. Parrtjima is well worth it. I love that we get such fabulous artistic experiences happening here in our town.
Last Friday Alice Springs experienced stormageddon. The sky began to darken around 3pm, but the thunder and the clouds seemed to be heading south. Lulu, Zelda and I were at the park but Lulu began to worry about rain coming so rather than walk to the shop like I had planned, we headed home. I took some of the washing inside, just in case. We cooked the chocolate chip cookies that we had prepared dough for earlier that morning. I put on ABC4Kids as we entered the 'wind down' part of the day. The first batch of cookies were baked but before I could make a coffee, the rain started.
The noise was unbelievable! The tv signal stopped working and I moved Lulu from under the roof of the extension to the lounge room where it was somewhat quieter. We put DocMcStuffins on netflix on the laptop and had the laptop on my lap so that we could here it, though the sound was up as high as it could go. As the hail piled up outside, the water slowly began to leak though the join in the ceiling between the old house and the 70s extension. Luckily we had had the roof replaced when we renovated, otherwise things could have been a lot worse.
After the second storm had passed Lulu and I explored outside (Zelda slept the entire time). We found that ice had blanketed our yard, along with torn leaves from the trees and large branches blocked the road. It was something else. I shared a few photos on my instagram, but here are a few more of the storm aftermath.
recently had an open evening. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I went to the Desert Park. Like over ten years! Turns out that a lot has changed in 10 years. There is now an aquarium, a desert waterlife exhibit, a dingo enclosure and many more fun things for kids.
The Desert Park presents an number of different desert ecosystems and contributes to the conservation of desert flora and fauna. The nocturnal house is still my favourite. You can see all sorts of desert animals that only come out at night like the b
. Lulu loved the aquarium - yes there are desert fish!
Here are a few photos from our visit & if you are ever in Alice Springs, put
at the top of your to do list!
I have sporadically mentioned all of these places many times over the years on this blog or on my Instagram and I thought it was about time to pull it all together on an easy to read & use map. To make the map, I worked with illustrator Angie from
and the result is this gorgeous map below.
This little map contains all of my favourite places in the town to eat, drink and shop.
Eat Drink Shop Alice Springs - a Girl in the Pjs City Guide
. If you are ever in Alice Springs, be sure to check these places out.
- we eat here at least once a week! Lulu always orders the spaghetti bolognese, I rotate between the gnocchi with spinach, the scaloppine lemone or the kenny's special pizza, Nick rotates between the steak diablo, the puttanesca, or the mexican calzone. And we love a large mexican pizza takeaway. Most locals have their favourite thing that they order every time. I hope you'll find yours. Be sure to order your dessert when you arrive. There is only one tray of vanilla slice and it goes quickly!
- For those of us who can't just pop over to Bali whenever we like, there is Exotiq Homewares. You can wander around there and pretend you are in Bali or you can purchase their wonderful Balinese homewares and create a little bit of Bali in Alice Springs.
- a relative newcomer to Alice Springs, the Goods Cafe has gone off with a bang. Strong coffee and great savoury snack food.
- Stocking a large range of bespoke children's toys, Ju Ju Beane is the destination for kid's presents. They have recently started stocking a small range of newborn essentials and a large range of kids shoes.
- The go to place for any gift you need, Novita stocks all things from Bohemia Crystal to Kate Spade to Cabtree & Evelyn. They also have a large selection of baby clothes, toys and essentials. You will get lost in there!
Red Sands Cafe
- my go to for a quick lunchtime sandwich. They make the best BLT.
- The place to go for a fancy frock. Stocking major Australian labels like Alice McCall, Cameo, Maurie & Eve & Lulu's go to label, Rock Your Baby. Accessories a plenty with Petite Grande, House of Harlow and Tiff Manuell.
- Cocktails, Tapas, Burgers and Pizza. Epilogue also has a wicked roof top area that is open Friday and Saturday nights. Plus Timber and Steel reminded me in the comments that Epilogue often have live music on said rooftop!
- The go to breakfast place. Poached eggs, a huge veggie breakfast (I always add bacon), baby chinos and wicked iced coffee.
- Finally Alice Springs is indulging my love of tex-mex. Loco Burrito has been welcomed with open arms. Great for a quick lunch or dinner, the best thing is eating in their cute courtyard garden.
- The list isn't complete without mentioning Monte's. Monte's is the go to place for a quick afterwork beer that turns into dinner that turns into the staff kicking you out at closing time. Get on it.
Alice Springs has so many awesome places to Eat Drink Shop, it was hard to narrow it down to this list. I will give an honourable mention shout out to
- I love their toasted sandwiches and they also have great coffee. Is the map missing your favourite place? Add it in the comments below.