Friday, 19 December 2014

How To Pay Below Minimum Wage

We have a new employee at the Diner. He came to us from McDonald's. Cheltenham McDonald's in Melbourne's Bayside. Good joint that.

Today he told me the story of why he was looking for another job.

McDonald's had him working out the back in the kitchen on what they call a RETAIL TRAINEESHIP. Yes retail, not hospitality. 

They paid him $12 an hour and he's 18. These "traineeships" aren't for a certain period at the end of which you get a certificate. They're just indefinite things with a name that doesn't even correlate to the job these people do or benefit them in any way. 

To top it off: when he would work the overnight shifts they gave him of 10pm-6am he would get his payslip back and it would say 10am-6pm. His boss would tell him it was a glitch in the computer system (which was never fixed). 

Who needs penalty rates and minimum wages?!?! Not McDonalds. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


In the time I've been away from this blog, I've had a birthday! The last year of my 20s. I feel like I've ticked enough boxes for this decade which is nice. Life is good. 

I started the week off with a spray tan. I hardly recognised myself! It was done by a friend of mine who has a home-salon: if you are on the Mornington Peninsula and looking for a hairdresser/eyelash and spray tan queen look for @burnishedbykhia on instagram. 

Kris took me to Fleur in Armadale to pick some flowers. I chose hydrangeas. Her shop is so beautiful. On the $$ side but worth it when you are visiting one of Melbourne/Australia's top florists. She had just come back from doing the flowers for CJ Hendry's exhibition in Sydney.

We had breakfast at The Dihnersaw and his Fionsay cafe. Crazy name, cute sort of place. My breakfast was delicious minus the bread that had been dry toasted to within an inch of it's life. 

I bought this dress from The Iconic earlier in the week and was pleased it was delivered at 8.30am on the day. Talk about timing! It's Dorothy Perkins. 

One of the girls at the Diner doubles as a nanny so we booked her in and saw the Hunger Games. The books are so much better, but they always are. We also visited The Flamingo behind Chapel Street. They have gone all out on the Miami feel and I absolutely love it... great place to go for drinks with the guuurls.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Racism, Australia, Adam Goodes

I lost a "friend" about 18 or so months ago. Someone I'd known most of my life and kept in contact with and caught up with over time but when I saw a racist remark about Adam Goodes on her Facebook page and spoke out about it... that was the end of that friendship.

I was amazed that she had absolutely no idea why he, or any Aboriginal person, would find "ape" offensive. I linked her to an suitable article but doubt she ever read it. 

It boggles my mind how many people there are - people I know - who have absolutely no idea about the history of our country and the experiences both past and present of the race of people who were here long before the British. 

Let's start with this. Read here.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Spring Walks

Here's an action shot of me and Mini this morning, super early. It's that time of year when the mornings are good enough for me to set my alarm before my early rising kids wake up and go for a walk. Thank whoever came up with daylight savings for this! Walking with all kids and dogs is just ridiculous... very difficult because someone is always complaining. Bless them, but they do nothing for my fitness. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Sublime in Richmond

I've been going to this place in Richmond and I couldn't not blog about it. Everything is so fresh. The food, the fit out, the staff. 

It really is a may zing. 

This time I just had a brunch of poached chicken finger sandwiches but there are all sorts of good food to eat. Salads with turkey and duck and lentils, protein balls, muesli. Everything healthy and nourishing is there. ... and a fridge of food in takeaway containers so you can grab and go.

I'm just not going to do this place justice with this post so check out their Facebook page here and see for yourself all the good things they make. 

I really love these A4 sized vintage ads. Life Savers: 5 cents. Pepsi and "the art of hospitality". HAHA.

It really is a perfect little lunch spot.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Diner Update: Media!

We made it to the local paper! We've worked hard and we've worked tirelessly. Harder and more tirelessly than ever in our lives. It's so nice to take a moment to just breath and register all that has been achieved in such a short amount of time. 

One day I can be so stressed, my to do list feels so long and my kids so needy of me that I want to give it up but then today happens and there is this tangible 'thing' that says WHAT WE ARE DOING IS GOOD! Today that is what this article in the local paper and the family photo with all of us there, did. 

The food is what I've harped on about most here but there is a whole other aspect to Big Dog Diner and that is the staff. 15 of them. All young. Most from unemployment or from cash paying jobs that paid under the minimum wage. 2 of the young women (both under 20) are the main income earners for their family including siblings. Big Dog Diner provides the income. It's a surreal thing to be a part of and I'm so proud proud proud!

Under this article outside of my screen shot is an American Express ad that says THINK BIG. Thanking the Universe for that one. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014


The next BDD is opening in Bendigo next year which is going to mean a move for us for a number of months for the set up and opening. Everybody has an opinion on Bendigo and most of those opinions haven't been great. Bah Humbug. Bendigo is beautiful! Very similar to Melbourne with the parks and old buildings and period homes, but with the slow pace and the open spaces of the country. I won't mind living here temporarily.