Out with the Old; In with the New

Let’s watch the old year die
With a fond good-bye
And our hopes as high
As a kite…

Hands down, this has been one of the most memorable New Year’s Eves we’ve experienced (or are likely to experience). We started out the day with a trip down to the Prahan Market to look for “streaky bacon” (the closest thing we can get to American style bacon) to have for our New Year’s Day breakfast.

After mixed success (our bacon still had the rasher end attached), we made our way up to the Melbourne Museum for a fabulous exhibit: Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style. Ashley would probably still be there soaking in the costumes, props, and scenery if the rest of the gang hadn’t been waiting. The exhibit included a life sized Jill Masterson (the girl painted gold in Goldfinger) on a spinning bed, M’s office, Q’s lab, and, of course, a casino filled with dresses, tuxes, jewelry, and more. There were also clips from the films playing throughout the exhibit.

As we tried to figure out what we wanted to do to ring in the new year, someone got the wild idea to spend it at the Hofbrauhaus. The evening included a three course meal, lots of German beer, and a two-man band of accordion and drums. And, oh man, was it ever ridiculous. I don’t think words can describe the sort of horrible, Twilight Zone, NYE experience we had. In fact, I’m not even going to try. Anyone who follows Drew on Twitter saw some live updates of the evening, and I think we’re going to leave it at that. We had a great time because our friends recognized how weird the night was and embraced the crazy. Needless to say, we’ll be ringing in 2015 in an entirely different manner.

We did start 2014 the right way though – french toast, bacon, berries, and crema di limoncello. A delicious start to the new year!

To all of our friends and family – we hope 2014 turns out to be a good year for you. We’re looking forward to only good things!


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