Adelaide, Australia
Jasmine, 23
Psychology Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

At the moment my life consists purely of studying psychology and drama at university. It is my final year, so things are intense (!), but I hope and look forward to continue unlocking the way people's minds work and be able to convert that to the stage or screen.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Definitely start off with The National. All of their albums on repeat. Let myself have a lil' cry and then move onto the next stage: get angry. I'll get to the point where I need some of The White Stripes, Rage Against The Machine and The Black Keys. Then maybe add some Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino to boost my confidence up with a decent rap session. Lastly, it's time for some real good vibes to make me feel better about myself, let all the negative emotions wash off with a good boogie. Turn up some Earth, Wind and Fire, Toto, and Curtis Mayfield. And that's that heartbreak conquered.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

That's a big question. Stand outs are definitely Fargo, Rick and Morty, Flight of the Conchords, Breaking Bad, Bojack Horseman and Broad City.

Name some spots in Adelaide that are good for a Tinder date.

It depends what you're looking for. For an evening drink: Mr. Goodbar is classy, provides privacy and often isn't too loud. Also, added bonus is that if you really need to sneak away, there is an excellent exit route to casually slip out. For dinner: Tuno Izakaya is a beautiful Japanese restaurant where you have the choice of sharing skewers or eating your own ramen. If you're sitting at the bar you can watch the chefs cook, which can help with the awkwardness of first date conversations. For lunch/brunch/coffee: Peter Rabbit is a real cute cafe with great food and a nice atmosphere. Plus there's an actual bunny there!

Who’s your hero and where in Adelaide would you take them out for a serious hang?

One of my heroes is Taika Waititi. He is an incredibly talent director that constantly inspires me. If I could have a serious hang with him, I would take him to Bibliotheca. Hands down one of the best bars in Adelaide, it has an incredible selection of books and cocktails with an atmosphere perfect for getting lost in an eye opening conversation.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Being a student, there's not a lot in the budget for the high-end clothing stores. There are two great vintage stores in the city called SWOP and Fox On The Run that have unique styles and support small local artists at the same time. Occasionally the prices are a little high, but isn't that any store that has anything decent?

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Red Square. The trashiest club on Hindley Street. Please if you ever find me there, send help.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I never get to the Central Markets anymore. It is a gorgeous heart to the city where multiculturalism grows, the fruit is fresh and the store owners are passionate about what they do. Merely walking through the place is a delight.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Adelaide and where did you get it?

Georges on Waymouth Street is one of the most classy places in Adelaide. It has an elegance to it without being pretentious and the staff are incredibly attentive. The staff makes you feel like the most important people there and then the food just... God damn, the food is brilliant.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Adelaide that you particularly like?

There are two exceptional hidden bars in Adelaide. One is named The Barlow Room in Lindes Lane, where customers enter through a book case. The other is Maybe Mae on Peel Street, where customers discover that if you lean on a part of the wall, a swanky bar appears.

What restaurant in Adelaide looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Mandoo on Bank Street looks like a tiny restaurant for a nice cheap meal, but it is more than that. Often there will be lines outside for this little Korean restaurant, where you can share a delicious hot pot with friends or try the yummy dumplings.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Adelaide? Which one do you like?

Look, there are so many great cocktail bars in Adelaide, but there's one in particular I find myself at the most. The bar Therapy on Peel Street has over 100 classic and new cocktails on their menu and I hear they're working on another 50. My favourite so far has been a gin sour with blueberries I think... can't say it's on the menu just yet though!

Where would you take your partner in Adelaide if you wanted to really pamper them?

To really pamper them, we would get to the bar: Proof, and and the restaurant: Press. Sister businesses to one another, it's nice to take someone on a bit of a journey instead of staying entirely in the same place. We'd have a drink at Proof and then move down to Press for their 'feed me' menu with paired wines. Their layouts are gorgeous and the food and drinks are always exquisite.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

I would definitely recommend trying Tim Tams and FruChocs. They are both beautiful chocolatey treats with the added bonus of FruChocs coming from South Australia. For something more savoury, make sure you try wedges (thick hot potato chips) with sour cream and sweet chilli. You can get them at almost any pub and I've never been somewhere that hasn't done the recipe justice.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Adelaide?

It's hard for to say much is overrated in Adelaide when there is such a sense of excitement when places get attention here.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Adelaide?

Most of it. People in Adelaide don't always branch out enough to discover small bars, cafes or restaurants. I'd say most of all the streets of Adelaide are underrated. We have some beautiful buildings and art scattered around the city that so many people miss in their busy lives.

What are the Adelaide spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A first-time visitor needs to go to Peel Street and Leigh Street. It is a definite hot spot of the best bars and restaurants of Adelaide. If you don't have time to explore the whole city, at least explore this small area.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Adelaide. How do you spend it?

Spend it soaking up the niceness of people in Adelaide. Take the day slowly, visiting the beach or finding a small hiking spot. Explore the little places where you can talk to the staff or regulars about your experience. Chances are there's someone there who will enjoy a casual chat with their beverage or a staff member with the time to share their experience of Adelaide.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Hakuba in Japan is definitely up there. We skied everyday and found a bar that named a drink after me. That was pretty special. Everyone there, in the whole country in fact, were beautiful and gracious.

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