Melbourne, Australia
Isabel, 36
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a bit about Isabel

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in GIS (ultimately we make software that makes maps!) and study psychology. I love studying psychology because the brain, how we use it and how it breaks is just interesting. When I'm done, I hope to help people who are a bit broken

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I have worked in hospitality, retail, marketing, admin and accounting and my worst job was at a legal firm of all places - YES picking up dirty dishes, snotty tissues and cleaning up vomit in hospitality was well better than this place... I was there for a grand total of 6 months and it was the pits. My manager was a cow, I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone and ultimately it was just a nightmare! Hated every day

Were you born and raised in Melbourne? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Melbourne?

I was born in Claire (1 hour 30 minutes north of Adelaide) and lived on a flower garden (a massive rose farm) for 3 years of my life. Then moved to a real farm with oats, wheat, chooks and barley in Wasleys (1 hour north of Adelaide) and then moved to Adelaide. I lived in Italy and Belgium for a while but when my visa expired I ended up moving to Melbourne for a job in marketing. I got into the foodie world after working in hospitality and soon realised how awesome Melbourne is!

What’s your current hood in Melbourne and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

My 'hood' is South Yarra. The best is that it is a quick walk from the city and has a chilled, classy, uptown vibe. The worst thing is people not picking up after their pooches!

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to a mix of music but have been on the Dave Matthews bandwagon for a while. I don't like heavy metal, it makes me angry

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

Defiantly Brick - Ben Folds Five, Say Something - Great Big World and (Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Narrowing it down to one... tricky. Best TV of all time would be either West Wing or The Newsroom. I have watched both of these shows so many times and still get enthralled in the storylines.

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

So you need to have enough people so you aren't alone with a stranger, quiet enough so you can talk and maybe have something to do in case the conversation is awkward... I therefore suggest, Gin Palace, Madame Brussels or Supper Club

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

The Trump - sorry I can't stand the guy

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

Nelson Mandela and I would take him to The Abyssinian Restaurant in Flemington.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My cool clothes have been bought overseas when I was on holidays and allowed myself to splurged. Normal clothes come from mixture of places including online, Emporium, and Chapel Street

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

CQ Melbourne - its a night club which is not my thing

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

I wish I could eat out more often. My list of places to try is growing at an alarming rate!

Where do you go in Melbourne for a casual night out?

France Soir on Toorak Road - classic French bistro, amazing food, not expensive, the best staff, excellent wine list, noisy, bustling and open till 12am!

Where would you go in Melbourne to celebrate some freaking good news?

First stop - Gin Palace for fabulous cocktails. Second stop - Ezard for an 8-course degustation that is sublime.

What’s your choice of transportation in Melbourne and why?

Tram and walking is my mode of transport. I enjoy walking through the alleys and arcades in Melbourne CBD and see what new graffiti art has popped up or the new fashion that is in the windows.

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

High tea at the Windsor - old school but fun. Go to Loui Bar at the top of the Rialto Tower, have a cocktail and enjoy the spectacular view of Melbourne. On a summers day have a drink on Pony Fish Island. On a winters day snuggle into the couches at Gin Palace.

What are the Melbourne spots tourists should run from screaming?

Corner of Swanston street and Flinders Lane is pretty manky at night...

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

Drive out to Birregurra and have lunch at Brea. The head chef at Brea is Dan Hunter and his food is amazing!

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

I heart Japan - it is alive, fun, entertaining, has fantastic food and markets, excellent shopping - I can't get enough!