Scene-setter: There is a Melbourne-based band of some renown called Something For Kate, whose front-man, Paul Dempsey, should really consider a career as a Melbourne tour guide if the whole music thing doesn’t work out for him. Here he is covering “Billy Jean” (with his solo project) right after Michael passed in 2009, a tragic moment we rehashed with Paul and guitarist Pat Bourke (that’s him on the right) over beers at Yellowbird Cafe, owned by SFK’s drummer, Clint Hyndman.
Pound-the-table recommendation: Tim Tams. Original. Always and forever. The Tim Tam slam—wherein you bite off two corners of a ‘Tam and use it as a straw before slamming it down—is traditionally performed with tea. But consider eating them with coffee, since it’s the best version of itself in Melb.
Back-pocket fact: Melbourne has the largest urban population of Greek people in the world outside of Athens and Thessaloniki…including the rest of the cities in Greece. Tie-in! Blake read Christos Tsiolkas‘ The Slap as her scene-setter, now an eight-part miniseries on NBC staring superdad Peter Sarsgaard and the always-dreamy Zachary Quinto.