Greenhouse by Joost

During the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, we've been lucky enough to have the Greenhouse by Joost structure sitting pretty on Southbank. This all-encompassing green, sustainable space is really special - the creator, Dutch-born Joost Baker, is a true visionary. Read more about Joost's inspiring set-up and philosophy here (link).

I snagged my first Greenhouse peek last Saturday with the divine Emma Stirling, where, under the kind Autumn sunshine, we enjoyed a creamy Latte and taste of their homemade Tonic Water on the rooftop.

I also grabbed a Corn and Red Capsicum Muffin to nibble as we walked to the Theatre of Ideas, a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event, where we were happily subjected to the brilliance that is Ben Shewry and René Redzepi. To say I'm inspired is an understatement. Thanks for the foodie discussions and company, Emma. I find myself full of resolve and passion. And incredibly hopeful that I'll be able to dine at Noma this July. Fingers crossed...


Two days later, I decided to take Ben to the Greenhouse for a lazy lunch. Unfortunately, the main dining area was booked for a private function. Don't you hate that? Determined to become bffs with the tantalising menu, we resolved to eat standing up at the bar on the rooftop. Whatever it takes.

Custard Cider for her and a Gin and Tonic for him. Refreshing.

Corn with Cumin Butter and Coriander.

Aussie Olives.

and Chargrilled Tiger Prawns.

All incredibly scrumptious.

I would have loved a big hunk of crusty sourdough to mop up some juices. Alas, we were without bread.

It was all I could do to not run away with a bucket-load of fresh basil. We were utterly surrounded by luscious lashings of my favourite herb. Such a tease.

It was a rather gorgeous Monday. In fact, it was an all-round beautiful long weekend. What better way to top it off than with a stroll in the sunshine with a loved one? Well, maybe a scoop or two to make it even sweeter...

If you get the chance, I implore you to visit the Greenhouse while it's still in the city (until 21st March). It truly is a unique, inspiring space. And if you do go... grab me some basil, will you? Thanks.

Heidi xo

p.s. my next post will be completely and utterly full of Wedding pictures. Full. Overflowing. I'm psyched.