DSC00285 Last week I had the good fortune of attending the opening of Emporium Melbourne’s Lower Ground Food Court. We were invited by Monica Lim, the owner of Ramen Ya and Fame Agenda! You may recall seeing the stylish lady in my Dolce & Gabbana post.

Although I’ve know Monica for a few years now, she never ceases to amaze me. OK I will admit, I’m actually a little in awe of her. Lawyer, business woman, restauranteer, fashion designer, and mother of two, I’ve not met anyone as intelligent, generous and still as down-to-earth as Monica. Plus, she also plays the piano!

Ramen Ya, serving the best Japanse tonkotsu ramen ramen noodles in Melbourne, used to reside at the heritage GPO building. Now it calls the newly opened Emporium Melbourne home. “Ramen Ya” literally means Ramen Shop in Japanese, and “ramenya” in Indonesian means “it’s so busy”. What a perfect name for this delicious ramen joint!

DSC00278 Winston snuggling up to Jane Hayes DSC00286Monica, Leeyong (ex-Japan-Vogue-fashion-editor, jewellery designer, check out the fair-trade earrings she’s wearing!!!), Elaine (stylist extraordinaire) and Diba (the fabulous PR lady who organised this event) sharing a smile between all the culinary conquests.

DSC00283Who knew that someone so little could have so much charisma? Even the formidable Janice Breen Burns (Editor of VoxFrock) was hooked :) DSC00279 Hubby and I love ramen because we are Naruto-fans :)

DSC00290Winston wanted to try some too! DSC00295

Although I’d not seen the divine Marianne for a few months (she’s been off frolicking in Europe), we both arrived  sporting printed dresses and green coats. Clearly the only thing I’d forgotten is a flick of red lippie. But with all the dishes awaiting to be sampled, my Tom Ford Wild Ginger wouldn’t have stood a chance.

Where: Lower Ground Level Emporium Melbourne

Wear: Vintage Cardigan & Dress / YSL Pumps

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