I met Jim for lunch at Miami Ice in Hurstville first. The sandwiches were nice but alas they didn't have any fresh juices or other exciting beverage options.
Not to worry though, when we got to Sweeney's they had special Melbourne Cup cocktails for $10!
They also had horse racing on telly but it was really boring. I couldn't see which horse was mine (My Quest For Peace) so I didn't even know who I was cheering for, and in the end I lost $5. Would not recommend.
The most exciting part was the glamour: everyone looked fab! I'm glad I'm not friends with the 90% of women who think dressing up always means a minidress and platforms, regardless of whether they're going to a club or the races or a wedding or a funeral.
Emily was particularly fabulous:
My dress was from Basque at Myer and my headband thingy is Lady Jayne, from the $1 bin at the chemist.
Jim matched me, sort of, with a purple tie.
He's less blurry in real life.
Gemma was wearing a Basque dress too! I had my eye on the same one on eBay but I missed out, so I was really jealous.
It was actually Gemma's birthday, so Emily and I ran to QVB and grabbed some cupcakes. They were really tasty!
Later we went to Menya for some delicious cheap Japanese food. Gosh I love that place.
And finally we went to some other pub where I stole a floral centrepiece.
I still don't understand why anyone would watch and bet on horse racing on the first Tuesday of November when they don't care about it any other day, but I like it when everyone dresses classy and goes to the pub so I'm giving Melbourne Cup Day two thumbs up!