Boom Gallery

Where: 11 Rutland St, Newtown

When: Wed to Sat 9.30 – 4


Yesterday, I needed to unchain myself from the stress of my workbench momentarily, to clear my head and have a change of scenery!

One of my favourite places to visit for a little bit of escapism is Boom Gallery.

For those of you that have been reading Oh! Hello Geelong since the early days, hold tight whilst I give our more recent followers a snapshot of Boom Gallery’s history…

Founders Kate Jacoby and Ren Inei have a passion for all things art and design.  Put simply; they are brilliant at what they do!

They have done both themselves and Geelong proud, by breathing new life and purpose into an old red brick warehouse, originally home to a wool mill that provided employment for returned service men.  Located in the industrial heart of Newtown just off Pakington Street, it sits perched, proudly, above the Barwon River. Since it’s opening in August 2011, Boom quickly established itself as Geelong’s premier contemporary art gallery and has continued to grow from strength to strength!

From the moment you walk through the door, their vision and respect for the integrity of the building’s industrial heritage is abundantly clear! The use of big bold light fixtures and recycled wood throughout the interior, has given way to a sleek, contemporary gallery/café/retail space!

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

August 2013 saw the launch of Big Boom; a celebration of their second birthday and the opening of the gallery space to include the adjacent warehouse; a perfect solution for the ever-growing cross section of work that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and small objects – all with a strong regional bias!

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More recently, local chef Andy Pye (talented owner of the fabulous Rue ClerMarket – stay tuned for this delicious post!) has joined forces with Boom and is serving breakfast and a gallery lunch, 9.30 ‘til 4 Wed – Sat, featuring incredible local produce, bakery sweets and of course, Geelong’s very own Cartel Coffee.

Rue-Cler Market

Rue-Cler Market

So back to the escapism…

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to catch the Merrang exhibition (it runs until the 30th November). This exhibition is a collection of works by 9 artists (Ben Fennessy, Pai De Bruyn, Jiri Tibor Novak, Gregory Day, Cricket Saleh, Glenn Romanis, Deb Fisher, Ren Inei and Natalie Anderson) that Boom Gallery took on a 3-day field trip to Merrang; a historic property of national significance, located in the heart of the Western District of Victoria.

Merrang Exhibition

Merrang Exhibition

It was a slow procession around the spaces, absorbing the diverse subject matter and media, but for me, the standout was an installation piece by Glenn Romanis. You need to see it in person to really appreciate the inspiration behind it!

Glenn Romanis

Glenn Romanis


Boom will be presenting their final two shows for 2013, both opening on Friday 6th December from 5.30pm – 8pm.

“Terrafirm” (until 1st February 2014) is an impressive body of work by Mackay-based Ngaio Lenz.  Over the past 10 years, she has had many solo shows in Queensland and Victoria, most recently at Flinders Lane Gallery & Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne and Umbrella Studio in Townsville.

Terrafirm - Ngaio Lenz

Terrafirm – Ngaio Lenz

Boom’s third annual Christmas Show (until 21st December) brings together seven diverse artists from Geelong and Melbourne and will focus on affordable, small format artworks – yay!  This year the participating artists are Shelley McKenzie, Steve Salo, Mark Cuthbertson, Elize Feely, Simon Benz, Sandra Eterovic and Idil Ersoy.

For a little more reading on Boom Gallery, please see our previous post from July 10, 2012.

For the full experience (trust me – you need to do this!) please visit them at 11 Rutland St, Newtown (Geelong), Victoria 3216.

Special thanks to Cricket Saleh & Boom Gallery for providing photos for this post!

Nat xx

Armageddon Cake

Where: 7 McLarty Place Geelong

When: Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 11pm


What more can we say….CAKE….CAKE…and more CAKE. We just had to go and try this little gem of a place our selves as we had heard so much about it. And we didn’t try it just once, I went back the next week and did it again. Yes, that’s just how much we like CAKE. Nat is a huge sweet tooth, me, I love a bit of sweet and sour and I was not disappointed.

First time around we had the boys in tow, so we opted for the tasting plates, well we ordered two, as we just had to try everything on the menu. And not only that, it came with a plate of equally delicious sweet sauces and condiments to go with it. I could have eaten a whole bowl of the special lemon curd, but decided to restrain myself and have it on all of my cakes.

The menu at Armageddon is short and sweet, well it is CAKE. With 6 staples to select from plus a few weekly specials there is something to tempt everyone. With a cheesecake, decadent chocolate brownie and an apple pie, there are also cakes for the vegans and gluten free diners as well, along with the weekly pudding, there is something for everyone. The tasting plates offer you a half serve of each cake you select or you can go for a very generous full serve that is perfect to share as well. I think the cheesecake rocks, but the brownie is pretty decadent too, especially when you slather it in house made raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

Armageddon Cake

To find Armageddon look for the electrified blue bike and head down the lane, a little world of sweet delights await you along with speciality tea and coffee. It’s a great place to head out to for a sweet bite to eat, to sit and relax and to catch up with friends for a chat. The inviting atmosphere and friendly staff make you feel very welcome. Quirky vintage decor and fun walls give you plenty to look at or pick up a book and have a laugh. If you can’t stay you can grab your cake to go. Takeaway can be arranged or you can phone through an order. But if you are after something special for an event, Armageddon can organise an amazing cake for you. Just ask.

We really love Armageddon and i’m sure you will too. Who doesn’t love to eat CAKE…

Guest Foodie Review #1 // There There – Eating Room + Bar

Who: There There – Eating Room and Bar

Address: 8 Malop Street Geelong



Geelong and its environs is fast gaining a reputation as a food lover’s paradise! With its coffee revolution in full swing, an ever-growing café scene, award winning wineries and restaurants that are bringing our Melbourne neighbours down the highway, it’s little wonder this small part of the world is making such big headlines across the state!

Oh! Hello Geelong, with our healthy appetite for good food and drink, thought it time to start road-testing and showcasing some of the special places that are really whetting people’s appetite! The problem for us however, is that sometimes we find it hard to tell the difference between a fig and a pear, a shiraz and a pinot noir…and what do they actually mean when a chip is thrice cooked?

So, to help us with our foodie adventures we’ve recruited one of our good friends, Anna Spurling of La Madre Bakery, to help us make sense of it all and navigate our way through some of the town and region’s best food and drink – so much fun! To kick things off, Anna has recently taken some time out from the bakery and enjoyed a delicious dinner in one of our favourite G-town restaurants and watering holes, There There! Bon Appetite!  


If you haven’t been here here then you are missing out out.

There There Eating Room & Bar is hip, happening and very cool but without the pretension. Housed in an old bank it comes replete with extremely high ceilings and red arched doorways.  Pastel canvases adorn the walls in this light, bright and noisy space and an imposing Stag head in a nod to quirky sits underneath the expansive bar that travels along an entire wall.

On the bar, next to the La Marzocco, syphon, a skull and some apothecary bottles are cookbooks by a culinary elite.  Think Heston Blumenthal, Thomas Kellery and David Chang., which goes a long way to explain the ambition of the gorgeous food.  A gramophone is plonked up one end of the dark paneled bar with metal stools and screw up seats.  Coffee Cartel and Bonsoy indicate that for the serious coffee drinker, you will be well looked after.

The cellar is housed behind a black door with a red frame like an Alice route to wine Wonderland. We supped on Dal Zotto Arneis that was scarily drinkable despite there being so much else on the drinks list that tickled our fancy.  Take for instance the craft beer menu with some intriguing bottles including a 750ml Sorachi Ace Saison for a cool $30 or the Bridge Rd Aurora for $25.  The cocktails took our attention with a Southside hitting the table – a gorgeously simple combination of Westwinds Gin, Lime and Mint – alongside a Strawberry Caprioska with the deadly 666 Vodka (get it?) and Lime. There were also many Espresso Martinis making their way to tables.


There There’s menu is a graphic display of artwork which lends itself to shared plates. You can of course try for a traditional a la carte style with more substantial mains but in a bustling place like this the whole shared thang works so well. We turned up in the middle of one of those heat waves we’ve been experiencing this summer and there was only one way to describe my mood. Hangry. Yes, hungry and angry! But a few minutes inside the cool interior of There There all was right with the world again.

Our group of four decided on several, read many, plates including the spiked snapper ceviche (highly recommend); pulled pork lettuce cups (most excellent); calamari, chorizo + paprika (who doesn’t love this combination); Lonsdale tomato, buffalo mozzarella + basil (ultimate summer salad); avocado, pink grapefruit+ fennel (in a cute glass dish with a lid); There There chips that are triple cooked with gravy in a science beaker and brie (these must be the most popular item on the menu and perfect fodder for one of those craft beers); oysters (of course) and Drysdale haloumi + lemon (because we love cheese). Everything was great! So great in fact that we went back for more of those triple cooked chips and snapper ceviche.

After dinner we just sat, chatted and people watched all the while enjoying the respite from the heat outside. Lo and behold, the Oh Hello Geelong gals graced us with their presence at the bar with margaritas in hand but we always knew they had good taste. And because you can’t review any food place without eating nearly the entire menu, we took on a giant salted caramel macaron and the vanilla panna cotta. Despite not really being a dessert person (yes, a food blogger and bakery co-owner, go figure), both of these were exactly the kind of sweet treat I would eat.  Salted caramel is my sugary Achilles heel. Once it was teamed with caramelised banana and peanut ice-cream I was weak at the knees.  Its presentation upon an oversized crystal cake stand shows that the There There team is proud of this creation too.

All in all, There There is a great experience.  Friendly service, lovely food, cool tunes and an interesting décor all make for a fun night. G-Towners should be proud to call this their local knowing that the bar is being raised in this town’s ever-changing culinary landscape. Embrace the quirky menu, sharing plates and noisy room for you’ll have great food and lo and behold, a whole lot of fun!

– Anna Spurling


Thanks SO much Anna!

Love Laura + Penny

Ps. Big thanks to the talented local lass,  Molly Cusack for supplying a few of the photographs! 

PPs. Sorry, we were so busy gobbling down our meals that we forgot to stop and take more photos!! 

New Category! ‘Oh! Hello Product Testers’ – Item #1 THE JOCO CUP

What: The Joco Cup

Who: The Joco Cup is designed and developed in Torquay



Oh! Hello Geelong is a loud and proud supporter of Geelong’s ‘coffee revolution’, so it made complete sense to start our new product test posts with the Joco Cup! Ethically minded and intelligently designed, this cup takes “the takeaway cup” to a whole new level!

Pros: So so so many things to love about the Joco Cup. First of all they look super chic and come in a variety of bold colours. The cup itself is made from glass (super strong borosilicate glass), which means it will look good for longer, is kind to the environment and doesn’t change the taste of your coffee/tea. To keep your lovely hands safe, the Joco Cup comes with a thermal silicone sleeve that actually works! And best of all, this sweet cup has an awesome looking website that is jam packed with useful information –  superbly designed by talented melbourne designer Jimmy Gleeson

And…if there wasn’t already enough to LOVE about this perfect little drinking vessel, each cup comes in gorgeous packaging that can be used for storing those bits and bobs that need a home of their own.

Cons: Golly gosh, this is a tough one! One half of Oh! Hello Geelong couldn’t fit her cup in her car’s cup holder.

Verdict: Well, the fact that Oh! Hello Geelong purchased several of these cups for loved ones over Christmas speaks volumes! So, in our humble opinion – This cup rocks and receives the ‘Oh! Hello Tick of Approval’!

Local stockists: You can buy the Joco Cup online or you can find them at selected cafes around Geelong