Koala Blue is on a stretch of Melrose Avenue where clothing and furniture boutiques and restaurants pop out of nowhere overnight, it seems.
One minute they are there; then they're not.
Well, Koala Blue is still there. Has been for about three years. And if interest by owners Olivia Newton-John and former singing partner Patricia Farrar holds out, it will be around for a few more years.
Koala Blue ("Korner of Australia in Los Angeles") started out as an Aussie milk bar (soda fountain), but was expanded to incorporate fashions of such Australian designers as Stuart Membry, Ken Done and Briony Gyngelle, plus bunches of Aussie merchandise from chocolates and daily newspapers to cute stuffed koala bears. And, of course, the menu of sandwiches, salads and Aussie fast foods you can try at the counter.
Honest Aussie Food There aren't many places in Los Angeles serving honest-to-goodness Aussie food (Billabong in Pasadena, we hear, is among the few who do), anymore than there are restaurants operated by celebrities. So if you are curious about what Australians in general, and Olivia in particular, like to eat, here's a chance to lunch surrounded by fashion while indulging in a little people watching as the colorful Melrose crowd passes by. You'll have things resembling British foods with strange-sounding names, such as dink-di-poys and dead 'orse sauce (small meat pies with catsup or tomato sauce), swaggie stew and dampers (beef stew and hot biscuits), lamington (poundcake rolled in chocolate and coconut), ANZAC biscuits (the abbreviated name for the Australian-New Zealand Army Corps) and the famous pavlova, a meringue dessert named after the Russian prima ballerina, made on the premises using a mix from Australia.