Author George Ivanoff on why he loves Cheltenham

George Ivanoff. Photo: Mathew Lynn

George Ivanoff. Photo: Mathew Lynn

George Ivanoff is a children’s author and stay-at-home dad who has lived in Cheltenham for more than 20 years. He writes the popular interactive kids’ book series YOU CHOOSE. Two new titles in the series were released this month, with another two due out in August.

Where do you go for a great cup of coffee?

Peaberrys Cafe because they also have a great selection of little cakes, a necessary accompaniment to a good coffee! I also buy beans there to use at home.

For a sneaky takeaway?

Casa Lee for Chinese food – Mr Lee makes awesome spicy chicken wings. Krishna for fantastic Indian, and for pizza you can’t beat Hole In One. I love their Albatross gourmet pizza – and no, it doesn’t actually have an albatross on it. It’s a continuation of the golfing theme. It’s got prawns, chicken and chorizo. Yum!

For some me time?

Jogging, along Cheltenham Road with its lovely trees.

For a bargain?

I love a good op shop, especially for books. Cheltenham Village is wonderful as it has three op shops to explore. I’ll often make my way through all three in one excursion.

For a good bottle of wine?

Bottlemart on Weatherall Road. It’s a really small store, but the people there are always friendly. And they also have a good selection of Asian beers – a must-have.

To geek out?

I’m a HUGE Doctor Who fan, so I regularly visit the ABC Shop in Southland. I’ve spent way too much money there.

To buy clothes?

Tarocash in Southland. My wife takes me there regularly. I have no sense of style, so it’s safer to let her choose my clothes.

To spend time with the kids?

Cheltenham Recreation Reserve. My six-year-old daughter loves the playground roundabout.

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