HOT: Melbourne Ice Slide, Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

Weeee! Melbourne has its first and only ice slide this winter with the Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck open from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 17 July.

The 40 metre long, four-meter high ice slide is on Southbank’s waterfront near Eureka Skydeck. For $10 you get three goes of riding an inflatable tube down the slide. Eureka Skydeck, in partnership with Mirvac and Fuze Tea, will donate a portion of the funds to Variety: The Children’s Charity.

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

We visit the slide for a preview and I can report it is really fun, even for non-adrenalin junkies like me.

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

Note it does go fast and the heavier you are the faster you’ll go.

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

There are crash mats at the end though I think they’re about 10m too short as most people I noticed (including me) hit it quite hard.

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

Kids under 4 years need to go with an adult in one of the bigger slides, kids over 4 years old can ride their own smaller inflatable tube.

Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne

Before or after your ice slide session you can enjoy drinks and food at the Food Truck Park setting up at 11am every day. Variety Ice Slide sponsor, Fuze Tea, will provide a free Fuze Iced Tea to every slider. Every ticket to the ice slide will also offer discounted admission at both Eureka Skydeck and Federation Square’s River Rink

Make the most of the winter season!


Variety Ice Slide at Eureka Skydeck, Riverside Quay, Southbank Melbourne (03) 9693 8888

Sat 25 June – Sun 17 July

Daily 10am until 10pm, last entry 9:30pm

$10 per person for three ice slides (children under 4 ride free on a paying adult’s lap)

HOT: Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition for 2016 is an unprecedented retrospective exhibition of the artist Edgar Degas. Degas: A New Vision is the biggest collection of Degas’ works ever to be staged in Australia, including works that have never been seen before in this country.

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The exhibition is curated by Henri Loyrette, the former Director of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay and pre-eminent Degas expert, and it features works collated from over 40 cities and more than 65 collections.

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Degas is most famous for his paintings of ballerinas but in this exhibition you’ll be introduced to more than 200 of his paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, pastels and photographs. The works are presented in pastel-coloured rooms and grouped thematically. 

If you spend even a minute at each piece you’ll be there for 3+ hours!So here are my highlights:

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The exquisite ballet dancer scenes, especially the side by side versions of the rehearsal…

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

…The famous sculpture of the 14 year old ballet dancer, with her haughty pose…

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

  • The Bellelli family, an icy portrait of marital discord;

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

…The Pedicure, which uses a technique the Degas invented whereby you apply oil paints thinned with turpentine to give a muted, matte finish….

Degas NGV Melbourne - 1 (2)

…the amazingly vibrant pair of rearing horses. This is my personal favourite, I’m amazed by the delicacy, balance and motion exuding from these sculptures.

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

In the last room you’ll see a new acquisition for NGV, a Degas bronze sculpture of a ballet dancer inspecting her shoe. If you look carefully you’ll even be able to spot his fingerprints as the original sculpture were made from wax then cast in bronze later (many after his death).  

Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Most of the works are not monumental in size and thus deserve detailed attention and stillness. As such, I highly recommend that you try to time your visits for non-peak times (eg weekdays) to enhance your experience and so you can really appreciate Degas’ technical, conceptual and expressive skill.

Degas: A New Vision is an amazing and thoughtful display of one of the world’s most famous artists. The exhibition accompanied by an extensive program of events, including Friday Nights where you can enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition, performances from local and international acts, short talks, food and bars, and live jazz every week. I’m returning again soon and hiring the audio-guide for a more in-depth experience. 


Degas: A New Vision, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne +61 (0)3 8620 2222

Fri 24 June –  Sun18 September 2016

Daily 10am-5pm

Extended weekend hours Sat & Sun, 9am–5pm

Adult $28 / Concession $24.50 / Child $10 / Family (2 adults, 3 children) $65

Friday Nights at NGV Fridays from 24 June to 16 September, 6pm-10pm

Online tickets: $24 Member / $30 Adult / $12 Child

Door sales (limited): $29 Member / $35 Adult / $15 Child

HOT: Gontran Cherrier Artisan Boulangerie and Café, 140 Smith Street, Collingwood


Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

World-renowned Parisian baker and TV personality Gontran Cherrier has just opened his newest international bakery, and first Australian store, in Collingwood.

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

You won’t be able to miss it thanks to the big pink neon ‘GC’ emblazoned on the window, the motto ‘Let them eat croissants’ inside and the smell of buttery pastry and fresh bread coming straight from the ovens to the counter!

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

The bakery stocks all of Gontran’s signature creations, including croissants, traditional French baguettes, viennoieseries and products using black squid ink and miso.

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne
Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

The glass counter groans with fresh made products and it’s very hard to choose a favourite – but I think the koning annan has my heart. Layers of flaky pastry are twisted into a palmier shape and then encrusted with a crisp sugar coating. Runner up would have to be these amazing chocolate eclairs!

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

All of the products are made with French flour. It’s arguably not very sustainable importing flour from overseas but French flour is typically less processed than local flour and the flour used at Gontran Cherrier takes more than 50 farmers, two mills and 100 bakers to research and refine a final product. The flour is made without additives or preservatives.

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Label Rouge T65 is used for baking bread and baguettes and Label Rouge T45 is used for brioche, croissants and other patisseries.

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Certainly the baguette that I sample, shaped by Cherrier himself and baked in a French Bongard oven, is one of the best I’ve ever had in Melbourne. It’s light and crunchy on the outside, with little air bubbles on the inside.

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

The large space also has an in-store cafe, with a very reasonably priced breakfast and lunch menu done with a French twist and created by Travis Welch. I was invited to sample some of the menu items and baked goods and was unexpectedly delighted by the sandwich made with truffled cauliflower with Gruyere béchamel  – sort of like a cauliflower bake between bread!

Gontran Cherrier Melbourne

Gontran Cherrier is a must-go destination if you love your French bread and patisserie, with authentic recipes given a contemporary makeover and an Aussie twist. Bon appetit!


 

Gontran Cherrier Artisan Boulangerie and Cafe

140 Smith Street, Collingwood

Open 7 days 7am-6pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)

 

HOT: Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith is the kind of butcher that everyone wants around the corner from their house.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The shop is a collaboration between Melbourne uber-chef Andrew McConnell and butcher Troy Wheeler, who started their relationship with wholesale restaurant trade but wanted to supply best quality heritage meats and skilled butchery to the general public.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

From the outside it looks upmarket and somewhat intimidating but step inside and you realise that the products are very reasonably priced given the high quality of what’s stocked. 

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The gorgeous bright and sleek fitout by award-winning architectural and design practice Herbert & Mason (including the giant meat by Tin & Ed in the window!) and pristine cabinet presentation makes shopping there a delight.
Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The vision for Meatsmith is to partner with dedicated producers that raise ethically reared breeds and to specialise in on-site butchery drawing on Wheeler’s experience of seventeen years as a butcher. Wheeler also managed Peter Bouchier butchers for the past eleven years.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Everything is butchered or made fresh in house and the turnover of stock means that you can be confident that everything is fresh. For instance, when I go to buy some sausages I’m told that what is displayed in the cabinet is no good anymore so they won’t sell them to me. I am impressed by their honesty!

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Along with meat you can buy premium cooked and cured meats, smallgoods and charcuterie.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith also houses a food store filled with pantry items and kitchen accoutrements, from oils to vegetables, utensils to wine.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

My favourite items from Meatsmith are their prepared meals – the sort of thing you can just bung in the oven or keep in the freezer. I was provided with a sample pack and but have since revisited the shop to restock. Everything has been kid-approved!

I highly recommend:

  • House made lasagnas ($22) with bolognese, egg pasta, ricotta and parmesan which serves 2-3 people. I stockpile them as emergency meals (or give them to friends on maternity leave);
  • Bolognese sauce ($13.50). I’m not normally a pasta-sauce-out-of-a-jar person but this bolognese is based on Heston Blumenthal’s recipe. A big jar lasts for 2-3 meals and again is great for emergencies.
  • Sausage rolls ($4) with the most buttery, flaky pastry you can imagine and juicy pork, mustard and thyme filling inside. Seriously moreish;

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

  • Classic Toulouse sausages or really any of their sausages;
  • Duck confit legs ($42 per kilo, around $13 each) which are an easy but fancy meal crisped up in the oven along with some roast veg; and
  • The famous slow-roasted lamb shoulder from Cumulus Inc ($45 feeds 4 people) which you only have to cook for 40 minutes in the oven. Impress your friends with a restaurant-quality dish at your next dinner party!

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Finally, try their barbecue sauce! It’s smoky without being sweet and especially good with the sausage rolls. My 3yo will eat almost anything if he’s allowed to smear it with this barbecue sauce.

Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant, 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Meatsmith is the kind of food store that’s worth travelling for. The quality of the produce is impressive and the prices are surprisingly reasonable – so it’s not just a special occasion butcher. I’m addicted!


Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy  3065 03 9419 8558

Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm

Sunday 10am to 5pm

HOT: Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

Hendriks Cafe is a surprising find in semi-industrial Mordialloc – it’s a cafe serving great coffee, even better food and friendly service in a warehouse that used to be a carpet showroom.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

The space is bright and white, with floor to ceiling windows covering two sides of the building which resides on a corner block across from Woodlands Golf Club. There are smaller tables, numerous communal tables set high or low and prime position – the booth underneath the mural of Mr Hendriks himself telling us all to ‘work hard and stay humble’.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

The menu is unexpectedly edgy for a suburban cafe, with notable Asian influences. I try the Indo fritters which is sensational in the combination of flavours and textures. There’s about five hand-shaped corn and zucchini fritters plus an oozy son in law egg nestled in a bowl of chilli sweet caramel and fried shallots ($17). I’m told the serving suggestion is to break the egg and then to pour the yolk and sauce all over the fritters, though personally I prefer to keep the fritters super-crunchy.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

From the specials menu I try the matcha pikelets. Four thin and small pancakes topped with a large serving of ginger cream, orange, strawberry and finger lime. I would have liked more spice in the cream given the other mild ingredients and the general lack of sweetness, but it is still a pretty and inventive dish.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

 

The coffee is made with Five Senses Coffee though I decide to go with a creamy matcha latte by Matcha Maiden.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc

Hendriks Cafe has been named in Good Food’s list of Melbourne’s Top 50 cafes for 2016 and deservedly so. It’s sophisticated, modern and welcoming and a stand out in an area that doesn’t offer many great cafe options.

Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc


Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc 03 9021 8980

Mon-Sun 7am-4pm

Hendriks Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino is a new Italian restaurant in High Street Windsor, a short walk from Chapel Street, which pays homage to cuisine from Naples and Piedmont region. The ‘Pino’ in the name is Pino Russo, co-owner of La Svolta in Prahran and Hampton (and renowned as one of Melbourne’s best pizzerias).

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

The decor is warm and inviting, with overhanging planter boxes, timber tables and flooring and a back wall filled with gourmet Italian ingredients, wine and Italian cookbooks.

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

Most of the produce is sourced at nearby Prahran Market, ensuring that what’s on your plate is fresh and seasonal.

I was invited to a tasting of the menu and was impressed by the high quality of the food and reasonable prices – about $2-$5 less than I’d expect from restaurants serving similar food.

My highlights include:

The deep fried calamari rings ($15) and octopus simply dressed with olive oil and parsley ($16) from the antipasti section – both very tender.

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

La Montanara ($15) pillows of deep fried pizza dough topped with Napoli sauce, grana padano and fresh basil. So light and simple!

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

The Parmigiana pizza ($16) with San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, parmigiano and fresh basil. I’m normally not a fan of eggplant but the smokiness of the vegetable combined with the sweetness of the tomatoes meant that I couldn’t help but eat many, many slices.

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

The wood fire oven has been transported from Italy and it only takes 50 seconds to cook up a crusty Neapolitan style pizza – and you can be guaranteed that it’s authentic as the restaurant is a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the official Naples-based organisation that promotes and protects the true Neapolitan pizza“ worldwide.

Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St, Windsor

The pasta is prepared fresh on site daily and the cocktails are made by a bartender who was awarded one of the top 10 bartenders in Italy.

Eat’aliano by Pino offers authentic Italian fare with Italian flair (all the waitstaff are Italian!) set in a contemporary space that’s very Melbourne. Go and be transported to the best of Italy!


Eat’aliano by Pino, 122 High St Windsor 03 9077 4147

Tuesday to Friday Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm

Tuesday to Sunday Dinner 5:30 pm – 10 pm

Eat'aliano by Pino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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