HOT: Miss Biscuit, 65a Charles St, Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit is a hugely successful Melbourne-based online business selling custom made iced biscuits and cookie and cake decorating supplies. Now the owner Julia Day has moved out of her home kitchen and set up a permanent shop in Charles Street Seddon.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

It’s simply gorgeous! You’ll be able to to spot it by the pretty tea setting in the window.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

A drab accountant’s office has been transformed into a delightful shop full of sweet treats, all the cake and cookie decorating supplies you’ll ever need, a gallery of posh homewares in sorbet hues and workshop spaces. It’s a Martha Stewart dream-come-true!

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

The shop is so photogenic I didn’t know where to start. Check out the ceramic biscuit tins to pastel tea pots, retro scales to thick patterned tea towels.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

In the corner and behind the counter is a display of tempting decorated butter biscuits with adorable designs to suit every taste or occasion ($4.95 each).

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Then there’s an amazing back wall hundreds of cookie cutters with every shape of cookie cutter you can imagine.  

Miss Biscuit Seddon

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Miss Biscuit Seddon

Plus stencils, tools, colours and ingredients.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Miss Biscuit Seddon

The magic all happens at the back of the shop, where a full time pastry chef makes all of the biscuits for sale and produces the custom orders.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Downstairs there’s also a little party room which is still being completed – the plan is to hold children’s cookie decorating parties there.

Miss Biscuit Seddon

Upstairs there’s a sunlit workshop space where Julia and guest teachers will hold cake and cookie decorating workshops for adults and children. You can find the calendar of classes here. The large teaching space is also available to hire.

Miss Biscuit is your one-stop shop for all your cake and cookie decorating needs and a dream home for sweet tooths!

Miss Biscuit Seddon


Miss Biscuit, 65a Charles St, Seddon

Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 5pm

Saturday – 10am to 3pm

HOT: Singin’ In The Rain, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 291 Exhibition St, Melbourne

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Brought to you by Nuffnang and Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ In The Rain is one of Hollywood’s best loved movie musicals and it has now been reimagined into a joyous, exuberant musical production. It was a ‘splash-hit’ in London’s West End, with four Olivier Award nominations and a major UK tour. It now comes to Australia for the first time with a premiere season at  Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 7 May to 3 July 2016.

I was invited to attend a show and thoroughly enjoyed the frothy storyline, famous songs and light-footed choreography first made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. It stays true to the 1952 classic film as it tells the story of when Hollywood got talking pictures and  the first Hollywood musical.

The Australian season of Singin’ In The Rain showcases local talent. In particular I thought that the four main characters were perfectly cast. Cosmo Brown (Jack Chambers) was a perfect slapstick foil for the romantic lead Don Lockwood (Adam Garcia) while Lina Lamont (Erica Heynatz) pitched her screechy grating voice for comic effect in contrast to the sweetness of Kathy Selden (Greta Scarlett).

Singin' in the Rain Melbourne

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video with the four lead actors in the Australian production.

The ensemble’s steps were perfectly timed in unison, feet shuffling and tapping in a blur of steps. It’s amazing to see the movie’s choreography brought to life on stage and all the famous songs are there,  including Good Morning, and Make ‘em Laugh.

The costumes are beautifully rainbow hued and evoke 1920s glamour.

Singin' in the Rain Melbourne

The highlight set piece is the title song Singin’ In The Rain and if you’re wondering how they recreate the famous sequence on stage…there’s 12000 litres of water involved! Yes real rain pours down on stage as Don Lockwood dances, twirls, skips and kicks in the choreography made iconic by Gene Kelly.  

Singin' in the Rain Melbourne

While an area of the stage is slightly sunken to create a shallow pool, the first three rows of the audience are still at risk of being splashed! They are all provided with hooded plastic ponchos for protection.

Singin’ In The Rain is reprised twice – once at the end of intermission and as a full cast finale when the cast really lift the roof with their umbrella-twirling exuberance.

Singin' in the Rain Melbourne

Watch a behind-the-scenes video off the full cast rehearsal of the finale. How they manage to sing, smile and dance without huffing and puffing is amazing!

Singin’ In The Rain is a nostalgic throwback to the heyday of Hollywood ‘talkies’  and classic musicals and it’s a delightful night out.  You can’t fail to be charmed by the comedy, costumes, gorgeous voices and cheery dancing.  After its Melbourne run Singin’ In The Rain will seen by Australian audiences in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.


Singin’ In The Rain, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 291 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Tickets from $71.26

PHONE 1300 795 012 or LOCATE AN OUTLET

Shows on Tuesday – Sunday, Matinees Wed, Sat, Sun

Box Office Opens: 2hrs prior to start of show

Running time: 2 hrs 40min

Interval(included): 20 min

Doors Open: 30min prior to start of show

 

HOT: Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Smith and Singleton is a classy all-day cafe, bar and restaurant within the Larwill Studio Hotel, a upmarket hotel that’s part of the boutique Art Series Hotels group.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

It’s adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the popular Royal Park Nature Play playground and takes its name from the two founding doctors of original Melbourne Children’s Hospital – Williams Smith and John Singleton.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

The restaurant is actually not easy to spot from the road, despite its floor to ceiling windows. Maybe it’s because you’re not expecting a dining option that’s not a food court next to the hospital.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

During our visit on a weekday lunch time it was pretty quiet, mostly with business meetings and people who seemed to be visitors of the hospital. The dining room is spacious with plenty of seating options, from intimate booths to bar stools and long communal tables. The decor is bright and lively, belying its location. 

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

 

There’s an extensive breakfast and lunch menu with familiar dishes done with a ‘cheffy’ twist. For lunch we tried a wood-fired ‘Original’ margherita pizza ($16.90). The base was a little bit hard and ‘biscuity’ for my taste – I like my pizza bases elastic and pliable. 

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

I had the Vietnamese chicken salad with cabbage, carrot, celery and Asian herbs ($15.90). I liked the fresh crunchiness of the salad but didn’t enjoy the sticky, overly sweet sauce which liberally dressed the slaw – I would have preferred it on the side.

Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

There is a takeaway menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and sweet treats and complete meals plus in-room dining for guests of Larwill Studio Hotel. Smith and Singleton signature blend comes from Hawthorn’s Axil Coffee Roasters. If you’re after something alcoholic there’s a full drinks list including cocktails.

Smith and Singleton is an all day 7 day a week dining venue, which makes it an appealing alternative to a vending machine or fast food chain which are really the only other options in the immediate area. If you’re visiting the Royal Children’s Hospital or the Royal Park Nature Play playground and need a bite to eat (or a toilet) then it’s a great option.

HOT Tips:


Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville 03 9032 9119

7am-10pm, 7 days a week

 

HOT: Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is back at NGV International for the second year after a very successful event in 2015 when 16,000 people attended.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Tonight was a very busy preview session before the main event this Saturday and Sunday. 

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is a free event featuring book launches, talks and performances. The Great Hall has been transformed with a stunning large scale installation by Thai artist Wit PimkanchanapongDurian is an architecturally-designed awning made from over one kilometre of paper, over 1,200 pairs of bamboo chopsticks and 3D printed clips. It stretches over fifty metres long!

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Just for this weekend Wit has also created an interactive artwork especially where children are invited to add folded paper sheets to create a colourful communal canopy.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Underneath the canopy are 60 stalls filled with limited art editions, artists’ books, independent publications, merchandise and collectables.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

You’ll find rare art books requiring white glove handling to zines to children’s books.

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

There’s even a stall making books on demand thanks to artist Adam Cruikshank!

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

My purchases included a little zine called Tokyo Diary by Japanese publishers Commune and then I went crazy at the stand by Italian publishing house and art gallery Corraini Edizioni with their range of whimsical and beautifully illustrated children’s books (they are also offering 10% off all titles at the fair).

Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Other event highlights include a book signing with Bill Henson, a keynote address by Berlin’s Sternberg Press and a lesson about apostrophes with The Good Copy. Plus after your book browsing you can enjoy food by Tivoli Road Bakery, Biggie Smalls and a drink from the pop-up Asahi bar.

If you love books, design and art then the Melbourne Art Book Fair is the place to be this weekend. Happy shopping!


 

Melbourne Art Book FairNGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Saturday 30 April 10am–8pm

Sunday 1 May 10am–5pm

Free entry

HOT: Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Zero Gradi Brunswick East is the gelateria by the folks behind 400 Gradi, who serve up authentic award-winning Neapolitan pizza in Brunswick East, Crown Melbourne, Essendon and soon Eastland. Their gelateria is going to no doubt draw the same eager crowds as it lures people with gelati and pastries made daily in the 400 Gradi kitchen two doors down.

The shop shares the muted colours and sleek design of 400 Gradi’s Essendon restaurant, with the gelati tubs placed front and centre and even above, as the whole selection is reflected onto the ceiling mirrors.
Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

The servings are very reasonably priced – small cup for $4, large cup for $6, single cone $6, two flavour cone $7 and three flavour cone $8. They even have gluten-free cones.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

The gelati uses no premixes, preservatives, artificial flavours and colours or thickeners. It does what it says on the box – the hazelnut is an intense creamy nuttiness, the mango is the sweet ripe fruit.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

However, one of their more unusual flavours is ‘margherita’ which luckily is nothing like the pizza! Instead of tomato, basil and fior di latte this ice cream is based on a cassarta Italian dessert with a hint of liqueur. Only the green and red pay homage to the pizza!

I also love the choc mint, with big flakes of dark chocolate scattered amongst a pale green base, evidence of use of actual mint to infuse the cream instead of a fluorescent and overly sweet artificial colouring or flavouring.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

You can choose to top your gelati with hot dark chocolate or white chocolate sauce on tap, or the authentic Italian way with ‘panna’ ie whipped cream.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

The cafe also serves coffee, cake and pastries, hence the early opening time of 7am. I try the lemon meringue pie, again a very reasonable $4.50, which has a sweet lemon curd inner topped with swirls of lightly charred meringue. The pastry is firm and rather hard, a sort of ‘Italian’ style of cake rather than the ethereal French version.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Zero Gradi makes it into my list for where to Melbourne’s best ice cream and gelato and if you don’t fancy lining up with the masses on Lygon Street you can still sample many of the flavours at the gelati counter at 400 Gradi Essendon.

Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East


Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Mon-Sun 7am-10pm

ANZAC Day 2016 – Services in Melbourne

Anzac Day

There are many ways to commemorate on ANZAC Day so here’s a list of all the ANZAC Day services in Melbourne.

MELBOURNE CBD

Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service and March (Mon 25 Apr) – click here to download a full guide to ANZAC Day in Melbourne.

Note that large numbers always attend this service so ensure you plan your visit in advance.

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

Glenroy Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Pascoe Vale March and Commemoration Service (Sun 1 May)

Fawkner Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Reservoir Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Darebin Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Fairfield-Alphington Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

West Heidelberg Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

St Kilda Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Burwood Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Waverley Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Waverley Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

East Malvern Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

East Malvern Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Hampton Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Highett Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Oakleigh-Carnegie Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Clayton Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Mentone Dawn Service and Breakfast, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Longbeach Dawn Service and Breakfast, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Dandenong Dawn Service and Breakfast, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Dandenong-Cranbourne Dawn Service and Breakfast, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

EAST

Kew Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Camberwell Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Templestowe Commemoration Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Box Hill Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Blackburn Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Ringwood Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Croydon Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Boronia Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

WEST

Yarraville Commemoration Service (Sat 23 Apr)

Footscray March and Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Werribee March and Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Werribee Dawn Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Williamstown March and Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Williamstown Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Melton Dawn Service, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Caroline Springs Dawn Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Sunshine March and Commemoration Service (Sun 24 Apr)

Sunshine Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Newport Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Keilor East Dawn Service and Breakfast (Mon 25 Apr)

Flemington-Kensington Dawn Service, March and Commemoration Service (Mon 25 Apr)

Click here for a full list of Two Up locations throughout Victoria!

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