HOT: Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

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Footscray is making the most of the sunshine this month and hosting a new Footscray Night Market in the forecourt of Footscray train station. The small market features hawker stalls, design goods and buskers and will be sure to grow as support increases.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Follow the sizzling smokey smells from afar and you can sample food from Footscray eateries such as Burger Business, Roti Road and Konjo.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

At the moment there’s not a lot of choice for food (especially if you’re vegetarian) but its proximity to Footscray CBD means you can just pop in for a bite or a snack before heading close by for something more substantial. Footscray certainly doesn’t lack eateries!

Footscray Night Market

When we arrive at 4pm many of the stalls are still setting up. Most of the food isn’t available until around 5pm once the hot plates and barbecues start cranking up.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Footscray Night Market is conveniently located across the road from Footscray Market and Little Saigon or even the Coles supermarket at Footscray Plaza. So you can cover your grocery necessities then relax in the sun with some sticky chicken wings or a bargain miniature burger.

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Be aware that there’s no shade so bring a hat and sunscreen. I’ve suggested to council that they install a big bank of portable water taps from City West Water (one of Footscray’s residents) so that you can wash your hands and fill up your reusable water bottles. Given that the Footscray Night Market is a pilot project council is open to receiving any feedback on the venture. In the meantime, go and support it and help it bigger and better!


Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Every Thursday in November 4-8:30pm

HOT: Faraday’s Cage, 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

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Faraday’s Cage is the name of an enclosure used to block electric fields – as well as the name of a stunning warehouse cafe and artisan bakery in Fitzroy.

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John Petrou, a former electrical engineer, and his wife, have turned his passion for baking sourdough into their new project.

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Faraday’s Cage is a little off the beaten track off Brunswick Street, Smith Street/Johnston Street and as such may be a bit harder to find. Which means the too-cool-for-school brunching/Instagramming/Snapchatting hipsters haven’t overrun it yet.

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Through the kitchen glass you can inspect the handmade sourdough loaves, baked goods and pastries being freshly baked daily, ready for sale or to go in their cafe menu. 

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Out the back behind the big steel doors is an undercover, heated courtyard that runs out onto quiet Chapel Street. It’s a gorgeous little hideaway, even on a rainy day when I visit.

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As I find it difficult to decide I go straight to the dish with the most variety, the Faraday Platter ($23). It is an enormous board, really suitable for two people, containing a granola yoghurt pot, boiled egg, rillettes, smoked salmon, pickle, chorizo croquettes and chunky dip with crusty baguette.

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For a sweet treat we also share a buttermilk hotcake ($18). It’s a fluffy pan-cooked hot cake studded with crunchy macadamia praline pieces inside and topped with a huge dollop of mascarpone, fresh berries and Persian fairy floss.

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If you want extra bread with your meal, you just have to ask for it and it’s free.

Faraday’s Cage is a quiet standout in Fitzroy, a suburb that’s arguably saturated with excellent cafes. Seek it out for its fantastic, reasonably priced breakfasts, fresh baked goods, friendly service and a courtyard oasis.


Faraday’s Cage, 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy (03) 8589 1568

Tues-Sun 8-4pm

Sourdough available Wed-Sun

Faraday's Cage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

HOT: Mama’s Buoi, G25 Postal Lane, Melbourne’s GPO, Melbourne

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Mama’s Buoi is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant and bar tucked away in GPO Lane beside Melbourne’s GPO/H&M. 

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The venue is inspired by Mama Hoang, the mother of one of the owners and an excellent home cook. It takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine and gives it a modern, Melbourne twist in keeping with its laneway setting.

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For a limited time Mama’s Buoi is dishing up the ultimate Pig Out menu at each of its locations (not just Melbourne GPO). It consists of seven new sharing dishes including sticky pork ribs and a bacon dessert! 

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I was invited to taste the Pig Out menu, which is a la carte, not a set menu of seven courses. As such, I recommend the following dishes as my highlights:

Sticky pork bao ($14 for 2). These baos have been a best-seller for Mama’s Buoi and it’s easy to see why. The bun is as fluffy as a cloud, the pork belly is crispy and melting at the same time and the slick sauce is contrasted by slivers of pickled carrots.

Crispy pancake with grilled pork ($14 for 2). These bites are taco-inspired but far removed from their original Mexican counterparts in all but shape. Grilled pork, such as that found in banh mi, is stuffed with pickled veg and herbs into a crunchy rice-based taco shell.

Lemongrass pulled pork spring rolls ($15 for 2) are crispy, fragrant morsels accompanied by a dipping sauce and lettuce leaves for wrapping.

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Out of the  main courses my pick is the veg tofu in pork and mushroom XO sauce ($24). The tofu are lightly fried marshmallows amidst a sticky, slightly chilli sauce which is perfect on top of steamed rice.

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Cap of your night with one of Mama’s Buoi’s signature cocktails – the Pho cocktail ($19). It’s not as bizarre as it sounds as they take the aromatic ingredients that make up pho – mint, ginger, star anise, palm sugar – turn it into a syrup then serve it over ice with gin and Grand Marnier. It really does taste a little like chicken pho!

The Pig Out menu is only available for a limited time so don’t miss out.Get piggy with it at Mama’s Buoi with some out-of-the-box Vietnamese food and unique cocktails!


Mama’s Buoi, G25 Postal Lane, Melbourne’s GPO  Melbourne (enter via Little Bourke Street or 350 Bourke Street)  03 9671 3426 

HOT: Think West 2016 – Festival of Culture and Philosophy in Melbourne’s Inner West

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Think West is a new festival of philosophy and culture across Melbourne’s inner west from 6-20 November. It features more than 40 workshops, tours, classes and special events exploring the themes of wisdom, resilience and social change. 

The three week program is produced by The School of Life and Highpoint Shopping Centre in association with a broad range of organisations with a connection to Melbourne’s inner west. I’ve booked myself into sessions with author and educator John Marsden and Libby on Childhood and Unlearning Education, the opening of the Westography photography exhibition and a sensory walk of Highpoint (I’ve previously attended a sensory walk of Melbourne with Dr Nadine Cameron and it was EXCELLENT).  

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I am also part of the program!  

On Saturday 12 November 12-5pm VU at Metrowest in Nicholson St Footscray is hosting ‘Think West Children’s Day’, a free one-day festival for children. There are free workshops including craft, science experiments, exploring your inner philosopher, storytelling, reading and more.

My regular collaborator Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I are hosting Book Swap Bike’s Little Big Ideas from 12-5pm inside the front foyer of VU at Metrowest.

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Book Swap Bike is a mobile library and book swapping event run out of the Danish Christiana cargo bike. Families can bring a book to swap or borrow a book to read together in the pop up reading space.

Book Swap Bike’s Little Big Ideas is also an opportunity for children to have a voice in their community. To express their ‘Big Ideas’ for their lives, their neighborhoods, their society and their world.

As part of Book Swap Bike’s Little Big Ideas, families and young children will be invited to decorate repurposed wooden crates into reading nooks with their own vision of ‘something small’ or their ‘big idea’. They may choose to draw something, write something or pose a question.

Think West 2016

We hope to see lots of you at Think West Children’s Day! All activities as part of the Think West Children’s Day are free, except for two workshops by The Philosophy Club.


Think West 2016 – Festival of Culture and Philosophy in Melbourne’s inner west

Sunday 6 November – Sunday 20 November 2016

Various locations in Footscray, Seddon, Yarraville, Maribyrnong, Spotswood, Newport, Williamstown

Free and paid events

 

Think West Children’s Day, VU at Metrowest 138 Nicholson St Footscray

Saturday 12 November 12-5pm

Free (two workshops are paid)

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HOT: Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Thirty-five spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor&Rolf is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, opening on Friday 21 October at NGV International.

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I got a sneak peek of the exhibition today, which explores the notion of ‘wearable art’. 

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viktor and rolf ngv

From literally draping a gilt-framed painting printed on fabric to create fantastical ball gowns and coats…

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viktor and rolf ngv

…to incredibly avant-garde creations showcasing exquisite tailoring techniques…

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…to designs that are stunning but simply wacky and almost unwearable!

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viktor and rolf ngv

The exhibition includes Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s most show-stopping and innovative works, revealing the design duo’s approach to design, technical virtuosity and knowledge of fashion history throughout their 20-year career.

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There are haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections.

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Also on display is a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’, which are replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. There’s even a miniature runway of the dolls on the catwalk, a commission for the NGV!

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The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Viktor & Rolf and international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the NGV’s previous fashion exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.

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The National Gallery of Victoria’s newest FREE kids exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is opening tomorrow Friday 21 October to coincide with the main exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists. 

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Using crepe, paper, raffia and tape, kids can make their own extravagant collars and cuffs inspired the Viktor & Rolf’s bows, collars and ruffles.

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Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Friday 21 October 2016 – Sunday 26 February 2017. Tickets on sale now from ngv.vic.gov.au.

HOT: KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston St, Melbourne

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When I visited Tokyo one of the things on my to-do list was to stock up on the weird and wonderful flavours of KitKats. Matcha, red bean, sakura, wasabi – you can only find these chocolates in Japan.

Until now! The world’s first permanent KitKat store is opening in Melbourne Central this Friday 21 October at 11am and I was invited for a sneak peek.

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The concept store is a chocolate lover’s dream. There are literally wall to ceiling shelves of KitKats in a myriad of special edition flavours. The combinations are on constant rotation depending on the season and the festive season (eg Christmas special editions).

KitKat has also collaborated with Anna Polyviou, Executive Pastry Chef at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel, to create a limited edition ‘Melbourne’ range of KitKats which are only available in store.

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For her four creations she incorporates the work of Melbourne street artist Dvate and takes inspiration from iconic locations such as Hosier Lane, St Kilda, Chinatown and Luna Park.

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All of the KitKats in the Chocolatory are hand made in the Nestle factory in Campbellfield, unlike the standard Kit Kats you find in supermarkets which are mass produced using machines. The best ingredients are imported from all around the world and the special edition chocolates are made with sustainably sourced beans from Ecuador and Côte d’Ivoire.

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The best fun in the KitKat Chocolatory is the ‘Create Your Own Break’ terminals. Custom-make your own KitKat for $15!

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Start by choosing white, milk or dark chocolate…

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..add up to three inclusions including caramelised meringue, rose petals and raspberries…

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…choose a background design for your packaging…

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…and a special name for your creation.

Your order is then made by hand in the Chocolatory. It’s quite a mesmerising process to watch….

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The only downside is that it takes up to 3 hours for your KitKats to emerge. Luckily you receive a text message when your order is ready so you can do some shopping, eat or see a movie while your KitKat is painstakingly being made.


 

KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1 Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe & Swanston Streets, Melbourne 0417 626 015

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday – Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

** Last custom orders will be taken 3 hours prior to close.

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