HOT: Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton


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Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style is Melbourne Museum‘s showcase James Bond exhibition for the summer. And if you don’t want to share the space with gawping noisy kids then I recommend heading to the museum on Friday nights when the exhibition is open for adults only, with special location themed nights, martini talks and music.

Every Friday night 5-9pm until the exhibition closes on 23 February you can have a cocktail at the Bond Bar, purchase themed food and nibbles, dress up in costumes from Rose Chong and see the extensive Bond exhibition at a leisurely pace.

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Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style comes to Melbourne from London’s Barbican and features many items which will delight Bond fans (like RM, who’s seen every single Bond film) and entertain those with a passing interest in Bond (like me).

We spent around 2 hours looking at all the exhibits. There’s lots to absorb, with drawing and models of sets, vehicles and technology from five decades from 1962’s Dr. No to 2012’s Skyfall. Most of the items are original but there are some re-creations which I don’t think are particularly necessary (even if it is Ursula Andress’ white bikini in Dr No).

Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style starts with an eye-catching entrance to the Gold Room with a gold-painted replica of Shirley Eaton draped on a rotating cushion. You then proceed through various themed rooms – the most interesting one for me was the ‘casino’ room with many glamorous evening gowns and excerpts from the films where the gowns are featured. The sometimes outlandish gadgetry featured in various Bond films is also fascinating.

Take the time to watch the short 20 seconds films interviewing various people involved in the making of Bond, including special-effects expert John Stears discussing how he had to drill into a brand-new Aston Martin DB5 for Goldfinger and a languid cigar-toting Sir Ken Adam discussing how he decided to pack an autogyro in crocodile-skin cases. Give the ‘Foreign Territories section’ which details Bond’s exotic locations, a quick walk-through.

Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style is as entertaining as the Bond franchise itself, even for someone who only has a passing interest in the films and books. If you want to join the Friday Night Bond Experience you can book on-line. Note that the The Bond bar and Designing 007 exhibition are also open till 9pm Saturday nights.

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Finally on 22 February you can celebrate White Night with James Bond’s last night in Melbourne from 7pm 22 February to 7am 23 February – imagine seeing the exhibition at 3am after a few drinks! To purchase your White Night tickets go to Melbourne Museum Tickets.

Designing 007 – Fifty years of Bond Style, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton

1 Nov 2013 – 23 Feb 2014 10am-5pm daily

Late Nights Friday and Saturday open till 9pm

Adult  $24
Adult Flexible* $34
Concession  & Students $16
Child  $14
MV Members – Adult $14, Concession $12, Child $10

Includes entry to Melbourne Museum between 10.00am and 5.00pm on the day of your visit

HOT: High Tea at the Library, Cowen Gallery, State Library, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

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The State Library of Victoria is not a place you often associate with afternoon tea (more like invigilators saying ‘no food or drink in the library please’) so I was really interested to discover that they are holding high teas in the Red Rotunda of the Cowen Gallery. Never knew that the State Library had galleries? Neither did I.

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The Red Rotunda is one of the function rooms that you can hire at the State Library. For the State Library High Tea the library’s caterers CNK Food Design had set up round tables and chairs in the centre of the ornate room as old beardy men in the 19th century paintings and plaster busts stared down at you. Together with the parquetry floors and high dome it was quite a regal setting to be sipping tea and nibbling cakes but the shared table format meant that there’s a lot of chatting with strangers (if you wanted to) so the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.

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I liked the styling of the tables, with lovely vintage floral tea sets and crockery and a literary touch with some old books tied up with a silk ribbon (I’m stealing that idea).

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On arrival everyone was offered a glass of Tahbilk Coueslant Chardonnay Pinot Noir and surprisingly for a high tea top ups were offered throughout the 2 hours. Disappointingly there was no choice of tea (English Breakfast only) alongside coffee, sparkling or still mineral water.

In the centre of the tables were placed classic three tiered afternoon tea stands. On the bottom were double-decker finger sandwiches of egg and mayonaise and cucumber with lemon mayonnaise, all very fresh with soft white crustless bread. There was no sign of the promised poached chicken with herbed mayonnaise sandwiches but as Gourmet Chick and I arrived a little late we may have missed that plate. There were multiple serves of the other sandwiches though so I still ate my fill.

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The other savoury offering was a smoked salmon roulade made with a spinach crepe and filled with with creme fraiche and salmon roe. They were just as fresh as the sandwiches and deliciously light.

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Of the sweets the pastries – macarons, Belgian chocolate dipped strawberries and lemon meringue tarts – were more impressive than the scones. Sadly, the buttermilk scones were as hard as rock on the outside (and bizarrely we had to ask for knives to slice them open) although they were quite fluffy on the inside. Slathered with strawberry jam and King Island double cream they were still palatable but by no means the best scones I’ve had in Melbourne.

In contrast the miniature macarons were delectable, light as air but with no tell-tale air pockets inside the shell and a good proportion of ganache and macaron in each bite.

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The pastry of the lemon tarts was buttery and thin with a soft, faintly bruleed meringue capping off a sweet lemon curd.

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At the end of the high tea you could elect to join a guided tour of the State Library‘s current Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition which showcases rare and beautiful treasures in the Library’s collection as detailing the history of books, illustrations and ideas. I declined the opportunity as the tour crowd was looking to be quite large and I could visit the free exhibition in my own time. 

Considering the fact that the State Library doesn’t specialise in serving food I was generally impressed by the quality of the food on offer, with a few exceptions. There was certainly a lot to go around, with generous top ups of sparkling wine and quite a few sweets left over at the end.

My only other comment is regarding the price. The high tea costs $80 ($70 for Foundation members) which puts it on the upper end of the afternoon tea prices I’ve seen around Melbourne, even taking into account the unique setting. Gourmet Chick and I managed to score a Facebook offer of 2 for 1 tickets which made it a very reasonable $40 each.

I think with a few improvements as to the catering and maybe a reconsideration of the pricing the State Library High Tea would be a lovely, unique space to indulge in afternoon tea.

The next dates for State Library High Tea are:

Saturday 12 October 2013, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 9 November 2013, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

State Library High Tea, Cowen Gallery, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne +61 3 8664 7099

Cost $80.00, $70.00 Foundation members


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The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2013

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The 2013 edition of The Age Good Cafe Guide is in stores today – are your favourites listed?

While I am not a coffee drinker I have reviewed several of the award-winning establishments noted with a *. These cafes won top honours:

Each of the 300+ cafes in the guide have been reviewed and the very best have been awarded one to three coffee cups based on their commitment to coffee, the food and the decor/ambience.

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2013 is available in book stores and theageshop.com.au for $9.99. You can also pick up a copy for $5 with this Saturday’s copy of The Saturday Age.

HOT: Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park

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On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated.

Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to young adults, original illustrations and limited edition prints.

Books Illustrated was established in 1988 (and has been in various locations since) and I only visited for the first time recently when they held an Open House with Julie Vivas, the illustrator of the beloved Australian classic Possum Magic. Normally the cosy showroom can only be visited by appointment.

In one room, where Julie was signing, there were bookshelves and an exhibition of original watercolours from Possum Magic. In the second room the walls were lined with more books as well as limited edition prints resting on the floor which you can flick through.  Cosy couches, an open fireplace and some friendly dogs encourage browsing and lingering.

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Books Illustrated hold book signings, exhibitions and conduct workshops at Gasworks Park. The best way to find out about their events is to sign up to their newsletter here.

If you like children’s bookstores try visiting The Little Bookroom, the oldest children’s bookshop in the world.

Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park +61 3 9534 7751 

HOT: Janet de Neefe at Books for Cooks, Rice Queen, 2/231 Smith St, Fitzroy

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I’ve written previously about the great author events that specialist cookbook store Books for Cooks run. They are becoming so popular that they’ve started moving certain events out of their store – too many books and people to fit into a small space!

While the non-store events are generally not free, the great thing is that they tend to pick local restaurants with a particular affinity for the cuisine in question. So for the launch of Janet de Neefe’s cookbook Bali: My Island Home, we met up at Rice Queen for a talk by the author and four tastes from the book prepared by the Rice Queen kitchen for $20.

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Janet began her talk describing how she came to live in Bali. She travelled to Bali with her family as a teenager and was immediately captivated by its exoticness compared to Melbourne. Ten years later she returned after university and met her future husband. She also fell in love with Bali and started collecting Balinese and Indonesian recipes from her sister-in-law and other locals – and with no formal culinary training opened her first restaurant. Janet and her husband have since opened restaurants Casa Luna, Bar Luna and Indus, a bakery, the Casa Luna cooking school and the Honeymoon Guesthouses.

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I’m visiting Bali next year so I purchased Bali: My Island Home to gain an insight into the island and its cuisine. The big glossy tome not only gives mouth-watering recipes of Balinese dishes but the photos and text explore the daily life and culture of Bali. It was interesting flicking through the book and encountering new ingredients – fortunately there’s a glossary for things such as candlenuts and salam leaf.

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As for the tastes from the book – I highly recommend the black tapioca pearls in coconut milk!

HOT: The Design Files Open House, 40 Little Napier St, Fitzroy

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What’s better than a pop up shop? A pop up house!

Melbourne design blogger extraordinaire Lucy Feagins has brought her blog The Design Files out of the interwebs and into real life. With the help of The Project Agency’s Esther Navarro-Orejon, Lucy has turned a swoon-worthy Fitzroy warehouse conversion into an even more swoonworthy display home – where everything is for sale!

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That means inside The Design Files Open House all of the furniture, artworks, homewares, textiles, plants and food (and in theory even the Mini) can be popped into your shopping basket. Here’s your chance to bestow the gift of good design to your friends, family or let’s be honest, yourself.

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Here are some of my favourite picks:

Baggu backpacks and totes in an array of colours.

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A coat rack from Tractor Home that reads in rainbow colours ‘It’s beautiful here’. Very Miranda July I thought.

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Maiike softies and Made by Mosey fabric mobiles. Awww.

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I am obsessed with lamps. And my current obsessions is with these Workroom lamps. See them here…

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..and here….

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….and here!

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A festive table full of kitchenware and sweet treats from Phillippa’s.

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And when you’re done shopping and browsing, hang out on the rooftop under the  Basil Bangs umbrellas and enjoy some coffee and sweet treats from Coffee Supreme/The Abbotsford Club.

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The Design Files Open House, 40 Little Napier St, Fitzroy

Thu Dec 1 – Sun Dec 4, 10am-5pm
Online from Mon Dec 5 – Sun Dec 18

The Casual Cyclist’s Guide to Melbourne Giveaway!

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I am a big fan of Melbourne-based bike rental company The Humble Vintage and the limited edition hand-drawn maps coming out of it called Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists.

Now author and entrepreneur Matt Hurst has written The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne, a book bringing a fresh perspective to cycle routes in Melbourne interspersed with articles on cycling tips, tricks and thoughts as varied as Taking the Scenic Route and Five Surprising Situations When it’s Better to Take the Bike.

The guide brings together contributions from a range of Melbourne architects, historians, chefs, designers and local identities, including chef Guy Grossi and milliner Richard Nylon.

With hand drawn maps by Matt, design by Studio Pip & Co and illustrations from graphic design duo Tin & Ed, it’s a uniquely Melbourne collaboration. The book is a delightful read and it’s an essential item for the ambling Melbourne cyclist.

Giveaway! Thanks to Hardie Grant, I have one copy of The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below by Friday 9 December and the winner will be drawn randomly. The competition is restricted to Australian residents. Good luck!

HOT: Adriano Zumbo at Books for Cooks, 233-235 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

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We’re so lucky to have Books for Cooks in our city.

This independent book store in Fitzroy is Australia’s only retailer specialising in books on food and wine. The five rooms of an old Victorian terrace typical of the area are filled floor to ceiling with densely packed books, from the popular to the obscure. There are couches and chairs for browsing and the staff are always on hand with information and advice.

Books for Cooks also occasionally hold events in their small store. Talks and signings from visiting authors are normally accompanied by a free glass of bubbles and some tastes from the featured cookbook made by Amanda, one of the owners of the store.

From their mailing list I found out that Australia’s own Willy Wonka Adriano Zumbo was going to be visiting to promote his cookbook Zumbo: Adriano Zumbo’s fantastical kitchen of other-worldly delights. I am a huge desserts fan and I love Zumbo’s cakes and macarons, so I was not going to miss this event.

Adriano was a very personable speaker, even though he described himself as ‘not much of a people person’. We learnt about his beginnings baking in his parents’ supermarket in store bakery, his stint at a French sourdough bakery, his favourite cookbooks (Larousse des Desserts, Ramon Morato’s Chocolate), his favourite bakeries and patisseries in Paris (a long list, including Laurent Duchene, Fauchon, Pain de Sucre, Pierre Herme, Arnaud Delmontel, Laduree – but only the macarons, not the cakes), the challenges of managing 97 staff and looking forward to mechanising his processes, his most outrageous failed dessert (chocolate eggplant macaron, anyone?), his new dessert train at The Star and finally, the key to making winning macarons (finely processed almond meal, knock the air of the meringue, don’t eat macarons fresh but leave for 24 hours).

Books for Cooks have lots of other great events coming up in November, including a dinner with Luke Nguyen at Eat Drink Man Woman on 7 November, dinner with Andrew McConnell at Cumulus Inc and evening tastes with Janet de Neefe, author of Bali: the food of my island home. To keep up to date with their news, sign up to their mailing list.

As for my next Books for Cooks purchase? I reckon it’s going to be the Vintage Edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book. Retro-fabulous!

Books for Cooks, 233-235 Gertrude St, Fitzroy +61 3 8415 1415
Sun 11am-5pm; Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

HOT: Dressed for Murder: Fashions from the World of Hitchcock, Melbourne Writers Festival, BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne

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Melbourne Writers Festival is over for another year and we’re in the middle of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – so this post straddles the two events nicely.

One of the events I attended this year at the Melbourne Writers Festival (along with the Jonathan Franzen Q&A which was really enjoyable – he’s the guy you want at all your dinner parties) was Dressed for Murder: Fashions from the World of Hitchcock.

What does vintage fashion have to do with books? Well, the presenter was Charlotte Smith, the author of two autobiographical books, Dreaming of Chanel and Dreaming of Dior, and the event was about her custodianship of the Darnell Collection. This is a private collection bequeathed to her by her godmother Doris Darnell which contains over 5,500 vintage pieces, from dresses to hats to handbags to shoes. Charlotte now manages the collection fulltime and shows off certain pieces around Australia and overseas at select events when she’s not storing, cataloguing and restoring items and recreating the stories behind them.

Charlotte was a very engaging speaker, articulate and passionate about her work and she really took you on a journey by building the story behind the collection. The most drool-worthy part was the fashion parade of some of the collection’s pieces, inspired by the fashions featured in Hitchcock’s films by beauties such as Grace Kelly and Kim Novak. They’ve inspired me to dress up more!

Vintage fashion is a passion for my friend and fellow blogger Marianne from Esme and the Laneway, so who better to accompany me to this event. Marianne has a gift with the camera so today’s photos are thanks t0 her work. For more images, check out her full blog post here.

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HOT: Lost & Found Hotel Room, Level 2 at Captains of Industry, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne

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The most coveted hotel room in Melbourne is back for its second season.

The Lost & Found Hotel Room is a pop-up hotel room which is open for 3 months from 1 May to 31 July. It’s in the heart of Melbourne, upstairs from gentlemen’s outfitters and cafe Captains of Industry (who also provided the winter-cosy catering for the opening and will be on hand to get you breakfast during your stay) and specially designed by Six Degrees Architects. The interior has once again been curated by Right Angle Studio, the people responsible for the Lost & Found e-newsletter for Tourism Victoria.

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The room is free, fabulous and VERY Melbourne – what’s not to love? To apply for a stay, all you have to do fill out a form and cross your fingers. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of what to expect as you await your reservation confirmation…

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This year, the room is much bigger and they’ve really embraced the idea that one of the best parts of being in the Lost & Found Hotel Room is being able to share the experience with your friends. So there’s a lot more communal space – the living area is set out with gorgeous Danish mid-century leather couches Grandfathers Axe, while the dining area has a round marble dining table by Daniel Barbera matched with dining chairs from Grandfathers Axe and a floral arrangement by Cecilia Fox.

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The rug has been specially designed for the room by Sydney artist and graphic designer Jonathan Zawada, who in a nice continuation of the Lost & Found story was a guest of last year’s hotel room.

The bed is a mattress atop a low platform, draped with a translucent boudoir-like curtain and with special L&F linen.

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There’s an adjoining grass-green area next to bed, perfect for lolling about with a glass of red wine from Dal Zotto while nibbling chocolates from Monsieur Truffe and feeding your mind with literature from Mag NationWorld Food Books and the NGV Shop.

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Along one length of the whitewashed room is a low shelf showcasing all sort of lovely objects, such as handcrafted ceramics from Mud and Shelley Panton, Japanese wares from Collingwood’s Cibi and Brunswick’s Mr Kitly and elegant stemware from Plumm.

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Fantastical lighting from Dedece – and look at the view from the window!

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Artwork from Utopian Slumps.

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Once again, the Lost & Found Hotel Room has a cultural concierge who will help you make bookings and provide insider tips for exploring Melbourne. This year there’s even a budget for restaurants vouchers if dining out is on your cultural checklist for Melbourne (so pick your 50 word application carefully)!

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You can check out my blog post about last year’s Lost & Found Hotel Room here and read my review of my stay in the hotel room here.