HOT: make Designed Objects, 194 Elgin St, Carlton

Even though Christmas is over, there are another eleven months of the year where you might have a need to buy nifty, gifty things. If that’s the case, drop into make Designed Objects. This two-storey converted cottage in Carlton is a treasure-trove of great design gadgets, ornaments and useful doodads from all over the world, […]

HOT: Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar, Swedish Church, 21 St Georges Rd, Toorak

Even though I’ve spent most of my Christmases in the Australian summer, I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever felt more Christmassy than my time spent in the Northern Hemisphere. Maybe I’ve been indoctrinated by Christmas cards featuring reindeer in snow and songs about a white Christmas, but it just feels more […]

HOT Chat: Will Cook of Harvest Box

For a foodie like me, December is definitely the silly season. The lead-up to Christmas perfect excuse to eat lots of mince pies, pudding, chocolate and canapes – which means I have to be a little bit disciplined about what I eat in between. Enter my newest discovery Harvest Box, a nifty service that delivers […]

HOT: STREAT Graduation, Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne

Remember my previous post about STREAT, the social enterprise providing homeless youth with training in hospitality? Well, the first intake of eight kids who were selected to participate in the 6 month traineeship have just graduated. I was honoured to be invited to their graduation at STREAT‘s offices at Donkey Wheel House, a heritage building […]

HOT: Joy Cupcakes, Shop E7B, Southern Cross Lane, 127 Exhibition St, Melbourne

It’s hard to think of something that could be more JOYful for JOYce than Joy Cupcakes. OK. Enough with the JOY puns, let’s cut to the chase. Joy Cupcakes sell some of the best cupcakes I’ve eaten so far from a commercial bakery in Melbourne. And I have pretty high cupcake standards given I have […]

HOT Chat: Owen Thomas of Hipside Guides

I liked the idea of Hipside Guides as soon as I heard about them – a city guide written by a local to help visitors and locals find the the cool, hidden places of Melbourne. Kind of like MEL: HOT OR NOT, in map form! Today’s HOT Chat is with Owen Thomas of Hipside Guides […]

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