Ask the Doctor: French restaurant for my mum

Help me Doctor!: Where can I take my mother for her birthday?  She likes French and I took her to France Soir last time. – Huy L Your prescription: Huy, evidently your mum and I are kindred spirits, as my favourite cuisine is French! As soon as I received your question my mind pinged with […]

HOT: Crust, 350 Smith St, Fitzroy

Is it possible for a pizza to be healthy and tasty? Gourmet pizza makers Crust have started selling a range of pizzas called ‘Healthier choice‘. It’s not just a meaningless euphemism for ‘vegetarian’ or ‘fewer toppings’ – the freshly made pizzas have literally been given the National Heart Foundation tick of approval, which means that […]

HOT: Spring Fair, Collingwood College, Cnr Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood

I haven’t been to a school fete in years, so I don’t know how the Spring Fair at Collingwood College stacks up compared to other school fetes these days. Let’s just say back in my day (old age, coming right up) we weren’t selling sushi and chickpea curry. But then Collingwood College is an amazingly […]

HOT Alert: Week of 7 September 2009

Over the years I’ve had numerous comments that there aren’t enough NOTs in the blog. My response always is that I choose where I go (unfortunately, I don’t get paid to write), so I’m naturally not going to choose to do something that I suspect will be dodgy.  I liked Andre’s response; ‘well, that means […]

HOT: Glick’s, 362 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

When I lived in Montreal I discovered that Montrealers are as passionate about bagels as New Yorkers. Everyone declared allegiance to one of two bagel shops: Fairmount Bagel Bakery and St Viateur Bagels. Residents argued passionately about the superiority of their preferred bagel shop and could never be swayed that the other shop’s bagels were […]

HOT: Minh Phat, 2-8 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

If you love the chaotic markets of South East Asia and want to recreate the experience in Melbourne, there are plenty of grocers on Victoria Street which will serve the purpose – complete with pushy Asian grandmas, dusty cans, haphazard piles of unidentified foodstuffs and shouty (non-English) service. Don’t get me wrong. I loved strolling […]

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