HOT: Babka Bakery Cafe, 358 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

The day that I can walk into Babka and sit at a table straight away is the day that I buy a lottery ticket. I’ve  given Babka a HOT previously as part of the Hot Cross Bun Challenge 2009, but I thought it deserved a separate assessment on the basis of its sit-down service and […]

HOT: Fresh Generation, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

You’re probably looking at the photo and thinking ‘Jetsetting Joyce has completely lost her mind now – she’s paid $30 for a lump of dirt and some rice in a plastic container’. Well, maybe. Even since our dinner at Cafe Vue, RM and I have been rhapsodising about the toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich with […]

HOT: London and American Supply Stores, 483-485 Elizabeth St, Melb

My god daughter is a little girl after my heart. She’s got blonde curls, big blue eyes, is generous with hugs and sings ‘You are my sunshine’ to me. Even better, she loves making and eating (chocolate) cake. Which is why I just had to buy this adorable ‘Little Helper Set’ from London and American […]

HOT: Nam Loong, 223 Russell St, Melbourne

The best steamed buns in town (even better than Shark Fin House) come from Nam Loong. The location is not the most salubrious (next to Club X) and I wouldn’t choose to sit down for a meal in their dank greasy-spoon dining room, but as long you don’t venture past the glass case of steamed […]

HOT: Baking Architecture, 41 Exhibition St, Melbourne

I was pretty sure that I’d enjoy the Baking Architecture exhibition (part of State of Design festival) as soon as I walked into the foyer of the Australian Institute of Architects and sniffed the aroma of patisserie. Melbourne architectural practices and chefs have collaborated to construct delicious models of unbuilt architectural structures in order to […]

Ask the Doctor: Best Peking duck

Help me Doctor!: I have a craving for Peking Duck. Which restaurant does the best duck in Melbourne? – Michael S Your prescription: Rumour has it that the best Peking Duck can be found at Old Kingdom, 197 Smith St Fitzroy. Other Peking Duck establishments include: Flower Drum, 17 Market Lane, Melbourne (very nice, very expensive) and the […]

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