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Paris to Provence Festival – Giveaway!

Being a Francophile and foodie one of my favourite annual family outings is the Paris to Provence French Festival at the National Trust’s Como House. Read my review of my previous visit. This year French producers, retailers, entertainment and workshops will be turning the gardens into a French market village from Friday 21 November to […]

Pushy Women South, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Sunday 2 March – Giveaway!

City of Port Phillip is presenting She Spoke – Southside Women on Wheels with 3 months of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes. One of their first events is happening this Sunday 2 March at Gasworks Albert Park. It’s Pushy Women South! They’re smart, sharp, dirty, hot and hilarious and will push the envelope with tales […]

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year is a special time for our family because we’re half Chinese. Even if you’re not of Asian descent it’s a great time in Melbourne for firecrackers, lion dances and lots of yummy food! Here’s a list of CNY festivals in Melbourne in date order which are all free: Victoria Street Lunar Festival – Sun […]

HOT: Alice Nivens, Shop 13 Port Phillip Arcade, 228 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Who doesn’t love Christmas and storybook characters? Well, next Thursday 25 July, Alice in Wonderland themed CBD cafe Alice Nivens is holding a special ‘Christmas in July’ day of sweets, treats and other festivities. The bolthole cafe is hidden in a rather ugly flourescent-lit arcade between Flinders Street/Flinders Lane and you’ll recognise it by the […]

HOT: Legally Blonde the Musical, Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne

Confession: I love musicals. My normally fine-tuned antennae for excessive sequins, tackiness and over-the-top-ness is wound right down when there’s two hours of singing, high kicks and jazz hands on stage. Like amusements parks, musicals are almost guaranteed fun! Legally Blonde the Musical is an adaptation of the fabulous feel-good flick made famous by Reese […]

HOT: Saint Crispin, 300 Smith St, Collingwood

Smith Street can be a tough landlord. One minute you’re Cavallero, next minute you’re Saint Crispin. I hadn’t even noticed the changeover until the foodies of Melbourne started buzzing about the pedigree of the owners of the new restaurant – Scott Pickett of The Estelle and Joe Grbac, former executive chef of the Press Club. So my […]

HOT: The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Since my last review of The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm the cafe has been renovated, revamped and reopened for service. It’s more of the same, but better! The kitchen and dining space have now been expanded to serve more customers. There’s a handy wheelchair/pram ramp to the takeaway area and plenty of room to park a pram […]

NOT: Mr Burger Food Truck, Various locations

My local council City of Yarra doesn’t really like food trucks, so when one is actually approved to come to my neighbourhood I get disproportionately excited. And when I found out that Mr Burger was going to be pulling up down the street I was like a kid within earshot of the tinkling of Greensleeves, chasing […]

HOT: Shimbashi Soba and Sake Bar, 17 Liverpool St, Melbourne

My parents recently returned from Japan where they raved about all the fabulous food that they ate, including oodles of noodles. So when they came to Melbourne to visit recently I pressed them to come with me to Shimbashi Soba and Sake Bar and bestow their expert opinion on the handmade buckwheat noodles made on […]

HOT: Grub Food Van, 87-89 Moor St, Fitzroy

As far as food trends go, food trucks are almost passe in Melbourne these days. So yes, while Grub Food Van has a kitchen inside a van, it’s a food truck which stays put and thus has some advantages over its competitors. Specifically, staying in one spot means that it’s been able to put down […]

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