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HOT: The Rusty Fox, 501 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

The Rusty Fox is the kind of cafe, deli and foodstore that every neighbourhood high street should be lucky enough to call their own. On my visit, almost every customer was greeted by name – a healthy population of regulars is a good sign. Apparently the owners are all Kensington locals too. The space is […]

HOT: Olivigna, 54-56 Brumbys Road, Warrandyte South

Love the idea of sunning yourself in Tuscany but can’t afford the airfare? Believe it or not, a little bit of Italy can be found at Olivigna at Warrandyte South, just 30 minutes from Melbourne. Drive up to Olivigna, surrounded by tall cypress trees, and it’s like driving up towards the Tuscan hills. The 20 […]

HOT: The Kettle Black, 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne

There’s been so much excited press about The Kettle Black that at 8am on Sunday morning the early birds were already queueing up. And the queues had only grown bigger by the time I left at 9am, not even the brunch happy hour. The question is, does The Kettle Black live up to the hype? […]

HOT: Ascot Food Store, 320 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds

Ascot Food Store is a new cafe in Moonee Ponds which has got me all excited about discovering suburban cafe gems. From the small, unremarkable frontage you can’t tell what inventive things are going on in the kitchen. But once I stepped inside I knew that I was onto something good. The fitout was polished […]

NOT: Exxopolis Luminarium, Glow Winter Arts Festival 2014, The Jam Factory rooftop carpark, 500 Chapel St, South Yarra

Glow Winter Arts Festival is a celebration of arts in the City of Stonnington being held from 14 to 24 August, with the centrepiece being the mysterious-sounding Exxopolis Luminarium. Exxopolis Luminarium is an art installation that comes to Melbourne from the UK. The 20th Luminarium design is like a giant blow-up indoor maze which uses 3000 square metres […]

HOT: Hot Chocolate Festival, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen

This recent icy cold weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in cups of hot chocolate! Throughout August the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is hosting a Hot Chocolate Festival with 31 limited edition flavours of hot chocolates being served. Every week there will be 8 flavours on rotation and I was invited to try their week 1 […]

HOT: Meatballs & Sons, 266 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a Melbourne meatball ‘scene’? Well, the latest entrant on the meatball market is Meatballs & Sons in Fitzroy. I first dined at Meatball & Sons through an invitation but I liked it so much that I returned with my family a few weeks later […]

HOT: Ebi Fine Food, 18A Essex St, Footscray

Ebi Fine Food is a Japanese restaurant tucked away in a suburban street in Footscray near the West Footscray side. It’s not a main shopping strip and you may easily miss it except for the Japanese lanterns fluttering enticingly, framing the doorway. Inside you’ll find a tiny Japanese fish and chippery. Yes that’s right! You’ll […]

HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

Queen Victoria Market’s annual winter night market is back! Luna1878 Night Market is a midweek celebration of winter that is happening every Wednesday night until 27 August. Before you groan about leaving your warm house to venture out on a freezing school night, just note two things: 1. The market is actually much warmer than […]

HOT: Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie, 19 Keilor Rd, Essendon

Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie is a slice of French deliciousness wedged in an unlikely pocket of suburban Essendon. The cosy two room shop is simply decked out in French provincial white with a few French artworks and fresh flowers. Today you won’t be able to miss it because the flags are out for Bastille Day! And […]

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