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HOT: Cecconi’s Flinders Lane Restaurant and Cellar Bar, 61 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Cecconi’s Flinders Lane is a much-awarded Italian restaurant stalwart in Melbourne and their recent revamp in décor drips of old school glamour with a capital G. My memories of Cecconi’s was as a place of celebratory feasting with friends, romantic tete-a-tetes and even a wedding. I was invited to sample their new seasonal menu and […]

HOT: Vue De Monde, Level 55, Rialto, 525 Collins St, Melbourne

I feel that everything that needs to be said about three-hat Vue de Monde has already been said. So instead of describing at length each of the ten courses of the degustation at one of Australia’s best restaurants (and having to take notes during my lunch), today I’m going to leave you with a photo […]

HOT: High Tea at the Library, Cowen Gallery, State Library, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

The State Library of Victoria is not a place you often associate with afternoon tea (more like invigilators saying ‘no food or drink in the library please’) so I was really interested to discover that they are holding high teas in the Red Rotunda of the Cowen Gallery. Never knew that the State Library had galleries? Neither did […]

Spice Journey dinner with Shane Delia, Maha – Giveaway!

If you’ve been watching SBS’s new series Shane Delia’s Spice Journey (Thursdays 7:30pm SBS ONE) you will no doubt have been salivating over all the wonderful Middle Eastern dishes he describes and creates as he travels Malta, Lebanon and Iran. Now here’s your chance to try them and to meet Shane himself! Shane’s restaurant Maha will host a Spice […]

HOT: Moon Under Water, Builders Arms Hotel, 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

For the first time in my memory food critic John Lethlean from The Weekend Australian magazine awards a restaurant 5/5 stars. And given it’s only a hop, skip and jump from my home it would be remiss of me not to visit Moon Under Water, the fine dining side of the revamped boozer Builders Arms […]

HOT: Rumi’s 40 Days of Lent with Joseph Abboud, The Essential Ingredient, Prahran Market, Elizabeth St, South Yarra

Happy Easter! If you were observing Lent you are probably celebrating the end of the 40 days with some feasting today. While I’m not religious I am interested in the rituals and traditions of Lent, so I recently attended a demonstration class at The Essential Ingredient with Joseph Abboud, the chef/owner of contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant, Rumi, […]

HOT: Afternoon tea, Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio, 647 Chapel St, South Yarra

For a pre-Easter treat Gourmet Chick and I cycled down to South Yarra dressed in ladylike garb to partake in an afternoon tea at Burch and Purchese. Though really we should have worn  our Mad Hats as the afternoon was definitely a trip to Wonderland. In the pink and brown confection of a store you will find […]

HOT: The Wine Bar Restaurant, Yering Station, 38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen

Fancy a day out in the country? In just 45 minutes from the city you can be out in the vineyards of the Yarra Valley. One of the most popular wineries in the Yarra Valley is Yering Station. It’s the first winery established in Victoria and is definitely worth a stop for the cellar door/art […]

HOT: Victoria in a Bento Box, Matteo’s Restaurant, 533 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival doesn’t just run events for two weeks in March – the rest of the year they promote food and wine with themes and events such as the Spring Graze. The Spring Graze is a gathering of more than 60 events throughout September across Victoria, all with the theme of […]

HOT: The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Winners!

The winners of The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Awards were announced last night. Here is the complete list of winners, some with my previous reviews – congratulations! Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year – Attica Citibank Chef of the Year – Dan Hunter, Royal Mail Hotel Regional Restaurant of the year - Loam Best New […]

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