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HOT: Candied Bakery, 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

Candied Bakery in Spotswood is a bakery and café that’s a direct thumb-your-nose at those I Quit Sugar acolytes. If you’re quitting sugar then steer clear – there’s too much temptation inside. If, one other hand, you are unabashedly NOT quitting sugar then Candied Bakery is a place where sweet tooths die and go to heaven. […]

HOT: Hero Subs, 1 Stewart Street, Tenancy 1, back of RMIT SAB Building 80, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne

When I was at uni there wasn’t much in the way of food offerings – nasty refectory food and make-you-own sandwiches was about the extent of it. Luckily for RMIT students, staff and nearby office workers that Hero Subs are available right on campus (they also have other stores at Collins Street and Hardware Lane […]

HOT: Laksa King, 6-12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington

In my daily life I don’t have much cause to go to Flemington…except to visit Laksa King. If a place hangs its shingle on a single dish, then you’d better believe that the laksa at Laksa King is outstanding. And while the menu boasts 120+ items of Malaysian and Chinese food, the must-have dish is definitely […]

HOT: Petty’s Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

It’s amazing that you can drive 30 minutes on the Eastern Freeway and you go from dense high rise buildings to bucolic semi-rural vistas. In amongst some enormous acreage residences is Petty’s Orchard. It’s a working organic apple orchard and it’s been around since the turn of last century when the Petty family worked the Homestead […]

HOT: Gelato Messina, 237 Smith St, Fitzroy

Welcome to Melbourne, Gelato Messina. The famous Sydney gelateria serves gelato that’s been voted the best in Australia by the Good Food Guide and it has just set up its first interstate, and biggest, operation on the inner north’s ever-burgeoning eat street, Smith Street Fitzroy. If the early crowds are anything to go by (especially […]

HOT: La Condesa Taqueria and Cantina, 234 Johnston St (entry via Chapel St), Fitzroy

Munching on tacos in a sunny off-laneway courtyard? How very Melbourne Summer of 2013. La Condesa is a taquería that serves tasty tacos for a bargain 3 for $10 at lunchtimes (and $4 each the rest of the time). The seating is simple – low wooden tables and benches on Astroturf and surrounded by graffiti and […]

HOT: Spring Street Grocer, 157 Spring St, Melbourne

Wow. Spring has really sprung in Melbourne town this week. As I whip off my woolly hat and peel off my opaque tights I have only one thought…bring on gelati weather! After hibernating for most of winter I’m well due for a trip to the most hyped gelati counter in Melbourne, to the stainless steel […]

HOT: LuxBite x N2 Extreme Gelato Melbourne x Uber Melbourne

As far as marketing stunts go, the collaboration between dessert specialists LuxBite, ice cream laboratory N2 Extreme Gelato and premium taxi service Uber Melbourne is a deliciously fun one. For this weekend only (Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September), Malaysia’s kaya coconut jam will be featured in two special ice-cream dishes at two Malaysian-run […]

HOT: Travelling Samovar, 412 Rathdowne St, North Carlton

After years, nay decades, of being a coffee-mad town, Melbourne seems to have really started embracing the ancient ritual of tea-drinking with specialist tea shops starting to pop up. The latest addition is Travelling Samovar, a beautifully decorated and cosy tea house in North Carlton. The two-roomed shop feels part Middle Eastern, part Asian and part […]

HOT: T. Cavallaro & Sons, 98 Hopkins St, Footscray

There is only one thing you need to know about legendary T. Cavallaro & Sons. Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Even my Sicilian friend agrees that the cannolis made by this old-time family-owned Italian pasticceria are ‘perfetto’. The gently crispy, slightly puffy shells are made every Tuesday and Wednesday in the […]

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