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HOT: Mr Nice Guy’s BakeShop, 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

Mr Nice Guy’s BakeShop in Ascot Vale an awesome organic vegan bakery for non-vegans. The magic that they create with their baked goods without the use of eggs, milk, butter or cream has to be tried to be believed. The quirky, retro-tastic cafe has seating along the window and one side of the wall, while […]

HOT: South Melbourne Market tour, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

During Markets of Melbourne’s Market Week 2014 I took the opportunity to take a guided tour of South Melbourne Market. South Melbourne Market is not a market I frequent often so the tour was a fun and delicious way to discover interesting gems and meet some of the stallholders and characters behind the long-standing market. Here are […]

HOT: Dr Morse, 274 Johnston St, Abbotsford

From little things, big things grow….So the story goes with Dr Morse, a cafe/restaurant in Abbotsford that started out as a coffee window (dubbed Jr Morse) by Victoria Park station. It has now expanded into a spacious interior overlooked by an original 1930s mural advertising ‘Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills’ and a secluded beer garden. […]

HOT: Xuan Banh Cuon, 232 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine

Eating out in multicultural Sunshine can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have a recommendation. Luckily for me, the path to Xuan Banh Cuon has been trodden by some of my favourite food bloggers – Footscray Food Blog, Consider the Sauce and Melbourne Gastronome. Add my voice to their chorus because the banh cuon […]

HOT: Hobba, 428 Malvern Rd, Prahran

Hobba is in Prahran, the other side of town for me, but it’s a testament as to how good it is that I would happily cross the river to eat there. It was one of the 3 star award winners in 2014’s Good Food Under $30. The cafe is set in a huge warehouse space in […]

HOT: By Josephine 365 Sydney Road Brunswick

By Josephine is a Brunswick patisserie and cafe straight out of a Paris salon. The pressed ceiling and all-white walls present a luxurious feel to the little daytime cafe, which specialises in macarons, pastries and savouries made on premises. The only thing that’s brought in is the bread and ultra-flaky croissants, both from Cavallini in […]

HOT: Bo De Trai, 94 Hopkins St, Footscray

I’m not vegetarian but I can appreciate a good vegetarian restaurant when I encounter one! And Bo De Trai, a cheap and cheerful vegetarian Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant in Footscray, is awesome. In fact, I think some of their dishes are better than their original meaty versions. Bo De Trai is a restaurant which is linked to the […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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