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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 […]

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: Code Black Coffee, 15-17 Weston St, Brunswick

Code Black Coffee is a cafe and specialty coffee roaster in Brunswick. It is housed in one of the most darkly dramatic warehouse conversions I’ve seen, designed by local Brunswick architects ZWEI Interiors Architecture. As its name suggests the exterior is a brutal black and the interior is all masculine. Black walls, dark concrete floors, […]

HOT: New Shanghai, Shop 323, Level 3, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

I am really, really fussy about dumplings. My (Asian) parents taught me to be so! The hunt for excellent dumplings is an ongoing quest and I am honestly surprised to report that the best dumpling experience I’ve had in a while was in a food court. New Shanghai is a Sydney-based restaurant chain which has […]

HOT: Waffee Waffles + Coffee, 77 Swanston St, Melbourne

I can’t think of a better match for this freezing weather than a fresh waffle in one hand and a coffee (or hot chocolate in my case) in the other. Waffee Waffles + Coffee is my new waffle destination in the CBD, with their original Altona shop expanding to a prominent Swanston St storefront and soon […]

HOT: Frying Colours, 520 Macaulay Road, Kensington

Frying Colours is a modern Korean restaurant in Kensington and it’s a dream come true and a labour of love by Min Hui Lee and his partner Robert. Min is the Korean chef and designer of the restaurant and Robert helps out at the front of house when he’s not at his day job. Together they […]

HOT: HM Quan, 5/68-82 Hopkins Street, Footscray

There are loads of Vietnamese eateries on Hopkins Street Footscray yet HM Quan still manages to stands out. Mainly because of its crazy, Hawaiian-tiki inspired decor and toddler-sized furniture (for kids and adults alike). Step inside and you’ll be bombarded by a party of fake grass, indoor straw huts, tiny knick-knacks placed on every bit […]

HOT: Addict, 240-242 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Addict has just opened in Fitzroy and I think it’s particularly well-named because clearly Fitzrovians are addicted to coffee and brunch for yet another cafe to open in the suburb. Addict has removed all traces of the fluorescent lit, dingy Fitzroy Curry House and transformed the prime corner spot on Johnston and Gore Street with an […]

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