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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: Sweet Evelyn, 128 Union St, Brunswick

Sweet Evelyn is a Brunswick cafe and micro bakery which is as sweet as its name (apparently named after the owners’ daughter). All the baked goods are made fresh on site every day, from the large range of cupcakes to the brownies, cookies and savouries – only the bread and croissants are brought in from Dench Bakery. […]

The Age Good Food Guide 2015 award winners

The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2015 winners have been announced! Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Brae, Birregurra New Restaurant of the Year: Supernormal, Melbourne La Maison du Thé Regional Restaurant of the Year: Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, Mildura New Regional Restaurant of the Year: Tulip, Geelong Citi Chef of the Year: Andrew […]

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 […]

HOT: CafeSmart 2014 – Participating Cafes in Melbourne

CafeSmart 2014 is on today Friday 8 August. Order a coffee (#drinkcoffeedogood) at participating cafes today and they’ll donate a $1 from every coffee sold to go towards projects that take action against homelessness. Here’s a list of my reviewed cafes in Melbourne that are participating in CafeSmart this year. Have a coffee and do […]

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: Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Flinders Lane has arguably Melbourne CBD’s hottest eat street right now and one of the newest residents is Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal. It’s hard to tell from the name but the restaurant specialises in Asian-inspired food. It’s mostly Japanese with a hint of Chinese and Korean, as you can tell by some of the signage and […]

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