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HOT: Bared Footwear, 1098 High St, Armadale

This warm weather heralds my first pedicure for Spring and a chance to wear my new sandals from Melbourne-brand Bared Footwear. I’m on my feet a lot more these days which means that shoes need to be comfortable, supportive and last more than a few rides around the block. My search for the perfect sandals […]

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: Agathe Patisserie, Rear 97 Chapel St, Windsor (Entry via Artists Lane ) and Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra

You know the reason why I could never be (willingly) gluten-free or sugar-free? Because I’m a pastry FIEND. And I love discovering French patisseries in Melbourne, with my newest find being Agathe Patisserie in Windsor. I have been stalking and drooling over Agathe Patisserie on Instagram for a while and finally had the opportunity to […]

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: Rickshaw Run, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2014, Footscray

I’ll admit that much of this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival passed me by this year as I was caught up with packing up and moving house. I did manage to make it to a few events though and one of the highlights was the Rickshaw Run, an annual sold out event held in […]

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: Smith Street Alimentari, 302 Smith St, Collingwood

It’s just too hot to cook! Fortunately inner north favourites Brunswick Street Alimentari and Gorski and Jones now have a new sibling to add to the Holy Trinity of good food – the food store Smith Street Alimentari. All of the three cafes/restaurants share a few things in common while carving out their own identity. […]

HOT: Brickvention 2014, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

As a 30-something female I am probably not the main target market for Lego. But I think if you’ve had a Lego-filled childhood then the appeal of these little plastic bricks outlasts your school years. I kept my plastic crate of Lego despite moving interstate, overseas and in and out of many share houses and now my own kids […]

HOT: Ashkelon Food Store, 321 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North

I wished my kitchen looked like Ashkelon. The thing that first draws your eye when you enter this single-room cafe/foodstore is the floor-to-ceiling plywood shelves. Each nook is laden with neatly lined and labelled jars of housemade condiments, crinkly packets of granola, pasta and grains and an overflowing hessian-lined basket of organic lemons. The wall […]

HOT: Instant Expert Moulded Chocolates Class, Ganache Chocolate, 250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

One of the downsides of writing a blog that’s heavily focused on food is that I often get hungry as I work on the computer. Fortunately for this post I have had a stash of excellent chocolate to sustain me – thanks to a chocolate making class at Ganache, my favourite chocolatier in Melbourne. For […]

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