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HOT: Tea Alchemy, Travelling Samovar, 412 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

For people (like me) who designate themselves as a tea drinker rather coffee drinker, Travelling Samovar is your one-stop shop for all things tea. So I was intrigued to see that they were hosting an afternoon tea exploring different brewing techniques with matched savoury and sweet treats. And it was one of the rare events […]

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: Tour de France at Depot de Pain, 693 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

In case you’ve been sleeping, the great bicycle race Le Tour de France is currently on. It’s probably the only sporting event in the world which includes a regional cheese introduction and provides an opportunity for cow spotting. To get into the spirit of other French things – like croissants, baguettes and cafe au lait […]

HOT: Small Victories, 617 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

Small Victories has a lot to live up to. In The Age’s 2013 Good Food Under $30 Guide it won ‘Best Breakfast Spot of the Year’ – quite an accolade in a city which I think out-breakfasts anywhere else in Australia. The cafe is nestled among some residential terraces in tree-lined Rathdowne Street and the homely […]

HOT: St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North

St Ali North is a cafe that ticks all the boxes for me. In fact, it’s almost as if they gathered a focus group of one (me) and asked what I wanted from a cafe. Let’s see now…an easy distance from my house via public transport or bike, an interesting menu using good quality produce, […]

HOT: La Luna Bistro, 320 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

It’s the last week of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and if you haven’t already make sure you make a booking for Restaurant Express, where you can partake in a great value lunch with some of Melbourne’s (and regional Victoria’s) top restaurants. Gourmet Chick and I whittled down our shortlist to the $35 2 […]

HOT: The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Winners!

The winners of The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Awards were announced last night. Here is the complete list of winners, some with my previous reviews – congratulations! Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year – Attica Citibank Chef of the Year – Dan Hunter, Royal Mail Hotel Regional Restaurant of the year - Loam Best New […]

HOT: North Cafeteria, 717 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

North Cafeteria is small and straight to the point, just like this review. It’s located on the northside of town. To be specific, it’s a favourite with the locals of North Carlton, right in the heart of sedate Rathdowne Village. The cafe is essentially one room with small corridor of outdoor space at the back. […]

HOT Chat: Jessica Rae of Melbourne Op Shop Tours

This week’s HOT Chat is with Jessica Rae from Melbourne Op Shop Tours. I seem to be on a ‘green’ bent lately (check out previous HOT Chats with Eco Fashionista and 321 Water) and Melbourne Op Shop Tours is another Melbourne-based business which takes the approach that being green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style […]

HOT: Milawa Cheese Shop, 665 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

A little bit of regional Victoria can be found in North Carlton at the Milawa Cheese Shop. The knowledgeable staff will talk you through flavours, textures, ripeness and storage of their huge range of cheese. They are all as far away from insipid rubbery Kraft singles as you can imagine so of course none of […]

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