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HOT: The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards were announced tonight – did your favourites make the cut? These cafes won top honours and * indicates a cafe that I’ve reviewed previously: Top Paddock* (Richmond) – eftpos best cafe Stagger Lee’s* (Fitzroy) – best new cafe Dakdak (Moorabbin) – local hero award. Seven Seeds (Carlton) – best coffee […]

HOT: Middle Fish, 122-128 Berkeley St, Carlton

Middle Fish is a Carlton cafe serving Southern Thai dishes in a converted warehouse close to Melbourne Uni. It’s like beachside shack mixed with Thai influences, including a stunning chandelier made of tiny traditional Thai rice bowls made by Thai artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook. There were touches of his wrought iron work everywhere, especially above the red upholstered booths created […]

HOT: Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton

Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style is Melbourne Museum‘s showcase James Bond exhibition for the summer. And if you don’t want to share the space with gawping noisy kids then I recommend heading to the museum on Friday nights when the exhibition is open for adults only, with special location themed nights, martini […]

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: D.O.C Espresso, 326 Lygon St, Melbourne

Since my first visit to D.O.C Pizza years ago the family of stores bringing simple Italian food to Melbourne, particularly to Carlton, has grown. If I’m not after pizza my favourite D.O.C eatery is actually D.O.C Espresso, around the corner on busy Lygon Street. If Lygon Street is known as Little Italy then surely D.O.C Espresso would […]

HOT: Afghanistan Pop Up cafe, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton

Every year Melbourne Museum hosts a special winter international exhibition and this year’s showcase Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures is from the National Museum of Kabul. If you’re visiting the exhibition (or even if you’re not) you may not be aware that just outside the entrance is a pop up cafe that serves tastes of the region. […]

Melbourne Museum – Smartbar Giveaway

Melbourne Museum is opening up next Thursday night for its popular adults-only Smartbar, with a theme for this event being Retro Futurism. Along with the museum’s experts you can explore vintage machines, including CSIRAC  the only intact first-generation computer surviving in the world, retro technologies, the future of 3D printing technology and the origins of electronic music. Food […]

HOT: Night of the Lepus, Cinema Fiasco!, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Cinema Nova, 368-384 Lygon St, Carlton

This year for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival I decided to do things a little differently. Rather than going to see a packed timetable of international stand up comics (my usual modus operandi) I watched a film instead. Ever heard of ‘Night of the Lepus‘? Me either. Night of the Lepus is an unintentionally funny sci-fi […]

HOT: Baker D Chirico, 178 Faraday St, Carlton

Happy Easter! Every year my quest for Melbourne’s best hot cross buns starts the day after Shrove Tuesday. I don’t give anything up for Lent – instead I start eating a lot of fruit and spice bread products. Rather than write a long-winded post about all the good, bad and ugly hot cross buns I’ve […]

HOT: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens & Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

Join the busloads of grannies this weekend and check out the 18th Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which has taken over Carlton Gardens until Sunday 24 March. I have a habit of regularly killing potted herbs (the extent of my gardening) and I enjoyed wondering around the beautiful displays and exhibits of Australia’s biggest flower […]

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