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HOT: 1+1 Dumpling Noodles, 84 Hopkins St, Footscray

Dumplings + Noodles = my favourite two carb-loading Chinese dishes. And at 1 +1 Dumpling Noodles you can order not only dumplings and noodles but lots of other interesting Xinjiang food, a far cry from your run-of-the-mill Cantonese food that often labelled as ‘Chinese’ food in Australia as if it was one huge, homogenous cuisine. […]

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: Konjo Cafe, 89 Irving St, Footscray

I don’t know much about Ethiopian food – but I know that at Konjo Cafe Footscray it’s delicious, filling and fun to eat! Konjo is one of the landmark African restaurants in Melbourne’s inner west. In fact, the French/Ethiopian couple who are owners of the cafe were recently selected to be ambassadors for ‘Your Footscray‘ […]

HOT: Vietnam on a Plate, Discover Footscray Tours

Every six months or so Maribyrnong City Council run ‘Discover Footscray‘ tours which are free or subsidised tours to help locals and visitors discover the food, art and history in Footscray – possibly the last inner city suburb in Melbourne that has yet to be completely gentrified. Footscray has an enviable reputation of being one of […]

HOT: T. Cavallaro & Sons, 98 Hopkins St, Footscray

There is only one thing you need to know about legendary T. Cavallaro & Sons. Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Even my Sicilian friend agrees that the cannolis made by this old-time family-owned Italian pasticceria are ‘perfetto’. The gently crispy, slightly puffy shells are made every Tuesday and Wednesday in the […]

HOT Chat: Renata Slusarki of BiGfiSh

Have you been to the Tim Burton retrospective at ACMI yet? If so, you may have noticed some huge otherwordly creatures adorning the entrances -  but what you may not know is that they were made right here in Melbourne by BiGfiSh, a design and construction company with their workshops in Footscray. Today’s HOT Chat is with […]

HOT: Hung Vuong Saigon, 128 Hopkins Street, Footscray

Today we have another guest post from Ceri aka Healthy Party Girl trying out pho in Footscray. Thanks Ceri! On a cold, rainy Saturday, my best friend convinced me to skip the planned movie and instead took me out to her favourite local spot for pho instead. We battled through Saturday market shopping traffic and […]

HOT Chat: Fiona Maxwell of Next Wave

Next Wave is a biennial arts event which is Australia’s leading festival for young artists, arts workers and young audiences. The festival features works from artists aged 16 to 30 including dance, theatre, visual arts, performance, new media and literature. I first came across it when I volunteered in 2006 as a gallery guard at […]

HOT: Melbourne Op Shop Tours (Part 2), Inner West, Williamstown to Footscray

Read Part 1 of the tour here. Another quick train ride to Spotswood then St John’s Op Shop (612-614 Melbourne Rd, Spotswood). ‘Great variety of household goods’ is an accurate description, with ‘variety’ being the operative word. This is an OCD sufferer’s nightmare. The rabbit warren of a shop was full of surprises – an […]

HOT: Melbourne Op Shop Tours, Inner West, Williamstown to Footscray

Fashionistas know that the surest way to score a one-of-a-kind outfit is to scour old shops and vintage stores. Melbourne Op Shop Tours helps you take up the op shop challenge by running small group (max 10 people) tours through various areas of Melbourne. What makes it different from other op shop tours is that […]


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