HOT: Mama’s Buoi, G25 Postal Lane, Melbourne’s GPO, Melbourne

Mama’s Buoi is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant and bar tucked away in GPO Lane beside Melbourne’s GPO/H&M.  The venue is inspired by Mama Hoang, the mother of one of the owners and an excellent home cook. It takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine and gives it a modern, Melbourne twist in keeping with its laneway setting. For […]

HOT: Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thirty-five spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor&Rolf is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, opening on Friday 21 October at NGV International. I got a sneak peek of the exhibition today, which explores the notion of ‘wearable art’.  From literally draping a gilt-framed painting […]

HOT: KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston St, Melbourne

When I visited Tokyo one of the things on my to-do list was to stock up on the weird and wonderful flavours of KitKats. Matcha, red bean, sakura, wasabi – you can only find these chocolates in Japan. Until now! The world’s first permanent KitKat store is opening in Melbourne Central this Friday 21 October at […]

HOT: 2016 Architecture Commission: M@ STUDIO Architects, NGV Garden at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

This is the second year that the National Gallery of Victoria is installing an Architecture Commission in the Sculpture Garden of NGV International – and this year it’s a surreal hot pink ‘car wash’. The 2016 Architecture Commission by Melbourne-based M@ STUDIO Architects is inspired by an actual car wash in Blackburn and is a large […]

NOT: The Art of Banksy, The Paddock in Federation Square, Melbourne

Banksy is the world’s most famous street artist and I feel like I have a special connection with him. Believe it or not, the landlord of my flat in London knew Banksy and there was a small signed print of his iconic work of two London bobbies kissing hanging inside my toilet. There it was, […]

HOT: John Olsen: The You Beaut Country, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square Melbourne

From Friday 16 September to Sunday 12 February National Gallery of Victoria is hosting the biggest showing of John Olsen’s work in their newest temporary exhibition John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. It’s a joint production with the Art Gallery of NSW and will be touring to Sydney in March 2017. John Olsen has been […]

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