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HOT: Ferdydurke, 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

I’ll let you in on a secret I discovered on a Foodi tour – you can get excellent $5 gourmet hotdogs at Ferdydurke! I don’t think even the fast food chains can beat that price, and the hotdogs at Ferdydurke are certainly a whole lot better.  Ferdydurke is a upstairs bar in Chinatown run by the same […]

HOT: Golden Mirror Carousel by Carsten Höller, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

One of the free, experiential and sculptural works being presented at Melbourne Festival 2014 is the Golden Mirror Carousel by Belgian artist Carsten Höller. A shiny gilt old-fashioned swing carousel has taken up residence in Federation Court of NGV International. It’s a beautiful object and a stunning sight to behold when you first enter the […]

HOT: The Deli Counter, 211-213 Queen Street, Melbourne

Weekday cafe The Deli Counter is the place to get a healthy, tasty lunch in the legal and financial centre of the CBD. The Deli Counter sets itself apart from the pre-packed sandwiches that abound in that part of town. The kitchen specialises in the owners’ recipes of Israeli food with some general Mediterranean influences […]

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: CafeSmart 2014 – Participating Cafes in Melbourne

CafeSmart 2014 is on today Friday 8 August. Order a coffee (#drinkcoffeedogood) at participating cafes today and they’ll donate a $1 from every coffee sold to go towards projects that take action against homelessness. Here’s a list of my reviewed cafes in Melbourne that are participating in CafeSmart this year. Have a coffee and do […]

HOT: Supernormal, 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Flinders Lane has arguably Melbourne CBD’s hottest eat street right now and one of the newest residents is Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal. It’s hard to tell from the name but the restaurant specialises in Asian-inspired food. It’s mostly Japanese with a hint of Chinese and Korean, as you can tell by some of the signage and […]

HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

Queen Victoria Market’s annual winter night market is back! Luna1878 Night Market is a midweek celebration of winter that is happening every Wednesday night until 27 August. Before you groan about leaving your warm house to venture out on a freezing school night, just note two things: 1. The market is actually much warmer than […]

HOT: Southgate Moveable Feasts at Artusi, Amarok and Bluetrain, Southgate Precint, 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank

Southgate Moveable Feasts are a restaurant crawl through Southgate’s revamped restaurant precinct running until Monday 4 August for Sunday lunch and Monday dinners. Your host will take you on a journey through three Southgate restaurants for an entree, main course and dessert. It’s a great way to sample different restaurants in one go and you […]

HOT: New Shanghai, Shop 323, Level 3, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

I am really, really fussy about dumplings. My (Asian) parents taught me to be so! The hunt for excellent dumplings is an ongoing quest and I am honestly surprised to report that the best dumpling experience I’ve had in a while was in a food court. New Shanghai is a Sydney-based restaurant chain which has […]

HOT: Rice Paper Scissors, 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne

Rice Paper Scissors is a small South East Asian hawker-style eatery tucked away in Liverpool Street. I call it ‘Longrain-lite’, due in part to the postage stamp sized venue and its menu of Vietnamese and Thai street food. We visited Rice Paper Scissors early on a Saturday night, when it was rammed to the rafters and […]

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