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HOT: Isabella’s at Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

The Yarra Valley is one of the favourite destinations for Melburnians in search of a country drive and I always like to combine a day trip there with a delicious long lunch. On my most recent excursion to Coldstream I visited Isabella’s at stunning Rochfords Wines with an invitation to try their new autumn menu by head chef Ciaran Butler. […]

HOT: Modern Love, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo

Are you heading out of town for the Australia Day long weekend? If you haven’t made plans to escape the city yet then I highly recommend taking a day trip or overnight stay in Bendigo. It’s the last week of Bendigo Art Gallery‘s amazing fashion exhibition, Modern Love , which closes on Sunday 2 February. In […]

HOT: The Plough Inn, 2322 Beechworth-Wangaratta Rd, Tarrawingee

While I’m generally not much of a pub-going person I do like visiting country pubs that specialise in serving up great meals. The Plough Inn in Tarrawingee (20 minutes out of Beechworth) debuted in the 2013 Age Good Food Guide with a 14/20 score and it’s the kind of place that you would happily drive especially to […]

HOT: Coral Lee, 8 Barnard St, Bright

Coral Lee is a cute 50s cafe serving food and coffee in the surrounds of retro collectibles gathered by the owner Sam. The name of the cafe is inspired by the coral colour in the floral wallpaper which lines the back wall as well as the coral coloured paint on the fireplace’s chimney. The ‘Lee’ bit […]

HOT: Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

When in Beechworth, drink beer. Bridge Road Brewers is one of Australia’s most popular craft beer producers and is one of the foodie destinations to visit in Beechworth thanks to their brewery operations in a 150 year old coach house, the kitchen’s famous pizzas and a convivial beer garden which is particularly family-friendly. I was […]

HOT: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd (cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen

So our bout of 30+ degree days is continuing over the weekend. What better excuse to go for a day trip out to the Yarra Valley and indulge in some chocolate and ice cream! Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery is a new foodie destination in the heart of Yarra Glen. The property’s main attraction is a stylish, shaded building […]

Opera in the Vineyards at Domaine Chandon Giveaway!

I don’t know about you but I feel like this winter has really draagggged on. So yay for warmer weather and the beginning of Spring and the coming months of outdoor fun and entertainment! The season starts with the stunning Yarra Valley winery Domaine Chandon hosting the Good Weekend Opera in the Vineyards on Friday […]

HOT: Long Weekend in Bendigo (Part 2) – Where to Eat

A few weeks ago I visited Bendigo for a long weekend and wrote up my take on things to do in the city. Today is part 2 of my Bendigo trip with notes about where to eat. Firstly thanks to my two sources of Bendigo foodie information – the lovely Melbourne Gastronome who recently took a food and wine […]

HOT: Long Weekend in Bendigo (Part 1) – What to do

Hope you all had a fun and restful long weekend! Did you go anywhere interesting? I was drawn by the rare opportunity to visit the Grace Kelly: Style Icon Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery so we headed to Bendigo for a short break. I’ve only been to Bendigo once before  (in fact, for last year’s […]

La Madre Bakery Giveaway!

Following on from my carb-fest at La Madre Bakery recently I am excited to offer a giveaway of a selection of La Madre‘s new Christmas range! The sweet and savoury treats come presented in a reuseable cookie tin and inside you’ll find a sample of: Vanilla Snowflake Shortbread made from Heilala Vanilla vanilla paste and topped […]

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