HOT: The Epicurean Red Hill, 165 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South

Red Hill Epicurean is a large gourmet food destination focusing on the Mornington Peninsula’s producers and vineyards and it’s a must-do if you love good food and wine. The site spans two venues – the spectacular atrium ‘The Shed’ housed in the former Red Hill Cool Store and framed by large timber columns from an old […]

HOT: Main Ridge Dairy, 295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula

Main Ridge Dairy is an artisan goats cheese factory and farm in Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula. Pretty goats greet you, both in sculptural and real form, as you take the steps down to the architect award-winning farm building. It houses the working processing facilities and cheesery, a small cafe and gift store. The building’s floor […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s many restaurants, including Cafe […]

HOT: Olivigna, 54-56 Brumbys Road, Warrandyte South

Love the idea of sunning yourself in Tuscany but can’t afford the airfare? Believe it or not, a little bit of Italy can be found at Olivigna at Warrandyte South, just 30 minutes from Melbourne. Drive up to Olivigna, surrounded by tall cypress trees, and it’s like driving up towards the Tuscan hills. The 20 […]

HOT: Hot Chocolate Festival, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen

This recent icy cold weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in cups of hot chocolate! Throughout August the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is hosting a Hot Chocolate Festival with 31 limited edition flavours of hot chocolates being served. Every week there will be 8 flavours on rotation and I was invited to try their week 1 […]

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. […]

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