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HOT: Melbourne Now, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

If you haven’t heard of or visited Melbourne Now yet, get out from under your rock! Melbourne Now is the National Gallery of Victoria’s most ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition every and it celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice of creative Melbourne. There are so many exhibits, performances, workshops and activities to explore it […]

HOT: Southgate Signature Dishes for Good Food Month, The Deck and Miyako, Southgate, Southbank

During Good Food Month the restaurants that make up the Southgate precinct are showcasing their signature dishes from 1-30 November. The dishes range from steak to scallops, from $20 to $35, so there’s something to suit everyone. You could even try a dish from one restaurant then move onto the next venue in a DIY progressive lunch or dinner! […]

HOT: Vanguard, The Australian Ballet, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Every year The Australian Ballet features a triple bill of shorter ballet works in its repertoire and this year they present ‘Vanguard‘ – three contemporary works from ballet’s game-changers George Balanchine, Jiri Kylián and Wayne McGregor. I always enjoy the triple bills because they give me a chance to dip into works from different choreographers and they […]

HOT: Bistro Guillaume, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

With Bistro Guillaume well-known Sydney-based French chef Guillaume Brahimi brings his excellent reputation to Crown Melbourne on the site which formerly housed Philippe Mouchel’s The Brasserie. The more fine-dining aspect of The Brasserie (starched white tablecloths, sleek lighting and besuited waiters) has been stripped back to a more casual, neighbourhood bistro feel for Bistro Guillaume. So the […]

HOT: Persimmon, Ground Level NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

I have to admit that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to gallery or concert hall restaurants. I feel that when a building’s main purpose is not to be a restaurant then there’s no real incentive to serve good food. Add to that the fact that they are  catering for a captive audience of hungry […]

HOT: Don Quixote, The Australian Ballet, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The Australian Ballet opens its 2013 season with a classic ballet from the company’s repertoire – Don Quixote, as interpreted by Rudolf Nureyev for The Australian Ballet back in 1970. Though I’ve been going to the ballet for decades, for whatever reason Don Quixote has passed me by until now so I had to brush up on the […]

HOT: La Terre Sucree High Tea, The Tea Room, Level 1 NGV International,180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

It’s my third post in as many days about scones! What can I say, I have a sweet tooth :–) As part of this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival The Tea Room at NGV International is holding a special high tea called La Terre Sucree (The Sweet Earth) with food inspired by the festival’s theme […]

HOT: Sweet Envy High Tea, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013, Aria Bar & Lounge, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank

The Langham Melbourne’s afternoon tea is one of my favourite Melbourne food experiences, so I was curious to discover how their limited edition Sweet Envy Afternoon Tea service for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival would compare. Sweet Envy is a patisserie and cake shop in Hobart and owner Alistair Wise worked as a pastry chef […]

HOT: Sake Restaurant and Bar, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

I visit the Arts Centre Melbourne reasonably frequently and so I’m always on the lookout for great pre and post-theatre dining options in the vicinity. I think I’ve alighted on a new favourite. Sake Restaurant and Bar, a fusion Japanese restaurant and bar originally hailing from Sydney (and with a Brisbane outpost too), launched last […]

HOT: Ballet & Fashion, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

As soon as I found out about NGV’s latest fashion exhibition ‘Ballet & Fashion‘ I knew I had to visit. I love ballet, I love ballet costumes and I love fashion, and I was curious to see what kind of items they had on display. Given the number of fashion designers who have collaborated with […]

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