HOT: Fresh Generation, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

You’re probably looking at the photo and thinking ‘Jetsetting Joyce has completely lost her mind now – she’s paid $30 for a lump of dirt and some rice in a plastic container’. Well, maybe. Even since our dinner at Cafe Vue, RM and I have been rhapsodising about the toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich with […]

HOT: London and American Supply Stores, 483-485 Elizabeth St, Melb

My god daughter is a little girl after my heart. She’s got blonde curls, big blue eyes, is generous with hugs and sings ‘You are my sunshine’ to me. Even better, she loves making and eating (chocolate) cake. Which is why I just had to buy this adorable ‘Little Helper Set’ from London and American […]

HOT: Nam Loong, 223 Russell St, Melbourne

The best steamed buns in town (even better than Shark Fin House) come from Nam Loong. The location is not the most salubrious (next to Club X) and I wouldn’t choose to sit down for a meal in their dank greasy-spoon dining room, but as long you don’t venture past the glass case of steamed […]

HOT: Longrain, 44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

My top three restaurant pet hates are: double sittings – you’re either eating really early, or really late. And most likely spending a large sum of money for the privilege of being kicked off your table or having to top up your energy reserves with pre-dinner and then feeling too bloated for sleep; no reservations […]

HOT: Tessuti Fabrics, 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Sydney’s venerable fabric shop Tessuti Fabrics have recently opened their first Melbourne store in amongst the galleries, artisans and designer ateliers of Flinders Lane. It’s a light and airy space containing a rainbow spectrum of fabrics, buttons, threads and finishings on every wall, plus an inviting wooden table piled with further inspiration in the form […]

HOT: Fitzroy Nursery, 390 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Joycey, Joycey, quite contrary, has does your garden grow? With a little bit of help from Fitzroy Nursery, my (ever-increasing) collection of twenty-five balcony pots have been happily providing my kitchen with fragrant herbs and crisp salad leaves, even during the frosty winter months. While the small plant punnets ($4.95) are not as cheap as […]

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