HOT: Salvos Store, 81 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford

I know, I know, I’m becoming obsessed with charity stores and cheap glassware. But how could I resist when I cycled past what appeared to be the Salvos Store flagship? Endless rooms and shelves and racks of mustiness and potential treasure! And treasure I did find: large swathes of fabric remnants, useful as jar covers […]

Ask the Doctor: Best Peking duck

Help me Doctor!: I have a craving for Peking Duck. Which restaurant does the best duck in Melbourne? – Michael S Your prescription: Rumour has it that the best Peking Duck can be found at Old Kingdom, 197 Smith St Fitzroy. Other Peking Duck establishments include: Flower Drum, 17 Market Lane, Melbourne (very nice, very expensive) and the […]

Ask the Doctor: Great breakfasts close to the city

Help me Doctor!: can you recommend a cafe close to city which does great breakfasts? (i m taking my ex boss and his wife out on sunday! – so funky but not too funky if you know what i mean!) – Andrea F Your prescription: More information needed! Which side of the inner city do you […]

Ask the Doctor: Milliner for wedding hat

Help me Doctor!: ‘…Let me know if you hear of a good miliner/veil person, I think I’d really  like an interesting little hat/veil thing for my wedding.’ – Jenny T Your prescription: Melissa Jackson, 195 Gertrude St, Fitzroy does some fantastic millinery. Not your Toorak ladies-who-lunch styles at all. Otherwise, I suggest vintage clothing stores for little […]

HOT: Telegramstop

Today I’ve been channelling my inner Swedish housewife by baking some cinnamon buns and walnut and sultana bread. As I haven’t managed to leave the house yet (it’s so warm and smells so good!), I thought I’d write an overdue HOT about Telegramstop. Everyone’s communicating via the electronic world these days. I confess that I […]

NOT: Degraves Espresso Bar, 23 Degraves St, Melbourne

Blind dates are always a risky endeavour. But I’ve always had good luck forming close friendships when my friends set me up with their friends, and even once managed to sustain a two year relationship as a result of a blind friend date. So when Matchmaker friend H suggested that J and I meet A […]

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