HOT: La Parisienne Pates, 290 Lygon St, Carlton

In the middle of Italianate Lygon Street is a Francophile foodie paradise. Charcuterie La Parisienne Pates is a white, bright storefront housing a long refrigerated counter full of smallgoods made by the owner/charcutier Stephane Langois. The shelves are also groaning with stocks of French food items like mustard, vinegars, jams and teas. There is a […]

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2011

The results of The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2011 were announced today and I’m glad to see that some of my favourites have made it along with some new names that I’m keen to try out! Best Coffee – Seven Seeds, Carlton. Guess I’ll have to rope along my coffee-drinking friends to try it […]

HOT: Eat Drink Man Woman, 413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

On the site of the much maligned Retro cafe on Brunswick Street is a new project from Daniel Schelbert, the short-lived head chef from Hare & Grace. The dingy saggy couches and stained ripped vinyl chairs have been replaced with sleek marine palate of black, cream, gold and blue. The expansive space is dominated by […]

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

The Australian Ballet‘s latest production for its Melbourne-only winter season is a double bill entitled Elegy ‘A meditation on Bach, beauty and the great beyond’. The company’s resident choreographer (and former company dancer) Stephen Baynes has devised two works inspired by Faure’s Requiem and various Bach pieces. Both show a similar aesthetic style – clean […]

HOT: Fly Me To the Moon, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Palais Theatre, St Kilda

The 2011 Melbourne International Jazz Festival kicked off at the glamorous Palais Theatre with an opening night of jazz standards reinterpreted by a group of not-your-usual jazz vocalists – Tex Perkins, Paris Wells, Eddie Perfect and Kimbra. The four singers rotated two or three songs over two acts, accompanied by the impressively tight Sam Keevers […]

HOT: The Art of the Brick, Federation Square, Melbourne

For a grown woman, I get inordinately excited by Lego. Witness me lining up whilst 8 months pregnant to get into Brickvention, Australia’s premier Lego fan convention. So as quickly as you can say ‘Lego Technic’ I hit the purchase button for tickets to The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of large-scale Lego sculptures […]

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