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NOT: Authentic Thai Taste, 92-94 Johnston St, Collingwood

Authentic Thai Taste is renowned for being one of the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne – the full house of Thai people on a weeknight is evidence of that. So where did we go wrong? We’ve had two attempts at weekday takeway from Authentic Thai Taste now and neither of the experiences have really encouraged […]

HOT: Auction Rooms, 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne

Auction Rooms is a casual cafe/restaurant set inside the old WB Ellis auction house in North Melbourne. In fact, the long wooden floorboards, exposed beams, distressed brickwork and high ceilings hoisting a series of whirring fans reminded me a lot of the interior of an airy Queenslander home. It seems like the kind of place […]

HOT: Tony Wheeler, The Hive, Collins Quarter, 86A Collins St, Melbourne

The Hive closed off 2009 with a bang as  Tony Wheeler addressed over 200 eager listeners with the story of his journey and his passions as one of the founders of Lonely Planet. In fact, interest was so huge that the event had to be moved to bigger premises at Collins Quarter. Tony was a […]

HOT: Thread Den Market, Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne

I LOVE markets. I will even travel across town for an hour on public transport on a Sunday morning to get to a market if it’s being organised by the lovely ladies of Thread Den. I’ve written about sewing lounge Thread Den before, and they’ve now have expanded their little empire to encompass an occasional […]

HOT: O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel, 407 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

After a brief wander through the South Melbourne Night Markets, C and I found ourselves in a South Melbourne black hole. Both of us were familiar with daytime cafes in the area, but where to go for dinner? Fortunately, we remembered the gastropub O’Connell’s. This beautifully restored pub is in a quiet residential area of […]

HOT: Berlei Bus, Federation Square, Melbourne

Have you noticed the big red inflatable bra at Federation Square? Ladies, this one’s for you. Berlei has wheeled their plush red Berlei Bus to Federation Square to provide free bra fittings for all of us crippled with back pain, shoulder pain, rubbing and red raw indents in our skin. Helpful matronly types helped me […]

HOT: Brunetti, 214 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Given the heatwave that we’ve been experiencing in Melbourne lately, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to eat icecream for lunch. Scooping gelati under the shade of a big umbrella makes me feel like I’m on holiday! Brunetti in City Square is perfectly located for a working icecream lunch. The small counter has a selection of […]

HOT: Beautiful Losers, Anode 2009, Speakeasy Cinema, 1000 £ Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Beautiful Losers begins with an amusing introduction by two middle aged men in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge: “Hello Melbourne! Hope you enjoy the film. We brought cocaine!” Who are these people? You wonder. They look like two ordinary, non-descript guys, the kind you see down at the hardware store in the suburbs. Aaron […]

HOT: Speakeasy Cinema, 1000 £ Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Speakeasy Cinema is one of the newest cinema experiences in Melbourne and I loved its hip, low-fi aesthetic. A ramshackle collection of mismatched chairs. Nostalgic lolly bags and ice creams for sale. Milk crates to steady your drinks. The whole experience made me feel like I was going at an underground film event crossed with […]

HOT: Tour of the Obsure, Church Street Enoteca, 527 Church St, Richmond

One-hat Church Street Enoteca is one of the more notable Italian restaurants in Melbourne’s inner city, so I was very excited when Ron O’Bryan, the head chef at Church Street Enoteca, offered myself and other bloggers (My Food Trail, Melbourne Gastronome, Tammi Jonas and Cooking with Goths) the opportunity to join other food lovers in […]


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