HOT: Shocolate, 3/296 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

It appears that Melbourne’s appetite for artisan chocolate just keeps expanding – Shocolate is a shiny new chocolatier that has just opened in my hood, near the corner of Brunswick and Johnston Streets. On a steaming hot Saturday the outdoor tables in the teeny front area where all occupied, but anyway we wanted to escape […]

HOT: Peko Peko, 199 Smith St, Fitzroy

The strip between Johnston and Gertrude Streets on Smith Street is takeaway heaven. Slowly RM and I are taste-testing our way down the street as our workloads increase and cooking-energy levels decrease. Peko Peko is billed as a Japanese cafe and it seems to be a popular local haunt. The small, relaxed place is decorated with […]

HOT: Migo’s, 289 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

I normally bring my lunch into work so that I have time to fit in a gym session in my lunch hour. However, when I’m disorganised about my lunch, I tend to use it as an excuse to be disorganised about the gym too. So today, lunch-less, I abandoned my gym gear for the second […]

NOT: The Boys are Back

The Boys are Back is director Scott Hick’s (Shine) latest film about family, fatherhood and boys. The movie is based on ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ the 2001 memoir of The Independent columnist Simon Carr, and it was shot on location in South Australia, turned into an almost unrecognisable romantic landscape of swaying golden […]

HOT: Malaysian Oriental Wok, The Causeway, Melbourne

My Vietnamese friend’s Malaysian friend and the Malaysian friend’s Singaporean friends all agree that Malaysian Oriental Wok serves one of the best Hainanese chicken rice in town. At this strictly no-frills joint, for $9.80 you get a pink plastic plate of rice topped with soy-drizzled chicken, a sprinkle of spring onion, a small dish of spicy sambal and […]

HOT: Grossi Florentino Cellar Bar, 80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

And it’s a…..GOAL! After the disappointing misstep of Grossi Florentino Grill, Guy Grossi’s empire has redeemed itself on this blog by delivering the goods at Grossi Florentino Cellar Bar. The waxed wood interior of the Cellar Bar is a beautiful narrow space straight out of la dolce vita Italy but note that it is really […]

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