HOT: Baker D Chirico, 178 Faraday St, Carlton

Happy Easter! Every year my quest for Melbourne’s best hot cross buns starts the day after Shrove Tuesday. I don’t give anything up for Lent – instead I start eating a lot of fruit and spice bread products. Rather than write a long-winded post about all the good, bad and ugly hot cross buns I’ve […]

HOT: Easter Babycakes by Cupcake Central,Level 2 Melbourne Central Dining Hall, cnr Swanston and Latrobe Sts, Melbourne

I have been a fan of Cupcake Central‘s cupcakes ever since I sampled their wares at an event almost two years ago. In fact, every time I visit Melbourne Central I can’t resist popping into their store for a sweet treat. This week I had another reason to visit – because instead of buying chocolate […]

HOT: Lisa Tomasetti “Behind the Scenes: The Australian Ballet on the International Stage”, James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge St, Collingwood

Dancers have provided inspiration for artists for centuries. I think it’s a dancer’s constant search for the perfect line and form and the potential expressiveness and passion of the human body which fascinates photographers, painters and sculptors. Sydney based artist Lisa Tomasetti currently has a free exhibition of photographs she took for the Australian Ballet […]

HOT: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens & Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

Join the busloads of grannies this weekend and check out the 18th Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which has taken over Carlton Gardens until Sunday 24 March. I have a habit of regularly killing potted herbs (the extent of my gardening) and I enjoyed wondering around the beautiful displays and exhibits of Australia’s biggest flower […]

HOT: Hammer and Tong 412, rear 412 Brunswick St (enter from Westgarth St), Fitzroy

Fitzroy, I can’t keep up with you! I was walking along Brunswick Street a few weeks ago when I noticed that the ill-fated Brix restaurant had been resurrected into a cafe called Hammer & Tong 412 with a vaguely Communist looking logo on its doorstep. I made a mental note to visit and have only had […]

HOT: Kids Under Cover’s 2013 Cubby House Challenge, Melbourne International & Flower Show, Carlton Gardens, Carlton

I think playing in cubby houses is a game universally enjoyed by children and even some adults! Most grown-ups still retain fun memories of building cubby houses under dining tables, in trees and on bunk beds – but the ones I saw at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show are in a whole other league! Five […]

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