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HOT: Ika8, Footscray

Get kraken Melbourne; I’m not squidding! Footscray has a new street food squid restaurant called Ika8! The bolthole store is squished between ChaTime and Footscray Market, across the road from Footscray train station at Irving Street. Ika8 is the brainchild of a group of young second-generation Asian immigrants with roots in Melbourne’s west. Their mission […]

KaBloom Flower Festival at Tesselaar Flower Farm – Giveaway!

  This Easter and Autumn school holidays celebrate the carnival of colour at Tesselaar’s new KaBloom, Festival of Flowers held from Friday 30 March 30 to Sunday 15 April  2018. It’s like the fabulous Tesselaar Tulip Festival – but with different flowers! KaBloom will be an explosion of colour in nature, with waves of over […]

HOT: QV Cinema Flick/Fest, QV Square, Level 2 QV Melbourne, cnr Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, Melbourne

QV Cinema or Flick/Fest is a silent outdoor deckchair cinema returning to QV Melbourne for 2018 for a summer of movie fun. From now until Saturday 31 March 2018 QV Cinema is showing a series of themed screenings including curated by Gus Berger of Blow Up Cinema. The program includes old favourites and family-friendly flicks on a pop […]

HOT: The Clarke Sisters Tea Party, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne

The glamourous Melbourne CBD hotel InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is launching an equally glamourous high tea experience from Saturday 3 March called ‘The Clarke Sisters Tea Party’. The afternoon tea is named after the high society Clarke sisters who both married Patrick McCaughan who commissioned the original Rialto building. I am invited to a media preview of […]

HOT: Heart of Hall, 17 Hall St, Newport

Heart of Hall Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and food and kitchenware store for westsiders. I love the decor and colour scheme, with cobalt blue walls highlighting the white-and-wood Scandi chic aesthetic. The gold bar on the coffee bench is a glamorous finishing touch. Heart of Hall services […]

HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel thanks to new owners Anthony Hammond (co-owner of the excellent Builders Arms in Fitzroy) with business partner Nick Carter plus Anthony’s wife Jo deFina. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s […]

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