TOT: Lady Melville Cafe and Courtyard, 227 Melville Rd, Brunswick West

Lady Melville is a cutie patootie family-run cafe in a rather dour strip of Brunswick West. The venue is rather deceptive, as the sunny front room leads out into long, narrow and split-level establishment. Starting at the back there’s a rear entrance via Bakers Parade which leads into a sunny courtyard. On the fake grass under […]

HOT: Code Black Howard Street, 119 Howard St, North Melbourne

Code Black Coffee is a cafe and specialty coffee roaster in Brunswick who have opened up a second outpost in Howard Street North Melbourne. Like the original location the Code Black Howard Street roasts its own coffee but the roasting machine is really more for decorative purposes as most of the coffee is still roasted […]

Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught – Giveaway!

Are you a LEGO family? I am! So I’m excited that for the first time ever Ryan “Brick Man” McNaught, one of only twelve LEGO Certified Professionals in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, will exhibit his remarkable collection of over 50 original LEGO works at the Brick Man Experience – […]

HOT: Ovest, 572 Barkly St, West Footscray

Hooray! Good pizza arrives in Barkly Street West Footscray thanks to Ovest (which means ‘west’ in Italian but also unfortunately clashes with the name of the Footscray Hospital cafeteria and a vaginal cream!). Ovest is a project of passionate westies Alex Rogers of Seddon’s Sourdough Kitchen, and Ben Sisley, the former head chef at St Kilda […]

HOT: Sir Charles, 121 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Sir Charles Fitzroy is the latest venture by the folks behind Axil Coffee Roasters and built on the site of the the former Beans and Bagels. Having been a customer at the previous establishment I am in awe of the transformation. Goodbye dated, dimly lit cafe, hello to light, blonde wood, pastel accents and copper stools. Oooh those copper […]

FREE Food Tours of Melbourne’s West – with me!

Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here). New tours are available for booking from today. I will be leading a cycling tour with The Squeaky Wheel to discover some of the Westside’s […]

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