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Posted 24 Jan 2015 @ 9:40am


Tell us about the first beer you ever had.
Well, after stealing my Dad's VB as a teenager, I decided I really didn’t like beer, but the rise of craft beers has bought me back to the fold and now I love it.
What about the last beer you had?
I actually had a tasting paddle at Holgate Brewhouse and my favourite was the Mount Macedon Pale Ale, very yummy.

Posted 23 Jan 2015 @ 3:26pm

Celebrate the long weekend with this pavlova/croissant/muffin hybrid.  


The team at Melbourne's first-ever dedicated scroll shop, Eat A Scroll, has combined the fluffiness of a croissant that's filled with passionfruit curd and topped with creamy meringue, more passionfruit curd and a fresh strawberry. The cruffins are available from today January 23 for one week only, with...

Posted 20 Jan 2015 @ 2:51pm

Got a death wish? A little-known burger place in the eastern suburbs wants you to eat this beefy colossus in under 15 minutes. 


Will you just look at this thing? For $50, JDs Burgers in Willsmere Road in Kew will put your stomach on the ropes with this eight pattie, eight bacon rasher, cheesy tower of deliciousness and terror. If you down it in under 15 minutes, it's on the...

Posted 19 Jan 2015 @ 2:15pm

Taking place at Farm Vigano, the first ever Melbourne Tomato Festival will celebrate Italian culture within the Australian narrative. 


Headed by the Grossi Family (Grossi Florentino), the festival will showcase local farmers, agriculturalists, artisan producers, master classes, Italian food, workshops and of course, passata (fresh tomato puree) making. The Melbournese Movement...

Posted 19 Jan 2015 @ 10:21am

Spearheaded by Andy Griffiths (Rum Diary Bar) and Daniel Monk (The Toff in Town, Joe Taylor), G&Tea Gin Garden is set to open its doors in the heart of Fitzroy this Thursday.   


The extensive drinks list will feature a dedicated section on gin and tonic, made with a variety of homemade tonics and garnishes, in addition to cocktails, tap beer, cider and an intriguing wine...

Posted 16 Jan 2015 @ 3:25pm

HopFest is set to once again take over The Alehouse Project for its seventh incarnation. 


This time around HopFest will see 20 of Australia's best breweries showcase their hop-driven beers featuring exclusively one-off events and official beer launches.
The breweries involved this time around include 7 Cent Brewery, Bacchus Brewing Co, Black Dog Brewery, BrewCult...

Posted 16 Jan 2015 @ 10:01am

The third annual Great Australian Beer Festival will feature an entertainment lineup of music from around the world alongside comedy, cabaret and a touch of vaudeville.


The festival is set to feature rhythms of the Caribbean, Australia’s hottest bluegrass bands, a touch of country, indie and Celtic folk, jazz, funk, plus a dose of soul.
Australia’s biggest...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 3:29pm

The first ever commercial Airstream trailer has been converted into a mobile hot dog diner and it's coming to a festival near you.  


Lovingly restored by Pete Vanda, the diner spent its life serving hotdogs all over festivals in the US and was based in New York during the '90s where in 1994 it was serving the people at Woodstock and Lollapalooza festivals. After being...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 3:15pm

A night at the museum just got a whole lot tastier with the announcement of the Immigration Museum's North South Feast West series.


The series will kick off on Sunday January 18 with Chocolate Fest, featuring a chocolate beer garden and some sweet chocolate fare. On Sunday April 19, Chilli Fest will take over, with a bunch of punch-packing chilli dishes from the best street...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 12:24pm

The Fonda crew have added a fourth member to their happy family in Glenferrie Road. 


After a special house-warming party last night with friends, family and other special guests, Fonda Hawthorn is open today for its first day of trading. Executive Chef Gery Lopez has also launched their new summer menu, which includes new taco flavours such as Guajillo chilli pork, portabello...

Posted 14 Jan 2015 @ 2:44pm

Everyone, meet Belleville. Belleville, meet everyone. 


Belleville is the latest project from the folk behind Section 8, Ferdydurke and The B.East, which will be serving up gourmet chicken dishes, beer, wine and spirits, alongside the same type of high quality entertainment we've come to expect from its sister venues. Open from 11am - 1am, Belleville will also be open seven days...

Posted 12 Jan 2015 @ 9:59am

Taking its name from Homer Simpson's pet crustacean, Pinchy's will be serving up handmade lobster subs in Elwood this summer.



The signature sub 'Pinchy Lobster' features chunky lobster, kewpie mayo, ground cumin, hot paprika, chopped chives and Himalayan salt on a warm brioche roll, served with crisps, pickle and a granita. Also on the menu are Moreton Bay Bug...

Posted 9 Jan 2015 @ 4:33pm

The Toff In Town, Boney, Cookie and Revolver Upstairs are set to welcome a new member to the family, with new restaurant Magic Mountain Saloon set to open next week.


Magic Mountain Saloon is the fifth collaboration between owner Camillo Ippoliti and chef Karen Batson. The restaurant will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that blends Thai and Australian flavours...

Posted 9 Jan 2015 @ 12:13pm

The Queen Victoria Market will be taken over by mouthwatering meaty goodness when the Melbourne Barbecue Festival kicks off this summer.


The festival will feature stalls and food trucks from some of Melbourne's finest barbecue cooks, including Smokin' Barrys, Silver Creek Smokers, Bluebonnet Barbecue, Red Gum BBQ, Burn City Smokers, Hoy Pinoy and Zapata's Kitchen. The festival...

Posted 7 Jan 2015 @ 12:02pm

PB & J gelato? Dex2rose has got it and many, many more tantalizing flavours.


Calling on nitrogen to create its unique selection of flavours, the shop has opened its doors just in time for the summer holidays. Some of the flavours currently on offer include PB & J (peanut butter gelato topped with goober grape jelly), Cookie Dookie (Fior Di Latte with chewy choc chip...

Posted 19 Dec 2014 @ 3:46pm

Back for another year, the Food Truck Festival will see some of Melbourne's favourite food trucks roll into the Coburg Drive-In during January and February.


During the festival, moviegoers will have the chance to dine on some of the best food truck offerings in Melbourne as they watch the latest summer releases, including American Sniper, Big Hero 6, Taken 3 and The Hobbit: The...

Posted 19 Dec 2014 @ 10:55am

One of Melbourne's favourite food trucks, Mr Burger, will open their permanent Brunswick Street store this weekend.


To celebrate the opening, the store will be dishing out free burgers throughout the day. Customers can choose between a free Mr Burger or Mr Veg, with a range of sides – including the store's famous 'trucker fries' – available for purchase. 

Posted 18 Dec 2014 @ 5:03pm

A food truck heaven is coming to the northside. 


Mr Burger co-owner Daragh Kan is transforming the vacant concrete lot at 520 High St (on the border of Northcote/Thornbury) into a food truck park and bar. The al fresco space will be named Welcome To Thornbury, and will be able to accomodate at least four trucks at once, ranging from burgers to burritos, Chinese to Mexican, and...

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 11:37am

Sunday seshes just got a whole lot cooler with the announcement that the Adelphi Hotel has opened its rooftop pool bar for the summer. 


Open from December until March, the Flinders Lane rooftop will host a barbecue and pop up pool bar featuring a range of specially curated retro cocktails like the 'Adelphi Wallbanger,' 'Nice Melons' and 'No Sex on the Pool Deck.' 

Posted 5 Dec 2014 @ 2:20pm

Sugar Mountain have revealed the specially curated food and bar offerings for 2015, featuring no food chains and all local vendors.


Punters will be able to chow down on a unique variety of Melbourne's best selections while watching the likes of Nas, Ariel Pink, Odesza, Kim Gordon, SWANS, Twerps and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. Food partners include Hammer & Tong,...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 6:36pm

When a restaurant receives a One Hat rating from the coveted Good Food Guide, the conception is, generally, that it’s stuffy and expensive. Executive Chef and general manager of The Town Hall Hotel Harry Lilai wants very much to debunk that assumption and make sublime bar food accessible to foodies and non-foodies alike.  


“People think that because it’s a One Hat restaurant...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 6:34pm

Dani Zeini looks exhausted, and it’s no surprise. Since opening his new burger joint, Grand Trailer Park Taverna last week, lines, even at lunch time, have been consistently out the door and around the corner.


It’s a bit of a change of pace from his family-operated and acclaimed Dandenong Pavilion. Spearheading the gentrification of the area, Dandenong Pavilion has for eight...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 6:31pm

Ice cream’s nostalgic for a lot of people, what special place does it hold for you?
It holds special childhood memories of my mother and I making kulfi ice-cream as a treat during the sweltering summer days. We would prepare and mix all the ingredients together and I was given the important task of pouring the mixture into the ice-cube trays. My impatient brother and I would continuously...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 6:30pm


You guys seem pretty new on the market, how long have you been operating?
We’re really new, we’ve been operating for a few months now at a couple of events but have had plenty of experience at creating and eating dogs.
What makes Franklins the best dogs in town?
Franklins’ dogs are the best in town because we make all our toppings from scratch with authentic...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 6:28pm


What’s the process involved for cooking Paella?
The main part of it is getting yourself the onions and capsicum, but the real magic comes from the Mojo – saffron and sweet paprika. That’s the real Canary Island way of doing it. It takes 45 minutes to an hour.
How long have you been cooking it?
I’ve been doing it for about six years; I started doing big paella...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 5:25pm

Next February 5,000 fruit-chucking fanatics will descend on the Flemington Racecourse to fling 300,000 pounds of roma tomatoes at one another. Seriously.


Tomato Battle will make its debut in Melbourne next year, and marries the traditions of Spain’s La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany’s Oktoberfest. 
Alongside the torrential tomato tossing, there will...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 2:02pm

The anticipation for the fifth Coburg Night Market is building, so we’ve taken the opportunity to get to know some of the vendors you’ll likely be emptying your wallets for come Friday November 28. Jade Anderson of Wawa Chocolate makes chocolate, and Sarah Fitzpatrick of Assembly Design designs the packaging. The pair sat down with us to talk about their collaborative journey before their...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 2:00pm


So, where does your ginger ale come from?
Our ginger ale is artisan crafted in Brooklyn, New York. Made in small batches using 100% fresh ginger, it’s commercially carbonated so it’s not alcoholic.
What beneficial properties does ginger have?
Medicinal benefits of ginger have been known for more than 2,000 years. It’s a rich source of antioxidants, has anti-...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 3:54pm


How would you describe the food of Argentina?
Argentina is well known for the Parrillada o Asado: a gargantuan grill of local cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and chorizo. I met my first vegetarian in the late ‘80’s.
What are the main ingredients of Argentinean cuisine?
Beef. We cook all parts of the animal. Chimichurri, the Argentinean magic flavour, is the sauce...

Posted 12 Nov 2014 @ 3:22pm

Following the recent success of the inaugural Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival, the drive-in will now host some of Melbourne's finest food trucks multiple nights each month. 


Moviegoers will have the chance to choose from some of Melbourne's favourite food trucks while Interstellar, Let's Be Cops, John Wick, Gone Girl and Hunger Games: Mockingjay show across the drive-in's...