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by noreply@blogger.com (e d b m) @ Eat Drink & Be Merry. Food, Travel and Photography in Los Angeles and Beyond.


Here's 5:50 mins of pure food. The food alone at the Fuji Rock Festival is worth the trip. Simply press mute when the high-pitched, nasal-voiced people get on your nerves. Enjoy.

The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

The city has come alive this week because, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that the Australian Open is in full swing. What's upppp Federer! 

Melbourne has taken the opportunity to step up its food game. Probably to show Sydney how it's done. (Uh, yeah we just dropped that.) Check it out for yourself, here’s all the foodie news you missed this week. 

You better get yourself a Lona members card, coz they're offers wallet-approving food and drink deals all week. It’s a no-fuss membership signup too, check it out.

Eat, drink and water taxi your way to the Australian Open. Pure South Bar and Kitchen is offering epic meal packages so you can have a full belly before watching fit people do active things. Includes a water taxi to Rod Laver too. 

On that note, why don’t you grab an Australian Open themed burger, complete with a tennis ball bun #nomz

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club will be launching Sunday Spritz sessions from 21 January. They’re serving FIVE different varieties, so pencil in a solid afternoon sesh. YUM.

Speaking of spritz, Melbourne’s only Club Aperol is now open at Riverland. Until 19 February, Aperol spritzes will be available in glasses ($12) and jugs ($45). Yeah, we said jugs.

Piccolina Gelateria just added a bunch of new flavours to the menu, including mascarpone & fig jam, lychee & passionfruit, banana, chocolate & peanut croccante. Drooling? Us too. 

FYI: One of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants, IDES is now open for lunch on Saturday and Sundays, 12-2pm. Check out the latest menu!

Arbory Afloat, the waterfront eatery and beer garden, announced that it's extending its summer vibes till 30 April. Head down for the Australian Open to watch Federer snag another title on the big screen. 

Australia’s first ever Vegemite burger landed, and it definitely doesn’t sound as bad as last year’s Vegemite ice-cream. What were they thinking?!   

Churro snack packs are now a thing in Melbourne, and we're ordering more than our bellies can handle.

ICYMI: We laid out 5 new Melbourne cafes you need to visit in 2018. You’re welcome.

We asked a Canadian where to find the best poutine, and you’re going to need to book a flight to North America to try this pile of deliciousness.

Are you one of these 7 people we can't stand at the Australian Open? Be Honest. 

Image credit: Michelle Jarni | P.S. Bar & Kitchen 

The BIG design market

The BIG design market

by DelJer @

Christmas is around the corner and soon we will be jumping around, queuing, trying to find creative ideas to please our friends and family. Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of malls and shopping centres during the festive season? The Big design market is your go-to market. Held in the iconic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, this three-day shopping event features independent designers, creative workshops and local food and drink and is the perfect opportunity to find gifts. You will also be able to attend various workshops and customise a pair of Japanese slippers with textile artist Cat Rabbit, learn how to care for indoor plants from The Plant Society and get tips on printing and portrait drawing from Melbourne artists. Workshops cost between $25 and $40. No idea what to get, you can purchase a Designer showbags, valued $175, for a bargain price of $30. Be fast! As only a limited number are available. The wares inside will be from a range of designers including Georgia Perry, Kleins Perfumery and Little Veggie Patch Co. When: Friday 1st December: …

Food Trucks At CBCo - Colonial Brewery Co

Food Trucks At CBCo - Colonial Brewery Co


Colonial Brewery Co

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Wineries That You Can Crash At After A Few Savvy B’s

Wineries That You Can Crash At After A Few Savvy B’s

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Wine tours are fun, but they’re less fun for the DD. Someone’s gotta be the responsible one, right? Well not at these places. These are wineries that double as hotels. No need for buses, designated drivers, or spitting into silver buckets. You can guzzle pinot and Savvy B’s to your heart’s content, then crash upstairs in a double bedroom with vineyard views.

Here are our favourite wineries with accommodation in Victoria.

Grapevine Glamping | Cofield

Wahgunya

It’s a nice image, right? Glass of Cofield Quartz Shiraz in one hand, good book in the other, kicking back in your own luxury bell tent surrounded by nature stuff. That’s what’s on offer at this boutique Rutherglen winery. They call it ‘Grapevine Glamping’. Pro tip: grab brunch at the Pickled Sisters Cafe.

Villas & Vines | Polperro Winery

Red Hill

Polperro is a working, 25-acre winery, tucked among the trees at Red Hill. A few years ago they built a series of luxury private villas. You get a complimentary brekky, a deck with vineyard views, roaring fires and your own personal spa. Ask the concierge about dining packages, and discounts for the nearby Peninsula Hot Springs.

Designer Luxe | Jackalope

Merricks North

Jackalope on the Mornington Peninsula has won just about every hotel design award there is in Australia. This isn’t your cute, B&B style accom. It’s more Blade Runner meets The Ritz. Super mod detailing, rain showers, double vanities, custom-made bath products—spend a bit more and you even get a deep-soak Japanese bathtub.

Vineyard Suites | Lindenderry Red Hill

Red Hill

After a day sipping vino at Red Hill cellar doors, this is probably the place you want to rest your head. Luxury Travel Magazine voted Lindenderry one of the most romantic hotels in Australia. We recommend a Balcony Suite or the Vineyard om, and make sure to order a hand-packed picnic basket.

Mornington Views | Port Phillip Estate

Red Hill South

Port Phillip has a renowned cellar door and six luxury suites, if you want to spend the night. Expect fancy flourishes like eggshell tubs, Missoni bathrobes and Aesop products in the bathroom (that’s when you know a place is luxe). Our tip? Wait till winter. They run discount romance packages during the colder months.

Private Lakeside Villas | Crittenden Estate

Dromana

These are pretty special. Crittenden Estate has built three luxury private villas, each of which sits over a tranquil lake. You can fall asleep to the sounds of water lapping outside your window, then wake up to a handmade breakfast hamper, stuffed with local eggs, bacon, tomatoes, Red Hill Muesli, bread, condiments and local Delgrosso apple juice.

Old-School Estate | Chateau Yering Hotel

Yarra Glen

There’s no school like the old school, right? Well about an hour out of the CBD, there’s a vineyard that looks like it’s been time-warped straight out of the 19th century. Chateau Yering sits on a 250-acre estate, and it’s got 32 suites which can only be described as ‘regal’. If you’ve seen the movie Marie Antoinette, you’ll know what you’re in for.

1920s Homestead | Oakdene

Wallington

There’s only three rooms at Oakdene winery, but they’re going for quality over quantity. Each one comes with breakfast at Mr Grubb (the vineyard’s cafe) and some pretty sweet views. Make sure you spend an afternoon at Oakdene’s ‘Upside-Down’ cellar door. Their Shiraz is pretty awesome.

Cute Cottages | Toms Cap

Willung South

You probably haven’t heard of Toms Cap. It’s a tiny little vineyard in central Gippsland, surrounded by the Strezlecki Ranges, the ninety-mile beach at Woodside and the stunning Tarra Bulga national park. Take your pick from four secluded timber-built cottages. They’re simple, but super cute.

Gourmet Escape | Lindenwarrah At Milawa

Milawa

Love this place. Lindenwarrah is a tranquil country house, deep in Victoria’s high country, surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the state (not to mention the best food). Set up camp in one of the beautiful suites, and spend your days drinking at Brown Brothers nextdoor, or stocking up at the Milawa Cheese Factory.

Spa & Shiraz | Balgownie Estate

Yarra Glen

Private spa baths overlooking the Yarra Valley? This place has got Valentine’s Day written all over it. Start with a trip to the famous Balgownie Cellar Door (the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Shiraz are standouts), then chillax in your private suite, with views over the winelands.

Luxury On The Murray | Cape Horn Vineyard

Echuca

Cape Horn recently built a two-story, five-bedroom vineyard villa complex, and it’s looking pretty sweet. The private suites are all beautifully appointed, but it’s really the setting and the Murray River views that set this place apart. Keep an eye out for live acoustic sessions on the lawn.

Can't get away? We tracked down the cheapest wines in Melbourne that are actually good

Image credit: Jackalope 

The Queen Vic Brazilian Festival Is Back Next Month

The Queen Vic Brazilian Festival Is Back Next Month

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Here's some news to cheer you up, Melbourne: the Queen Vic Market market is bringing back its epic Brazilian festival in February.

This thing launched late last year, and it was actually the city’s first ever dedicated Brazilian festival—surely a massive city council oversight (lift your samba game, Robert Doyle). It’s called VIVA Brazil, and it’ll be running at Queen Vic over the weekend of 24-25 February.

The line-up is still pretty hush hush, but you can expect the usual belly-shaking mix of colourful feathers, samba dancers and Brazilian drummers, capoeira dance battles and epic DJ beats. Last year they also stacked the line-up with some pretty tasty food trucks: think Brazilian BBQ from Cope Food Truck and Copacabana International, plus a bunch of craft stalls and boutique vendors.

Now, where did we put our sequined headdress...swear it was around here somewhere.

THE DETAILS

Where: Queen Victoria Market When: 10am – 3pm Saturday 24 February, 10am – 4pm Sunday 25 February For more info, click here.  

Get around it, people. There's a boozy Harry Potter brunch coming to a secret Melbourne location. 

Image credit: Queen Victoria Market 

Wake Living

by SLR @ Shop Local Raleigh.

Thanks to Wake Living Magazine for sponsoring the Boutique Blowout! Wake Living is a quarterly lifestyle magazine dedicated to covering the topics readers care about. From Hometown Stories and community spotlights to fashion, food, home interiors, and travel, we’ve got Wake County covered. Each issue also covers food and wine, green living, finance and education, […]

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There’s a Giant Ice-Cream Food Truck Fest Coming To Melbourne

There’s a Giant Ice-Cream Food Truck Fest Coming To Melbourne

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Hellooooooo, love handles.

Preston’s new Food Truck Park is planning something pretty epic this month: they’re bringing together all the city’s ice cream related food trucks for one glorious day of creamy binging. Wait, that sounds weird...

Basically, it’s your non-stop dream mix of ice-cream, gelato, waffles, doughnuts, shakes and crepes. All within like 20m of one another. Here’s a little taste of some of the names involved: Bruno Gelato Co, Scrape Rolled Ice Cream, Hanky Adams and Loaded Gourmet Sweets n’ Creams.

The event’s going to run over three days, and entry is 100% free. Pups and pooches welcome, although no word yet on whether doggy ice-cream is on the cards.

Keep your eyes peeled for the full ice-cream line-up. It should be dropping in the next few days.

The Details

Where: The Food Truck Park, 518 High St Preston When: Friday 19 January (5pm – 10pm), Saturday 20 (12pm – 10pm) & Sunday 21 January (12pm – 9pm) For more info, click here

Grab the car keys, Melbourne. The new Gumbuya World theme park is officially open for business. 

Image credit: JC Bonassin

The Food Truck Fiesta

The Food Truck Fiesta

by We Know Melbourne @ food trucks

Measuring last year’s success in smiles and tummy’s full of food, The Food Truck is excited to present an all-inclusive experience celebrating food, drink and local music with family & friends. It’s a fiesta! Last year they saw over 65,000+ attendees at the St Kilda & HIghett events. So this summer they are looking to expand the events and concept throughout Victoria. The team at Food Truck Fiesta are committed to including the community on every level at each event. One of their largest endeavours is to partner with a different charity to raise funds and awareness for various causes throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Pet friendly, vegan options, rides and activities for kids, live entertainment and most importantly, it is community based! Start off your Summer early in November with delicious food and outdoor warm Summer air. Event info: Highett:   2nd to 7th of November ’17 – Sir William Fry Reserve Geelong: 1st – 3rd of December ’17 – Geelong Showgrounds Williamstown: 25th – 28th of January ’18 – Seaworks More information: Check their website.

Preston Food Truck Park

Preston Food Truck Park


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518 High St Preston VIC 3072 Went during the Asian Street Food Weekend. They do different themes on different weeks, see Facebook page. Located across the Nissan Showroom, it’s easily accessi…

The Prince Alfred Is About To Get A Sweet New Rooftop Bar

The Prince Alfred Is About To Get A Sweet New Rooftop Bar

by Greta Waters @ The A List | The Urban List

Good news, Melbourne Uni students. There's gonna be a new place to go and drown your REB exam blues. The Prince Alfred (PA's for short) is getting its very own brand new rooftop bar, and it's brought to you by the legends at the 100 Burgers Group. 

If you've been living under a rock, The Prince Alfred has been a student watering hole since 1926, located a hop, skip and jump from Melbourne University, After shutting its doors in 2015, this iconic institution is set to re-open this Feb. And the plans sound sexy. 

If Melbournians are good at two things, it’s décor revamps and rooftop bars. The new rooftop at Prince Alfred will feature a deep blue palette, copper detailing and vivacious designs. Kind of a modern spin on the classic (royal) pub concept. 

“While the exterior is going to stay the same, the interior has been completely overhauled. We’ve taken inspiration from the Italian influences on Carlton and mixed it up with botanical elements,” says Daragh Kan, founder of the 100 Burgers Group.

The new venue will have a rotating kitchen, serving up our favourite pub meals, and spitting out a fresh menu every month! Special mention goes to Sunday’s bottomless rooftop pancakes

“Having a rotating kitchen allows us to work with up and coming chefs and food operators and give us the opportunity to do some really exciting collaborations,” says Daragh Kan. 

100 Burgers has a pretty impressive resume. They’re the masterminds behind Welcome to ThornburyBelles Hot ChickenMr BurgerHightailMurmur Piano Bar and a bunch of other Melbourne must-eats.

At the moment, all we know is that the new rooftop venue will be open in Feb. Watch this space for all the particulars. 

Speaking of outdoor drinking, Sandringham just got a new gin garden

Image credit: Rexness | Flickr 

Healthy Tuckshop Day 2017 – An Initiative for Future Health!

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The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

How’s that January clean eating cleanse going? Slipped up, did ya? Ah, that’s okay. We did too (obviously).

We hope you slid back into your weekly routine with ease after the holidays. We know you were nose deep with work all week, so take a breather and get updated on all the foodie news you missed.

Heading to the Australian Open? Roll up in style via water taxi down the Yara. Head to BearBrass to grab a breakfast package ($35) or lunch/dinner packages ($55), which includes a set menu, beer, wine or Aperol Spritz & return WaterTaxi Tickets. Sweet. 

On that note, if you haven’t got tickets to the Aus Open, head to Arbory Afloat and watch it in style. They somehow put a big screen on this 50-metre barge and will be screening events from 11am to 1am daily. Don’t you worry, the beer will be flowing.  

Tutto Bene is back at it again with limited edition gelato flavours. This time it’s for Australia Day weekend. Head there on 26 January to cool off and celebrate our glorious nation.

After you inhale a scoop of patriotic gelato, make your way to Caulfield Racecourse to continue Australia Day celebrations at a pop-up pool party. But you may want to leave your bathers at home…

ICYMI: The Chicken Big Mac is back at Maccas for a limited time only. We give you permission to cheat on your clean eating goals for this fast food masterpiece.

There’s a new Korean BBQ spot in town and you can’t miss it. Literally. Its suave architecture sticks out on a street lined with brick buildings. Yes, we said suave. 

FYI: There are a few awesome wine events happening in Melbourne right now, and we think you should hit them up before summer ends (let’s not talk about summer ending).

We checked out the brand new Hellenic Republic in Brighton, and it'll definitely help you stay on track with your #cleaneating goals.

You know when you go to a whiskey bar and make a mental note to buy a bottle of whatever you’re sipping on? Well, we found a whiskey bar that allows you to buy a bottle right off the shelves. 

Whip out the trendy flamingo tube and slather on the sunscreen because Section 8 is launching a beach party in CBD. It's free too, so obvs we'll see you there. 

Hold the phone! St Kilda Fest dropped their 2018 line-up, and we have cleared Sunday 11 February in our diaries. You can bloody well bet we’ll be at this epic FREE event.

Keep that diary out. We spoke to the stars about where you should travel in 2018 according to your zodiac. Kinda jealous of Aries...

Feeling a little lost? It’s probably because you just walk through a giant inflatable labyrinth in Fed Square. On until the end of the month.

Are you seriously telling us that you haven’t been to Uluru yet?! What are you waiting for? Its breathtaking field of light installation has just been extended, so you have time to check it out #fortheInsta.

In case you’ve been living under a rock this week, The Golden Globes were on and everyone wore black.

Alright so now that you’re up to speed, here are 17 FREE things to do this month.

Image credit: Arbory Afloat

Last minute Christmas Shopping

Last minute Christmas Shopping

by We Know Melbourne @

If you haven’t read our Christmas Shopping post, and you think you might be running out of time to buy THE gift this year… Don’t worry, we’ve gathered our favourie Christmas Markets to save you time searching around for a unique gift for the special one. A Night at the Nicholas – The Summer Edition| The Nicholas Building| 7 December Have a drink while you enjoy the views at The Nicholas Building Association. Here you’ll find urban creatives, renowned jewllers are artists and vintage labels, all under a beautifully preserved art deco arcade. Boho Luxe Market – The Christmas Edition| Federation Square| 10 December The name says it all. Find bohemian style clothing, jewllery, candles, artwork, children’s wear and more here! It is a lifestyle event with a festival vibe. There’ll be more than just shopping at Boho Lux Market. Expect Vietnamese food, cupcakes, donuts, fresh juices and… VEGAN BAKERY and CHOCOLATE! Collins Place Design Market| Collins Place| 15 December A boutique Christmas Market present by Creators Assembly and Collins Place. Shop at the Pars End of Collins Street with the Christmas …

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s a new year, and that means a clean slate. This year could be anything, guys. We know you’re already strategically planning where and when to travel, but before you make any destination decisions, let’s see what the stars have to say. Crack open your diary and make room for one of these epic trips in 2018. Because, obviously, if a city is compatible with your zodiac, you have to go there. 

Here’s where you should travel in 2018, based on your zodiac sign. Bon voyage!

Aries

Queenstown, New Zealand

If anyone is going to bungee jump off in Queenstown or go zorbing down the hills of Rotorua, it’s you, Aries. You’re pretty freaking fearless and we can totally see you renting a kombi and road-trippin' your way through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You don’t need much—just some comfortable clothes, your confidence and an optimistic attitude. Oh, and make sure you come back alive.  

Taurus

Utah, USA  

Taurus, fly on over the American Southwest and explore the beautiful and underrated state of Utah. You’ll appreciate that it’s pretty easy to travel through—especially if you visit during April-July for glorious weather and Bucket List adventure out the wazoo. Be sure to check out the mind-boggling beauty of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and Arches National Park. Pro tip: One of the world’s most epic slip ‘n slides opens on an Olympic ski slope during the (American) summer months. If you don’t do it, we will. 

Gemini

Djibouti, Africa

Oh Gemini, we know that you get bored easily. You can’t be bothered seeing another city with the same old H&M’s and Ralph Laurens. So you need somewhere unexplored. You need to go somewhere like Djibouti, a tiny corner of the world in East Africa. Lonely Planet reckons this is the #4 country to visit in 2018. We know you’re intrigued. And good news, there’s plenty to do in Djibouti. Whale shark diving or hike extinct volcanoes? Visit the salt lakes or the canyons?! You’re curious, like George. Go out and explore.

Cancer

Tokyo, Japan

Take your highly imaginative personality onto a plane, then take that plane straight to Japan. You need to let your creativity soar in a country that’s booming with color. Tokyo moves quick, but you can handle it. You, of all people, lurrrrv food, and Japan is the perfect place to stuff your face with all sorts of goodness. So slurp on ramen and nom on REAL sushi. You haven’t had a modern restaurant experience until your meal slips out of a machine #onlyinjapan.

Leo

Cape Town, South Africa  

Leo, you might not like taking holidays, but if you muster up a speck of wanderlust you're going to go somewhere that’s worth your time. And in 2018, it’s South Africa. (And no, not just ‘cause your star sign is a lion). You’re energetic, fearless and up for anything. Shark cage dive with Great Whites, visit the duck army winery and go on a safari. Simba wants to meet you.  

Virgo

Toronto, Canada

Virgo, step away from the office and onto a plane to Canada. You need a break! Toronto is calling your name. It’s a clean and artsy city, and Drake is from there—so, like, yeah. Go to the top of the CN Tower and splurge on a meal at the revolving restaurant. The city is thriving with music and art, so why don’t you exercise the right side of your analytical brain and let loose. Pro tip: if you can, catch a Raptor game in Jurassic Park (just Google it). 

Libra

Cinque Terre, Italy

Libra, you of all people know that balance equals a lot of walking plus heaps of pizza. That’s why you should go to the Cinque Terre in 2018. Being around friendly and freakishly attractive Italians meshes well with your gracious and social attitude. You like sharing and bringing balance to your surroundings, so gather some peeps and enjoy delicious antipasto and vino, plus a few clifftop hikes. 

Scorpio

Lahaul, India

ALLLL the way in the tip-top corner of India is the remote region of Lahaul and Spiti. If you haven’t heard of this place, look it up. Bet you didn’t think it would look like that! Small villages, large mountains, medieval monasteries and brilliant blue lake water is practically untouched by mass tourism, according to Lonely Planet. Use your resourcefulness to your advantage and navigate your way through this part of the world in 2018. There will be language barriers, exotic food and vibrant culture. Good thing you're up for a challenge, right? 

Sagittarius

Santiago, Chile  

Gear up for an adventure, Sag! You need to visit Lonely Planet’s number one destination of 2018: Chile! This is the year to do it, because the country is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence, so there will be plenty of festivities to go around, especially in its capital, Santiago. Seriously, this country will keep you on your toes. You can explore one of the driest deserts on earth or freeze your butt off navigating your way through the glacial fields. Raise a glass of pisco sour and let’s go!

Capricorn

Mykonos, Greece

Turn off your emails and give your never-ending to-do list a break. It’s time to let loose in Greece, Capricorn! This country provides a great combination of history, relaxing on the beach and partying till the sun comes up (especially on Mykonos—AMIRIGHT?). Take a load off and come back to the office with an envious Mediterranean tan. You deserve it.  

Aquarius

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aquarius, you’re a humanitarian, and San Juan needs your help. It got hit hard by Hurricane Maria and tourism will only help the country move forward. Go to San Juan in 2018 and explore this beautiful, Caribbean island. Hang out with the locals, eat your weight in Arroz con dulce and dance the night away in one of the crazy-good nightclubs. Heck, we’ll come with you. 

Pisces

Seville, Spain

Get out of bed and put on your dancing shoes, Pisces, it’s time to do the flamenco around Seville. Good thing you're go-with-the-flow (like most Spaniards) because it will be easy for you to make friends here. At home, you like your alone time, so why not challenge yourself and make this a solo trip. Meet people (maybe the love of our life), dance, eat good food and admire Seville's beautiful architecture. Let loose, Pisces, you gentle thing.

Now that you know where to go in 2018, the stars will tell you which dog to get.

Image credit: Benjamin Voros

Asian Street Food Weekend

Asian Street Food Weekend

by We Know Melbourne @ food trucks

Over the next three days The Food Truck Park™ will transform Preston into an Asian themed foodies dream with a modern twist – food trucks.  Combining familiar flavours with speciality dishes, this will be the one place to experience all your favourite Asian food trucks all weekend long. Expect all  your favourite Asian style foodie trucks including Hello Saigon, White Guy Cooks Thai, Ghost Kitchen, Nem N’ Nem, That Nasi Lemak Guy, Hello Saigon, Yo India plus more! Make the most of the sunny Autumn days while you still can! When: 8- 10 April Where: The Food Truck Park Preston Visit the website here.

RSPCA Cupcake Day – 2017

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Heads Up | The NGV Just Launched Triennial EXTRA

Heads Up | The NGV Just Launched Triennial EXTRA

by Pippa Knight @ The A List | The Urban List

Just when you through the NGV's Triennial exhibition couldn't get more extra...they go and launch this thing. A free 10-day, after-dark program, stuffed with cutting-edge cuisine, live music, performance art, talks and good times. They're calling it Triennial EXTRA. Makes sense, we guess.

It’s a bit of everything, really. Art. DJs. Bars. Food. Ideas. Dance. Design. A late-night celebration of the very best Melbourne has to offer right now. It is a journey through current ideas about far-reaching topics that impact us all. 

Let's start with the food, shall we? Andrew McConnell is taking over the NGV’s Garden restaurant, turning it into Supernormal Natsu—a smoky, Japanese pop-up. Chefs will be grilling yakitori on a charcoal hibachi grill, there’s gonna be cold soba salads, seafood on crushed ice and a variety of veggo-friendly dishes.

Every night will begin with a line-up of summer party DJ sets in the NGV garden (think names like Tex Perkins, Adalita, Dan Sultan and Saskwatch). The gallery has also commissioned dance group Chunky Move to perform a guided journey through the Triennia, featuring five new and exclusive routines, along with live performances by Melbourne’s Polyphonic Voices. 

Of course, all your favourite Triennial exhibitions will be open late as well. Browsing and pondering are actively encouraged. 

Triennial EXTRA will be running till the 28th January. It kicks off from 6pm every night and runs until midnight. 

The Details

What: Triennial EXTRA When: 18 – 28 January Where: NGV Melbourne. For more info, click here

Did you hear? There's a boozy Harry Potter brunch coming to a secret Melbourne location. 

Image credit: NGV

2017 Summer City Market

2017 Summer City Market


Greater Shepparton City Council

Come to Shepparton's CBD for great shopping, live musical entertainment, food, market stalls and free activities and attractions for the kids.

Nude Food Day Coming Soon!

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World Coffee Day

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Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

There are times in all of our lives that comfort food is absolutely necessary but you’re trying to be healthy, right? Never fear, our healthy swaps are here! Try these healthier versions of your faves next time you need a lil’ comforting.

Chocolate Mousse

Yes, chocolate mousse is healthy people! Well, avocado chocolate mousse, that is. Don’t be alarmed that by the key ingredient—you can’t even taste the avo. It basically just tastes like a super creamy, decadent chocolate mousse except you don’t feel like you’ve been hit by a sugar coma after demolishing it. Winning!

Lasagne

If lasagne isn’t on your comfort food list then who even are you? There is literally nothing more comforting than a hot, delicious dish of freshly baked lasagne. Wanna know how to make it healthy? There are sooo many ways—switch out the mince for lentils and veggies, use gluten free pasta sheets or sliced eggplant in place of regular pasta or try this pumpkin, spinach and feta lasagne with allll the hidden veggies. You’ll be in love at first bite.

Corn Chips And Guac

A summertime classic that is definitely a step up on the health-front from regular chips and store bought dip. Another bonus is that making your own guac is super quick and easy and everyone at the BBQ will love you for it.

Chocolate Thickshake

There really isn’t anything like a chocolate thickshake on a hot summer’s day, right? Well, the good news is that this total indulgence doesn’t have to be so indulgent after all. Instead of ice cream, milk and sugar laden choc syrups, switch it up with a frozen banana, coconut or almond milk, raw cacao powder, a plant based protein powder and some chia seeds to make it nice and thick. Mmmmmm.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese—aka gooey, golden deliciousness—can indeed be made healthy and we are very happy about it. Try out a creamy vegan version of your old favourite comfort food. We know, cheese-less mac ‘n’ cheese sounds weird af but just trust us, it’s yum once you get over the cheese-less-ness.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Now you can have your pizza and eat it too! What more could you ask for in life really? Yeah you heard us right – a pizza base made from cauliflower but, don’t be fooled by the healthy exterior, it tastes just as fabulous as the real thing and won’t leave you with a pizza food baby. Always a good thing in our opinion.

Sweet Potato Fries

Love chips? Make your own with sweet potato which is packed with vitamin C, D, B6, potassium and magnesium, plus a ton of fibre! Just chop your sweet potato into chips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven until crispy and amazing.

Banana Bread

Just the smell of banana bread is comforting, right? But just because it’s called ‘bread’ doesn’t mean it’s healthy and you can eat an entire loaf for breakfast. Unfortunately, normal banana bread is basically banana cake in the shape of a loaf—sorry for the truth bomb, we know it hurts. Luckily for you, you can switch the sugar and gluten for healthy options and you have a just as delightful (but healthier) version. You’re welcome.

Nice Cream

If you haven’t gotten on the banana ‘nice’ cream buzz yet, then this summer is your chance. Super easy, super healthy and it tastes just as good as the original, tbh. Literally blend a banana in a food processor and voila. Or try one of these insane (and healthy) flavours!

Seeing as you're eating well most of the time, we say it's time to treat yo'self.

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15 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Melbourne

15 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Melbourne

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

We know, we know. First week back at work sucks. But hey, the weekend's only a day away, and Melbourne's putting on a pretty sweet spread to ease those back-to-work blues. We've got circus training, LEGO exhibitions, rooftop pool parties and all the mimosas you can drink. 

Buckle up, people. Here's 15 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend

Spin Circus Acrobat Training

Want to run away and join the circus? This is how you start. Spin Circus is hosting the Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention this weekend—5 nights of camping and 4 days of acrobatic training from some of the country’s most flexible pros.

Where: Breakfast Creek Rd, Wenslydale VIC When: 12 January – 17 January For more info, click here.  

NGV Triennial

If you haven’t checked it out yet, get on down to the NGV this weekend for the new Triennial exhibition. It features 78 artists from all over the world and involves a complete, four-level takeover of the NGV building, crossing every possible genre and style. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Melbourne smellscape.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria When: Till 15 April 2018 For more info, click here.

Linden Postcard Show

Tiny artworks competing for a big cash prize, that’s pretty much the gist with this one. The Linden Postcard Show has been going strong for 27 years. It rounds up some of the country’s most talented artists and sets them a challenge: come up with a masterpiece that fits on a canvas the size of the average postcard. You have to be Australian, and the piece has to measure 8 x 10 inches, that’s it.

Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra When: 11am, till 23 February For more info, click here.

Howler Gin Festival

Howler are rocking the boutique gins every Friday, Saturday and Sunday over summer. And we’ve got a new one you need to try. It’s called Cedar Fox—a new micro distillery out of the northern suburbs. Try the barrel-aged oak gin. It’s a doozy.

Where: Howler, 14 Dawson St Brunswick When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday For more info, click here.

The Brick Man LEGO Experience

There are only 14 certified LEGO professional builders in the world, and Australian Ryan McNaught is one of them. Until 28 January you can catch McNaught and his small team at District Docklands, exhibiting over 40 original LEGO works. All ages (and LEGO skills) welcome.

Where: 438 Docklands Drive, Docklands When: Till 28 January For more info, click here.

Thursday 11 January

FOMO By Night

Up for a last-minute party tonight? It’s not too late to score tickets to FOMO By Night at Festival Hall. This one’s been going strong for a few years now—one stage, one day and no session clashes. Tonight you’ll be able to catch Kaytranada, SZA, Post Malone, the Kite String Tangle and Dena Amy. Sets start at 6pm.

Where: Festival Hall When: From6pm, Thursday 11 January For more info, click here.

Southern Sounds Festival

Southern Comfort are launching their Southern Sounds series tonight—a concert line-up inspired by the soulful sounds of New Orleans. Tonight you can catch Melbourne duo REMI, fast risers Lossless and town fave Snezzo Snot. Entry is free, and the whisky cocktails will be flowing all night.

Where: Northcote Social Club When: 8pm – 1pm, Thursday 11 January For more info, click here.

Saturday 13 January

Portarlington Mussel Festival

The Portarlington Mussel Fest is back this weekend, which means live music, local beer and wine tasting, and about 10 tonnes of mussels. It probably goes without saying—but if mussels aren’t your thing, this might not be for you.

Where: Portarlington Recreation Reserve When: Saturday 13 January For more info, click here.

Bottomless Mimosa Festival

Now we’re talking. Welcome to Thornbury are kicking the new year off with a bottomless mimosa festival this Saturday. $8 gets you one glass, but $45 gets you unlimited mimosas for FOUR HOURS. Sweet Jesus. Don’t forget to line your stomach with the regular food truck favourites.

Where: Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High St Northcote When: 11am – 10pm, Saturday 13 January For more info, click here.

Portsea Polo

It's on again daaahhhlings. Portsea Polo is back this weekend, so get the gang together and dress up in your finest. The Polo website has a few sartorial suggestions: "For the ladies flowing dresses and wedges or sandals are the norm (heels best left at home)… a summer hat or accessory can be an excellent way to finish off an outfit." Nice.

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Portsea When: 13 January 2018 For more info, click here

Sunday 14 January

$12 Aperol Spritz Party

Melbourne has delivered on the goods yet again with $12 Aperol Spritz every Sunday all throughout January at Riverland Bar. The team will be getting into full Aperitivo-occasion mode with live acoustic music every Sunday. For more details, check out this article.

So Frenchy So Chic Festival

Grab your beret, people, Melbourne’s annual So Frenchy So Chic festival is back this Sunday. They’re predicting about 13,000 people rocking up, which isn’t surprising when you’ve got luxe beauty partners on board like Kérastase Paris, Lancôme and La Roche-Posay. Keep an eye out for croquet on the lawn too.

Where: Werribee Park When: Sunday 14 January For more info, click here.

Rooftop Pool Party

DJs, drinks and your own rooftop pool. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday. This weekend the new Carlton Pool Deck is hosting international DJ YO! MAFIA for its inaugural rooftop pool party. $89 gets you food, tunes and all the cake frose you can drink. Hurry, this one’s going to sell out quick.

Where: Rooftop, 701 Swanston St When: 3pm – 9pm, Sunday 14 January For more info, click here.   

Midsumma Carnival

Melbourne’s biggest festival of queer culture kicks off this weekend, and the line-up is looking pretty epic. Drag stars, international cabaret acts and performance artists will be taking over the city, putting on a range of shows. Check the online schedule for all the details.

Where: Various When: Sunday 14 January – Sunday 4 February For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Australian Open

Awww yeah, it’s back again. Next Monday kicks off the 2018 Australian Open festival. Head along to Rod Laver if you want to catch the full show, or set up camp at Birrarung Marr—there’s gonna be food stalls and big screens galore, and it’s 100% free. This year’s music line-up is known as Open Sessions and will be taking over the Middle Terrace (entry is free on 14–15 January).

Where: Melbourne Tennis Centre When: 15–28 January For more info, click here

Get around this one—the 2018 St Kilda Festival line-up just dropped. 

Image credit: NGV

Food Trucks and Street Food Vendors are Coming!

by Jade raraPR @ Caribbean Gardens

When you come to visit our Market in the next couple of months make sure you skip breakfast and lunch! We at Team Caribbean are exited to announce that Food […]

Interview: Candy Ng – Melbourne Illustrator

Interview: Candy Ng – Melbourne Illustrator

by We Know Melbourne @

Candy Ng, a well-known Melbourne based illustrator did our Facebook featured cover. She has published books and done public talks, and continue to influence local artists with her ever-growing creativity. Let’s get to know Candy a little. Tell us a little about yourself and how you’ve got to where you are today, Candy? I grew up in Hong Kong and moved to Melbourne to study Graphic Design; I fell in love with everything Melbourne has to offer (food culture, creative scene and nature) and decided to make Melbourne my second home. I worked as a Graphic Designer for four years before becoming a full time Illustrator. You may say self-discipline and persistence helped me to reach to where I am today. In creative practises, I create and often make mistakes, but failure is a better opportunity for me to get closer to where I want to be. I learned to leave my ego at the door and ask people with expertise for constructive feedback/advice. There were times I felt like I am “not good enough” …

The Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

The Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

by We Know Melbourne @ food trucks

The Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival returns this week and this time the food trucks on rotation are Sliders on Tyres, Taco Truck, Smokin Barrys, Real Burger, Flamin Lamb Spit, Nem N’ Nem, Korean Fried Chicken, Brazilian Bites, Manny’s Donut Café plus more! Round up the gang and catch either The Walk or 2D Burnt! The perfect way to spend a warm Spring evening. When: Wednesday, October 21 & Thursday, October 22.  Where: Coburg Drive in Visit the website here

Saigon Grill & Bar: Vietnamese Asian Fusion eatery on Glennwood South

Saigon Grill & Bar: Vietnamese Asian Fusion eatery on Glennwood South


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Saigon Grill & Bar - a Vietnamese Asian Fusion restaurant brought to you by John Tang, owner of Sushi O, and his best friend/business partner, Richard Fong.

What You’ll Be Eating At This Year’s Gourmet Cinema

What You’ll Be Eating At This Year’s Gourmet Cinema

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

During the warmer months you can’t walk 10 metres in Melbourne without stumbling upon an outdoor cinema. Everything from beachside to rooftop is covered. But one of these outdoor cinemas is not like the others—Gourmet Cinema.

Back again in 2018, Gourmet Cinema will once again be bringing you classic movies matched with great food, and the lineup this year is as good as it gets.

If you’re not familiar with how Gourmet Cinema works, here’s a rundown. The cinema takes place on the lawns of the enormous Caulfield Racecourse, and features food and drinks from four Melbourne restaurants, with one hero restaurant creating a special movie-inspired menu to coincide with the movie playing.

It all kicks off on Thursday 1 March with Hotel Jesus, and a showing of Chef. Hotel Jesus head chef Luke Hammond has put together a menu featuring margaritas, tostadas and a taste of Mexico that you don’t want to miss.

Jimmy Grants, Benny Burger, Uncle, and Hellenic Republic are all on board to keep you full during your favourite film.

Films on show feature:

Chef presented by Hotel Jesus Little Miss Sunshine presented by Jimmy Grants Top Gun presented by Benny Burger Sideways presented by Uncle Before Midnight presented by Hellenic Republic La La Land presented by Uncle The Lost Boys presented by Benny Burger Vicky Cristina Barcelona presented by Mamasita

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 16 January. We recommend reserving yourself a seat on the 196 Below Deck Chair Lawn—where you'll score a Gourmet Cinema Choc Top from our friends at 196 Below.

The Details

What: Gourmet Cinema When: Thursday 1 March – Sunday 8 March and Thursday 8 March – Sunday 11 March. Gates open from 6pm, sessions behind at 8:15pm Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22, Station Street, Caulfield For more info and tickets, head to gourmetcinema.com.au.

Looking for something new to listen to on your commute? Atlanta Monster is something you need to get into asap.

Image credit: Hellenic Republic Brighton | Annika Kafcaloudis

2017 Summer City Market

2017 Summer City Market


Visit Shepparton and Surrounds

Come to Shepparton's CBD for great shopping, live musical entertainment, food, market stalls and free activities and attractions for the kids.

Menu | Hello Saigon | Vietnamese Food | NYC

Menu | Hello Saigon | Vietnamese Food | NYC


Hello Saigon

Hello Saigon is a Vietnamese Restaurant located in Greenwich Village, New York City. From Pho (noodle soups), Spring Rolls, Vermicelli, Grilled pork chops, all the way to family style cooking dishes in Vietnamese cuisine, Hello Saigon provides authentic Vietnamese food from Saigon to the locals in N

Food Truck fiesta - Melbourne Food Festivals

Food Truck fiesta - Melbourne Food Festivals


Melbourne Food Festivals

The Beach Netball festival Food Truck fiesta in Port Melbourne will be pumping all weekend featuring some of the best food trucks around. With live music, a bar on Saturday and live action on the sand, grab the crew and head to Port Melbourne Beach all weekend – 18th, 19th and 20th November. Saturday 19th …

Salvos Soup Challenge 2017 – Be a Souperhero

by WMAadmin @ Melbourne Food Festivals

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Heads Up: There’s A Bottomless Mimosa Festival On This Weekend

Heads Up: There’s A Bottomless Mimosa Festival On This Weekend

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

We’ve never really been fans of the whole ‘less is more’ thing. Especially when it comes to breakfast cocktails. If less is more, just imagine how much more MORE will be.

Welcome to Thornbury clearly feel the same way, because they’re hosting a Bottomless Mimosa Festival this Saturday. Mimosas without bottom. A never-ending stream of Prosecco and orange juice that will wash away your back to work blues and replace them with new blues, like a raging hangover.  

Here’s how it’s going to work. $8 gets you a single mimosa (available in six different flavours), but $45 gets you’re a FOUR HOUR bottomless mimosa package. We’re no experts on economies of scale, but that sounds like a sweet deal.

If mimosas aren’t your thing, the guys behind the bar will also be slinging Spritzes, Bloody Marys and plenty of beer. And don’t forget to line your stomach with the usual food truck goodness—Brunswick Mess Hall, Bluebonnet Barbecue, Greek Street Food and Poke Time will be on site all morning.

Bottoms up.

The Details

Where: Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High St Northcote When: From 11am, Saturday 13 January For more info, click here

Buckle up, Melbourne. Here are 4 food trends you'll be seeing a lot in 2018. 

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Here’s Where To Get $1 Cheeseburger Dumplings In Melbourne This Week

Here’s Where To Get $1 Cheeseburger Dumplings In Melbourne This Week

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Every now and then two amazing foods come together in a mash-up that really changes the game. One year ago, Burma Lane added the cheeseburger and the dumpling together to create their Waygu cheeseburger bacon dumpling. And we’re forever grateful.

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of its creation, Burma Lane will be selling these amazing little parcels for just $1 a pop. That’s right, just $1.

You can snap up this absolute bargain from Tuesday January 16 to Thursday January 18, and it’s available for lunch and dinner, dine in, or takeaway.

So, if Wagyu beef, cheese, bacon, and dumplings are your thing—as if they’re not— then this is a deal you just can’t miss.

The only limitation is that you can only order 5 dumplings per person. But hey, given they’re usually $17 for 4, this is a steal.

The Details

What: Burma Lane’s Wagyu Cheeseburger Dumplings for $1 When: Tuesday 16 January – Thursday 18 January Where: Burma Lane, 118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

 Once your belly is full of $1 dumplings you're probably going to need something to do. Here are 5 awesome things to do this week in Melbourne.

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Three new pop-ups (and one new food truck) worth seeking out

Three new pop-ups (and one new food truck) worth seeking out


Gambit

Break out of your December dining rut with one of these fresh spots for Burmese, Cuban, new wave Vietnamese and more.

Stonybrook Food Truck Fest

Stonybrook Food Truck Fest

by We Know Melbourne @ food trucks

This weekend, some of Melbourne’s most popular food trucks will be leaving their usual inner city truck stops and heading Hillside for a special once-only street food opportunity, Food Truck Feast. Iconic Melbourne food trucks including Happy Camper Pizzas, Mr Burger, Dos Diablos and Jakob’s Kitchen will be joining in on the  party at the new Stonybrook estate in Hillside. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be ice creams and gelati from Bianco Latte, or try the famous strawberry and chocolate crepes from Rue De Creperie. With sunny days forecast for the weekend, this is the perfect opportunity to escape the city! Visit the website here.

Preston Food Truck Park

Preston Food Truck Park


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518 High St Preston VIC 3072 Went during the Asian Street Food Weekend. They do different themes on different weeks, see Facebook page. Located across the Nissan Showroom, it’s easily accessi…

There’s A Huge Adults-Only Bouncy Castle Coming To Melbourne

There’s A Huge Adults-Only Bouncy Castle Coming To Melbourne

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s usually weird when adults want to have a go on the bouncy castle. Kids cry, everyone’s uncomfortable, it’s just generally not a great idea. But not this time.

This time the world’s biggest inflatable (adults-only) bouncy castle/obstacle course is coming to Melbourne, and you can bounce like nobody’s watching—the way nature intended.

It’s called The Monster. A 270m inflatable platform, comprising 30 individual obstacles, each more fiendish than the last. Apparently, it can take up to 20 minutes to get through, depending on your level of bounce-expertise.

The whole thing will be popping up at The Grand Pavilion at The Melbourne Showgrounds over the Australia Day long weekend. When this thing launched in the UK, over 30,000 people turned up, so yeah, it’s gonna be big. Here's a sneak preview:

What makes The Monster even more challenging is the fact you’ll be tackling it with a stomach full of burgers and beer. Yep, there’s gonna be street food, food trucks, craft beer, cocktails and DJs galore. You can still grab tix over here.

Just try not to vom in The Monster. That’s kinda frowned upon.

THE DETAILS

Where: The Grand Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds When: 26 – 28 January 2018. For more info and tickets, head here.

If bouncing's your thing, check out the giant inflatable labyrinth currently sitting in Fed Square

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PSA: There’s A Pinot And Puppies Party On Next Month

PSA: There’s A Pinot And Puppies Party On Next Month

by Pippa Knight @ The A List | The Urban List

There are very few things that generate as much raw happiness as puppies. Well...possibly a big glass of pinot. Can you imagine what would happen if we put the two together? 

Well guess what, guys. It's happening next month. A day where homebodies who want to stay in with their pooch and drink wine will emerge from their lairs and socialise in public. 

Vinomofo is partnering with The Ascot Lot and Gumtree Greys to bring you a day full of puppies and pinot noir. Gumtree Greys will be bringing along some greyhounds in need, ready for you to pet, love and maybe even adopt on the day.

All friendly pooches are welcome to come and enjoy the fun things, which include dog treats, multiple 'nawwww's, and puppy-friendly pinot.

But what about us? What do we get...apart from the endless attention of adorable puppies? You also get wine, WINESCREAM, food trucks and the sweet knowledge that entry to this shindig is completely FREE.

Puppers, wine and zero money. This is The Dream. 

The Details

What: Puppies and Pinot When: Saturday 17 Feb, 11am Where: The Ascot Lot, 448-466 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale. For more info, click here.

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Meat Free Week – 2017

by WMAadmin @ Melbourne Food Festivals

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23 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

23 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

by Pippa Knight @ The A List | The Urban List

You know it’s a Melbourne summer when you've got multiple, weather-dependant backup plans. Will we be burnt to a crisp this weekend? Will a raging torrent of water run down St Kilda Rd? Only Jane Bunn knows. Lucky for you, there are a ton of amazing events this weekend, no matter what happens overhead. Let's get started. 

Here are 23 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

Canadian Club Racquet Club

Guys, the Canadian Club Racquet Club is back for another year of being the perfect chaser to the Australian Open. What does that mean for you? You can sip on Canadian Club, dry, and fresh lime as you kick back and watch the tennis. Game, set, match. Plus, our fave food trucks will be in attendance, too. We're talking: Biggie Smalls, Doughnut Time, Hunky Dory and more!

What: Canadian Club Racquet Club Where: Birrarung Marr Upper Terrace When: 15 - 28 January

Strange Neighbour Darkroom Classes

Feeling like getting a bit creative? Strange Neighbour are offering a beginner’s introduction to the darkroom. After this weekend course, you'll be able to process and print your own film independently in the darkroom. It'll set you back a cool $385, but really a handmade Insta feed is beyond priceless. Amiright? 

Where: Strange Neighbour Studios, 395 Gore St Fitzroy. When: 20 - 21 January For more info, click here.

Colour Your Way To California

Kids got artistic talent? Here's where you cash in. Visit California are hosting a giant digital colouring wall in the CBD this weekend. Kids can go crazy drawing whatever they want, and the creations will be broadcast on big screens in Queensbridge Square. The best bit? There's a family trip to California up for grabs, flying Air New Zealand. No cheating, parents.

Where: Queensbridge Square, Southbank When: 20 – 21 January For more info, click here

The Odditorium Circus 

Good news, guys. The Odditorium is extending their Melbourne run. Turns out we love weird entertainers and circus cabaret. Starting at $25, you can get a seat this weekend to see a mixture of magical, circus tricks and high-kicking entertainment. Get in quick, this is a three-night limited run. 

Where: The MC Showroom, 48 Clifton St, Prahran. When: 19 – 20 January For more info, click here.

Supernormal Natsu: NGV Garden Restaurant Takeover

Come down to the NGV and enjoy a pan-Asian, evocative culinary experience, celebrating the smells, tastes and sounds of Natsu (Japanese for ‘summer’). With a Japanese hibachi grill on the terrace, and Andrew McConnell designing the menu, you just know this thing's gonna be delicious. The pop-up restaurant runs for 10 days and brings art, music, performance and dining together as part of the NGV's Triennial Exhibition.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. When: 19 – 28 January, 6pm – 12am For more info, click here

Hunky Dory AO Festival Pop-up

Come and check out this FREE Australian Open festival event at Birrarung Marr. You can watch live tennis on giant screens while tucking into Hunky Dory fish and chips. First on our to-do list will be the delicious Smoked Salmon Sliders being served up. Get around it—there'll be music, games, food and plenty of live tennis to watch. Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne When: 15 - 28 January For more info, click here

Collingwood Arts Precinct Intermission

Who doesn’t love all things strange and wonderful? Come down to Collingwood Arts Precinct for a sensory adventure through three storeys of an abandoned school. Sounds weird...but also kind of intriguing. This will be an art event to see, with 37 street artists on board, dishing up some cutting-edge concept art. 

Where: 35 Johnston St, Collingwood. When: 13 - 21 January For more info, click here

Pop-Up Park: Werribee City Centre

For six weeks over the summer the Werribee City Centre will be transformed into the ultimate free summer destination. Yep, live music, movies, food and much more. Each Friday night there'll be a different live headline performer. Grab a bev at the bar, relax and enjoy. Saturday nights will see the park transformed into an outdoor cinema with two different movies, beanbags and popcorn. Sunday arvos will be food trucks galore.

Where: Werribee City Centre When: 19 January - 25 February  For more info, click here

General Assembly: Yarra Valley by the Yarra

Listen up, Foodies. For Victoria’s best produces and bevvies, come down to the Yarra this Saturday or Sunday. Cider, wine or gin, it's all on offer at General Assembly. They're bringing the best of the Yarra Valley to the CBD, for two days only. Ciders from Napoleone, wine from Punt Road and gin from Four Pillars? We're so there. 

Where: 29 South Wharf, Melbourne When: 20- 21 January, 12pm onwards  For more info, click here.

Spin Circus Festival 

Get in quick and buy a ticket to Spin Circus Festival 2018, because it'll be a weekend full of performers, workshops, food and good vibes. Rock up Friday and leave on Monday for your ultimate all-inclusive circus-training weekend. Can’t make it all weekend long? Don’t worry, there are day tickets too if that’s more your thing. 

Where: Sokil Eco Arts Retreat, Breakfast Creek Road Wensleydale 3241, Vic When: 18 - 22 January  For more info, click here.  

Play Me, I’m Yours At Preston Market

Well played, Preston. Literally This weekend there are dozens decorated pianos scattered about Preston, free to be played by one and all. Preston Market is throwing a bunch of events over the summer, but this one sounds extra cool. It's called ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’, an installation artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Don't forget to swing by the market while you're in the neighbourhood. 

Where: Preston Market, Central block. When: 19 January - 4 February   For more info, click here.  

Matthew Sleeth's Rosebud Series: Photos of a Candid Summer

Go get those nostalgic feels from Matthew Sleeth's Rosebud series—photos spanning the memories of summers gone by. You can see the collection at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn. It's a good reminder to soak up the sun while you can—literally and metaphorically. Memoriiiiieeees....

Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. When: 20 January - 11 March For more info, click here.

Melbourne Museum Turned Inside Out

Melbourne Museum is getting seriously trippy with this new exhibition. You'll experience extraordinary and beautiful collection items, but also be drawn into the stories behind these strange and wonderful things. This will definitely be an out of world experience and something new for the Melbourne Museum. Tickets will only set you back $10 too. 

Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carton. When: Till 11 February  For more info, click here

Supafish Sunset Sessions

If you're looking for a great place to hit up before the Australian Open, we've got you sorted. SUPAFISH are hosting a Sunset Session with Corona, pairing great beers with great tunes and a killer sunset. It's like one of those Carona commercials where people seize life and stuff, but for reals. With a live DJ, discounts, giveaways and your first Corona on the house, your Sunday-sesh is sorted.

Where: SUPAFISH, Southbank Promenade, Southbank. When: 19 January, 4pm For more info, click here

Saturday 20 January 

The Vegan Makers Market

The Mermaid Sorority Makers Market have officially moved to bigger digs for their all-Vegan Design and Makers Market. We can promise each and every stall here is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and ethically sourced up the ying yang. With 100+ stalls, live music and food trucks to boot, you won’t want to miss this one. Did we mention it's free entry? 

Where: Frankston Basketball Stadium, 90 Bardia Avenue, Seaford. When: 20 January, 10am – 3pm For more info, click here.  

Ballarat Beer Festival

The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. Beer. And here's a festival dedicated to the good stuff. Get down to the beautiful shores of Lake Wendouree for the ultimate beer event, with over 150 different brews to try from across Australia and the world. There'll be a soundtrack of Australian bands filling your ears with good tunes, while you fill your belly with your favourite brew. Drink responsibly, peeps.

Where: Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. When: 20 January  For more info, click here

James Irvine Guest Shift

James Irving is officially one of the best three bartenders in the country, and this is the Melbourne leg of his national Bacardi tour. He'll be at The Black Pearl this Saturday with his signature cocktail, the Bocado—a fruity mix of Bacardi Gran Reserva Ocho Años rum, vermouth, sherry, banana and rosemary. Wrap your lips around the Bocado and let us know what you think.

Where: The Black Pearl, 304 Brunswick St When: From6pm For more info, click here

The Fete of the World: Co-Ground Social Enterprise

Come down to Brunswick Co-Ground Coffee for a showcase and celebration of some of Australia’s very best social enterprises. It's a free night of delicious drinks, nibbles and groovy tunes from a fantastic DJ, in partnership with StartSomeGood. Plus you'll be helping support a better social economy and a better world. Yay for good things!

Where: 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. When: 20 January, 2pm – 10pm For more info, click here

Backyard Bricks At Section 8

Melbourne’s favourite laneway venue, Section 8, is having a celebration of street art, live music and clothing this Saturday, and it's gonna go OFF. Section 8’s carpark walls will be getting a fresh coat of paint by a street art dream team. There'll be good tunes, Melbourne’s best-selling wares from local labels and don’t forget, entry is free. It's on 1pm till late.

When: 20 January, 1pm til late Where: Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne. For more info, click here

Sugar Mountain

A festival with wicked music, art, food and drinks. That's all we can ask for, right? Sugar Mountain will launch ‘Welcome to Sugar Mountain’ this weekend—a collaboration between Absolut Vodka, Jameson Whisky and Welcome to Thornbury. You'll see delicious foodie goodness from Messina, Pasta Face, Sparrow’s Philly Cheesecake, Twisted Fisherman and more. Go on, buy that ticket.

Where: Melbourne’s Art Precinct. When: 20 January For more info, click here.

Beast of Bollywood

Gte hungry, people. Taking inspiration from 90s Bollywood, the THE B.EAST are throwing an American-style greasy eats food and booze feast. It's free entry too. For a night filled with meat, music and dancing, you can't miss this one. The fun kicks off at midday, so get in early. 

When: 20 January, Midday to Midnight. Where: THE B.EAST, 80 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Melbourne. For more info, click here.  

Sunday 21 January

Rum Diary Tiki Challenge

This is the ultimate bartending challenge, and you are invited to attend. Come down to Rum Diary Bar to see Australia's four bartending finalists creating the cocktail of their dreams. This is the kick off of Rum Diary's 5th bday, and you can be sure it will go off with a bang. Cheer on your fave, then settle in with a Dark & Stormy. Night sorted. 

When: 21 January, 6:30pm Where: Rum Diary Bar, 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. For more info, click here

Found With Love

So, it’s a bit like a wedding expo and a bit like a party. It’s a new thing, and we think it sounds great. Found With Love is an intimate gathering of all your wedding needs. Come in the afternoon for a relaxing drink, enjoy some delicious food and connect with people who could become part of your big day. This is the way to go if your planning your wedding. So, get in quick and grab yourself a ticket for only $21.50, spaces are limited.

Where: The Line, Footscray. When: 21 January, 3 -7pm For more info, click here

Did you hear the news? There's a huge adults-only bouncy castle coming to Melbourne

Image credit: Michelle Jarni | Rum Diary 

Bali Bagus

Bali Bagus

by sandypok @ GastronoYum

85 Franklin St  Melbourne VIC 3000 Located opposite Aldi and also near Victoria Market, Bali Bagus is a simple restaurant serving Balinese food. The people frequenting this restaurant are mostly students. You order at the counter and cutlery and water is self-serve so I can’t comment too much on service. Pictures of the food were […]

CafeSmart for the Homeless – 2017

by WMAadmin @ Melbourne Food Festivals

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Melbourne’s Best Pun Business Names

Melbourne’s Best Pun Business Names

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

Have you heard the joke about the German sausage? It was the wurst! It’s exhausting to be witty all the time. Trust us, we know. But we can also appreciate those clever businesses that go out of their way to give us a good laugh at their amusing, extremely cheesy name.

We found a few businesses around Melbourne that are absolutely killing the pun game, so we’ve named these Melbourne’s punniest business names around. Lettuce continue! 

Lord Of The Fries

Multiple locations

An obvious one, for obvious reasons. Lord of the Fries is one of those places where you and your friends will all have different orders thanks to its endless sauce combo possibilities, and you’ll fight to the death about whose is the best...kinda like the plot to a certain book. It's vegan too. Who knew, right? 

What Da Pho

South Melbourne

What. The. Fuuu...Oi! Noice name. Wonder what’s on the menu?! I’m sure they don’t pho around. Okay, we’ll stop. This South Melbourne restaurant is big on the playful quirks, referring to chargrilled skewers as ‘Da Sticks’ and finding your spring roll choices under the title ‘Ching Rolls’. Clever.

Massive Wieners

Prahan

Wieners are great and all, but a Massive Wiener?? Move outta the way (settle down, it's just a hot dog shop). This retro-style venue dishes up wieners smothered in cheese, onions, sauerkraut and chilli. You'll find that it caters to the ravenous with the 25 inch long 'massive wiener', and to the mildly hungry with the 6" 'little pecker'. We'll leave it at that. 

Wok This Way

South Melbourne

Don’t mind if we do! You’ve probably seen this chain before, so you know that it serves bomb Chinese and Malaysian food. And it’s cheap! Rather than walk there, get it delivered. Nothing like a lazy Sunday arvo and Chinese food to help cope with the Sunday scaries.

Lucky Coq

Windsor

Comfort, value and entertainment...you’d be lucky enough to hang out here. Lucky Coq is a local bar and eatery in Windsor that has an outdoor rooftop, rockin' music and really cheap pizza. Check out its food specials, which include $4 pizza, salad and jaffles during certain hours, every day of the week. That makes us feel pretty damn lucky. 

New Kum Den

CBD

Oddly enough, you can find Kum Den down an alley of sex shop back doors, but you’re in for a pleasant surprise. New Kum Den serves that classic greasy Chinese food that we know and love. And nothing of the sexual sorts, we promise! 

Morning Glory Express

Windsor

Who’s craving some morning glory?! Not that, you horn dog. The Vietnamese vegetable dish. Geez, people! Morning Glory Express (formerly House of Hoi An) serves up classic Vietnamese street food that and apparently, it’s pretty popular. Book ahead for a good time.

Chick-In

CBD

Chick-in? Check-in? Chicken? Chickennnn. Grab some protein at this no-frills, Korean fried chicken shop. It’s a hole in the wall, but those are usually the best!  Wash it down with an ice cold beer while you’re at it.

Delhi Belly

Docklands

Not sure who ruled 'yes' on the name for this one, as Delhi Belly is basically another name for Bali Belly...if you catch our drift. But this Indian restaurant will steer you the other way. Pass the Nann because you’ll need it after chowing down on this spicy and flavourful food.

Chainsaw Massacre Salon

Carlton

A gruesome name for a salon, but you gotta give them props for creativity. Chainsaw Massacre Salon offers colour, cuts, head massages and blow waves to the brave hearted who walk through their doors. Its website quite literally says, “Don’t be scared. Come and get stylish.” Not that convincing, but we’ll take a chance in the name of beauty.

Pho Nom

CBD

Proof that the humble pho is truly God's gift for pun-hungry restauranteurs. Despite the fact it's actually pronounced 'fur'. Yeah...that kind of spoils it eh. Well who cares—Pho Nom is still one of our favourite hipster banh mi joints in the city. Try the crispy chicken banh mi with pickled carrots, diced chilli and sriracha mayo. It'll blow your tiny brain. 

Angela’s Mane Attraction

Kew

Major style points for this one. Angela’s Mane Attraction is a cutting edge hairdressing salon aimed at making the client look good and feel good. That means it has a hair bar, beauty bar, make-up bar, facial bar, wedding bar...wait where’s the actual bar?! Guess that's not the main attraction. 

Thanks A Latte

Balwyn

You are most certainly welcome! Thanks a freaking lot for giving us this cute AF cafe. Thanks A Latte is located off Balwyn road and offers a local cafe experience for those who need a quick caffeine pick-me-up.

Mid-Life Cycles

Richmond

You made it this far in life and, we get it, you deserve a freaking break. Mid Life Cycles is an independent motorcycle and repair shop that will help you find that hog you’ve always dreamed of riding. Like we said, life’s rough, you deserve this.

Lentil As Anything

St Kilda

More like mental as anything after the day we've been through. Sheesh. This non-for profit vegan and vegetarian restaurant is a pay as you see fit kind of eatery. There are no set prices, but a donation is definitely encouraged. Get involved with the local community and share the wealth.

Soapranos

Collingwood

What's the point in running a coin laundry if you don't have a pun name? You'll find Soapranos scrubbing stains out of every garment on Johnston Street.

Pie & Mighty

Pakenham

Pies are great, but they're even greater when you buy them from an establishment with a pun for a name. Pie & Mighty are serving up delicious pies in Pakenham, everything from your standard beef pies to beef vindaloo, and even Jack Daniels pulled beef pies.

Hungry? Check out what we’ve dubbed as Melbourne’s Best Pizza.

Image credit: Lentil As Anything 

What’s On This Australia Day In Melbourne

What’s On This Australia Day In Melbourne

by Kate Bartels @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahhh, Australia Day. A god-sent public holiday where we celebrate our great nation by generally being rowdy and forgetting all responsibilities. And it's totally acceptable (and maybe even a little bit encouraged). This is Melbourne though people, and we have (a bit) of class, even on Aus Day. There's also a tonne of events on to help you celebrate in style—with the mandatory snag in bread, of course.

Here is a bunch of things to do this Australia Day, so dust off your southern cross t-shirt and get cracking.

Club Aperol At The Australian Open

If you’re heading to the Australian Open this Australia Day, stopping in at Club Aperol is a must. It may scream Italian vibes and send you right off to the Mediterranean in one sip, but hey—you can’t really say no to bean bags, chic outdoor seats and the perfect Insta pic.

Where: Rod Laver Arena When: 10 am For more info, click here.

Yoga In The Park

We all know what a long weekend in Melbourne means—drinking, eating, drinking, eating...you get the drill. Lucky for you, there’s an awesome yoga class happening on Aus Day, so you can eat your third antipasto platter for the weekend and not feel guilty. It’s pay as you feel too, so you can save some extra coin for another espresso martini.

Where: Edinburgh Gardens When: 10am For more info, click here.

Kudditji The Master Of Colour

Head down to the Laneway Arts Space and check out the jaw-dropping exhibition by Kudditji. He’s an Aboriginal artist and has been dubbed one of the most important of our time. It’s open nice and early, so there’s plenty of time to soak in some culture before bev o’clock.

Where: 148 Barkly St, St Kilda When: 10am For more info, click here.

Australia Day Festival At Kings Domain Gardens

If a family day out is more your vibe, heading to the day festival at Kings Domain Gardens should be right up your alley. You’ve got enough food to keep you full all weekend long, and entertainment for the kiddies galore. Just remember to slip slop slap—who knows what kind of egg-frying day we're in for. 

Where: Kings Domain Gardens When: 11am For more info, click here.

Australia Day Parade

Get right into the Aussie spirit and head along to the Australia Day Parade. Let your patriotic flag fly as you watch group after group march down Swanston Street. There’s a huge range of acts on the bill, ready to blow your socks off. BYO blue and red face paint.

Where: Swanston St When: 11am For more info, click here.

Australia Day At The Bush Inn

Okay supper Aussies, this one's for you. Think cheap jugs of beer, even cheaper snags and a good old-fashioned meat raffle right in the heart of Toorak. Go on, get that Aussie flag out and tie it around your neck.

Where: 505 Malvern Road, Toorak When: 12pm For more info, click here.

The Emerson Rooftop Presents Australia Day

When it comes to partying, these guys don't mess around.  They’re offering up a snazzy little pack which includes a sausage sizzle, (would be rude not to), rooftop tunes and of course—dranks. All of the dranks. 

Where: The Emerson When: 12pm For more info, click here.

Weekend BBQ At The Riverside

These guys are celebrating Australia Day the only way they know how—awesome riverside views and huge BBQ. They’ve got all your favourites like chargrilled chicken, prawns, kangaroo and some mouth-watering salads to match. Mmmmm. 

Where: 53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf When: 12pm For more info, click here.

Tropicana Australiana Day

Okay, so not only are these guys throwing an awesome party with the likes of Slum Sociable and Total Giovanni spinning tunes, they're also giving you a sweet $100 Skwosh swimwear voucher with your ticket. Yep, it’s a pretty sweet deal!

Where: Riva St Kilda When: 2pm For more info, click here.

Australia Day Fiesta At Robert Burns Hotel

We wouldn’t really call this event Australian, but with delish temptations like a huge paella cook up and a DJ all night long, how can we resist? If sipping on martinis on Aus Day makes you feel all kind of weird, there’s an outdoor bar serving Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne Beers. Now we're flamin' talking. 

Where: 376 Smith Street, Collingwood When: 4pm For more info, click here.

Midsumma FRIYAY Edition

One word: Ping-pong competition. Okay, that’s three words, but it’s sold us. These guys are known for their wildly fun and inclusive parties, open to all walks of life. There’s also set to be pizza, a BBQ and special guest DJ’s. Check the event listing for all the deets. 

Where: 222 High Street, Northcote When: 5pm For more info, click here.

Fireworks At Docklands

Grab your picnic blanket, pack a cheese board, and finish your day checking out the awesome fireworks display at Docklands. In true Melbourne fashion, there’s tons of food trucks and artists to keep you satisfied.

Where: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands When: 9pm For more info, click here.

Slip n' Slide At Mt Baw Baw 

Mt Baw Baw are getting in on the Australia Day action this year, with a seriously wet shindig kicking off on Friday (we'll explain). They're setting up a giant slip n' slide on the mountain, complete with Aus Day-themed games, local music acts, a BBQ and a public bar. It's running all long weekend too. 

Where: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort When: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January  For more info, click here

DJs At The Village Belle 

Looking for somewhere to boogie this weekend? The new-look Village Belle in St Kilda is throwing a huge line-up of Aus Day DJs sessions. Think names like Piero, DJ Havana Brown, Ian Gough and Gaz Kempster. Settle in for the ultimate afternoon sesh.

Where: The Village Belle When: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January  For more info, click here

Sweet Treats

What to bring when you're told not to bring a thing. Nope, we're not talking Cadbury Favourites (although they are pretty sick). We're talking a new Lamington Gelato Cake from Piccolina. You can get it in cake form, or a 14-serve Lamington Gelato Log (!!), which will set you back $65. Hungry for more? Zumbo Patisserie is whipping up 6 different lamingtons, 2 Aus-themed slices and custom Zumbaroons for Australia Day. Swing by their South Yarra store to pick up all the goods. 

Giant Adults-Only Bouncy Castle 

Nope, that's not a typo. Melbourne is getting the world's biggest inflatable obstacle course on Australia Day. It's called The Monster, and it's come all the way from the UK. You'll find it at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Hurry though, it's not in town for long. 

Where: Grand Pavillion, Melbourne Showgrounds When: 26 – 28 January For more info, click here

If you're looking for a way to burn all those sausages in bread you're no doubt going to devour, give North Walls a go. 

Image Credit: Piccolina 

How to launch a food truck business

How to launch a food truck business


Good Food

It takes hard work and imagination to start your own food truck. Here are top tips from the experts.

Best Pho: Miss Saigon | Best of Miami® 2011: Your Key to the City

Best Pho: Miss Saigon | Best of Miami® 2011: Your Key to the City


Miami New Times

Let's talk alchemy. For centuries, wizened scholars — toiling in dark cellars, their wispy gray beards flirting with flames as they cooked cauldro...

Best Outdoor Cinemas this Summer

Best Outdoor Cinemas this Summer

by itstinghc @

Make the most of the warmer weather this season without missing out the latest movies and popcorn!  With outdoor cinemas popping up all over town, we have picked our favourites so you can sit back and enjoy a film under the beautiful Melbourne sky. Moonlight Cinema | 1 Dec’ 17 ~ 1 Apr’ 18 | Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens – South Yarra Enjoy a movie with friends and family with a BYO picnic or treat yourself at the onsite food trucks. Watch a classic film or bring the kids to their favourite Disney animation. Hire a beanbag or purchase “Gold Grass” tickets where staff cater to your needs. Either way remember to bring a blanket, Melbourne can cool right down in the evening! Lido on the Roof | 6 Dec’ 17 ~ late Apr’ 18 | 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Catch the latest releases under the stars with a 100 seat rooftop cinema, arrive early and enjoy jazz music before the film starts at their small jazz bar. No need to bring blankets for …

5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

by Greta Waters @ The A List | The Urban List

Raise your hand if you've ever felt the brunt of January’s never-ending banquet meals and beach beers. If you want to get rid of last year's Christmas pounds, look away now, coz we are not going to be ANY help.

Still here? Nice one. Five for you, Glen Coco. Here are five awesome things to do this week! 

All Week

Australian Open 

A Melbourne summer isn’t complete without a Grand Slam, and some pretty cringe-worthy gold and green merch oi oi oi… Take a seat courtside at this year's Aus Open. It all kicks off today. There are a variety of tickets with different perks and quirks. If you want to avoid the crowds, you can catch a match for free on the big screens at Birrarung Marr. This party in the park offers free live music, face painting and nom-noms from Hunky Dory and Burger Project (and plenty more).

Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne When: Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January, from 10am For more details, click here

Tuesday 16th January 

Dumpling Feast At Burma Lane 

If you haven’t already met Burma Lane, we would officially like to introduce you to the masters behind the juicy Wagyu cheeseburger bacon dumpling. To celebrate the first bday of these pillows of modern Australian/Burmese cuisine, the legends at Burma Lane are gracing the CBD with three days of $1 dumplings. A PSA for the hard-core dumpling lovers: there's a max of five dumplings per person. Silver lining—you can indulge in these mini mouthfuls for lunch and dinner with zero judgement.

Where: Burma Lane, 118 Little Collins St, Melbourne When: Tuesday 16 January – Thursday 18 January, from 12pm-late For more details, click here. 

Trophy Wife Barbie 

Instafamous artist Annelies Hofmeyr @trophywifebarbie is holding her first solo exhibition at Lord Coconut. We don’t want to give too much away, coz you really have to see this one for yourself. But we will give you a hint: mounted Barbie heads…yeah, sh*t just got real.

Where: Lord Coconut, Level 5 Mitchell House, 358 Lonsdale St When: Tuesday 16 January – Saturday 3 February, 5-7pm For more details, click here

Wednesday 17th January 

Pride Night At Queen Vic Night Market 

It's time for Queen Vic Market's annual Pride Night. Open to all, this night of love and equality can be enjoyed with global street food, artisan shopping stalls and live entertainment. Oh yeah, and Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia International pageant are both coming back. Australia’s most fab drag queens and transgender women will strut their stuff with (borrowed) live acts from the Midsumma Festival. Don’t miss out on a selfie with the LOVE WINS installation.

Where: Queen Victoria Market When: Wednesday 17 January, 6pm onwards For more details, click here

South Melbourne Night Market 

Port Phillip Council have expanded the contents of South Melbourne Night Market in all the right ways (more seating and space for food lovers and market enthusiasts alike). You know the drill—eight glorious weeks of street food, market stalls and live entertainment. Look out for Zimbabwean R&B songstress Thando and local folk darlings Hey Mammoth! Oh yeah, FREE rooftop parking from 5.30pm too.

Where: South Melbourne Market, Coventry & Cecil St, South Melbourne When: Thursday 4 January – Thursday 22 February, 5.30-9.30pm For more details, click here

Did you hear the news? Ladurée are now doing cocktails

Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis | Hunky Dory 

World Food Day

by WMAadmin @ Melbourne Food Festivals

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Food Truck Thursdays at Pomona Fairplex Starts Today

Food Truck Thursdays at Pomona Fairplex Starts Today


Claremont-La Verne, CA Patch

Parking and admission are free!

For the Love of Food – Food Trucks at Caribbean Market

by Jade raraPR @ Caribbean Gardens

Nothing beat a nice pizza straight from the doctor oven!!! Carribeen market today 🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕 A post shared by The Pizza Doctor (@thepizzadoctormelbourne) on Jul 8, 2017 at 5:34pm PDT We’ve […]

Food Truck Park Collins Street Pop-up

Food Truck Park Collins Street Pop-up

by We Know Melbourne @ food trucks

City workers now have another reason to leave their desk at lunch! As of November 7, The Food Truck Park™ have parked up to the ‘Paris’ end of Collins St. The pop up Food Truck Park™ will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a daily rotation of one-off culinary truck delights each and everyday from Monday to Friday. The truck lineup includes the likes of Barry’s, Greek St Food, Real Burgers, Lukumades plus many more. With astro-turfed floors, plenty of seating options and even a ping pong table, The Food Truck Park™ is your new favourite hangout for a team lunch. When: Mon- Wed 8:30am -2:30pm and Thurs – Fri 8am- 9pm Where: 80 Collins St, Melbourne Visit the website here.   

National Nutrition Week

by WMAadmin @ Melbourne Food Festivals

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All The Wine-Related Events In Victoria You Need To Go To Before Summer Ends

All The Wine-Related Events In Victoria You Need To Go To Before Summer Ends

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer is here which means there are fresh excuses to drink wine waiting on the other side of every red-hot sunrise. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the best excuses to drink wine, eat cheese and bask in the glorious Merlot-streaked sunshine, and they are aplenty.

Here are all the wine-related events coming to Victoria this summer

One Block Winery & Cellar Door Summer Series

Mount Burnett

Looking for an excuse to get out of town for the weekend? Try the One Block Winery & Cellar Door Summer Series at Chestnut Hill Vineyard in Mount Burnett. There’ll be boatloads of wine, music, food and sweet, sweet fresh country air. This event will be happening on the first three Sundays in January and the winery team will be showcasing the last eight years of One Block wines, while putting on an absolute spread thanks to a tonne of barbecue meats and a mighty woodfire grill.

For more info head here.

Sunday Fun Day At Cofield Wines

Wahgunyah

The enjoyment factor of this event is written in the name. This summer, the Cofield winery will be throwing down some live music, as well as a gourmet food spread (including delish platters from The Pickled Sisters Cafe) and an insane list of local beers, ciders, gin, wine and cocktails for guests to enjoy. Worried about what you’ll do with your kids? No wuzzaz, there’s kids’ meals, face painting, lawn games and even an OG jumping castle. You can check out this cracker of an event on Sunday January 14 and Sunday February 11.

For more info head here.

Brushes & Barrels

Rutherglen

Another summer wine event to add to the [long] list is Brushes & Barrels at Rutherglen Estates. Here you can join the team for a relaxed evening of fine wines, stunning art displays and their brand new cellar door. You can join the festivities on December 28, January 4 and 11 and the invitation is extended to all novices and wine lovers alike.

For more info head here.

Wine Down Fridays At Montara Cellar Door

Ararat

Add some spice to your arvos with Wine Down Fridays at Montara Cellar on the first Friday of every month. Not only will there be incredible wine on offer, but you’ll be privy to breathtaking views, local beers, tasting platter and even some authentic live music. Head to their website to find out more about the perfectly relaxed and intimate environment that’s calling for you this summer.

For more info head here.

Shiraz Sunday At Steel Cutters Cottage

Great Western

Now that your Fridays are booked, it’s time to think about your Sundays. One delicious way to spend them is at the Steel Cutters Cottage regular monthly event where you can enjoy fab food, great Grampians wine and luscious live music. You’ll have your pick of relaxed dining options, tasting plates, charcuterie boards and mains, all paired with a glass of award-winning sparkling shiraz. So far, all good, so pencil the event in your calendars for January 1, February 25 and March 25.

For more info head here.

Pfeiffer Wines Rutherglen Bridge Bar

Wahgunyah

Sunsets, views and award-winning wine—these are a few of our favourite things. Which is why you, like us, need to head to Pfeiffer Wines in Wahgunyah between December 27 and January 7. The ever-popular Bridge Bar will operate between 4-8pm every afternoon, serving up a tongue-tickling array of award-winning wines, wine cocktails and scrummy nibbles.

For more info head here.

Chardonnay Masterclass

South Wharf

The last event you need to add to your list this summer is the Chardonnay Masterclass at Bohemian Wine Bar. This delicious lesson will be lead by the bar’s head sommelier, Gavin Wraith, and you’ll learn all about the demise and rise of the beloved Chardonnay. You’ll taste through a bracket of delicious wines, as well as a cheese and charcuterie platter, so if you aren’t already cancelling your plans on January 26, you’re making a yuuuuuge mistake.

For more info head here.

Or if you're just after a sneaky cheap wine to neck while you're on the couch, check out our list of cheap wines that are actually good.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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