HOT: Waratah Hills, 20 Cottmans Rd, Fish Creek

Waratah Hills is an award-winning Prom Country winery in Southern Gippsland on the road to Wilsons Promontory. It is one of Australia’s southern-most wineries and thus specialises in pinot noir and chardonnay. All Waratah Hills and Prom Road wines can be tasted and purchased at the vineyard cellar door. As well as a cellar door […]

HOT: The General Food Store, 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald

The General Food Store is THE place to eat in Emerald if you’re serious about your food. It’s often named in good food lists and Dandenong Ranges travel guides and is popular with locals and visitors.        The reason? They focus on using seasonal ingredients sourced from Victoria. Their coffee is by Coffee Supreme […]

HOT: Koonwarra Food and Wine Store, South 2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, Koonwarra

You’d never imagine that a tiny Gippsland town of Koonwarra can boast an artisan bakery, homewares store, organic produce store and a food, wine and produce store. The picturesque village is located on the South South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Leongatha and the reason for its existence is that there was one a train […]

HOT: MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Cafe and Fооd Stоrе, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé іѕ a hіddеn jеwеl іn Angelsea and it’s one of my favourite places to eat out on the Surf Coast. A visitor’s first encounter at McGains is the gorgeous food store. It’s enough to make a foodie salivate….but make sure you proceed to the cafe. The cafe is sprawled […]

HOT: The Pickers Union, 3 Mackey St, Geelong

A bit off the beaten track in Geelong you’ll find a bright and sunny cafe called The Pickers Union, adjoining the Geelong Vintage Market in North Geelong. While it doesn’t have views of Corio Bay or the beach (it overlooks a car park in a semi-industrial area) it makes up for the lack of scenery […]

HOT: Percy and Percy, Cnr Hargreaves & Baxter Sts, Bendigo

Percy and Percy is a Bendigo cafe that has transformed a former grocer in a quiet residential area into a delightful neighbourhood cafe. It’s a labour of love for the owners Elisha Jeffrey and Dan Bahn and their staff are like family. The cafe is spacious, with a main dining room, a secluded private meeting […]

HOT: The Woodhouse, 101 Williamson St, Bendigo

The Woodhouse Bendigo is a pizzeria and steakhouse where everything is cooked, baked, grilled using sustainable redgum wood from Barmah Forest.  Every year The Woodhouse goes through approximately 40 tonnes of wood! No gas is used, which adds a degree of difficulty to the cooking. We were invited to sample the menu of this award-winning restaurant. There are a […]

HOT: Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company, 25 Bell St, Yarra Glen

  On the main street of sweet Yarra Glen you’ll find a beautiful whitewashed Victorian building. Once housing a bank, it’s now the home of Hargreaves Hill – an award-winning microbrewery that matches great food with local and international beer and wines. The rabbit warren of small rooms and the open fireplaces make it a […]

HOT: Isabella’s at Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

The Yarra Valley is one of the favourite destinations for Melburnians in search of a country drive and I always like to combine a day trip there with a delicious long lunch. On my most recent excursion to Coldstream I visited Isabella’s at stunning Rochfords Wines with an invitation to try their new autumn menu by head chef Ciaran Butler. […]

HOT: Coral Lee, 8 Barnard St, Bright

Coral Lee is a cute 50s cafe serving food and coffee in the surrounds of retro collectibles gathered by the owner Sam. The cafe’s name is inspired by the coral colour in the floral wallpaper which lines the back wall as well as the coral coloured paint on the fireplace’s chimney. The ‘Lee’ bit is anyone’s […]

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