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 […]

The HOT List: Williamstown Literary Festival 2016 – Top 10 events for families and kids

Williamstown Literary Festival is the premier event for writers and readers in Melbourne’s west. The two day festival brings books alive at Williamstown Town Hall or the Williamstown Library (both located at 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown). Here are my Top 10 picks of the 13th annual Williamstown Literary Festival for families and children. Early bird tickets […]

The HOT List: Top 20 Mother’s Day High Tea in Melbourne – Sunday 8 May 2016

This Sunday 8 May is Mother’s Day and high tea is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the special women in your life. Here’s a list of the Top 20 high teas in Melbourne (which are not sold out yet), some of which are special events just for Mother’s Day. Langham Melbourne One […]

HOT: Crown Street Stables, 40 Crown St, Flemington

Crown Street Stables is an integrated community centre found in a quiet residential pocket of Flemington. The converted 19th century stables offers a range of social, recreation and educational activities, with a community cafe and playground on site as well.  You don’t have to be a Flemington or Moonee Valley resident to visit. The Crown […]

HOT: Cortille Café, 322 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo

Cortille Café is a popular Bendigo CBD cafe – just look out for the queues in front of the colourful restored caravan jammed inside to become a coffee cart. The cafe is split into several areas. The main dining room is bright and light and overlooked by a giant trumpet-toting monkey mural. The space with […]

HOT: Zero Gradi, 1/93-97 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Zero Gradi Brunswick East is the gelateria by the folks behind 400 Gradi, who serve up authentic award-winning Neapolitan pizza in Brunswick East, Crown Melbourne, Essendon and soon Eastland. Their gelateria is going to no doubt draw the same eager crowds as it lures families with a child-friendly night out – no kid can resist a pizza […]

HOT: Bar Sur Loup, 15 Bulleen Rd, Balwyn North

Bar Sur Loup is a French styled café and ‘petite patisserie’ in an unlikely location of a shopping strip in Balwyn North, just off the Eastern Freeway. The café named after a small hilltop Provencal town where the owner once lived and its décor is warm and cosy, with blonde wood furniture accented with French […]

HOT: Milkcow Popup, The Strand Arcade, 1 Driver Ln, Melbourne

Milkcow is a popular premium soft-serve ice cream company from South Korea with franchises all over Asia and America. Melbourne is its first foray into Australia, with a pop up in the former Cacao Lab space in Strand Arcade until the end of May. I was invited to sample some of Milkcow’s menu items, which […]

HOT: District North, 678-680 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

District North Moonee Ponds is a bright beautiful building in amongst the rather dingy and grey surroundings of Mt Alexander Road, a peacock amongst the pigeons. The sleek Scandi-chic cafe has a signature dish – the pandan pancakes ($16.50). This photogenic dish is everywhere on social media and it’s delicious to boot. Lady AB actually said […]

HOT: The Fictional Factory exhibition, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Artplay’s latest temporary exhibition is The Fictional Factory by artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles from Soft Stories. It’s whimsical fun for young and old and follows on from their work together in Matter of Factory and Owl Know How. The ‘Factory or Fiction’ workshops that helped to create this fantastical work have probably been some […]

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