HOT: The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat was awarded the ‘Traveller Country Champ’ in The Age Good Food Under $30 2014. As it’s known to be kid-friendly so on a recent daytrip to Ballarat it was definitely going to be our lunch stop. The larger of the two Forge Pizzerias  is in the main shopping area of the goldfields town […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

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: Afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, Melbourne

Lady AB and I had a special mummy-daughter day out with afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor during the school holidays. The historic hotel has been serving traditional afternoon tea every day since 1883 and the entrance and interior lobby is still very old school. The restaurant 111 Spring Street where the high tea is served retains some […]

HOT: Yarraville Gardens, Cnr Hyde St and Somerville Road, Yarraville

   On sunny days Yarraville Gardens is the place to be for many inner west families. The playground is a bit dated but still awesome, with lots of colourful play equipment for littlies right through to bigger kids. There’s a couple of slides, a swing set including liberty swing, billboard puzzles and musical instruments to […]

HOT: Zonzo Restaurant, Train Trak, 957 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen

Wow. I did not expect to eat some of the best pizza I’ve had in a long time in the Yarra Valley. Zonzo at Train Trak winery has won my heart with its wood-fired goodness, search seek bucolic views and friendly service. Zonzo is a big restaurant inside a glamourous version of a big tin shed. […]

HOT: Jam and Cream, 1 Orr Street, Heidelberg Heights

If you’re looking for a place with crafty retro charm, Jam and Cream is well worth the drive to suburban Heidelberg. You’re welcomed into the double-fronted entrance by a mint vintage bike leaning on a picket fence – and then everywhere you turn it’s cuteness. You can choose between sitting in the indoor area, replete with tables decoupaged […]

HOT: Kew Nursery and Cafe, 2 Gladstone St, Kew

Now that we are right into Spring it’s time to get inspired with your garden and to get outside with your kids – and Kew Nursery and Cafe will help you with both those aims. As the name suggests, it’s a nursery nestled in the residential streets of Kew. It’s quite small but has the range […]

HOT: Sweet Evelyn, 128 Union St, Brunswick

Sweet Evelyn is a Brunswick cafe and micro bakery which is as sweet as its name (apparently named after the owners’ daughter). All the baked goods are made fresh on site every day, from the large range of cupcakes to the brownies, cookies and savouries – only the bread and croissants are brought in from Dench […]

HOT: Frying Colours, 520 Macaulay Road, Kensington

Korean isn’t a cuisine that automatically comes to mind when you’re dining out with kids. It’s spicy and sour, there’s fermented cabbage involved and sometimes a red hot barbecue. But if you’re sick of eating out with your kids and ordering Vegemite toast then Frying Colours is a modern Korean restaurant in Kensington that is wonderfully kid-friendly. My first impression […]

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