Pret-a-manger is taking over.

Within twelve hours of arriving in London, I spotted 34 Pret-a-manger stores between Tower Bridge and Covert Gardens. That is a lot, even by Starbucks standards. In such a highly concentrated area, with… Continue reading

Setting a new trend for the service industry.

London is finally entering the third wave coffee movement. Although cafes are still riddled with the god-awful Americano and most establishments still don a 1999 illy push button machine, there is rapid change… Continue reading

Visit Victoria: The spoils of Bendigo putting itself back on the map.

Once a sleepy hollow, a pit stop between the panoramic spoils of country Victoria and the Melbourne metropolis, stood a town laced with the success of white settlement and gold prospecting. Bringing lavish… Continue reading

The Sweetwater Inn

Nestled behind the dated, trashy and not so eloquent Jam Factory and Chapel Street (sorry South Yarra residents but it’s true) is one of Melbourne’s finest cheap eats. It’s simple, classic and has… Continue reading

A well rounded American taste in Melbourne

The friendly invasion of ‘American style’ bagels and doughnuts (or donuts if you want to be really American) across hole-in-the-wall style cafes started well before the bricks and mortar had set on new… Continue reading

Mornington Peninsula – Explore the Peninsula this summer

Winding around the coast at the foothills of the Mornington hinterland, stealth-like and painted red, white and blue, motors the newest attraction on the Peninsula. Operating 365 days a year, the Peninsula Explorer… Continue reading

Smith & Daughters

It took many attempts to finally get to Smith & Daughters – the over-raved about vegan Mexican inspired café-restaurant on Brunswick St. Closed Mondays, and basking in popularity, I finally got a booking… Continue reading

Hortus – under the Cow up a tree

The drab and dreary Harbour Esplanade behind Etihad stadium has little more than the magnificent Cow up a tree to break the monotony of unfinished acres of glass-fronted businesses and empty high rise… Continue reading

What to do with your used coffee grinds

From cosmetics to garden mulch, companies large and small are profiting off discarded coffee grinds. With so much coffee consumed in the world, it is any wonder that the market isn’t larger. Instead… Continue reading

Behind the conflict: Egypt and the Sinai

As the call to prayer radiates across the dusty, red rooftops of Cairo, the people have already risen, set for another full day. With approximately 12 million people calling the city home, travel… Continue reading

Mixed Business

Quietly nestled next to the Terminus Hotel and Fowlers flowers at the ever-busy Clifton Hill interchange, is Mixed Business – a country-style, inner suburban café keeping more than just the locals happy. Spoilt… Continue reading

Berties Butcher and Little Bertie

Ethically sourced meat, check. Quality service with a smile, check. A range of smallgoods so large a Parisian delicatessen can be heard screaming from afar, check. Now, a smokin’ barbeque backyard, double-check. Where… Continue reading

Nieuw Amsterdam

The sad but true fact is Pugg Mahones is no more. Far from sad but, true is the Hardware lane building has had a little reno. Scrambling for footpath space for eager awaiting… Continue reading

New meets York and a Tomato in Richmond

Hidden in the back streets of Richmond, woven behind West Richmond station and the residential block of New and York Streets you’ll find a hangover’s delight: New York Tomato. With a sunny courtyard,… Continue reading

Feast of Merit

The troubled shopfront of 117 Swan Street Richmond saw five cafes, restaurants and eateries pass through its doors in 2012 and 2013. The space is a large corner block, in a prime location… Continue reading

Darjeeling unlimited

Landing in the sweltering summer heat at Delhi airport, filled with weary travellers and families from afar, the humidity is breathtaking and suffocating. Escaping the congestion, to the warm plains of Bagdogra and… Continue reading

West Village Café

Between the overpowering, blue glass buildings filled with busy business and international visitors, there is a distinct lack of culinary opportunity on St Kilda Road. As the city business bubble moves further south,… Continue reading

The Kettle Black

If the crew from Top Paddock and Two Birds, One Stone weren’t already on top, they certainly are now with their addition to the family; The Kettle Black†. Opening late July thanks to… Continue reading

Cambodia a country plagued by War but full of spirit.

It is logical that Cambodia was effected by the Vietnam war; as a small Kingdom on the boarder with significant influence from the US, the Chinese and from within, it was inevitable. What… Continue reading

Industry Beans

Industry Beans quickly became a Fitzroy favourite when the lads from Penny Farthing down the road in Northcote opened their shipping-container-warehouse in 2013.