Too many chillies? Make Chilli Jam

Chillies are not only the easiest plant other than weeds to grown in any garden, they are also very giving. One chilli plant alone will give you season long (if not longer) growth;… Continue reading

French spirit at Chez Dre

In lieu of Bastille Day, lets celebrate the way the French do it best, through food of course, at the popular Chez Dre in South Melbourne.

Heidi Museum of Modern Art.

Hidden amidst the rolling green hills of Heidelberg, tucked away alongside the industrial landscape of the Eastern Freeway is an ever changing form and presence of culture; Heidi. Since founders Sunday and John… Continue reading

Dr Morse.

In the shadows of Victoria Park train station on the slightly seedy side of the Abbotsford tracks, hides the all purpose Dr Morse Bar and Eatery. Serving up everything on the food chain… Continue reading

CERES – for sustainable living.

Melbourne is full of wide open green-spaces, parklands and gardens. We’re privileged to have some of the most accessible city parks in the world filled with native plants and trees, lawn spaces for… Continue reading

Admiral Cheng Ho

Spoilt for choice, Admiral Cheng Ho has a star coffee cast with seven grinders at the ready, filled to the brim with beans from around the world.  From the coffee and vegetarian experts… Continue reading

A history lesson of a different kind: Melbourne Museum’s AZTEC exhibition

In 1519 Spaniard and explorer Herman Cortes took beloved Moctezuam II, leader of the Aztec empire, hostage in his own palace, slowly embarking on Tenichtitlan, the capital.  For two years, the heavily armed… Continue reading

Barry for food and coffee.

The usual sign of a good cafe, or at the very least a good coffee, is a tick of approval from the ambos. It is pretty safe to say, if a Paramedic is… Continue reading

Yarra Valley Dairy

Just 80 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley’s rolling vineyards start in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges and meander through dense, rugged and unforgiving parklands to King Lake National Park and… Continue reading

Duck Duck Goose and Larder: Town and Country produce in Kyneton

A far cry from indigence and small town confinement, Kyneton, just 80km from the Melbourne CBD, is a flurry of crisp ice-cold air and the scent of freshly cooked sweets, well known for… Continue reading

Route 59: A cozy and delectable night of food and wine in MoPo

Not long ago, Moonee Ponds was another north-west suburb on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD.  Labelled with a reputation, but a convenient location – via the 59 tram route – the area was… Continue reading

The Abbotsford Convent: An urban heartland for culture, art and life.

At any time of the day, on any day of the week, the Abbotsford Convent is a buzz of smells, sounds and life. The Convent founded, and developed between 1863 and the early… Continue reading

Oasis Bakery: Melbourne’s very own Middle East.

For 14 years, Maraw Makool and her team of dedicated family and staff have been producing the very best in Lebanese cuisine and products out of their ever expanding home-style kitchen; Oasis Bakery… Continue reading

The Slow Food movement: Farmers Markets

On a crisp, foggy Saturday morning in May, the sun is rising to the bustling mumbles of farm talk. As the frost clears and a wide blue sky surfaces, the smells of baked… Continue reading

Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2014

As Melbournians’ brace themselves for a long, gloomy and spectacular winter, it is once again festival season. Off the back of a very busy summer schedule, Melbourne is ready to throw in the… Continue reading

Chateau Yering in the heartland of the Yarra Valley.

The Yarra Valley is rich in historical significance; innovative gastro-style food influences and vineyards with a reputation to uphold. With a rich colonial history, the Ryrie brothers and Paul de Castella settled in… Continue reading

Weird and wonderful sites around the world

It is not everyday that we stumble upon a remarkable piece of art, visit a world heritage site or experience a ritual of cultural significance. There are few places or experiences that qualify… Continue reading

A routine in coffee. How do you drink yours?

I am not a heavy sleeper, nor do I sleep very often. Occasionally I’ll find I’ve drifted off, mouth open; drool cascading down my chin on the couch as early as 9pm. Other… Continue reading

Shameless self promotion – Aus Writers’ Centre Best Blogs 2014 Competition

Hello Loyal followers, Pay close attention to this public announcement… No, I’m not going to enlighten you with my coffee obsessions, travel stories,  cycling rants, foodgazims or Melbourne commentary but, if you like… Continue reading

Harlem… Where is the Ghetto?

I must admit I was somewhat disappointed when I first went to Harlem. For years, I had painted a picture that emulated a melting pot in NYC, of urban decay still resonant of… Continue reading