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  • HOT: Ika8, Footscray 2018-10-11
    Get kraken Melbourne; I’m not squidding! Footscray has a new street food squid restaurant called Ika8! The bolthole store is squished between ChaTime and Footscray Market, across the road from Footscray train station at Irving Street. Ika8 is the brainchild of a group of young second-generation Asian immigrants with roots in Melbourne’s west. Their mission […]
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  • KaBloom Flower Festival at Tesselaar Flower Farm – Giveaway! 2018-03-04
      This Easter and Autumn school holidays celebrate the carnival of colour at Tesselaar’s new KaBloom, Festival of Flowers held from Friday 30 March 30 to Sunday 15 April  2018. It’s like the fabulous Tesselaar Tulip Festival – but with different flowers! KaBloom will be an explosion of colour in nature, with waves of over […]
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  • HOT: One for the Crow, 9 Commercial St Maidstone 2018-03-02
    One for the Crow a wholly plant-based cafe and nursery in Maidstone and possibly the first vegan cafe with a full kitchen in Melbourne’s inner west. Maidstone locals Steph and Taze have transformed a sleepy suburban shopfront into a green oasis for plant-loving folk. Their combination of vegan eats + plants + coffee already have westies […]
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  • HOT: QV Cinema Flick/Fest, QV Square, Level 2 QV Melbourne, cnr Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, Melbourne 2018-03-01
    QV Cinema or Flick/Fest is a silent outdoor deckchair cinema returning to QV Melbourne for 2018 for a summer of movie fun. From now until Saturday 31 March 2018 QV Cinema is showing a series of themed screenings including curated by Gus Berger of Blow Up Cinema. The program includes old favourites and family-friendly flicks on a pop […]
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  • HOT: Eat Drink Westside 2018, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018 2018-02-27
    Eat Drink Westside is a curated collection of unique food and wine events held every year during Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. As the name suggests all of them are located in Melbourne’s west! This year Eat Drink Westside’s program contains 30 foodie experiences spanning Brimbank City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee […]
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  • HOT: The Clarke Sisters Tea Party, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne 2018-02-26
    The glamourous Melbourne CBD hotel InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is launching an equally glamourous high tea experience from Saturday 3 March called ‘The Clarke Sisters Tea Party’. The afternoon tea is named after the high society Clarke sisters who both married Patrick McCaughan who commissioned the original Rialto building. I am invited to a media preview of […]
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  • HOT: Heart of Hall, 17 Hall St, Newport 2018-02-01
    Heart of Hall Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and food and kitchenware store for westsiders. I love the decor and colour scheme, with cobalt blue walls highlighting the white-and-wood Scandi chic aesthetic. The gold bar on the coffee bench is a glamorous finishing touch. Heart of Hall services […]
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  • HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray 2017-12-14
    The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel thanks to new owners Anthony Hammond (co-owner of the excellent Builders Arms in Fitzroy) with business partner Nick Carter plus Anthony’s wife Jo deFina. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s […]
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  • HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon 2017-12-08
    Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]
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  • HOT: Toruk – The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne 2017-11-03
    Cirque du Soleil‘s latest production, Toruk – The First Flight, is another unforgettable, magical experience that has to be seen to be believed. I was invited to opening night and highly recommend you get tickets for the show’s limited 2 week run in Melbourne.  Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, Toruk – The First Flight is set […]
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  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 – Giveaway! 2017-09-08
    The annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival is returning to Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from Thursday 14 September until Tuesday 10 October 2017. Bring your cameras and your gumboots! Stroll through 25 acres of gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of more than 900,000 flowering tulips, showcasing 130 different varieties. While the tulips are undoubtedly the stars of […]
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  • HOT: Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray 2017-09-01
    Small Graces is a bright and cosy Footscray cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego and his partner Bec. Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. Diego uses ingredients that are ethically sourced with minimal processing. Vegetables feature heavily and dishes can be adjusted for vegan diets […]
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  • HOT: The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, NGV 2017-08-25
      Fashionistas will absolutely swoon over the National Gallery of Victoria’s newest exhibition –  The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The Melbourne-exclusive exhibition and world premiere is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior,  one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world. The exhibition features an […]
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  • HOT: Winter Solstice Light Show, Light House, 888 Collins St, Melbourne 2017-06-23
    Light House is a 15 storey residential building in Victoria Harbour, at the junction of Bourke and Collins St. Its most notable feature is the light installation which displays real-time weather information in an abstract light display. To celebrate the shortest day of the year Light House is showing a spectacular festive light display for Winter […]
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  • What’s On – Friday 23 June to Thursday 29 June 2017 2017-06-22
      CBD/Docklands Winter Solstice Courtyard Immigration Museum (Fri 23 Jun) – live music from polyrhythmic future-soul artist Nai Palm, lead performer of Hiatus Kaiyote. Share winter warmers with friends, including mulled wine, whisky, and spiced chocolate. Winter Solstice Light Show (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – For five evenings in winter, Melbourne’s newest icon […]
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  • Italian Wine & Food Festival – Giveaway! 2017-06-20
    Your Italian adventure awaits! The Italian Wine & Food Festival is Melbourne this Sunday 25 June and you could be there! Experience the joy of the Italian lifestyle, meet producers, talk to experts, watch live food making and cooking demonstrations, paying homage to tradition and showcasing innovation. The festival features over 200 wines to taste, […]
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  • HOT: Footscray Finds, Footscray Library car park, 56 Paisley St, Footscray 2017-06-19
    Footscray Finds is a monthly secondhand, handmade and boutique market held in the Footscray Library Car Park on Paisley Street. The first Footscray Finds kicked off on Sunday 18 June and it was a roaring success! I am unsure as to whether anyone will be around for the 8am start but it turns out you should never underestimate the bargain […]
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  • What’s On – Friday 16 June to Thursday 22 June 2017 2017-06-16
    It’s such a treat to work a short week as we head into the weekend again! This week I’m hanging out at Truffle Melbourne, the Williamstown Literary Festival and the first Footscray Finds market. Have a great week! CBD/Docklands Emerging Writers Festival (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 23 Jun) – Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers. Truffle Melbourne […]
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  • What’s On – Friday 9 June to Thursday 15 June 2017 2017-06-08
    Hello long weekend! If you’re staying in town there is lots to do this week! CBD/Docklands Negroni Week (Fri 9 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Melbourne’s top bars will be sprucing up the classic cocktail with some interesting and innovative variations.  Each bar will donate a percentage of Negronis sold to OzHarvest and United Cerebral Palsy. […]
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  • HOT: 9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray 2017-06-02
    The former Lonely Planet site in Footscray is now The Dream Factory, a creative hub for Melbourne’s west powered by Inspire9. Inspire9 are celebrating the official opening of Inspire9 Footscray at The Dream Factory with a month-long festival of ideas called ‘9Fest’. The 9Fest program runs from 12 June to 8 July and includes free talks, workshops, tours […]
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