Cecconi's the iconic Italian restaurant in Flinders Lane recently hosted a Gentleman's Oak Day Brunch. While Oaks Day is known as ladies day, it was great that Kate & Co with Cecconi's put on a brunch for the gentleman. Here we were able to enjoy choice cocktails, a scrumptious breakfast and gain some racing tips for the big day.
Pressure Cookers are the cooking way of the future and The World Loves Melbourne was supplied with an Optimum Induction PressureCook Pro to review. We are a busy family with limited time when it comes to cooking. The Optimum PressureCook Pro is brilliant in cutting down the cooking time. For example, a 1.5kg roast cooked in 30 minutes was amazing, where you would normally expect say 90 minutes.
Iconic chef Donovan Cooke has brought his culinary prowess to his new French restaurant Ryne in Fitzroy North. We've followed his career from the Est Est Est days and history in London with Marco Pierre-White et al, and we are excited about this new offering where Donovan can fully express his vast skill and passion. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to dine at Ryne and experience the menu. Ryne means "a course continually moving onwards" and we recognise Donovan's amazing culinary journey and his latest adventure.
Merricks Creek Winery located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula has released a new selection of fabulous dishes to complement the popular offerings already a hit (such as the Swiss Raclette grilled cheese) on its share plates menu. Not only that but it has added a selection of funky wines to its standout Merricks Creek Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay.
With a target of $15,000 and looking to fund education of 100 Syrian children for a year, CH James hosted the Collateral Repair Project charity event. Would they meet their challenging target? The World Loves Melbourne attended the event and was moved by the speeches by refugees and the inspiration of the event.
Annam, the new restaurant in Little Bourke St from Jerry Mai is a revelation, taking Vietnamese cuisine to the next level with clean food and big flavours. No MSG in sight, the elevated flavours are a result of Jerry Mai genius. The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed a banquet style dinner and found this to be joyous dining with the dishes a procession of chart topping hits. Annam is now open for lunch as well as dinner!
The World Loves Melbourne is a big fan of the Night Noodle Markets, an iconic event which attracts thousands of Melbourne noodle and street food lovers to the fabulous Birrarung Marr each year. We were invited to the launch in the Pimm's Garden, a highlight of the festival. The ability to access some of the top Asian street food in Melbourne at one location at reasonable prices, then enjoy dining in the magical atmosphere that is the Night Noodle Markets is a joy!
Cecconi's is an icon of Melbourne dining and continues to evolve and thrill after decades. Like a fine wine it matures and displays nuances over time; never staying still. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience dinner at Cecconi's and we were once again highly impressed. Having dined here several times before, we knew it would be an excellent night, but each experience is different. Kudos to the team and chef Maurice Esposito who "nailed" the rustic Italian dishes and our selection was full of crowd pleasers.
Celebrating South Australia! That's something we love to do! Love it all we say - Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and other cities! Adelaide has a unique classic charm with its stunning architecture, well planned streets and gardens - and also of note is its spectacular producers and fine dining restaurants! Jamie's Italian is a top notch restaurant in the heart of Adelaide, made famous by Jamie Oliver of course.
Lucy Liu is a restaurant that continues to go from strength to strength, surely attaining Melbourne restaurant iconic status. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample the menu and imbibe the Lucy Liu savvy street food experience. Greeted on arrival we were seated towards the front of the room where one can check out the dining scene buzz, as well as some bar action. This was out third experience at Lucy Liu and it was an absolute pleasure.
Free crispy chicken wings alert! 4FINGERS is giving away FREE WINGS from 191 Bourke Street) on ! at their Melbourne CBD store (189-
Each person will receive 6 pieces of wings with soy garlic or spicy sauce! How good is that - The World Loves Melbourne considers this to be extremely generous!
You might have seen in the news recently that one of Australia’s most famed winemakers, Penfolds have just released their 2017 collection which is quite exiting! The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a Thursday afternoon for a tasting led by Penfold’s Senior White Winemaker, Kym Schroeter.
Saxe Restaurant, the new restaurant by Joe Grbac, is a superb embodiment of all that is fine in fine dining. Greeted on arrival, taken for a drink at the sharp new bar, then escorted upstairs to a corner table by the window where we enjoyed several hours of conviviality. Dishes were chic and downright delicious, clearly featuring high quality ingredients. Local produce gets a guernsey and the theme is modern Australian cuisine.
The World Loves Melbourne is still on a high after the most recent Pep Event, the Spring Seafood Spectacular at Taxi Kitchen! Pep Events, creators of imaginative and personalised experiences in some of Melbourne’s best dining rooms, eateries and bars, hit another pinnacle with their Spring event a Spring Seafood Spectacular in conjunction with Taxi Kitchen and Fishtales. The event brought together Pep Events founder and host, noted journalist and food writer, Hilary McNevin, with Transport complex General Manager and Executive Chef, Tony Twitchett, and founder and owner of Fishtales, John Susman. A match made in heaven.
The Grub Take 5 competition is back for a second year at Fitzroy’s Grub Food Van. Pick up your camera, get your keyboard at the ready and RSVP to enter this competition that launches Grub’s summer menu and gives space and creativity to budding photographers and writers. Prizes are great and competition is keen.
Are you a curry lover? Do you like to get in the kitchen and cook up a storm? Are you passionate about ending the poverty cycle? Are you a foodie? Then get on board with other Aussies for The Great Australian Curry Fundraising Campaign. It's simple, fun and profound. Opportunity International Australia invites Aussies to cook up a curry this October or November, share it with family and friends and raise funds so families in developing countries can receive small loans to build businesses and break the crippling cycle of poverty.
Set up a fundraiser on the Opportunity International website and cook your spicy curry to raise money to break poverty!
The Best Butcher in Victoria is in Melbourne’s Ashburton. Melbourne’s Ashburton Meats Butcher shop, in the south-eastern suburb of Ashburton, has been awarded the Victorian Retail Butcher Shop of the Year Award 2017 by The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC). The announcement was made at the AMIC Awards on Saturday, October 14, held in Melbourne at Aerial, South Wharf.
Here are our favourite boutique wineries in Victoria. We enjoy a range of wineries but we especially enjoy the bespoke and boutique winery experience.
How good are Melbourne's laneways? An attraction in themselves with a plethora of culinary delights and hidden gems. The World Loves Melbourne participated in a culinary tour of Melbourne's most well-known laneway restaurants as part of the Victorian Government's Food and Beverage Trade Week. Having been a part of last year's Laneway Tour this was an event not to be missed!
Support for refugees is something most of us are passionate about. Christopher Krambias, Jey Jeyabala and Matthew Butera (all of refugee or migrant background) have organised a fund raising event at CH James cafe in Fairfield for the Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a grassroots organisation working out of Amman, Jordan to provide basic support to refugees. The event will be held on November 4th and ticket numbers are already strong. This is a great cause where the money goes to the grassroots need not to the administrators. It's a charity that Christopher and CH James have supported in the past - and the event they held at CH James last year was a great success. We are encouraging everyone to get on board with this project.
Chef Joe Grbac’s first solo-business venture, Saxe at 211 Queen Street, has opened with much anticipation. Grbac, who headed up The Press Club and was co-owner and executive chef of Collingwood’s Saint Crispin has been keen to get the doors open of his 70-seater and bring his menu of contemporary Australian dishes to the law and corporate precincts of the CBD. It's another exciting launch for 2017 by a heralded chef.
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