Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

How good is Raclette! The first time we encountered the magical world of Raclette we fell in love. We gathered around the Raclette "machine" where a wheel of premium cheese was blistering and bubbling under the heat in awe. Then with a scrape of a knife the theatre and aroma of raclette drew us in with wonder. Not to mention the taste of the oozy cheese - often paired with pickles, mushrooms or cornichons. Scraping the cheese into a small bowl, you are set for a session of bliss, especially if you pair it with say a dry white wine or a pinot noir. The joy of France and Switzerland is to be enjoyed here in Melbourne. 

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Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

CH James has released several exciting new dishes on their menu and The World Loves Melbourne joined with other leading bloggers in Melbourne to experience the newbie dishes for brunch.

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Best Melbourne Cafes

Best Melbourne Cafes

 

Best cafes in Melbourne is a mix of new and emerging cafes together with icons that are well established cafes.  We celebrate Melbourne's best cafes in the search for perfection. Melbourne is best known for it's thriving cafe scene, often to be found in laneways. We are constantly eating out at Melbourne's top cafes and consider the standard to be high.

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CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE taps into the Australian chicken shop dream and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu at the launch. We love the name - sounds like the name of a revolutionary (and it is a revolution) - but CHE stands for Chicken/ Heledos/ Empanadas as well as "mate" in Spanish (clever). CHE has a modern fit out and is in the heart of Fitzroy on the corner of Johnston St and Brunswick St (look for the neon letters in the windows at night).

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Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo is a fabulous option for a catch up to imbibe the best of pizza (one of the best pizza restaurants in Melbourne) in a modern hospitable environment and - wait for it - reasonable drink prices. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience some of the menu.

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The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick is a must-see hilarious and heartwarming movie, releasing in cinemas on August 3 2017. See the trailer. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a preview of the film at the Gold Class cinemas at The Jam Factory on Chapel St South Yarra. Seeing the film together in Gold Class as a couple was perfect and the film is so relatable to modern relationships.

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Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown has been a favourite of ours for several years and is a venue we consider to be quintessentially Melbourne in terms of architecture and expression. The Diner section has been the place for some favourite events and moments but the restaurant offers a delightful casual dining experience that borders on fine dining. We were invited to the restaurant to sample the new menu, which provides both a Middle Eastern selection and an Italian selection, reflective of the owners.

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The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

Pastuso Restaurant was the perfect venue for a cracking event featuring two of Melbourne's best chefs, Alejandro Saravia and Jesse Gerner, and an extraordinary insight into Peruvian cuisine. The event was part of the Pep Alliance series of events hosted by iconic foodie, author and identity Hilary McNevin. The theme of Spain v Peru was brilliant and topical in celebrating Peruvian Independence Day, and it explored the relationship between Spanish and Peruvian cooking. Our table raised a glass or two of Pisco sour to Peru on this great occasion!

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St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz is a stunning new addition to Acland Street as a top notch bar and casual restaurant for your next catch up. It's a new addition but pays tribute to yesteryear with a neon replication of the dancing dirl from the St Moritz Ice Rink that used to exist at the location from 1929 to 1981. The venue is modern but also incorporates St Kilda grunge with exposed brick and quirky artwork. 

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Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's is one of the best cafes in Melbourne and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample dishes from the ever evolving menu. The cafe is called Franks partly because it offers frank and authentic honest food. It seeks to give the punters what they want, and we think it successfully does that. No pretension, just fine food in a chic modern environment, with owner Harry Butler at the helm.

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The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food is a distinctive foodie destination in Melbourne. How many restaurants can actually claim that? Often there can be a sameness about Melbourne dining experiences - many cafe menus are mirrors of each other and even restaurants serving up similar dishes. But for the discerning diner, The House of Wine and Food is a unique and exciting dining experience in Melbourne bringing French, Italian and Mediterranean classics and compelling bar and dining spaces.

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Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu the legendary lifestyle and adventure brand recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the celebration at stylish Smart Artz Gallery. 

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Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct

The Stokehouse Precinct launched sexy casual diner Pontoon and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample the savvy menu at this modern restaurant with stunning sea views.

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Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Join the Ice Skating Fun at Eastland

Attention all shoppers, Ice Skating is back in Ringwood with the launch of an Ice Skating rink in the Town Square at Eastland, running through until the end of August. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a family event where we became one of the first to experience the ice skating fun at Eastland (our local).

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Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette and Other New Dishes a Smash Hit at Merricks Creek Winery

Raclette is one of the joys of life, and Merricks Creek have created a smash hit with their new Grilled Raclette cheese with potatoes and a side of cornichons. Customers are driving up from Melbourne for this raclette, as well as the other standout dishes and new release 2016 Pinot Noir at Merricks Creek Winery.

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Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market Restaurant A Labour of Love for Paul Wilson

Wilson & Market is an impressive 50-seater lifestyle cafe and 200-pax brasserie and bar, with stunning seasonal, delicious, ethical dishes by Paul Wilson and showstopper bathrooms designed by Kate Challis Interiors. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a media launch to imbibe the produce driven high quality dishes of the Brasserie. This is one of those "go to" places where you know you're in a foodie haven, specifically in the fine hands of iconic chef Paul Wilson. 

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IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

IDES $65 Sample Table Available Every Thursday Till End of Winter

A sample table at IDES? Yes please! The World Loves Melbourne believes every Melbourne foodie should visit IDES. For us there's a sense of electricity and excitement both behind the creativity and the execution of the dining experience.

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Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Book for the Winter Season of Pep Alliance

Looking for gourmet distinctive foodie events? Pep Events presents the Pep Alliance with culinary icon Hilary McNevin as host. A superb winter season is open now for bookings. We think exceptional quality and value.

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CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

CH James is setting the pace when it comes to cafe sustainability, storing up its weekly coffee grinds and food scraps for the last 2 years, and giving them to the fabulous Fairfield Community Garden. The World Loves Melbourne caught up with Kat from CH James and Ken and Annette from the Fairfield Community Garden to see how it all works, and go on a tour of the garden.

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Cannibal Creek Vineyard  a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard a Gippsland Triumph

Cannibal Creek Vineyard (recently featured in Broadsheet) is just an hour East of Melbourne on the fringes of Gippsland and is one of those quiet achievers, in an area (Gippsland) that is on the fringe of emerging "big time" as a food and wine region. The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a famil to experience Cannibal Creek Vineyard and imbibe the delights of Gippsland.

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Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn Truffles The Best We've Had and A Restaurant Hit

Stonebarn - remember the name. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to be part of a media event with Stonebarn Truffles, showcasing the excellence of the produce, at Sarti restaurant. Exceptional French Black Perigord truffles from Manjimup Western Australia.

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Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Taste of the Barossa Dinner with Secret Foodies

Celebrating paddock to plate produce and fine South Australian wine, our Taste of the Barossa event was held at Craft & Co in Collingwood. As an inner city foodie haven Craft & Co. was the ideal place to indulge in the standout South Australian wine-making region.

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TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

TWLM attends Australian Bacon Week Launch at Quay Restaurant

Australian Bacon Week is one of the most popular events on the calendar, and being a prime consumer of Australian bacon ourselves, The World Loves Melbourne was delighted to celebrate the launch and presentations event at Quay restaurant in Sydney. Everyone has their favourite way to enjoy the magical meat, from savoury to sweet, breakfast to dessert, and Victoria’s best Aussie bacon has just been revealed.

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Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s Young Gun of Wine Awards

Australia’s wine industry came together to celebrate the top young Australian winemakers, and the future of the industry looks bright.  Young Gun of Wine, the premier wine show for new trailblazing winemakers in Australia, recently announced the winners of its coveted 2017 awards.

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Arts

Interview with Mark De Clive Lowe

Mark de Clive Lowe, half Japanese half New Zealander based out of Las Angeles, California has been instrumental (no pun intended) in driving the New Jazz movement forward over the last decade.   His ability to fuse Jazz with a funky urban flavor has seen him work with artists as respected as Lauryn Hill and Sammy Figueroa. 

 

MDCL has toured heavily over the last decade, has released no less than 12 full-length albums, 6 EP’s and worked on over 150 collaborations.  De Clive Lowe is also responsible for one of the most respected club nights in Europe and America; CHURCH. Equal parts jazz club, dance party and live electronica remix experiment, CHURCH is set to take Melbourne by storm as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Here at The World Loves Melbourne we were lucky enough to catch an Interview with de Clive Lowe ahead of his performance with Miguel Attwood-Ferguson on Saturday night.

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Adam Kelly: Mark, how are you? Nice to have you here in Australia!

Mark de Clive Lowe: Adam, thank you it's always good to be here.

AK: The last tour I had here the band didn't take into account that it wasn't summer here in the southern hemisphere. Are you a little more prepared?

MdCL: It's certainly no LA. haha. Yeah I make sure I read up on the weather before I pack.

AK: Good man. Speaking of clothes, is there an outfit you have at home that might be ridiculously comfortable and warm but you would hate for anyone to see you wear it in public?

MdCL: Haha, no most things are good. I suppose my lazy day clothes wouldn't be ideal.

AK: Tracksuit pants, we allll have them. Are you an elastic around the ankles man or a freedom to move man?

MdCL: Definitely free. hahaha, does that say something about my character?

AK: I'm the same as you Mark so I'm going to say that it say's you're a GREAT guy. I should probably start asking some things that make this resemble an interview. (by this stage we had already spent 10 minutes of my allocated 30 talking about all kinds of irrelevant things).

The list of people you've worked with is huge – Do you have a favourite or a notable memory with anyone in particular?

MdCL: Honestly, Everyone I have worked with has been Amazing. I mean, getting to work with artists who you grew up listening to is always such an amazing experience. I did a party in LA recently and had Leon Ware, who of course worked with Marvin Gaye and Jody Watley, one of the most iconic pop, jazz, R & B singers from the 80's singing together. Actually, they were singing 'I want you' which Leon actually wrote for Marvin Gaye and it was one of those moments when you see the power of music bringing different generations together. 

AK: I can imagine what it must be like playing with the people who inspired you.  Do you remember what musical influences you had growing up through your parents?

MdCL: Yeah, my upbringing influenced me a lot. My dad forced me onto piano by age four, he swore hell or high water that all of his kids would end up musicians. haha... He had us listening to musicals and my older brothers had me listening to small group jazz.

I also used to make a trip every Sunday out to the country with the neighbours and their Dad would play the same Great Jones album every single time. I used to love it, those trips were like my escape or my break from all the usual structures, and yeah, every Sunday for a year and half I enjoyed the same album.  

I definitely got influenced most by my dad, however as our taste in music changed and he began asking me to 'turn it down' a lot more I found that my mum would find time for me to play it however I wanted to. I used to blast things like Public Enemy when no one was home, so loud though that I often wouldn't hear dad coming home, I used to have it so loud that when it happened I would get yelled at.  It just made me appreciate the moments where I could listen to it a whole lot more.

AK: Four years old? Do you remember the first song you learnt on piano at that age?

MdCL: You know what, I can visualise myself playing the first few notes and I can see my fingers running across the keys but I can never remember what the song was. 

AK: Any chance we might see a rendition of one of those songs you learnt when you were four?  Because I would probably pay you to slip one in as a dare.

MdCL: Hahaha, you know what's funny, a few years ago I actually did something like that. I'd been mucking around with these kids earlier in the day and I can't remember what the song was that we were all singing but I decided to try and seamlessly fit part of into another song.  We made it work, and the cool thing is unless you were with us earlier in the day you wouldn't have even noticed what we'd done.

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AK: To Date, what has been the most life changing thing you have done in your career?

MdCL: Travelling.  I left New Zealand in 1998 chasing my then girlfriend around the planet. She went to London and I was touring so I re-routed my flights through there as often as I could.  Unfortunately we broke up before I got to London but I was stuck going there. At the time some of the music I was into and I was creating was starting to take off jungle beat, broken beat things like that and so I ended up staying there for 10 years. If I hadn't followed the girl I don't know how much of this would have opened up like it did.

AK: Tell us about CHURCH.  How did that start? 

MdCL: I always wanted to start a club night in LA, and this is great because it's a curated club night. I guess it's like a live story of my musical journey. It starts with jazz and has a great live feel and ends up transitioning through funk and soul and ends up being this fantastic dancey house party… I love showing people how all of these seemingly disconnected genre's and sub cultures can actually all blend together.  

CHURCH also features a heap of guest MC’s and musicians. Sometimes they are planned and sometimes they are not, we often get people just jumping up in the middle of a set to add to a performance. I remember recently thinking to myself 'wow, that was a great change in tempo' and I turn around and Chris Dave (Adele, Yolanda Adam's) has jumped up behind the kit.  I love it, I love how it tells my story.

it actually started back in the day with Nia Andrews, we found a tiny little venue called Angels and it was on the last Sunday of the month.  That's part of the reason we called it CHURCH, a play on words. But intentionally it also fit what we were aiming for. A bit like the great African American gospel churches we wanted people to know that we were coming together to lift our spirits and to celebrate. In our case that celebration is about music and it's about dance, but we wanted it to be a celebration and we wanted it to be infectious.

AK: What do you love about the Melbourne International Jazz Festival?

MdCL: Its diverse lineup, it really is eclectic. I think festivals like this are helping to show people that jazz isn't just trying to cater to a certain aged demographic, that there is literally something for everyone.

AK: Have you managed to tick anything off your bucket list by any chance?

MdCL: My musical one, absoultely. In terms of people I have wanted to play with I have certainly begun ticking those names off, which is great.  There is a heap more people I'd love to work with and to be honest the list only ever really grows. haha. Non-musically though it's my dream to just go to Bora Bora for like 2 weeks and do nothing, to just be there.

You can catch Mark de Clive Lowe performing with Miguel Atwood Fergusson at the Hifi bar this Saturday night.  Grab your tickets here: http://tickets.thehifi.com.au/default.aspx?Event=34153

CHURCH events are all being held at The Cave at the Kelvin Club. Saturday June 1, Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8, 10pm - 3am. Entry is free and registration happens here: http://www.melbournejazz.com/v2013/webpages/the-cave-registration.php?

@theadamkelly @MdCL

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