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Shanklin Cafe Impresses in Hawthorn

Shanklin Cafe Impresses in Hawthorn

Shanklin Cafe is an impressive destination for those who love extra finesse with their brunch and a stylish vibe. Grab a park and walk into a converted 19th century terrace property with a charming frontage featuring large tables for groups. Inside discover a  industrial look, with awesome vibe and classy fit out.

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Melbourne Italian Wine and Food Festival

Melbourne Italian Wine and Food Festival

The Melbourne Italian Wine & Food Festival is back in 2018 for it’s third consecutive year! Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Joe Vargetto (Mister Bianco + Massi Restaurant), Francesco Rota (Trattoria Emilia), James Kummrow (Fatto), Dusty Treweek (Bottega), Jesse MacFadden (Massi Restaurant), Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi) and Luca Ciano leading the charge.

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Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Epic Finding Fire Dinner with Lennox Hastie

Finding Fire Dinner with Sydney chef Lennox Hastie was an epic event with many culinary highlights and a masterful recovery from drama. From his acclaimed restaurant in the backstreets of Sydney's Surry Hills,  Firedoor chef Lennox Hastie headed to South Yarra to bring a firestorm.

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Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Standout Dining Experience at Dans Le Noir

Dans Le Noir is a unique and compelling dining experience that has taken the world by storm, and now available in Melbourne at The Como Melbourne each Thursday to Saturday from 6:30pm. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a dinner session and we found the experience to be highly rewarding and slightly confronting.

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Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy Style Brunch Dishes Delight at CH James

Healthy dishes are a hit at CH James cafe in Fairfield. We've noticed that on Melbourne cafe menus there are many more options for healthier style brunch dishes reflecting the demand by customers. Gone are the days of the huge fry up. CH James offers the equivalent of the big breakfast but it's not a greasy fry up. For those health conscious customers CH James is the place to be.

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Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar A Euro Hit in Windsor

Ines Wine Bar has announced itself on Chapel St Windsor with an epic launch, and is a delightful acquisition for the Windsor precinct. A chic bar with Italian influences is just what the area needs.

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New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New Dishes A Hit at CH James

New dishes at CH James are top notch, restaurant quality food in a cafe we believe. When looking at different cafes it's often the little touches that sets them apart. CH James doesn't compromise on premium ingredients and each dish gives the customer more than what they might expect. 

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Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit the pop up party this Saturday at Highpoint’s IN: TRANSIT precinct

Visit Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong this Saturday for a free massive pop up party extravaganza! Highpoint will be offering awesome freebies celebrating the launch of 3 hot new stores located in IN:TRANSIT - The Jerk, Legacy Barbers & Essential Pieces and The Sneaker Laundry. Get along and join the festivities (Highpoint level 3 outside Degani) from 11-4pm!

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BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

BentSpoke Beer at the European for Good Beer Week

An epic event for Good Beer Week was the degustation featuring BentSpoke Brewing Co (from Canberra) and The European restaurant! Held at a quintessentially Melbourne location, the private Team Room at iconic The European restaurant in Spring St Melbourne, this was a night to remember! BentSpoke Brewing,  one of Australia's highly awarded craft brewers, was a perfect match for a Melbourne food and wine dining institution. Comments were made about "if these walls could speak they would mainly tell wine stories" but now "we are bringing the beer stories". And so they did!

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Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month Announces 2018 Program

Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Melbourne in June with ten incredible featured events including an inspiring master-class, chef collaborations and flavour-packed parties. This year, the talent-filled, good-times-packed programme draws on the inspiration that fuels this great city, inviting food-lovers to re-imagine Melbourne’s buzzing dining scene over 30 delectable days. Tickets are on sale now from  www.goodfoodmonth.com.

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Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Best Day Trips from Melbourne

We have unlocked the best day trips from Melbourne. Melbourne offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of arts and culture, food, music and lifestyle. But also it boasts a fine array of destinations not far from the CBD. Here are some of the best:

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Launch of Miss Ping's Thai Eatery

Launch of Miss Ping's Thai Eatery

Miss Ping's Thai Eatery is an exciting new addition to the food scene in Westfield Doncaster, with a sense of playfulness and fine food. The World Loves Melbourne attended the colourful launch and experienced some of the dishes of Miss Ping's. With attitude set to spice up Doncaster, this enticing venture has been created by hospitality veteran and Thailander owner, Winnie Chiang.

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Moon Under Water Launch at Bennett's Lane Jazz Club

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Bennett's Lane Jazz Club was the iconic scene for the launch of the exciting new album Moon Under Water from Andrew Hagger and friends. After the success of the Hope album last year which topped the classical charts, there was much anticipation from the packed out event as several of the artists from Moon Under Water performed. This album features some of Australia's most accomplished musicians and is the perfect album to purchase for Christmas. Indeed as an instrumental album it's superb to play at a dinner party or occasion.

George Orwell's 1946 essay "Moon Under Water" imagined the perfect place to gather. A fictitious place. Too good to be true. With incredible atmosphere. Friends and families connecting. Flowing conversations. Great food and drinking. And even a surprise garden to welcome all. Sound enticing?

On a stage that has seen the likes of Prince, Justin Timberlake and Harry Connick Junior perform, we enjoyed stellar performances from Andrew Hagger (who kicked off solo on piano), Elodie Sablier the young glamorous French pianist from Provence, Andrew Naylor and family, Robyn Payne (one of the Australia's finest producers, as well as a fine musician in her own right), and Michael Tortino (fabulous double bass player, Melbourne Jazz Festival Director and owner of Bennett's Lane Jazz Club). 

Other guests on Moon Under Water include Tommy Emmanuel (arguably the world's greatest guitarist), David Hirschfelder (writes scores for Hollywood movies such as Strictly Ballroom (1992), Shine (1996), Sliding Doors (1998), Elizabeth (1998), Hanging Up (2000), Australia (2008), and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010), ex Little River Band and John Farnham Band), and Chong Lim (Dancing with the Stars, producer for the 2000 Olympic Games as well as for many albums and projects, and has toured with many big name artists) and David Holmes. 

Buy the album here at ABC Shop... Or you can see Moon Under Water for sale in JB HiFi.

Andrew Hagger opened the evening with the title track of Moon Under Water and set the soulful tone with first class musicianship... Andrew has climbed the heights in business and is a General Manager of NAB and CEO of MLC, previously working as Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne.

The story goes that Andrew, while on holidays with his family on Hamilton Island, decided to "do something for my soul" in addition to the demands of his executive role. So he rang 8 friends and asked them if he could produce an album where they "all brought songs to the table". The result is Moon Under Water - with ABC Music also partnering in the project.

Elodie Sablier is a pianist who pours everything into her performances, leaving nothing behind. The rapturous applause indicated the quality and inspiration of her performance of "Vertigo" - her own composition. Elodie is technically brilliant having been schooled in the top French conservatoires, but its the passion, creativity and authenticity of her performance that endears her to audiences. She often crosses over into jazz and world music.

Robyn Payne thrilled the crowd with a couple of sets including a set with Andrew Naylor in which she played several unique wind instruments. Robyn brought a contenplative yet joyful tone. She and her husband have produced around 200 albums in their Melbourne studio including albums for Tommy Emmanuel.

Andrew Naylor is a superb artist who has several albums himself, performed on several sets, proving he is equally brilliant on piano as he is on guitar. On the Hope Album Andrew was also featured on vocals. 

The audience were captivated by Andrew's soulful rendition of the song "Mercy" and the special moment when his family and a special friend joined him on stage. How can one family have so much talent?

 

Michael Tortini is a charasmatic performer (particularly in his own club). The ex stockbroker is a huge lover of jazz and has done much for jazz in Melbourne and beyond. Bennett's Lane Jazz Club is an institution in this town and we were discussing in our office how many of us have visited Bennett's Lane over the years.

Michael is also the Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and he is able to attract top notch talent from Australia and overseas to be part of the Festival. The World Loves Melbourne attended several events at the last Festival and it was an absolute triumph. Michael's business brain is an asset to the Festival as well as his love of all things jazz.

Not to mention Michael Tortino is also a revelation on double bass! He thrilled the audience with impromptu riffs from rock songs, as well as performing the classic "Caravan" in response to an audience request. 

Andrew Hagger then proposed a toast to Moon Under Water...

 

Moon Under Water is a standout album featuring some of Australia's finest musicians. Get on it!

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