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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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Feeling Good With Kooks The Generous Wine Co.

Kooks is a burgeoning wine company with a difference - it gives away 50% of its profits to "good doers" as part of its positively generous ethos. Celebrating generosity is not a value you often see in the corporate world. As a "corporate" myself I find Kooks to be a breath of fresh air. Some of the projects supported by Kooks are charities, while others are quirky capers.

The World Loves Melbourne visited the Kooks office (above Chin Chin) and spent some time with Chris Tucker, Director Marketing, one of the drivers of Kooks (along with Alec Law and Jamie Hughes). Chris is as serious about the "feel good" factor as he is about the wine. This business has a sense of adventure as the team identify projects to support and immerse themselves in community life. 

The wine itself is excellent. Kooks boasts a fine Barossa Shiraz with high 92 points from the Dan Murphy Panel, as well as its current Chardonnay. The World Loves Melbourne sampled a bottle of Kooks Shiraz - a rich, generous and full-bodied wine with a deepish red purple colour, created from a premium blend of Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra fruit.

Crafted by champion young winemaker Brie Hughes, the red features both intense fruit flavours and smooth texture, great for enjoying now or sharing with friends. Fruit driven, smoky, dried spice and char-oak aromas delight, and for under $15 this is a great bang for buck. Sold in Dan Murphys the Kooks wine is easily accessible. 

A coup for Kooks has been the relationship with Jetstar, who share the love, having supplied over 150,000 bottles of Kooks on their flights. Look out for them!

The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed imbibing Kooks Shiraz on a sunny Melbourne afternoon. We loved the wine for its depth, plump berry flavours and balance across the palate, and are gripped by the Kooks story.

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Kooks boasts champion winemaker Brie Hughes who was born into a Victorian winemaking family and followed in her father’s footsteps, studying winemaking at Adelaide University. Brie went on to gain valuable experience with some of Australia and New Zealand’s best wineries including Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale and Bay of Fires in Tasmania. She has also worked in New Zealand as white winemaker for Saint Clair Family Estate.

Brie is adept with making Shiraz from South Australian grapes and also (mainly from her experience in New Zealand) she is superb at producing cracker whites (fruit from Victoria's Yarra Valley).

Being familair with charity and companies who support projects, I was keen to find out exactly what projects Kooks supported. Were they "typical" projects a corporate might support? From certain predictable genres? Well, I discovered that Kooks has wide vision and supports projects that other companies may not. One of the more well known projects supported by Kooks is Tram Sessions.

The Tram Sessions project was instigated by Melbourne music lover Ashleigh Hills and has grown to become a serious attraction on certain trams in Melbourne. Kooks is the major sponsor of Tram Sessions, which has included performances on trams by major artists Jabuki (check out the You Tube clip above), Passenger, Eskimo Joe, The Basics, Xavier Rudd, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly and Dan Kelly, Eliza Hull and Josh Pyke.

When you drink Kooks wines you are drinking with a "feel good" factor, knowing 50% of profits go to "feel good" projects. And that's good drinking!

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