FOOD, TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

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  • AUSTRALIA’S DAIRY BEST CROWNED AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND DAIRY AWARDS
  • Heston Blumenthal Launches New Vegemite Dessert
  • Lavazza Superbox at Australian Open
  • 23 Best Foodie Experiences 2016
  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery
  • Best Burgers in Melbourne
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  • The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to attend the night of nights of the Australian Dairy Industry at Greenfields in Albert Park. The esteemed Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2017 Champions, revealing the nation’s 20 finest dairy products out of a record 470 entries. As a foodie I'm excited by our dairy industry - which is world class. We've seen consumers become more savvy in recent times when it comes to dairy, and the standard of dairy across the board is sky high.

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  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Australia, located on the third floor of Crown Towers Melbourne, celebrates a brand new dessert, VEGEMITE Ice Cream, inspired by the country’s love of the quintessentially Australian breakfast spread. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to an exclusive preview of the exciting and stunning new dessert. The team, led by Group Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts have been exploring the origins of the Australian pantry staple, to create a dessert that amplifies the distinct flavour of the iconic spread. Over six months in development back in Bray, UK the favourite Australian spread, created in the early 1900’s, was deconstructed to uncover a unique blend of flavours.

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  • The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to experience the Lavazza Superbox at the Australian Open. Last year we said this was the best corporate box experiences ever, and this year was amazing. The location in the Rod Laver Arena combined with peerless hospitality, was sensational. To have the Lavazza family present in the Superbox was an honour. Having enjoyed Lavazza coffee consistently over many years, we can identify strongly with the brand.

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  • The World Loves Melbourne had some amazing foodie experiences in 2016 and here are our top 23 foodie experiences (not in order). We also enjoyed many top notch events and launches and several amazing corporate box experiences in both Melbourne and Sydney.

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  • LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.

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  • Best burgers in Melbourne, we have searched high and low for the best this city has to offer. The humble burger has risen in status to be a gourmet item of choice on menus across Melbourne. Culinary giants are making their own burger versions for customers. There seems to be a trend away from old school burgers to burgers that incorporate more gourmet and quality ingredients. The trend is away from the huge burger to something almost stylish and smaller - yet packs a punch.

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Top 5 gifts for the men in your life

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No matter what the occasion, it is always hard to buy gifts for other people, whether they are life long friends or your family.

I’m a glutton for buying gifts and I love seeing people’s faces when they open presents. There’s that spark of happiness, unashamedly resolute in the satisfaction associated with receiving a gift. As much as people try to mask their reactions, it can’t be masked completely. Therefore, if you don’t want to see that flicker of disappointment in their micro-expressions, you really need to invest time in researching the best gift for your loved one to prevent that from happening.

Recently, I did some seriously extensive searching for the perfect gift for my boyfriend. He is so hard to buy for. He is a man that has so many hobbies and interests, it is insane, but the problem being that although he has a number of interests, the speed in which they come in and out of favor is ridiculous. I thought I was bad with my wardrobe, but he is much worse. I can hardly keep up, even on a good day!

The thing is, he also always starts his new hobby by decking himself out with all the equipment he needs. So when it comes to presents, I really have to dig deep - and not just metaphorically, but physically through his things to get a better idea of what he may be missing. Plus, like any man the equipment he buys can only be the best of the best otherwise in his eyes, it's not going to do the job properly.

My boyfriend loves doing anything outdoorsy and he thinks there is nothing better than being out in the open and sleeping in a swag under the stars. Unfortunately for him, when I come along we have to swap the swag for a tent, but apart from that, I’m all sweet. Because we usually end up trying to get away camping for the weekend of his birthday every year, I decided to try to combine the gifts with the occasion and here are a few key items which can work for all the men in your life.

A great torch

A great gift for the outdoorsy man in your life is a torch. A strong and powerful one will help in any situation. I recently bought an EagleTac torch, and it is a LED pocket sized flashlight, but it expels a serious amount of light.

The perfect billycan

There’s nothing much better than enjoying a hot mug of tea by the campfire under the stars, so make sure you’re ready with the perfect billycan. You can get some great options with heatproof handles and whatnot, so take a look online!

A waterproof jacket

Is there anything worse than a jacket that leaks water on a cold rainy day when you’re hiking? No, not really. Spoil your man and keep him toasty warm by investing in a great waterproof jacket.

A GPS

Men can read maps… Most of the time. Save his bacon for when he can’t figure out which turn to take with a great GPS. Even better if you can get one that you can use in the car and on hikes too.

Hiking Boots

Sore feet on a hike? No thanks. Deck your dude out with a top notch pair of hiking boots. That way he’ll be more inclined to carry your things as well because he’ll be so comfortable!

I hope these tips for the perfect gift for the man in your life have been helpful and that you manage to source the perfect option for your special man. Good luck and happy gift hunting!

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