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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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The Spice Pantry A New Indian Gem in Prahran

The Spice Pantry A New Indian Gem in Prahran

The Spice Pantry in Prahran is surely amongst the best Indian food in Melbourne. A big "call" but we are amazed by this new restaurant in the burbs. In true Melbourne style this is a small restaurant you may drive past on Commercial Rd Prahran. But stop and take the time to experience some first class (mainly) North Indian food.

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Lifestyle

Massage therapy: evaluating your options

Massage 

Feeling stressed out, overworked or tired? It might be time to treat yourself to a massage, don’t you think? The only problem with getting a massage is that there are literally dozens of kinds of massage therapies that you can get for yourself. So how do you know which one is going to be the best one for whatever you’re presenting with?

 

For example, if you’re stressed out, which kind of massage should you get? And if you’re in dire need of some all-over stretching, what kind of massage should you get? Or if you’ve pulled a muscle in your back or body while running, is there a better kind of massage to get for yourself? I wanted to clear up the different types of massages that there are available, in the hopes that you’ll be able to land yourself the perfect massage for the next time you’re in dire need of some rest and relaxation! Recently, I was getting a massage in Bentleigh and wasn’t sure who to turn to and had to do some serious researching online - so I decided to create this list to clear up any potential confusion.

Thai Massage

This kind of massage originates from Thailand (well, obviously) and it’s best known for the vast array of stretching and movement that occurs in this kind of massage. The massage therapists who practice this kind of massage are not afraid to jump up onto the table and to walk on your back, either, so be prepared for that if you do plump for this kind of massage next time. The traditional style of Thai massage uses no oil or lotion, and you stay clothed throughout the treatment. There is ongoing and consistent body contact between the giver and the receiver of the massage. When you are getting one of these massages you’re going to be placed in a variety of different and yoga-like positions which will be combined with static and rhythmic positions. The full Thai massage lasts for two hours or more and includes pressing and stretching of the entire body, cracking knuckles, pulling toes, ears and fingers as well.

Swedish Massage

This is one of the most common types of massages in today’s world, with one of the primary aims of this type of massage being to relax the body. The body is rubbed and stroked with long gliding movements, with the aim being to stroke in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This kind of massage is also great for increasing the oxygen levels in your blood and for decreasing the toxins that build up in your muscles.

Lomilomi (Hawaiian massage)

The word Lomilomi refers to a Hawaiian type of massage where the practitioner uses their hands, palms, knuckles, feet, elbows and even sticks and stones. It can be performed with or without lubrication and it varies from family to family, region and island. In western use, it is a soothing and calming massage designed to promote relaxation across the body.

Deep Tissue

The deep tissue massage is quite similar to the Swedish massage but the harder pressure is designed to help to reduce and release chronic muscle tension which can plague the body. The massage therapist will focus on the layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia to promote a release.

Sports Massage

This kind of massage is helpful to any kind of athlete - from world class sportspeople to the recreational joggers amongst us. The sports massage can focus on rehabilitating and rejuvenating a tight or sore area or spot in the body. Sports massage is recommended as part of a healthy training routine to ensure that areas of the body don’t get injured from overwork or stress. A good massage routine will help you to reduce fatigue, to improve your endurance, to prevent injuries and to prepare you mentally and physically for your optimal performance.

I hope this has been an illuminating article on the different types of possible massage that you can get for your body!

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