Jesse Gerner & Friends Launch Impressive Park St Restaurant

Jesse Gerner & Friends Launch Impressive Park St Restaurant

Park St may become your new best friend cafe and restaurant. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience this new venture from Melbourne foodie royalty, and we were super impressed!  After a refit that began in mid-August, the cafe formerly known as Green Park is now Park Street with a new look and (some) new owners. An all-day cafe remains, accommodating locals and families with breakfast and lunch menus. A change of focus in the evening brings a refreshed menu built around changing cicchetti and pastas.

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Four Points by Sheraton Best Brews Program

Four Points by Sheraton Best Brews Program

Melbourne loves both its quality hotels and its craft beers! Four Points by Sheraton, a fast-growing Marriott International hotel brand known for celebrating craft beer, is currently hosting a global tour discovering the world’s best craft beers through a series of Brew Off events. Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, one of Marriott's newest hotels in Australia, was the third on the five-stop journey. Welcoming local media and beer lovers, The World Loves Melbourne hosted the event where guests were treated to the best of craft beer in Melbourne and insight into local craft beer by two of Melbourne's top brewers, Mountain Goat and Two Birds Brewing. Read more about the Brew Off here

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Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best hotcakes in Melbourne? Dessert for breakfast? Melbourne is enjoying a wave of hotcakes, one of the most delicious and grammable dishes on the Melbourne brunch scene. Here are our 7 favourites:

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Four Points by Sheraton Docklands

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands "Brew Off" Showcases Amazing Local Craft Beer

On Wednesday 13 September, 2017, craft beer lovers were treated to a fabulous night of beer tasting, food and entertainment at the new Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. Four Points by Sheraton, a booming Marriott International hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global tour discovering the world’s best brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West and The World Loves Melbourne was part of the most recent event at Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

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Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne launched their new album Happy Hour at the fabulous jazz Club in Brunswick with exceptional jazz band Catsplay, and The World Loves Melbourne was there. Happy Hour will soon be released on iTunes and can be ordered online at hopeinthislife.com and Readings Carlton. At time of this article the album was No 1 on the Aria Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.

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Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Melbourne's best wine and chocolate experiences - is there any better combination than wine and chocolate. Of course we refer to red wine when it comes to chocolate. In our travels we have hugely appreciated some amazing wine and chocolate moments and we wanted to share them with you. Here are our best wine (red) and chocolate experiences in Melbourne:

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Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan is the new playful Japanese restaurant on the block. In a precinct of Prahran creatives Tokosan is the perfect destination for some cheeky fun and a sake or two, plus casual eats. Tokosan is obviously a reference to son of Toko - or inf act cheeky little sister to the more formal and serious Toko restaurant.

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A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines is launching out with it's stunning Premium Economy offering on 3 of it's 4 flights out of Melbourne, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media event to experience the service. It was a unique event with us joining Singapore airlines staff and executives on a plane and checking out the benefits of Premium economy including the superb food offerings.

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Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

It was a privilege to step into the contemporary, stylish surroundings of Nobu - one of Melbourne’s best restaurants - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this icon. It was a joy to experience the creative flavours showcased by head chef Sean Tan and his talented team and to imbibe Veuve Clicquot during the salubrious evening.

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Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Sourdough which began in Brunswick several years ago has been expanding, as one of the most successful bakery cafes in Melbourne. We have followed their journey since the start and from day one they have resonated with quality bakery offerings. The World Loves Melbourne was part of an UberEATS event where we met more of the UberEATS family. Obviously UberEATS is on the rise and the preferred delivery service for many people in Melbourne.

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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

At the launch of the Dior spectacular Melbourne was referred to as the fashion capital of Australia. Following a series of high profile fashion exhibitions in Melbourne we are now reaching peak fashion - celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses. The World Loves Melbourne attended the National Gallery of Victoria launch of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition goes from 27 August to 7 November (admission fees apply).

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Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Melbourne's new contemporary house of Aburi sushi, The Modern Eatery,  is now open in Richmond, located on Swan Street, Richmond, after huge success with two venues in Perth. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to sample the fare.

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Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader is a compelling cafe and bar on eclectic Smith St Collingwood, full of soul and savvy, with Richard Hands a Melbourne gem and one of its best bar tender/mixologists. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu one lunchtime, including an indulgent cocktail for which we don't apologise for.

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Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic is an apt description for this Pep Alliance Event hosted by Hilary McNevin at The Lincoln Hotel with publican Iain Ling and Tasmanian farmer and brewer Ashley Huntington. Ashley Huntington is a talented and passionate Tasmanian farmer who looks somewhat like Jon English but has the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols. He stands up for farmers and the industry, encouraging us all to support local farmers - and rightly so!

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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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Cool Colours and Subtle Features Stand Out in The Blocktagon Kitchen Reveals

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The Block contestants revealed their most challenging rooms yet, impressing the judges with the use of cool colour palettes and subtle design features to create a real impact in their kitchens. With all five couples opting for neutral, clean designs for their kitchen reveals, the subtle touches were what made each space stand out from the next, with hidden artwork, faint brickwork and hints of copper making a big impact on the judges.

The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to check out the kitchens for a preview; and we were highly impressed with the style and workmanship of all.

Kitchen design experts from The Good Guys Kitchens worked closely with all of the couples to create five completely different looks in the same space. “We worked with the couples to ensure the look and feel of the kitchen was a reflection of their overall vision for their apartment. This required close consultation and creative planning to make the most of the building’s unusual spaces,” said Julie Hanover, Kitchen Designer at The Good Guys Kitchens. “The results really do speak for themselves with the amount of fantastic storage solutions, soft close inclusions and top of the line appliances from The Good Guys. These really are some of the best kitchens we’ve ever seen on The Block,” Julie finished.

Kingi and Caro won over the judges in this season’s kitchen reveal, creating a cool space with a unique urban style. The couple wowed the judges with their bold graffiti splashback design on the inner surface of their island, bringing blue back into the kitchen. 

As seen in The Good Guys Kitchens on The Block, quartz surface specialists, Cosentino worked with the couples to create modern, functional kitchens which flow seamlessly with the rest of the apartment and suit The Block's up-market South Yarra location.

This season's teams chose from the diverse range of colours and textures in Cosentino’s Silestone product range. From the beautiful white tone of Silestone Blanco Zeus to the shady grey nature of Silestone Cemento Spa, each space captures the latest kitchen trends while also reflecting the team's personal style.

Gary Isherwood, Area Manager for Cosentino Australia, said: "The Block contestants had their work cut out for them with this season's set being an iconic octagonal shaped building in Melbourne's South Yarra location. With such a challenge, it's great to see that each team were able to bring both functionality and style into each renovation. The contestants have nailed it for future home owners as they'll be able to rely on their kitchens to stay beautiful for years to come."

Neale Whitaker, Cosentino ambassador and judge on The Block said, " 'Kitchen week is always my favourite week on The Block. The couples have been planning their kitchens (and budgeting for them) since week one, so it's usually the week when you see their masterplans really start to take shape. For me the kitchen is the heart of each apartment and I believe it is for buyers too. Real estate guru John McGrath claims that 'kitchens and bathrooms sell houses' and he's right. The kitchens in this series certainly didn't disappoint. The couples' surface choices from the Silestone range gave each kitchen a uniquely luxurious and contemporary profile."

 

The Block kitchens:

Kingi and Caro created an urban chic look for their kitchen with the use of bold yet earthy tones. The couple transformed the remaining alcove into butler’s nook that is positioned out of sight from guests. The couple chose the crisp tones of Silestone Blanco Zeus with a Suede finish to add depth and texture to their stylish kitchen. Kingi and Caro were raving to us about the quality of their Fisher & Paykel appliances. We noted the capacity for entertaining; including the functionality of having 2 dishwashers.

Kingi and Caro took out the coveted title of Kitchen Week winner’s on Sunday’s episode of The Block, with their Good Guys Kitchen scoring an amazing 29/30. Esteemed judge, Neale Whitaker, scored the couple a perfect ten, describing their urban style kitchen as “the hero of the apartment”. Kingi and Caro took home $10,000 in prize money by creating a space that is high on style and design, and extremely functional too. They cleverly squared their room to achieve a traditional shaped kitchen which then allowed them to transform the remaining alcove into a butler’s nook.

The colour scheme is bold yet timeless which is befitting in their overall apartment look. Their kitchen features contrasting cabinetry colours of ‘Super Matt Black’ and ‘Essendon Super Matt Serene’, prompting Neale Whitaker to comment, “It was not that long ago when the judges all thought a black kitchen was a big risk, but today this feels totally appropriate.” The benchtops in Silestone ‘Blanco Zeus’, coupled with Kingi’s rendered island, add depth and texture while the Graffiti style artwork, on the island bar back, brings the couple’s signature creative element into the space. The innovative built-in tablet in the splashback was a big hit with the judges and is bound to appeal to the tech savvy buyer come auction day. Appliances by Fisher & Paykel integrated seamlessly into the kitchen, with judge, Shaynna Blaze, describing the Fisher & Payker CoolDrawer under the bench as brilliant, “it can be a freezer or fridge and is the perfect thing for entertaining.”

 

Whitney and Andy designed a stunning Scandinavian inspired kitchen with an industrial twist. The Scandi palette of Silestone in White Storm is beautifully complemented with Ballina Natural Oak timber-grain. The Silestone White Storm bench top has a suede finish and a unique angled edge, providing a contrast to the Silestone Lyra island bench top. Stunning appliances are from Smeg.

 

All kitchens were impressive in the opinion of The World Loves Melbourne. Scoring 25.5/30, was Andy and Whitney, with their stunning Scandinavian inspired kitchen. The palette of white, grey and timber grain is fresh, with the antique brown handles, painted brick splashback and Smeg freestanding cooker providing a subtle industrial edge. Featuring for the first time on The Block is the inverted sharknose profile benchtop by Silestone, in ‘White Storm’, which contrasts with the marble-inspired island benchtop in ‘Lyra’. It has been angled to complement the triangular shaped space.

Voni and Suzi created a sleek and moody kitchen, a true entertainer’s delight. With matt black dominating the monochrome colour palette, Silestone benchtops in various colours, textures and thickness lighten the mood and add a real sense of luxury. Particularly noteworthy is the Carbono with its sparkle effect and integrated sink, befitting this show-stopping kitchen. The team’s use of Helix in Suede finish for their island adds a finishing touch of luxury. Superb appliances are from Bosch. The teppanyaki grill is a delight.

 

Suzi and Vonni’s kitchen, which scored 25/30, is nothing short of an entertainer’s dream. Both sleek and moody, it comes complete with all the bells and whistles including a large island with a Bosch built-in induction cooktop and expansive prep space. ‘Super Matt Black’ dominates throughout with the ‘Helix’ and ‘Carbono’ Silestone benchtops providing contrast and adding a real sense of luxury. 

Light and bright, Ebony and Luke’s kitchen is a contemporary classic; beautifully blending the old with the new. The Silestone benchtop in Ariel is cleverly angled to complement the shape of the room which completes this calm and tranquil space. Removing a wall allowed them to open their kitchen space, achieving a great sense of flow to the dining and living areas. We love the appliances from Electrolux including the four ovens.

 

Luke and Ebony scored an impressive 27/30 for their contemporary classic kitchen. They beautifully blended the old with the new by pairing classic white Shaker profile doors with contrasting shadow line detail. The new style black timber and copper handles add a sense of cohesion and sophistication. The Silestone island benchtop, in ‘Ariel’, has been cleverly angled to complement the irregular shape of the room and by removing a wall, Luke and Ebony really opened up their room, making it even more spacious and inviting. Quality Electrolux appliances, including self-cleaning ovens, will appeal to the future home cooks of this apartment.

 

Shay and Dean, who bravely switched their kitchen and living rooms around, have a contemporary kitchen with the entertainer in mind. The modern kitchen colour palette is an on-trend blend of black, white and timber grain featuring contrasting benchtops in Blanco Orion on the island and Cemento Spa with a suede finish. We felt the Samsung fridge and DeLonghi appliances combined beautifully in the flow and dynamic of the kitchen.

 

When it came to the judges, coming in a very close second by half a point with a score of 28.5/30 was Dean and Shay. They created a contemporary entertainer’s kitchen in their penthouse with an on-trend colour palette of black, white and timber grain with brass and copper accents. The island benchtop in Silestone ‘Blanco Orion’ was angled to blend with the shape of the room, further complimented by contrasting ‘Cemento Spa’ to surrounding benchtops. By moving their kitchen to the other side of the building, and stealing some space from their study, they have been able to create a butler’s pantry that is sure to ‘wow’ buyers. Built-in DeLonghi appliances are sleek, with the coffee machine keeping benchtops clear of clutter. The mirrored splashback and vertical garden work cleverly to bring the outdoors in, and the eat-in bench space really makes the most of those city views.

 

Cosentino’s innovative range of stone, quartz and recycled surfaces offers a range of stylish colour tones and modern finishes. Highly resistant to stains, knocks and scratches, Cosentino’s surfaces are the perfect choice for living spaces like the kitchen, to ensure each room will look perfect come auction day and beyond.

Silestone® by Cosentino products selected by this season's contestants consist of more than 90% natural quartz, with the weight and feel of natural stone. Available in more than 60 colours, Silestone® by Cosentino is the stylish and durable surface choice for any renovation. Exclusive bacteriostatic technology provides extra hygiene protection, making it one of the most hygienic surfaces on the market. 

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