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Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey at Highpoint

Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey at Highpoint

Highpoint Shopping Centre has once again partnered with not-for-profit social enterprise Free to Feed to deliver the second instalment of its food event series, Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey.

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Cumulus Up City Cellar Door

Cumulus Up City Cellar Door

Cumulus Up Wine Bar is bringing Australia’s wine regions to Melbourne’s CBD with monthly pop-up tasting parties Wine lovers, have your diaries at the ready. Cumulus Up Wine Bar on Flinders Lane in Melbourne, is inviting you to join them in sampling some of Australia’s most exciting and interesting varietals and vintages. The City Cellar Door season runs from April to October 2018. One Saturday each month will see Cumulus Up Wine Bar brimming with winemakers and wine tasters.

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Best Bespoke Victorian Winery Experiences

Best Bespoke Victorian Winery Experiences

Many wine enthusiasts and foodies are looking for bespoke winery experiences for that leisure weekend option. We've picked out some of our best bespoke Victorian winery experiences.

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Cutler & Co. Restaurant A Melbourne Icon

Cutler & Co. Restaurant A Melbourne Icon

Cutler & Co is one of the premier dining experiences in Melbourne with its chic vibe, top notch service, food and wine excellence and ability to stay on top of its game. With a major renovation last year it has only added to the iconic experience it has always been. The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to visit with friends for dinner.

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Exclusive La Sirène Two Penny Farmhouse Ale at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal

Exclusive La Sirène Two Penny Farmhouse Ale at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal

The Dinner team has joined forces with Melbourne microbrewery La Sirène to produce Two Penny, an exclusive Farmhouse Ale that marries old-world British flavours with Australian methods. This is an exciting development in the beer world and for The World Loves Melbourne who rates La Sirène as one of its favourite microbrewers and a local favourite of distinction.

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Lunch at Messer Restaurant in Fitzroy

Lunch at Messer Restaurant in Fitzroy

Messer restaurant has launched in Gertrude St Fitzroy as a unique offering in terms of Melbourne dining, with The World Loves Melbourne catching up with co-owner and chef Ashley Davis. Fine dining at affordable prices is a hot topic and Ashley Davis delivers in spades. He draws inspiration from his trips to Europe and in particular Spain. The concept of a restaurant for the people resonates; you can come for a simple grazing experience with house wine or go big with an 8 course degustation, the choice is yours!

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Yarra Valley Meets Sagra with Innocent Bystander

Yarra Valley Meets Sagra with Innocent Bystander

Yarra Valley Meets Sagra was a top notch event for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Innocent Bystander created a unique experience with Circus Oz, Yarra Valley Dairy, and Four Pillars Gin, all on the Sagra's restaurant rooftop for an amazing night.

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Farming Feast With Matthew Evans for MFWF

Farming Feast With Matthew Evans for MFWF

Angliss Restaurant was the perfect venue for an exciting Farming Feast event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Fat Pig Farm owner and chef Matthew Evans and his wife Sadie shared their experience of setting up the Fat Pig Farm within a small farming community. They also hosted a farming feast at Angliss Restaurant with a shared plate dinner for an epic evening.

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Harveast Festival A Hit At Eastland for MFWF

Harveast Festival A Hit At Eastland for MFWF

Harveast one day extravaganza celebrating Yarra Valley and region was a huge hit with crowds indulging and sampling regional delights at Eastland Shopping Centre. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the action at this Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event and we loved it all.

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Everyone's A Critic at Cinema Nova for MFWF

Everyone's A Critic at Cinema Nova for MFWF

Everyone's A Critic event at Cinema Nova was simply epic. Melbourne throws up surprises and we would argue it would be hard to find better food and wine at any Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event. A big call - but when you have one of Melbourne's hottest chefs Andreas Papadakis on fire with pairing of 10 year or more old top Australian wines, it's a match made in heaven.

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Taste of Asia for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Taste of Asia for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Taste of Asia at Luminare was one of the highlights of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and a great cause to support in Blue Dragon. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience this stunning event featuring top chefs of Melbourne.

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Entertaining with Maxwell & Williams Designer Homeware

Entertaining with Maxwell & Williams Designer Homeware

Recently we enjoyed a dinner party with friends, and I was able to showcase the latest Maxwell & Williams range. Stylish and practical the Maxwell & Williams range was perfect for the occasion.

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Property investment options for the budding investor

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The world of property investment can be a complicated one for many people, especially if you are just starting out and wanting to make sure that you make the best possible financial decisions! There are a range of different property types and different investment options available and it helps when you’re getting started if there is a decisive list of possible homes available to you - so take a look here at some of these property options for the budding investor.

Off the plan

These properties are a very attractive option for first home buyers or for investors as they offer a complete package of a new home, often at a great price. The way that buying an off the plan property works is that you find the home that you want from a property developer and then secure the property - usually with a 10% deposit on the price of the home. From there, the price is set and you pay incremental deposits on the property as certain stages and milestones are completed and achieved. When the property is complete, you have the option of moving into the home yourself or renting it out to someone. The pros of this method of investing is that you get a brand new home, you can choose the fit out and fixtures, and oftentimes, you’ll find that the property has increased in value from the time you purchase the home to when the build is complete. This means you have some nice equity with which to continue to invest - a real bonus as far as any investor is concerned.

House and land

These property investment options work in that property developers acquire land when it’s sold by the government. They then put in all the infrastructure like roads, utilities and sewerage and then either build and sell homes as a package or offer a range of standard or customisable homes so that you can pick and choose. There are a number of House and land packages in Melbourne's outer suburbs which are doing this nicely at the moment and which are proving to be a great option for investors with great returns. The pros of buying a property in this way are that you can buy a property that suits your needs - whether it’s for your family or for potential renters. You can also plan your finances with confidence and with the knowledge that as you’re buying a new home, there aren’t going to be a lot of major repairs coming up in the foreseeable future. Often, you’ll find that there are specific niche markets that these packages cater for, like retirement villages, golfing estates or young families.

Commercial investment

This is one of the highest risk but highest return options available to any potential investors. This is because commercial properties garner a great rental rate but can - due to the nature of their specific use and specific clients - sit empty for a period of time, sometimes for months and months. Commercial investment is something that should only be undertaken with the help of an advisor or mentor who has plenty of experience in this area as it’s potentially very risky. If you’re good at the game though, it has the potential to pay off in spades.

Positive cash flow properties

With any investment portfolio, you need to strike the right balance between positive and negative cash flow in order to reap the best benefits from your tax. A positive cash flow property is one that that enjoys the benefit of having all of the expenses covered by the rental payments which means that you’re free to focus on other areas of your investments. A great choice for first investors.

Well, hopefully this has been of some use to you - now get out there, hit the property pages and start researching your options. After all, the best time to buy is always as soon as you are able to.

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