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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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Opinion

What we think of The WHO and bad press about bacon

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has upset the apple cart by declaring that meats are carcinogenic (and other words we can't spell) and has recommended limiting our bacon intake. Processed meats including bacon have been identified as being as "bad as smoking". Are you serious? Are we all going to give up bacon and start wearing "bacon patches" to kick the habit?

What will happen to Melbourne's obsession with burgers? Will burgers now become "baconless" in response to the WHO? What's a burger without bacon anyway? (We bet some burger house will introduce the WHO burger which will have like triple patties and triple bacon). 

Will political correctness demand that we now can't use the term "bringing home the bacon" and replace it with "bringing home the kale or quinoa"? Is BLAT now splat? The World Loves Melbourne is refusing to panic in response to these announcements by the esteemed WHO.

The World Health Organisation is a United Nations organisation responsible for coordinating world health. It sets standards for health trends. Policies are formed based on their directives. They're a big deal.

A working group of 22 experts from 10 countries reviewed the scientific literature on the carcinogenicity of red meat and processed meat. (They should have check out Melbourne burger blogger Instagram accounts for balance). The WHO looked at ethnicities and health patterns in populations to come up with their findings.

Processed meats encompass any meats that have been "transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation". This would include sausages, corned beef, hot dogs, beef jerky, canned meat, meat-based preparations and sauces, turkey and chicken cold cuts, as well as bacon. Red meat refers to "all types of mammalian muscle meat," such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse - even goat.

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Scientists are down on the chemicals released during the curing process including nitrates. They are also not enthused about grilling, pan frying, or barbecuing - which they say makes it all worse. We are told to really limit our intake of processed meats.

How much more bad press can our much loved bacon get? Compared to smoking! Warned about the dangers of even barbecuing our meats! Will we now have to have food labelling that warns of the dangers of bacon on the packaging? Or TV ads with heavy health pictures, tubes and all, with a loving father looking at his young daughter with regret due to years of bacon abuse? Or too many BBQ's?

This is depressing news for us meat, BBQ and bacon lovers...

Just what can we eat? It seems all the fun stuff is off limits; all we can eat is fruit and vegetables. Done a thousand ways. But preferably raw of course. How much fun is that?

We at The World Loves Melbourne love the trend to healthier eating; we we also love pork belly and bacon. We're down with the quinoa revolution and Superfood bowl bliss. But what about a balanced lifestyle and diet with everything (including bacon) consumed in moderation?

So laughable is that the world's oldest person, 116 year old woman Suzette Mushatt Jones, recently stated in the press that she eats bacon every day. Anecdotal evidence for a bacon lifestyle or is she the exception?

These things need a dose of common sense. First of all we at The World Loves Melbourne never believed the press about butter. For years we were sold the lie that butter was just so bad for you as it jettisoned your cholesterol through the roof to levels unimaginable, and that it would cause all sorts of health problems. We were kids but we still knew that butter is a natural product. How can something fake like margarine (that we're told looks black before colouring is added) be better for you than a natural product like butter? Then Time Magazine comes out with an article saying it was all a mistake; after years and years of apparent misinformation. Could bacon be the next butter (so to speak)? 

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Sure bacon requires some processing; but merely curing the pork doesn't seem that radical a process to us. The fats in bacon are oft described as "good fats". Some popular diets such as the Atkins Diet have actually prescribed bacon as a great source of protein, and will promote strong exercise regimes with high protein intake including and meats; just stay off the carbs. 

Good food is getting bad press everywhere. We're also unconvinced about the bad press concerning salt. Salt is a flavour enhancer. Sure, much of our food is processed and contains more salt than we know. But to ban salt is crazy; just consume it in moderation. We notice many Melbourne restaurants don't stock salt on the table; you have to ask for it. And you feel guilty doing so! And while we're on the matter of salt, we recently encountered a fine steak restaurant that offered mere table salt. What the heck? If you're doing salt, do it properly and get some decent pink Himalayan salt or the like.

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We are not nutritionists but we are advocates of a balanced diet and use of common sense. As people are asking "What can we now eat?" we say "Enjoy it all but in moderation." According to the WHO even 3 slices of bacon a day is too much and increases health risks materially (ok so we need to cut back). Sorry if we appear irresponsible. We are listening but will continue to enjoy processed meats, BBQs and bacon as one of the pleasures of life, including in our burgers. Will the WHO findings cripple Melbourne's burger craze and love for bacon? We think not!

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