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Rude Boy Burger in Brunswick West

Rude Boy Burger in Brunswick West

Rude Boy Burger is a vibrant and top notch burger joint couched in the burbs in Brunswick West, owned by wife and husband team Karen Ascui-Rodriguez and Franco Caruso, (also a history with cafe Lolo & Wren next door). We've visited many burger joints over the years but some stand out for their innovation and ability to understand the scene and give burger lovers what they want. Rude Boy Burger is not driven by some formula but is a hands on burger house with burgers made with love, constantly evolving and the owners exploring new tastes and combinations. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the burgers, shakes, fries and joy of Rude Boy Burger.

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Good Beer Week 2018 Set To Be Massive

Good Beer Week 2018 Set To Be Massive

Good Beer Week launches from 11-20 May so it's time to get on board! Not just for foodies and beer connoisseurs, Good Beer Week has ensured there’s action aplenty with their Good Times stream. Marrying local and international brewers with live music and activities, these fun-loving events are perfect for a night out with your mates. This is one of the highlights of the year for The World Loves Melbourne.

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Zac Nicholson Shines at Angliss Great Chefs Lunch

Zac Nicholson Shines at Angliss Great Chefs Lunch

Rockpool Head Chef Zac Nicholson was on hand at an epic Great Chefs Series lunch at Angliss Restaurant to impart his skills to the talented Angliss students. Great Chefs lunches are a popular event at Angliss Restaurant and give the hospitality students an opportunity to work with several top chefs of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the efforts of Zac as well as the Angliss student team.

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Epic Bomba and Bibi Ji NYC Dinner

Epic Bomba and Bibi Ji NYC Dinner

One of the highlights of the culinary year for us was the exciting collaboration with Jessi Singh & Rajat Parr of Babu Ji and Bibi Ji in New York City & Santa Barbara popping up in the kitchen of Melbourne’s Bomba restaurant for a one night only event!

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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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Opinion

7 Things We've Learned Since Our Early Blog Posts

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At The World Loves Melbourne we recall the early days of blogging; carefree and blogging as a hobby. Hopefully we've evolved over the years.

 

Here are 7 things we learned since our early blog posts:

1. Keep it Fun

Blogging should always be fun. We started blogging for fun and we aim to keep it that way. It's still a privilege to visit cafes and restaurants, walking off the street at a whim. We want to celebrate the heroes and unsung heroes of our city. It's also a privilege to be invited to many exclusive events. There are highs and lows in blogging but if we lose the fun then what is the point? Sometimes we feel tired and stale; just don't blog for a while. Why should it be a chore? Early blog posts were simply fun; a new world waiting to be explored. Since those days we've expanded into fashion, travel and lifestyle. BB King had a song "when the thrill is gone." For us, we still have the thrill of blogging!

2. Visual is Everything

Visual is everything. Our early blog posts used the low megapixel cameras from smartphones; we've now learned to step it up visually. While writing style is important, the visual quality of websites is more critical in our opinion. We started with the iPhone 3 - resulting in now embarrassing grainy photos of restaurant food at night. Sorry about those posts! Today the iPhone 6 plus and 6 plus 's' are remarkable in their quality; good enough for a website in our opinion. Clarity, reasonable pixels and image stabilisation are a key. Thank God for the improvement in smartphone cameras; saving us from looking through a plethora of visually challenging blogs. Most of our photos though are taken with our trusty SLR.  We've upgraded our cameras over the years; recently diving into the mirrorless SLR market. Every blogger needs to invest in a decent SLR. We also edit our photos on Lightroom by Adobe. We've learned to keep it visual!

3. Celebrate your City

Celebrate your city. Since day one we've mostly kept a positive tone; looking to celebrate the best of our city. That's our philosophy and we're sticking to it. People sometimes mistake us for food critics, wondering why we aren't more scathing on some food establishments. When we strike a dud we just don't write about it. People in cafes and restaurants can have a bad day and we choose not to mess with people's livelihood. Others can be more critical in their approach; that's cool. Our tone has been celebratory and experience tells us most people respond to that.

4. Keep it Relevant and Up To Date

Be modern and contemporary. Readers expect that we keep our website up to date in terms of look and feel. We've come a long way since the early days. The World Loves Melbourne constantly updates our CMS (content management system) and website layout. We've learned to keep up with the latest look; our logo, blog layout and CMS. We also highlight up to date cool and talking point cafes and restaurants in our city. But we're not exclusively tied to that; we also highlight establishments that have been around for a while and have a great story. We'd like to cover everything if we could; we simply try our best with our team of talented writers.

5. Meaty Comprehensive Posts

Our early blog posts were short. Just a few photos and a few sentences. We now write longer posts (usually over 500 words) and posts loads of photos for a more "meaty" experience. It's not just about quantity; but quality and quantity. Even Google seems to reward longer posts with more information for a more complete reader experience. In the early days we were keen to visit as many places as possible and get as many posts up as possible. In retrospect this philosophy is flawed; people want quality. Now we spend more time on each single post until we are happy we've done our subject justice. We've learned to keep it meaty.

6. No Gushy Language

Our early blog posts were full of "gushy" language; a common blogger trait. Then one of the world's top fashion blogs got hold of us; giving us advice that slightly understated language trumps gush language. We were told to cut the sentences starting with "Love the..." And we were told to cut the incessant exclamation marks in our sentences. Our style is to be positive, descriptive and provide people with useful information and attractive photos. We include "some of our personality" in our writing. We express opinions. But we try not to go into superlative overdrive unless we feel it's warranted on the rare occasion we are lifted by a rare experience.

7. You are a Brand

A blog is a brand. After several years of blogging the day comes when you realise your blog is a brand. While you may wish to keep a low profile and "let your blog do the talking", all the while you are building a brand. That brand needs to have a consistent message. That brand needs to understand what it allows and what it disallows. Be true to yourself. So many people give their opinion but you need to be careful about how you evolve. One thing we've learned is that you can't please everyone. You need to be bold and adventurous. The World Loves Melbourne has tried to break new ground on occasion and we see bloggers everywhere growing and doing things no one has ever done before.

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