Both Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley are top wine destinations for any wine lover. But where to go? Should I go to Mornington Peninsula this weekend or to Yarra Valley? We love it all but are left to ponder this question. Of course there are other great wine regions in Victoria but living near the city these are the two regions we most frequent.
Head to Meeniyan if you love your garlic! The World Loves Melbourne is excited about the Meeniyan Garlic Festival, that amazed everyone last year in its quality and offering! Over three tonnes of freshly harvested Aussie garlic, Melbourne’s hottest chefs, garlic gurus, musicians and thousands of families and foodies will be on the road to Victoria’s only garlic festival in downtown Meeniyan on Saturday 17 February. Head there or get out of the way!
Alchemy Distillers has launched and hit the ground running in the Yarra Valley. There's nothing more exciting than a new distillery opening in your part of the world. Visits to wineries are a favourite past time but these days you can also visit distilleries and Alchemy Distillers is one of the most exciting openings in the Yarra Valley for some time.
Farro Pizzeria & Cucina has opened up in Fitzroy after the success of Pizza Farro in Thornbury. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience the joys of Farro Pizzeria & Cucina on a fine Sunday afternoon. For a start the staff are warm and engaging and enthusiastic about the restaurant. We perused the beverages menu but for me a beer is a great match with pizza, especially an Italian beer with Italian style pizza.
Where to dine at the Australian Open in style? Look no further than the Australian Open Chef Series. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an epic dinner showcasing the best of Gippsland produce by iconic chef Alejandro Saravia at The Glasshouse (across the road from Hisense Arena).
Barilla has hit the high notes at the 2018 Australian Open with its restaurant next door to Rod Laver Arena, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited. Tennis fans were shouting ‘bellissimo’ at the Australian Open as Italy’s number one pasta brand, Barilla, served up delicious Italian dishes created by its Executive Chef, Andrea Tranchero, with an Italian pop on the ground during the tournament.
The original, largest and widely regarded as the world’s greatest live celebrity tribute show, Legends in Concert, has returned by popular demand to The Palms at Crown Melbourne or a two week-long encore anniversary engagement celebrating summer during the Australian Open Tournament. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience this epic show, and we had a highly enjoyable evening.
Merricks Creek Winery is a popular and bespoke winery acclaimed by many and is one of the standout cellar door experiences in Victoria. I can't count the number of times I've bumped into people who have visited Merricks Creek Winery and who have given it a glowing report. From what I can gauge many people are tired of over commercialised wineries that lack soul and are keen to visit bespoke wineries for a personal unique experience. Here are 10 reasons to visit Merricks Creek Winery this weekend -
Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in Melbourne. Here are our best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne.
Where to stay in Melbourne? You want something that is in the perfect location, a great part of the city, with vibe and close to the best restaurants and cafes. You want the rooms to be well appointed and comfortable with style, excellent service and some gems like a gym and a rooftop area. And of course you want value for money. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to stay at Fraser Place Melbourne which meets all of this and more. We were highly impressed with Fraser Place Melbourne and had a stunning two days exploring Melbourne.
A celebration of crayfish, nature and wilderness April 14th 2018 marks the date of the inaugural Flinders Island Food and Crayfish Festival Chef David Moyle joins the Flinders Islanders for the first Food and Crayfish Festival.
The Cliveden at Pullman on the Park is a joyful destination for those who love to catch up with friends and family in a stunning stylish setting. And for buffet lovers its a must visit. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to experience a dinner buffet at The Cliveden.
Palermo is a new Argentinian inspired restaurant full of menu hits, from the same team behind San Telmo and Pastuso, with a focus on Parrilla charcoal-grilled cuisine. Having been highly impressed by these restaurants we attended the launch of Palermo (named after a precinct in Beunos Aires (a place we have visited).
What are the best lamb dishes in Melbourne? We could feature a large number of restaurants in this article who offer top notch lamb dishes, but we have elected for some of our favourites. Whether its casual lamb dishes such as a "souva", or exquisite lamb shoulder (also popular in Melbourne) dishes, Melbourne loves its lamb.
Where are Melbourne's best schnitzels? What do you look for in a schnitzel? We look for schnitzels that have an appealing shape, decent crust on the outside, tender chicken inside (stays juicy not dry) and cooked evenly, quality cut of chicken breast, not too oily with oil drained, and how it is served (quality sides) and visual attraction and plating.
Gazi restaurant on Flinders St has launched some new playful and delicious menu items called Gazi Gone Wild. Along with other media The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed Christmas Cocktails then a selection of the new delicious Greek inspired dishes with a twist.
Daniel Wilson, the chef (one of our favourites) and author behind the restaurant Huxtable and co-founder of the Huxtaburger franchise, is collaborating on the summer menu at Fitzroy’s Grub Food Van. Grub is reopening the van and extending their trading hours, so there’ll be cocktails, wines and Daniel Wilson’s menu served in Fitzroy’s favourite front yard.
Decorations have been up for months, but the appearance of Christmas hams is the sure sign the festive season has arrived and Victoria’s best have today been revealed. The World Loves Melbourn ewas invited to the launch of Christmas Ham Season in Sydney.
A long lunch at Cutler & Co is an appealing invite. As one of Melbourne's iconic restaurants it has been recently renovated and The World Loves Melbourne was keen to experience the new Cutler & Co of 2017. The occasion was also appealing - the first National Agriculture Day. Not only was this a celebration of the best of Australian produce with producers present, but also for us to hear about things like "future farming."
Cecconi's the iconic Italian restaurant in Flinders Lane recently hosted a Gentleman's Oak Day Brunch. While Oaks Day is known as ladies day, it was great that Kate & Co with Cecconi's put on a brunch for the gentleman. Here we were able to enjoy choice cocktails, a scrumptious breakfast and gain some racing tips for the big day.
Pressure Cookers are the cooking way of the future and The World Loves Melbourne was supplied with an Optimum Induction PressureCook Pro to review. We are a busy family with limited time when it comes to cooking. The Optimum PressureCook Pro is brilliant in cutting down the cooking time. For example, a 1.5kg roast cooked in 30 minutes was amazing, where you would normally expect say 90 minutes.
Iconic chef Donovan Cooke has brought his culinary prowess to his new French restaurant Ryne in Fitzroy North. We've followed his career from the Est Est Est days and history in London with Marco Pierre-White et al, and we are excited about this new offering where Donovan can fully express his vast skill and passion. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to dine at Ryne and experience the menu. Ryne means "a course continually moving onwards" and we recognise Donovan's amazing culinary journey and his latest adventure.
Merricks Creek Winery located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula has released a new selection of fabulous dishes to complement the popular offerings already a hit (such as the Swiss Raclette grilled cheese) on its share plates menu. Not only that but it has added a selection of funky wines to its standout Merricks Creek Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay.