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Backroom launches in South Yarra

Backroom, a hidden gem tucked away on Melbourne’s famed Toorak Road, will launch on 1 July offering a space for a post dinner tipple, late-night snack, or cocktail. We were invited along for the preview launch and enjoyed high level cocktails and a great vibe.

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Authentic Indian Vegetarian Dishes at Red Pepper Melbourne

Red Pepper Melbourne has a stunning array of authentic Indian vegetarian dishes on its menu. With Owner/Chef Jagjeet Kaur at the helm since 2006, Red Pepper has delighted diners of Melbourne with both its vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Red Pepper is all about traditional Indian flavours and you will discover many favourites from India at Red Pepper. It is as if Red Pepper is bringing the best of Indian dining to Melbourne.

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Staycation Mövenpick Melbourne and Miss Mi

For those looking for a luxe hotel staycation in the Melbourne CBD, Australia’s second-ever Mövenpick Hotel is the perfect tonic, and we enjoyed a stunning stay featuring a magnificent suite, world class dining at Miss Mi, and an epic chocolate fix. Located in the heart of Melbourne, across the road from Southern Cross Station, Mövenpick Hotel ticks all the boxes for the discerning traveller, adventurous local and the astute business person.

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Premium Botswana Butchery Launches in Flinders Lane

Renowned New Zealand restaurant Botswana Butchery has launched in Melbourne, and we attended a lavish launch event at this premium but approachable restaurant, where we sampled much of the impressive menu. Botswana Butchery offers guests the very best Australian and New Zealand produce in opulent surrounds at Collins Place on Flinders Lane.

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STARWARD WHISKY launches GINGER BEER CASK #7

Ginger Beer Cask #7, is back (just in time to celebrate World Whisky Day), filled with the zingy and zesty goodness that you have been dreaming about, since Starward's last release in May 2021. A single malt whisky that is fresh in terms of profile as well as ‘cool’ factor. We were given a bottle to enjoy and we were highly impressed by the ginger nuances, quality of the whisky, and the innovation and fun!

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The Pairing Method Launch at Rob Dolan Wines

Rob Dolan Wines are again hosting the ultimate food and wine dining experience with The Pairing Method: an opportunity to create your own dish with 2-hatted chef Tyson Bertoncello (O.MY) and Master of Wine Meg Brodtmann, based on which individual elements pair best with Rob Dolan Wines. We were invited to the launch event at the Rob Dolan Wines Farm House and found the activation and dinner to be one of the best events of the year.

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Fabulous McGuigan and Tempus Two Wines

In terms of wines for any occasion, McGuigan and Tempus Two Wines have it covered. I was invited to check out a range of McGuigan and Tempus Two wines, premium Australian wine offerings, gifted with 6 bottles from these famous well-established brands. McGuigan's has over 100 years of winemaking experience, including hand-picked varieties, and a range of styles including the fuller styles that I prefer, plus some welcome low alcohol options. To be honest I drink "better wine" these days and have lost patience with boring quaffers. All of these wines could be considered to elevate the everyday experience.

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Nuclear Hot Ghost Mirchi Beef at Red Pepper

Are you game to take up the challenge of "nuclear hot" Ghost Mirchi Beef at Red Pepper Indian restaurant? A popular dish prior to Covid lockdowns it is now back on the menu. I was able to experience this dish and found it to be addictive. While there is plenty of heat, I appreciated the layers and nuances of this dish, and the quality Peter Bouchier premium beef. Not for the fainthearted, but if you are a lover of Indian food and hot dishes, this is for you.

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Ging Thai Seafood Sundays

Every Sunday until the end of June, Ging Thai will be selecting the finest locally sourced seafood and adding a contemporary Thai twist for 'Seafood Sundays' - a stunning three-tiered seafood delight to enjoy with friends.

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Extended Hours & Weekday Lunches Return at Red Pepper Indian Restaurant

Popular weekday lunches have returned to popular Red Pepper Indian restaurant in Bourke St Melbourne. City workers have a great option in terms of an interesting and delicious lunch, that caters for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. A La Carte current options at Red Pepper include Khadai Paneer, Yellow Daal, Butter Chicken, Kashmiri Lamb Roganjosh and Paneer Butter Masala.

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Bruichladdich releases innovative The Classic Laddie "Know What's In Your Whisky"

This season with all its challenges has changed the way we live and consume from the ground up, and this includes our drinking choices. Bruichladdich, Scotland’s most loved single malt whisky is consciously aware of the changing times we live in and has adapted by releasing an innovative bottle, created for The Classic Laddie, that gives Whisky drinkers a deeper insight into each drink recipe. In a nutshell, they are providing greater transparency to the whisky loving consumer.

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Prosecco DOC at ICCI Melbourne launch event

Prosecco DOC is a much loved Italian pleasure, with a dedicated corner at the recent ICCI launch event for 2022 held at the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. This was a fabulous evening celebrating the True Italian Taste, of which Prosecco DOC was a key component.

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Dinner at New Indonesian Restaurant Kata Kita in Melbourne CBD

New Indonesian restaurant Kata Kita is a revelation in La Trobe St, and already one of my favorite Indonesian experiences in Melbourne. Bold flavors is the name of the game in an attractive bright (including greenery) setting. Following the success of their street-style venue, Yoi, Lie Lie and her two sons, Michael and Dion Sanusi have launched this second Indonesian venture, which has "nailed it" from the start. 

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Fabulous 14 Days of Cheese in Port Melbourne

In terms of exponents of premium cheese in Melbourne, no-one does it better than restaurant and catering gem 14 Days of Cheese in Port Melbourne. I was invited to experience the joys of this cheese haven but discovered that not only is 14 Days of Cheese "cheese heaven" it is also a bona fide "foodie haven" with many strings to its bow.

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Epic Starward Whisky Tawny #2 Release Event

Starward Whisky have just released Tawny #2 and we attended an epic launch event at Starward Distillery to celebrate this new world standout whisky. Following the successful release of our first Tawny single malt in 2019 (which was awarded the Best Worldwide Whisky at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2020), the team at Starward, have released the next iteration; Tawny #2. At an epic event at Starward Distillery in Port Melbourne where we were given a tour of the Distillery, a special tasting sampling the components of Tawny #2 and making a comparison with Tawny #1, and we enjoyed a top notch lunch featuring Tawny #2 inspired cocktails paired with food by local 14 Days of Cheese.

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Wagyu Ya New Premium Australian and Japanese BBQ Sets

Wagyu Ya is a premium dining experience in Melbourne that features the best of beef in the world. If you're looking for something special in Melbourne that is an elevated sensory experience, we recommend Wagyu Ya. We were privileged to try their new BBQ summer menu, featuring four curated Japanese Kobe beef and Australian Wagyu! Wagyu Ya, together with its sister venue, Niku Ou, are two of only three restaurants in Australia to be granted with a licence to cook and serve Kobe beef, the most rare (and expensive) beef in the world. So this was a special occasion to savour.

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