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OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum

The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the fabulous OMG Greek Week High Tea at Hotel Lindrum. As part of a celebration of Hellenic culture, cuisine and community Oh My Greek Week was celebrated during the week of the 21st to 26th November with several creative and fun events. If anyone knows how to have a good time it's the Greeks, with the sophistication and technique of extraordinary desserts.

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POW Kitchen Sundays a Summer Sensation

The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the launch of POW Sundays at the POW Kitchen at Prince Bandroom balcony. POW Sundays will be open to the general public from this Sunday, 11th December all summer long - $10 Aperol Spritz and a Robarta Grill grilling Yakitori skewers all day and night for $10.00.

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LULU Cafe and Gallery A Shining Star in North Melbourne

LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.

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Miss Siam Thai A Cheerful Restaurant Near Southern Cross Station

Miss Siam Thai is a newly opened cafe inspired by street food in Thailand. Located on Collins Street near Southern Cross station, the venue has a modern feel with limited seating and tables. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to sample the menu. This is an excellent option for city workers around lunch time or even for those wanting take away.

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Colonial Brewing Co. Launches Core Range Craft Beers

Colonial Brewing Co launched their new core range of craft beers to an exclusive group of media and influencers, through a unique dining experience, held at their Port Melbourne brewery. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to this fabulous event; our second epic event with Colonial Brewing Co.

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MELBOURNE’S FAMED FOOD TRUCKS OFFER INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR AT WORLD CUP OF GOLF

All eyes will be on Melbourne as the world’s best golfers descend on Kingston Heath Golf Club for the World Cup of Golf, a two-man team event where players will compete for their country’s pride from 24-27 November 2016. 

The World Cup of Golf has being Melbournised, with some of the cities favourite food trucks rolling in to serve a mouth-watering array of different cuisines, mirroring the international flavour of the competition.

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La Cucina Di Sandra Guest in Kitchen at Grand Richmond

La Cucina di Sandra teamed up with the fabulous chefs from Grand Richmond for Monday Italian Night at this haven of Italian cuisine. Sandra Del Greco has become a legend of Melbourne with her unique stunning cooking school in Richmond. Sandra has been popular with her authentic Italian cuisine at festivals, corporate events, fun nights with friends, with her range of Italian cooking classes, and with guest spots in kitchens such as Grand Richmond. The World Loves Melbourne was there to check out the action at Grand Richmond. By the way, a super fun night in Melbourne is to grab some friends and attend a cooking class at La Cucina Di Sandra! (We've been to a few epic nights there).

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Shoot the Chef Competition with Nikon

The World Loves Melbourne was invited along for a fabulous photography masterclass, Shoot the Chef, a food photography demonstration with Fairfax Media photographer Eddie Jim and executive head chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Ashley Palmer-Watts. We watched the magic unfold with a live action tether to the photographer's camera as Eddie launched out for his "shoots the chef" images - and he offered his tips to improve your own food photography.

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Visit Fabulous Merricks Creek For A Day Trip To Mornington Peninsula

As the weather gets warmer, this is the perfect time to visit fabulous Merricks Creek Winery on the Mornington Peninsula. The World Loves Melbourne was part of a bus trip of top Melbourne (and Australian) bloggers who travelled to Merricks Creek one fine Saturday on a bus from the city. Only an hour from the city, Merricks Creek is the place to go for incredible Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay, great value share plates (we can't believe the prices) among the vines on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Book Your End of Year Functions at Valensia in Fairfield

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CH James is a foodie destination perfect for your end of year function and festive event, with their standout function space. Their Function & Events Centre named Valensia at 86 Station St Fairfield is a popular space for any kind of event, unique in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. In fact Valensia is only about 10 minutes from the Melbourne CBD on the edge of the city, making it easily accessible. 

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Mocha Jo's Burgers Hit the Spot in Glen Waverley

Mocha Jo's has always been an iconic cafe in Kingsway Glen Waverley. But in recent times they've opened up their burger bar offering down the side of the cafe. This is a cool little spot, pleasant to grab a meal and sit around enjoying the atmosphere of Kingsway. We were invited to check out the burger offerings at Mocha Jo's.

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Lord of the Fries: Appetites and Ethics

Lord of the Fries is in the business of caring for our appetites and the planet. Their ethical approach was the focus of a recent gathering at Lord of the Fries on Chapel Street, Windsor. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to come along, taste some meat-free menu items, indulge in famous fries and hear from those on the inside of thriving ethical businesses.  

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Fried Chicken Bliss with Clucked restaurant in St Kilda

Clucked is a new fried-chicken, warm your soul kind of place in Carlisle St  in St Kilda - family owned and run, recreating beautiful fried chicken breast using a secret recipe that has been passed down through generations of the family. The World Loves Melbourne was highly impressed with Clucked as a foodie haven at affordable prices, and on trend in terms of delicious healthier eating. Felix and Claire the owners have struck gold with this modern and engaging eatery. Fried chicken is a popular genre in Melbourne but the question is, should it all be a southern fried chicken style? No, not all chicken should have to be southern fried style.

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Fancy Hanks Takes BBQ Centre Stage on Bourke St

Fancy Hanks is a name of the lips of many when it comes to American BBQ in Melbourne. Come here for juicy pulled pork shoulder, beef brisket, cornbread, ribs and tangy mac and cheese. Meat is slow cooked, smoked and barbequed in the American tradition. The ribs are of note here with caramelised juicy meat you won't be able to resist.

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Smith & Daughters Launch A Cookbook (that happens to be vegan)

Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez of Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy, have just released their much anticipated cookbook (that happens to be vegan). Vegan Eat is a celebration of imagination, creativity and unique flavours, carefully crafted by two women whose passion for sharing beautiful food is entirely evident. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to come along for Mo and Shannon’s special cookbook launch party. 

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Launch of The Age Good Food Month 2016

 Get your tastebuds ready as The Age Good Food Month presented by Citi kicks off beginning of November and continues throughout the month of November with the most exciting program to date, including new one-off events alongside tried-and-true favourites. The World Loves Melbourne attended the launch event at Higher Ground, where we heard from Creative Director Gemima Cody. 

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Endulj [Indulge] with some of Melbourne’s finest dishes delivered to your door

Is it possible to get food delivered that’s worth staying in for? The team at Endulj seems to think so. With a crew of some of the best chefs in Melbourne, Endulj sets out to give customers a true restaurant experience from the comfort of their home with signature dishes from some of the city’s finest restaurants together with matched wines.

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The Future of Food Conference: Emerging Trends Towards 2025

At a business networking breakfast held in Melbourne, Chr. Hansen’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Dr Kelli Hayes, shared key insights and changes that can be anticipated in the world of food and health during the next ten years, including:

  • Consumers’ move to a new food world – where real food is demanded by more people
  • The predicted future of the Dairy category
  • The shifts in the five value drivers (tasty, healthy, convenient, authentic, and safe) consumers will use to make food purchases and choices over the next decade
  • The ongoing consumer concern over food’s affordability

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Naturally Ceviches with Hilary McNevin and Pep Events

One of the most exciting events for The World Loves Melbourne in 2016 was Naturally Ceviches held at Pastuso, Melbourne on a fine Saturday afternoon. Behind this event was the genius of Hilary McNevin, Melbourne foodie royalty. Hilary has launched Pep Events, a company that provides bespoke experiences for corporates, foodies, groups, and enthusiasts. The World Loves Melbourne attends events in Melbourne most days but this event stood out in a sea of foodie events. Hilary put together a captivating event with highly talented and well-known foodie friends; where others may struggle with events, Hilary is on the foodie level with Melbourne's top chefs.

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