Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Last August, I read Larissa Dubecki's review of Fugazza in the Melbourne Magazine.. I'd never (not even in Italy) seen foccacia look so good, and was super intrigued to read that the Italian sandwich that somehow lost its authentic identity back the nineties had managed to make such a classy return.

Many months later, that article remains pinned to my board at work (part in effort to remind me to leave my desk one lunchtime and get over the bridge to try it / part because I really love the composition of the accompanying image), and today I am pleased (and a little proud) to report that I FINALLY sunk my teeth into a pork capocollo foccacia at Fugazza.

Nothing - not one iota - was lost in the anticipation.

(Italy, eat your heart out!)

(03) 9939 4915

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Gelateria Primavera

January is such a quiet time in Melbourne, with many places staying closed right through until Australia Day, yet still it remains one of my favourite times of the year to be in town. I just love the long days, the dry heat, the empty trams, early morning swims at the pool, afternoon gin & tonics on the balcony, and riding into town at sun-down for dessert at Spring Street Grocery's Gelateria Primavera..!
I've been there more times in the last week than I'm proud to publish, but night after night I just can't help returning cause their gelati and sorbetti are JUST SO OUTSTANDING. My favourite favours to date are watermelon & mint, peach & apricot, cardamon, tumeric & pistachio and (wait for it..) rockmelon & french lavender (wow)

A very welcome addition to my summer playlist :)

Gelateria Primavera at Spring Street Grocery
(03) 9654 0811

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

John Gorilla

How happy does John Gorilla make you feel? Being surrounded by all that colour and light (and yellow - lots of yellow!) is just the most uplifting cafe experience.

Oh and the food is totally scrumptious too!

(03) 9005 8680

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Seddon Wine Store

Seddon Wine Store is a little suburban bottle-shop with a whole lot of charm. It has an amazing selection of boutique wines and craft beers and you can also buy cheese and other gourmet goodies to go (yum!). But my favourite thing about Seddon Wine Store is that you can linger a little longer by sitting up at the bar and ordering a scrumptious grazing plate to accompany either a wine by the glass, beer from the fridge, or - if you so fancy - a bottle from the shelf. If you plan on settling in for the night, do watch out for the closing hours as they vary throughout the week... I think its 8pm Sunday - Wednesday and til 10pm Thursday - Saturday. Best to check their website or ask at the counter to be sure.

(03) 9687 4817

Sunday, 11 November 2012


A recent arrival on Brunswick Street, Dulcita is serving up a spectacular selection of Argentinian-inspired dulcitas, desayunos and almuerzos, daily from 8am-3pm. I'm a sucker for anything Argentinian, having spent five hot months in Buenos Aires a few years back, and so I speak from experience when I tell you that their empanadas looked authentic and amazing (I will return for one soon..). But with a name like Dulcita I felt I just had to start with the sweets, and so I ordered an alfajore with a twist (lemon shortbread with quince filling) and washed it down with a neat cortado.

¡Que divino! 


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Happy Cup Day!

May all the pretty horses make it safely over the line.

(Image credit: I spied this stunning vintage print in the window at Galerie Montmarte on the weekend.)