Who would have thought that Melbourne would hold the key to the twelfth best cocktail bar in the world!?!?! Located in Richmond, this bar has an extensive cocktail list and not to mention has endless press releases to brag how amazing it is! Although I have not personally checked out this funky little bar, the you tube video below takes you on a tour and shows us some cool cocktails we can make for upcoming parties!

This youtube was kindly provided by .

The official website is very funky too, so don’t forget to check that out!!

Author: Simone Pucci

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The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that takes place every March. Food lovers from all over come to experience what Melbourne has to offer with over two hundred events that happen over the three weeks.

There are an exceptional amount of guests that are involved in the event including national and international chefs such as George Calombaris, Guy Grossi and Jamie Oliver. 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the event and there will be many events that people can attend! One of the best events of the festival is the World’s Longest Lunch where you can enjoy a three course meal designed by a famous chef. The 2011 lunch was created by ‘French legend’ Gabriel Gaté.

The festival will run from March 2 until March 21 2012. Be sure to not miss out tasting some of the best food and wine around!!

Check out http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/ for more information!

Below enjoy a snippet of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival through the eyes of well known chefs and critics.

This youtube clip was provided from Melbourne Food & Wine Festival ~ melbournefoodandwine’s Channel

Author: Simone Pucci

175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065

03 9417 1567

I was looking forward to checking out Spanish restaurant De Los Santos. Located in the heart of Brunswick Street, I had heard good reviews about the restaurant so I thought I would try it out and make my own decision. The first mistake I made was not making a booking, however we were lucky enough to get a table for two but we needed to be out by 8 o’clock so we only had two hours to dine in. To avoid any disappointment as it is a busy restaurant, I recommend you book.

Conversely, we had a nice intimate table, the service and atmosphere was great and the menu looked amazing! The menu had a variety of food and wine specials of the day and not to mention a menu with a wide range of tapas, sides and main to choose from. We started our night with Sangria, a traditional Spanish alcoholic beverage and I must say it was beautiful so we did not hesitate to order a whole jug!

                                            
I was looking forward to ordering the Paela, however because it was a very large dish for a minimum of two people my partner and I had to decide together which one we wanted to have. We decided on the Marinara Paela and when the waitress came and took our order she warned us that it would take 45 minutes to cook regardless which Paela we had chosen. At this stage we were pretty hungry so we ordered and entree dish of chicken skewers marinated in lemon and yoghurt. Whilst drinking Sangria and eating our entree time flew by and by the time we knew it our Paela was ready! Served in a beautiful traditional pan, the rice was cooked through with a tomato sugo, peas, beans, capsican and not to mention a variety of sea food.

In contrast to the traditional Paela in Spain, the Marinara Paela was not as watery and instead it was quite dry however it did not bother me. It was still tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed it but I did not feel that it was worth the $52 we spent for it.

I would definitely visit the place again but instead I would order from the tapas menu so I can try a variety of different tastes. It is definitely a place to check out enjoying the tapas menu and the superb Sangria!

De Los Santos is opened every night from 6pm and opened for lunch on Sundays from 12 noon until 3pm. Don’t forget to book online or by phone to avoid disappointment.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the restaurant!

Below you can find a map with the location of De Los Santos, kindly supplied by Google maps.

Author: Simone Pucci

By far the best drinking hole on Victoria Street: ‘sit at the Vic Bar long enough and eventually all the members of your share house will walk by’.  Vic Bar, or the Vic as is more colloquially referred to, is the meeting point for many people in preparation for a night of dinner and discussion at one of the many Asian restaurants along Victoria Street. Sometimes dinner is purely in liquid form.

The Vic also offers a unique dining experience; allowing patrons to order food from any number of places along the strip and eat it at the bar.  From the pizza joint two doors down to the array of Asian and Indian restaurants along the strip, my beer belly has never been so thoroughly overindulged as it has drinking and eating at the Vic.

The Vic also has a rather unmatched architectural design.  The nicotine stained kiss from God for all you smokers who’ve tired of being pushed out into the night for a fag.  The front portion of the bar is open on two walls, and the remained of the bar is divided by an art deco-like glass wall.  Significantly heated in the winter months and breezy in the summer it is what a bar should be: smoked filled, drink filled, and oozing rock n roll debauchery.

Located at the start of bustling Victoria St, just off Hoddle St, the Vic has delved in a range of happy hour(s) beverage deals that will have you both weeping and bellowing with laughter.

In the summer of 2010 my housemates and I held court in the front bar, sucking downing $12 jugs of sangria, eating sweet and sour chicken, and discussing who we would cast as ideal actors in a film version of Preacher.

The Vic’s current happy hour(s) offering is Tuesday night’s $10 jugs and $5 pints till you can’t see the local artists’ work displayed on the walls. The reset of the week contains numerous drink deals and specialsto be had with particular meals which will keep you smiling and drinking.

But be quick children, the Vic, much like the rest of North Richmond, is on a fast track to gentrification.  And once complete everything you once loved about this beautiful bar will simply be a pseudo-dive meat market for 30 somethings to have a random hook up and forget they’re working 9 to 5 (poor bastards).

Below you can find a map with the location of The Vic Bar, kindly supplied by Google maps.

Author: David Barker

Three Bags Full encapsulates everything about Melbourne’s designer-chic cafe scene.  Not content to simply provide basic coffee, bacon and eggs breakfast, with NOVA playing on the radio Three Bags Full is one of the new(ish) breed of inner northern cafes (tending to be owed and run by motley crews of tattoo artists, hairdressers, and Rollerderby contenders) that focus on the texture of dining environments as much as they do the food. Places with such innovative decor and urban style that you practically get your wrist stamped at the door.

While located in the back streets of Abbotsford (Corner of Nicholson St and Mollison St), in a corner section of an old industrial warehouse, Three Bags Full has retains prominence given the area is comprised mainly of Asian cuisine.  Run by a group of young upstarts, the place is buzzing with new ideas about what can be done with a cafe environment and its food and drink. Some good, some not so good.


 

 

 

 

 The food is amazing and relatively cheap. For around $10 a pop I could survive on their (MEGA)sandwiches.  On this outing I bought the chicken option; with aioli and basil and a some other green things that escape my lexicon (green eggs and ham, no. But green chicken and stuff, fuck yeah!)

 

 

                                                              “MEGASANDWICH

It’s coffee, on the other hand, suffers from Melbourne’s overindulgence with coffee and a postmodern generation’s desire to mess with an already good thing.  For me, their coffee is so distorted with spices and blending that it no longer tastes like coffee. It taste like a spice rack has been upended into a cup of hot water.

Also, and this goes out to the wider coffee making/coffee drinking public, I for one do not care whether a cafe’s coffee beans have been handpicked in the mountains of Columbia by the resident of the local ‘Kiljarwar peoples’, or that you’ve made your own blend using traditional Italian methods. It either wakes me up or it doesn’t.  Apparently coffee art is not enough posturing for some hospitality elitists and now I’m forced to sit through them bragging about what resources were involved to produce my cup of coffee.

That said, Three Bags Full’s willingness to experiment with different textures and flavors really expands ones  choice of dinning, praticularly breakfast, and brings to life classics options with new zeal.

Below you can find a map with the location of Three Bags Full, kindly supplied by Google maps.

Author: David Barker

Café life is all about being social with friends, good food and of course good coffee.  Sometimes this could mean hanging out for hours with friends in your favorite place, having not just one but two or three café lattes and whittling the afternoon away.

This is the culture of coffee in Melbourne; coffee has become a large part of the Melbourne culture in recent years, prior to which, Melbourne was little known for its coffee culture but rather it was known that Melbourne did have some nice places to eat.

Since the expansion of the market many people have become obsessed with finding the perfect coffee, and this is where the specialist market bloomed, you can now find coffee in Melbourne from all around the world. With so many different varieties who knows where to start!

 In the end It all comes down to personal taste, how caught up you are in the madness  and finding that Batista that makes your coffee just right, this is coffee culture and café life.

Below is a short clip all about coffee; it is amazing how much coffee the world consumes every year, but considering all the positives  coffee has to offer I can see why.

 Thank you CGPGrey for the video.

Author: Richard Cormick

There are many cafés and restaurants in Melbourne, so many in fact it could take you a life time to visit them all, new places pop up and others close as different trends pass.

What’s more there are many lane-ways all over Melbourne to explore that have all sorts of interesting and exciting dining experiences to offer.

Lonely plant guide books are usually a good place to start for the traveler to new cities, and are often referred to as the bible for each city, due to the truth and authority they offer on each destination.

I have managed to source a Video from Lonely planet tv, it is a great starter’s guide to Melbourne if you only have a little time and want to get a real feel for what Melbourne has to offer.

According to Shawn Low from lonely planet the top three places to eat and drink coffee are:

1) The King of Kings, on Russell Street

2) European, on Spring Street

3) IL Solito Posto, on Collins Street

Check out Shawn Low’s video below, he drives around Melbourne on a Vespa and takes you to his all-time top three.

http://www.lonelyplanet.tv/player.swf?key=59AAABBA5D7554A0

You can also check out other videos Lonely planet have on offer here.

Author: Richard Cormick