Beating the election blues at Bedford Street

It's a monster of a sandwich

After the depressing US election results a little comfort eating was in order.  New opening Bedford Street in Collingwood fits the bill with the deep fryer on high rotation along with some classic US dishes. The restaurant on the corner of Bedford and Johnson street has a prime corner position with big windows letting in

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Gourmet Bargain: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

Brisket with house made pickles at Pickett's Deli

Imagine the equivalent of a lolly shop but for grownups.  Dark black shelving makes the colours of the jars of preserved lemons, bottles of wine and packets of arborio rice pop.  There’s a rotisserie turning slowly behind a high counter with bronzed chickens wafting their aroma around the store mingling with the smell of Dukes

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Scandi style at SMAK Food House

Silverbeet and leek pancakes with Kombucha

Scandinavian style is huge in Melbourne cafe interiors at the moment so it’s good to see Scandi influences flowing through to cafe menus as well.  SMAK House food has the Scandi interior nailed: it’s all Nordic whites and greys. Polished concrete is juxtaposed with white wire seating, timber finishes and hanging greenery.  Think calm and

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Oh so Melbourne: The Vertue of the Coffee Drink

Coffee cured salmon at Vertue of the Coffee Drink

Could there be a more Melbourne place than The Vertue of the Coffee Drink? Hidden away down an alleyway that you get to through a petrol station off Lygon Street this is one cafe that certainly can’t rely on passing foot traffic.  Once inside the door the cafe opens up into a cavernous light filled

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