Going for gold at AU79 in Abbotsford

Science nerds will know that AU79 is the chemical symbol for gold. I’ll admit the reference was lost on me but I’m still giving a gold for fitout to newly opened AU79 in Abbotsford.   The cafe is just off Victoria street next to the Hive Shopping centre and provides something quite different to the

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Relax… Betty’s Burgers is in Melbourne now

After discovering the joys of Betty’s Burgers on holidays to Noosa I was pretty excited to hear Betty’s has opened up in Melbourne now.  Even in Melbourne’s (much!) colder climate Betty’s Melbourne store still retains a tropical holiday feel thanks to the colourful tiling in shades of blue, comfy aqua cushioned chairs and big glass

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Why you should go to Hotel Jesus

Once travelling in Mexico Meat-and-Three-Veg lost his camera.  He went to buy a new one and the sales assistant at the camera shop wore a badge bearing his name “Jesus”.  Pronounced hey-zus the name is as common in Mexico as it’s rare here. Meat-and-Three-Veg bought the first camera Jesus suggested “I had to” he said

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Beating the election blues at Bedford Street

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

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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Return of the roast chicken: Philippe Restaurant

He’s back! Melbourne had mourned the absence of legendary French chef Philippe Mouchel after the closure of PM24 but now he has returned to the city with his own restaurant.  In Melbourne at least Philippe Mouchel is in the Madonna category of only needing the one name, his new restaurant is simply called “Philippe”. Located

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