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Umberto Espresso Bar

Ciao!  Make no mistake, this is my local.  I feel like family at Umberto’s, I am welcomed, made to feel at home and even taught a bit of basic Italian.  Bellissimo! This is the charm of this modern inner-urban cafe.  It has a bit of an old school/old country flair that makes it inviting and […]

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Insider’s Video Tour of Melbourne

Come along for a tour of my favourite city and check out some of my favourite places with me.

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Lupino Italian Bistro

I had high expectations when visiting Lupino as it is part owned by Richard Lodge, ex-partner in my favourite Italian restaurant Becco. Lupino did not disappoint. Richard was as always the consummate host and what was supposed to be a pasta and a glass of wine turned into a full meal. I am glad I […]

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EDV

  You can’t get much more Melbourne than this even though the first EDV is in Sydney.  Tucked in a Malthouse Lane look for a wood door and brass handle, no sign, no hint, you just have to know. Eau de Vie is all about the cocktail.  The homemade ginger beer is awesome, just like […]

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Gray Line Tours – Yarra Valley & Healesville Sanctuary

One of the great things about visiting Melbourne is the chance to get out into the countryside and visit some of the spectacular regions near the city. The Yarra Valley is one of the best. Predominantly known for is well developed wineries the Yarra Valley also offers visitors a chance to get up close with […]

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Bar Americano

  From the guys who brought you Der Raum their newsiest venture is located in Presgrave Place; one of those you have to know where to look lane ways.  Don’t let the dumpsters deter.  Bar Americano is bound to be Melbourne’s newest in the know cocktail hot spot. Think Italian neighbourhood cocktail haven.  Beer is […]

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The Deck Restaurant

This week I visited The Deck which had been one of my go to restaurants for people looking for a an excellent mid-priced Modern Australian restaurant in the city. The Deck is located in the Southgate complex at Southbank which has undergone and extensive renovation. The Deck has moved from its prime riverfront location to […]

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