Barbecue lovers come out in full force for Meatstock, the Music & Meat Festival


World renowned three time Barbecue World Champion Tuffy Stone; cook, author and TV host Jess Pryles; Australia’s greatest BBQ-ers battling it out for supremacy (and for the benefit of the hungry, hungry public); and a whole slew of live music acts. Meatstock certainly brought the goods to Melbourne this past weekend, and with the annual BBQ & Music festival set to hit Sydney in just over a week we thought it would be best to bring you a visual diary of what you can expect. Photographer Tony Proudfoot brings us this special gallery of all the action over the two-day festival, which will end its tour in Sydney on Saturday 6th May and Sunday 7th May.... Read More | Share it now!

Modern Australian, Spain and North African cuisine come together at Abacus Bar & Kitchen (Melbourne)

Abacus Bar launch

“Every dish has a story”, offers chef Chris Connolly (ex-Top Paddock) who spearheads the attractive new Abacus Bar & Kitchen with owner Dylan Whitmore. The new venture, which is positioned on Chapel Street nearby Prahran Market, is promising something new and innovative for the area, touting modern Australian with flourishes from Spain and North Africa.... Read More | Share it now!

First Look: Fitzroy’s six-week pop up Gelato Fiasco log cabin (Melbourne)

Gelato Fiasco pop up ice cream bar

Just the other week, we brought you news about a unique pop-up gelato log cabin opening in Fitzroy for six weeks. It’s a temporary hub by the team from Portland gelateria Gelato Fiasco, who have just brought their bold American-inspired flavours over Australia. The Gelato Fiasco pop-up will be a chance for Melbourne’s lucky dessert lovers to dip into scoops of four different flavours that aren’t at all what you’d expect from your standard gelato.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: “Chocolate” by Kirsten Tibballs

Australian pastry chef Kirsten Tibballs enjoys a sterling reputation across around the globe, no doubt fueled by the title of “Queen of Chocolate” that follows her around wherever she goes. She has won gold medals at international pasty events, judged chocolate competitions in Paris and Japan, and has well and truly become one of Australia’s most anticipated chocolatiers. It’s then with great enthusiasm we went along to the launch of latest book, Chocolate, where the focus couldn’t be more obvious.... Read More | Share it now!

Chef Philippe Mouchel brings classic French to Collins Street (Melbourne)

Collins Street now has a classy addition with respected Chef-Restaurateur Philippe Mouchel bringing his namesake restaurant to the laneway site following recently closed pop-up Déjà Vue. Philippe is Mouchel’s dedication to classic French cuisine with extra punch from his signature rotisserie style, said to deliver a generous and affordable casual dining experience to those who wish to further explore authentic French cuisine.... Read More | Share it now!

Prahran’s Mount Erica Hotel revamped with Sunny Gilbert’s Spanish flair (Melbourne)

At a recent relaunch party for Prahran’s iconic Mount Erica Hotel, it became evident that the great pub revival that has been sweeping not just Melbourne, but Australia in general, is just getting started. The long-standing, much loved venue has undergone a substantial transformation with a newly appointed team and two shiny new areas, Austin’s Restaurant and Austin’s Pantry & Wine Bar.... Read More | Share it now!