South Melbourne Wine Shop Magnum + Queens Introduces a Tiny New Wine Bar

Written for Broadsheet Kirsten Dickie and Virginia Selleck are moving at light speed. The pair launched their smart and thoughtfully curated online wine store Magnum + Queens in 2017. In May last year they turned it into a physical store in South Melbourne. And now, not only can you pick up top drops to take away, the… Continue reading South Melbourne Wine Shop Magnum + Queens Introduces a Tiny New Wine Bar

Six to Try: The Best Dishes at St Collins Lane

Written for Broadsheet As far as city dining goes, Melburnians have a tonne of choices. The recent opening of upscale food hub Ella really ramped up the options for casual city lunching, and now, further south, another high-end food hall is attracting attention. St Collins Lane is a shopping hub that runs between Collins and Little Collins… Continue reading Six to Try: The Best Dishes at St Collins Lane

First Look: Maker & Monger’s Heavenly New Chapel of Cheese Is Here

Written for Broadsheet “It’s like walking up to a candy store,” cheesemonger Anthony Femia says of his new self-coined “chapel of cheese” at Prahran Market. And he’s not the only one who thinks so. Just a short time standing by Maker & Monger’s new stall and the magnetic pull of its seven-metre-long cheese cabinet is… Continue reading First Look: Maker & Monger’s Heavenly New Chapel of Cheese Is Here

Now Open: Sandy Feet Are Welcome at Sunny Beachside Cafe Pineapple Palm

Written for Broadsheet Just a few sandy footsteps from the volleyball courts at South Melbourne beach is sunny coastal cafe Pineapple Palm. The gleaming spot is at the base of a new apartment block on Beaconsfield Parade, and while the interior is fresh, the friendly staff don’t mind if you bring a bit of the… Continue reading Now Open: Sandy Feet Are Welcome at Sunny Beachside Cafe Pineapple Palm

Now Open: Bad Decisions, But Good Times at Fitzroy’s New Neighbourhood Bar

Written for Broadsheet Following the glow of a neon-lit “Bad Decisions” sign into Fitzroy’s newest neighbourhood bar feels a little irresponsible – but it isn’t. Despite the name, a large portion of the drinks list is booze-free, and walking into the cosy space feels like the right choice. It’s welcoming and lived-in, like it’s been… Continue reading Now Open: Bad Decisions, But Good Times at Fitzroy’s New Neighbourhood Bar

First Look: Fiery Chinese Barbeque From the Dainty Sichuan Crew

Written for Broadsheet The husband and wife team behind the chilli-centric Dainty Sichuan restaurant group has just opened a new eatery above a teppanyaki joint in Chinatown. Chef Tina Li and her husband Ye Shao’s other spots are best known for fiery dishes from Sichuan Province in south-west China, but their menus navigate a spectrum… Continue reading First Look: Fiery Chinese Barbeque From the Dainty Sichuan Crew

Now Open: A Whimsical, Labyrinthine Cafe in a 150-Year-Old Former Auto Parts Shop

Written for Broadsheet On a street corner in Ascot Vale, past a grand old green and ivory facade, is a whimsical new cafe laced with old-world charm. In some ways, Old Man Drew is a labyrinth mistaken for a cafe; it takes more than a few (panicked) moments to spot my friends for brunch. The… Continue reading Now Open: A Whimsical, Labyrinthine Cafe in a 150-Year-Old Former Auto Parts Shop