Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc

Originally published on Broadsheet.

A co-founder of Carlton’s D.O.C and his former head chef have teamed up to transform an old car-wrecking site into a buzzing, family-friendly space that gets moving at 7am and doesn’t stop until near midnight. And there’s room for 250 people, plus dogs. Continue reading “Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc”

The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in. Continue reading “The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand”

House-Made Pasta, Aperol Margaritas and Unmissable Tiramisu at Highett’s Swish New Italian Restaurant, Abbiocco

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Five years after opening Hampton Wine Co, a trio of hospitality vets is back in the restaurant game with this small, well-polished venue. Continue reading “House-Made Pasta, Aperol Margaritas and Unmissable Tiramisu at Highett’s Swish New Italian Restaurant, Abbiocco”

The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra

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The redesign, by award-winning Adelaide firm Studio Gram, features dramatic curved archways, terrazzo-topped tables and soft green sunshades. Step aboard for Ponystar Martinis, rosé-sangria jugs and – soon – an Asian-focussed menu. Continue reading “The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra”

Tips on Helping Someone Living with Dementia Through the Pandemic

Originally published on HelloCare.  

Maintaining a routine is extremely important for anyone living with dementia. The coronavirus pandemic has inevitably disrupted those routines, regardless of whether the person living with dementia is in a residential facility or at home.

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First Look: Piccolina’s Sleek New Richmond Store Looks More Like a Cocktail Bar Than a Gelateria

Originally published on Broadsheet.

The fourth outpost has an industrial-chic fit-out by Melbourne firm Hecker Guthrie – and greyscale never looked quite so good. Plus, get your favourite gelato crowned by a new whipped-cream machine, just like in Italy.

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Managing a Fear of Flying: How to Keep Anxiety from Grounding Your Travel Plans

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

A fear of flying isn’t uncommon but, for some people, it can make travelling an incredibly stressful experience and, for others, prevent them from going on the adventure of their dreams entirely. We asked three people with different perspectives for their tips on how to manage anxiety before and during a flight.

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Melbourne’s Best Festive Foods (and an Apple Pie Gin) to Order for Christmas

Originally published on Broadsheet.

There’s Cannoleria’s GIY (garnish-it-yourself) panettones; a four-tiered cheese tower; Piccolina’s gelato-filled or Four Pillars’ gin-spiked Christmas puddings; a next-level chook with black truffles; Mörk’s decadent, chocolatey take on the mince pie; and more.

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For the First Time Ever, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Releases a Cookbook

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Ever wonder what the world’s top chefs whip up when out of their whites? Well, Massimo Bottura makes a nut-free pesto pasta; Mauro Colagreco of the top restaurant in the world does a fish stew, and Clare Smyth – soon to open a diner in Sydney – makes a fiery chicken stir-fry.
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Why I Won’t Give up on Sri Lanka and you Shouldn’t Either

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

“Welcome to Sri Lanka!” was one of the first greetings I heard in Colombo, the country’s bustling big city. A local graced me with those lovely words from across the street. Not a storekeeper, nor a hawker. Just a person who wanted to pass on a warm hello.
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Tourists Often Pay More Than the Locals. Is That Fair?

Written for the ABC.

Being “ripped off” is often part of the travel experience. Whether it’s those tourist menus with prices double what locals pay, unregulated taxis charging five times the regular price, or seeing someone at a market pay less than half for a T-shirt you bought two days ago. But does the fact it happens so often make it fair?

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Mr Brownie is Four Storeys of 70s and 80s Tunes and British-Indian Fare in South Melbourne

Originally published on Broadsheet.

The latest from the owner of Horn Please and Daughter In Law has a bar on each eclectic level – including one on the roof with city views – with vindaloo pies, samosa burgers and curry chips on the menu. 

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How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

A fusion of Arabic cuisines and the Mediterranean diet, Andalucian food is about the simple pleasures – affordable and unpretentious. It is Moorish food, within Moorish surrounds and it’s easy to let your stomach run wild – the food is vibrant and prices are reasonable. Continue reading “How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth”

Eat Like an Italian: Try Cooking Three of Italy’s National Treasures

Originally published on SBS.

‘Italian food’ is really a massive umbrella shielding the country’s highly-localised cuisines. The real discovery comes from finding out which dishes hail from where, and what they were born out of – be it poverty or triumph.

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Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With

Originally published on Zomato, produced in collaboration with Andy Hardy Films.

It’s a big call, but we’re going to make it. Kekou is one of the most exciting, forward-thinking restaurants we have visited in the last year. It’s a simple concept, done exceptionally well – pairing Australian 18 rotating craft beers with progressive Asian-inspired dishes. Continue reading “Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With”

First Look: Fire-Roasted Clams, Charry Octopus and Whisky-Glazed Basque Burnt Cheesecake at Dakota, Port Melbourne’s New Dining Destination

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Chef David Green, formerly of Daylesford’s Lake House, is at the helm of this seafood-centric bayside diner. Continue reading “First Look: Fire-Roasted Clams, Charry Octopus and Whisky-Glazed Basque Burnt Cheesecake at Dakota, Port Melbourne’s New Dining Destination”