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

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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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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”

Video | The Trick to Quick? Pick-a-Stick

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There’s something truly human, almost caveman-like, about eating food off a stick. Well, Pick-a-Stick certainly caters to that, bringing shāo kǎo – the Chinese way of eating skewered food – to the CBD. It’s not a genre of Chinese food that has totally taken off in Melbourne yet, but we believe it will. Your choice of ingredients, either fried or cooked over coals. What’s not to like? Continue reading “Video | The Trick to Quick? Pick-a-Stick”

Video | When is There Not a Dinnertime Line at Hakata Gensuke?

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As soon as you step both feet through the door at Hakata Gensuke, “irasshaimase!” (welcome in Japanese) will boomerang back at you. Like a comforting bowl of ramen, the service often is, too.  Continue reading “Video | When is There Not a Dinnertime Line at Hakata Gensuke?”

Begging For Help: an Aged Care Worker’s Letter Reveals the Realities of a Nursing Home Battling Coronavirus

Originally published on HelloCare.

HelloCare has attained a de-identified letter from an aged care worker sent to Leading Age Services Australia desperately asking for more registered nurses (RNs) and personal care assistants (PCAs) on board. The home they work at was down to only one PCA at one point.

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Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Scenic, versatile and beautifully understated – if New Zealand is on your travel radar, consider putting the Bay of Plenty on your wish list. It was named by James Cook when he anchored in the country in 1769, and it’s a name that still rings true today. Continue reading “Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand”

First Look: A CBD Cake Shop-Slash-Cafe From Insta-Famous Baker Raymond Tan

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Step inside for Malaysian chicken-curry pies; egg-and-Spam brioche rolls; jazzed-up fortune cookies; and the signature kuih (petite, glutinous desserts flavoured with mung bean paste, coconut and more).

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Why This is the Year to Plan the Perfect Camping Vacation

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Few activities can make you slow down and recharge quite like camping. In the age of coronavirus, these sort of trips satisfy our desire for adventure. You can stay local, you have more control over your destination, and it’s affordable.

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Revealed: Winners of Australia’s 2020 Houses Awards

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Modest and sustainable designs reigned supreme at this year’s celebration of Australia’s best residential architecture. And, as budgets shrink and the line between home and work blurs, the winners think the pandemic could change the face of home design.

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Video | Taiwan’s Cult Boba Brand Xing Fu Tang Lands in Melbourne

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Xing Fu Tang is the first boba store we’ve visited in Melbourne that makes its tapioca pearls from absolute scratch – dough and all, made every morning. As such, the boba is comparatively softer and easier to digest.

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Video | Jinda Thai is an Abbotsford Favourite, Where a Family Bond Shapes the Menu

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“You gonna get your own dish? Don’t,” says co-owner of Jinda Thai, Park Tanpapat. “You’ve got to share it up,” he explains. “You gotta get a bit of everything, that’s how it should be.” That’s the way his family shared dishes; recipes gifted by his grandparents.

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Video | Oriental Spoon Offers a Great Introduction to Korean Cuisine

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Korean is one of the most searched cuisines on Zomato Melbourne. If you’re yet to acquaint yourself with it, Oriental Spoon is a wise place to start. Work your way through seafood hot pots, Korean fried chicken and the must-have experience that is Korean barbecue. Continue reading “Video | Oriental Spoon Offers a Great Introduction to Korean Cuisine”

In Limbo: Rethinking Living Arrangements as COVID-19 Defers Care Facility Moves

Originally published on HelloCare.

As the aged care sector continues to grapple with the coronavirus, an increasing number of older people are finding themselves caught in a tough spot – requiring care but hesitant to move into an aged care facility.

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Video | Vertue Coffee Roasters is One of Melbourne’s Best-Kept Secrets

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If the rest of Melbourne’s cafe scene has left you feeling a little weary, bank on finding plenty of solace here. The menu gets equal points for approachability and creative flair.

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Kisumé, Chin Chin and Hawker Hall Are Now Delivering Up to 10 Kilometres From Each Restaurant

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Lucas Restaurants has launched its own delivery service with a flat fee of $7.50. Order in deluxe sushi boxes from Kisumé, Chin Chin’s barramundi-and-ginger dumplings with XO sauce, or a coconut-y beef rendang from Hawker Hall. Plus, bottled cocktails and more.

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Video | An Italian Eatery That Confidently Caters to Coeliac Patrons

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It’s not often we come across an Italian restaurant specialising in gluten-free dishes. Many assume Italian food and gluten are inseparable, but Tina Persano, chef-owner at Brunswick restaurant Ciao Mamma, wants to put this misconception to bed. “Italy produces some incredible gluten-free pasta!” she says.
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