V Melb

  Clare Hu has done it again. Having successfully opened cafes in Ashburton, Sandringham, and South Yarra – She’s just launched ‘V Melb’ ; a concept space on Claremont Street. The motto here is ‘Very Vegan Vibes’, and the ethos is grounded in traceability, transparency, and sustainability. It’s a belief that good food should be […]

Melbourne Moonshine

History tells us that ‘Moonshine’ was rife during the prohibition era in the USA, when corn mash was used to make distilled spirit in secrecy at night. Today the distillation of alcohol is legal in Australia if one has the appropriate license, and ‘Melbourne Moonshine’ specialises in this popular ‘clear liquor’. For several years Melbourne […]

Percy’s Aeroplane

At the heart of Percy’s Aeroplane is a bright yellow La Marzocco Linea PB; and much like a pilot- head barista/owner Alex Jiang is the soul of this Kew café. Originally opened by Wes Lim, Percy’s Aeroplane was named after a World War 2 pilot who lived in Kew. A vintage model plane hangs above […]

St Martins

“Breakfast, lunch, and magic”. That’s what St Martins brings to Martin Street, Brighton. It’s the third café for Jim Marinis and his wife Mary-Jane Daffy, who also brought us Little Tommy Tucker in Bentleigh, and Glover Station in Elsternwick. Being located in the opulent beachside suburb of Brighton, St Martins takes a colourful approach, with […]

Espressory

“Paradise has never been about places. It exists in moments. In connection. In flashes across time.”   How fortuitous, that I should at last cross paths with Peter from Espressory. It’s been three years since opening, and I finally found this coffee focused spot hidden at the bottom of a bustling city building. Ironically, I […]

Forever counting my blessings

Honour is a word that gets thrown around like a tennis ball these days.  It’s often attributed to those exceptional occasions which produce a sense of satisfaction and privilege. I felt this sense of honour whilst in Sydney, when I had the rare opportunity of speaking to a coffee producer -via the telephone, while sipping […]

Fordham’s Milk Bar

I remember a time when there was a milk bar on every other corner, and I was quite literally like a kid in a candy store every time I visited one. Times have changed, and milk bars are a rarity now with the influx of 24 hour convenience stores and service stations. However, I still […]