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 […]

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 […]


“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 […]

Miss Marmalade

‘Miss Marmalade’ has been a resident of Brunswick for over 6 years now, and has gracefully preserved the charm of the Victorian terrace building she resides in.  The historic structure has a rendered façade, with tiled surrounds and a classic skillion verandah. Graeme Baker has been at this Union Street site for almost three years […]

The Spot

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot”. Even as far back as the 4th century BC wise folks recognise the importance of finding that ‘special spot’.  It seems serendipitous that Khalil and Rim Qubbaj generated their own happiness at the start of 2016, by way of ‘The Spot’. Neither one […]