28 January

Pope Joan unveil plans for their milk bar of the future

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Pope Joan

Like a phoenix from the flames, the great Aussie milk bar is making a triumphant return – led by Matt Wilkinson and Ben Foster of beloved Nicholson Street café Pope Joan. Going by the name of Jack Horner, it’s a milk bar of the future that has existed in Wilkinson’s imagination for a long time. “It’s been a two-year study – working out how the CBD is changing and what the milk bar represents,” says Wilkinson. Taking inspiration from the traditional English corner shop and the San Fran deli, Jack Horner will feature a gourmet deli counter, tuckshop-style canteen, mini bottle shop as well as all your traditional milk bar basics: lollies, toilet paper, magazines and milk. “It’s basically a shop that we’d want to use ourselves – you can pick up some tasty, wholesome takeaway food, plus grab some shopping,” explains Wilkinson.

We’re particularly excited about the four hot dishes a day (made and displayed in Le Creuset pots, of course), as well as the house-smoked salmon, ham off the bone and fresh salads – courtesy of Pope Joan’s head chef Travis Welch.… Read more

5 January

That one-day-only 99 cheese pizza is back, baby


Last month, a beautiful thing happened. Gradi’s world champion pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco made our cheese-dreams a reality by creating the world’s first 99-cheese pizza. And you thought five-cheese pizzas were intense. The dairy dream was inspired by the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (out on DVD), which features one of these beauties.

Such was the excitement – there was even a Change.org petition to keep this lactose legend on the menu – that the 99-cheese pizza is now going to become a temporary fixture at both Gradi at Crown and 400 Gradi.

Johnny created a 94-cheese spread that is topped with the additional five cheeses at the end, and this will stay on the menu until the batches of his secret concoction run out. STARTS NOW!… Read more

18 December

Mr Burger opens new permanent store in Fitzroy, gives out free burgers this Saturday


No doubt you’ve spotted the bright orange trucks rolling around Melbourne, bringing smiles at every stop with their fresh, tasty, no-frills burgers.There are permanent Mr Burger stores in Chapel Street, the Queen Vic Market and the CBD, but this time, the guys are coming to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

This Saturday, you’ll find cheery guys and gals flipping patties at the brand new store, where you can nab free burgers from 11.30am to 3pm. Just like the truck, the store design allows you to watch your beef or veg patty sizzling right in front of you.

Aside from the comfort of knowing that this Mr Burger joint can’t suddenly take off, the other major benefit is the beer on tap. Plus, all your favourite sides are here. Their famous Trucker Fries come with bacon, cheese and special sauce. So necessary. So delicious.

Mr Burger: Fitzroy, opens Saturday December 20.Read more

10 December

Huxtaburger serves up backstage burgers at A Day On The Green to rock stars – and you?

Huxtaburger pops up

The lads from Huxtaburger have teamed up with Yarra Valley music series A Day On The Green to feed artists and crew with backstage burgers. That’s right: the likes of John Legend, Jimmy Barnes, Roxette, Billy Idol, Angels, Cheap Trick and the Black Keys will soon be tucking into a Denise or a Theo (the burger joint’s most famous creations) before hitting the stage. We bet the boys behind the buns (Daniel Wilson, Dante Ruaine and Jeff Wong) never expected to serve rock star patrons when they first opened in Collingwood in 2011.

So what does this union have to do with you? Everything, if you love burgers and music. Huxtaburger are giving one lucky social media user (and a mate) the chance to win tickets to one of the Day on the Green gigs and eat burgers backstage. All you need to do jump onto their Facebook page and share/comment for a chance to win.… Read more

8 December

So Frenchy So Chic are hosting a free pop-up picnic this Wednesday


What are you doing for lunch on Wednesday? Heading to the Treasury Gardens for a free pop-up picnic? We thought so.

In the lead-up to January’s most magnifique French festival, you’re invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch hamper on the lush lawns of the Treasury Gardens, courtesy of innovative catering company Bright Young Things. The first to arrive will receive hampers filled with chicken baguettes, broccolini and summer pea tarts and decadent Opera cakes. Soak up the sun while you take in the latest So Frenchy So Chic album, and dream of watching the artists live at the Werribee Mansion festival.

Make sure you get in quick – your French amis only have 150 of the hampers to give away on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for the January festival.

So Frenchy So Chic Pop-up Picnic. Wed Dec 10.Read more