Jerome Borazio’s a goddamn genius – when he’s not opening bars (1000 Pound Bend, Ponyfish Island, Sister Bella etc), pizza shops (Slice Girls), cool wedding venues (The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo), or overseeing the now international St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, he’s opening a hotel. Clearly, the man never sleeps and, let’s face it, he can’t help himself when it comes to revitalising an unclaimed space.
St Jerome’s: The Hotel is high glamour and one of a kind. It’s perched on the top of Melbourne Central for a start, allowing patrons unparalleled access to Melbourne’s city-line vistas. Plus, rather than your ordinary hotel rooms, it’s got suites and standard rooms in high-class bell tents, that are decked out with all of the luxury comforts of any other luxury hotel. Borazio’s taken glamping (glamour camping) to a whole new level (quite literally too, given that it overlooks the city).
There’s a 24-hour concierge service, a bar and normal deluxe hotel services (fleet cars and the like) but it’s the other touches that make it super special – eg.… Read more
North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, MØ, Purity Ring, Flight Facilities, Alison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more
Public Bar used to house Melbourne’s fishy favourite, Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, which has since found a new home at Rochester Castle. In its place, the boys behind Public have opened a new elaborately named sandwich and jaffle bar. Eschewing bog-standard sandwich fillings, Sir Chicory St. Claire’s Sanctioned Digestive Parlour‘s menu takes a few leaps into the wild. Try a pulled-rabbit roll with spicy rabbit and slaw, stick with the rabbit theme for the bunny jaffle, try the drunken grilled cheese sanga (cheese, onion and beer) or go wild and order the bonkers-sounding potato gem and jalapeño mash sub with Napoli sauce (surely as naughty as vegetarian food gets). If you prefer to play it safe, there’s a Reuben or BLT; if you want to scare your doctor, opt for the unashamedly calorific tinned spag and cheese jaffle.… Read more
If you love the faux-chorizo tacos, lemon-scented carrots and preach-free good vibes at Smith & Daughters, great news: you’ll soon be able to get a second fix of guiltless deliciousness at Smith & Deli. Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – the inked-up babes behind both Smith ventures – wanted to bring something convenient and conscious to the ’hood. Smith & Deli is their one-stop shop – expected to open in late April – where lucky locals can pop in for a takeaway coffee and bagel, pick up a soup or salad for lunch, or take home all the provisions for a delicious DIY dinner. Jewish deli items such as matzah ball soup and knish will be available, along with hearty meat-free lasagne and pies. Not your average corner shop.
How’s this for a scoop: Ben & Jerry’s have an annual tradition that we wish other providers of sweet treats would emulate. Once a year, Ben & Jerry’s stores globally give away a free scoop of their famous ice-cream to all comers. Now that’s the kind of marketing exercise we can get behind.
So on Tuesday April 14, be sure to celebrate what’s left of the warmer months by sampling the selection of flavours at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop on Chapel Street and in Hoyts Cinemas at Highpoint shopping centre in Maribyrnong.
The only thing left is to decide which flavour takes your fancy – Chocolate Fudge Brownie; Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; Phish Food? Our tip: bring buddies and share the love.