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Four new reasons to visit Melbourne this autumn




Beautiful in summer, spectacular in winter; Melbourne is a city for all the seasons, here are five great new reasons to visit Victoria’s capital.


# 1. The delicious new bars and restaurants

About 15 amazing new venues recently opened in Melbourne, but among those are a few real standouts. These include Chibog in West Footscray, which takes classic Filipino comfort food and dials its flavours up to 11; the 1920s-style Gimlet at Cavendish House, with its extensive cocktail list.




# 2. The game-changing new hotels

Downtown there’s W Melbourne, which looks to be the hotel version of a Real Housewives personality who loves wild fashion, avant-garde decor and cocktails by the pool; Quincy Hotel Melbourne on vibrant Flinders Lane, which wouldn’t be out of place on a bustling street in Bangkok.




# 3. The music, the arts and festivals

This autumn, a bumper crop of events is taking place, including festival RISING; exhibition series NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces; ACMI exhibits The Story of Moving Image and Disney: The Magic of Animation; the acclaimed play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre; and West Side Place, a new retail precinct dubbed Australia’s first ‘artcade’, featuring works from some of the country’s top contemporary artists. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is also set to kick off in August at Regent Theatre.




# 4. The new spots to explore in old neighborhoods

Beyond the CBD you’ll find a wealth of colourful neighbourhoods to explore, each with its own flavours, culture and community – and they’re still evolving. Footscray in the inner west is a must-visit if you love great Vietnamese food, Windsor has a free-spirited vibe with eclectic bars, and Northcote has a quirky vibe with indie art galleries and vintage clothing stores. Street art mecca Hosier Lane, right in the city, is another spot that’s different each time you visit.






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Melbourne Eats





Okonomiyaki is now in Melbourne !You don’t have to be in Japan to enjoy it. It is  in The District, Docklands. Japanese pancakes (okonomiyaki) are cooked right in front of you, fresh, hot, and delicious. Okonomiyaki always referred to as “Japanese pizza” or “Osaka soul food”. It is a savoury Japanese pancake, usually made from cabbage and a selection of meats or seafood. It is really fun and interactive way to dine. The grill-it-yourself establishments, where the server provide a bowl of raw ingredients for the customer to mix and grill at table fitted with teppan, or special hotplates. The staff is there to help you if you need.






Locations: The District, Level 1 (next to HOYTS),440 Docklands Drive, Docklands,Melbourne


Contact: (03) 9600 0873

$ -$$ ($65 for two people)

Seorae Galmaegi

Great place to hang out with friends in this cozy and fun restaurant. Their menu includes a large variety of Korean dishes and BBQ options to choose from. The wagyu beef is awesome and of great quality. Its pork is also delicious and tender. In addition to their meat set meals, their side dishes are also delicious. The salad was refreshing and had a mix of sweet and sour taste which is a perfect match with the BBQ meat.







Locations: QV Centre, Level 2, 26-28 Artemis Lane, CBD, Melbourne


Contact:  0426 281 547

$80 for two people




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5 food shooting techniques




Let’s discover 5 simple yet highly effective tricks for taking beautiful and tempting food photos with your iPhone.


1  Looking for natural light

If you have a great balcony or window sill, it is best to shoot in the morning when the sun shines in through the window. During this time, you can also use the backlight angle for shooting, the backlight makes the food feel bright and warm.



2  Shooting from above

Try different shooting angles. Shooting from above is often the best choice, especially when the food is arranged on a plate or bowl. Shooting from above has several benefits. It allows you to include all the details of the food and the background, and it emphasizes the bold shapes of the dishes, cutlery and other objects within the scene.




3  Arrange Your Food Neatly

Arrange your food in a neat or unique way to create visual interest and balance. Playing around with fruits and vegetables, cut them into similar shapes and create patterns on your plate or baking tray. The way you arrange your food will have a big impact on the final image. Composition is the key to great food photography, and the position of each element in the scene should be carefully thought out.



4  Give it a bite

It doesn’t have to be an unbearable tooth mark or bite mark. But you can try to create photos of food that are “being eaten” or “about to be eaten”. This method can not only create photos with stories, but also show beautiful cross-sections of food. If the filling of your food is liquid or semi liquid (such as lava chocolate), then this shooting method will be very suitable for this way of expression.



5  Decorate The Scene

To make your photos look more interesting you may consider decorating the scene with some other smaller items. One of the methods is to include some flowers or some of the dry ingredients that you use for cooking the food. For e.g some berries, fruit pieces, nuts, chocolate pieces and fresh herbs.

Apart from adding interest to the composition, this can also help to create a “visual recipe” for your food photo.




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Melbourne Eats : Le Charme / Beatrix




Le Charme




Le Charme is located in the heart of China town.

Walking through China town you may easily miss Le Charme, however once you step inside, the aqua themed decor may give you a pleasant surprise. Le Charme is all about showcasing the exciting and eclectic flavours of Asian cuisines. Although it has a Chinese restaurant name, its menu is mostly delicacies from different Asian cities, such as Malaysia, Hong Kong and Vietnamese dishes.

Le Charme is all about showcasing the exciting and eclectic flavours of Asian cuisines.


Locations:  Shop3 / 178 Little Bourke St., Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact:  0422 541 808

$~$$  ($75 for two people)







North Melbourne’s Beatrix Cafe keeps things nice and simple, serving brunch and lunch ciabattas, good coffee and standout homemade cakes and slices. You have to prebook online before pick up as they normally sold out in minutes. That’s probably enough to prove how popular Beatrix is.

They have a great range of cakes. Their cake layer was fluffy and soft, the flavor was on point and mellowed. Check instagram for the daily list of delectable cakes available for takeaway.





Locations:  688 Queensberry St., North Melbourne  3051


Phone:  0403 698 836


$~$$  ($30 for two people)



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