Montalto Restaurant and Winery – Piazza Cafe

Thinking of a trip to Mornington always brings to mind billowy vanilla slices and hot springs but next time I might just remember the vegetable garden at Montalto Winery (and their wine… and olive oil…).  This is also the scene for their Piazza Cafe – lovely, relaxing and rather educational for the two children who […]



Steer Bar and Grill Dinner at a new location and Moooving discount

You know you’re onto something when the place is full.  Steer Bar and Grill has always had the luxury of ample tables and I guess it’s not too surprising they are downsizing – they’re still in the same area but indeed it is a harder restaurant to spot.  No wonder they’re offering a wonderful deal […]

Mr Hendricks Cafe Brunch in Balwyn

A decadent brunch we had this Saturday morning! This place has had great reviews in The Age as well as Timeout for good reason.  I would have loved to try their signature crispy eggs but it just seemed too filling for breakfast.  Instead we had french toast using brioche. Hm. I guess it didn’t count […]


The Green at St Columbs – Brunch in Hawthorn

Haven’t been posting for ages and even urbanspoon has changed name.  Before they did, they sent me a sticker for urbanspoon which is now on my dog’s bowl:) Anyway.  We went to the Green at St Columbs in Hawthorn for brunch today.  This place seems great for gatherings.  Easy parking and great atmosphere.  We were […]



Bagelicious Bagels in Hawthorn

Having just returned from New York, bagels seem to now come with a memory of filtered coffee, long hours of walking around in the rain (by golly it rained) and staying out nearly all day to get the most of our New York Pass.  Of course, we jumped at the opportunity to try out a […]


Beyond Basic Specialty Coffee Cafe in Port Melbourne

It’s not a very catchy name! Locals might remember this place as the cafe that was Harold Holt but it’s worthwhile remembering Beyond Basic because it’s a great cafe. We went with our dogs and they had a lovely time too – the place is exquisitely dog friendly which is probably a huge plus in […]

New Shanghai Chinese Restaurant and I love Pho in Emporium Food Court

Normally I don’t go to the city but around the Christmas period Emporium had a pretty good parking deal (free!) with the pre-booking service secure parking so that tempted me out to the city. New Shanghai First up was New Shanghai! We started eating at about 530pm but the venue was already starting to fill up […]



Piggery Cafe in Mount Dandenong – lunch

The venue is one of the highlights of Piggery Cafe.  Set in Mount Dandenong, close to the thousand steps and near the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, I’d wonder why more of us don’t stop by the Piggery Cafe for a bite to eat in between everything we could be doing here.  It was however a […]