FOOD, TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

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  • AUSTRALIA’S DAIRY BEST CROWNED AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN GRAND DAIRY AWARDS
  • Heston Blumenthal Launches New Vegemite Dessert
  • Lavazza Superbox at Australian Open
  • 23 Best Foodie Experiences 2016
  • Lulu Cafe and Gallery
  • Best Burgers in Melbourne
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  • The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to attend the night of nights of the Australian Dairy Industry at Greenfields in Albert Park. The esteemed Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2017 Champions, revealing the nation’s 20 finest dairy products out of a record 470 entries. As a foodie I'm excited by our dairy industry - which is world class. We've seen consumers become more savvy in recent times when it comes to dairy, and the standard of dairy across the board is sky high.

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  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Australia, located on the third floor of Crown Towers Melbourne, celebrates a brand new dessert, VEGEMITE Ice Cream, inspired by the country’s love of the quintessentially Australian breakfast spread. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to an exclusive preview of the exciting and stunning new dessert. The team, led by Group Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts have been exploring the origins of the Australian pantry staple, to create a dessert that amplifies the distinct flavour of the iconic spread. Over six months in development back in Bray, UK the favourite Australian spread, created in the early 1900’s, was deconstructed to uncover a unique blend of flavours.

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  • The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to experience the Lavazza Superbox at the Australian Open. Last year we said this was the best corporate box experiences ever, and this year was amazing. The location in the Rod Laver Arena combined with peerless hospitality, was sensational. To have the Lavazza family present in the Superbox was an honour. Having enjoyed Lavazza coffee consistently over many years, we can identify strongly with the brand.

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  • The World Loves Melbourne had some amazing foodie experiences in 2016 and here are our top 23 foodie experiences (not in order). We also enjoyed many top notch events and launches and several amazing corporate box experiences in both Melbourne and Sydney.

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  • LULU Cafe and Gallery is a shining European style haven in North Melbourne for foodies and art lovers alike. This is surely one of the hidden gems of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to LULU Cafe and Gallery to sample the menu (including breakfast/lunch all day menu as well as the dinner menu) and was highly impressed.

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  • Best burgers in Melbourne, we have searched high and low for the best this city has to offer. The humble burger has risen in status to be a gourmet item of choice on menus across Melbourne. Culinary giants are making their own burger versions for customers. There seems to be a trend away from old school burgers to burgers that incorporate more gourmet and quality ingredients. The trend is away from the huge burger to something almost stylish and smaller - yet packs a punch.

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Mr Collins Smart Italian in Collins Square

Mr Collins is a sharp addition to the Docklands end of Collins Street boasting fine Italian cuisine at every price point. Come here for fine gourmet pizzas or for inventive piadino's and baguettes. The coffee is also excellent. Grab a tasty selection from the counter or sit back for table service where tattoed and hip Italian speaking staff will engage you.

 

Mr Collins is a refreshing addition and while next to the food court, has the feel of a smart casual dining restaurant. A modern fit out with tiles and chic chairs and tables, entices. Display cabinets are full of hanging meats and cheeses. How good is this? We've been looking for some more sophisticated options in the precinct! 

 

Check out the treats from the front cabinet (above). Even the croissants are made with gourmet ham and cheese. And the Italian cakes impress, including the decadent Bomolini's with choice of custard or Nutella fillings. I've given up visiting at lunchtime and trying not to buy the Bombolini - resistance is futile! The baguettes are so fresh and full of gourmet ingredients, notably the salmon and the tuna.

 

Mr Collins pours an excellent coffee and is a top notch destination for breakfast.

 

Mr Collins has a tone of conviviality with gregarious staff and an attitude of good times and fun. Staff often joke between each other, but at the end of the day the service is serious.

 

I could have posted more of the food I've eaten here, but I do fancy some of their breakfast treats like this spinach and egg piadina.

 

And the egg and bacon version...

 

Mr Collins cooks up a fabulous pizza including Primavera, San Daniele, Capricciosa and Caprese. They even make gourmet salads including Black quinoa and Caprese salads. Or check out the home made pastas such as Gnocchi Sorrentina and Ravioloni Burro and Salvia.

Some would love the Cured meats and Cheese boards, and you can design your own board!

Mr Collins has something for everyone and is well worth a visit. A great place for taking clients also. Highly recommended.

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