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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LuxBite Alluring Christmas Treats

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Last night I attended the LuxBite Christmas Party combined with celebrations for their 3rd birthday – and what a treat it was, particularly for my insatiable sweet tooth! 

Arriving at the store on Toorak Road, we were greeted with vibrant decorations, great music (care of the DJ spinning tracks from atop the macaron display cabinet, no less), an abundance of happy guests and colourful displays of macaron Christmas trees, lollipops & gorgeous cakes decorated to perfection. 

The savoury bites which we sampled were utterly delish. First was an amazing mini steamed pork bun – the best i’ve had since moving to Melbourne which is saying a lot given that I eat them every chance I get! They were small but packed with flavour, not a sweet pork filling as per usual but a delicious moist pork curry... the whole thing melted in my mouth and I was sure to grab one each time the waiter or waitress walked past! They also served some zingy fresh vegetarian spring rolls, mini Peking duck pancakes & Asian seafood bellini’s. Too good! 



I was super excited to learn we were to sample LuxBite’s new Christmas Dessert Range – lucky us indeed! Among the sweets that were served, we were treated to a ‘help yourself’ serving of their new ‘Wonderbite – Summer in a Bag’ snack, consisting of candied almonds, cashews, house made marshmallow (divine citrusy melt in your mouth goodness) & crystallized ginger. Delightful!

Next were some Christmas spiced macaroon pops & beautiful gourmet hand painted chocolates – salted caramel making the top of my list. The ‘Rudolph Supersized Love’ – an oversized chewy hazelnut macaron with crushed hazelnuts, was to die for, I can imagine they would be a welcome treat at any Christmas occasion with the crafty reindeer decorations and festive hazelnut flavour. 

Summer in a tart was stunning both visually and in terms of flavour; a crisp short crust tart filled with zesty smooth passionfruit curd, and topped with pineapple jelly and marshmallow, perhaps my favourite morsel of the evening.

The list went on with beautiful Strawberry & cream mousse filled Christmas baubles, so cute to look at and divine to eat - a great Christmas gift or 'bring along treat' to your next Christmas party. Being a chocoholic - I fell head over heels for LuxBite's  'Christmas Be My Love cake' (milk chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, dark chocolate crunch with a decadent chocolate glaze), and I'll be heading back there very soon I'm sure.

We were sent home with a gorgeous gift bag containing 'Mork Specialty Hot Chocolate', a bag of their delish 'Wondersnack' and a few macaron lollipops! Also a cute wee LuxBite book/2014 calendar with the following message:

 

'To those who love the sweet life, who appreciate the craftsmanship and alchemy of the art that is pastry making, we salute you. Thank you to our families who have supported us through the highs and lows, to the best landlord in existence, our suppliers and purveyors of the best ingredients in the country. To the media and blogging community, to the incredible Nessa Guillet for her beautiful illustrations in this calendar... And of course to you, our customers, THANK YOU for your support and loyalty. Seasons greetings and remember, everyone has a separate stomach dedicated to dessert!'

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