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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La Cassolette A French Sensation on Rebecca Walk

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La Cassolette is a revelation with top notch fine French dining at affordable prices. With owners from Roule Galette, La Cassolette has a great pedigree. Michael Dubois the Chef from Paris, has a license to thrill, designing the menu and running with impressive European and French dishes that are his passion. Fast European and French gourmet food. Who doesn't love a restaurant that is French speaking, and with a flambe? The World Loves Melbourne was invited as a guest of La Cassolette for a lunch, and we intend to return.

A few bloggers have visited La Cassolette in recent times - it's fair enough that such a culinary gem be afforded greater awareness, as it's a real find.

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La Cassolette is a small bistro gem on Rebecca Walk, a not widely known precinct next to a leafy park and the Yarra River. This precinct is slightly hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, near a bridge to Crown. But it's well worth the visit. Sit outside and enjoy the outdoor ambience or enjoy the modern rustic interior with warm coloured olive walls and white washed timber.

The food is brilliant and accessible. The ambience is classy but casual, in terms of the usual French dining experience. To be served rustic French dishes, such as Beef Bourguignon, for around $15-25 is crazy good.

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Michael is a passionate foodie and skillful chef with a desire to make fine French cooking accessible. The philosophy is expressed on their website - 

"La Cassolette is a little place in the city where you will find traditional French and European food cooked slowly- slowly, as at home.
La Cassolette would like to offer any one, the possibility to enjoy all these meals who make you dreaming and record you when you were overseas: Bœuf Bourguignon, Pot au Feu, Poulet basquaise, Cassoulet…
You will find French staff, speaking the language of Voltaire who will serve you in a warm and intimate setting reminiscent of Montmartre in Paris or brewery amongst the towers of La Defense in Paris while overlooking a beautiful park towards the Yarra River."

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La Cassolette excels in the small things, like these tasty starters... The tomato and onion spicy salsa was a great touch to go with the black and green olives. And the cured meat was tasty.

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This Quinoa Taboule and Crab was a knockout dish. Delicate yet with substance. I was glad to join the Quinoa revolution in this way with a decent portion of sweet crab with a light sauce on a bed of quinoa. The presentation is superb, notwithstanding the balance of flavours. New age dining.

I've been getting into quinoa lately, as a balance to my pork belly obsession. I like the texture of quinoa with its relatively large crunchy grains. Even though this was a delicate dish I could almost settled on it as my sole lunch dish. Note the salad and garnish for a nice touch.

And enjoyed with a glass of Chablis at Michael's recommendation.

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Then it was show time . Michael flambed the king prawns using Ricard. Sometimes he chooses the Cognac. You have a choice of scallops v prawns for the flambe.

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Not a bad pic if I say so myself.

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The result. Perfectly cooked king prawns with flambe finish, to be eaten with a hearty bed of mash and shaved parmesan. Indulgently brilliant.

This dish had a sense of the classical. The arrangement was again top notch with prawns placed around the comforting and generous home made mash and parmesan. Note the garnish.

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And a refreshing green salad to boot.

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So impressed, I had to take another photo... And the value is excellent. 

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La Cassolette is also strong in the dessert department with this Panna cotta, so creamy and infused with banana flavours, and refreshing berry sauce on top. And only $6.

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La Cassolette is an outstanding bistro that you will want to return to. In my opinion you could be paying much more for the impressive level of food here. The staff and high level of service also make the place. Highly recommended.

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