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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St Ali North and the Californian Dream

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St Ali North is a stunning cafe in the northern suburbs that evokes feelings of a Californian dream with its tall tree leafy surroundings and cycle track adjacent (breaking news: now closed). We met with another family here - east meets west of Melbourne. St Ali North was the perfect epicentre for a cafe rendezvous. 

The quality of St Ali North is top notch and on a par with highest standards of St Ali South. There's no hint of quality dropping away from the South Melbourne cafe icon. Get out your iphone and filters like I did, the sun rays across the chilled St Ali North setting are alluring.

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St Ali North is along a bike track Capital City Trail - so go for a ride and imbibe. You can even grab a brew from the window while on your journey. The first thing that strikes me is the attractive outdoor space, the playground and the collection of bikes out the front. All we need is skaters and it's like California 1979.

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St Ali North is the perfect place to bring your family or connect with friends. It's mega social. It speaks of community. We were there on a packed Saturday brunch time - loads of vibrant groups enjoying the Melbourne sunshine and fine coffee and cuisine. You just need to pounce on a table when it becomes available.

The ambience is retro featuring a low ceiling like a studio. The building is spacious with the throng spilling over to the outside tables. Pot plants and pastries adorn.

Yes it can be described as hipster. And hipster staff were engaged and attentive - we were impressed.

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The coffee here is sensational. I enjoyed a couple of lattes here, flavoursome and with intricate nuances.  The testament to St Ali North coffee was the long line from the counter down the street. Enjoy tasty treats from the display cabinet as we did.

The menu impresses with options such as the My Mexican Cousin through to Buttermilk Pancakes with Pepe Saya. I went for the Poached eggs at 65 degrees with salmon and sourdough - extremely satisfying as a hearty breakfast of generous portion.

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As reported by St Ali, "My Mexican Cousin has long been the most famous and best loved dish at St Ali in South Melbourne. It lent itself to the restaurant of the same name at the Melbourne recital centre. And now our chef Chris Hamburger at St ali North has revised the recipe and it has become a best seller there too selling 400 plus portions a week within two months of opening." A corn fritter sensation that comes with avo and feta mash..

We understand there is a close relationship between the South Melbourne St Ali and St Ali North. The same management team oversees both. 

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