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Interview – Daragh Kan

Hightail bar, the new go to spot for an after work drinks, catch up with old mates or maybe just for a casual lunch. The décor of the bar is so elegant, yet quirky. The drinks are delicious and the food is unbeatable. Everything you need and want in one place, all you need to do is bring along your friends and have 100 Orders app ready to go. Let Daragh Kan, one of the owners of Hightail Bar tell you a little bit more about the venue and himself. Tell us Daragh, what was your team’s main inspiration behind this extravagant Hightail Bar and what makes it different? We wanted to create an escape for people in the surrounding areas and that’s where the concept of building a watering hole came from. With so many office workers in the area, having a bit of an oasis for them to take a break from work seemed like a smart idea. For Hightail Bar first timers, what is the best way to experience it? With a …

Shabu-Shabu your chilly Melbourne days away at Tetsujin

Dear vego friends, we have found the shabu shabu heaven for you. Shabu shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish where you cook all raw ingredients in a broth. The name shabu shabu comes from the Japanese sound and action of the thinly sliced meat being swished with chopsticks in the hotpot. With no surprise by the origin of the name, traditionally you would have thinly sliced meat (typically beef), seafood and veggies prepared for your hotpot.                 At Tetsujin, they understand how delicious shabu shabu is and so they cater for their vegetarian friends in Melbourne! There are more than 20 different vegetarian ingredients (45 ingredients in total for the meat eaters) you can add to your broth and make your ultimate shabu shabu! Step 1 – choose the vegetable stock. Step 2 – choose your veggies from the menu. Step 3 – taste the stock before you put the ingredients in (it will not disappoint). Step 4 – time to shabu shabu. Step 5 – dip the …

Experience life in the dark – brought to you by Dialogue in The Dark

Have you ever wonder what it is like if you have lost your vision or wonder what life is like if you were a vision impaired person? Dialogue in The Dark gives you a chance to experience how a blind person goes through their day in a 60 minutes walk in complete darkness. We are so honoured to have a chance to go through this challenge last Friday, and we know that you would love it too. The venue is located at Harbour town, the perfect location for shopping, delicious food, and get a ride on Melbourne Star before you do the challenge! Dialogue in The Dark is an immersive experience in total darkness through which, led by blind guides. Guests interact and communicate relying solely on their other senses during the entire 60 minutes walk in darkness, as you lose your sense of vision. Guests are armed only with a white cane while a blind guide provides skilled leadership through life’s everyday challenges and activities. Within a 60 min tour experience, guests will discover how …

Donut worry, Beer happy at the Donut + Beer Fest

Just when you are about to give up on winter, Donut Fest comes along and pick you up from being a couch potato! So, put your layers back on because one of the most exciting event is here! Prepare your appetite, as Donut Fest has 36 food and beverage vendors ranging from food stalls, food trucks and beverages. You can try donuts from around the world such as Argentina, Greece, Hungary, South Africa, America, Denmark, Australia and even Nutella donut burgers to glow in the dark donuts. #instagramworthy This Donut Fest is packed with full entertainment. Enjoy some live music, party at the pinball party bus, or maybe join the donut eating competition and win some prizes. Be the judge at the People’s Choice Best Donut Award and be wow by the miniature donut museum. Donut Fest has also thought about how nobody carries cash nowadays. They made this event 100% cashless, meaning your ticket is scanned and put onto a card (think: debit card) that can be used on the day like pay-pass to …

Unmissable CBD food deals

Is today one of those days where you want to treat yourself? Not just for breakfast, but for lunch AND dinner? Well, you are at the right place to find out what deals there are in Melbourne CBD. We have gathered two amazing lunch deals and two dinner deals for you to spoil yourself when the day doesn’t go as planned. *warning, not vegetarian friend* The Duke Lunch Special Grab a killer parma with a pot or a glass of wine for $20 at The Duke from 12pm – 3pm, available daily! We are sure you will walk out feeling satisfied. It is irresistible when the cheese on the parma is extra cheesy! Check out their website here Sake Lunch Special A big fan of Japanese food? Well, Sake offers a delicious bento box for $49! You can never say no to popcorn shrimp or ginger garlic chicken. Available daily from 12pm – 3pm, Sake has the premium Japanese dishes awaiting for you. Say yes to salmon sashimi, say yes to miso soup and say …

We tried Floatation Therapy and here is why we recommend it

It is hard to get away from the noise in a busy, yet vibrant city like Melbourne. Luckily Melbourne never says no to new and cool innovations. Floatation therapy, the new remedy treatment in town, will remind you that you need to have some me-time in this eventful city. We got a chance to try out what floatation therapy is all about at Rest House Float Centre, located at Hampton East, and we absolutely enjoyed every second of it. Why Floatation Therapy? This relaxing activity will clearly help you reduce stress and anxiety. Not only that, it also can help improve blood circulation, digestion, skin health, accelerate muscle repair, improve sleep patterns, and much more. Our experience at Rest House Float Centre. For this special occasion, we have asked our graphic designer – Ting to attend this sensational experience. Rest House Float Centre mentioned to us that floatation therapy helps with creativity, to help those creatives out there to think outside of the box. Ting described her experience as phenomenal! As a graphic designer, she …

Melbourne’s best Korean BBQ

Winter is the season for hearty food and we reckon that Korean food, especially Korean BBQ is the best way to cure that craving. It is time to get your friends together for a late night out, have some Soju and enjoy the novelty of a barbie indoor. Woodo Korean | 179 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000 There is always a line on the weekends to get a table at Woodo, and there is a reason why. The staff is attentive, they help you cook your food while you chat away with your mates, the food is delicious and you cannot forget the complimentary dessert at the end! Our favourite set of BBQ is the beef & pork set, enough for 3 people to share.   Seouljaboy | 9/108 Bourke St Melbourne, Victoria, Australia This new boy in town has got some beats to it, Korean food with a Western twist. Find DJ @jmush-jun doing his magic on Friday nights while you eat some friend chicken ribs (yum)! Seouljaboy offers a Feed Me option where …

Craft & Co pasta making workshop melbourne

Be a Pasta Master

Where can you find a place to learn, eat and drink? At The Craft & Co workshop! We attended their pasta making class, and gosh did we love it. Don, the head chef of the restaurant teaches you step by step how to make the perfect pasta at home. This informative class also provides you a booklet which you can take home. On top of everything, the décor of the restaurant is rustic and earthy. The class is held just in front of a room where they brew beer. The class begins with Don explaining how to perfect your pasta from making the dough. He gives you time to ask as many questions as you desire. (Here is a small tip from Don if you are unsure how much flour you need for just two people – 300 grams will be plenty!) Don then shows you how to make different types of pasta – spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli and more. The best part of the class is that you get a hands-on session and actually make …

Soko – Abbotsford

Soko is a high-end Japanese restaurant hide-out in Abbotsford where you can dine and be inspired by their beautiful, delicate plating and their Scandinavian-style décor. Spoil your taste buds with traditional Japanese dishes and delicious Malaysian fusion rice bowls. Soko is owned by two talented businessmen from Japan and Malaysia (hence the Malaysian fusion), which serves up mainly cold dishes like sashimi and sushi, plus Sinzuku ramen & craft beer. The chefs at Soko are all trained in Japan. Their sushi chef worked in Japan for 8 years and their ramen master has worked in Japan for 10, so the quality and taste is of the highest, traditional level. We recently visited Soko to check out their fabulous menu and fell in love with the intricate, artistic plating and relaxed, minimalist ambiance. Our favourite item of the menu was Soko’s Kingfish Carpaccio, which comes with kingfish sashimi, radish, cucumber, and a cucumber and wasabi sorbet. It was extremely refreshing and every mouthful was full of flavour, their inclusion of the cucumber and wasabi sorbet definitely …

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is all about gathering with family, eating lots of delicious food, playing with firecrackers, buying new clothes and the giving and receiving of red envelopes. It is a time for families to be together. Melbourne offers you a 17 day Chinese New Year festival with activities located from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, through to Docklands and DFO South Wharf. Things you can do while staying with us at The Swanston Grand Mercure and Mercure Welcome – Experience “God of Prosperity’s visit” at Emporium Melbourne Enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast sponsored by Secret Kitchen, located at the corners of Exhibition and Little Bourke Street. Be memorized by the dragons at the Dragon Parade Day throughout Chinatown on 29th of Jan, Sunday. Buy a lantern and hang it on The Lantern Wishing Tree at Cohen Place Watch Asian short films, also at Cohen Place For more activities and festival info visit http://www.cnymelbourne.com.au/home/ http://melbournechinesenewyear.com