Author: leewkm

Keep it local at Bowerbird Bar

Unlike the Tiki bars and vintage dives left right and centre, the seemingly innocuous Bowerbird Bar on Bridge Rd steps into the “themed” bar space of Melbourne with very low key aplomb. “Everything here is Victorian sourced”, manager Max Ware tells me after delivering our second round of cocktails “Not only are all our drink options Victorian made, but the tables, shelving, tableware and stools are from Victorian designers, or reclaimed from a local area” Even the rhombus trivet coaster beneath my frosted silver goblet are designed by Melbourne local Lauren Steller and made of recycled aeroplane tyres, a material that would once go directly to landfill. While I see the theme and appreciate the earth friendly nature of it, it’s not until my companion Mel (a wildlife officer, usually belly deep in a creek) points out to me the cleverness of the name – A Bowerbird goes and collects things it finds beautiful that are often throwaways from modern life, to bring back and decorate its nest with. Well played, Bowerbird bar. Second hand …

Where to watch the AFL Grand Final

Ah the Grand Final – the only game to turn the head of even the most staunchest of footy rejectors, who suddenly become a screaming, rules-knowing, stats-googling maniac. We love it. So get in amongst the excitement and emotion of the day, plus score some fantastic food and drinks offers. Carpark Pop up at The Corner Hotel A pub in Richmond? For the Grand Final? Groundbreaking. But hear us out – The Corner Hotel is going full Meryl Streep with a Car Park Pop up on both Grand Final day and eve (Thanks, Dan) with some tunes from The ReChords, LCD TVs for game watching, and a variety of food trucks and bars. A family friendly event, the Corner will also be taking a gold coin donation entry fee that goes to Reclink Australia in support of rebuilding people’s lives through sport and art. Where: 57 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121 More: www.cornerhotel.com Stomping Ground Beer Hall Inspired by the great beer halls of Europe, Stomping Ground is a tasty spot for footy viewing, especially if …

Sweet, Savoury, Special: September Edition

If you’re a Melbourne local, you know Winter is like a relative who overstays their welcome. You want to kick them out, but you know the minute things get tough (read: Our simmering summers) you’ll be begging them to come back. So while we wait for Auntie Winter to pack up her mothball suits of grey clouds and sudden sideways rain, let’s celebrate all the great things about Spring via this month’s edition of Sweet, Savoury, Special: Fresh flavour, shared experiences, and being a little more conscious of that waist line in preparation for summer. Sweet: Serotonin Eatery, Burnley Practically an institution in the #cleaneating tribes of Melbourne, Serotonin eatery is a trendy little space tucked away in Richmond’s sister suburb of Burnley. Only adding to their philosophy of “food that promotes serotonin (The chemical released when we feel happy)”, you’ll find this cafe next to the Golden Square Bicentennial Park, making this a good spot for a vegetarian feast with the kids. Serotonin gets our sweet pick for September thanks to it’s Positive Pancakes …

Sweet, Savoury, Special – June Edition

Variety is the spice of life – That’s why our foodies are always on the hunt for interesting faire and where to find it. Sweet, Savoury, Special is our top three picks for where to find something that suits whatever direction your palette is taking you.   SWEET: Lukumades, West Melbourne: Doughnuts are in and there is no stopping them. Up your game with Lukumades greek doughnuts, bite sized balls of pure love and lavish toppings served hot from this funky new West Melbourne spot. As founder Exarhos Sourligas said to Good Food “We only do one thing – but we do it really well”. Find Lukumades for your loukomades needs opposite Queen Victoria market for a sweet fix as you wander through. Where: 83 Peel St, West Melbourne VIC 3003 More: lukumades.com.au     SAVOURY Horn Please – Fitzroy: Based around the concept of “Indian with no boundaries” Horn Please separates itself from traditional Indian restaurants. Owner and head chef Amar Singh takes dishes from various regions of India, then makes them his own with …

Turn the car around: There’s a Dachshund race this weekend at Port Fairy

We’re dog obsessed at WKM – a road trip to Port Fairy for the annual Dachshund Dash? Nothing to it. Enjoy a day full of small long dogs ready to compete in all their sausage-like glory as they scurry across the finish line. Starting with a “Dogs breakfast” the day promises sausage sizzles, coffee carts and a parade down Sackville street followed by the namesake race. This year also brings an obstacle course and owner lookalike competition. Once you’re feted on as many short legged dogs as you can fit, be sure to check out Port Fairy itself, home to a bevvy of art galleries, wine bars and antique stores, as well as their famous beach and stunning lighthouse on Griffith’s Island. All of this excitement kicks off on Sunday the 11th. Register your saus or find out more details here