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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 …

Interview with Jessica Alice, Program manager of MWF

Each year, MWF bring together writers from around Program Manager of MWF the world to celebrate literature, to explore ideas and to inspire readers. We got a chance to have a chat with the Program Manager, Jessica Alice this year and she is ready to tell you all about literacy! 1. Tell us about your journey from being a writer to Program Manager at Melbourne Writer’s Festival 2017? It’s a little convoluted! Right out of high school I hit the slam poetry scene pretty hard, performing in pubs and theatres and at festivals. I became the poetry editor for several publications – notably, a feminist punk journal called Scum. I wrote an honours thesis on feminist poetry, and after university I used my writing skills to land jobs in arts marketing. I directed the National Young Writers Festival and felt really at home programing events, and after deciding marketing wasn’t my thing, I made the move to MWF, where it’s literature and creativity on a massive scale. 2. How did you celebrate after you were …

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 …

Get Glowing at Stonnington’s Glow Winter Arts Festival

The winter darkness is spectacularly illuminated during the Glow Winter Arts Festival, across the City of Stonnington, from twilight until after-dark, 10 – 20 August 2017. Stonnington’s most iconic venues and public spaces will light up like never before with glowing neon installations, architectural projections and larger than life illuminations. Now in its fourth year, the festival will kick-off with a spectacular opening night unveiling new commissioned works for the Festival and works never before seen in Victoria. See buildings transform before your eyes, discover luminous butterflies on light posts, find glowing giant flowers and colossal mushrooms, journey through an enchanted village, discover multi-coloured and oversized neon Glow letters in corners, parks and gardens across Stonnington plus much more. Award-winning Melbourne based, lighting and visual design firm, Mandylights, will transform Central Park with Alice’s Garden. Ginormous flowers will bloom in fading, flickering rainbows, larger than life mushrooms will loom and little sprouts, not yet grown, will cover the landscape with trills of colour running between them. Dislocate will perform If These Walls Could Talk…?, an …

Where to relax in the Melbourne CBD

Melbourne is a fast paced metropolis with intrigue, action and something new on every corner. Local or visitor, this excitement can soon turn to exhaustion, especially if you’re in desperate need of TLC – Think overworking it, post Europe jetlag, or a good old fashioned hangover. We’ve got our top picks for kicking back in the heart of Melbourne. I don’t want to have to do anything at all – Onsen Ma Bring a little slice of Japanese tranquillity to your day with a trip to Onsen Ma, Melbourne’s favourite Japanese bathhouse. Surrounded by a traditional wooden interior, the pools are a warm soak in heaven. As they say on their website “Japanese bathing cleanses the body and serves to refresh and relax. It is also considered to calm the kokoro (person’s spirit or heart) and is good for both physical and psychological/spiritual well-being”. Make the most out of your trip with the inclusion of a japanese dry or oil massage and foot treatment to really punch stress in the throat. An important thing to …

Romantic Melbourne Winter Dates

Got a cozy winter date coming up and no idea where to go? Swipe right on these awesome options, and nail the possibility of a follow up date. The Town Mouse | 312 Drummond Street, Carlton. A super cozy neighborhood nook that specializes in good food, wine and conversation. It offers larger plates and a tasty-cute small plate menu designed for sharing, and so you can “accidently touch hands” across the table. Il Solito Posto | 113 Collins Street, Melbourne Be sure to book in the restaurant (not the bistro), for a romantic, underground Italian dining experience with soft lighting, an excellent wine list and next level, non-intrusive service. This place is just beautiful, the perfect gem to keep up your sleeve for dates and such. Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar | 66 Bourke Street, Melbourne Pure, honest and upfront, Pellegrini’s hasn’t changed since the fifties, because it’s basically perfect. Walk in, grab a seat at the communal bar with your date and not have that awkward ‘what should we eat moment’ – just order what’s available …

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 …