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Review – Hash Specialty Coffee

Right next to Camberwell Market, you’ll find Hash Specialty Coffee where the amazing Hot Hash Chocolate is. This signature drink looks as impressive as it tastes. Let the rich dark chocolate hits you as you wake up your taste bugs. Our big tips for you would be to pour the hot chocolate slowly and ask for some warm milk on the side to add in. The produces are all freshly bought from the Camberwell Market, even the flowers on the table are fresh from the florist next door. It is a great place for a catch up over the weekend, or for a quick scrumptious work lunch. The cafe is suitable for all weather conditions, sunny or rain; Hash Specially Coffee is right under the roof in the alleyway. The cafe is famous for French Toasted Bacon Croissant because it is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. We also love their Sautéed mixed Asian Mushrooms. It is different from other cafes where they serve filed mushrooms. This dish is healthy, earthy and one of …

Review: ArtVo – Immersive Gallery

This one of a kind, engaging ‘trick art’ gallery features over 11 themed zones where you can immerse yourself in the pieces – literally, according to your iPhone camera. Featuring fourteen international artists in a 1900 square metre space, you’ll be drawn into the artwork splashed all over the interior of the gallery. If that doesn’t grab you, the infectious enthusiasm of the Art Vo team providing encouragement and negotiating you into the best position for your own creative image surely will. You can’t miss the Dimensional Dreams Zone, where you’ll produce inconceivable tricks across multiple scenes. Stand on your best friends head, hang from the roof or swish your family around in a wine glass. Anything is possible! Handy hint – look down at the floor for instructions on the best results. The Photo Points will prompt you and your phone toward the ideal outcome. Located in the Docklands and open until late on the weekends, ArtVo is absolutely one not to miss – loads of fun for all ages. Reviewed and written by …

Review: California Burgers

What’s the one thing that California and California Burgers have in common? You’ll find great burgers there! After extensive travel, sampling all that California has to offer and taking inspiration from many different burger joints including ‘In n Out’ Theo and the team have definitely hit the nail on the head. Everything is prepared fresh on the premises throughout the day, (apart from the buns… hey they can’t be good at everything!) and Theo makes and bashes all of the beef patties himself, approximately 9000 a week! That’s a lot of burgers!! The menu is simple, but don’t let that fool you, there is still plenty to choose from with each of them offering something different – all of which are delicious. Our top picks are the L.A.X – which gives you twice the yumminess, the Venice – adding a surprise tropical twist and if burgers aren’t your thing then try the Crompton (chicken) burger it’s delightful. Open every night of the week until late, so if you find yourself in Windsor on an evening …

The Carnival of Lost Souls Review

A circus-like you have never seen before, The Carnival of Lost Souls combines aerobatic acts, magical illusions, emotive music and dramatic performances to tell a tale of unrequited love and loss. From the moment you walk through the Spiegeltent doors, you’ll find yourself whirled away to the mysterious and somewhat gothic 19th century. The living dead slither through the tent and on to the stage with nothing but lanterns for light. They lurk within the shadows with their piercing eyes always fixed on the audience while awaiting direction from the ringmaster. Throughout the 90 minute show, you’ll bear witness to some carefully choreographed circus acts that display great strength and talent, leaving a look of awe on your face each time (especially when the actors seem to perform these acts with such ease). The Carnies show off their skills, balancing on anything they can, while the Aerialist gracefully dances and twirls from hoops and silk hanging off the big top. The acrobatics continues with a swinging act that winds up with one of the most …

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 …

Fringe Review: “After Hours Cabaret Club”

Last night we were invited to check out the Fringe Festival edition of the After Hours Cabaret Club at the newly-relocated Wonderland Speigeltent – now located adjacent to Channel 7 Studios off Harbour Esplanade. You’d be excused for thinking you were in a twentieth-century underground cabaret club as you step into the intimate, slightly hazy confines of the Speigeltent, the jazz music cranks up, you take you seat and slip into their old-world style of classic ‘anything goes’ entertainment.  Hosted by a very talented Tash York (Desperettes, These Things Take Wine) – who also MC’s the club’s regular evenings at the Melba Speigeltent (in Collingwood) – the After Hours Cabaret Club mixes the best of old-world entertainment with a modern twist – offering a superb collection of talented, unique individuals for a top-value, highly entertaining Fringe collaboration.  The club features bite-size snippets of talent from some of the nations best burlesque, cabaret, vaudeville and old world sideshow, backed up by a fabulous five-piece band – it’s a little bit charming, a little bit naughty – …

Fish… not just another 4-letter word

We were lucky enough to be invited along to check out Fish, on it’s sold out opening night at the popular Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, and despite what the name may imply, this latest piece from the team at the Rollercoaster Theatre Company actually had little to do with, well… fish. Instead the theme focused on another four-letter word – fear. Not the kind of ‘clown under the bed’, ‘monsters in the closet fear’, – the real, everyday, average person fears. Things like spiders, car horns, terrorists, overzealous romantic pursuits from management, getting sick again… etc. All of these topics were tackled by the talented cast in a slightly quirky, off beat performance which was a mix of sketch, song and dance – and included a hilarious yet humanising parody of Donald Trump. All in all, the show was quite magical, with lots of laughs despite the heavy content covered. A little political, a little wonderful – and real shame it wraps up after only 3 nights. A little about Rollercoaster Theatre Company Rollercoaster is made …