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THE SWEETEST INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA!

Sugar Republic is an incredible pop-up museum is dedicated to the celebration of desserts, candy and all things sweet through twelve amazing sensory rooms. Relive your childhood as you climb a candy rainbow, splash about in a giant pink bubblegum ball pit and spin the wheel o’treats. Take a swing surrounded by fairy floss, dance inside a giant gum ball machine and pose for a sweet selfie in our pink tearoom. Other attractions include a mini cinema, neon candy art, numerous sweet-themed displays and a grown-up candy store. In collaboration with local food creatives, Sugar Republic is opening on June 22nd in Melbourne’s old MacRobertson’s confectionery factory (the birthplace of Freddo and Cherry Ripe) for a limited 8-week season. Painted using the new Taubmans Endure paint with aptly named colours such as Minty Green, Raspberry Rush and Burnt Apricot, the thematic rooms include Ice-Cream Dreams, Sherbet Rainbow, Tutti Frutti, Eye Candy, Bubblegum Bathroom, Pink High Tea and Birthday Party. An area is also dedicated to Australia’s iconic sweet snacks. The concluding room, White City, pays homage …

A new Fitzroy, food & cocktail pairing

Long-time Fitzroy cocktail institution Polly recently formed a one-of-a-kind collaboration with ‘anti-restaurant’ project, Chee-Boh, the creative culinary side-project brought to life by Executive Chef Matthew Tine, and the results so far have been pretty magical. Polly Manager, Dave Whitehead is pretty excited about the collab, ‘we’re pretty excited to be working side by side with an experienced restaurant team, the combination of an established cocktail bar and a restaurant is actually quite rare and we feel that this really could be a niche that the people in Melbourne are looking for.’ He went on to say, ‘there are quite a few venues already that play in the space of food and cocktail pairings, but the bar is normally created to complement the restaurant offering, in this instance, the Polly / Chee-Boh concept is really more like two strangers, coming together with great ideas.’ Chee-Boh (Cibo – Italian word for food), has already hit the ground running with a fresh, balanced and affordable menu, which was designed to perfectly complement the impressive cocktail menu, and premium …

recharge: A New Mindfulness Studio

In our hyperconnected world it’s getting harder and harder to just switch off. Whether it be switching off your phone, stopping email notifications at work or even just saying no to people, we are in a constant battle to  be in the moment and content with who and where are. Luckily for us Melbourne people, Dr Richard Chambers and Ray Good are bringing to Melbourne it’s first ever mindfulness pop-up studio. Located in a sleek, light-filled warehouse space in Fitzroy, recharge is a mindfulness pop-up studio that encourages people to take their eyes off their screens, leave their stress at the door, pull up a cushion and learn how to recharge. We chatted to Dr Richard Chambers ahead of the workshop to discuss how we can find our inner zen and why it’s so important. 1. In today’s world where are we constantly connected, how important do you think it is to practice mindfulness? Modern life is definitely getting busier. We work long hours, often juggling family duties and other responsibilities too. And technology means that we are constantly connected. …

Johnston St Fiesta

Explore the sights, sounds and delicious smells of Latin America at the Hispanic Latin American Festival. From November 19 -20, Johnston St will be turned into one giant carnival with street dancers, Latino food stalls, free dance classes, DJ’s,  live entertainment and of course plenty of jugs of sangria. This colourful festival always sees a massive turnout by locals and latinos alike so we recommend getting there early. When: 21 November – 22 November 2015 Where: Johnston St, Fitzroy Visit the website here. 

Frozen at Ice Bar

Love a themed bar laced with killer puns?  We do, which was why we were pretty excited to get the opportunity to check out Ice Bar Melbourne in it’s newly opened Fitzroy location. Starting our adventure in the front entry, we were definitely digging vibes of a vintage Antarctic explorers hut with rows of warm, comfy overcoats and shelves of faux fur lined boots lining the walls. Once you are fully rugged up, the team then take you through the freezer doors into a small winter wonderland where you can meet a frozen three-headed dog named Fluffy (Harry Potter fans get the reference…), play a game of Eskimo Jenga, or make like we did – and go nuts taking photos…  and that’s before you even remember to order a drink from the Jack Frost guarded bar.  The drinks menu itself is perfect for those who, when faced with too many choices, crumble under the pressure to make a choice. It’s perfectly balanced with the basics, plus some killer ‘ice-themed’ cocktails (and for the kids, who …

Vegans Unite – Smith & Deli

Vegetarian restaurants aren’t hard to come by if you know where to look in Melbourne, but if you’re searching for vegan restaurants it may be more like searching for a needle in a haystack. Enter Smith and Deli! From the same people that brought you Smith & Daughters, Smith and Deli offers up vegan eats that even the most hardcore carnivores will love. Get in line for a sandwich such as  the Buffalo the Vampire Slayer sandwich (buffalo tofu on a roll with celery, ranch), Godfather (a spicy pressed sandwich with pepperocini) Parmageddon, and Hail Seitan. Don’t be confused when your read meat on the menu, it’s not real  meat, but instead faux meat made with seitan. Not up for a sandwich? The food doesn’t just stop there. Choose from a selection of bagels, sweet treats, fresh produce and Noisette baked goods to take away. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 7pm,  this New York Style deli brings in the crowds every lunch time and just goes to show that vegan food can be loved by …

Fitzroy’s 127 Brunswick Street

Opening just in time for summer, 127 Brunswick Street is the newest dining spot on the ever popular Brunswick Street. Taking over the old man’s pub, the Old Colonial Inn, the newly revamped 5 story venue, 127 Brunswick Street is the works of Vince Sofo and Paul Adamo, owners of St Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel. Exploring the venue this week, there’s several spots from which to choose to dine or drink. There’s Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya on the bottom floor, Village People Hawker Food Hall on the next floor up, and Upside Rooftop and Bar, of course on the top floor. Each has their indoor and outdoor dining space, making them the perfect place to enjoy dinner on a balmy summer’s evening. We opted for Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya after a couple of wines at Upside Rooftop. We had heard such positive reviews of Ichi Ni (in St Kilda) so are our expectations were high, and we’ve got to say that it lived up to all the hype. Offering up a tapas-style menu, we had difficulty trying to pick …