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Summer Menu at Nieuw Amsterdam

Although Hardware Lane is a regular for many tourists to Melbourne, as locals our visits to this famous laneway in the recent years has been far and few between. However, it seems that just in the last couple of years, it has undergone a revival with the opening of many restaurants and cafes that we keep returning to. One such restaurant is Nieuw Amsterdam, located at the very top of Hardware Lane. A New York style bar and eatery, Nieuw Amsterdam is set over 2 levels with the light-filled restaurant on the top floor and the late night bar downstairs open till 5am. Having recently launched their new menu, the We Know Melbourne team went along to try it out.  We started off the evening with the Jammy Hendricks cocktail –  Hendrick’s Gin, Rose Liqueur, Lemon Cucumber Jam, with a splash of Prosecco – with perfect fresh summer flavours, this drink could easily be drunk on it’s own or complemented with some lighter dishes. For starters we had the Zucchini Flower Poppers, Chicken Nuggets and …

A Day at the Hot Chocolate Festival

Over the weekend the We Know Melbourne team took a day trip out to the Yarra Valley, but this time it wasn’t for our usual wine, gin and cheese adventure. Instead our destination was the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for the Hot Chocolate Festival. The Hot Chocolate Festival is an annual event that is now in it’s third year and throughout the month long festival, tasters (or should we say indulgers) can try over 31 different hot chocolates over 31 days! We booked ourselves in for the tasting session at 11am (as it was the only time available – book well in advance if you’re planning on going!) and the biggest mistake was sampling the chocolates around the chocolaterie beforehand – With over 250 products to try, we couldn’t resist! Drinking  8 different hot chocolates over the course of 45 minutes, it was easy to say that thanks to walking in on a full stomach and wanting to drink every last drop of hot chocolate (they were just so delicious not to), we put ourselves into …

In Cabaret

Review: Performance Management – in Cabaret

A Saturday night at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Docklands is always a good idea. The smell of the popcorn, great company, a couple of wines and a good show. Can’t go wrong. Last Saturday we went to see the ‘one night only’ Performance Management – In Cabaret. Presented by Shhhhh Produtions, Performance Management, described as “Horrible Bosses meets The Office” stars Scott Hollingsworth as a fabulous Ringmaster slash Manager, and pokes fun at the everyday challenges of a normal employer / employee relationship, comparing every office to, well, a circus. This show is not just funny, it’s fun. Performance Management capitalizes on on every possible ‘bad employee’ stereotype from the casual racist (I’m not racist but..), to the smoke-break bludger, the sick day champion and the person who told more than a few white lies on their resume. They’re all in there. The best part about this show as with most cabarets was the songs. Particularly if you can sing along. Not just to the songs adapted from Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid …

Dash and D’Bree Review

Like O.M.G. These two ladies have come a long way from their Clap Rap, Glory Box days on Australia’s Got Talent. A classy-bogan duo of self-confessed ridicheads, Dash and D’Bree have brought their brand new rap cabaret – Fierce to the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival (their first time at the Melbourne event) at popular arts hub ‘The Space’ in Prahran.  What is is about? Why being fierce of course. A word they hear a lot about from Tyra Banks and drag queens and stuff. Right? “Owning it. Working it. Strutting it. Loving it.”  Yeah? Dash and D’Bree break their version of Fierce into two key elements. The ‘inner fierce’ (for when you know, you are feeling great, confident), and the ‘outer fierce’…. when you just look good. The latter being the most important… of course. The show was super funny, had some catchy tunes and a smattering of cringe-worthy moments which made it a really fun night out. Hayley and Kat have a fantastic chemistry, and a fabulous ear for mash-ups with lyrics that initially …

Melbourne Cabaret Festival Review: Rouge Romantic, Serenades from a Delinquent Diva

Having previously been along to see Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death, at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival, we were pretty excited to get to see the world premiere of Anya Anastasia’s Rouge Romantic, Serenades from a Delinquent Diva at The Space in Prahran. A fantastic singer, talented musician and witty, quirky performer, Anya didn’t disappoint this time around. Although the show was different, a little shorter and with less set and costume changes, it was punchy, intimate and well, just gorgeous.  Switching between the two ‘alter-egos’ of, well, herself, Anya serenades her audience with songs born out of societal trends in love and romance the ups, downs and extremes of a woman’s passion when it comes to romance. The songs are funny, catchy, have the witty edge of a creative intellectual, paired with the voice of Kate Bush. We would have loved a tiny little bit more narrative, but this certainly didn’t dampen the experience at all. The Space is very intimate, and the audience interaction level in this show is high. …