Bacio ($4.5) with Melted Nutella ($1)

PIDAPIPO

For the longest time, my go-to place for good gelato is Gelato Messina. Between their 40-odd flavours and half a dozen decadent specials that rotate on a weekly basis, I saw no need to ever go anywhere else. But after a few people have told me that Pidapipo is even better than Messina, there was nothing for it but to try it out. Having previously [...]
Sea Salt Soft Serve ($4, cone) with Fairy Floss and Grilled Marshmallow ($2.8, 2 toppings)

AQUA S

When pictures like these show up in your sphere of awareness, there’s no choice but to stand up and pay attention. With their ethereal and endlessly instagrammable soft-serve sculptures, Aqua S has been a huge hit in Sydney for the best part of two years, and has now finally made the jump to QV, Melbourne. Aqua S may seem like an arbitrary and nonsensical name, [...]
(11) Platter

SPRING STREET GROCER

Kathy is by far the most cheese-crazed person I know, and if I had realised how cheese-centric the European Cheese Lunch was going to be, I would’ve asked her to be my plus one. Here’s to beginning this post with an apology! Although most people are probably familiar with the artisan produce and gourmet gelato of Spring Street Grocer, I imagine not everyone knows about [...]
Yo My with Cheese ($9)/Bergerk ($12)/American Fries ($6)

YOMG

Remember when the only non-Asian restaurant in Glen Waverley was Mocha Jo’s? Well get this – now there’s a Mexican tapas restaurant, a steakhouse, and a burger-and-yoghurt bar. YOMG! #Puns #ImSickCutMeSomeSlack. I clearly haven’t been to Glen Waverley for a while, because when I rocked up a couple weeks ago for a lazy dinner, I found not one, but TWO new restaurants lining Kingsway. Because [...]
Chocolate Fondue for Two ($19)

MAX BRENNER

Everyone knows about Max Brenner, but by the time I was old enough to be able to afford to eat there, the idea of having chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and a chocolate milkshake on the side had become unappealing, to say the least. Chris on the other hand insists that boys don’t grow up, but just grow bigger, and [...]
Grilled NZ Dory with Rice and Asian Greens ($14.95)

HOOKED (HAWTHORN) AND YO-CHI

Healthy fish and chips? Call me sceptical but keen. Sure fish is great for you, but so are vegetables until you make tempura out of them. But then again calories aren’t everything, and when the produce is sustainable and locally sourced, delivered fresh daily, and the food made with care – like at Hooked Healthy Seafood – maybe a wholesome fish and chip meal isn’t [...]