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Food Crawl: Exploring the restaurants of Box Hill Central (Melbourne)

If you’re a passionate fan of delicious Asian cuisine, there’s no better place to sample a bit of everything than at the heart of Box Hill Central. This busy shopping complex located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is home to a diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving up some of the best traditional foods outside of Asia. There’s no need to worry if you’re a bit indecisive; we headed along recently to experience all that Box Hill Central could offer us on a plate and have compiled a list of the tastiest picks from some of our favourite establishments, all to make your next trip there a little bit easier.

Eating with the AU: Night Noodle Markets - Birrarung Marr (Melbourne)

Last week, we popped into one of Melbourne’s most popular events of the year – the Night Noodle Markets. Despite the predicted wild storms, the weather was wonderfully warm and humid, seeing a large crowd taking to Birrarung Marr to feast on mouth-watering offerings served up by some of Melbourne’s best-known restaurants. Renowned for its selection of outstanding favourites and hard to find specialties, the hawker-style bazaar at the banks of the Yarra River offers a wide range of choice to visitors including barbecue skewers, all sorts of fluffy bao, tasty dumplings and scrumptiously imaginative desserts.

Drinking with the AU: South American Pisco Tasting - Harley House (Melbourne)

The summer weather is well and truly here, with long days giving way to balmy, sultry evenings. While your first instinct to cool down may be to reach for a standard gin and tonic, an exotic newcomer on the Australian market has captured the season with an unprecedented level of versatility. You may not have heard of it before but it is soon to become your go-to drink when the temperature soars. We’re talking about Pisco – a Peruvian brandy that is about to take your world by storm.

Theatre Review: City of Angels - Life Like Company - Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances to November 8th)

Before you all start to fantasize about Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, I must tell you; this musical is not the stage adaptation of the 1998 film of the same name. But, I can assure you it is just as juicy, just as sexy and just as heartfelt.

Eating with the AU: Mr Ramen San - Mid City Arcade (Melbourne)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock in hibernation for the past decade, then you’ll be well aware that Melbourne is in the midst of a ramen revolution. All along Russell Street in the CBD, there are queues of people lining up come rain or shine, hoping for their next fix of this ubiquitous Japanese dish. Whilst deep in our ongoing search for the perfect bowl in the city, we stumbled across Mr Ramen San in Chinatown’s Mid City Arcade – a location that remains largely adventurous to those not already in the know.

On the Shelf: Minor Figures Cold Brew Coffee

With unusually warm spring days hitting Melbourne this year, you may have found it difficult to enjoy your usual cup of morning brew. Luckily, the crew behind Minor Figures have just the answer, with their ready-to-drink iced coffees lined up to quench your thirst.

Comedy Review: Omid Djalili - Iranalamabillabong - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (20.10.15)

It was with much anticipation that I arrived at the Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday night for comedian Omid Djaili’s first ever show in Melbourne. Having seen this world renowned standup multiple times on TV, I was excited to see if his hilarious nature carried to his live shows. As the lights dimmed and he took to the stage with as much charisma and wit as he displays on television, I knew I was in for an absolutely hilarious evening.

Drinking with the AU: Oktoberfest - Munich Brauhaus (Melbourne)

Munich Brauhaus has long had a formidable reputation for bringing the best of Bavarian beer, food and culture to our tiny corner of the world. With Oktoberfest currently in full swing, revellers have gathered every night this month alraedy at the revered bier-haus to show off their dirndls and lederhosen with glee. Exploding with German creativity and world-class beer, this is one bustling occasion that is not to be missed.

F&L News: Dinner by Heston opens at Crown Towers (Melbourne)

Heston's Ice Cream Trolley Dinner

It was a sad day when Melbourne had to bid farewell to the Fat Duck. However, die-hard foodies have been rejoicing to news that the enormously celebrated London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, has officially opened its doors at Crown Towers as of this week, thereby marking Heston’s first permanent restaurant outside of the UK.

F&L News: Melbourne welcomes new event space 'A Secret Garden by Tommy Collins'

Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD lies A Secret Garden by Tommy Collins, the newest venture by caterer and entrepreneur Tommy McIntosh. Teaming up with the Little Vegie Patch Co, the space includes a stunning marque, container bar, outdoor atrium, and rows of beautiful green planter boxes. With breathtaking 360 degree views of the city, decadently delicious canapés, and champagne and cocktails; this really is the perfect event space leading up to the summer season.

Eating with the AU: A25 Pizzeria - South Yarra (Melbourne)

Owner of A25 South Yarra, Remo Nicolini, is no stranger to good Italian fare done well. Over the years, he has built a reputation for creating some of Australia’s best locations for pizza and could perhaps have been one of the major determinants in triggering the Melbourne pizza revolution. In fact, Remo has come a long way over the years since his humble beginnings at the celebrated Pizza Espresso in Templestowe. When he envisioned his A25 pizzeria, the concept was simple; he wanted to make great pizza at an affordable price. After all, as Remo says, “pizza is pizza”.

Eating with the AU: The Brownie Bar - Hub Arcade (Melbourne)

Look away if you’re on a diet because Melbourne has received its first gorgeous, drool-worthy chocolate brownie café – and it's the perfect place for a date.

Eating with the AU: Son in Law - Collingwood (Melbourne)

All you foodies out there, it’s time to get ready for a flavour explosion. The buzzing inner-urban haven of gastronomy, Collingwood, has received a new fun and cheeky venue that is sure to have your mouth watering in no time. Recently opened on Johnston Street, Son In Law is serving traditional Thai dishes with a creative twist, playing on the notoriously delicate relationship between in-laws that is well known throughout Thai culture. This is a place where guests are invited to make themselves at home and get fed just like family, while mother makes the rules and the son-in-law tiptoes around, finding ways to not disturb the balance.

Photo Gallery: Dead Letter Circus + 10 Years - The Forum, Melbourne (10.10.15)

Dead Letter Circus are currently halfway through their national Aesthesis tour over the weekend, they played a massive set at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne. They were supported by 10 YEARS from the United States. Kimberley Salmond was there and brings you these shots!

Eating with the AU: Masak Ku - Camberwell (Melbourne)

A mere 10km east of Melbourne’s CBD, taking prime place in the well-established affluent suburb of Camberwell, you will find the energetic Burke Road precinct – a commercial strip famous for its diverse mix of boutiques, recycled fashion, global dining and entertainment. If you follow the laneways and wander through the junction streets, then you may just stumble upon Masak Ku – one of Camberwell’s hidden gastronomic gems.