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Sunday Feasts at Mio Locale

Sunday: the day of rest, right?

Long mornings, lazy afternoons, and food. Lots and lots of food. For what is Sunday without a feast? And what’s better than a genuine Italian spread; complete with home-style cooking and friendly faces. Food that just oozes love and soul and laughter (not literally, don’t worry).

You’ll find Mio Locale — Italian for ‘My Local’ — on Brunswick St. in Fitzroy’s North, and if you’re looking for that true, family-style Sunday; this is where you’ll find it. At $45 per head, Mio Locale’s long-awaited Sunday Feasts are a four-course set, themed lunch, held…

The Art of Shibori (part two)

— Missed part one? You’ll find it here! —

After Meg’s demonstarations in the shed, we headed back up into the warmth (courtesy of the aforementioned adorable potbelly wood heater) to start stitching, tying and folding our own shibori creations — and LUNCH.

As well as being an amazing architect and stylist, it turns out Natasha also harbours an incredible talent for cooking. I had a bit of inkling thanks to that delicious morning tea orange and almond cake — which I still have yet to attempt myself — but holy cow; as the food was brought up to the…

The Art of Shibori (part one)

I’m in love! I’m in love. I’m in love with the art of shibori. Also with a house.

If you follow the ‘Spoon on Snapchat or Instagram you’ve probably already seen a few shibori- and house-themed snaps and posts over the last week, and I’m sure you can see where my love has stemmed from.

Last weekend I mini-road-tripped up to Oak and Monkey Puzzle to learn the art of shibori from dyeing extraordinaire Margaret-Anne Gooch, who also turned out to be one of the sweetest people ever! The workshop was put together and hosted by the equally sweet Natasha…

Hello Laura Jane: Paper Cutting Workshop

This here, right now — this is my absolute favourite time of year. As well as the warm and cosy clothes I’ve waxed lyrical about before, June means Dark Mofo winter festival season in Hobart. The city turns red, the art spills out onto the streets, and I get an excellent excuse to visit.

This year I had double the excuse, thanks to Bec from Thirteen Red Shoes! She teamed up with Sydney-based paper guru Laura Jane to bring her skills (and her person) down to Hobart for a day of paper cutting, great company, and super tasty treats.

The…

West of Kin VIP Winter Menu Launch

When I say ‘Braybrook’, what do you think?

Melbournians: probably industrial warehouses, shipping containers and car yards.
Non-Melbourne people: possibly something relating to a donkey or a river which is honestly what I what was thinking as I tapped it into Google Maps (my brain may be wired differently to most).

Either way, delicious pan Asian cuisine is probably not top of your list — UNTIL NOW. INSERT DRAMATIC MUSIC.

Last week I was lucky enough to score an invite to West of Kin’s Winter menu launch dinner and holy cow, Braybook is now on my radar of tasty things. Sister restaurant…

Zülch Instagram Giveaway

Shh — do you hear that? Feel that? Smell that? It’s WINTER, BABY. At last, I can cover my white, goosebumpy legs in stockings and jeans and avoid blinding all the poor unsuspecting folk in the streets.

Winter is my favourite season. I love cosy jumpers, I love layers, I love all things warm and fuzzy — and there’s nothing more warm and fuzzy than the feeling of giving someone a gift (how’s that for a segue!)

I’m super excited, and only slightly jealous, to be giving away this blackest black pouch from Zülch; a little boutique here in Melbourne….

The Middle Aisle: Macrame Workshop

If there’s one thing I really love about Melbourne, it’s the sheer amount of opportunities the city holds for learning, and making, and doing. I’ve mentioned my particular affinity for dabbling before, and the more new things I learn the more I want to learn. More! MORE! Luckily, last weekend I was given the opportunity to sate my learning appetite by going along to The Middle Aisle’s macrame workshop, hosted by owner/creator/macrame extraordinaire Maggie May (which, let’s face it, would make an amazing superhero name on alliteration alone. Wade Wilson? Matt Murdock? Jessica Jones? Maggie effin’ May.)

If you’re not…