Lucy Lockett lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it. If by pocket, the writer means moolah spent on food. It's a relatable problem. Once upon a time, two bloggers sacrificed some notes from their dishevelled Gen-Y pockets. You see, it seems we spend all our hard earned dough, on luxuries such as smashed avocado. So much so, we forego paying the unattainable mortgage. What does a white haired partner from KPMG know? The Melbourne cafe scene can reach deep into my pockets, anytime. Lucy Lockett, is named after a nursery rhyme, Lucy being a poor lass and Kitty Fisher being a rich courtesan. Tucked away in suburbia, Lucy Lockett is anything but impoverished. She's understated and cool. The wide open windows...

Brunswick West was once a cafe starved suburb. Thankfully, a little strip of neighbourhood eateries has woken up the caffeine worshippers. Amidst quiet suburbia, where pooches bark - Lolo and Wren amps up the cool factor. Sitting amongst Lankan Tucker and Rude Boy Burger, Lolo and Wren caters to Albion's St cafe requirements. Since opening in 2012, Lolo and Wren have consistently appeared in 'top' and 'best of' lists. From marshmallow engorged hot chocolates to the sinful croque monsieur, it's not difficult to see why. The cafe specialises in artisan produce including 5 senses coffee, free range meats and gourmet cheeses. An irrelevant fact, as far as I can tell, Lolo and Wren, specialise in tastiness. The focus of the food...

Do you smell that? The smell of Fancy Hanks, fills the air with an intense smoky aroma. Fans of American BBQ and worshippers of smoked meat, congregate on Bourke St, for a taste of the deep South. There’s a certain aura of machismo to American Style BBQ. The beast of the machine, churning out smoked meats to feed the masses. At Fancy Hanks, the custom-built smoker, was crane lifted into the new home. The gargantuan offset smoker, working overtime at the busy launch. The flow of hot air and smoke, is one of the hallmark features of American BBQ, producing brisket with deep red smoke rings and pulled pork. Fancy Hanks has transformed the former Tuscan Bar, into a 100...

So you've decided to pop out a child? The days of quiet carefree brunches, need not be long gone memories. Children are the future, but oh god, please give your parents a rest. Leroy's in Newport is a popular spot for young families. The recent refurbishment, includes a large backyard and shutters that open up to the neighbouring park. The unpretentious vibe means doggie and kiddy parents, can enjoy a bite in peace. Leroy's is named after the neighbourhood cat. Not dissimilar to the popular fluffballs, Leroys has gathered fanfare amongst the locals - for breakfast just as good as the inner city. The all day breakfast has options for the indulger and the waistline watcher. From super salads to...

Cento Mani brings Colombian breakfast to Melbourne. The Melbourne cafe scene is overflowing with new openings. The cascade of edible flowers and freakshakes have reached tipping point. Cento Mani's selling point is succinct. Where else can you eat Colombian food in Melbourne, yet alone Colombian breakfast? In all honesty, I can't recall the last time, I tried a completely new cuisine. My only encounter with Colombian culture, is a tall Colombian high school friend and the yelling Sophia Vergara. Previous encounters with South American cuisine, include such staples as: Arepas, Pupusas and Gorditas. Already a fan of South American food, delving into the specific regions, is a decision that excites the tastebuds. The sad thing is - it's only available on the weekends. 

Tu Restaurant & Bar opens in South Yarra - a cosy French restaurant set to the dulcet tunes of Jacqueline Francois's, La Mer. What is French cuisine? Freshly baked croissants, steak tartare and escargot? All those things are quintessentially French, but also a gastronomic stereotype. Anyone that comes from some sort of an 'ethnic' background, will be aware of such social cliches. Coming from a Chinese/ Vietnamese background, it's puzzling when Aussie friends exclaim, that 'Lemon chicken' is their favourite Chinese dish. To be frank, I've never met a Chinese person that eats Lemon Chicken... Tu Restaurant, brings to Melbourne what is lacking in our dining scene. Sure, there's the fluorescent glow of France-Soir and french onion soup from Chez Olivier. All these traditional French dishes remain delicious, but few French restaurants in Melbourne showcase France from a locals' perspective. Tu Restaurant introduces diners, to the food that the French love and recognise.