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Black Star Pastry Revisits

Sydney iconic cake makers, Black Star Pastry, have opened a pop-up store/cafe in Acland Street, St. Kilda. As I wrote when they last visited Melbourne in 2017 their fruit-driven cakes are not only extremely pretty but delightfully fresh and flavoursome. These cakes are not the dense, super sweet numbers meant for a long shelf life…

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Wild Life Bakery

Wild Life Bakery has been running for a couple of years now, so I have been a bit slow on the reconnaissance which is unfortunate as I’ve missed out on some wonderful breads. Not that Melbourne is short of good artisan bakers but this baker not only makes a very fine loaf but is open…

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Tooborac Pies In Carlton

Tooborac, situated on the Northern Highway before Heathcote, is famous for its historic bluestone Tooborac hotel and adjacent pie shop. The house made pies have been a hit with visitors to the Heathcote wine region as well as travellers making a strategic pit stop but now those famous pies can be a regular affair for…

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LamBacon

Lamb producers, for the love of lamb, at Nulla Vale, 85 km North of Melbourne have been doing something interesting with their lamb. An Australian first, LamBacon is a wood smoked product from belly lamb just like streaky bacon but it’s not. It has the same tasty, crispy, meaty feel but with the sweet taste…

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Cannoleria

A dedicated shop selling all manner of variations of the classic Sicilian cannoli, a crisp pasty tube filled with sweetened ricotta. Now that’s a good idea. That’s Amore. That’s Cannoleria. Melbourne’s That’s Amore Cheese company has been making award winning Italian style cheeses since 2004, best known for their ricotta and mozzarella varieties. Recently they…

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