Disaronno Terrace at The Emerson

Almond-flavoured liqueur, you’re my favourite. There’s simply nothing better than Disaronno, an Italian amaretto liqueur. It’s as sweet and as smooth as, well… [insert Italian stereotype here]. I know whereof I speak. I spent a good portion of the 2000s drinking amaretto cocktails. Disaronno was…

T2 Summer Edition Tea Festival

Tea paradise is in the T2 Headquarters in Collingwood. I was invited to the Summer Edition Tea Festival, a magical night filled with tea, food, and even tea leaf fortune telling. The headquarters is stunning (it placed with silver in the…

Russian Resurrection Film Festival – The Plus Ones’ Guide

As the Russian Film Festival enters its 11th year, the need for cross-cultural understanding is as ever present. With international relations between Russia and Australia in constant focus of negative press, the film festival has the opportunity to create a…

The Humble Tumbler – Whiskey The Water Of Life

I gave up the gym for three weeks of whiskey masterclasses. The Humble Tumbler have been running its food and beverage master classes for the past two years and is the brainchild of Clare Burder. The Melbourne-based company runs out of…

Perching at the Birdcage at the 2014 Melbourne Cup

I couldn’t believe my luck when I walked into the rarefied world of the Birdcage at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. Four years ago, I was with the rest of the hoi polloi — this year I got to visit…

British Film Festival 2014 – The Plus Ones’ Guide

The British Film Festival is upon us! Like every year, the selection is just remarkable. From high teas to movies with the Beatles, there’s something for all tastes. But what stands out the most are the new films coming out of the…

Melbourne Music Week – The Plus Ones’ Guide

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is coming! This year there will be 110 events taking place from 14-23 November across 40 different locations. I have very fond memories of MMW, in particular, the enormous effort that goes into creating its Festival…

October’s Best Melbourne Events

Smartbar – There is a certain pleasure to be had through learning and drinking (reminds me of my university days). Your ticket gains you entry to the normal exhibition, the secret garden behind the Museum (I love, love finding new…

Oktoberfest At Birrarung Mar

I have a lot of German friends who normally scoff at the thought of an Oktoberfest party outside of Germany. Melbourne had its fair share this year with the big three (Hofbrauhaus, Munich Brauhaus and Hophaus) all running a stream…