Haloumi Burger @ Ziggy’s Eatery – St Kilda

There’s a burger epidemic in Melbourne, with eager diners only too happy to jump on the bandwagon (the heart association… probably not so much). We can’t fathom the number of calories and dreaded gym sessions, that it’d take to taste every Melbourne burger, but Ziggy’s should be on your list. Admittedly, Balaclava isn’t the most attractive of suburbs. It’s like travelling back to the 90s with tired $2 dollar shops and empty shop fronts, plaguing an area with great potential. The graffitied walls poke out some street cred, but thank heavens for Ziggy’s and a few other cafes for the uplift.

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Le Jolie Cafe – Pascoe Vale

In an inconspicuous Pascoe Vale street is Le Jolie, a cafe and ‘bakery’ serving French-style breakfast and lunch. French cuisine can often be mistakingly associated with fine-dining. Owners and Paris-born Guy Trinquet and Katleen Alexander, hope to bring a touch of Paris to the north, offering French food in a casual setting, lighting up the otherwise drab looking street. Abundant with flakey buttery croissants, homemade waffles and copious amounts of butter – a glimpse of the raspberry and pistachio croissants, enthusiastically jerked us out of our catatonic weekend slumber.

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Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) hotel in Singapore is an architectural marvel. Shaped as a ship perched onto three 56-storey towers, this man-made wonder opened its doors in 2010, to the gargantuan amount of $5.2 billion. At Hungrycookie, we’re generally budget travellers, saving all that hard-earned cash on extravagant experiences rather than on accommodation. What’s the point of travelling, if you spend the whole time lounging at a resort? MBS is a worthy exception. Having finished a gruelling internship, myself and a few buddies were ready to experience a touch of luxury. Swimming in the infinity pool, is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that’s worth every dime.  Continue reading Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

Chato Tapas – Thornbury

Chato is defined as ‘small glass of wine’, but fear not the flavours are far from small at Thornbury’s newest tapas bar. Making elegant use of its gritty location, an illuminated wall of imported and local wines is the centrepiece of this Spanish eatery. Surrounding a window that provides a small glimpse into the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, watch as Spanish chefs cook up a storm. Madrid-born head chef Maria Echevarria-Lang; aims to replicate vibrant Spanish culture and cuisine, momentarily transporting diners into the streets of Spain.

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South Society Dinner – Mount Waverley

Although, entirely feasible, South Society is not the name of the next Kardashian bub. Located on a prominent corner of a suburban shopping centre, the area is more Kath & Kim than a hangout for kale worshipping hipsters. Apart from a couple of unassuming tuckshops and franchises, it’s fair to say the area is gastronomically bare. No surprise that the locals have come in droves, aching for a touch of hipsterdom that plagues, but also makes the CBD and the surrounding suburbs, great for a tasty meal. Hungrycookie would normally never venture this far for a meal, but alas, having friends on the outer-outer Eastside led us to this South Eastern eatery.   Continue reading South Society Dinner – Mount Waverley

The Post – St Kilda

The meteoric rise of the gastropub means the traditional Australian watering hole has undergone somewhat of a fancy makeover. Gone are the days of soggy parmas and the lingering smell of old man cigarettes and VB.  On the exterior, The Post has retained its 140-year old Victorian facade. The interior containing a sleek fit-out, with dark timber furnishings and the fluorescent red glow of the beer garden. It’s a seamless integration of old and new – the dining room ideal for cosying up in winter, the beer garden perfect for enjoying a cold one for the coming warmer months (1 more week left til Spring folks!).

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Fox Glacier Heli Hike – New Zealand

There aren’t many places in the world that remain untouched. Sure, NYC skyscrapers can make you break out into ‘Empire State of Mind’. Remnants of the ancient past speak of humanities achievements – the good and the ugly. But mother nature, nothing beats the power of mother nature. The pristine beauty of glacial carved valleys, the grandeur of majestic snow-capped mountains, all jaw-droppingly beautiful. It’s why the South Island of New Zealand is one of my favourite places in the world. Yes, I’m a little bit biased being a Lord of the Rings fan, but it’s so much more than merry Gandalf and the hobbits. If pristine untouched beauty is what you’re after, visiting New Zealand’s glaciers is the ultimate dream come true.  Without further ado, let me introduce you to Fox Glacier.

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