The Best Food in Melbourne’s West

Writing recently on, food bloggers Lauren Wambach and Kenny Weir announced their ‘Westies: Dishes of Distinction’, which they describe as the first dedicated food awards for Melbourne’s much maligned but increasingly popular western suburbs. The three main winners are:

  • Xuan Banh Cuon in Sunshine for their Northern Vietnamese delicacy, pork and prawn banh cuon – delicious rice noodle parcels filled with prawns and minced pork.
  • Nada’s Take Away in the Footscray Market food court for their Macedonian cheese burek, featuring smooth ricotta cheese in pastry, served with potato wedges.
  • Safari in Ascot Vale for their Somalian ‘Regular’; a bowl of lamb broth, followed by spicy grilled chicken breast, served with salad, vegies and rice.

Other great western suburbs eateries recommended by our bloggers include:

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Victoria’s Fabulous Festival of Sails

According to a recent article on, this Australia Day long weekend’s Festival of Sails will be the biggest and brightest sailing event yet.

The annual festival, which is being held on the Geelong foreshore and in Corio Bay, will see hundreds of yachts take part in three exciting days of spectacular sailing action.

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The Cat in the Hat Comes to Melbourne

After a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House, reports that the smash hit children’s play The Cat in the Hat will hit the stage at the Arts Centre in Melbourne during the upcoming January school holidays.

Based on the best-selling children’s book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat tells the story of two children left at home by their mother on a rainy day, whose world is turned upside down when the Cat in the Hat arrives with his minions Thing One and Thing Two to perform his mischievous antics.

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Report Predicts Steady Growth in Serviced Apartments Industry

A recent article on reports that industry research group, IBISWorld Inc, is predicting continued steady growth for the serviced apartment industry in Australia.

Despite a strong Aussie dollar and cheap international airfares, the serviced apartment industry has continued to experience growth in all but one of the past 10 years and the IBISWorld report predicts that revenue will increase even further in the next year or so by more than 3% to $3 billion.

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How to Get Cheap Business Class Tickets

shutterstock_90006691If you believe that business class travel is unaffordable and well beyond your reach, think again. By applying some quite straightforward strategies and by planning ahead, you are certainly able to secure business class seats on flights.

Although it is foolish to think that a business class ticket from Australia to an international destination such as London can be secured for next to nothing, it is possible to get there for less than the usual price of a business class fare.

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What To Do In Melbourne For Free

shutterstock_128754284Melbourne is a truly wonderful city and a place where you can see and experience so much – for free! It is worth noting that some free events in Melbourne do require you to make a booking, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

A selection of the best free sights and activities in Melbourne

  • Federation Square:  During the day and at night, Federation Square is one of the best places to enjoy free activities and attractions. There is always something happening at ‘Fed Square’ and you are bound to find something interesting on the daily program of events. Fed Square has a great range of restaurants, cafes and bars and you may be interested in visiting some of its excellent galleries.

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Choosing a Serviced Apartment Over a Hotel

It’s worth considering a serviced apartment for your next business trip. Not only can this be a cost-effective accommodation option, but you will also enjoy a much larger amount of space than in most hotel rooms.

Serviced apartments will have separate areas for living and sleeping, so you don’t have to work next to your bed. You also get a kitchen, meaning that you can choose whether you eat in or out each night. This can be particularly beneficial if you don’t like dining alone. And it can help to keep costs down, too, if you can cook your own food rather than paying for a restaurant meal.

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Make Business Travel Smooth With These Top Tips

Prepare for a more pleasant business trip with these handy tips from

  1. Use two smaller bags rather than one large suitcase for your carry-on baggage. This should enable you to fit one bag beneath your seat and one in the overhead locker.
  2. Stick to a colour theme when packing to minimise the amount of clothing required.
  3. Organise so that you know the whereabouts of items in case you need anything quickly.
  4. Check in advance which kind of plug adapter you will need and purchase before you leave. This can save a lot of money.
  5. Using your mobile as a hotspot can be a cost-effective way of accessing the Internet while abroad – as long as you arrange an international data plan for your phone.
  6. USB recharging can cut down on the number of plugs and adapters you need – most devices come with a USB cable and can be charged via a USB port.
  7. At the airport, look briefly at the security personnel and determine who is the most efficient before joining their line.
  8. Have a separate bag for your in-flight entertainment contained within your carry-on luggage. This can easily be removed before storing your main bag without holding up other passengers who are waiting to sit down.
  9. For overnight flights, aim to maximise your sleeping time by eating pre-flight.
  10. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol so you’re in optimum condition upon landing.

The Famed Night Noodle Markets Come to Melbourne

Night Noodle Markets are part of this year’s Good Food Month in Melbourne this November.

An annual staple of Sydney’s food calendar for years, the Night Noodle Markets are now here to showcase Melbourne’s Asian cuisine, with restaurants, cafes and the popular food trucks all parking up at Alexandra Gardens every night until the end of the month.

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How to Have a Better Business Travel Experience

The best way to have a great business travel experience is to take every opportunity to tick off tasks as soon as you can. That’s the advice of seasoned business traveller Mitch Joel.

According to, there are many little things that can be done to improve a business flight. Just making a bathroom trip before it becomes necessary can alleviate concerns later.

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