Hoping to grab a quite bite before heading in to work, I pop into Hard Pressed, situated within easy access by train and tram. The interior is dark and very retro, and despite the wet and dreary Melbourne weather they’re doing a good trade. [caption id="attachment_12016" align="aligncenter" width="800"] El Cubano - Orange braised pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, Dijon mustard ($15)[/caption] They’ve been known for their sandwiches, or tortas, but on my visit they seemed to have cut back on the torta menu and there’s only one. [caption id="attachment_12015" align="aligncenter" width="800"] El...

It was freezing. It was just under 1C, apparently felt like -4C and even though I was in a rush to get out of the house, I had to defrost the thin sheet of ice that had formed on the car's windscreen first. We had just woken up to the coldest morning in Melbourne in 18 years, and I thought, 'Surely there won't be many people out for brunch today. Normal people would be trying to hibernate under the warm covers of their beds...