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Madeleine de Proust, a boutique bakery from Attica’s former head pastry chef and her chef-partner, opens on Lygon Street.

• Pint-sized Banh Mi Stand sells some of the CBD’s best rolls.

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• Sandwich superstar Stefanino Panino rolls into Collingwood Yards.

• We talk to Dessert Masters breakout star Kay-Lene Tan about spoons, Dachshunds and her favourite Melbourne restaurant right now.

• Moon Dog is bringing Wild West energy – and a mechanical bull – to the former Franco Cozzo building in Footscray.

• Coming soon: Purple Pit, a basement cocktail den with “Krug meets Jack Daniels” energy from Romeo Lane founder Joe Jones and Maurice Terzini of Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Restaurants will soon have to disclose where their seafood comes from.

• Goodtime Footscray bar Baby Snakes to close at the end of the month.

• 18 to try: all the new Melbourne restaurant and cafe openings we got excited about in November.

Hector’s Deli now offers catering (and founder Dom Wilton may or may not deliver your sandwiches dressed as an astronaut).

Try six shades of mystery grey gelato from Piccolina at this MPavilion edible art activation.

• Experimental Melbourne supper club Gruel is hosting a dinner dedicated to eggs this weekend.

• Sleepy’s Cafe and Wine Bar owner Steve Chan flexes retro “Hong Kong uncle” style at work.

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• This week on Broadsheet’s podcast Around Town, we hear about a luxe new butcher, talk about the paninis selling out in Carlton and chat about one of the year’s most anticipated restaurant reopenings.

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Navi, Julian Hills’s Yarraville fine diner, is donating $1 from every snack purchased in the restaurant’s front bar area Navi Lounge, to Foodbank Victoria throughout the month of December.

• Chef Hiroshi Kawamata’s Tokyo restaurant Sebastian is bringing its take on the Japanese shaved-ice dessert kakigori to a pop-up series at Leonie Upstairs.

Cocolo, a cafe dedicated to all things coconut has opened on Glenferrie Road Hawthorn.

• Black Star Pastry has released a white strawberry version of its signature watermelon cake for the holidays. They’re available at Black Star shops until December 24.

• Swiftmas has come early. Crown Melbourne is giving away 12 tickets to Taylor Swift’s Melbourne Eras Tour shows. More info here.

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