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The Alley: Fast Food, Re-Imagined for the Vegan-Friendly Masses

When you think about fast food, what comes to mind? You probably imagine greasy cheeseburgers and fries dripping in saturated fat. Are we right? The Alley, a new plant-centric vegan café in Melbourne, aims to broaden that image. Think signature burgers with gluten free buns, fresh salads with maple bacon, vegan ice-cream and cold pressed juices. Fast food just got re-imagined.

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Alexandra Pyke, the brains behind the Alley, has recently returned home to Melbourne, Victoria after an 11 year stint overseas where she partnered in iconic eateries like The Fat Radish, The Butcher’s Daughter and Leadbelly. With a host of successful business ventures in her wake, Pyke hopes to lead the charge in delivering inexpensive, fast (just under 10 minutes) and healthy but indulgent vegan-friendly food in Melbourne.

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Pyke swears by the Maple Bacon Burger on a gluten free bun and the mouth watering Hale to the Kale salad with tempeh as an add on.

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Photography by Dave Kulesza

Whether you’re a devout vegan or just looking for a healthy but tasty alternative, The Alley has got you covered.

Kings Domain X French Connection



Featured  |  Glenn Chap – @chap55

With busy dudes in mind, French Connection and Kings Domain Barber Shop would like to offer customers a one-stop shop to freshen their look.

When  |  Saturday December 3rd

What’s in it for you?
Head down to Kings Domain and with every cut you’ll receive 30% off French Connection, complimentary beer, soda water, coffee and an exclusive pamper pack.

Wait, there’s more: upload a pic of your ‘do’ to Instagram, follow @frenchconnection_au
and go in the draw to win a $250 French Connection gift voucher.

See you there!

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Long days and sultry nights are right around the corner and to celebrate we are giving customers the chance to win the ultimate summer getaway.

To kick off your seaside adventure spend a night at QT Bondi. Designed by notorious Australian designer Nic Graham, the QT Bondi hotel is conveniently located on the edge of iconic Bondi Beach. QT Bondi boasts spacious rooms with bespoke furnishings; perfect for a sleek coastal retreat.

Whether you want to relax in your bikini or wine and dine with ocean views, Bondi has an abundance of options. Be sure to try Orchard Street Elixir Bar for a holistic offering of herbal tonics, raw treats and nut milks. For a night of coastal opulence head to Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. The chic, sun-lit dining room is host to an assortment of delicious dishes including Burrata and Blackmore Bresaola.

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all,  enjoy a scenic flight over the Sydney Harbour before landing at your final destination: Jonah’s Whale Beach Hotel. Jonah’s Whale Beach Hotel is the ultimate island hideaway, located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Jonah’s offers luxurious rooms with sweeping views of the ocean. Enjoy a glass of champagne upon arrival and a 3 course dinner at Jonah’s award winning restaurant.


Did we mention we are also throwing in a $500 wardrobe from yours truly? You heard us.
So if we had you at ‘ultimate summer getaway’ head in store or online and sign up for your chance to win.


Greedilulu: A Mecca for Perfectly Imperfect Interiors

We recently teamed up with bespoke homewares retailer, Greedilulu, to shoot our spring collection. Greedilulu, nestled in the seaside town of Mornington, features a range of artisanal products inspired by ocean living. Like Greedilulu, our spring collection takes its cue from the sea with boyhood blues, nautical accents and lightweight fabrics to ease you into summer. After a successful day of shooting we sat down with founder, Megan luiz, to find out her secret to success.


French Connection: What inspired you to start Greedilulu? 

Megan Luiz: After six years at home with my young family, looking for a creative outlet, being enamoured by the beauty of handmade products and the diversity of global art forms, I felt like opening a store in Mornington would be the perfect opportunity to channel my interest in this field.

FC: Where did the name come from?

ML: For me, when designing an interior space, the space needs to encapsulate the love and personality of the family living in that home. Greedilulu, the name of our childhood beach cottage, was a place where growing up I shared many fond memories with family in South Africa. Therefore naturally, I felt it was a fitting name for our store.


FC: Describe Greedilulu’s aesthetic and style?

ML: Greedilulu is a celebration of unique artisanal product, both locally as well as internationally sourced, grouped together in a contemporary setting. It has an eclectic tribal inspired aesthetic that celebrates the concept of perfectly imperfect interiors.

FC: Where do you see Greedilulu in 5 years’ time?

ML: I would like to see our collection continue to evolve and develop. Ultimately, I would love to open up a sister store and branch out into a full interior design service.

FC: What’s your advice to people starting a new business?

ML: Believe in yourself, enjoy the roller-coaster and remember why you started.

FC: What key trends will you be sporting this summer season?

ML: Natural fibres, linen, texture and pops of colour with a tribal twist. 





Frosé: The New Black

Rosé has long been a popular summertime tipple, but there is a new cool kid on the block. Frosé (Frozen Rosé) is the refreshing pink drink that is causing quite a stir. We’ve carefully curated an easy-to-follow recipe that will send your taste buds into a frenzy this summer.

1 x 750 ml bottle of full-flavoured Rosé with a Pinot Noir or Merlot base
¼ Cup plus 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
Strawberry Syrup
½ Cup Sugar
½ Cup water
2 Cups hulled Strawberries (quartered)
Sprig of mint or lavender

1) Freeze bottle of Rosé in ice cube trays over night
2) Add sugar and water to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in hulled strawberries. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Strain mixture through fine sieve and remove strawberry pulp.
3) Blend strawberry syrup, frozen Rosé and lemon juice in a blender until desired consistency is reached.
4) Serve with a sprig of mint or lavender and enjoy


Photography: Erin McGinn