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    New Shanghai

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    New Shanghai has come to Melbourne and set up shop in the lovely Emporium shopping centre, we were lucky enough to be invited to go down and enjoy all that New Shanghai has to offer. Firstly check out this delicious menu – click here The guys at New Shanghai can rustle you up some very lovely mocktails and the Shirley Temple with cherry juice, sprite & grenadine syrup was perfect with the spice of our food. The lychee blended ice was my fave, love those…

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    Menulog – Food at your Fingertips

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    If you haven’t tried Menulog yet… where have you been? Imagine a cold rainy night in Melbourne, you have just got in the house after a hard days work, you’ve put the washing on, emptied the dishwasher, fed the animals and then…. What are we having for dinner? When you’re too tired to cook and you just want food to magically arrive you can use Menulog. With a range of restaurants on board and your choice of cuisines you can get your favourite pizza, noodles,…

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    Bay City Burrito

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Hubby missed out last time so we make a trip to a rainy St Kilda for a cheeky shop and some delicious Mexican lunch. The Nachos Locos are loaded with black beans, guacamole and sour cream and are fabulous, would have been perfect with a cold beer. We shared the Fish Taco and Bay City Taco with steak, the fish is delicious with Grilled strips of seasoned fish, fresh cabbage slaw, chipotle dressing & pineapple salsa in grilled corn tortillas. Fabo!! Love the fruity pineapple…

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    Beatrix

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    Beautiful little Beatrix, baking with love in North Melbourne and popping out a damn good brunch too. It is very small, barely 15 seats but we were in luck with a perfect table for two in front of the till stand with a glass box full of delectable cakes – both torturous and delightful!! If the coffee is anything to go by we are going to be in foodie heaven today! Creamy, rich and gone too fast! Love a good coffee and this is up…

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    Sichuan House hot!!

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Feeling hot, hot, hot! My favourite dish at Sichuan House is the massive platter of chicken and chilli – little nibbles of chicken and that perfect burn that is just enough to warm you without turning you purple! “Yu Xiang” – Fish Fragrant Eggplant is a form of traditional Sichuanese sauce that is sweet, chilli, and sour garlic sauce used in many Sichuanese dishes. The translation of Yu-Xiang is literally “Fish Fragrant” as it is a flavour commonly used to cook fish. And more important,…

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    Charlie & Co Burgers

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    A lovely invite to visit the sparkly new Charlie & Co Burgers in Melbourne’s new Emporium shopping destination, too good to pass up!! It’s cold and raining as we hop off the tram and into heaven – so many floors of new shops and restaurants, Emporium has plenty to keep a girl busy and there is still more to come. Up in the food area with good company such as Jimmy Grants, Charlie & Co are offering burgers…. freshly made, ‘Worth the wait’ burgers. You…

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    Vapiano

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Welcome to Vapiano, a gorgeous space to meet, drink and enjoy some freshly prepared Italian fare with plenty of smiles and a decent glass of wine or two. Enter from Flinders Lane and head upstairs to a surprisingly large space, all natural wood and herb pots, it is a really pleasant place to be. It’s a different approach with self service, head to the bar or the pizza stand or the fresh pasta spot and order whatever your heart desires, pay on your swipe card…

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    Two Birds One Stone

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    One rainy Sunday we head to busy South Yarra and wait out the 30 mins to secure a table a the very popular Two Birds One Stone. It’s not a huge place and the tables are bursting with happy people enjoying a great coffee and the many gorgeous dishes the menu has to offer. Housemade bircher, yoghurt panna cotta, smashed avocado with capers, radish and feta, ham hock and beans and the very, very popular eggs benedict. Hubby chose the yoghurt panna cotta with kaffir…

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    Rice Queen

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Such a great restaurant, fun, flirty and fabulous, a night at Rice Queen is always a good one. The staff are easy going, the menu is a ridiculously delicious and the food is the best. It’s so hard not to over order when you start working your way through the list of dishes you MUST have. The most amazing sesame prawn toasts with garlic chives, black caramel vinegar and cheeky squeeze of kewpie. So very, very good! A little pile of caramelized pork bites with…

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    Grill’d Burgers

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    It’s been while Grill’d, last time we met I wasn’t impressed and we haven’t spoken since. Could you redeem yourself and be the burger I always wished you could be…… HELL YES!! The menu seems to have expanded a fair bit with burgers of all proteins plus sliders, steak sandwiches, salads and more. The restaurant is bright, friendly and inviting, service with a smile and even a little dance! Simply Grill’d burger at a very reasonable $9.90 – Grilled grass fed lean beef, salad, relish…

Recipes & More

Eggy Crumpets with Avocado Salsa

Eggy Cumpets

Breakfast, lazy weekends and coffee – the perfect Saturday breakie is my eggy crumpets and avocado salsa, Serves 2 Ingredients; 4 crumpets 2 eggs whisked Tablespoon of finely grated parmesan 1 Avocado 6 Cherry Tomatoes Squeeze of lemon juice Pinch of salt Crispy Pancetta to serve Put your pan on with a glug of olive oil to heat up. Take your crumpets and dip into a bowl with your eggs and cheese. Make sure you soak up a bit of the egg and then into…

Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Mousse Cake

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Mousse Cake An amazing cake recipe a friend gave me many years ago that works across all sorts of seasonal fruits. The ingredients make a wet batter and with very little flour the end result is a light and fluffy cake, like a mousse. Rachel’s Strawberry & Rhubarb is a perfect measure of fruit and yoghurt and the pureed rhubarb permeates through the mousse so every bite is fruity and delicious. Ingredients; 1 tub of Rachel’s Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Fresh…

Mushroom Soup

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On a cold winters day there is nothing as comforting as a bowl of hot mushroom soup with a crusty baguette. Ingredients; 1 onion, finely chopped 500 grams button mushrooms Knob of butter 2 sprigs of thyme Splash of wine wine 1 garlic clove crushed 500 mls Chicken Stock To garnish – yoghurt and green pesto Recipe; Cook the onions and garlic in a saucepan in a touch of olive oil until translucent and then add the mushrooms, thyme, wine and butter and cook down…

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New Shanghai

New Shanghai has come to Melbourne and set up shop in the lovely Emporium shopping centre, we were lucky enough to be invited to go down and enjoy all that New Shanghai has to offer. Firstly check out this delicious menu – click here The guys at New Shanghai can rustle you up some very lovely mocktails and the Shirley Temple with cherry juice, sprite & grenadine syrup was perfect with the spice of our food. The lychee blended ice was my fave, love those…

nibbles

Menulog – Food at your Fingertips

If you haven’t tried Menulog yet… where have you been? Imagine a cold rainy night in Melbourne, you have just got in the house after a hard days work, you’ve put the washing on, emptied the dishwasher, fed the animals and then…. What are we having for dinner? When you’re too tired to cook and you just want food to magically arrive you can use Menulog. With a range of restaurants on board and your choice of cuisines you can get your favourite pizza, noodles,…

Nachos

Bay City Burrito

Hubby missed out last time so we make a trip to a rainy St Kilda for a cheeky shop and some delicious Mexican lunch. The Nachos Locos are loaded with black beans, guacamole and sour cream and are fabulous, would have been perfect with a cold beer. We shared the Fish Taco and Bay City Taco with steak, the fish is delicious with Grilled strips of seasoned fish, fresh cabbage slaw, chipotle dressing & pineapple salsa in grilled corn tortillas. Fabo!! Love the fruity pineapple…

mushrooms

Beatrix

Beautiful little Beatrix, baking with love in North Melbourne and popping out a damn good brunch too. It is very small, barely 15 seats but we were in luck with a perfect table for two in front of the till stand with a glass box full of delectable cakes – both torturous and delightful!! If the coffee is anything to go by we are going to be in foodie heaven today! Creamy, rich and gone too fast! Love a good coffee and this is up…

chicken

Sichuan House hot!!

Feeling hot, hot, hot! My favourite dish at Sichuan House is the massive platter of chicken and chilli – little nibbles of chicken and that perfect burn that is just enough to warm you without turning you purple! “Yu Xiang” – Fish Fragrant Eggplant is a form of traditional Sichuanese sauce that is sweet, chilli, and sour garlic sauce used in many Sichuanese dishes. The translation of Yu-Xiang is literally “Fish Fragrant” as it is a flavour commonly used to cook fish. And more important,…

Burgers

Charlie & Co Burgers

A lovely invite to visit the sparkly new Charlie & Co Burgers in Melbourne’s new Emporium shopping destination, too good to pass up!! It’s cold and raining as we hop off the tram and into heaven – so many floors of new shops and restaurants, Emporium has plenty to keep a girl busy and there is still more to come. Up in the food area with good company such as Jimmy Grants, Charlie & Co are offering burgers…. freshly made, ‘Worth the wait’ burgers. You…

Cookbooks

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My Petite French Kitchen

My Petite French Kitchen Cookbook is a beautiful book from Eleanor Ozich sharing simple wholefood recipes. The book is based on the blog Eleanor created to document her ‘road to simple eating’. Packed full of delicious recipes that are both healthy, simple and very tasty. Recipe 4 – Apple and Sage Pork Cassoulet Slow cooked and delicious, simple ingredients that come together and with a bit of sweet potato mash this is the ultimate comfort food. Recipe 3 – Colourful Roasted Vegetable Medley Added in…

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Argentinian Street Food

A book dedicated to Argentinian Street Food – having never been to South America, this is probably the closest I will get this week. Infact, cooking different cuisines is a great way to explore the world from your kitchen! Now this book is heavily swayed towards empanadas and ice cream or Empanadas, Helados & Dulce de Leche. And drum roll……. a key part of this is making your own pastry! For some reason I find pastry a scary proposition but like most baking, as long…

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Donna Hay – New Classics

It’s a biggie! Barely fits in the recipe book holder and there are sooooo many great recipes I want to try. Donna Hay’s New Classics is just as it sounds, the latest and greatest from across cuisines, the fusion of amazing flavours for our everyday cooking. I could not stop cooking from this book, 17 recipes and nearly every one I loved and did a pretty good job with! Probably the best meal I have ever cook is recipes 14 – 17, how good was…

The Burger Book

The Burger Book Adventures

Any excuse to go on a burger rampage across Melbourne!! I love a good burger – who doesn’t? And we are pretty spoilt in Melbourne, so much so you can now buy The Burger Book and take the burger challenge – How many places can you visit? The book is a beautiful combination of burger stories, recipes for the perfect burger elements and a tour of the best burger joints across the suburbs. So who did we visit? Third Wave Cafe – Port Melbourne 9/10…

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