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    Solarino

    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Lacking a bit of the Italian hospitality, Solarino was pretty quiet and there was no greeting when we walked in, so we stood a bit awkwardly and then decided to take a table, hoping someone would realise and come and see us! Eventually they did and we got some water and menus. The vibe was definitely a bit cold and for a Saturday lunchtime there were only two other tables….. I had that moment of hesitation where you think you should maybe just get up…

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    Sons of Mary

    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    My family have recently introduced ‘Wintursday’ where every Thursday throughout Winter they go out and try somewhere new and sometimes I tag along! The other week we ended up in Brighton at Sons of Mary, a cosy looking bistro just off the Nepean and surprisingly busy for a Thursday evening, they don’t take bookings so we waited in the little seated area for a table to come up. It didn’t take too long and guys brought us drinks in between so we were pretty happy,…

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    Curry Vault

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Hmmmm I love a good curry and a good hot curry is even better some days! Curry Vault is down a little cobbled street just off the main drag of Collins and on a cold, wet night we scarpered past a good looking local pub and down into the lovely Curry Vault. It’s a nice space, not to fancy, not to unfancy… just right! Service is polite and friendly and the curry was thoroughly enjoyable. Onion bhajis with shredded onion in a lightly spiced chick-pea…

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    Pretty Mama

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    It’s a funny location in the top left corner of town but if you know it’s there you are going to want to go all of the time. There aren’t too many Caribbean restaurants around and I would say this was my favourite of the few we have been too. They take bookings, the space is cool, the staff are lovely, you can see the guys cooking up a storm in the kitchen and they do really, really good food! Along with your imported Big…

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    Misuzu’s

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    It couldn’t be beaten by fire and it won’t be beaten on taste! Love this place and it’s a perfect place for a weekday lunch with a girlfriend, little wine and some really lovely Japanese food. The service is always great here, they will bring you as much food and wine as you like but will also leave you to get on with it when you are taking more than looking at the menu! The chicken yakatori skewers were great with good quality chicken cooked…

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    Alice Nivens

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Let’s go on a little adventure, I said. Let’s go and find Alice in Wonderland… or Melbourne! Alice Nivens is the cutest little café, snuggled in an arcade opposite Flinders Street Station, they know how to take a boring space and brighten it up. Past the sushi and stamp shops and a rather impressive looking cake decorator shop is a very pretty seating area, outside the main shop but fenced in so that you could be anywhere with rabbits on the table and the smell…

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    On It Burgers

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    We love a good burger and we have wanted to get to On It Burgers for ages so when an Ikea trip is required on a dreary Sunday I totally combined it with a bit of burger research! Amongst the bustling of Victoria Street with is many Vietnamese and Asian restaurants is a little burger diner doing a great job with all your favourite burgers, fries, shakes and rings. I’m a pretty ‘safe’ burger girl but you can get pretty much anything here with burgers…

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    Pelican

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Not many relationships last 10 years, never mind when it’s with a restaurant but Pelican has been a family favourite since we first had brunch there more than 10 years ago but sadly it’s starting to age and this was the first time it didn’t feel a magical as it always had. If anything it just seemed a bit tired, the menus haven’t really changed in that time and the content doesn’t need to – I still order the same things every time but the…

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    Mukka

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    It’s always a pleasure to be invited to visit a restaurant and even though I drove the guys crazy changing due to various illnesses across the team we made it and it was well worth it!! It was a cold, dark night when we dropped in to see Mukka on Brunswick Street but we soon warmed up with their friendly welcome and Indian inspired cocktail list. Food wise – it all sounded fantastic so we were totally open to the ‘feed me’ option – I’m…

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    Coco Vodka

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    It’s great being a food blogger, honest! Especially when lovely people like the guys from Coco Vodka offer to send you some of their great products to try – Yes, please!! The brand is all about fun and coconuts! NUT TREES COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, THEY WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE IN MELBOURNE Coco Vodka is exactly what is says on the can – a luscious blend of vodka and coconut vodka served in a totally convenient can! Available with a rum option too and a vodka,…

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    Bickle

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    A Caribbean restaurant in Prahran? Who knew! But there she is, relatively unassuming, amongst the bustle off Chapel Street, it’s a nice spot to drop by for Red Stripe! I don’t know much about Caribbean food but I like the sound of the menu with chicken bickle bites, jerk sliders, goat curry, seafood gumbo, rice and peas and roasted allspice bananas for dessert! Even better if you want to go on cruise around the Caribbean they will feed you a selection of food for $45…

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    Feast of Merit

    Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Feast of Merit is a great space on Swan Street and friends have recommended it for sometime so it was a perfect spot for ladies who lunch! But it’s not just the perfect meet up space it is also giving back with with 100 percent of it’s profits directly supporting YGAP’s movement of impact entrepreneurs who are improving the lives of people living in poverty. The breakfast menu sounds fantastic with Middle Eastern crumpets with vanilla and cinnamon labneh, pear puree and pistachio praline or…

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    Supernormal

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Supernormal is a great looking restaurant, a huge bar runs along one side where you can wait for a table or sit next to the people you are waiting for for at least 5 minutes before you realise!! And then you get a table! Or you can eat at the bar too. The dining area is a relaxed and nicely spaced area to sit back and enjoy some shared plates with some good friends. The menu is divided into segments with small appetisers sesame cucumber,…

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    The Burger Project

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Always impressive to see the business owner clearing tables and meeting customers, especially when the owner is Australian icon Neil Perry. Famed for high end restaurants with Rockpool and Spice Temple it seemed an unlikely move for Neil to flip into burgers but he has approached it with the same finesse and high standards with Cape Grim beef featuring across the restaurant and real pride in serving quality beef to the punters. We use the finest Cape Grim beef in Australia. The beef is cut,…

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    Aucuba

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

          Aucuba is a plant, so I learnt when googling! But Aucuba Coffee Roasters is a fantastic new cafe in South Melbourne with a bright, slick fit out and a menu that will knock your socks off, yes you can have eggs on toast or you can have some unexpectedly intricate dishes from the guys here. There are plenty of seats with the outside seating and it’s a gorgeous sunny day so we are happy to rock up and get some coffee and…

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    Baby Pizza

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I have a whole lotta love for Baby Cafe & Pizzeria, no matter what time of day you go there is always a friendly smile, great vibe and sensational smells coming out of the open kitchen. It’s great for a coffee and freshly baked mega sized muffin, perfect for a little pasta and pizza for lunch and though I have never made if over for dinner I imagine it make for a great date night or catch up with friends. Whatever you have, I strongly…

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    Royal Stacks

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    If you happen to be on Collins Street and in need of a good burger you should definitely drop by Royal Stacks and pick up a little something delicious. Go single stack or double stack with daily minced beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle and special sauce. Or the Price Harry with swiss cheese and horseradish or The King with a mac and cheese croquette or the Miss Elizabeth with swiss and truffle mayo. There is something for every royal taste and plenty of treats on…

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    Academy Kitchen & Bar

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Bridge Road Richmond is a street full of foodie fun with a plethora of different cuisines and so many choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ladies who lunch found Academy Kitchen and Bar by accident but we were really glad we did. It’s a little unassuming from outside but inside is a cosy, understated, exposed brick eatery with friendly staff and a level of plating that hinted at a very talented team in the kitchen. There is a fantastic sounding dinner menu with steaks,…

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    Cafe 51

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Of the beaten tracks of Port Melbourne, head into the more industrial area and you’ll find a sunny little spot where tradies and bloggers converge to gorge on excessive burgers, disco fries, onion straws and mac bombs! There is a breakie menu where the boys can get their egg and bacon or ham and cheese toastie but it’s all about the burgers and the guys at Cafe 51 are building quite a name for themselves in the larger than life burgers and consumption challenges. You…

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    Shimbu

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Shimbu is a family run Tibetan restaurant with Tenzin and his mum and dad in the kitchen and more family running the show in the restaurant, I’d never had Tibetan food and we jumped at the chance to come and we were so very spoilt! We let Tenzin pick from the menu for us, there was so much to choose from it was great to let him pick his favourites for us and we were so impressed with the food and the flavours. We started…

Recipes & More

Asian Short Ribs

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I love my slow cooker and there is nothing better on a cold day than curling up and watching movies whilst your slow cooker produces an amazing dinner and this was one of my best! Ingredients; 2 big short ribs Can of tomatoes Can of water Two star anise Three cloves Tsp of five spice Three whole all spice 1/4 White pepper 2 Cups of Beef stock Pinch of Chilli flakes Handful Porcini mushrooms Method: Couldn’t be easier – put it all in the slow…

Crying Tiger Steaks

CTS

Based on the Thai Crying Tiger sauce and the Nigella idea of a post marinade for a steak, this takes a cheap steak to another level and packs a real flavour punch. Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 steaks – choose your cut Bunch of fresh coriander washed 1 red chilli 1 tbsp of fish sauce 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice Pinch of salt Method; Place the marinade ingredients in a mini blender and pulse until you have a finely chopped ‘sauce’. Cook your steaks to…

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew

MLS

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 lamb shanks Bunch of fresh mint Tsp of dried rosemary I can of chopped tomatoes Tablespoon on chicken stock powder Sliced mushrooms Two onions quartered Water – fill up empty tomatoes can 1 1/2 Salt and pepper Method; Place everything in the slow cooker and cook according to your cookers settings, mine took a good 4 hours on high. Once the meat is falling off the bone take out the meat and bones and a cup…

Recent Blogs

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Solarino

Lacking a bit of the Italian hospitality, Solarino was pretty quiet and there was no greeting when we walked in, so we stood a bit awkwardly and then decided to take a table, hoping someone would realise and come and see us! Eventually they did and we got some water and menus. The vibe was definitely a bit cold and for a Saturday lunchtime there were only two other tables….. I had that moment of hesitation where you think you should maybe just get up…

IMG_4100 (1)

Sons of Mary

My family have recently introduced ‘Wintursday’ where every Thursday throughout Winter they go out and try somewhere new and sometimes I tag along! The other week we ended up in Brighton at Sons of Mary, a cosy looking bistro just off the Nepean and surprisingly busy for a Thursday evening, they don’t take bookings so we waited in the little seated area for a table to come up. It didn’t take too long and guys brought us drinks in between so we were pretty happy,…

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Curry Vault

Hmmmm I love a good curry and a good hot curry is even better some days! Curry Vault is down a little cobbled street just off the main drag of Collins and on a cold, wet night we scarpered past a good looking local pub and down into the lovely Curry Vault. It’s a nice space, not to fancy, not to unfancy… just right! Service is polite and friendly and the curry was thoroughly enjoyable. Onion bhajis with shredded onion in a lightly spiced chick-pea…

IMG_4131 (1)

Pretty Mama

It’s a funny location in the top left corner of town but if you know it’s there you are going to want to go all of the time. There aren’t too many Caribbean restaurants around and I would say this was my favourite of the few we have been too. They take bookings, the space is cool, the staff are lovely, you can see the guys cooking up a storm in the kitchen and they do really, really good food! Along with your imported Big…

IMG_3867 (1)

Misuzu’s

It couldn’t be beaten by fire and it won’t be beaten on taste! Love this place and it’s a perfect place for a weekday lunch with a girlfriend, little wine and some really lovely Japanese food. The service is always great here, they will bring you as much food and wine as you like but will also leave you to get on with it when you are taking more than looking at the menu! The chicken yakatori skewers were great with good quality chicken cooked…

breakie brioche

Alice Nivens

Let’s go on a little adventure, I said. Let’s go and find Alice in Wonderland… or Melbourne! Alice Nivens is the cutest little café, snuggled in an arcade opposite Flinders Street Station, they know how to take a boring space and brighten it up. Past the sushi and stamp shops and a rather impressive looking cake decorator shop is a very pretty seating area, outside the main shop but fenced in so that you could be anywhere with rabbits on the table and the smell…

IMG_4476 (1)

On It Burgers

We love a good burger and we have wanted to get to On It Burgers for ages so when an Ikea trip is required on a dreary Sunday I totally combined it with a bit of burger research! Amongst the bustling of Victoria Street with is many Vietnamese and Asian restaurants is a little burger diner doing a great job with all your favourite burgers, fries, shakes and rings. I’m a pretty ‘safe’ burger girl but you can get pretty much anything here with burgers…

cheese

Pelican

Not many relationships last 10 years, never mind when it’s with a restaurant but Pelican has been a family favourite since we first had brunch there more than 10 years ago but sadly it’s starting to age and this was the first time it didn’t feel a magical as it always had. If anything it just seemed a bit tired, the menus haven’t really changed in that time and the content doesn’t need to – I still order the same things every time but the…

panner

Mukka

It’s always a pleasure to be invited to visit a restaurant and even though I drove the guys crazy changing due to various illnesses across the team we made it and it was well worth it!! It was a cold, dark night when we dropped in to see Mukka on Brunswick Street but we soon warmed up with their friendly welcome and Indian inspired cocktail list. Food wise – it all sounded fantastic so we were totally open to the ‘feed me’ option – I’m…

IMG_4180 (1)

Coco Vodka

It’s great being a food blogger, honest! Especially when lovely people like the guys from Coco Vodka offer to send you some of their great products to try – Yes, please!! The brand is all about fun and coconuts! NUT TREES COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, THEY WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE IN MELBOURNE Coco Vodka is exactly what is says on the can – a luscious blend of vodka and coconut vodka served in a totally convenient can! Available with a rum option too and a vodka,…

jerk sliders

Bickle

A Caribbean restaurant in Prahran? Who knew! But there she is, relatively unassuming, amongst the bustle off Chapel Street, it’s a nice spot to drop by for Red Stripe! I don’t know much about Caribbean food but I like the sound of the menu with chicken bickle bites, jerk sliders, goat curry, seafood gumbo, rice and peas and roasted allspice bananas for dessert! Even better if you want to go on cruise around the Caribbean they will feed you a selection of food for $45…

fish

Feast of Merit

Feast of Merit is a great space on Swan Street and friends have recommended it for sometime so it was a perfect spot for ladies who lunch! But it’s not just the perfect meet up space it is also giving back with with 100 percent of it’s profits directly supporting YGAP’s movement of impact entrepreneurs who are improving the lives of people living in poverty. The breakfast menu sounds fantastic with Middle Eastern crumpets with vanilla and cinnamon labneh, pear puree and pistachio praline or…

Cookbooks

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Sally Wise Slow Cooker 2

  Going back to an old favourite with Sally Wise and her simple and easy slow cooker recipes, these little books pack a powerful punch with just a few ingredients from the pantry and your pick of protein, 4 – 6 hours later you’ll have comforting winter warmer dish ready to go.   Recipe 1 – Chilli con carne It took at least 3 minutes to get this one ready! Open mince, put in slow cooker, put in stock, tomato paste, herbs and spices and…

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Nigella – Feel Good Food

Can’t go wrong with Nigella and Feel Good Food is packed with great recipes to make your soul smile! In the usual January Health Food Boot Camp we had to tweak the recipes a touch to give them a Boot Camp spin but it was all still fabulous and I can’t wait to go back and cook some of the other dishes that didn’t fit with the healthy spin!! Recipe 5 – Fish Tacos Loved this, had to drop a few bits to keep to…

LM

Lorraine Pascale – Eating Well Made Easy

Always been a big fan of Lorraine Pascale and her approach to easy and simple but still healthy cooking is a great addition to her books and one that we really got on board with for the week. Recipe 1 – Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins So good, these were super simple to make and hubby loved me all week with these in his lunch pack! Recipe 2 – Meatballs with Spaghetti, Oregano and Fennel Sensational balls, great sauce and felt very wholesome picking fresh…

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