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    Rustica Sourdough Bakery

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    A little gem on Brunswick Street, the Rustica Sourdough bakery is just fabulous, producing amazing sourdough breads for cafes and restaurants across Melbourne, the cafe is heaven. Breakie or brunch and a fine cup of coffee, what more could you want? Browsing the menu you can enjoy the Rustica breakfast board with house made granola, organic yoghurt, seasonal fruit, poached egg on sourdough, crushed avocado and juice. You can go sweet with french toast with apples, ricotta, fresh berries, butterscotch syrup, pistachio mascarpone and praline…

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    Grand Trailer Park Taverna

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Fun times at the Grand Trailer Park Taverna, we were lucky enough to come by for the opening party and try a some slider versions as well as the amazing grown up milkshakes with Makers Mark Bourbon, salted caramel and maple bacon or the Kinder Surprise with Frangelico and Baileys!! This time we are back for a big burger fix and the boys are fired up for big boy burgers and fries. All the burgers have a sense of humour here, The Chunk with double…

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    St. Hotel

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    “Head Chef Sean Judd heads up a team of highly qualified chefs who bring skill, dedication and vision to present a menu of authentic Thai food with regional influences. Commenting on the menu Sean says “ Thailand is a diverse country with regions and seasons and the food reflects this. Thailand’s food is constantly evolving much like the rest of the world so our menu will be a reflection of these things , a mixture of traditional Thai dishes, some will-know and some lesser known…

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    Thy Thy Tastic

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Just a tram ride away is the foodie mecca of Victoria Street, a bountiful street of Vietnamese shops and restaurants scattered with some great bars. If you want authentic Pho – you come here, if you want no frills, BYO, cheap and cheerful dinner you come here. Thy Thy is a perfect spot, just up the staircase and you get to an big open room, plenty of tables and great service. Entrees are a pile of gorgeous little spring rolls, super crispy wontons and lots…

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    O’Connells Hotels

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    A great local pub, with plenty of space to enjoy outside, in the main bar and the restaurant, depending on what you fancy. On a balmy Saturday afternoon we grab a spot outside and settle with a nice glass of wine from a good local wine list. Barely a Marlborough Sauv Blanc to be seen- Hallelujah! Chicken liver parfait with red onion jam and crostini, the parfait was a little chilled and firm but it soon warmed up in the sun and it was really…

  • Lazy dinner

    Dex2Rose Nitrogen Gelato

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Nitrogen Gelato Baby! When you get an invitation to come down and meet the team at Dex2Rose and have a VIP tasting you don’t hesitate! Yes, Yes, Yes!! With an ever changing choice of stunning flavour combos to enjoy there is always another great reason to pop round to see Dex2Rose. Now don’t get excited as these flavours change all the time so you can’t get attached! But you can get an idea for the clever palate owner Jessie and the guys have to come…

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    Slice Girls Pizza

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    ‘Colours of the world, Spice up your life, Every boy and girl, Spice up your life, Every boy and girl, Spice up your life, People of the world, Spice up your life!’ It ain’t fancy but it lots of fun, the Slice Girls are having a pizza party and you are all invited! A tiny hole in the wall joint in the bustling CBD, you can drop in for a smile and damn good pizza and you won’t break the bank either – just $10…

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    The Arbory

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Want a great spot next to the river with a good house pour and a damn good burger? Look no further than new kid on the platform The Arbory. Originally an old train platform, some clever soul has made it into a very, long thin bar. It works really well, ample seating at either end, great toilets dropped in within clever containers and a bar at either end to ensure you have a cool drink without too long a walk. The only complaint from the…

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    Radio Mexico Rocks!

    Saturday, March 7, 2015

    Happiness is an afternoon lunch in the sun at Radio Mexico, it’s been way too long but we have walked all the way along the beach to St Kilda and when we get to the bottom of Acland Street fate draws us down to Radio Mexico and the friendly smiles waiting for us. Always a great spot, it’s a perfect day to sit outside with a cold beer or wine and enjoy a taco or two before the long walk home. Chipotle prawn and slaw,…

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    Old Kingdom – Duck Fest 2012

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    19 people, 8 whole roasted ducks, 15 bottles of Pinot Noir and a few bottles of beer – makes for a bloody good night! Duck Fest 4 was another huge success with much duck and merriment to be had. We know the drill now, one duck between each couple, BYO whatever you like but Pinot Noir goes exceptionally well. Get settled in, get the wine open and then let the feasting begin as the ducks start to fly out of the kitchen… bad choice of…

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    El Habanero

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    El Habanero has definitely found it’s feet and we are lucky enough to get one of the last tables on a bustling, warm evening in South Melbourne. With a great beer and wine list we are quickly covered for drinks and working through the delish menu. The prawn tostadas with tomato, avocado, coriander and fresh salsa on an organic corn tostada are incredibly fresh, plump prawns and a tasty combination. I cannot get enough of the flautas, crispy tortilla stuffed with chipotle chicken and fresh…

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    The Dutchess

    Saturday, February 28, 2015

    We were very generously invited to come along and get the Dutchess experience in full effect and what a night! Let me take you on a gastronomically orgasmic evening! Firstly, knowing where to go, The Dutchess is part of The Duke complex on Flinders and Russell, The Duke is a great pub, always got the sport on, looks like they serve a mean burger and is a very busy spot on game nights at the G. Above The Duke is the Duke Wine Room offering…

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    Magic Mountain Saloon Bar

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Those who know me will know I am a big fan of Cookie so when we heard there was a new Cookie in town we couldn’t wait to go along. It’s a great building, no idea what was here before but they have done a lovely job to make the spaces work well and downstairs has plenty of light and tables to grab or you can head upstairs to the booths and bangin tunes or you can go in between on the little mezzanine level…

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    Terre Restaurant

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    We are very lucky in Melbourne to be able to jump in a car and drive an hour up the road to experience amazing wineries and equally great food. Many of the wineries offer lunch though a lot of them have gone quite up market, you can’t just grab a pizza or a sandwich at many of them now. Terre has a lovely restaurant and you can enjoy two courses for $52 or three for $71 and there are lots of mouth watering dishes to…

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    Fatto

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    When you find yourself by the river in Melbourne CBD or heading to a show at Hamer Hall you can do a lot worse that visit the team at Fatto. Specialising in pre-show dining they will get you in, bring you food and drinks and get you out to your next location in record time. For those that don’t have to rush off you might be better taking a later booking to avoid the rush! There is a lovely wrap around outdoor area with tables…

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    GAS Eatery

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    There is nothing better than scoring a seat at your fave local on a quite sunny afternoon, everyone else must have been at the beach that day as we wondered down Coventry Street in South Melbourne for a late lunch and found a choice of tables at the fabulous Gas Eatery. Usually teaming with happy peeps enjoying coffee and breakie, I prefer to drop in in the afternoon where you can enjoy a glass of wine and your choice of mouth watering tapas on display….

Recipes & More

Wonton Soup

Wontons

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Wonton Soup Ingredients: Broth; 1 tbsp Miso Paste Two spring onions chopped finely One carrot sliced thinly One mushroom sliced thinly Pinch of Chilli flakes 500ml Chicken Stock 1 tsp fresh ginger grated Wontons; One pack of wonton wrappers One large sweet potato&nbsp One mushroom finely chopped 100 grams prawns One spring onion chopped Method: Put all broth ingredients into a pan and simmer for 20 mins Microwave the sweet potato, skin on for 8 minutes, or until soft. One you…

Mega Steak Sandwich

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The Mega Steak Sandwich On a bit of a health kick so we are creating pub favourites at home with a side of less fat and a dollop of no beer! I LOVE a steak sandwich but they can often be so very wrong. That chewy, cheap cut that they think they might get away with YUCK, we want melt in the mouth, succulent, medium rare, char grilled meat. A good, solid roll to hold everything in and for our version a spicy chimichurri sauce….

Homemade Healthy Doner Kebab

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Homemade Healthy Doner Kebab When on a health kick you will undoubtedly find you start to crave all the bad things you used to indulge in a bit too often including the humble 1am doner kebab with chilli and garlic and ….. ohh yes!! So the challenge is to make a healthy doner kebab – no problem! Ingredients; 250 grams lamb mince 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Coriander 1/2 tsp cayenne 1/2 tsp Chilli powder 1/2 tsp thyme 1 Crushed garlic clove 1 Finely chopped…

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breakie bowl3

Rustica Sourdough Bakery

A little gem on Brunswick Street, the Rustica Sourdough bakery is just fabulous, producing amazing sourdough breads for cafes and restaurants across Melbourne, the cafe is heaven. Breakie or brunch and a fine cup of coffee, what more could you want? Browsing the menu you can enjoy the Rustica breakfast board with house made granola, organic yoghurt, seasonal fruit, poached egg on sourdough, crushed avocado and juice. You can go sweet with french toast with apples, ricotta, fresh berries, butterscotch syrup, pistachio mascarpone and praline…

Francis

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Fun times at the Grand Trailer Park Taverna, we were lucky enough to come by for the opening party and try a some slider versions as well as the amazing grown up milkshakes with Makers Mark Bourbon, salted caramel and maple bacon or the Kinder Surprise with Frangelico and Baileys!! This time we are back for a big burger fix and the boys are fired up for big boy burgers and fries. All the burgers have a sense of humour here, The Chunk with double…

betel3

St. Hotel

“Head Chef Sean Judd heads up a team of highly qualified chefs who bring skill, dedication and vision to present a menu of authentic Thai food with regional influences. Commenting on the menu Sean says “ Thailand is a diverse country with regions and seasons and the food reflects this. Thailand’s food is constantly evolving much like the rest of the world so our menu will be a reflection of these things , a mixture of traditional Thai dishes, some will-know and some lesser known…

Spring Rolls

Thy Thy Tastic

Just a tram ride away is the foodie mecca of Victoria Street, a bountiful street of Vietnamese shops and restaurants scattered with some great bars. If you want authentic Pho – you come here, if you want no frills, BYO, cheap and cheerful dinner you come here. Thy Thy is a perfect spot, just up the staircase and you get to an big open room, plenty of tables and great service. Entrees are a pile of gorgeous little spring rolls, super crispy wontons and lots…

burger

O’Connells Hotels

A great local pub, with plenty of space to enjoy outside, in the main bar and the restaurant, depending on what you fancy. On a balmy Saturday afternoon we grab a spot outside and settle with a nice glass of wine from a good local wine list. Barely a Marlborough Sauv Blanc to be seen- Hallelujah! Chicken liver parfait with red onion jam and crostini, the parfait was a little chilled and firm but it soon warmed up in the sun and it was really…

Lazy dinner

Dex2Rose Nitrogen Gelato

Nitrogen Gelato Baby! When you get an invitation to come down and meet the team at Dex2Rose and have a VIP tasting you don’t hesitate! Yes, Yes, Yes!! With an ever changing choice of stunning flavour combos to enjoy there is always another great reason to pop round to see Dex2Rose. Now don’t get excited as these flavours change all the time so you can’t get attached! But you can get an idea for the clever palate owner Jessie and the guys have to come…

PIzza

Slice Girls Pizza

‘Colours of the world, Spice up your life, Every boy and girl, Spice up your life, Every boy and girl, Spice up your life, People of the world, Spice up your life!’ It ain’t fancy but it lots of fun, the Slice Girls are having a pizza party and you are all invited! A tiny hole in the wall joint in the bustling CBD, you can drop in for a smile and damn good pizza and you won’t break the bank either – just $10…

Oysters

The Arbory

Want a great spot next to the river with a good house pour and a damn good burger? Look no further than new kid on the platform The Arbory. Originally an old train platform, some clever soul has made it into a very, long thin bar. It works really well, ample seating at either end, great toilets dropped in within clever containers and a bar at either end to ensure you have a cool drink without too long a walk. The only complaint from the…

fish taco2

Radio Mexico Rocks!

Happiness is an afternoon lunch in the sun at Radio Mexico, it’s been way too long but we have walked all the way along the beach to St Kilda and when we get to the bottom of Acland Street fate draws us down to Radio Mexico and the friendly smiles waiting for us. Always a great spot, it’s a perfect day to sit outside with a cold beer or wine and enjoy a taco or two before the long walk home. Chipotle prawn and slaw,…

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Old Kingdom – Duck Fest 2012

19 people, 8 whole roasted ducks, 15 bottles of Pinot Noir and a few bottles of beer – makes for a bloody good night! Duck Fest 4 was another huge success with much duck and merriment to be had. We know the drill now, one duck between each couple, BYO whatever you like but Pinot Noir goes exceptionally well. Get settled in, get the wine open and then let the feasting begin as the ducks start to fly out of the kitchen… bad choice of…

Cookbooks

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Michelle Bridges – Superfoods Cookbook

Time for a health kick, after the indulgence of Xmas and New Year and the last 12 months of foodie fun, we definitely need a bit of a break and to drop a few kgs. Michelle Bridges, the million dollar 12 weeks body challenge babe, her books provide a less rigid opportunity to steer in the right direction of a healthy food plan and they really do work. They provide the back bone to a super healthy week and with a little preparation and planning…

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Annabel Langbein – Through the Seasons

I have been on the Langbein train for some time now and am a huge fan of Annabel’s seasonal and simple approach to fabulous flavours through simple recipes. This is a perfect book for a beginner to learn to create confidence in their dishes but also good for working week cooking where you need something healthy, fresh and simple to whip up after a hard day at work. Recipe 11 – Avocado Salsa Avocado Salsa – super simple, couple of little twists made my sad…

UHC

Gordon Ramsey – Ultimate Home Cooking

The new Gordon, no swearing and ego just a great guy with his family, cooking, laughing and helping everyone cook amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the best recipes I have ever tried, quick and easy and packed full of flavour. This is a book you will go back to time and time again. Recipe 17 – BBQ Style Slow Roasted Beef Brisket Looking at this again, I want to go and get some brisket right now!! It was incredibly easy and incredibly tender….

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