• schnitzel

    Hophaus

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Oh how I love a Jägerschnitzel I spent a lot of time in Germany and finding a good one in Melbourne is not always easy but Hophaus nailed it and currently with their Daily Specials or ‘Tagesessen’ you can get a Schnitzel on Tuesdays for just $20 with a glass of wine or beer. So after a hard days work head down to the river and avoid all of the tourist trap restaurants and get yourself into the friendly, fun Hophaus for good beer, good…

  • Platter2

    Corte

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    On a rare sunny Winter weekend afternoon we were drawn into Corte, Latin kitchen and bar in Port Melbourne with the promise of a suckling pig roll and a cold beer – or at least hubby was, it was like one of those old cartoons where the cat gets a whiff of crackling and gets carried off in search of the source. Fortunately we managed to hold onto him and settled at a table in the sun, we still had our coats and scarves on…

  • Bangers2

    The Palace Hotel

    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    We all need a good local with the footy on, a friendly face, bar food, beer garden and a cute doggy to greet you! The guys who have taken on The Palace have done a great job of getting the place back on track and celebrating a good beer and some decent pub grub. Grab a spot near a big screen, get your tab going and browse through a big menu of pub classics. There’s parmas, steak, fish and chips, bangers and mash, curries, pies…

  • Pizza

    Gradi Crown

    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Gradi’s big brother at The Crown it super shiny and massive! With two huge pizza ovens and a great big bar with bowls of mozzarella balls and hanging hunks of meat. It all looks super delish. We arrive early on a Sunday and it’s nice an quiet, within the hour it is packed full with big tables of families celebrating and eating! Mangiere mangiere!! The arancini with pork sausage, pea and mozzarella in a delicate crumb coat and a spicy rose sauce – so good!…

  • Beef

    Ayam Penyet Ria

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    Ria has brought their Indonesian flare to little old Clarendon Street South Melbourne and we love it! A special invite to come down and try out their food was quickly accepted and we stumbled in from the cold and rain to a super warm welcome. Ria isn’t fancy, they are just doing good food and friendly service. We left choices up to our lovely host and we felt very spoiled, whilst dinner was cooking we enjoyed a carton of Jasmine tea. Never tried his before…

  • Focaccia

    The Chatty Vespa Pizza Delivery

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    The Chatty Vespa bringing pizza joy to the lucky local patrons. With an easy to use online site to order and a list of tantalising options to choose from you will be so happy when you hear that distinct Vespa growl coming towards you with steaming hot pizzas for everyone. We were lucky enough to be invited to try out the Chatty Vespa and we were stuck on what to choose from all the great flavour combos on the menu. The Focaccia with tomato passata,…

  • Panama Dining

    Melbourne Bars & Pubs

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Bars we know and love Panama Dining Room Panama Dining Dining Room and Bar is an old fave, get your daily work out up those stairs and the reward at the top is a quirky, easy going, good old hang out to relax and enjoy. AND they are doing happy hour $1 oysters from 6-7 every night and they are damn good oysters – fine shucking! Foresters Hall, Collingwood Foresters Hall brings the boys to the bar, with 32 Craft Beers, taps the length of…

  • Crab boil

    Miss Katie’s Crab Shack at the Rochester

    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    We got Crabs!! Well Katie has! Great big beautiful, juicy crabs! On a cold Melbourne night we head down Johnston Street, the right way despite Google maps trying to steer us the wrong way, and we hit up the Rochester Hotel, now home to the best crabber in town. The old pub has a warm feel to it with exposed brick, dim lighting and old fashioned pint glasses it has a lot of character. The staff are super lovely and helpful, even on a Tuesday…

  • PO Boy

    Girl With The Gris Gris

    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    I wasn’t convinced that the Ding Dong Lounge had a new Louisiana restaurant on site so when we ascend the stairs and see what an amazing job they have done to convert the space, where previously you might have queued up the stairs to get into a gig there is now the cutest little intimate space ready to serve up some good old Southern charm. In late 2012, Ding Dong owner Bill Walsh set out on what has become a two-year journey to open Melbourne’s…

  • Spicy3

    Brother Burger South Yarra

    Saturday, May 30, 2015

    It’s burger time in South Yarra, Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew have opened up shop on Chapel Street in a fantastic spot, it’s a big space with red leather booths and a crazy amount of meat grinders lining to the walls for a unique decorating style. There is a big bar and open kitchen in between the eating space and you can see those burgers and fries coming together and the guys taking a break and enjoying a burger too – always a good…

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    Rockwell & Sons

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Sometimes you just need some salt, sugar, deep fried double patty smash loveliness! After a few happy beverages down the road we find ourselves are Rockwell & Sons, it’s been too long and we all need some sustenance on a cold Friday night. The menu is out of this world amazing and hands down not going to be within the calorie count for the day but lets have a night off and get our tater tots on! Would you like a Double Patty Smash Burger,…

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    Brunswick Mess Hall

    Saturday, May 23, 2015

    Brunswick Mess Hall where have you been all my life? It’s a horrible rainy Saturday night that we headed over into unknown territory and on the tram up Sydney Road to check out a gig and grab some well earned food. I can’t believe how gorgeous Brunswick Mess Hall is, step in through the narrow doors and you emerge into a huge hall with a big bar at the back and plenty of tables to start filling up with all the good stuff. Wine and…

  • Nuggets

    Nieuw Amsterdam

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    I’ve been a big advocate of Nieuw Amsterdam since we last visited way back when and I have been singing their praises and recommending everyone must go there for a relaxed dinner with some great flavours and mouth watering dishes. So the bar was high for date night and out we stumbled out into the cold to hit up the boys for some Dutch American delights. We turned up a bit earlier than anticipated and the host was totally fine and got us a table…

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    Ayam Chef

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    A lovely invite to come along and have dinner at Ayam Chef was a great surprise, imagine a fantastic Malaysian restaurant practically on my doorstep and I never knew! I felt like a fool when we got there and realised the guys from Ayam Chef had been there for a year and we had no idea. But now we have found it we are going to be regulars, I loved it! The menu is a long list of wonderful dishes across Hawkers delights such as…

  • Ginger

    Matsos Brewery at Transport Hotel

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Broome came a knockin’ recently and were we glad to meet them! Matsos Brewery from Broome are bringing their big beer flavours to the whole of Australia and we were lucky enough to have a very special night at Transport Hotel and try some new beers with some great food. Matsos Brewery has that family feel to it, everyone is very passionate and rightfully proud of their product and they have remember their historical roots fondly and make sure everyone knows including their mascot ‘Diver…

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    Hell of the North

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Just off the foodie mecca of Smith Street there is a little house with a bright yellow door and behind that door is a Winter wonderland of food, wine and fun. As you walk in there is a warm and a cosy feeling on a cold night. There are the most amazing smells and we are quickly sat at our perfect table with a very lovely menu to peruse. It’s all too hard to choose so we go with the ‘Let us feed you’ option,…

Recipes & More

Breakie Eggs in Ham Cups

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Ingredients (Makes 3); 3 Slices of ham 3 Eggs 1 Avocado Handful of low fat mozzarella Pinch of paprika Method; Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees. Put the slices of ham into the bottom of a non stick muffin tin. Crack the eggs into the ‘ham cup’ – it’s easier to crack into a measuring jug and then pour in individually. Sprinkle cheese on top and put in the oven for 15-20 mins. Plate with half an avocado and a sprinkle of paprika. Bon…

My Food Bag

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We were recently invited to trial the My Food Bag service, a genius idea for busy people who want to be able to cook good, wholesome food when they get home from a busy day. Based around the concept of making it easy to cook fresh, simple, healthy and delicious food My Food Bag caters for a variety of families, from the Gourmet Couple to a Family of Four, for four nights of the week you will know dinner is taken care of and it…

Breakfast Frittata

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Ingredients: Serves 4 (or two very hungry people!) 6 eggs Two small smoked trout fillets 125 grams Light Soft Ricotta 1 ripe Avocado Half a red onion diced Half a fennel bulb diced Salt and Pepper Method; Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees. Crack and whisk eggs together in a large mixing bowl, then whisk in ricotta and salt and pepper. In a small round oven proof dish scatter cubes of avocado, flaked of trout, onion and fennel. Pour over the egg mixture evenly….

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schnitzel

Hophaus

Oh how I love a Jägerschnitzel I spent a lot of time in Germany and finding a good one in Melbourne is not always easy but Hophaus nailed it and currently with their Daily Specials or ‘Tagesessen’ you can get a Schnitzel on Tuesdays for just $20 with a glass of wine or beer. So after a hard days work head down to the river and avoid all of the tourist trap restaurants and get yourself into the friendly, fun Hophaus for good beer, good…

Platter2

Corte

On a rare sunny Winter weekend afternoon we were drawn into Corte, Latin kitchen and bar in Port Melbourne with the promise of a suckling pig roll and a cold beer – or at least hubby was, it was like one of those old cartoons where the cat gets a whiff of crackling and gets carried off in search of the source. Fortunately we managed to hold onto him and settled at a table in the sun, we still had our coats and scarves on…

Bangers2

The Palace Hotel

We all need a good local with the footy on, a friendly face, bar food, beer garden and a cute doggy to greet you! The guys who have taken on The Palace have done a great job of getting the place back on track and celebrating a good beer and some decent pub grub. Grab a spot near a big screen, get your tab going and browse through a big menu of pub classics. There’s parmas, steak, fish and chips, bangers and mash, curries, pies…

Pizza

Gradi Crown

Gradi’s big brother at The Crown it super shiny and massive! With two huge pizza ovens and a great big bar with bowls of mozzarella balls and hanging hunks of meat. It all looks super delish. We arrive early on a Sunday and it’s nice an quiet, within the hour it is packed full with big tables of families celebrating and eating! Mangiere mangiere!! The arancini with pork sausage, pea and mozzarella in a delicate crumb coat and a spicy rose sauce – so good!…

Beef

Ayam Penyet Ria

Ria has brought their Indonesian flare to little old Clarendon Street South Melbourne and we love it! A special invite to come down and try out their food was quickly accepted and we stumbled in from the cold and rain to a super warm welcome. Ria isn’t fancy, they are just doing good food and friendly service. We left choices up to our lovely host and we felt very spoiled, whilst dinner was cooking we enjoyed a carton of Jasmine tea. Never tried his before…

Focaccia

The Chatty Vespa Pizza Delivery

The Chatty Vespa bringing pizza joy to the lucky local patrons. With an easy to use online site to order and a list of tantalising options to choose from you will be so happy when you hear that distinct Vespa growl coming towards you with steaming hot pizzas for everyone. We were lucky enough to be invited to try out the Chatty Vespa and we were stuck on what to choose from all the great flavour combos on the menu. The Focaccia with tomato passata,…

Panama Dining

Melbourne Bars & Pubs

Bars we know and love Panama Dining Room Panama Dining Dining Room and Bar is an old fave, get your daily work out up those stairs and the reward at the top is a quirky, easy going, good old hang out to relax and enjoy. AND they are doing happy hour $1 oysters from 6-7 every night and they are damn good oysters – fine shucking! Foresters Hall, Collingwood Foresters Hall brings the boys to the bar, with 32 Craft Beers, taps the length of…

Crab boil

Miss Katie’s Crab Shack at the Rochester

We got Crabs!! Well Katie has! Great big beautiful, juicy crabs! On a cold Melbourne night we head down Johnston Street, the right way despite Google maps trying to steer us the wrong way, and we hit up the Rochester Hotel, now home to the best crabber in town. The old pub has a warm feel to it with exposed brick, dim lighting and old fashioned pint glasses it has a lot of character. The staff are super lovely and helpful, even on a Tuesday…

PO Boy

Girl With The Gris Gris

I wasn’t convinced that the Ding Dong Lounge had a new Louisiana restaurant on site so when we ascend the stairs and see what an amazing job they have done to convert the space, where previously you might have queued up the stairs to get into a gig there is now the cutest little intimate space ready to serve up some good old Southern charm. In late 2012, Ding Dong owner Bill Walsh set out on what has become a two-year journey to open Melbourne’s…

Spicy3

Brother Burger South Yarra

It’s burger time in South Yarra, Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew have opened up shop on Chapel Street in a fantastic spot, it’s a big space with red leather booths and a crazy amount of meat grinders lining to the walls for a unique decorating style. There is a big bar and open kitchen in between the eating space and you can see those burgers and fries coming together and the guys taking a break and enjoying a burger too – always a good…

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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