• Steak

    Maori Chief Hotel

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Chief he is! A great local pub, nothing fancy just a welcome smile, a cold beer and a damn good $15 Steak night! The front bar is a decent space with a pool table and Wednesday nights they’ll even get a band in for Parma nights. Out back there are plenty of tables to sit back and enjoy a catch up with friends and when it warms up there is a rooftop apparently – will have to check that out!! On a cold, drizzly…

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    El Habanero

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Welcome to South Melbourne El Habanero! Authentic Mexican has arrived to Clarendon Street and it is incredibly good! Tacos, salsa, corn on the cob, burritos and tortas, all fresh and delicious. The lunch menu is a great selection of Mexican treats and once the liquor licence is approved the evening menu will hopefully be just as good and go well with a beer or tequila. The guacamole is beautiful, avocado, tomato red onion cheese and coriander – perfection. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Pollo…

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    Dumplings Plus

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Hubby is craving dumplings so we pile in to Dumplings Plus after an afternoons shopping. The menu is a lovely long list of all the great dishes you expect, spring onion pancakes, steamed dumplings, pan fried dumplings, hot and sour soup and wontons. The perfect BBQ pork buns, it’s been a while since I had such a good one, perfectly pink tinged pork in that white fluffy dough, once they cool down they are the best!! Steamed pork dumplings with chilli sauce, the bomb!! Those…

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    Sake

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Pop up Harajuku night at Sake bar, pink and blue wigs, tight skirts, black eyeliner and cocktails! The Osaka mule with gin, cranberry and ginger in a funky jar glass is delish! Love a good mule. The special night comes with six special dishes including the Sunomo. Chicken nanban zuke – fried chicken with chilli infused hot vinaigrette and chilled pickled cucumber. First bite was a surprise as it is cold! I assumed fried chicken would be hot but it is cold and completely delicious,…

  • Pea Fritter

    The Petty Officer

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    An Albert Park staple there are always plenty of happy people enjoying coffee and brunch at The Petty Officer. Sometimes tricky to get a table due to their popularity with the locals we popped by on a random day off and though there were no tables to lounge in the sun there were plenty inside. The menu is a delectable choice of dishes like ‘The Chief’ – poached eggs, short cut bacon, field mushrooms, avocado smash and tomato relish and sour dough. Or Spicy vegetarian…

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    Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    How good do they look?! And they were! A quick trip up to La Trobe Street to visit Short Stop Coffee and Donuts after being taunted by all the pictures on social media. We arrive a bit later on so there are only two flavours left to choose from but that only makes it an easier choice for us… one of each please! Coffee is good though one of those no decaf, no skinny milk, just black or white! Fair enough it was damn good….

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    Chez Dre

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    You can’t help but love Chez Dre, the tables have been packed since the day they opened with customers enjoying amazing beakie, brunch and stunning cakes. Coffee is damn good and gives us time to debate over the menu – so many delish choices. Potato rosti with chorizo, asparagus, capsicum couli and poached egg or confit ocean trout with blood orange and shaved fennel – WOW! We are nearer lunch so we go for the duck sandwich and pithivier…. brace yourself this is going to…

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    Freestyle

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Love a good local and if you can score a seat in Freestyle you know it’s going to be a great day! Fortunately the day after Grand Final means South Melbourne is pretty quiet and we easily get a table and order our coffees whilst we drool over the menu. Freestyle always has the old favourites done well and a few dishes that offer something different from eggs and toast. Today we are torn between grilled mushrooms with haloumi and dukkah, Pancakes, corn cakes, crushed…

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    Hophaus

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Ich Liebe Dich Melbourne! With yet another German themed restaurant popping up on Southbank, Hoffbrau House is no longer alone and everyone can explore a few more variations on schnitzels and Bitburger. Hophaus is sufficiently cheesey with astro turf and plenty of ‘HoptoberFest’ flags around. The space has transformed into something that looks twice the size and the balcony is full of big wooden bench tables for everyone to enjoy the sunshine and a vast choice of beers, wines and schnapps. The menu works across…

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    A Taste of France

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Amongst the building work and traffic through City Road is a little piece of France, A Taste of France is located in a beautiful building and rocking out traditional French baking and lunch including favourites like baguettes – take home or enjoy filled with cheese or ham for lunch. Croissants freshly baked and still crisp waiting for butter and jam or delicate cakes nestled together waiting for that lucky person to take them home. It’s a little shop to enjoy at the front of what…

Recipes & More

El Cielo

elcielo

Just down the road is a little slice of Mexico, hidden in the depths of Port Melbourne industrial estate is El Cielo, a tiny tortilla factory that has a little shop where you can buy all the best of south of the border. The most beautiful fresh corn tortillas, stacks upon stacks of them! I expect this is the supplier to most of the Mexican wave that has taken over Melbounre – HA! know I know your secret!! You can get bags of tostaditos, tins…

Pinterest – Zucchini Parmesan Chips

ZPC

Baked Zucchini Parmesan Chips Super healthy chips! Little bit of finger fiddly coating to get them going but totally worth the effort, trays and trays of crunchy, cheesey veggies chips! You can get a lot of slices from a zucchini! Check out the recipes on Pinterest here

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…

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Steak

Maori Chief Hotel

The Chief he is! A great local pub, nothing fancy just a welcome smile, a cold beer and a damn good $15 Steak night! The front bar is a decent space with a pool table and Wednesday nights they’ll even get a band in for Parma nights. Out back there are plenty of tables to sit back and enjoy a catch up with friends and when it warms up there is a rooftop apparently – will have to check that out!! On a cold, drizzly…

fish tacos

El Habanero

Welcome to South Melbourne El Habanero! Authentic Mexican has arrived to Clarendon Street and it is incredibly good! Tacos, salsa, corn on the cob, burritos and tortas, all fresh and delicious. The lunch menu is a great selection of Mexican treats and once the liquor licence is approved the evening menu will hopefully be just as good and go well with a beer or tequila. The guacamole is beautiful, avocado, tomato red onion cheese and coriander – perfection. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Pollo…

pork 3

Dumplings Plus

Hubby is craving dumplings so we pile in to Dumplings Plus after an afternoons shopping. The menu is a lovely long list of all the great dishes you expect, spring onion pancakes, steamed dumplings, pan fried dumplings, hot and sour soup and wontons. The perfect BBQ pork buns, it’s been a while since I had such a good one, perfectly pink tinged pork in that white fluffy dough, once they cool down they are the best!! Steamed pork dumplings with chilli sauce, the bomb!! Those…

gyoza

Sake

Pop up Harajuku night at Sake bar, pink and blue wigs, tight skirts, black eyeliner and cocktails! The Osaka mule with gin, cranberry and ginger in a funky jar glass is delish! Love a good mule. The special night comes with six special dishes including the Sunomo. Chicken nanban zuke – fried chicken with chilli infused hot vinaigrette and chilled pickled cucumber. First bite was a surprise as it is cold! I assumed fried chicken would be hot but it is cold and completely delicious,…

Pea Fritter

The Petty Officer

An Albert Park staple there are always plenty of happy people enjoying coffee and brunch at The Petty Officer. Sometimes tricky to get a table due to their popularity with the locals we popped by on a random day off and though there were no tables to lounge in the sun there were plenty inside. The menu is a delectable choice of dishes like ‘The Chief’ – poached eggs, short cut bacon, field mushrooms, avocado smash and tomato relish and sour dough. Or Spicy vegetarian…

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Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

How good do they look?! And they were! A quick trip up to La Trobe Street to visit Short Stop Coffee and Donuts after being taunted by all the pictures on social media. We arrive a bit later on so there are only two flavours left to choose from but that only makes it an easier choice for us… one of each please! Coffee is good though one of those no decaf, no skinny milk, just black or white! Fair enough it was damn good….

Cookbooks

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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Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart

Revisiting and old favourite, George knows good Greek and for a lazy Sunday lunch I love a big, luscious moussaka, greek salad and my own lemon roasted potatoes. Recipe 6 – Moussaka This recipe is easy and incredibly delish, our friends loved it for lunch and we enjoyed it for lunch for the week after – it is quite big!! Recipe 7 – Greek Salad Perfectly simple Greek salad – can’t beat it and can’t stop eating it! ****************************************************************************************** Last published 8th December 2012 Wk…

Lots of books

Nigella’s Christmas

Revisiting Nigella Christmas Recipe 2 – Chocolate Tiramisu Whether is Xmas in December or July, Nigella’s Christmas is a book you can go to any time of year but when you do have to pull out a bit of tinsel and carols this is a beast of a book! So who wouldn’t like Nigella’s chocolate tiramisu? Honestly, the easiest dessert to pull together ever, there is a decadent amount of Tia Maria going on, so no one should drive even after just licking the spoon…

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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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