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    Top Paddock Time!

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Always a great idea for a coffee or lunch catch up, Top Paddock is nicely busy but staff still have time to smile and get you a table and menus. It’s a glorious day and we are lucky enough to still be able to sit outside in April. The menu is a mouth watering mix of gin and lime cured ocean trout, house smoked kaiserfleish, pan fried snapper and the immense fresh Queensland soft shell mud crab roll with fennel and dill salad with lime…

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    Lina’s Bistro a Vin

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Such a great bar, always a good wine list by the glass and the food is fabulous. Thankfully open on Good Friday night we wrap up and head out in the cold to find solace at Lina’s. A good cold South Australian Riesling and menus ready to go I couldn’t go past the specials board with the mushroom and gruyere croquettes. Perfect little nibbles of gorgeous cheese and mushroom with a chunky crunchy coating. The Paris burger sounds fabulous and it doesn’t disappoint, the most…

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    Ruyi

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    It’s probably not a great sign when everywhere else in Melbourne CBD is rammed and we walk up to the windows of Ruyi and there is one lonely pair in the restaurant. It definitely doesn’t look Chinese, no waving cats or gold decorations – it actually looks more Swedish and very modern. The menu is extensive with a fabulous choice of dumplings, small dishes and bites all to be shared. The manager spends a bit too long telling us about the ethos behind the restaurant…

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    Northern Light Bar & Eatery

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Love it! Another fabo spot on Smith Street, great staff, great space and bloody good food! It’s pretty small so not a seat is free when we rock up at the bar and take our seats. The wine list is really interesting and our new friend behind the bar is happy to let us try an unusual varietal and recommend a very lovely bottle of French Domaine de la Majone Picpoul de Pinet – wonderful! The guys are happy to organise a selection of dishes,…

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    Third Wave Cafe

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Port Melbourne has changed a lot over the years, Rouse Street used to have pretty limited options but it seems to be a little hub of activity these days. We were lucky to get a seat at Third Wave Cafe, it was packed out with happy people branching and there was a plate of French toast at the table next to us that looked sensational. The menu is American meets Russian, breakfast is eggs, zucchini fritters, pancakes and cherry cheese blintzes. Lunch is pulled pork…

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    Let Me Be Frank

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Hiding around the corner aver all this time is the best breakie burrito in South Melbourne. Let Me Be Frank is set up next to the church and has a gorgeous garden that you can sit back in the sun and enjoy a great coffee and an immense breakie burrito! The staff are friendly, the vibe is easy going, the menu a great mix of eggs with stuff. Lunch is sandwiches, soups and specials. Coffee is great and the breakfast burrito is addictive! The burrito…

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    The Burger Book Adventures

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    WIN your own copy of The Burger Book – simply leave your vote for the best burger in a comment below and one lucky winner will receive their very own copy. (Closes 3rd May 2014) 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…

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    Hot Cross Buns Time

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Appearing before Santa has barely left the building, Easter brings the hot cross bun and heaps of chocolate! I have to admit I have long forgotten any religious significance, apparently traditionally eaten during lent, the cross symbolises the crucifix, sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship and they have also been if taken on a sea voyage will protect against shipwreck ….. Powerful stuff!! Ultimately they are a delicious mix of flour, yeast, spice and currants and big business for…

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    Pho & Co

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    A dodgy Italian has given way to Pho & Co, a bright, fun and delicious place to be. The branding and fit out is modern, fresh and inviting, much like the menu. A lovely list of rice paper rolls, Vietnamese salads, skewers, pork belly and Pho. I’ll be honest the pho is described as their take on a traditional favourite and I love ‘traditional’ pho so I left that for another time. Instead we went on a grazing feast of lots of amazing little treats….

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    Kanpai

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Unassuming Japanese hotspot amongst the shopping mecca on Chapel Street Kanpai has been hiding from me for years and serving up some of the best Japanese I have had in Melbourne. A big menu to choose from, fortunately we bought a friend who recommended some of her favourites including the cold sesame spinach salad that was rocking! The bean sprout salad was beautiful and the tatsuda beef is exceptional. So fresh and wafer thin with a sensational lemon sauce. Spring rolls are delish with good…

Recipes & More

Pinterest: Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Quinoa bake

The best discovery for super healthy, on the go all day breakie solution – The love of Pinterest brings you Quinoa Breakfast Bake with apples and Cinnamon. From the lovely blog Popsugar, this recipe is super easy and so tasty – click here We enjoyed as soon as it came out of the oven, cold the next morning and cold the next day with strawberries – you HAVE to try this!

Pasta Shell Bake

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Pasta Shell Bake Serves 4 Big Pasta Shells – enough to fit in one layer in the bottom of a medium size ceramic lasagne tray. Bolognese; 1 tsp olive oil 1 Garlic clove crushed 500gs Mince 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 Onion 2 Celery sticks 1 Carrot 1 jar of good quality passata Bechamel Sauce; 2 Tablespoons of plain flour 2 table spoons of butter 200 mls milk 200 grams of grated cheese To make the bolognese; Heat the oil in the pan and cook…

3 Spoon Stir Fry

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There is something fabulous about a big bowl of fresh, stir fried veggies with my friend Gnomes 3 Spoon Sauce. Ingredients; 1 Carrot – sliced 1 Red capsicum – sliced 1 Bunch of Broccolini – sliced into chunks 1 Onion – sliced 1 pack of Silken Tofu – sliced 1 Bunch of Bok Choy – leaves torn and base sliced 1 tablespoon of Sweet Chilli 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce Sesame seeds – toasted Stir fry your veggies in a…

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Top Paddock Time!

Always a great idea for a coffee or lunch catch up, Top Paddock is nicely busy but staff still have time to smile and get you a table and menus. It’s a glorious day and we are lucky enough to still be able to sit outside in April. The menu is a mouth watering mix of gin and lime cured ocean trout, house smoked kaiserfleish, pan fried snapper and the immense fresh Queensland soft shell mud crab roll with fennel and dill salad with lime…

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Lina’s Bistro a Vin

Such a great bar, always a good wine list by the glass and the food is fabulous. Thankfully open on Good Friday night we wrap up and head out in the cold to find solace at Lina’s. A good cold South Australian Riesling and menus ready to go I couldn’t go past the specials board with the mushroom and gruyere croquettes. Perfect little nibbles of gorgeous cheese and mushroom with a chunky crunchy coating. The Paris burger sounds fabulous and it doesn’t disappoint, the most…

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Ruyi

It’s probably not a great sign when everywhere else in Melbourne CBD is rammed and we walk up to the windows of Ruyi and there is one lonely pair in the restaurant. It definitely doesn’t look Chinese, no waving cats or gold decorations – it actually looks more Swedish and very modern. The menu is extensive with a fabulous choice of dumplings, small dishes and bites all to be shared. The manager spends a bit too long telling us about the ethos behind the restaurant…

pancake

Northern Light Bar & Eatery

Love it! Another fabo spot on Smith Street, great staff, great space and bloody good food! It’s pretty small so not a seat is free when we rock up at the bar and take our seats. The wine list is really interesting and our new friend behind the bar is happy to let us try an unusual varietal and recommend a very lovely bottle of French Domaine de la Majone Picpoul de Pinet – wonderful! The guys are happy to organise a selection of dishes,…

burger

Third Wave Cafe

Port Melbourne has changed a lot over the years, Rouse Street used to have pretty limited options but it seems to be a little hub of activity these days. We were lucky to get a seat at Third Wave Cafe, it was packed out with happy people branching and there was a plate of French toast at the table next to us that looked sensational. The menu is American meets Russian, breakfast is eggs, zucchini fritters, pancakes and cherry cheese blintzes. Lunch is pulled pork…

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Let Me Be Frank

Hiding around the corner aver all this time is the best breakie burrito in South Melbourne. Let Me Be Frank is set up next to the church and has a gorgeous garden that you can sit back in the sun and enjoy a great coffee and an immense breakie burrito! The staff are friendly, the vibe is easy going, the menu a great mix of eggs with stuff. Lunch is sandwiches, soups and specials. Coffee is great and the breakfast burrito is addictive! The burrito…

Cookbooks

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Michelle Bridges Superfoods

Good old Michelle, she has created an empire from helping over-eaters far and wide, bringing healthy and easy recipes to our kitchens and saving us all a few kgs! This one is a goodie, heaps of lovely ideas for breakie, lunch and dinner – delicious! Recipe 6 – Chicken and Bean Salad Tender chicken thigh with beans galore and a wonderful minty dressing – hubby made a cracker! Recipe 5 – Lamb Chops and Purple Salad Quick, fast and easy, no nice beet roots at…

The Burger Book

The Burger Book Adventures

WIN your own copy of The Burger Book – simply leave your vote for the best burger in a comment below and one lucky winner will receive their very own copy. (Closes 3rd May 2014) 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…

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. Recipe 14 – Lamb Koftas Simply beautiful recipe for super succulent and tasty koftas. Didn’t have any yoghurt so made a minty cottage cheese which was great. Oh Gordon, you’ve done it again! Recipe 13 – Big Caeser Salad One of those lunches that you take to work and feel just a little bit smug whilst everyone else is munching…

Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo – The Little Paris Kitchen

One of my favourite cooking shows, the cute and quirky Rachel Khoo brings a natural and fun approach to traditional French cooking, adding her own little twist on her cordon bleu training these are super simple recipes that pack a lot of flavour. Recipe 6 – Poulet aux champignons aver une sauce au vin blanc C’est magnifiuque!!! Loved this, super simple and the best creamy sauce ever – without heaps of cream! Mushrooms yum, penne pasta and we are all smiles and yummy noises!! Recipe…

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