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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…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    Teatro

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    It makes me sad to have bad food but even worse it makes me angry when I have saved my food credits for the week and this is my ‘treat’ meal and it is a huge disappointment, even worse I saved my pizza credits! So it was not a good night at Teatro, there wasn’t much to enjoy, we ate, we cringed and we ran (after paying the bill!). Could have just been a bad night for all, could still be new restaurant issues but…

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    Time Out Bar Awards – Win Tickets

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    It’s time to celebrate the great pubs of Melbourne with the team from Time Out, May 18th brings the 2nd annual Pub Awards being held at Beer DeLuxe at Fed Square and they are going old school and bringing back pub classics with a good old fashioned raffle, a great band (The Beans) to tear the house down and even a lucky badge draw. A great night to learn which pubs are doing it all right and recognise some old favourites that deserve a second…

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    Q Eleven

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    There is always plenty of choice of places to eat when you are nipping to the market to grab some breakfast or a late brunch, Q Eleven is a little gem in the run of spots just opposite and they are small but packing a big foodie punch. Simple and delicious the avocado with olive oil and lemon on sourdough toast with a poached egg. Good quality ingredients, served perfectly. Corn and feta fritters with lime avocado, chipotle sour cream and pico de gallo –…

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    The George

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    The George has been up and down for a while, a great spot over the Summer to sit outside with a cold cider, sometimes the food hasn’t been great but today on a cold Saturday morning there is a fire and a new menu to explore. There are plenty of options to choose from, burger for the hungover one, big bowls of pasta for the ravenous one, quinoa salad for the heathy one and a big bowl of comforting soup for the very healthy one….

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    Middle Fish

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Middle Fish brings the vibrancy of the Thai café culture to Melbourne. With a focus on authentic, Southern Thai cuisine as well as an emphasis on interior design and service, Middle Fish offers something distinctive for Melbourne’s café culture. Middle Fish is a welcome sight at the end of a super long work, I have earned my calories and worked up quite an appetite. The word I would use to describe Middle Fish is ‘passion’. The guys love what they are doing and they are…

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    Melbourne Bar Adventures

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    Bars we know and love Foresters Hall, Collingwood Foresters Hall brings the boys to the bar, with 32 Craft Beers, taps the length of the bar, a kooky ft out and cheap pizzas served till the early hours it is a top spot and it always makes me smile when I walk in. Cabinet Bar & Balcony Still one of my favourite bars in town, now taking reservations – the word is out. Possibly the hottest spot on a Friday night with the comedy festival…

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    Mama’s Buoi

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Eat, Enjoy and never leave the table hungry! Bao Hoang – Director, Self-Confessed Mama’s Boy The love of Melbourne and their little lane ways, there has always been something nice to find in the cut through between Myer and the old GPO building, now home to H&M. Now it is home to Mama’s Buoi, plenty of seating outside and good heaters means we can hold on to the belief summer hasn’t really gone. Settle in and let the feasting commence! Mama’s Buoi has a great…

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    Dainty Sichuan

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Dainty Szechuan has come highly recommended and we have finally made it to the South Yarra original, we’d visited little sister in town but this feels much better already! The menu is a crazy photo shoot of everything authentic Chinese from Ants Climbing Trees to Steam Boats to Kung Pao Spicy fun. So most of the dishes on the menu are around high $20′s and that is because this is a place you come to share and share BIG!! For me I love to have…

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    Indian Palace

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Friendly, great curry and the bill won’t cause much pain! Indian Palace has been there for a long time and if you find yourself in Brighton and in need of a good feed this is a lovely spot to drop in and enjoy. Bhajis are a bit different, not the wriggly mass of onions you usually get, more like a dumplings or croquette but really nice. Pakoras were fab, light, crispy pastry with generous vegetables packed inside and a light spice. Sheekh kebab from the…

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    Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Albert Park has some fantastic little restaurants and Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant is definitely one of them, offering a damn good steak and plenty more it is one of my favourite places for a romantic meal to celebrate a special date. Garlic prawns sizzling in extra virgin olive oil, parsley and a pinch of chilli are amazing! Love that heavenly, pungent garlic smell, you know you’ll need need a mint later but they are so worth it! Great, plump and firm prawns – a perfect dish….

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    Empress of China

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    The perfect spot for a group gathering, BYO, set menu for $20 a pop, settle in and brace yourself as the Empress puts on one hell of a spread. We’re got our own little room up stairs, they have packed twenty of us in on two tables and we have no idea of what the set menu is but for $20 how can you go wrong? The service is fast, efficient, not always sure what is being put down but it all tastes good and…

Recipes & More

My Food Bag

MFB

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….

Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

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Ingredients: 250grams of lean mince beef Packet of baby spinach leaves Half a butternut pumpkin 1 Jar of passata Fresh basil leaves 1 Zucchini cubed 250grams of low fat ricotta Fresh lasagne sheets 100grams of grated Parmesan Pinch of oregano Method; Pre heat oven at 180 degrees Bake or microwave the pumpkin until soft. Place the mince in a pan to brown. Once browned add passata and bag of spinach and leave until spinach has wilted. When pumpkin is soft enough to mash, roughly mash…

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Brunswick Mess Hall

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

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…

satay

Ayam Chef

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

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…

whiskey, cream and peanuts

Hell of the North

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,…

pizza

Teatro

It makes me sad to have bad food but even worse it makes me angry when I have saved my food credits for the week and this is my ‘treat’ meal and it is a huge disappointment, even worse I saved my pizza credits! So it was not a good night at Teatro, there wasn’t much to enjoy, we ate, we cringed and we ran (after paying the bill!). Could have just been a bad night for all, could still be new restaurant issues but…

Screen shot 2015-05-12 at 7.17.11 PM

Time Out Bar Awards – Win Tickets

It’s time to celebrate the great pubs of Melbourne with the team from Time Out, May 18th brings the 2nd annual Pub Awards being held at Beer DeLuxe at Fed Square and they are going old school and bringing back pub classics with a good old fashioned raffle, a great band (The Beans) to tear the house down and even a lucky badge draw. A great night to learn which pubs are doing it all right and recognise some old favourites that deserve a second…

Enooki

Q Eleven

There is always plenty of choice of places to eat when you are nipping to the market to grab some breakfast or a late brunch, Q Eleven is a little gem in the run of spots just opposite and they are small but packing a big foodie punch. Simple and delicious the avocado with olive oil and lemon on sourdough toast with a poached egg. Good quality ingredients, served perfectly. Corn and feta fritters with lime avocado, chipotle sour cream and pico de gallo –…

soup

The George

The George has been up and down for a while, a great spot over the Summer to sit outside with a cold cider, sometimes the food hasn’t been great but today on a cold Saturday morning there is a fire and a new menu to explore. There are plenty of options to choose from, burger for the hungover one, big bowls of pasta for the ravenous one, quinoa salad for the heathy one and a big bowl of comforting soup for the very healthy one….

burger

Middle Fish

Middle Fish brings the vibrancy of the Thai café culture to Melbourne. With a focus on authentic, Southern Thai cuisine as well as an emphasis on interior design and service, Middle Fish offers something distinctive for Melbourne’s café culture. Middle Fish is a welcome sight at the end of a super long work, I have earned my calories and worked up quite an appetite. The word I would use to describe Middle Fish is ‘passion’. The guys love what they are doing and they are…

Cookbooks

SF

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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