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    Transport Steak Night

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Steak night! It’s a tradition like parma night and pasta night, infact some pubs can take care of dinner every night with a bargain foodie theme. I am a big fan of steak night at the mo with my diet consisting of protein and greens so when not wanting to call out I’m being awkward about what I eat, head to a steak night. Surprisingly tables reserved at Transport for Thursday night $17 steaks. We have only ever been for drinks so I might never…

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    Meat Market

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Southwharf is one of those places you forget is so close and has so much good stuff going on with a couple of good pubs, several good restaurants including great Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish and German. Meat Market is your legendary steak place, with a fridge boasting 1.2kgs Tomahawk steaks you know this is serious! Dinner time can indulge in oysters, croquettes, lamb shanks and pork belly as well as some very reasonably priced steaks with eye fillet, Scotch, Cape Grim Porterhouse or a whole roast…

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    Crux & Co

    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Crux & Co have opened opposite Kettle Black and this once desolate end of South Melbourne is getting pretty alluring! Porridge, Eggs, muesli are the only ‘ordinary’ items you will see on the menu, from there you take off to polenta concia with chargrilled squid ink garlic toast and bisque benedict with tiger prawns, poached eggs and a lobster bisque hollandaise – Seriously!! Lunch is Scotch quail eggs, teriyaki tofu, fontina fondue and pork belly burger….. and that’s before you get to the displays of…

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    Bohemian Bar

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Bohemian Bar, found at the end of Southwharf and in excellent company with Munich Brauhaus and Meat Market, a little bit of Spain has come to Melbourne and it’s a great place to be. We were around at the late afternoon time with a little one and the staff were great, we took a big booth on the proviso we would be out by 6.30pm – perfect for us as that’s getting near bed time and gave us plenty of time to get some nice…

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    The Golden Gate Hotel

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Nothing like a good bit of pub grub and we are all big fans of a good steak night and parma night but at the Golden Gate EVERY night is steak night with $10 steaks everyday… but how good can a $10 steak really be? The Golden Gate has been there forever, there have been a few changes here and there but ultimately it’s an easy place to be, great to sit outside in the summer and not a bad place to grab a plate…

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    Punch Lane

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    I love a good date night and I love a good BYO Thai or Indian but some nights you want a little more candlelight and romance and Punch Lane is perfect place to find yourselves tucked away in a dimly lit room with nothing but time, wine, great food and lovely service. So pictures are going to be a little iffy – so be it I wasn’t about to ruin everyone elses night by making a huge fuss and lots of flashes, you’ll get the…

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    Shujinko Ramen

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Ramen – simply put it’s noodles in a soupy broth with meat or vegetables. Not sure whether I have had true ramen before but we went to a truly authentic ramen shop in Russell Street, not sure who came first Shujinko ramen or the Mortal Kombat character but it all feels like we have travelled across the seas to a far more peaceful place. It’s a tiny little place, probably 30 seats tops and everything small but perfectly formed, I felt like a giant with…

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    Stalactites with Uber Eats

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    The revolution of food delivery in the last year is astounding as we have gone from hopefully having your local Thai pick up the phone and take an order to lounging around on your sofa with a plethora of apps and food services that will bring you pretty much anything your heart desires. Whether you want to cook it yourself but don’t want to plan or shop or if you want your favourite restaurant dish delivered to your door – anything is possible. I am…

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    Botherambo

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    I don’t think I have ever been when Botherambo is quiet – sign of a good place! They are always super lovely staff and though you can’t book they will send you off for a drink and call you or we just took a pew at the bar which worked really well and every time I smiled sweetly someone bought me another wine – even better!!! Too much good stuff on the menu at Botherambo with shared dishes providing more than enough tantalising treats with…

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    Belles

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    I feel like chicken tonight, like hot chicken tonight!!! Belle’s has opened on a ‘getting very trendy’ Swan Street and we love it! I remember there used to be barely anywhere to choose from when popping to a gig at The Corner in Richmond and wanting to get some dinner. Now there is the poshest Hunky Dory and the poshest Grill’d and they even cater for the Messina crazy gelato lovers!! And they have Belle’s, hailing from Belle’s Diner in Brunswick they have brought their…

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    Massive Wieners

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    I had a Massive Wiener and I liked it!! Well I had a small wiener but it was still very tasty!! Massive Wieners making everyone laugh since…. well a while! It’s a very simple and effective proposition – a slightly bigger than a hole in the wall hot dog diner. The counter is small and you often ring to get the guy to pop out from the kitchen, the walls are covered in faded pictures of Massive Wiener challengers and their hot or not so…

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    Asian Winter @ The Emerson

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    What makes a Melbourne destination even more appealing for your Winter gathering? A pop up Winter in Asia rooftop bar will do it! The Emerson has taken their already impressive rooftop with the most amazing views of the Melbourne skyline and have turned it into an Asian Winter wonderland! And to make it EVEN better…. Susie Wong has taken up residency and it delivering a special menu packed full of delicious treats to warm you up and match with specially produced cocktails. For just six…

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    Brunswick Mess Hall

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    I had maybe overhyped this one to friends but we had a really nice time the last time we visited Brunswick Mess Hall and it didn’t seem to shine as bright this time. The menu had changed up a bit which is all fine and even though there were a couple of dishes I missed there were some new to try. There were some frequent check ins to make sure we were turning up for our bookings, the usual ring just after you book and…

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    Salon De Sushi

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Sushi delivered – my life is complete! Ok it is a bit of a lazy move to get Salon de Sushi delivered when we could walk there in five minutes but it’s dark, cold and I am in joggy pants! Bring me the sushi!! The menu is crazy good with sushi, miso, bento, nagiri, chirashi, edaname, tataki and so much sushi you can have it all! It comes beautifully packed and on time with a nice guy delivering – tick, tick, tick! You even get…

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    Mr Burger Chapel Street

    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Mr Burger, their trucks are welcome in any ‘burb and lucky old Chapel Street has a bricks and mortar home with burgers just waiting to be picked up or you can grab a seat inside. The is super simple, Mr Burger is your cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Mr Meat has a little more going on with BBQ sauce and caramelised onions. Mr Hot has onion rings, bacon and chilli mayo. And then you can have chicken, double burgers and…

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    Tim Ho Wan

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Tim Ho Wan has opened up in prime position on Bourke Street and offering the busy CBD crowd a serving of Michelin starred dumplings at a very reasonable price. Finally the queues out of the door have died down and we were able to grab a spot and a couple of beers whilst we refuelled for a little more shopping. One of the specials was the Cheesey prawn croutons, super crunchy fried balls packed with prawn and cheese – I don’t know how they made…

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    No. 84

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    No. 84 Bridport Street is home to good coffee and a menu that is far from your average smashed avocado and scrambled eggs on toast. Dishes like Eggs benedict with maple bacon and potato rosti or a quack burger with succulent duck or chai infused porridge with almond praline. You can still have smashed avocado but there are a lot of other dishes to try too! Hubby was thrilled with his open steak sandwich with minute steak, maple glazed bacon, fried egg, asparagus, cheese, tomato…

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    Cafe Lafayette

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Cafe Lafayette on the Port Melbourne seafront is a lovely, light, breezy spot with a cool fit out and really happy staff!! The menu is all about great breakfast and some very special specials. Looking around you can see some very smug customers with crazy good looking concoctions of ‘Signature Freaky Shakes’ with popcorn and donuts and lots more…. I’m not sure where you would start or whether you would eat again for the rest of the day with the Brownie and double chocolate –…

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    Meatworks Co.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Meat works Co. just a shot trot down Clarendon Street, it’s in our hood and we love it! A refined BBQ with stacks of good dishes to share and some very reasonable clean skin wines. Polenta chips with garlic aioli so very, very delicious! Presenting the ‘The Red Meat Platter’ With 20 Hour Smoked Pulled Brisket, 16 Hour Smoked Hand Torn Pork Shoulder, Sticky Lamb Ribs, Tomahawk Beef Ribs, Smokey Plumb Glazed Pork Ribs, Meatworksco BBQ Sauce, Meatworksco Chili Sauce, Tomato Chutney and Pickles bit…

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    Miss Chu Tuckshop

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    We love Miss Chu and now she has set up home in South Melbourne we can drop by or we can get amazing, lovely food delivered. Shanghai pork dumplings are one of hubby’s favourites and he loves these little bundles of fragrant pork in their wobbly little jackets. Prawn and crab net spring rolls are my absolutely addiction, I would eat these all day every day if I could!! Super crunchy little net rolls with delish stuffing. Crispy Chilli Squid has divided the family, I…

Recipes & More

Beef Bolognese

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Beef Bolognese Serves 4 Ingredients; 500 grams of lean beef mince 1 onion chopped 250 grams of mushrooms Teaspoon of oregano, rosemary, thyme and garlic 1 400 gram can of chopped tomatoes Above can filled with water Tablespoon of no salt tomato paste Salt and Pepper Method: Brown your onions in a pan with no oil, onions, garlic and herbs – add a splash of water if they are sticking, brown for 3 minutes and then put in the mince and the mushrooms and keep…

Lemon Pepper Salmon with CauliFredo Zoodles

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Lemon Pepper Salmon with CauliFredo Zoodles Serves 4 Ingredients; 3 medium zucchini 4 100g salmon fillets 1 Whole cauliflower Minced Garlic Bunch of fresh coriander Juice of half a lemon Dijon Mustard Salt and Pepper Method; Place salmon fillets in a bag or bowl and marinade with a good pinch of salt and pepper and the juice of half a lemon, leave for 10 minutes. Place in the oven on a tray and cook on 180 degrees for 20 minutes – or to your liking,…

Healthy Breakfast Slice

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Healthy Breakfast Slice Ingredients; 2 cups rolled oats Two tubs of apple purée Good pinch of salt 2 ripe bananas Handful of pitted dates Handful of walnuts Purée your bananas and then mix in remaining ingredients then pour into a square tin 20cm by 20cm. Baked at 180 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. You can switch the dates and walnuts for any sort of dried fruits and nuts. Cranberries, almonds, hazelnuts, apricots and cashews work well too. Enjoy!

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Transport Steak Night

Steak night! It’s a tradition like parma night and pasta night, infact some pubs can take care of dinner every night with a bargain foodie theme. I am a big fan of steak night at the mo with my diet consisting of protein and greens so when not wanting to call out I’m being awkward about what I eat, head to a steak night. Surprisingly tables reserved at Transport for Thursday night $17 steaks. We have only ever been for drinks so I might never…

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Meat Market

Southwharf is one of those places you forget is so close and has so much good stuff going on with a couple of good pubs, several good restaurants including great Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish and German. Meat Market is your legendary steak place, with a fridge boasting 1.2kgs Tomahawk steaks you know this is serious! Dinner time can indulge in oysters, croquettes, lamb shanks and pork belly as well as some very reasonably priced steaks with eye fillet, Scotch, Cape Grim Porterhouse or a whole roast…

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Crux & Co

Crux & Co have opened opposite Kettle Black and this once desolate end of South Melbourne is getting pretty alluring! Porridge, Eggs, muesli are the only ‘ordinary’ items you will see on the menu, from there you take off to polenta concia with chargrilled squid ink garlic toast and bisque benedict with tiger prawns, poached eggs and a lobster bisque hollandaise – Seriously!! Lunch is Scotch quail eggs, teriyaki tofu, fontina fondue and pork belly burger….. and that’s before you get to the displays of…

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Bohemian Bar

Bohemian Bar, found at the end of Southwharf and in excellent company with Munich Brauhaus and Meat Market, a little bit of Spain has come to Melbourne and it’s a great place to be. We were around at the late afternoon time with a little one and the staff were great, we took a big booth on the proviso we would be out by 6.30pm – perfect for us as that’s getting near bed time and gave us plenty of time to get some nice…

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The Golden Gate Hotel

Nothing like a good bit of pub grub and we are all big fans of a good steak night and parma night but at the Golden Gate EVERY night is steak night with $10 steaks everyday… but how good can a $10 steak really be? The Golden Gate has been there forever, there have been a few changes here and there but ultimately it’s an easy place to be, great to sit outside in the summer and not a bad place to grab a plate…

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Punch Lane

I love a good date night and I love a good BYO Thai or Indian but some nights you want a little more candlelight and romance and Punch Lane is perfect place to find yourselves tucked away in a dimly lit room with nothing but time, wine, great food and lovely service. So pictures are going to be a little iffy – so be it I wasn’t about to ruin everyone elses night by making a huge fuss and lots of flashes, you’ll get the…

IMG_6399 (1)

Shujinko Ramen

Ramen – simply put it’s noodles in a soupy broth with meat or vegetables. Not sure whether I have had true ramen before but we went to a truly authentic ramen shop in Russell Street, not sure who came first Shujinko ramen or the Mortal Kombat character but it all feels like we have travelled across the seas to a far more peaceful place. It’s a tiny little place, probably 30 seats tops and everything small but perfectly formed, I felt like a giant with…

IMG_6660 (1)

Stalactites with Uber Eats

The revolution of food delivery in the last year is astounding as we have gone from hopefully having your local Thai pick up the phone and take an order to lounging around on your sofa with a plethora of apps and food services that will bring you pretty much anything your heart desires. Whether you want to cook it yourself but don’t want to plan or shop or if you want your favourite restaurant dish delivered to your door – anything is possible. I am…

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Botherambo

I don’t think I have ever been when Botherambo is quiet – sign of a good place! They are always super lovely staff and though you can’t book they will send you off for a drink and call you or we just took a pew at the bar which worked really well and every time I smiled sweetly someone bought me another wine – even better!!! Too much good stuff on the menu at Botherambo with shared dishes providing more than enough tantalising treats with…

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Belles

I feel like chicken tonight, like hot chicken tonight!!! Belle’s has opened on a ‘getting very trendy’ Swan Street and we love it! I remember there used to be barely anywhere to choose from when popping to a gig at The Corner in Richmond and wanting to get some dinner. Now there is the poshest Hunky Dory and the poshest Grill’d and they even cater for the Messina crazy gelato lovers!! And they have Belle’s, hailing from Belle’s Diner in Brunswick they have brought their…

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Massive Wieners

I had a Massive Wiener and I liked it!! Well I had a small wiener but it was still very tasty!! Massive Wieners making everyone laugh since…. well a while! It’s a very simple and effective proposition – a slightly bigger than a hole in the wall hot dog diner. The counter is small and you often ring to get the guy to pop out from the kitchen, the walls are covered in faded pictures of Massive Wiener challengers and their hot or not so…

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Asian Winter @ The Emerson

What makes a Melbourne destination even more appealing for your Winter gathering? A pop up Winter in Asia rooftop bar will do it! The Emerson has taken their already impressive rooftop with the most amazing views of the Melbourne skyline and have turned it into an Asian Winter wonderland! And to make it EVEN better…. Susie Wong has taken up residency and it delivering a special menu packed full of delicious treats to warm you up and match with specially produced cocktails. For just six…

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Sally Wise Slow Cooker 2

  Going back to an old favourite with Sally Wise and her simple and easy slow cooker recipes, these little books pack a powerful punch with just a few ingredients from the pantry and your pick of protein, 4 – 6 hours later you’ll have comforting winter warmer dish ready to go.   Recipe 1 – Chilli con carne It took at least 3 minutes to get this one ready! Open mince, put in slow cooker, put in stock, tomato paste, herbs and spices and…

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Nigella – Feel Good Food

Can’t go wrong with Nigella and Feel Good Food is packed with great recipes to make your soul smile! In the usual January Health Food Boot Camp we had to tweak the recipes a touch to give them a Boot Camp spin but it was all still fabulous and I can’t wait to go back and cook some of the other dishes that didn’t fit with the healthy spin!! Recipe 5 – Fish Tacos Loved this, had to drop a few bits to keep to…

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Lorraine Pascale – Eating Well Made Easy

Always been a big fan of Lorraine Pascale and her approach to easy and simple but still healthy cooking is a great addition to her books and one that we really got on board with for the week. Recipe 1 – Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins So good, these were super simple to make and hubby loved me all week with these in his lunch pack! Recipe 2 – Meatballs with Spaghetti, Oregano and Fennel Sensational balls, great sauce and felt very wholesome picking fresh…

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