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    Grill’d

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Not a bad burger at all! My local grilled is serving up a very respectable burgers and some of the best sweet potato fries with chilli mayo! There is a great vibe to our local and on a drizzly Saturday lunchtime they are pretty busy with tables full of friends and families getting their burger on! The menu is pure burger loving, they don’t stray, no dogs, no rings we are talking burgers, they know them and they deliver them. Beef burgers come with basics,…

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    New Opening: HOPSCOTCH

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Welcome to Southbank’s latest resident HOPSCOTCH, the guys were kind enough to invite FoodieAboutTown to a sneak preview and this is what they had to say – Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the river, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. HOPSCOTCH is a downbeat gathering place with a beer for every occasion. The craftiest of them all will feature as a boutique batch from the custom microbrewery scheduled to arrive on site in January. An exclusive brew…

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    Wat Da Pho

    Friday, December 2, 2016

    When Wat Da Pho first opened we loved it for it’s cheeky play on words and bringing amazing, authentic pho to South Melbourne and we had many a bowl with cheeky spring rolls and lots more. We hadn’t been for a while and the weather was still miserable so a bowl of steaming, wholesome noodle soup sounded just the thing for poor, sick husband. The menu hadn’t changed, though it looked a little tatty by now, the favourites were all still there and we ordered…

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    Doughnut Time

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    If you are going to cheat – you should damn well do it right and go and get a box of Doughnut Time doughnuts! These are no ordinary doughnuts, they are all especially named and designed to please! The window on De Graves Street is always crowded with people trying to work out what they are going to partake in, here’s just a few of the latest – what would you choose?; • Love At First Bite – the signature Nutella-filled doughnut, dusted with cinnamon…

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    What’s Happening Melbourne?

    Monday, November 28, 2016

      Find out some of the top-tastic things to put on your social media and make everyone jealous this month!   December 2016 It’s Christmas Crazy time and in between the Xmas parties and shopping there are still plenty of foodie fun things to enjoy. 1) The Royal Croquet Club returns to Melbourne for sessions of sun, sounds, eats and a touch of croquet darling! Birrarung Marr Thu 8 Dec – Fri 23 Dec Mon – Fri 5pm till late Sat – Sun 12pm till…

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    HopHaus

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    If you love German food you have to try out the Hophaus, not only do you get a litre of beer in a proper big glass tankard but you also get some of my favourite Deutsche Wurst and Schnitzel and a gorgeous view over the Yarra to boot!! Snack on some small bites with that big beer including the ‘Bretzel’ – a german bread pretzel with Sea salt, pickles and house whipped butter. The Crumbed Cheese Sticks are oozey, gooey, cheesy, stringy gorgeousness! Enjoy Oysters,…

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    Delivery with Eat Now

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    I am both loving and hating the explosion of food delivery services over the last month, the amazing convenience of so many different restaurants delivering to your home at the swipe of a finger BUT then the temptation to never bother cooking ever again and just flop on the couch and let them bring me all of the pizzas, pasta, curry and kebabs…. Not good for the waistline!! We are truly spoilt, especially in the inner burbs where you can pretty much get anything your…

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    Arbory

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Go to the Arbory and not eat a burger…… why would you be so cruel!?! Healthy eating and making the right choices… not as much fun but hey I can still have a glass or two of Pinot so balancing it all up! The Arbory continues to resonate with a wide group of Melbournians and we went early on a Sunday to make sure we got a table for a special birthday lunch, within 30 minutes of us arriving there was barely a free seat…

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    Polepole

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    I love the quote on their site to give Polepole some context….. If you are ever lucky enough to trek up the Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you’ll no doubt here the guides repeatedly say ‘polepole’ which means literally slow, both metaphorically and physically. It’s about slowing down and enjoying the moment. Not that the service is anything near slow!! But the mood is and it feels like the kind of place you want to sit back and relax and try some beers and food…

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    Sydney Safari

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Foodie About Town escaped for a weekend to Sydney and with a couple of recommendations and a couple of apps we went on a fabulous safari some of the greatness Sydney has to offer. Just a short walk from our hotel was Spice Alley, a collection of pop up foodie stops that you can try a little bit of everything from and sit amongst the lanterns and have a great time. With noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and so much more. Kensington Street is a little…

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    Coda

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    How have I never been to Coda? It’s definitely now up there with my favorites. So confession time, I’m not 21 anymore but I’m sure it’s still to early for dimensia to be setting in and yet I managed to book my special Coda birthday treat lunch for the wrong day! So they were fully booked but really lovely and sympathetic to my fragile mental state and got us a spot at the bar. A big menu full of grazing options and a fabulous wine…

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    Punchbowl Canteen

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Punchbowl Canteen is the epitome of cool, a bright airy space amongst the industrial chic of the backend of Port Melbourne there is a calmness with the bright white furniture and cute pastel branding. Everything is there for a reason and has been thought through ith great purpose, you can tell just from the juice menu! Just Navels – the best oranges, straight up Cliché – kale, cucumber, apple, celery, mint, lemon LadyBoy – beetroot, carrot, celery, lemon, ginger Dad’s Secretary – pear, mint, apple…

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    The Railway Hotel

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    You have to love a good local pub steak night, The Railway Hotel has been a bit quiet sometimes but not anymore, word is out and their $17.50 350 gram porterhouse is drawing in quite a crowd. We were lucky to get one of the last tables and settle in for a night of eating great food near an open fire and with great service….. happy sigh!! So it’s a good all rounder, good outside area when weather permits, nice bar area and then more…

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    Ada Grace

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Ada Grace is a great spot in the sunshine down a little side street of busy South Melbourne there is some very nice coffee and a really good menu to satisfy all cravings. Buttermilk and White Chocolate Pancakes – Served with fresh figs, strawberries and blackberries, topped with white chocolate flakes, and a side of canadian maple – HELL YES!! Corn Fritters with Smoked bacon, fresh avocado and poached eggs. For big appetites you can go The Big Breakfast Board for $20.50 with toast, eggs,…

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    The Montague

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    The Monty or the Montague in South Melbourne has been through a few iterations over the years, a very blokey pub, a very good gastro – pub, an old mans haunt and now it looks like it is back on track with a bit of a spruce up, some nice candles, beers can collection gone and a great new menu. It’s a miserable cold night and most of the tables are near windows and doors so naturally a little chilly, I’m sure there is a…

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    8bit Burgers

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    There is some fierce competition at the moment for best burgers in Melbourne and we have some definite favourites with Arbory, Royale Brothers, Royal Stacks and 8bit providing a steady stream of fabulous, juicy, succulent, wonderful burgers. But 8Bit has more than just one of our favourite burgers – they have sausage too!! The menu is all good fun with the usual suspects delivered very well, my favourite the 8bit with cheese is a simple Beef patty with Tomato, Lettuce, Red Onion, Pickles, Mustard, Cheese,…

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    Juicy Bao

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    We love dumplings, good, cheap, piles of lovely wobbly dumplings, preferably in an easy going BYO setting – we like to call it Cheap and Dumpliful!! We had picked a different venue down the road but when we got there they appear to have gone so far up their own that they were charging $10 corkage and you were ordering your food standing in the street…. I only paid $20 for the wine so not open to paying 50% corkage and … it’s dumplings people…

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    Three Little Dumplings

    Saturday, October 8, 2016

    There is a new dumpling shop on Clarendon Street and we will take any old excuse to get some dumpling time! It’s small and cheap and cheerful, as all good dumpling spots should be! None of this high end, queue for hours for this gal, I want my dumplings hot and less than a $1 each! The service is friendly and easy going, there is free chicken and sweetcorn soup and the beers we ordered on the table before we can decide. Dim Sim, Dumpling,…

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    Chiara

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    I can’t remember the last time I went to a nice Italian restaurant, not the last few were awful but we just don’t seem to have been to any! Chiara is lovely, a brilliant choice by my fabulous lunch date, a little bit fancy and a lot of nice! The service is lovely, friendly but getting the job done. It’s the kind of place you go for a lunch and end of spending alllllll day!! One more chardonnay please!! The menu is traditional Italian with…

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    Baby Pizza

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Oh it’s all too easy with Uber Eats to avoid cooking after a long day and with so much choice it’s even more tempting. There are new places popping up all the time to now get your dinner from and when Baby Pizza in Richmond appeared I was beside myself – polenta fries to my home!!! I’m a huge fan and used to be much nearer but now unless I get in the car and head on over to see them I haven’t been able…

Recipes & More

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew

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Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 lamb shanks Bunch of fresh mint Tsp of dried rosemary I can of chopped tomatoes Tablespoon on chicken stock powder Sliced mushrooms Two onions quartered Water – fill up empty tomatoes can 1 1/2 Salt and pepper Method; Place everything in the slow cooker and cook according to your cookers settings, mine took a good 4 hours on high. Once the meat is falling off the bone take out the meat and bones and a cup…

Beef Bulgogi

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Beef Bulgogi Serves 4 Ingredients; 500 grams beef – either a nice piece of steak that you can slice finely (if you put your steak in the freezer until it starts to nearly freeze you can slice it really easily) or beef strips are fine. 1 pear ½ tsp minced garlic 1 tsp ginger 1 tbsp Soy sauce ½ tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 4 x Spring onions finely sliced 1 pinch of chilli flakes Salt and pepper Method; Peel and grate pear into glass bowl…

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…

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Grill’d

Not a bad burger at all! My local grilled is serving up a very respectable burgers and some of the best sweet potato fries with chilli mayo! There is a great vibe to our local and on a drizzly Saturday lunchtime they are pretty busy with tables full of friends and families getting their burger on! The menu is pure burger loving, they don’t stray, no dogs, no rings we are talking burgers, they know them and they deliver them. Beef burgers come with basics,…

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New Opening: HOPSCOTCH

Welcome to Southbank’s latest resident HOPSCOTCH, the guys were kind enough to invite FoodieAboutTown to a sneak preview and this is what they had to say – Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the river, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. HOPSCOTCH is a downbeat gathering place with a beer for every occasion. The craftiest of them all will feature as a boutique batch from the custom microbrewery scheduled to arrive on site in January. An exclusive brew…

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Wat Da Pho

When Wat Da Pho first opened we loved it for it’s cheeky play on words and bringing amazing, authentic pho to South Melbourne and we had many a bowl with cheeky spring rolls and lots more. We hadn’t been for a while and the weather was still miserable so a bowl of steaming, wholesome noodle soup sounded just the thing for poor, sick husband. The menu hadn’t changed, though it looked a little tatty by now, the favourites were all still there and we ordered…

IMG_0345

Doughnut Time

If you are going to cheat – you should damn well do it right and go and get a box of Doughnut Time doughnuts! These are no ordinary doughnuts, they are all especially named and designed to please! The window on De Graves Street is always crowded with people trying to work out what they are going to partake in, here’s just a few of the latest – what would you choose?; • Love At First Bite – the signature Nutella-filled doughnut, dusted with cinnamon…

IMG_0584

What’s Happening Melbourne?

  Find out some of the top-tastic things to put on your social media and make everyone jealous this month!   December 2016 It’s Christmas Crazy time and in between the Xmas parties and shopping there are still plenty of foodie fun things to enjoy. 1) The Royal Croquet Club returns to Melbourne for sessions of sun, sounds, eats and a touch of croquet darling! Birrarung Marr Thu 8 Dec – Fri 23 Dec Mon – Fri 5pm till late Sat – Sun 12pm till…

IMG_0328

HopHaus

If you love German food you have to try out the Hophaus, not only do you get a litre of beer in a proper big glass tankard but you also get some of my favourite Deutsche Wurst and Schnitzel and a gorgeous view over the Yarra to boot!! Snack on some small bites with that big beer including the ‘Bretzel’ – a german bread pretzel with Sea salt, pickles and house whipped butter. The Crumbed Cheese Sticks are oozey, gooey, cheesy, stringy gorgeousness! Enjoy Oysters,…

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Delivery with Eat Now

I am both loving and hating the explosion of food delivery services over the last month, the amazing convenience of so many different restaurants delivering to your home at the swipe of a finger BUT then the temptation to never bother cooking ever again and just flop on the couch and let them bring me all of the pizzas, pasta, curry and kebabs…. Not good for the waistline!! We are truly spoilt, especially in the inner burbs where you can pretty much get anything your…

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Arbory

Go to the Arbory and not eat a burger…… why would you be so cruel!?! Healthy eating and making the right choices… not as much fun but hey I can still have a glass or two of Pinot so balancing it all up! The Arbory continues to resonate with a wide group of Melbournians and we went early on a Sunday to make sure we got a table for a special birthday lunch, within 30 minutes of us arriving there was barely a free seat…

IMG_8975

Polepole

I love the quote on their site to give Polepole some context….. If you are ever lucky enough to trek up the Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you’ll no doubt here the guides repeatedly say ‘polepole’ which means literally slow, both metaphorically and physically. It’s about slowing down and enjoying the moment. Not that the service is anything near slow!! But the mood is and it feels like the kind of place you want to sit back and relax and try some beers and food…

IMG_9923

Sydney Safari

Foodie About Town escaped for a weekend to Sydney and with a couple of recommendations and a couple of apps we went on a fabulous safari some of the greatness Sydney has to offer. Just a short walk from our hotel was Spice Alley, a collection of pop up foodie stops that you can try a little bit of everything from and sit amongst the lanterns and have a great time. With noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and so much more. Kensington Street is a little…

IMG_9359

Coda

How have I never been to Coda? It’s definitely now up there with my favorites. So confession time, I’m not 21 anymore but I’m sure it’s still to early for dimensia to be setting in and yet I managed to book my special Coda birthday treat lunch for the wrong day! So they were fully booked but really lovely and sympathetic to my fragile mental state and got us a spot at the bar. A big menu full of grazing options and a fabulous wine…

IMG_8565

Punchbowl Canteen

Punchbowl Canteen is the epitome of cool, a bright airy space amongst the industrial chic of the backend of Port Melbourne there is a calmness with the bright white furniture and cute pastel branding. Everything is there for a reason and has been thought through ith great purpose, you can tell just from the juice menu! Just Navels – the best oranges, straight up Cliché – kale, cucumber, apple, celery, mint, lemon LadyBoy – beetroot, carrot, celery, lemon, ginger Dad’s Secretary – pear, mint, apple…

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New Opening: HOPSCOTCH

Welcome to Southbank’s latest resident HOPSCOTCH, the guys were kind enough to invite FoodieAboutTown to a sneak preview and this is what they had to say – Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the river, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. HOPSCOTCH is a downbeat gathering place with a beer for every occasion. The craftiest of them all will feature as a boutique batch from the custom microbrewery scheduled to arrive on site in January. An exclusive brew…

MLS

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 lamb shanks Bunch of fresh mint Tsp of dried rosemary I can of chopped tomatoes Tablespoon on chicken stock powder Sliced mushrooms Two onions quartered Water – fill up empty tomatoes can 1 1/2 Salt and pepper Method; Place everything in the slow cooker and cook according to your cookers settings, mine took a good 4 hours on high. Once the meat is falling off the bone take out the meat and bones and a cup…

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Crying Tiger Steaks

Based on the Thai Crying Tiger sauce and the Nigella idea of a post marinade for a steak, this takes a cheap steak to another level and packs a real flavour punch. Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 steaks – choose your cut Bunch of fresh coriander washed 1 red chilli 1 tbsp of fish sauce 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice Pinch of salt Method; Place the marinade ingredients in a mini blender and pulse until you have a finely chopped ‘sauce’. Cook your steaks to…

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