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    Lina’s Bistro à Vin

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Lina’s has been a good little local for a long time and it’s a perfect spot rain or shine for some sensational steak and frites! The menu is easy going Euro-tastic with a bar menu and a full menu that changes frequently season to season. Grab a stool at the bar and enjoy croquettes, pizza, charcuterie or take on the full menu with baked camembert, French onion soup, garlic prawns, Coq au Vin, Parisian gnocchi and an exceptional pepper steak. The small charcuterie is very…

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    Burgerlab

    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Burgerlab, an old garage in Parkdale converted into a very cool burger joint for the lucky locals. With two spots open out that way we can only dream they could come to nearer home but it’s a short drive down the Nepean to get a damn good burger fix. The menu has a range of non burger options with a good looking salmon, beef brisket and pork ribs. But I want a burger ….. Hmmmm decisions! I had to go the Special of the day…

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    Gru Thai

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Recently opened in South Melbourne, Gru Thai is a nice space, there are tables in the window area where you can sit cross legged on the floor or plenty of tables back in the restaurant area. The menu is extensive with all the classics and the service was nice and friendly. Entrees are my dream list of the best Thai treats, I could order them ALL!! Spring Roll, Curry Puff, Chicken Satay, Fish Cake, Herbs Chicken Wings, Mooping & Sticky Rice, Gaiping & Sticky Rice,…

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    Kamel with Foodora

    Sunday, September 11, 2016

    I am a huge fan of Kamel restaurant, a Middle Eastern spin on fantastic fresh and healthy food… well as healthy as you make it!! And now, like most, they are delivering to your door! So when you get home from a tough day and you just cannot hit the kitchen – let Kamel come to you. The menu is a tastebud tantalising list of food designed to share, so you can get a few dishes delivered and have your own little feast at home….

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    California Burgers

    Saturday, September 10, 2016

    I wish they all could be California! Well your burgers can! This delivery revolution is killing my diet but opening a whole new world up… or not as I don’t leave the house BUT we are trying food from places we haven’t been before! Including California Burger in Prahran, beautiful fresh burgers delivered to your door on a cold, miserable Winters night! The menu is burger focused but there is a lot to choose from including tacos, ribs and chicken but really they are all…

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    Chia Chia

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    I love a bit of build your own lunch, making the right decisions is key but whilst we have been on a bit of a health kick this was a great option if you hadn’t prepped lunch. Chia Chia works on the basis of building your own lunch from the base up…… here’s how it goes; Choose a base; Mixed leaf Rocket Baby Spinach Pasta of the day Baked Potato Baked Sweet Potato You can choose two – making the right decisions here is key…

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    Time Out’s Food Awards 2016

    Monday, September 5, 2016

    Tickets are SOLD OUT!! Melbourne: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever and being held at the brand spanking new venue The Cut Steakhouse, Alfred Place, Melbourne see more details here Don’t forget to vote for your favourite Melbourne restaurant and help select the 2016 People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Food Awards are bigger than ever, with our coveted People’s Choice: Best Restaurant Award presented by OpenTable, Australia’s number one booking restaurant. One lucky voter will even win a Golden…

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    San Antone by Bludso

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    When you are mostly consuming meat and veggies San Antone by Bludso’s at the Crown is not a bad option, it’s a little bit pricey but great quality smokin’ hot meats! There is plenty to choose from and plenty to tempt you too. With a whole heap of starters to keep everyone happy, tacos, guacamole, nachos, chilli and fried green tomatoes. When you move into the middle of the menu and get to the Smoke Pit, it gets serious. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs and pork…

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    Leonard’s House of Love at The Curtain

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Possibly one of the best burgers in town and definitely THE place for spicy chicken tenders dipped in mash and gravy! We love Leonard’s House of Love in South Yarra and they have now taken up residence at The Curtain Hotel and are bringing all the good lovin’ to Northside! The menu isn’t totally gluten friendly – only realise after I have gotten my friend to the bar to order and wonder why she is getting the bun-less burger option (I am just crap at…

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    Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals

    Sunday, August 28, 2016

    Possibly the luckiest foodie alive, we were recently invited to an exclusive preview of the Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals event, popping up in Melbourne in September and then Sydney, you will be able to experience some of the amazing Bombay Sapphire Botanical inspired gin cocktails with beautifully matched dishes from the team at Taxi. We were lucky enough to try them all (cue evil laugh!!!) it was a tough afternoon but someone had to do it!! Cocktail number one was the simple and traditional ‘Sublime…

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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…

Recipes & More

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…

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,…

Recent Blogs

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Lina’s Bistro à Vin

Lina’s has been a good little local for a long time and it’s a perfect spot rain or shine for some sensational steak and frites! The menu is easy going Euro-tastic with a bar menu and a full menu that changes frequently season to season. Grab a stool at the bar and enjoy croquettes, pizza, charcuterie or take on the full menu with baked camembert, French onion soup, garlic prawns, Coq au Vin, Parisian gnocchi and an exceptional pepper steak. The small charcuterie is very…

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Burgerlab

Burgerlab, an old garage in Parkdale converted into a very cool burger joint for the lucky locals. With two spots open out that way we can only dream they could come to nearer home but it’s a short drive down the Nepean to get a damn good burger fix. The menu has a range of non burger options with a good looking salmon, beef brisket and pork ribs. But I want a burger ….. Hmmmm decisions! I had to go the Special of the day…

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Gru Thai

Recently opened in South Melbourne, Gru Thai is a nice space, there are tables in the window area where you can sit cross legged on the floor or plenty of tables back in the restaurant area. The menu is extensive with all the classics and the service was nice and friendly. Entrees are my dream list of the best Thai treats, I could order them ALL!! Spring Roll, Curry Puff, Chicken Satay, Fish Cake, Herbs Chicken Wings, Mooping & Sticky Rice, Gaiping & Sticky Rice,…

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Kamel with Foodora

I am a huge fan of Kamel restaurant, a Middle Eastern spin on fantastic fresh and healthy food… well as healthy as you make it!! And now, like most, they are delivering to your door! So when you get home from a tough day and you just cannot hit the kitchen – let Kamel come to you. The menu is a tastebud tantalising list of food designed to share, so you can get a few dishes delivered and have your own little feast at home….

IMG_7678

California Burgers

I wish they all could be California! Well your burgers can! This delivery revolution is killing my diet but opening a whole new world up… or not as I don’t leave the house BUT we are trying food from places we haven’t been before! Including California Burger in Prahran, beautiful fresh burgers delivered to your door on a cold, miserable Winters night! The menu is burger focused but there is a lot to choose from including tacos, ribs and chicken but really they are all…

IMG_7651

Chia Chia

I love a bit of build your own lunch, making the right decisions is key but whilst we have been on a bit of a health kick this was a great option if you hadn’t prepped lunch. Chia Chia works on the basis of building your own lunch from the base up…… here’s how it goes; Choose a base; Mixed leaf Rocket Baby Spinach Pasta of the day Baked Potato Baked Sweet Potato You can choose two – making the right decisions here is key…

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Time Out’s Food Awards 2016

Tickets are SOLD OUT!! Melbourne: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever and being held at the brand spanking new venue The Cut Steakhouse, Alfred Place, Melbourne see more details here Don’t forget to vote for your favourite Melbourne restaurant and help select the 2016 People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Food Awards are bigger than ever, with our coveted People’s Choice: Best Restaurant Award presented by OpenTable, Australia’s number one booking restaurant. One lucky voter will even win a Golden…

IMG_7203

San Antone by Bludso

When you are mostly consuming meat and veggies San Antone by Bludso’s at the Crown is not a bad option, it’s a little bit pricey but great quality smokin’ hot meats! There is plenty to choose from and plenty to tempt you too. With a whole heap of starters to keep everyone happy, tacos, guacamole, nachos, chilli and fried green tomatoes. When you move into the middle of the menu and get to the Smoke Pit, it gets serious. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs and pork…

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Leonard’s House of Love at The Curtain

Possibly one of the best burgers in town and definitely THE place for spicy chicken tenders dipped in mash and gravy! We love Leonard’s House of Love in South Yarra and they have now taken up residence at The Curtain Hotel and are bringing all the good lovin’ to Northside! The menu isn’t totally gluten friendly – only realise after I have gotten my friend to the bar to order and wonder why she is getting the bun-less burger option (I am just crap at…

IMG_7564 (1)

Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals

Possibly the luckiest foodie alive, we were recently invited to an exclusive preview of the Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals event, popping up in Melbourne in September and then Sydney, you will be able to experience some of the amazing Bombay Sapphire Botanical inspired gin cocktails with beautifully matched dishes from the team at Taxi. We were lucky enough to try them all (cue evil laugh!!!) it was a tough afternoon but someone had to do it!! Cocktail number one was the simple and traditional ‘Sublime…

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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…

Cookbooks

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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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