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    The Dutchess

    Saturday, February 28, 2015

    We were very generously invited to come along and get the Dutchess experience in full effect and what a night! Let me take you on a gastronomically orgasmic evening! Firstly, knowing where to go, The Dutchess is part of The Duke complex on Flinders and Russell, The Duke is a great pub, always got the sport on, looks like they serve a mean burger and is a very busy spot on game nights at the G. Above The Duke is the Duke Wine Room offering…

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    Magic Mountain Saloon Bar

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Those who know me will know I am a big fan of Cookie so when we heard there was a new Cookie in town we couldn’t wait to go along. It’s a great building, no idea what was here before but they have done a lovely job to make the spaces work well and downstairs has plenty of light and tables to grab or you can head upstairs to the booths and bangin tunes or you can go in between on the little mezzanine level…

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    Terre Restaurant

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    We are very lucky in Melbourne to be able to jump in a car and drive an hour up the road to experience amazing wineries and equally great food. Many of the wineries offer lunch though a lot of them have gone quite up market, you can’t just grab a pizza or a sandwich at many of them now. Terre has a lovely restaurant and you can enjoy two courses for $52 or three for $71 and there are lots of mouth watering dishes to…

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    Fatto

    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    When you find yourself by the river in Melbourne CBD or heading to a show at Hamer Hall you can do a lot worse that visit the team at Fatto. Specialising in pre-show dining they will get you in, bring you food and drinks and get you out to your next location in record time. For those that don’t have to rush off you might be better taking a later booking to avoid the rush! There is a lovely wrap around outdoor area with tables…

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    GAS Eatery

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    There is nothing better than scoring a seat at your fave local on a quite sunny afternoon, everyone else must have been at the beach that day as we wondered down Coventry Street in South Melbourne for a late lunch and found a choice of tables at the fabulous Gas Eatery. Usually teaming with happy peeps enjoying coffee and breakie, I prefer to drop in in the afternoon where you can enjoy a glass of wine and your choice of mouth watering tapas on display….

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    Byron Bay Cookie Cheesecake

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    When the Byron Bay Cookie company offered to send us lots of lovely cookies we said ‘YES!’ and then when the basket over loaded with cookie goodness we knew we have to share! Cookies all round at tea time and what better way to share than a Chocolate and Chai Cookie base Cheesecake with vanilla, lemon and berries – behold the recipe below; Ingredients; 150grams of butter melted 8 Chocolate Chip Byron Bay Cookies 2 Chai Latte Byron Bay Cookies 500 grams of low fat…

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    Entrecôte

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Entrecôte in French, the word denotes a premium cut of beef used for steaks. A perfect name for a French style Steak and Frites café. But it’s not just steak and frites on offer from midday to midnight, Entrecôte are serving up a little petit déjeuner too with pastries, baguettes, muesli and a brioche breakfast roll with golden fried eggs, Emmenthal and smoked bacon. Or there is a croque monsieur, Roquefort and leek quiche and eggs benedict with eggs from ‘Shelly and Alan Greens happy…

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    Stagger Lee’s

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    Breakie is a funny thing, for me anyway, I usually have to force myself during the week and weekends are usually a late brunch. Then there’s the $$’s factor when you pay over $15 for toast and eggs never mind if you want to smush and avo or some delicately crumbled goats cheese, there won’t be much change from a $20. I struggle, I really do, I have perfected my poached eggs at home and I can get a nice pack of Ocean Trout from…

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    Lucy Liu

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    We tried and failed a few times to get to the ever popular Lucy Liu but on a balmy summer night there is nothing better than some spicy food and cold Gewürztraminer. A restaurant that takes bookings and welcomes walk ins… halleluiah!! The front door is actually round the back, down the cobbled street past Coda and into a little tunnel brightly lit with neon. The restaurant is a big space with a good sized bar, plenty of tables and a full open kitchen with…

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    David’s

    Friday, January 2, 2015

    When you are heading to David’s with a large group they will make life really simple and you can get a big banquet of lots of different dishes on the menu for a set price each (plus wine) so for $37.50 we had no problem signing up for the many, many delicious dishes on offer plus it meant we didn’t have to agonise over the menu which has so much good stuff on it or work out a complicated bill or ‘she had, he had’….

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    Baby Pizza

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Baby Pizza is not as bad little local to have, they do a great coffee and some very delectable pizzas. Keeping it all very much in the Italian way, there are pastas, pizzas, salads and snackable entrees including arancini, calamari, polenta chips and more. Salads are loaded with buffalo mozzarella, San Daniele prosciutto or shaved parmesan and pizzas come in all the best flavours PLUS you can order a tin of Agostino anchovies on the side – yes!! We went with the calamari to start…

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    Bluecorn

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    I love Mexican and Bluecorn offers great food, fun times, a very respectable margarita and no puffery and nonsense. The menu is a list of traditional Mexican with a few extra twists, enjoy Mexican dips with cornbread and corn chips, nachos that are to die for and tacos that make the whole table turn silent as they chow down. You can get sizzling smokey rump steak fajitas, mango chicken tostada or citrus ocean trout quesadilla. There are double baked burritos, sizzling peanut chicken fajitas and…

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    Union Dining

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    On a balmy night in Richmond why not pop to Union Dining, it’s relaxed fine dining with friendly staff, fresh décor and good food. We are in early so it is pretty quiet which is quite nice, our lovely waitress looks after us really well and we quickly have water, menus and a glass of wine/ The menu is separated into smaller dishes to start with, entrees and then mains. With a cold glass of Gruner Veltliner we can’t go past a few oysters, I…

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    The Guilty Moose

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Breaktastic spot with a friendly smile, sunny courtyard and mouth watering menu – it’s my new fave place. It’s one of those menus you could order everything! Japanese pancake with fennel and ocean trout or smashed avo with bacon and poached egg. The Hangover with eggs, bacon, sausage, mushroom, minted mushed peas and homemade hollandaise. Or lunch covers soft shell crab roll, tacos, chilli or lamb piadina. Coffee is damn good, super quick and worth a second. The japanese pancake is to die for! Okonomiyaki…

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    Miss Chu South Yarra

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    Gotta love Miss Chu, it’s a tiny spot and we were lucky enough to move to a bigger table for the three of us, trying to squish around a table for two is not going to work when we want ALL the dishes! There is a great selection of wines and beers and also some fun with frozen young coconut crush with lychee and cucumber (and vodka if you wish) I am loving my mocktail this evening! So many good dumplings to enjoy – English…

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    Breakfast Thieves

    Thursday, November 27, 2014

    Behind the super cool of Smith Street is a breakie spot that is packing a hell of a punch, get in early to guarantee a table, though it looks like they take bookings. Marvel at the window of baked goodies and the calm scene through to the kitchen where the team are working in perfect harmony to deliver some plating that would have Shannon looking jealous! It’s pretty hipster but friendly and fun, not that hipsters aren’t friendly and fun! The place has a good…

Recipes & More

Mega Steak Sandwich

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The Mega Steak Sandwich On a bit of a health kick so we are creating pub favourites at home with a side of less fat and a dollop of no beer! I LOVE a steak sandwich but they can often be so very wrong. That chewy, cheap cut that they think they might get away with YUCK, we want melt in the mouth, succulent, medium rare, char grilled meat. A good, solid roll to hold everything in and for our version a spicy chimichurri sauce….

Homemade Healthy Doner Kebab

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Homemade Healthy Doner Kebab When on a health kick you will undoubtedly find you start to crave all the bad things you used to indulge in a bit too often including the humble 1am doner kebab with chilli and garlic and ….. ohh yes!! So the challenge is to make a healthy doner kebab – no problem! Ingredients; 250 grams lamb mince 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Coriander 1/2 tsp cayenne 1/2 tsp Chilli powder 1/2 tsp thyme 1 Crushed garlic clove 1 Finely chopped…

Nearly Traffic Light Prawn Salad

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Nearly Traffic Light Prawn Salad So we have the red and the green for the traffic light, just missing the amber! This is a super quick, healthy, fresh way to rustle up lunch and get some seafood into your diet. Serves 2 Ingredients; 200 grams fresh, shelled and deveined prawns 10 Cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 small red capsicum diced One cos lettuce split into leaves and washed One small avocado 2 Tablespoons of Natural Greek Yoghurt One teaspoon of green pesto Method; Mash…

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The Dutchess

We were very generously invited to come along and get the Dutchess experience in full effect and what a night! Let me take you on a gastronomically orgasmic evening! Firstly, knowing where to go, The Dutchess is part of The Duke complex on Flinders and Russell, The Duke is a great pub, always got the sport on, looks like they serve a mean burger and is a very busy spot on game nights at the G. Above The Duke is the Duke Wine Room offering…

MMS2

Magic Mountain Saloon Bar

Those who know me will know I am a big fan of Cookie so when we heard there was a new Cookie in town we couldn’t wait to go along. It’s a great building, no idea what was here before but they have done a lovely job to make the spaces work well and downstairs has plenty of light and tables to grab or you can head upstairs to the booths and bangin tunes or you can go in between on the little mezzanine level…

hapuka

Terre Restaurant

We are very lucky in Melbourne to be able to jump in a car and drive an hour up the road to experience amazing wineries and equally great food. Many of the wineries offer lunch though a lot of them have gone quite up market, you can’t just grab a pizza or a sandwich at many of them now. Terre has a lovely restaurant and you can enjoy two courses for $52 or three for $71 and there are lots of mouth watering dishes to…

lamb

Fatto

When you find yourself by the river in Melbourne CBD or heading to a show at Hamer Hall you can do a lot worse that visit the team at Fatto. Specialising in pre-show dining they will get you in, bring you food and drinks and get you out to your next location in record time. For those that don’t have to rush off you might be better taking a later booking to avoid the rush! There is a lovely wrap around outdoor area with tables…

lamb

GAS Eatery

There is nothing better than scoring a seat at your fave local on a quite sunny afternoon, everyone else must have been at the beach that day as we wondered down Coventry Street in South Melbourne for a late lunch and found a choice of tables at the fabulous Gas Eatery. Usually teaming with happy peeps enjoying coffee and breakie, I prefer to drop in in the afternoon where you can enjoy a glass of wine and your choice of mouth watering tapas on display….

cheesecake

Byron Bay Cookie Cheesecake

When the Byron Bay Cookie company offered to send us lots of lovely cookies we said ‘YES!’ and then when the basket over loaded with cookie goodness we knew we have to share! Cookies all round at tea time and what better way to share than a Chocolate and Chai Cookie base Cheesecake with vanilla, lemon and berries – behold the recipe below; Ingredients; 150grams of butter melted 8 Chocolate Chip Byron Bay Cookies 2 Chai Latte Byron Bay Cookies 500 grams of low fat…

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Entrecôte

Entrecôte in French, the word denotes a premium cut of beef used for steaks. A perfect name for a French style Steak and Frites café. But it’s not just steak and frites on offer from midday to midnight, Entrecôte are serving up a little petit déjeuner too with pastries, baguettes, muesli and a brioche breakfast roll with golden fried eggs, Emmenthal and smoked bacon. Or there is a croque monsieur, Roquefort and leek quiche and eggs benedict with eggs from ‘Shelly and Alan Greens happy…

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Stagger Lee’s

Breakie is a funny thing, for me anyway, I usually have to force myself during the week and weekends are usually a late brunch. Then there’s the $$’s factor when you pay over $15 for toast and eggs never mind if you want to smush and avo or some delicately crumbled goats cheese, there won’t be much change from a $20. I struggle, I really do, I have perfected my poached eggs at home and I can get a nice pack of Ocean Trout from…

pork buns

Lucy Liu

We tried and failed a few times to get to the ever popular Lucy Liu but on a balmy summer night there is nothing better than some spicy food and cold Gewürztraminer. A restaurant that takes bookings and welcomes walk ins… halleluiah!! The front door is actually round the back, down the cobbled street past Coda and into a little tunnel brightly lit with neon. The restaurant is a big space with a good sized bar, plenty of tables and a full open kitchen with…

duck

David’s

When you are heading to David’s with a large group they will make life really simple and you can get a big banquet of lots of different dishes on the menu for a set price each (plus wine) so for $37.50 we had no problem signing up for the many, many delicious dishes on offer plus it meant we didn’t have to agonise over the menu which has so much good stuff on it or work out a complicated bill or ‘she had, he had’….

Cookbooks

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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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