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    The Pantry

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    A Brighton local for 20 years, The Pantry is a fantastic little hub if food with the main restaurant surrounded by my favourite Burger spot – Royale Brothers, a mouth watering deli with a crazy amount of amazing food to purchase and now a sushi spot too! It’s pretty busy on a weekend, even early on a Sunday with lots of families and babychinos. We are lucky enough to get a table for six inside and I have already perused the menu and picked my…

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    Aucuba

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Breakfast in the sunshine at Aucuba makes you feel pretty good about life! It’s a lovely place on the corner of Park Street and just far enough away from the noise of Kingsway. The menu is always tantalising and though I want the Mac n cheese toastie I opt for a healthier option. The menu is pretty unique with a little something different from your regular avo smash. There is a clear message here about their ethos, now you mention it – there isn’t the…

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    Bettys Burgers

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. already has a few fans in Melbourne, we snuck in early one weekday but I wandered past yesterday and they were queuing out of the door! Hailing from sunny Noosa Betty’s has a lovely vibe, fresh, colourful and a great menu.  We were in for opening so had the place to ourselves, strangely all of the tables had reserved signs but we were welcome to sit anywhere…. why the reserved signs?? It was lovely and quiet, there were a lot…

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    What’s Happening Melbourne Jan 2017

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    As it gets Hot Hot Hot (allegedly!!) January 2017 looks like a scorcher for fun in Melbourne! This month we will mostly be doing…..   Things to do in January 2017   1) So Frenchy So Chic Melbourne 15th Jan / Sydney 21st Jan 2017 Go crazy with a French inspired menu by Hotel Gitan matched with Laurent Perrier champagne plus a whole lot more of all things, how you say – Francais!? Specially prepared picnic hampers and cheese platters hampers are available for pre-order…

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    Bibelot

    Monday, January 2, 2017

    A little Petit Gateau? Coffee and cake is a lovely European tradition that we should embrace more, especially when you live within walking distance of the lovely Bibelot. Little sister to Chez Dre, when they realised there was a whole heap of customers coming in just for the desserts they cleverly set up a separate café and extended their offering with glass cabinets filled with beautiful cokes of all colours and flavours plus macarons, biscuits, ice cream, bon bons and their own chocolate range ….

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    Time Out Bar Awards – Vote Now

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    It’s that time again peeps, the Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards are back on it January and the competition is hot with nominees across Best New Bar, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Wine Bar and Best Party Bar plus you can vote for your favourite Bartender of the year, best bar food as well as the Hot Talent award and the Legend award. There are new and old on the list and some of our favourites like Romeo Lane, Heartbreaker, Freddie Wimpoles, Boilermaker House, Hats and…

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    Shingle Inn Treats

    Friday, December 23, 2016

    We love when we receive a Foodie treat in the mail and even better when it’s a Christmas treat!! The lovely guys from Shingle Inn sent the FoodieAboutTown team a festive box of cookies and cake to sample. I hadn’t heard of Shingle Inn before but they originate in Brisbane and are famous for their cafes and ofcourse their cakes. Bringing an English style tea house to the east coast with quality products and since 1936 have been known as a famous landmark and for…

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    Istanbul

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    It’s just a little spot on the Nepean near Parkdale but it’s packing a punch in delicious Turkish fare, think delicious dips, grilled breads and plates of wonderful meat!! It’s a no frills kind of place, BYO – simple and friendly. The menu is all the usual suspects and it’s pretty cheap and easy. Our bill was $150 between 6 and my birthday dinner has never been cheaper!!! Dips span all the good stuff but we went for Humus with chickpeas, tahini, lemon and olive…

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    Akochochin

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    A little Japanese by the river in the sunshine? Why not! Akochochin has been around for a while now and it still looks brand new, the service is always impeccable and the food fabulous. The menu has a lot to choose from so every time you go it can be different! We started off with big fat edamame, just a little salt and you can just sitting there popping those babies for the afternoon, perfect with a cold glass of Rose. The Kingfish tartare with…

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    Fancy Hanks

    Saturday, December 17, 2016

    Fancy Hank’s? Sure, once we had checked out their uber popular new Palm Springs themed rooftop bar we needed some sustenance and the bar staff were nice enough to nip down and secure us a table before the rush! The fit out is unrecognisable to what used to be here, with a big open dining room, both a little grandiose and modern, there is a massive smoker as you walk in to remind you what treats are in store and their extraction system must be…

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    Pacific Rim Thai

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    A good local will be there for you time after time and will never change their fish cakes recipe on you! And Pacific Rim have definitely not! It’s been a good 8 years now and whenever we go there we know we are guaranteed friendly smiles, great food, BYO and a good catch up with friends. It’s a big menu but I swear we have the same thing everytime because it is just so damn good that I crave it as soon as we leave!!…

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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…

Recipes & More

Zucchisagne

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Serves 6 Ingredients for the bolognese; 500g Lean mince beef 2 onions diced 3 stalks of celery 250g mushrooms sliced 1/2 red capsicum diced Can of crushed tomatoes 400g Sachet of salt reduced tomato paste Empty can of boiling water 1tsp of powdered beef stock 1tbl of worchestershire sauce 1tbk of dark soy Teaspoon 1 tsp mixed herbs 1/2 tsp Rosemary 1 tsp oregano 1/2 cup of red wine Rest of ingredients; 8 small zucchini 400g low fat ricotta 1/2 cup of skim milk 250gs…

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…

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The Pantry

A Brighton local for 20 years, The Pantry is a fantastic little hub if food with the main restaurant surrounded by my favourite Burger spot – Royale Brothers, a mouth watering deli with a crazy amount of amazing food to purchase and now a sushi spot too! It’s pretty busy on a weekend, even early on a Sunday with lots of families and babychinos. We are lucky enough to get a table for six inside and I have already perused the menu and picked my…

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Aucuba

Breakfast in the sunshine at Aucuba makes you feel pretty good about life! It’s a lovely place on the corner of Park Street and just far enough away from the noise of Kingsway. The menu is always tantalising and though I want the Mac n cheese toastie I opt for a healthier option. The menu is pretty unique with a little something different from your regular avo smash. There is a clear message here about their ethos, now you mention it – there isn’t the…

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Bettys Burgers

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. already has a few fans in Melbourne, we snuck in early one weekday but I wandered past yesterday and they were queuing out of the door! Hailing from sunny Noosa Betty’s has a lovely vibe, fresh, colourful and a great menu.  We were in for opening so had the place to ourselves, strangely all of the tables had reserved signs but we were welcome to sit anywhere…. why the reserved signs?? It was lovely and quiet, there were a lot…

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What’s Happening Melbourne Jan 2017

As it gets Hot Hot Hot (allegedly!!) January 2017 looks like a scorcher for fun in Melbourne! This month we will mostly be doing…..   Things to do in January 2017   1) So Frenchy So Chic Melbourne 15th Jan / Sydney 21st Jan 2017 Go crazy with a French inspired menu by Hotel Gitan matched with Laurent Perrier champagne plus a whole lot more of all things, how you say – Francais!? Specially prepared picnic hampers and cheese platters hampers are available for pre-order…

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Bibelot

A little Petit Gateau? Coffee and cake is a lovely European tradition that we should embrace more, especially when you live within walking distance of the lovely Bibelot. Little sister to Chez Dre, when they realised there was a whole heap of customers coming in just for the desserts they cleverly set up a separate café and extended their offering with glass cabinets filled with beautiful cokes of all colours and flavours plus macarons, biscuits, ice cream, bon bons and their own chocolate range ….

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Time Out Bar Awards – Vote Now

It’s that time again peeps, the Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards are back on it January and the competition is hot with nominees across Best New Bar, Best Cocktail Bar, Best Wine Bar and Best Party Bar plus you can vote for your favourite Bartender of the year, best bar food as well as the Hot Talent award and the Legend award. There are new and old on the list and some of our favourites like Romeo Lane, Heartbreaker, Freddie Wimpoles, Boilermaker House, Hats and…

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Shingle Inn Treats

We love when we receive a Foodie treat in the mail and even better when it’s a Christmas treat!! The lovely guys from Shingle Inn sent the FoodieAboutTown team a festive box of cookies and cake to sample. I hadn’t heard of Shingle Inn before but they originate in Brisbane and are famous for their cafes and ofcourse their cakes. Bringing an English style tea house to the east coast with quality products and since 1936 have been known as a famous landmark and for…

IMG_9304

Istanbul

It’s just a little spot on the Nepean near Parkdale but it’s packing a punch in delicious Turkish fare, think delicious dips, grilled breads and plates of wonderful meat!! It’s a no frills kind of place, BYO – simple and friendly. The menu is all the usual suspects and it’s pretty cheap and easy. Our bill was $150 between 6 and my birthday dinner has never been cheaper!!! Dips span all the good stuff but we went for Humus with chickpeas, tahini, lemon and olive…

IMG_0602

Akochochin

A little Japanese by the river in the sunshine? Why not! Akochochin has been around for a while now and it still looks brand new, the service is always impeccable and the food fabulous. The menu has a lot to choose from so every time you go it can be different! We started off with big fat edamame, just a little salt and you can just sitting there popping those babies for the afternoon, perfect with a cold glass of Rose. The Kingfish tartare with…

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Fancy Hanks

Fancy Hank’s? Sure, once we had checked out their uber popular new Palm Springs themed rooftop bar we needed some sustenance and the bar staff were nice enough to nip down and secure us a table before the rush! The fit out is unrecognisable to what used to be here, with a big open dining room, both a little grandiose and modern, there is a massive smoker as you walk in to remind you what treats are in store and their extraction system must be…

IMG_8010

Pacific Rim Thai

A good local will be there for you time after time and will never change their fish cakes recipe on you! And Pacific Rim have definitely not! It’s been a good 8 years now and whenever we go there we know we are guaranteed friendly smiles, great food, BYO and a good catch up with friends. It’s a big menu but I swear we have the same thing everytime because it is just so damn good that I crave it as soon as we leave!!…

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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…

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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