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    Baby Pizza

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I have a whole lotta love for Baby Cafe & Pizzeria, no matter what time of day you go there is always a friendly smile, great vibe and sensational smells coming out of the open kitchen. It’s great for a coffee and freshly baked mega sized muffin, perfect for a little pasta and pizza for lunch and though I have never made if over for dinner I imagine it make for a great date night or catch up with friends. Whatever you have, I strongly…

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    Royal Stacks

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    If you happen to be on Collins Street and in need of a good burger you should definitely drop by Royal Stacks and pick up a little something delicious. Go single stack or double stack with daily minced beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle and special sauce. Or the Price Harry with swiss cheese and horseradish or The King with a mac and cheese croquette or the Miss Elizabeth with swiss and truffle mayo. There is something for every royal taste and plenty of treats on…

  • Winter Salad

    Academy Kitchen & Bar

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Bridge Road Richmond is a street full of foodie fun with a plethora of different cuisines and so many choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ladies who lunch found Academy Kitchen and Bar by accident but we were really glad we did. It’s a little unassuming from outside but inside is a cosy, understated, exposed brick eatery with friendly staff and a level of plating that hinted at a very talented team in the kitchen. There is a fantastic sounding dinner menu with steaks,…

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    Cafe 51

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Of the beaten tracks of Port Melbourne, head into the more industrial area and you’ll find a sunny little spot where tradies and bloggers converge to gorge on excessive burgers, disco fries, onion straws and mac bombs! There is a breakie menu where the boys can get their egg and bacon or ham and cheese toastie but it’s all about the burgers and the guys at Cafe 51 are building quite a name for themselves in the larger than life burgers and consumption challenges. You…

  • pork dumplings

    Shimbu

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Shimbu is a family run Tibetan restaurant with Tenzin and his mum and dad in the kitchen and more family running the show in the restaurant, I’d never had Tibetan food and we jumped at the chance to come and we were so very spoilt! We let Tenzin pick from the menu for us, there was so much to choose from it was great to let him pick his favourites for us and we were so impressed with the food and the flavours. We started…

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    Big Pig, Little Pig

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Big Pig, Little Pig, a converted warehouse in the industrial guts of Moorabin with big booths, big boys, big beers and big platters of delicious meat! It’s a great spot, beautifully set up in the middle of the warehouses and offices, it’s a little meat lovin’ haven. The proposition is simple, if you want to eat, come on by! Grab a tray and get your meat grooves on with Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork and Spare Ribs and grab some sides with cute little paper…

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    Eat a Scroll

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Pastry Chef Julian Chew has rocked our world with a delivery of these perfect, wonderful cinnamon scrolls! Forget doughnuts and muffins or danish – scrolls are the way forward, with flavours such as Original Cream cheese icing, salted caramel, pistachio and cherry, snickers, lemon and blueberry or Chocolate babka you will be hard pressed not to find one…. or two… ore three that you fall in love with! So very, very pretty I nearly felt guilty cutting into them… nearly!! They are so soft and…

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    Ela-Re

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    I love a good gyro and on a sunny Saturday afternoon when you have missed breakfast and it’s nearly past brunch you can do a lot worse than a lovely, hot, succulent and tasty gyro from Ela-Re. Located on Coventry Street, South Melbourne just opposite the bustle of the markets, this little hole in the wall takes me right back to crystal blue seas and endless sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. The menu offers a wide range of traditional Greek street food including gyro, slow…

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    POW Kitchen

    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Best plan ever – head over to St Kilda on a perfect sunny public holiday and get yourself a table in the sun on The Prince Bandroom’s new eating spot – POW Kitchen. They have taken the old music haunt, given it a bit of a lift and scored themselves a great place for punters to grab some food and drinks whilst exploring St Kilda. The menu is spice packed with Thai Ma Hor, Crisp spiced school prawns, pork and prawn dumplings, chicken and water…

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    Tenpin

    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Tenpin – no it’s not a bowling alley it’s actually a lovely beach front Thai with talent in the kitchen from the irreverent Melbourne Chin Chin and a massive tenpin bowl from when Mordialloc Bowling Club closed. But they have kept the theme subtle and to the upper restaurant floor. It was a very welcome destination at the end of our lovely walk and it wasn’t too busy on a Saturday afternoon so we could crash out in the comfy seats and have ourselves a…

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    Forbidden Food @ Night

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Eden’s Backyard have been serving a wicked breakfast for a while but they are now bringing some bad ass food when the sun goes down and Forbidden Food @ Night is not for the calorie counters! We are talking deep fried loveliness with all the best food groups – fat, sugar and salt!! A little bit of fun with creamy delicious coleslaw in a sweet little cone, a perfect mix of savoury and sweet. It’s a good looking chicken burger, packed with plenty of flavour,…

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    Village People Hawker Foodhall

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    We were all too keen to accept an invitation to a Rum Degustation night! Hosted by the team at Village People Hawker Hall and Plantation Rum, we were promised a Thai-tastic night! Village People Hawker Hall is a great space in the new 127 Brunswick Street set up with excellent neighbours such as Ichi Ni Nana and Upside Bar there is just too much good stuff happening in one building! We were in the big back room which is perfect for an event or private…

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    Neo Thai

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Cold Singha on tap and damn good spicy Thai food – it’s definitely my kind of place! Super small with the seating doubled with the outside area, you can rock up, have a few cold frothy ones and pick out some very tasty and very reasonable Thai. Perfect thai fish cakes with dipping sauce, plump, juicy, full of fish and flavour – tick tick! Gorgeous little crisp curry puffs, so pretty and perfectly formed and taste very good! Steamed prawn dumplings, all wobbly and delish!…

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    Moo Moo Pho

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Moo Moo Pho has popped up on one of the fastest growing, ecletic foodie hubs with Korean, Vietnamese, Noodles, Burgers and more all ready for those hungry passersby. Moo Moo is serving all your favourite Vietnamese dishes and pho as well as a choice in burgers across all your favourite proteins. Choose your bun, choose your filling, choose your sides and your flavour fries, it’s all the good stuff! Not in the mood for a black bun I went brioche and the ‘Pho-Gur’ all your…

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    Long Story Short Cafe

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Long Short Story Cafe is a super little spot in Richmond, the locals probably know all about it but I was really happy to drive past and find this little place and grab a friend to come along and enjoy some lunch with me. The menu has heaps to choose from, breakfast options sound amazing with five grain porridge, buttermilk tim tam pancakes, coconut sago pudding and matcha smoothie bowls. Lunch will tempt you with plenty of salads, braised lamb shoulder, fish tacos, steak sandwich…

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    Arbory

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Still one of the hottest tickets in town, you’ll be lucky to drop in at the Arbory and find a seat most days but if you do you can enjoy one of the best burgers in town. It’s not just burgers, there is a full menu with drool worthy dishes like arancini, croquettes, pork and veal sausage roll, squid, gnocchi, rib eye, flathead and more but I have to say I am totally addicted to the burger! The double beef patty with cheese, relish, bacon,…

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    Waffee

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Quoting from their site; A mutual passion and the dream of a perfect waffle led two brothers to Belgium. Many waffles later, they returned with a secret recipe in hand.  Combining quality ingredients with love, each crisp golden waffle is handcrafted to bring you a new taste sensation. I am a big Waffee fan, I’ll often start a Saturday shopping session with a quick coffee and a delightful waffle – well you have to keep your strength up!! Choose from Belgian Chocolate or cinnamon or white chocolate raspberry…

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    Left Handed Chef

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    The perfect breakie spot, The Left Handed Chef is baking up a storm in South Melbourne and bringing fantastic breakfasts and waffle donuts to those clever people who drop by to visit. Coffee is perfect, learning to love a black coffee! The menu is just too good, it is so hard to choose, do you have the classics like eggs benedict, florentine or atlantic? Or do you go for something left of centre with Shakshuka Israeli eggs, avocado toast, breakie parma, the green breakfast or…

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    Petit Tresor Cafe et Patisserie

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Sometimes you just need something a little bit naughty and calorific!! Petit Tresor is not for those on a diet, they are temptation personified! Their beautiful little store has windows, fridges and display cabinets packed full of beautiful baked treats. There are stunning savouries and the prettiest cakes to choose from, a damn good coffee and there are always nice staff waiting to bring you whatever you desire. We dropped by on a day where we really needed some good, hearty food, starving and sleep…

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    Chocolate Walking Tours

    Saturday, April 2, 2016

    Dear FoodieAboutTown would you like to come on a Chocolate walking tour?….. ….our answer should always be Yes! We were kindly invited to join the Chocolate Walking Tours a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it was one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. Apart from the luscious amounts of chocolate you also get to explore a little bit more of Melbourne that you might not have realised existed, get down those laneways and get your chocolate on! Amanda…

Recipes & More

Crying Tiger Steaks

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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…

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew

MLS

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…

Spicy Pork Cauli Fried Rice

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Trying to create interest when you are a Health Food Boot Camp means getting a whole lot of flavour into your limited ingredients and also trying to make it appear like you are treating yourself to a lovely takeaway! Cauliflower fried rice is a genius idea and with some choice flavours you have a damn good dish for a lazy diet Sunday! Ingredients; 500 grams of lean pork mince 2 tsps five spice 2 big spring onions chopped finely 1 red onion finely chopped 1…

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Baby Pizza

I have a whole lotta love for Baby Cafe & Pizzeria, no matter what time of day you go there is always a friendly smile, great vibe and sensational smells coming out of the open kitchen. It’s great for a coffee and freshly baked mega sized muffin, perfect for a little pasta and pizza for lunch and though I have never made if over for dinner I imagine it make for a great date night or catch up with friends. Whatever you have, I strongly…

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Royal Stacks

If you happen to be on Collins Street and in need of a good burger you should definitely drop by Royal Stacks and pick up a little something delicious. Go single stack or double stack with daily minced beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle and special sauce. Or the Price Harry with swiss cheese and horseradish or The King with a mac and cheese croquette or the Miss Elizabeth with swiss and truffle mayo. There is something for every royal taste and plenty of treats on…

Winter Salad

Academy Kitchen & Bar

Bridge Road Richmond is a street full of foodie fun with a plethora of different cuisines and so many choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ladies who lunch found Academy Kitchen and Bar by accident but we were really glad we did. It’s a little unassuming from outside but inside is a cosy, understated, exposed brick eatery with friendly staff and a level of plating that hinted at a very talented team in the kitchen. There is a fantastic sounding dinner menu with steaks,…

burgers

Cafe 51

Of the beaten tracks of Port Melbourne, head into the more industrial area and you’ll find a sunny little spot where tradies and bloggers converge to gorge on excessive burgers, disco fries, onion straws and mac bombs! There is a breakie menu where the boys can get their egg and bacon or ham and cheese toastie but it’s all about the burgers and the guys at Cafe 51 are building quite a name for themselves in the larger than life burgers and consumption challenges. You…

pork dumplings

Shimbu

Shimbu is a family run Tibetan restaurant with Tenzin and his mum and dad in the kitchen and more family running the show in the restaurant, I’d never had Tibetan food and we jumped at the chance to come and we were so very spoilt! We let Tenzin pick from the menu for us, there was so much to choose from it was great to let him pick his favourites for us and we were so impressed with the food and the flavours. We started…

platter2

Big Pig, Little Pig

Big Pig, Little Pig, a converted warehouse in the industrial guts of Moorabin with big booths, big boys, big beers and big platters of delicious meat! It’s a great spot, beautifully set up in the middle of the warehouses and offices, it’s a little meat lovin’ haven. The proposition is simple, if you want to eat, come on by! Grab a tray and get your meat grooves on with Brisket, Smoked Chicken, Pulled Pork and Spare Ribs and grab some sides with cute little paper…

scrolls2

Eat a Scroll

Pastry Chef Julian Chew has rocked our world with a delivery of these perfect, wonderful cinnamon scrolls! Forget doughnuts and muffins or danish – scrolls are the way forward, with flavours such as Original Cream cheese icing, salted caramel, pistachio and cherry, snickers, lemon and blueberry or Chocolate babka you will be hard pressed not to find one…. or two… ore three that you fall in love with! So very, very pretty I nearly felt guilty cutting into them… nearly!! They are so soft and…

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Ela-Re

I love a good gyro and on a sunny Saturday afternoon when you have missed breakfast and it’s nearly past brunch you can do a lot worse than a lovely, hot, succulent and tasty gyro from Ela-Re. Located on Coventry Street, South Melbourne just opposite the bustle of the markets, this little hole in the wall takes me right back to crystal blue seas and endless sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. The menu offers a wide range of traditional Greek street food including gyro, slow…

dessert

POW Kitchen

Best plan ever – head over to St Kilda on a perfect sunny public holiday and get yourself a table in the sun on The Prince Bandroom’s new eating spot – POW Kitchen. They have taken the old music haunt, given it a bit of a lift and scored themselves a great place for punters to grab some food and drinks whilst exploring St Kilda. The menu is spice packed with Thai Ma Hor, Crisp spiced school prawns, pork and prawn dumplings, chicken and water…

squid

Tenpin

Tenpin – no it’s not a bowling alley it’s actually a lovely beach front Thai with talent in the kitchen from the irreverent Melbourne Chin Chin and a massive tenpin bowl from when Mordialloc Bowling Club closed. But they have kept the theme subtle and to the upper restaurant floor. It was a very welcome destination at the end of our lovely walk and it wasn’t too busy on a Saturday afternoon so we could crash out in the comfy seats and have ourselves a…

C&W2

Forbidden Food @ Night

Eden’s Backyard have been serving a wicked breakfast for a while but they are now bringing some bad ass food when the sun goes down and Forbidden Food @ Night is not for the calorie counters! We are talking deep fried loveliness with all the best food groups – fat, sugar and salt!! A little bit of fun with creamy delicious coleslaw in a sweet little cone, a perfect mix of savoury and sweet. It’s a good looking chicken burger, packed with plenty of flavour,…

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Village People Hawker Foodhall

We were all too keen to accept an invitation to a Rum Degustation night! Hosted by the team at Village People Hawker Hall and Plantation Rum, we were promised a Thai-tastic night! Village People Hawker Hall is a great space in the new 127 Brunswick Street set up with excellent neighbours such as Ichi Ni Nana and Upside Bar there is just too much good stuff happening in one building! We were in the big back room which is perfect for an event or private…

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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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