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    Banff

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Strangely named Banff has been on Fitzroy Street for some time and I can’t believe we have never been, this tiny little pizza house is serving pizzas for less than $10 and they are my new favourites! There’s a welcoming British accent behind the counter and the relaxed approach of grab a table and order at the bar. It looks like there is barely a free seat but some happy pizza eaters make space for us to squeeze the three of us in and we…

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    Munich Brauhaus

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    It’s very BIG, it’s very LOUD and it’s LOTS of fun! Munich Brauhaus has exploded onto South Wharf bringing all things I love about Germany with them including the terrible traditional outfits they have the staff in. It’s totally a boys place including the skimpy short clad girls, 1 litre steins, massive tvs for the footy in the front bar, mammoth schnitzels and thigh slapping music. It’s a great place for a group of friends to grab a bench table by the river and get…

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    The Wharf Hotel

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Sunday in the sunshine and The Wharf Hotel on the river is a perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine and some very lovely and reasonably priced pub grub. Opposite the hustle and bustle of the Southwharf promenade, you can hit up DFO and then hop across the bridge and pull up a table in the shade and relax, the team at the Wharf have you covered. There’s plenty of refreshing beverages and a good selection of wines by the glass…

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    The Pantry

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Already a big fan of Royale Bros, the Pantry Brightons sidekick burger spot, the Pantry Deli has now opened on the other side, like a pair of perfect bookends for busy, hungry people. The Pantry Deli is a wondrous cavern of foodie delights with glass fronted fridges packed full of the stuff dreams are made of! Cheese – so much cheese, great wheels and wedges from around the globe. The creamy hero of D’Affinois, the Gippsland Shadows of Blue… to name but a few! The…

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    The Coppersmith Hotel

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Oh the excitement of a new local pub on your doorstep and even better a new trendy pub! The old pub has literally had the guts ripped out and in its place is a boutique hotel with gastro pub. The big central bar and new bistro area make it hard to remember the old layout, the high bar tables and long seated tables make it hard to believe it used to hold barely 20 seats in the front bar and the modern and chic fixtures…

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    Brother Burger

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Hmmm burgers, we’ve eaten a few and even went on an adventure with The Burger Book. We’ve argued over buns and wagyu patties, we’ve drooled over sliders and melting cheese and now….. we are off to Brother Burger. Highly recommended and lurking at the less hipster end of Brunswick Street it is a cold dark night when we grab a booth in this warm and welcoming burger spot. The menu is extensive with everything you need from ’Astronuts’ to Prunes wrapped in bacon to BB’s…

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    Otto

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Have you ever been to Woolloomooloo? It sounds like a kids book but just a short cab ride from Sydney Airport and you arrive at the water and the wonderous Woolloomooloo! Staying on the front at the Blue we have scored a beautiful sunny winter day and a seat at one of the overflowing restaurants on the jetty. Surrounded by the well dressed and sociable patrons of Woolloomooloo I have been told to keep an eye out for celebs like Russell Crowe and Paul Hogan…

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    Lau’s Family Kitchen Fab!

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Where can we go on a Friday night that feels like home? Not the latest opening or the trendiest new spot, in fact somewhere we probably won’t see the same old faces or have to queue in the cold. No opening week bumps, no new chefs finding their feet, just smiling staff who have served the same dishes a hundred times and aren’t in a rush, just going with the flow. So whether it’s your first time or tenth time at Lau’s Family Kitchen –…

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    Limerick Arms Hotel

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    It’s important to have a good local with a pool table, log fire, happy hour and a good menu of pub grub. These days the Limerick Arms Hotel has them all! Not sure when the change blew through but the Limerick is back on my list of places I like to spend time, the fire is a winner with the cold nights and the friendly staff make it a good place to be. The menu is a great mix of parmas, burgers, pies, steaks and…

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    The Resident Cafe

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Heading out to catch up with a friend and the genius picks The Resident Cafe in Ashburton, what a find! Cute, modern, friendly and a crazy good menu. Changing with whats in season, see the menu for all the latest treats. Coffee is an absolute winner, made with careful consideration and beautifully brewed, we had to have round two… and three! Braised Szechuan Pork Knuckle sandwich with apple and coriander relish, slaw on a brioche bun…… holy PIG!! Sensational, lashings of tender, fragrant pork and…

Recipes & More

Eggy Crumpets with Avocado Salsa

Eggy Cumpets

Breakfast, lazy weekends and coffee – the perfect Saturday breakie is my eggy crumpets and avocado salsa, Serves 2 Ingredients; 4 crumpets 2 eggs whisked Tablespoon of finely grated parmesan 1 Avocado 6 Cherry Tomatoes Squeeze of lemon juice Pinch of salt Crispy Pancetta to serve Put your pan on with a glug of olive oil to heat up. Take your crumpets and dip into a bowl with your eggs and cheese. Make sure you soak up a bit of the egg and then into…

Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Mousse Cake

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Mousse Cake An amazing cake recipe a friend gave me many years ago that works across all sorts of seasonal fruits. The ingredients make a wet batter and with very little flour the end result is a light and fluffy cake, like a mousse. Rachel’s Strawberry & Rhubarb is a perfect measure of fruit and yoghurt and the pureed rhubarb permeates through the mousse so every bite is fruity and delicious. Ingredients; 1 tub of Rachel’s Strawberry & Rhubarb Yoghurt Fresh…

Mushroom Soup

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On a cold winters day there is nothing as comforting as a bowl of hot mushroom soup with a crusty baguette. Ingredients; 1 onion, finely chopped 500 grams button mushrooms Knob of butter 2 sprigs of thyme Splash of wine wine 1 garlic clove crushed 500 mls Chicken Stock To garnish – yoghurt and green pesto Recipe; Cook the onions and garlic in a saucepan in a touch of olive oil until translucent and then add the mushrooms, thyme, wine and butter and cook down…

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Banff

Strangely named Banff has been on Fitzroy Street for some time and I can’t believe we have never been, this tiny little pizza house is serving pizzas for less than $10 and they are my new favourites! There’s a welcoming British accent behind the counter and the relaxed approach of grab a table and order at the bar. It looks like there is barely a free seat but some happy pizza eaters make space for us to squeeze the three of us in and we…

platter

Munich Brauhaus

It’s very BIG, it’s very LOUD and it’s LOTS of fun! Munich Brauhaus has exploded onto South Wharf bringing all things I love about Germany with them including the terrible traditional outfits they have the staff in. It’s totally a boys place including the skimpy short clad girls, 1 litre steins, massive tvs for the footy in the front bar, mammoth schnitzels and thigh slapping music. It’s a great place for a group of friends to grab a bench table by the river and get…

F&C

The Wharf Hotel

Sunday in the sunshine and The Wharf Hotel on the river is a perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine and some very lovely and reasonably priced pub grub. Opposite the hustle and bustle of the Southwharf promenade, you can hit up DFO and then hop across the bridge and pull up a table in the shade and relax, the team at the Wharf have you covered. There’s plenty of refreshing beverages and a good selection of wines by the glass…

pickles

The Pantry

Already a big fan of Royale Bros, the Pantry Brightons sidekick burger spot, the Pantry Deli has now opened on the other side, like a pair of perfect bookends for busy, hungry people. The Pantry Deli is a wondrous cavern of foodie delights with glass fronted fridges packed full of the stuff dreams are made of! Cheese – so much cheese, great wheels and wedges from around the globe. The creamy hero of D’Affinois, the Gippsland Shadows of Blue… to name but a few! The…

Fishpie

The Coppersmith Hotel

Oh the excitement of a new local pub on your doorstep and even better a new trendy pub! The old pub has literally had the guts ripped out and in its place is a boutique hotel with gastro pub. The big central bar and new bistro area make it hard to remember the old layout, the high bar tables and long seated tables make it hard to believe it used to hold barely 20 seats in the front bar and the modern and chic fixtures…

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Brother Burger

Hmmm burgers, we’ve eaten a few and even went on an adventure with The Burger Book. We’ve argued over buns and wagyu patties, we’ve drooled over sliders and melting cheese and now….. we are off to Brother Burger. Highly recommended and lurking at the less hipster end of Brunswick Street it is a cold dark night when we grab a booth in this warm and welcoming burger spot. The menu is extensive with everything you need from ’Astronuts’ to Prunes wrapped in bacon to BB’s…

Cookbooks

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My Petite French Kitchen

My Petite French Kitchen Cookbook is a beautiful book from Eleanor Ozich sharing simple wholefood recipes. The book is based on the blog Eleanor created to document her ‘road to simple eating’. Packed full of delicious recipes that are both healthy, simple and very tasty. Recipe 4 – Apple and Sage Pork Cassoulet Slow cooked and delicious, simple ingredients that come together and with a bit of sweet potato mash this is the ultimate comfort food. Recipe 3 – Colourful Roasted Vegetable Medley Added in…

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Argentinian Street Food

A book dedicated to Argentinian Street Food – having never been to South America, this is probably the closest I will get this week. Infact, cooking different cuisines is a great way to explore the world from your kitchen! Now this book is heavily swayed towards empanadas and ice cream or Empanadas, Helados & Dulce de Leche. And drum roll……. a key part of this is making your own pastry! For some reason I find pastry a scary proposition but like most baking, as long…

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Donna Hay – New Classics

It’s a biggie! Barely fits in the recipe book holder and there are sooooo many great recipes I want to try. Donna Hay’s New Classics is just as it sounds, the latest and greatest from across cuisines, the fusion of amazing flavours for our everyday cooking. I could not stop cooking from this book, 17 recipes and nearly every one I loved and did a pretty good job with! Probably the best meal I have ever cook is recipes 14 – 17, how good was…

The Burger Book

The Burger Book Adventures

Any excuse to go on a burger rampage across Melbourne!! I love a good burger – who doesn’t? And we are pretty spoilt in Melbourne, so much so you can now buy The Burger Book and take the burger challenge – How many places can you visit? The book is a beautiful combination of burger stories, recipes for the perfect burger elements and a tour of the best burger joints across the suburbs. So who did we visit? Third Wave Cafe – Port Melbourne 9/10…

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