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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…

  • duck

    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…

  • Nachos

    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…

  • duck

    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…

  • fritters

    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…

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    Mi Peru D’Carmen

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    I haven’t had Peruvian before so when a friend suggests a trip out to Parkdale to their local spot we are there! It is super cute, bright thick rugs as table cloths, friendly smiles from the family and a menu packed with first time dishes for most of us. The ‘Empanada de carne’ – peruvian style pastry with seasoned minced beef, olives, egg and sultanas. Was gorgeous, a little dry but we asked for some of the sauce Huancaina and with the red onion salad…

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    The Grand Italian Yum Cha

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    What a brilliant idea, Italian Yum Cha. The Grand in Richmond are pulling out all of their little Italian plates and Chinese steamers and offering lucky patrons the opportunity to try lots and lots of Italian dishes yum cha style. Apparently there is a big team in the kitchen to deliver this joyous parade of deliciousness and you would need it, each dish is meticulously prepared and there are a lot to choose from! Imagine being able to just have a taste of all of…

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    Mugen Ramen Bar

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    From the super cool team at Robot Bar, just across the laneway is the modern, underground, ‘Japas’ and Noodle bar Mugen. Serving up bowls of steaming ramen and some very respectable Japanese tapas dishes. Also serving their own brewed beer in collaboration with ThunderRoad Brewery, you can enjoy the Saison Japan, infused with Japanese botanicals, this combines European complexity and finesse with the four traditional Japanese flavour essentials of Konbu, Shiso, Yuzu and Ume….. tastes damn good!! House made Gyouza, served with Mugen’s special sauce…

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    Bistro Guillaume

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Whenever we have a celebration, special occasion or anyone asks where they should go for a wonderful dinner I always have Bistro Guillaume on my list, that all changed tonight! Sadly my special meal at one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne was not great. The service was patchy to put it kindly, we eventually got our Champagne and had nearly finished by the time the oysters arrived; Oysters were lovely, well shucked and just with a touch of lemon – magnifique. Entrees I went…

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    Thaiger

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Tiny tiny Thaiger, hidden amongst the bustle of the Laneways off Bourke St. After a hard days shop you can pop in and pick up a little something to take home and enjoy. It is seriously small, check out the menu outside and then pop in to order your Prawn Croquette, Crying Tiger, Spicy prawn, Pork belly or the Pou Nim – soft shell crab in a black bun. Everything is around the $10 mark so for twenty bucks you and a friend can have…

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    Munich Brauhaus

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Where shall we go that’s lots of fun, lively, live music, great food and sells beer by the litre? We’re going back to Munich Brauhaus and taking a few native speakers with us! Even early on a Thursday evening the place is pumping, boys crowd the main bar like a Saturday night stag night, those lederhosen clad servers frolic about the place and we manage to secure a corner with a table to watch the fun! Having tried to pull a bit of year 6…

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    Dead Man Espresso

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Dead Man Espresso is a long time fave of mine, a good local that is just too popular sometimes and there often isn’t a spare seat in sight. But today, the brunch gods have smiled down and said – Yes, you will have great coffee and kale! Though todays coffee is starting to look a bit rude, or is that just me!!?? An all day breakie menu offers a crazy mix of good stuff from daily baked Scones, Super porridge, Chorizo toastie, Green pancakes, the…

Recipes & More

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…

Mushroom Sauce

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Serves 2 generously! Ingredients: Button mushrooms about 20 – sliced Spray oil Plain flour – 1 1/2 tablespoons Brown onion – chopped Splash of red wine 500mls beef stock Method: Brown onions with spray oil in medium sized pan. Add mushrooms and cook down for 7 minutes. Add flour and cook for another 10 minutes. Add stock and wine and leave uncovered and simmering for 15 mins or until thick. Add a touch of cream or milk for a creaminess or just add a big…

Zucchini and corn breakfast cakes

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Zucchini and corn breakfast cakes Ingredients; Makes two big cakes 1 x zucchini, chopped small 1 x egg, whisked 1/4 cup of cooked sweetcorn 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour 1/3 cup of skinny milk Pinch of salt Put the zucchini in a frying pan with spray oil and cook until softening. Mix together egg, milk, flour and salt and then add the corn and zucchini. Place springform rings (approx. 5 inches wide) onto a oil sprayed frying pan and then spoon the ingredients into the…

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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’….

pizza

Baby Pizza

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…

Nachos

Bluecorn

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…

chips

Union Dining

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…

hangover2

The Guilty Moose

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…

duck

Miss Chu South Yarra

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…

fritters

Breakfast Thieves

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…

lamb

Mi Peru D’Carmen

I haven’t had Peruvian before so when a friend suggests a trip out to Parkdale to their local spot we are there! It is super cute, bright thick rugs as table cloths, friendly smiles from the family and a menu packed with first time dishes for most of us. The ‘Empanada de carne’ – peruvian style pastry with seasoned minced beef, olives, egg and sultanas. Was gorgeous, a little dry but we asked for some of the sauce Huancaina and with the red onion salad…

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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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