• bhajis

    Indian Palace

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Friendly, great curry and the bill won’t cause much pain! Indian Palace has been there for a long time and if you find yourself in Brighton and in need of a good feed this is a lovely spot to drop in and enjoy. Bhajis are a bit different, not the wriggly mass of onions you usually get, more like a dumplings or croquette but really nice. Pakoras were fab, light, crispy pastry with generous vegetables packed inside and a light spice. Sheekh kebab from the…

  • prawns

    Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    Albert Park has some fantastic little restaurants and Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant is definitely one of them, offering a damn good steak and plenty more it is one of my favourite places for a romantic meal to celebrate a special date. Garlic prawns sizzling in extra virgin olive oil, parsley and a pinch of chilli are amazing! Love that heavenly, pungent garlic smell, you know you’ll need need a mint later but they are so worth it! Great, plump and firm prawns – a perfect dish….

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    Empress of China

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    The perfect spot for a group gathering, BYO, set menu for $20 a pop, settle in and brace yourself as the Empress puts on one hell of a spread. We’re got our own little room up stairs, they have packed twenty of us in on two tables and we have no idea of what the set menu is but for $20 how can you go wrong? The service is fast, efficient, not always sure what is being put down but it all tastes good and…

  • big breakie

    Urban Projuice

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    New cafe in Albert Park, here’s hoping it breaks the jinx on this spot as it has had a lot of reincarnations over the years. Cafe – Smoothie & Juice Bar – Health Food Restaurant – it has a nice look and feel and it is pretty busy on a long weekend and I think the usual new restaurant jitters are causing service to be a bit haphazard, tables aren’t cleared, not enough menus to go around and everything takes a little longer than it…

  • balls

    Mr Lawrence at The London

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    The Good Old London at Port Melbourne, under the badge of Mr Lawrence they are offering sunshine and Middle Eastern fare by the sea. Really like the vibe here, super relaxed (but you still get great service!). A great menu with plenty of mouth watering and healthy options, you can enjoy a graze through Ricotta fritters, Ocean Trout, Boureks, Tagine, sticky lamb shoulder or some Turkish pizzas. The Persian lamb meatballs with labne are sensational, big, hunky lamb balls, super juicy and slathered in a…

  • chicken satay

    Table Lamp

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    After a lovely Sunday shop in town you need a nice glass of wine and some lunch with friends, we arranged to meet at The Table Lamp Restaurant. Many a time we have walked under the balcony of Table Lamp and heard some good tunes and sounded like there was a good time to be had. Obviously Sunday afternoons might be a little different to a Friday night, we were the only ones there with the two nice ladies looking after us who looked a…

  • Soft shell crab

    Ichi Ichi Ku

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Ichi Ichi Ku – you’ve been hiding just nearby all this time AND you will deliver Ebi Mayo to me?!?!?!? The little sister to the much visited fave spot Ichi Ni in St Kilda. It is Teeny, tiny, barely 10 tables you need to get in early or enjoy takeaway. There are some welcome similarities and some pleasant differences between the two, Ku is serving up a great sounding breakie and have some specials on like tuna tartare nachos and soft shell crab bun. Always…

  • mini numb wagyu beef

    Mahjong

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Gotta love dumplings and dumplings after a long walk they are even better, though you tend to avoid the nice fried ones when you have had to do 10kms for the pleasure – trade in fried for a cold glass of Riesling! Mahjong has had a little make over and is now going with a more casual approach to stop by and enjoy a variety of great dishes with a cold beer anytime, less white table cloths and more hawker bar. The staff are still…

  • bugs

    L’Hotel Gitan

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    My new healthy approach to life and project ‘SmallerFoodieBum’ means a restaurant with a bit of a walk involved is my new weekend destination. Anywhere with a good 5 – 10kms gets me up on a Saturday ready to get going and get up a pace with the promise of a little lunch and a sneaky glass of wine involved at the end. L’Hotel Gitan is a decent walk from South Melbourne, a lovely stroll through the park and up Commercial Road and we are…

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    Lievita Pizza

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Did I ever mention I LOVE pizza, it’s my comfort food, my weakness, my ultimate perfect night in with a cheesey, wonderful flat box of greatness. I hurts me greatly if a pizza isn’t done well, when you make yourself wait and wait for that treat and then the delivery looks like it was kicked down the street – shame on anyone who abuses my pizza! Now going out for pizza isn’t as enticing for me, I am more of a trackies, tv series binge…

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    Rustica Sourdough Bakery

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    A little gem on Brunswick Street, the Rustica Sourdough bakery is just fabulous, producing amazing sourdough breads for cafes and restaurants across Melbourne, the cafe is heaven. Breakie or brunch and a fine cup of coffee, what more could you want? Browsing the menu you can enjoy the Rustica breakfast board with house made granola, organic yoghurt, seasonal fruit, poached egg on sourdough, crushed avocado and juice. You can go sweet with french toast with apples, ricotta, fresh berries, butterscotch syrup, pistachio mascarpone and praline…

  • Francis

    Grand Trailer Park Taverna

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Fun times at the Grand Trailer Park Taverna, we were lucky enough to come by for the opening party and try a some slider versions as well as the amazing grown up milkshakes with Makers Mark Bourbon, salted caramel and maple bacon or the Kinder Surprise with Frangelico and Baileys!! This time we are back for a big burger fix and the boys are fired up for big boy burgers and fries. All the burgers have a sense of humour here, The Chunk with double…

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    St. Hotel

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    “Head Chef Sean Judd heads up a team of highly qualified chefs who bring skill, dedication and vision to present a menu of authentic Thai food with regional influences. Commenting on the menu Sean says “ Thailand is a diverse country with regions and seasons and the food reflects this. Thailand’s food is constantly evolving much like the rest of the world so our menu will be a reflection of these things , a mixture of traditional Thai dishes, some will-know and some lesser known…

  • Spring Rolls

    Thy Thy Tastic

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Just a tram ride away is the foodie mecca of Victoria Street, a bountiful street of Vietnamese shops and restaurants scattered with some great bars. If you want authentic Pho – you come here, if you want no frills, BYO, cheap and cheerful dinner you come here. Thy Thy is a perfect spot, just up the staircase and you get to an big open room, plenty of tables and great service. Entrees are a pile of gorgeous little spring rolls, super crispy wontons and lots…

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    O’Connells Hotels

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    A great local pub, with plenty of space to enjoy outside, in the main bar and the restaurant, depending on what you fancy. On a balmy Saturday afternoon we grab a spot outside and settle with a nice glass of wine from a good local wine list. Barely a Marlborough Sauv Blanc to be seen- Hallelujah! Chicken liver parfait with red onion jam and crostini, the parfait was a little chilled and firm but it soon warmed up in the sun and it was really…

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    Dex2Rose Nitrogen Gelato

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Nitrogen Gelato Baby! When you get an invitation to come down and meet the team at Dex2Rose and have a VIP tasting you don’t hesitate! Yes, Yes, Yes!! With an ever changing choice of stunning flavour combos to enjoy there is always another great reason to pop round to see Dex2Rose. Now don’t get excited as these flavours change all the time so you can’t get attached! But you can get an idea for the clever palate owner Jessie and the guys have to come…

Recipes & More

Wonton Soup

Wontons

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Wonton Soup Ingredients: Broth; 1 tbsp Miso Paste Two spring onions chopped finely One carrot sliced thinly One mushroom sliced thinly Pinch of Chilli flakes 500ml Chicken Stock 1 tsp fresh ginger grated Wontons; One pack of wonton wrappers One large sweet potato&nbsp One mushroom finely chopped 100 grams prawns One spring onion chopped Method: Put all broth ingredients into a pan and simmer for 20 mins Microwave the sweet potato, skin on for 8 minutes, or until soft. One you…

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…

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bhajis

Indian Palace

Friendly, great curry and the bill won’t cause much pain! Indian Palace has been there for a long time and if you find yourself in Brighton and in need of a good feed this is a lovely spot to drop in and enjoy. Bhajis are a bit different, not the wriggly mass of onions you usually get, more like a dumplings or croquette but really nice. Pakoras were fab, light, crispy pastry with generous vegetables packed inside and a light spice. Sheekh kebab from the…

prawns

Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant

Albert Park has some fantastic little restaurants and Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant is definitely one of them, offering a damn good steak and plenty more it is one of my favourite places for a romantic meal to celebrate a special date. Garlic prawns sizzling in extra virgin olive oil, parsley and a pinch of chilli are amazing! Love that heavenly, pungent garlic smell, you know you’ll need need a mint later but they are so worth it! Great, plump and firm prawns – a perfect dish….

dumplings3

Empress of China

The perfect spot for a group gathering, BYO, set menu for $20 a pop, settle in and brace yourself as the Empress puts on one hell of a spread. We’re got our own little room up stairs, they have packed twenty of us in on two tables and we have no idea of what the set menu is but for $20 how can you go wrong? The service is fast, efficient, not always sure what is being put down but it all tastes good and…

big breakie

Urban Projuice

New cafe in Albert Park, here’s hoping it breaks the jinx on this spot as it has had a lot of reincarnations over the years. Cafe – Smoothie & Juice Bar – Health Food Restaurant – it has a nice look and feel and it is pretty busy on a long weekend and I think the usual new restaurant jitters are causing service to be a bit haphazard, tables aren’t cleared, not enough menus to go around and everything takes a little longer than it…

balls

Mr Lawrence at The London

The Good Old London at Port Melbourne, under the badge of Mr Lawrence they are offering sunshine and Middle Eastern fare by the sea. Really like the vibe here, super relaxed (but you still get great service!). A great menu with plenty of mouth watering and healthy options, you can enjoy a graze through Ricotta fritters, Ocean Trout, Boureks, Tagine, sticky lamb shoulder or some Turkish pizzas. The Persian lamb meatballs with labne are sensational, big, hunky lamb balls, super juicy and slathered in a…

chicken satay

Table Lamp

After a lovely Sunday shop in town you need a nice glass of wine and some lunch with friends, we arranged to meet at The Table Lamp Restaurant. Many a time we have walked under the balcony of Table Lamp and heard some good tunes and sounded like there was a good time to be had. Obviously Sunday afternoons might be a little different to a Friday night, we were the only ones there with the two nice ladies looking after us who looked a…

Soft shell crab

Ichi Ichi Ku

Ichi Ichi Ku – you’ve been hiding just nearby all this time AND you will deliver Ebi Mayo to me?!?!?!? The little sister to the much visited fave spot Ichi Ni in St Kilda. It is Teeny, tiny, barely 10 tables you need to get in early or enjoy takeaway. There are some welcome similarities and some pleasant differences between the two, Ku is serving up a great sounding breakie and have some specials on like tuna tartare nachos and soft shell crab bun. Always…

mini numb wagyu beef

Mahjong

Gotta love dumplings and dumplings after a long walk they are even better, though you tend to avoid the nice fried ones when you have had to do 10kms for the pleasure – trade in fried for a cold glass of Riesling! Mahjong has had a little make over and is now going with a more casual approach to stop by and enjoy a variety of great dishes with a cold beer anytime, less white table cloths and more hawker bar. The staff are still…

bugs

L’Hotel Gitan

My new healthy approach to life and project ‘SmallerFoodieBum’ means a restaurant with a bit of a walk involved is my new weekend destination. Anywhere with a good 5 – 10kms gets me up on a Saturday ready to get going and get up a pace with the promise of a little lunch and a sneaky glass of wine involved at the end. L’Hotel Gitan is a decent walk from South Melbourne, a lovely stroll through the park and up Commercial Road and we are…

pizza2

Lievita Pizza

Did I ever mention I LOVE pizza, it’s my comfort food, my weakness, my ultimate perfect night in with a cheesey, wonderful flat box of greatness. I hurts me greatly if a pizza isn’t done well, when you make yourself wait and wait for that treat and then the delivery looks like it was kicked down the street – shame on anyone who abuses my pizza! Now going out for pizza isn’t as enticing for me, I am more of a trackies, tv series binge…

Cookbooks

SF

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…

book

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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