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    Third Wave Cafe

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Port Melbourne has changed a lot over the years, Rouse Street used to have pretty limited options but it seems to be a little hub of activity these days. We were lucky to get a seat at Third Wave Cafe, it was packed out with happy people branching and there was a plate of French toast at the table next to us that looked sensational. The menu is American meets Russian, breakfast is eggs, zucchini fritters, pancakes and cherry cheese blintzes. Lunch is pulled pork…

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    Let Me Be Frank

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Hiding around the corner aver all this time is the best breakie burrito in South Melbourne. Let Me Be Frank is set up next to the church and has a gorgeous garden that you can sit back in the sun and enjoy a great coffee and an immense breakie burrito! The staff are friendly, the vibe is easy going, the menu a great mix of eggs with stuff. Lunch is sandwiches, soups and specials. Coffee is great and the breakfast burrito is addictive! The burrito…

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    The Burger Book Adventures

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    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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    Hot Cross Buns Time

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Appearing before Santa has barely left the building, Easter brings the hot cross bun and heaps of chocolate! I have to admit I have long forgotten any religious significance, apparently traditionally eaten during lent, the cross symbolises the crucifix, sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship and they have also been if taken on a sea voyage will protect against shipwreck ….. Powerful stuff!! Ultimately they are a delicious mix of flour, yeast, spice and currants and big business for…

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    Pho & Co

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    A dodgy Italian has given way to Pho & Co, a bright, fun and delicious place to be. The branding and fit out is modern, fresh and inviting, much like the menu. A lovely list of rice paper rolls, Vietnamese salads, skewers, pork belly and Pho. I’ll be honest the pho is described as their take on a traditional favourite and I love ‘traditional’ pho so I left that for another time. Instead we went on a grazing feast of lots of amazing little treats….

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    Kanpai

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Unassuming Japanese hotspot amongst the shopping mecca on Chapel Street Kanpai has been hiding from me for years and serving up some of the best Japanese I have had in Melbourne. A big menu to choose from, fortunately we bought a friend who recommended some of her favourites including the cold sesame spinach salad that was rocking! The bean sprout salad was beautiful and the tatsuda beef is exceptional. So fresh and wafer thin with a sensational lemon sauce. Spring rolls are delish with good…

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    Gyoza Douraku

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Love, love, love! We escaped from a not so nice looking dinner spot and found this perfect little gyoza joint, offering an extensive menu of fabulous Japanese and plenty of gyoza. Wine list is impressive with some of my favourite local drops including a Mornington Stumpy Gully Chardonnay. Perfect with raw octopus with wasabi. The waitress is lovely and she does give us the heads up that it is a dish that some people don’t like the due to the heat and consistency. I am…

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    Café Vue at 401

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    The little brother of one of Melbourne’s finest, Café Vue at 401 lives at the City end of St Kilda Road. Looking after the working masses on a weekday, the weekend is pretty quiet and we can get a table easily on a Saturday morning. The menu is varied with breakfast before 11.30 bringing vanilla poached pears, crepes with Nutella and bacon brioche. But we are too late and it’s on to the lunch menu. Pulled pork rolls, burgers, 48 hour leg of lamb and…

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    Man Tong Kitchen

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    The other ‘Tong’ – I’m a big fan of Hu Tong Dumplings and Man Tong is even closer to home in the Crown complex. It’s a big place with lots of tables packed in and several private rooms that look nice. Service is sketchy, hubby thought it might be where they send the Tong teams for training – probably not a great sign! The menu is extensive with all things dumpling and more. It’s not cheap, three ‘chopstick’ spring rolls with prawn are $13 but…

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    Royale Brothers Burger Time

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    We LOVE burgers and an invite to come and see Royale Brothers and try some burgers was never going to be turned down! Opening up a little hole in the wall at the back of The Pantry, the guys here have tapped into just what was missing on Church Street. At least thats what the many happy people picking up their brown bags of burger delights would suggest. The menu is mouth watering with ‘Royales’ a plenty, Royale with cheese, Spicy Royal, Bacon Royale as…

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Pinterest: Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Quinoa bake

The best discovery for super healthy, on the go all day breakie solution – The love of Pinterest brings you Quinoa Breakfast Bake with apples and Cinnamon. From the lovely blog Popsugar, this recipe is super easy and so tasty – click here We enjoyed as soon as it came out of the oven, cold the next morning and cold the next day with strawberries – you HAVE to try this!

Pasta Shell Bake

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Pasta Shell Bake Serves 4 Big Pasta Shells – enough to fit in one layer in the bottom of a medium size ceramic lasagne tray. Bolognese; 1 tsp olive oil 1 Garlic clove crushed 500gs Mince 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 Onion 2 Celery sticks 1 Carrot 1 jar of good quality passata Bechamel Sauce; 2 Tablespoons of plain flour 2 table spoons of butter 200 mls milk 200 grams of grated cheese To make the bolognese; Heat the oil in the pan and cook…

3 Spoon Stir Fry

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There is something fabulous about a big bowl of fresh, stir fried veggies with my friend Gnomes 3 Spoon Sauce. Ingredients; 1 Carrot – sliced 1 Red capsicum – sliced 1 Bunch of Broccolini – sliced into chunks 1 Onion – sliced 1 pack of Silken Tofu – sliced 1 Bunch of Bok Choy – leaves torn and base sliced 1 tablespoon of Sweet Chilli 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce Sesame seeds – toasted Stir fry your veggies in a…

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Third Wave Cafe

Port Melbourne has changed a lot over the years, Rouse Street used to have pretty limited options but it seems to be a little hub of activity these days. We were lucky to get a seat at Third Wave Cafe, it was packed out with happy people branching and there was a plate of French toast at the table next to us that looked sensational. The menu is American meets Russian, breakfast is eggs, zucchini fritters, pancakes and cherry cheese blintzes. Lunch is pulled pork…

breakfast burrito2

Let Me Be Frank

Hiding around the corner aver all this time is the best breakie burrito in South Melbourne. Let Me Be Frank is set up next to the church and has a gorgeous garden that you can sit back in the sun and enjoy a great coffee and an immense breakie burrito! The staff are friendly, the vibe is easy going, the menu a great mix of eggs with stuff. Lunch is sandwiches, soups and specials. Coffee is great and the breakfast burrito is addictive! The burrito…

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…

lemon myrtle

Hot Cross Buns Time

Appearing before Santa has barely left the building, Easter brings the hot cross bun and heaps of chocolate! I have to admit I have long forgotten any religious significance, apparently traditionally eaten during lent, the cross symbolises the crucifix, sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship and they have also been if taken on a sea voyage will protect against shipwreck ….. Powerful stuff!! Ultimately they are a delicious mix of flour, yeast, spice and currants and big business for…

crab

Pho & Co

A dodgy Italian has given way to Pho & Co, a bright, fun and delicious place to be. The branding and fit out is modern, fresh and inviting, much like the menu. A lovely list of rice paper rolls, Vietnamese salads, skewers, pork belly and Pho. I’ll be honest the pho is described as their take on a traditional favourite and I love ‘traditional’ pho so I left that for another time. Instead we went on a grazing feast of lots of amazing little treats….

mussels

Kanpai

Unassuming Japanese hotspot amongst the shopping mecca on Chapel Street Kanpai has been hiding from me for years and serving up some of the best Japanese I have had in Melbourne. A big menu to choose from, fortunately we bought a friend who recommended some of her favourites including the cold sesame spinach salad that was rocking! The bean sprout salad was beautiful and the tatsuda beef is exceptional. So fresh and wafer thin with a sensational lemon sauce. Spring rolls are delish with good…

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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…

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. Recipe 14 – Lamb Koftas Simply beautiful recipe for super succulent and tasty koftas. Didn’t have any yoghurt so made a minty cottage cheese which was great. Oh Gordon, you’ve done it again! Recipe 13 – Big Caeser Salad One of those lunches that you take to work and feel just a little bit smug whilst everyone else is munching…

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Rachel Khoo – The Little Paris Kitchen

One of my favourite cooking shows, the cute and quirky Rachel Khoo brings a natural and fun approach to traditional French cooking, adding her own little twist on her cordon bleu training these are super simple recipes that pack a lot of flavour. Recipe 6 – Poulet aux champignons aver une sauce au vin blanc C’est magnifiuque!!! Loved this, super simple and the best creamy sauce ever – without heaps of cream! Mushrooms yum, penne pasta and we are all smiles and yummy noises!! Recipe…

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Jamie Oliver – 15 Minute Meals

Recipe 7 – January 2014 – Sticky Kicking Chicken Hubby back in the kitchen and beating a chicken with a little bit too much pleasure!! Love this recipe with asian inspired sticky chicken. We went for some quick brown rice on this one – delish!! Recipe 6 – January 2014 – Chilli Con Carne Meatballs Hubby has taken Jamie into the kitchen and we have been very spoiled! LOVED this recipe and impressed at the bulgar wheat! I never knew it was so easy!! Tasty…

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