• Tray

    Royal Stacks

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Hmmmm burgers, potato gems, frozen custard and…… what more could you want? Popping up at the Spencer Street end of Collins it has obviously been something everyone was missing as there is barely a seat in the house 30 minutes after they open on a Monday lunchtime! The menu makes me smile! Who doesn’t smile at burgers?! It’s simply good food, well bad food if you are going for nutritional value! But everyone is allowed a day off and hubby is thrilled when a tray…

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    Ladro

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    Pizza, pizza, pizza – We LOVE pizza in our house and I have been meaning to take hubby to Ladro Pizza Greville for ages! It’s nice and quiet on a late Saturday afternoon and we can relax in the garden area out the back. A lovely glass of cold rose and some self control are both in order as we peruse the menu. You can enjoy lots of different dishes, all good for sharing with good friends and good times. The smaller dishes like Italian…

  • brattie

    Wynyard

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Wynyard – my little haven! Still to be plagued with the queues and door bitches of other joints nearby – it’s a local spot and you can always grab a table and some very good food. I usually try and go early on a weekend or for a later lunch to avoid the crowds. Lunch today and hubby has finally strayed from the breakie burger to the roasted chicken roll which is out of this world amazing! Big, soft bun with a massive piece of…

  • meat

    Turf Sports Bar

    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    When the boys need a spot to catch their favourite American football games they often head to Turf Bar, it’s a good old bar, with pub grub, cold beer and screens you can view from every seat and catch all the action whether it’s cricket, footy, NFL, NRL and more! You enter off from the bustling street outside and into a traditional pub with a friendly ambience and an easy going style. The menu has daily specials with Mondays $15 steak night and Tuesday $15…

  • lamb

    Hophaus

    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    I love Hophaus, having spent a lot of time in Germany I crave a bit of schnitzel and wurst from time to time and Hophaus is one of my absolute faves. It’s kind of hidden away on Southbank but find the right escalator and head on up to a friendly, fresh take on steins of beer and plates of hunking pork knuckles and sausage. Enjoy a full menu across ‘Kleine Speisen – Small eats including ‘Bretzels’ with whipped butter, Crumbed Cheese Sticks, Oysters – fried…

  • hot dogs2

    8 Bit

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

    We came, we saw, we had burgers…. and then we came straight back and had the hot dogs too!! 8 Bit, taking up a cracking location in the CBD, though it doesn’t have a huge amount of seating it does some of the best comfort food in town! We already hit them up for their amazing burgers, loaded fries but today it’s dawgs and rings! They were sold out of rings last time and I can see why! AMAZING! Not a hint of that slightly…

  • pasta

    Coppersmith

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    It’s not quite our local but it’s a good spot nearby for a bite tat or a drink with friends. There is a fantastic little rooftop bar if it’s not full of dirty smokers and the food tends to be pretty good, though heading to the pricer end of pub grub at times. The seating in the bar can be limited at times especially if there are reserved tables or a big group in, but it you are lucky enough to get a spot the…

  • parma

    Mordy HQ

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    Being a member, or scoring a guest pass has it’s privileges with a view like that! The unassuming Mordy HQ offers pokies, members offers, crazy reasonable priced bar and a seniors offering for those in their mature years. But most of all the deck offers a view of the most amazing sunset across the sea. Shame it’s also where the dirty smokers congregate when you are trying to eat. The menu is good quality, reasonable priced pub fare with steaks, fish, nachos, pasta, stir fry…

  • waffle and chicken

    Dead Man Espresso

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    I have had a long standing love affair with Dead Man, early morning coffees before the long drive on the freeway, weekend early starts to try and get a table before the crowds and over the holidays when we can rock up and hopefully grab a table for lunch because I am not the only one with love for DME! Breakie options range from the amazing pastries on the counter to the all day menu including toast, scones, croissants plus eggs anyway, bircher or you…

  • burger

    Touchwood

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    Touchwood on Bridge Road has been a hot spot for breakie, coffee and lunch for a while now and it’s taken way too long for us to get over and try it out. The menu is a great mix of the usual suspects and some new and exotic options to spice up your day. Breakfast can be ‘Flip Shelton’s 5 grain porridge’ with vanilla almond milk, rhubarb compote, blue berries and toasted coconut or Poached pear and salted caramel wholemeal waffles with whipped mascarpone, strawberry…

  • C&C

    Bibelot

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    I have been craving coffee and cake ever since we went to opening night at Bibelot but it is proving to be just a popular as it’s sister café Chez Dre and there has barely been a free seat in the house on a weekend! But we are up and about early on a Sunday, so early they are just setting up the tables outside and we are both in the mood for a little something in the sunshine. Bibelot, pronounced bib-loh – means a…

  • octo balls

    Tetsujin

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Tetsujin in Japanese means Ironman – if they had decorated in that theme hubby would have loved it even more, an Ironman sushi train!! It’s a great light space in the top corner past of the miserable people grasping buzzers to get their time at Din Tai Fung! We only waited ten minutes to get a spot at the sushi train and it was totally worth it. it’s pretty busy and the staff are working hard to get non train orders out and keep the…

  • croq

    MJR TOM

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    Amongst the crazy number of joints to grab a wine and a bite to eat down Smith Street we often find ourselves at MJR TOM for a glass of wine on the wooden booths outside or in the big back bar for a cocktail or beer. Tonight we need a little nibble so we settle in for a look through the menu. There are plenty of little dishes to choose from, no oysters today but you can enjoy a damn good fish taco! Good size,…

  • CB

    STKBB

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    Clever, clever people! Got a bit of space out the back of your big pub and drive through bottle shop? Why not put in a drive through burger joint?! That’s what The Grosvenor have done and created the joy that is STK Burger. Whether you are grabbing a slab or just in need of a damn good burger this is a great option. Just a short drive for us and after suffering all the mouth-watering pictures on insta I can’t wait to get into it!…

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    Biggie Smalls

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Shane Delia’s new kebab house on Smith Street is fun, fresh and taking the Notorious B.I.G to another level with a menu full of throwbacks to C Wallace and the crew! The menu starts with your first step to your kebab – what sauce are you? Old Skool with garlic and mint or New School with kewpie mayo – frickin’ genius move – kewpie makes everything rock! Then it’s off to selecting what kebab you need in your life right now…. the C Wallace with…

  • betel

    Son In Law

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    AT SON IN LAW WE SERVE TRADITIONAL THAI DISHES WITH A CREATIVE TWIST! And that’s what they do! Situated just off crazy Smith Street, Son in Law are fresh, bright, fun and happy hour $8 cocktails will have you smiling whilst you work through a menu. Packed full of Thai favourites like son in law eggs, pad thai, tom yum, papaya, curry and much more… and great light so my pictures look fab!! Roast duck bao with hoisin, cucumber, coriander – simply beautiful! Betel leaves…

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    Operator 25

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Located in a heritage listed telephone exchange building at the top of town, we have been trying to get to Operator 25 for ages now and I am so glad they were open over the holidays for us to drop by. Coffee was fabulous, one of the nicest I have had in ages, breakfast menu is a smorgasboard of flavours spanning across coconut and red rice pudding with mandarin, hazelnut, basil and rosewater or cured ocean trout with ginger, coriander and avocado or Tapioca and…

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    8Bit

    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Happy Burger Day!! 8Bit saved me a trip and brought their infamous burgers to Melbourne CBD and we couldn’t wait to get down there and try these much celebrated best burgers in town. Set up in an old grocers in prime position on Swanston Street there are about 20 stools that you might be lucky enough to grab otherwise it seems to be a heavy trade in take away. The burger gods were smiling and the crowds parted and two stools miraculously came free! So…

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    Aja

    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Albert Park favourite Aja feels a bit different this time, busy as always and with a pink tint from the lights making all my photos pink still but the menu seems bigger and there is more going on. There are still plenty of favourites on there and still BYO so looking forward to a great night with great food and some carefully selected wines! The menu is substantial and takes you through the Asian classics you would expect and some with a more modern twist….

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    Shizuku

    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Shizuku – Ramen and Craft Beer, the boys were pretty quick to get on board that one! Wonder why!! I can guarantee it wasn’t for the ramen! Infact we didn’t actually have ramen but what we did have the huge menu was fantastic! Beers are serious business here with over 40 beers and ciders to choose from (call it nearly a full A4 page!) there is some intrepid adventure starting as you look through and see the old familiar names with Rogue crazy flavours meets…

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Rainbow Trout 3 Veg Pies

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Rainbow Trout 3 Veg Pies Super healthy, no carbs, no fats, no gluten, no eggs, no caffeine, no dairy….. BUT still fun!! It’s been a hell of January detox but I am pretty chuffed with myself that I have managed to keep manipulating ingredients for maximum flavours and this was a complete fluke! I just fell in love with the fish and then took whatever we had in the fridge to bring it all together. So handsome! Apparently our fishmonger picked me the best looker!!…

Oven Roasted Mustard Pork

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Oven Roasted Mustard Pork with fresh apple sauce Ingredients; Pork; 1 x 300gram pork fillet Table spoon of dijon mustard 2 tsps of fennel seeds Zest of one lemon 1/4 tsp of garlic 100ml Beef Stock Apple Sauce; 2 apples cored and chopped 100ml of water 1/2 tsp of cinnamon Pinch of salt 1/4 tsp of garlic Method; Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Marinate the pork first for at least 20 mins – put the pork in a freezer bag with all of the…

Prawns with Ginger and Lime

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Prawns with Ginger and Lime On a health kick so lovely fresh seafood and packing in lots of flavour for a perfect Summer evening dish (using Slendier noodles for a carbo cheat!). Ingredients; 300grams of cooked prawns, shelled, de-veined and ready to eat 1 whole red chilli – choose your heat Half bunch of coriander (save a few sprigs for serving) Sprinkle of salt Juice of one lime (use the zest too if you love lime) Thumbnail of grated ginger Carrots, julienned Zucchini (I used…

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Royal Stacks

Hmmmm burgers, potato gems, frozen custard and…… what more could you want? Popping up at the Spencer Street end of Collins it has obviously been something everyone was missing as there is barely a seat in the house 30 minutes after they open on a Monday lunchtime! The menu makes me smile! Who doesn’t smile at burgers?! It’s simply good food, well bad food if you are going for nutritional value! But everyone is allowed a day off and hubby is thrilled when a tray…

ladros1

Ladro

Pizza, pizza, pizza – We LOVE pizza in our house and I have been meaning to take hubby to Ladro Pizza Greville for ages! It’s nice and quiet on a late Saturday afternoon and we can relax in the garden area out the back. A lovely glass of cold rose and some self control are both in order as we peruse the menu. You can enjoy lots of different dishes, all good for sharing with good friends and good times. The smaller dishes like Italian…

brattie

Wynyard

Wynyard – my little haven! Still to be plagued with the queues and door bitches of other joints nearby – it’s a local spot and you can always grab a table and some very good food. I usually try and go early on a weekend or for a later lunch to avoid the crowds. Lunch today and hubby has finally strayed from the breakie burger to the roasted chicken roll which is out of this world amazing! Big, soft bun with a massive piece of…

meat

Turf Sports Bar

When the boys need a spot to catch their favourite American football games they often head to Turf Bar, it’s a good old bar, with pub grub, cold beer and screens you can view from every seat and catch all the action whether it’s cricket, footy, NFL, NRL and more! You enter off from the bustling street outside and into a traditional pub with a friendly ambience and an easy going style. The menu has daily specials with Mondays $15 steak night and Tuesday $15…

lamb

Hophaus

I love Hophaus, having spent a lot of time in Germany I crave a bit of schnitzel and wurst from time to time and Hophaus is one of my absolute faves. It’s kind of hidden away on Southbank but find the right escalator and head on up to a friendly, fresh take on steins of beer and plates of hunking pork knuckles and sausage. Enjoy a full menu across ‘Kleine Speisen – Small eats including ‘Bretzels’ with whipped butter, Crumbed Cheese Sticks, Oysters – fried…

hot dogs2

8 Bit

We came, we saw, we had burgers…. and then we came straight back and had the hot dogs too!! 8 Bit, taking up a cracking location in the CBD, though it doesn’t have a huge amount of seating it does some of the best comfort food in town! We already hit them up for their amazing burgers, loaded fries but today it’s dawgs and rings! They were sold out of rings last time and I can see why! AMAZING! Not a hint of that slightly…

pasta

Coppersmith

It’s not quite our local but it’s a good spot nearby for a bite tat or a drink with friends. There is a fantastic little rooftop bar if it’s not full of dirty smokers and the food tends to be pretty good, though heading to the pricer end of pub grub at times. The seating in the bar can be limited at times especially if there are reserved tables or a big group in, but it you are lucky enough to get a spot the…

parma

Mordy HQ

Being a member, or scoring a guest pass has it’s privileges with a view like that! The unassuming Mordy HQ offers pokies, members offers, crazy reasonable priced bar and a seniors offering for those in their mature years. But most of all the deck offers a view of the most amazing sunset across the sea. Shame it’s also where the dirty smokers congregate when you are trying to eat. The menu is good quality, reasonable priced pub fare with steaks, fish, nachos, pasta, stir fry…

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Dead Man Espresso

I have had a long standing love affair with Dead Man, early morning coffees before the long drive on the freeway, weekend early starts to try and get a table before the crowds and over the holidays when we can rock up and hopefully grab a table for lunch because I am not the only one with love for DME! Breakie options range from the amazing pastries on the counter to the all day menu including toast, scones, croissants plus eggs anyway, bircher or you…

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Touchwood

Touchwood on Bridge Road has been a hot spot for breakie, coffee and lunch for a while now and it’s taken way too long for us to get over and try it out. The menu is a great mix of the usual suspects and some new and exotic options to spice up your day. Breakfast can be ‘Flip Shelton’s 5 grain porridge’ with vanilla almond milk, rhubarb compote, blue berries and toasted coconut or Poached pear and salted caramel wholemeal waffles with whipped mascarpone, strawberry…

C&C

Bibelot

I have been craving coffee and cake ever since we went to opening night at Bibelot but it is proving to be just a popular as it’s sister café Chez Dre and there has barely been a free seat in the house on a weekend! But we are up and about early on a Sunday, so early they are just setting up the tables outside and we are both in the mood for a little something in the sunshine. Bibelot, pronounced bib-loh – means a…

octo balls

Tetsujin

Tetsujin in Japanese means Ironman – if they had decorated in that theme hubby would have loved it even more, an Ironman sushi train!! It’s a great light space in the top corner past of the miserable people grasping buzzers to get their time at Din Tai Fung! We only waited ten minutes to get a spot at the sushi train and it was totally worth it. it’s pretty busy and the staff are working hard to get non train orders out and keep the…

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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

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