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    Mr Burger Chapel Street

    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Mr Burger, their trucks are welcome in any ‘burb and lucky old Chapel Street has a bricks and mortar home with burgers just waiting to be picked up or you can grab a seat inside. The is super simple, Mr Burger is your cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Mr Meat has a little more going on with BBQ sauce and caramelised onions. Mr Hot has onion rings, bacon and chilli mayo. And then you can have chicken, double burgers and…

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    Tim Ho Wan

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Tim Ho Wan has opened up in prime position on Bourke Street and offering the busy CBD crowd a serving of Michelin starred dumplings at a very reasonable price. Finally the queues out of the door have died down and we were able to grab a spot and a couple of beers whilst we refuelled for a little more shopping. One of the specials was the Cheesey prawn croutons, super crunchy fried balls packed with prawn and cheese – I don’t know how they made…

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    No. 84

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    No. 84 Bridport Street is home to good coffee and a menu that is far from your average smashed avocado and scrambled eggs on toast. Dishes like Eggs benedict with maple bacon and potato rosti or a quack burger with succulent duck or chai infused porridge with almond praline. You can still have smashed avocado but there are a lot of other dishes to try too! Hubby was thrilled with his open steak sandwich with minute steak, maple glazed bacon, fried egg, asparagus, cheese, tomato…

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    Cafe Lafayette

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Cafe Lafayette on the Port Melbourne seafront is a lovely, light, breezy spot with a cool fit out and really happy staff!! The menu is all about great breakfast and some very special specials. Looking around you can see some very smug customers with crazy good looking concoctions of ‘Signature Freaky Shakes’ with popcorn and donuts and lots more…. I’m not sure where you would start or whether you would eat again for the rest of the day with the Brownie and double chocolate –…

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    Meatworks Co.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Meat works Co. just a shot trot down Clarendon Street, it’s in our hood and we love it! A refined BBQ with stacks of good dishes to share and some very reasonable clean skin wines. Polenta chips with garlic aioli so very, very delicious! Presenting the ‘The Red Meat Platter’ With 20 Hour Smoked Pulled Brisket, 16 Hour Smoked Hand Torn Pork Shoulder, Sticky Lamb Ribs, Tomahawk Beef Ribs, Smokey Plumb Glazed Pork Ribs, Meatworksco BBQ Sauce, Meatworksco Chili Sauce, Tomato Chutney and Pickles bit…

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    Miss Chu Tuckshop

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    We love Miss Chu and now she has set up home in South Melbourne we can drop by or we can get amazing, lovely food delivered. Shanghai pork dumplings are one of hubby’s favourites and he loves these little bundles of fragrant pork in their wobbly little jackets. Prawn and crab net spring rolls are my absolutely addiction, I would eat these all day every day if I could!! Super crunchy little net rolls with delish stuffing. Crispy Chilli Squid has divided the family, I…

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    Banff

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    My favourite little hole in the wall pizza spot, it’s not fancy, wine is reasonably priced and served in water glasses, pizzas are less than $10 and the service is easy going. Oh yes!! The garlic, rock salt and olive oil – simple and perfectly done. This is my absolute favourite. Napoli with bocconcini and fresh basil, sensational! Roasted Italian Sausage with Napoli, caramelised onions and olives – they are all just a plate size pizza that you can share and enjoy with a lovely…

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    House of Crabs

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Welcome to the House of Crabs and have yourself a ‘lagerita’ and a very good time! It’s time to put your gloves and bibs on and get cracking! Coconut peel and eat shrimp covered in toasted coconut and breadcrumbs we were delicious. South Australia mussels, poured out of their bag onto the plate, they were tender and lovely. Alaskan snow crab… well the legs! $55 worth but where does the rest of the crab go? Now you have to work for your dinner and get…

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    Indian Palace

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    We love a good curry and a soft pillowy naan! When in Brighton you should check out Indian Palace, an easy going, reasonably priced little curry place that is always service with a smile and lately dosa with a table extension!! How good does that look!! Dosas are South Indian pancakes, made from rice and lentil mixture, served with sambhar (lentil broth), filled with mushrooms and cheese – so it was almost like a pizza dosa! Just break off peices and dip into that lovely…

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    Lady Carolina

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Lady Carolina were lovely enough to invite us down for a visit and check out what’s happening with a new menu and a beautiful restaurant, it’s a big space with an outdoor area and plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Perhaps a bit cold, it’s hard to heat a big space like this but the food and friendly staff certainly warm you up! There is great food, great drinks and a lot of passion with the team and we loved every bit of our…

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    Radio Mexico Norte

    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    We’ve always been a fan of Radio Mexico in St Kilda but I hadn’t thought of of the Northcote sister or realised how close it was to fave gig venue Northcote Social. So it was a great surprise to be wondering along High Street and my plan A and B both failed and then there was a welcoming light up the side street and Radio Mexico Norte was there waiting to feed me! We weren’t super hungry but needed a little sustenance to keep us…

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    Ichi Ni

    Friday, July 8, 2016

    There are few restaurants I go to in Melbourne as frequently as I go to Ichi Ni on the St Kilda front, it’s my favourite place to enjoy a glass of wine, watch the sun set over the bay and enjoy some of Melbourne’s best Japanese. It’s mid afternoon and we wanted some wine and snacks. So a cold glass of Chardonnay and some pork gyoza are a perfect match. Nice little pot stickers, burnished on one side and full of fragrant pork with a…

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    Sichuan House

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    I must stop trying to kill my friends with spice!!! It’s a cold Friday night and the bar I picked that was supposed to have great bar food is a bit cold and loud and the bar food seems to be a cheese plate so we scurry off in the rain and I have the great idea of Sichuan House. Perfect on a busy Friday night, you can always get a table and it’s BYO or just super cheap anyway!! The menu is huge but…

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    Spitiko

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Spitiko – our reliable local serving plates of lovely dips, pita, saganaki and grilled meats, perfect on a cold rainy night to bunker down in, their house reds are a decent drink and you and your closest can curl up and eat some real comfort food. Dips with tarama, eggplant, tzatziki and the most beautiful pita breads, all warm and fluffy, you’d feel sorry the gluten free crowd here. Saganaki – a big old slab of grilled kefalograviera cheese with oregano and lemon, you’d feel…

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    Sake

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Sake has been in Melbourne for some time but there is a different vibe to their new home on Flinders Lane, it’s classy, moody, decadent, fun and loveable all at the same time! The staff are fantastic, we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening party back in April and the same fantastic team are there today bringing sensational food with utter professionalism and skill (and plenty of smiles too!). The space is tricky but they are absolutely making it work with a…

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    Hats and Tatts

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Hats and Tatts, where the frat boys ‘derelict my balls’, spirits and beer rules and there is some bloody good food on the go. We’re big fans and mis-spent a cold afternoon there playing darts and drinking near the fire. Wines are red or white – and drinkable, so that’s ok! The boys love the beers and I love the food so it’s a good place to be. Burgers are legendary, they just know how to do a good burger, fresh, good buns, good quality…

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    Pablo Honey

    Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Pablo Honey, St Kilda’s coolest spot where tequila is king and there is a $2,500 bottle where your $250 shot will get your name on the board and add you to a very exclusive list of tequila legends! The guys invited us down to try out some of their great cocktails and sample the crazy good menu they have going on. So you have to try the cocktails, there were some boys in on a company credit card that were trying ALL the cocktails but…

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    Hercules Morse

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    It’s always a good night at Hercules Morse and there is always a good wine recommendation. Ash will match your wine to your palette or mood or he will whip up a cocktail to help soothe the day away! The food is fantastic and you can see it all coming together in the open plan kitchen – you won’t believe the flavours that come out of that little space!! It’s a tapas style menu with plenty of different styles of food to suit all, we…

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    Bludso’s San Antone BBQ

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Everyone is loving their American BBQ these days and straight out of Compton is Kevin Bludso’s San Antone BBQ, a third-generation pit master who learnt the skill of classic Texan barbecue in his family’s hometown of Corsicana, Texas, where they’ve been barbecuing for over a century. In 2008, he opened Bludso’s BBQ in Compton, just outside of L.A. and now he is here in Melbourne. How did that happen? Well potentially they told him he could make a whole lot more selling BBQ out of…

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    Third Wave

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    It’s cold, you’re tired and you can’t muster the energy to make dinner….. who are you goona call?! Well order on your phone?! I am a big fan of Menulog and they have so many places to choose from now (this was not sponsored or paid for by Menulog!!) and there are a few places on my re-order but tonight hubby wanted burgers, really good burgers. We have eaten at Third Wave before but now they come to us! Hurrah!! It’s all about meat burgers,…

Recipes & More

Asian Short Ribs

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I love my slow cooker and there is nothing better on a cold day than curling up and watching movies whilst your slow cooker produces an amazing dinner and this was one of my best! Ingredients; 2 big short ribs Can of tomatoes Can of water Two star anise Three cloves Tsp of five spice Three whole all spice 1/4 White pepper 2 Cups of Beef stock Pinch of Chilli flakes Handful Porcini mushrooms Method: Couldn’t be easier – put it all in the slow…

Crying Tiger Steaks

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Based on the Thai Crying Tiger sauce and the Nigella idea of a post marinade for a steak, this takes a cheap steak to another level and packs a real flavour punch. Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 steaks – choose your cut Bunch of fresh coriander washed 1 red chilli 1 tbsp of fish sauce 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice Pinch of salt Method; Place the marinade ingredients in a mini blender and pulse until you have a finely chopped ‘sauce’. Cook your steaks to…

Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew

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Slow Cooked Minty Lamb Stew Serves 2 Ingredients; 2 lamb shanks Bunch of fresh mint Tsp of dried rosemary I can of chopped tomatoes Tablespoon on chicken stock powder Sliced mushrooms Two onions quartered Water – fill up empty tomatoes can 1 1/2 Salt and pepper Method; Place everything in the slow cooker and cook according to your cookers settings, mine took a good 4 hours on high. Once the meat is falling off the bone take out the meat and bones and a cup…

Recent Blogs

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Mr Burger Chapel Street

Mr Burger, their trucks are welcome in any ‘burb and lucky old Chapel Street has a bricks and mortar home with burgers just waiting to be picked up or you can grab a seat inside. The is super simple, Mr Burger is your cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Mr Meat has a little more going on with BBQ sauce and caramelised onions. Mr Hot has onion rings, bacon and chilli mayo. And then you can have chicken, double burgers and…

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Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan has opened up in prime position on Bourke Street and offering the busy CBD crowd a serving of Michelin starred dumplings at a very reasonable price. Finally the queues out of the door have died down and we were able to grab a spot and a couple of beers whilst we refuelled for a little more shopping. One of the specials was the Cheesey prawn croutons, super crunchy fried balls packed with prawn and cheese – I don’t know how they made…

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No. 84

No. 84 Bridport Street is home to good coffee and a menu that is far from your average smashed avocado and scrambled eggs on toast. Dishes like Eggs benedict with maple bacon and potato rosti or a quack burger with succulent duck or chai infused porridge with almond praline. You can still have smashed avocado but there are a lot of other dishes to try too! Hubby was thrilled with his open steak sandwich with minute steak, maple glazed bacon, fried egg, asparagus, cheese, tomato…

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Cafe Lafayette

Cafe Lafayette on the Port Melbourne seafront is a lovely, light, breezy spot with a cool fit out and really happy staff!! The menu is all about great breakfast and some very special specials. Looking around you can see some very smug customers with crazy good looking concoctions of ‘Signature Freaky Shakes’ with popcorn and donuts and lots more…. I’m not sure where you would start or whether you would eat again for the rest of the day with the Brownie and double chocolate –…

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Meatworks Co.

Meat works Co. just a shot trot down Clarendon Street, it’s in our hood and we love it! A refined BBQ with stacks of good dishes to share and some very reasonable clean skin wines. Polenta chips with garlic aioli so very, very delicious! Presenting the ‘The Red Meat Platter’ With 20 Hour Smoked Pulled Brisket, 16 Hour Smoked Hand Torn Pork Shoulder, Sticky Lamb Ribs, Tomahawk Beef Ribs, Smokey Plumb Glazed Pork Ribs, Meatworksco BBQ Sauce, Meatworksco Chili Sauce, Tomato Chutney and Pickles bit…

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Miss Chu Tuckshop

We love Miss Chu and now she has set up home in South Melbourne we can drop by or we can get amazing, lovely food delivered. Shanghai pork dumplings are one of hubby’s favourites and he loves these little bundles of fragrant pork in their wobbly little jackets. Prawn and crab net spring rolls are my absolutely addiction, I would eat these all day every day if I could!! Super crunchy little net rolls with delish stuffing. Crispy Chilli Squid has divided the family, I…

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Banff

My favourite little hole in the wall pizza spot, it’s not fancy, wine is reasonably priced and served in water glasses, pizzas are less than $10 and the service is easy going. Oh yes!! The garlic, rock salt and olive oil – simple and perfectly done. This is my absolute favourite. Napoli with bocconcini and fresh basil, sensational! Roasted Italian Sausage with Napoli, caramelised onions and olives – they are all just a plate size pizza that you can share and enjoy with a lovely…

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House of Crabs

Welcome to the House of Crabs and have yourself a ‘lagerita’ and a very good time! It’s time to put your gloves and bibs on and get cracking! Coconut peel and eat shrimp covered in toasted coconut and breadcrumbs we were delicious. South Australia mussels, poured out of their bag onto the plate, they were tender and lovely. Alaskan snow crab… well the legs! $55 worth but where does the rest of the crab go? Now you have to work for your dinner and get…

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Indian Palace

We love a good curry and a soft pillowy naan! When in Brighton you should check out Indian Palace, an easy going, reasonably priced little curry place that is always service with a smile and lately dosa with a table extension!! How good does that look!! Dosas are South Indian pancakes, made from rice and lentil mixture, served with sambhar (lentil broth), filled with mushrooms and cheese – so it was almost like a pizza dosa! Just break off peices and dip into that lovely…

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Lady Carolina

Lady Carolina were lovely enough to invite us down for a visit and check out what’s happening with a new menu and a beautiful restaurant, it’s a big space with an outdoor area and plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Perhaps a bit cold, it’s hard to heat a big space like this but the food and friendly staff certainly warm you up! There is great food, great drinks and a lot of passion with the team and we loved every bit of our…

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Radio Mexico Norte

We’ve always been a fan of Radio Mexico in St Kilda but I hadn’t thought of of the Northcote sister or realised how close it was to fave gig venue Northcote Social. So it was a great surprise to be wondering along High Street and my plan A and B both failed and then there was a welcoming light up the side street and Radio Mexico Norte was there waiting to feed me! We weren’t super hungry but needed a little sustenance to keep us…

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Ichi Ni

There are few restaurants I go to in Melbourne as frequently as I go to Ichi Ni on the St Kilda front, it’s my favourite place to enjoy a glass of wine, watch the sun set over the bay and enjoy some of Melbourne’s best Japanese. It’s mid afternoon and we wanted some wine and snacks. So a cold glass of Chardonnay and some pork gyoza are a perfect match. Nice little pot stickers, burnished on one side and full of fragrant pork with a…

Cookbooks

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Sally Wise Slow Cooker 2

  Going back to an old favourite with Sally Wise and her simple and easy slow cooker recipes, these little books pack a powerful punch with just a few ingredients from the pantry and your pick of protein, 4 – 6 hours later you’ll have comforting winter warmer dish ready to go.   Recipe 1 – Chilli con carne It took at least 3 minutes to get this one ready! Open mince, put in slow cooker, put in stock, tomato paste, herbs and spices and…

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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

Always been a big fan of Lorraine Pascale and her approach to easy and simple but still healthy cooking is a great addition to her books and one that we really got on board with for the week. Recipe 1 – Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins So good, these were super simple to make and hubby loved me all week with these in his lunch pack! Recipe 2 – Meatballs with Spaghetti, Oregano and Fennel Sensational balls, great sauce and felt very wholesome picking fresh…

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