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    Ladyboy

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    Ladyboy, just the name makes you want to go over there and have some fun! Brightening up Bridge Road, Ladyboy has attracted a fair bit of attention and the hipster crowd has a new spot to descend on on a Friday night and enjoy. The space runs through a large front room, small adjoining, decent sized back bar and a nice garden area too. We rock up and obviously weren’t able to book a just for four (does anywhere anymore!) and since our friend came…

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    The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a little, an unassuming spot off Church Street, catering to the many workers located around there, unless you are in the know you might never know it is there. It does a really good coffee, there is always a friendly smile and there is a fridge full of goodies all day to make sure you get a well deserved breakie or lunch. Breakie there is always the tempting savoury tarts, a muffin cup of puff pastry with egg, bacon,…

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    Hihou

    Sunday, August 30, 2015

    Hihou! Sounds like a Minion call! But it is actually a tiny little Japanese spot for sake, intimate conversations and Japas! Best of all you can actually book, which you need to as it is tiny and you don’t want to rock up and ring the bell only to be turned away. So best plan for such a tiny bar…. Take a couple of over six footers and watch them fold themselves in and out of the tiny chairs behind tiny tables!!! It’s totally worth…

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    Clever Polly

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Clever Polly indeed, we found a couple of great spots on Victoria Street, territory unexplored previously there was a great looking African joint, a kooky little bar called Providence that plays vinyl and has a great mix of oldies meets hipsters and Clever Polly. So glad we did find Clever Polly as we were in need of a good glass of wine and food and we totally lucked out stumbling across these guys. It’s a small spot, with the tiniest kitchen ever but they are…

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    Lievita

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    We had previously spent a lovely Sunny evening relaxing in Lievita, sat in the window watching the world go by with a glass of wine and some fabulous pizza. Imagine our excitement when they let us know they were now offering freshly baked goods throughout the day including coffee and beautiful doughnuts, pastries and loaves made with the famous 72 hour rested dough that’s gentler on your stomach and tastes wonderful. We raced over one Friday lunchtime to check it out and had a wonderful…

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    Carmine’s

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Apart from the Lygon Street vs Google maps confusion that happens to me way to often…. Getting the Carmine’s was very easy! It’s a Springy Thursday night and there are lots of people out and about on Carlton’s famous Italian mile, Lygon Street. There is a lovely buzz of people touting their menus and enticing you into their restaurants but we are booked in and already late so to Carmine’s we go! It’s a little quieter than the rest, a big space that looks relatively…

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    Rice Queen

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    Big fan of Rice Queen and now our lucky friends live at the end of their road so guess where I suggested we have a catch up over lunch?! Perfect spot for a Saturday graze with a glass of wine or a cold beer. And the best dish to have with a cold beer? KFC – Korean Fried Chicken! Eric’s seven spice crispy chicken ribs tossed with spring onions and whole chillies and served with mint sauce – That sauce is the bomb! Our little…

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    Vietnam Noodle House

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    My new favourite discovery – Thursday night shopping, drinks and dinner – Melbourne CBD we love you! Hour of power shop and a cocktail is time well spent but there is no way we will be cooking by the time we get home so we wander near the tram stops and check out the many restaurants at the top of Swanston and look for the best looking one, with plenty of people in, looking happy and have a spare table for two. The Vietnam Noodle…

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    Melbourne Bars & Pubs

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Bars we know and love Misty Bar Misty is a old favourite down the trendy Hosier Lane, Misty remains true to herself and always delivers a great night with no airs or frills. Cocktails are a must with one of the best Espresso Martini’s and the bartenders recommendation – the Rosé Tinted Glasses a lovely mix with rosé wine. Wolf’s Lair A cheeky little spot hiding in Jimmy Watson’s the Wolf’s Lair oozes personality with kitsch paraphenalia adorning every surface, there is a friendly smile…

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    Mandarin Park

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Mandarin Park has taken over the big space on Park Street occupied previously by a few different places that never really made a go of it so lets hope these guys can. It is big area and when we popped by they had screened off the front right and were seating people in the back area, probably not the best idea, I always thought you put people in the windows to look busy! It is also very well lit, great for my pictures but not…

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    Misuzu’s

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    On a cold, grey Saturday afternoon Misuzu’s is like a warm, welcome hug! Cozy, intimate and smelling divine we curl up at our table and order lots of nibbly things to share with a lovely glass of local Riesling. Service is friendly and fast and our stunning chicken yakatori is in front of us before we know it, a perfect example of how chicken thigh can be seriously sexy! Cooked perfectly and burnished with soy and spices it was a brilliant stick of yumminess! The…

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    Proper & Son

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Proper & Son are adding a little more hipster to South Melbourne Market, with a clean, fresh layout, tantalising cakes and a seasonal fresh menu to deliver breakfast or lunch when it calls. Breakie can be homebaked banana bread with honeycomb butter or Brioche with roasted stone fruit and hazelnut mascarpone or Buttermilk hotcakes with maple, pecans and lemon curd. Be tempted with a potato and corn beef cake with egg their own HP sauce. ‘The Marketeer’ with smokey bacon, soft egg and onion roll…

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    Araliya

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    Sometimes, when we are very lucky foodies, we get a special invitation to join a table of similar foodie friends to enjoy a special night with a specially selected Chef’s menu. When we were invited down to Araliya we were excited to hear there was a Sri Lankan restaurant just nearby in St Kilda. The lovely owners and founders of Araliya, Sam and Dee Wedande, originally feeding Hawthorn for many years officially opened Araliya in June 2014, with Sam in the kitchen as executive chef…

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    The Corner Store

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    There is always a great vibe at The Corner Store and with their new Winter menu ready to go we settle in for some great food and a good night. Hmm yummy pork crackling with apple sauce, so very naughty, soooo very crunchy and soooo very nice!! Perfect partner to a cold beer. Crispy, crunchy lovely cheesey croquettes, perfect dipping sauce – enough said! Holy cow! The 18 hour short ribs with burnt onion puree, cherry tomato compote, chard, onion rings and mash potatoes it’s…

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    O’Connell’s Hotel

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Oh we love O’Connell’s Hotel, a long time resident of South Melbourne you can enjoy a lovely glass of wine, some damn good food and a friendly smile. Just a little hidden off the beaten track, the locals know and love their O’Connell’s and there is always a welcome vibe and a good gathering of familiar faces enjoying a bit of sport on the tv and a beer. The food is something O’Connell’s take pride in and the restaurant areas are always busy with happy…

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    The Roving Marrow at The Astor

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Let’s just put it out there…. hands down one of the best meals I have had in a long time! Amazing food, creative menu, brilliant staff and all round a really lovely evening. We were lucky enough to be invited down to see what was happening at the Roving Marrow and I couldn’t believe the change around for The Astor, a once daggy old pub with very few reasons to venture inside. Now a modern, chic front bar leads through to a seriously good restaurant….

Recipes & More

Rosella Soups

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A very lucky foodie received a beautiful box with lots of lovely treats from Rosella Soups including a selection of their tinned soups plus recipes and ingredients to make a lovely pie or stroganoff. I am the first to love making a nice big pot of fresh soup when you have time at home but if not Rosella soups are Aussie owned and use local, quality ingredients to provide a comforting bowl of soup on a cold winter night. Wonderful, rich cream of tomato soup…

Baked Oozey Camembert

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Baked Oozey Camembert Ingredients One boxed camambert 3 whole garlic cloves 2 sprigs of rosemary Splash of white wine Drizzle of olive oil Pinch of salt Method; Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Take the camembert out of the wrapper and put back in the box, make slices across the rind of the cheese to make a large grid. Poke the whole garlic cloves where the grid crosses. Remove the rosemary sprigs from the stalk and poke into the slices in the rid. Sprinkle…

Breakie Eggs in Ham Cups

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Ingredients (Makes 3); 3 Slices of ham 3 Eggs 1 Avocado Handful of low fat mozzarella Pinch of paprika Method; Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees. Put the slices of ham into the bottom of a non stick muffin tin. Crack the eggs into the ‘ham cup’ – it’s easier to crack into a measuring jug and then pour in individually. Sprinkle cheese on top and put in the oven for 15-20 mins. Plate with half an avocado and a sprinkle of paprika. Bon…

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Ladyboy

Ladyboy, just the name makes you want to go over there and have some fun! Brightening up Bridge Road, Ladyboy has attracted a fair bit of attention and the hipster crowd has a new spot to descend on on a Friday night and enjoy. The space runs through a large front room, small adjoining, decent sized back bar and a nice garden area too. We rock up and obviously weren’t able to book a just for four (does anywhere anymore!) and since our friend came…

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a little, an unassuming spot off Church Street, catering to the many workers located around there, unless you are in the know you might never know it is there. It does a really good coffee, there is always a friendly smile and there is a fridge full of goodies all day to make sure you get a well deserved breakie or lunch. Breakie there is always the tempting savoury tarts, a muffin cup of puff pastry with egg, bacon,…

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Hihou

Hihou! Sounds like a Minion call! But it is actually a tiny little Japanese spot for sake, intimate conversations and Japas! Best of all you can actually book, which you need to as it is tiny and you don’t want to rock up and ring the bell only to be turned away. So best plan for such a tiny bar…. Take a couple of over six footers and watch them fold themselves in and out of the tiny chairs behind tiny tables!!! It’s totally worth…

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Clever Polly

Clever Polly indeed, we found a couple of great spots on Victoria Street, territory unexplored previously there was a great looking African joint, a kooky little bar called Providence that plays vinyl and has a great mix of oldies meets hipsters and Clever Polly. So glad we did find Clever Polly as we were in need of a good glass of wine and food and we totally lucked out stumbling across these guys. It’s a small spot, with the tiniest kitchen ever but they are…

Lievita Doughnuts

Lievita

We had previously spent a lovely Sunny evening relaxing in Lievita, sat in the window watching the world go by with a glass of wine and some fabulous pizza. Imagine our excitement when they let us know they were now offering freshly baked goods throughout the day including coffee and beautiful doughnuts, pastries and loaves made with the famous 72 hour rested dough that’s gentler on your stomach and tastes wonderful. We raced over one Friday lunchtime to check it out and had a wonderful…

arancini

Carmine’s

Apart from the Lygon Street vs Google maps confusion that happens to me way to often…. Getting the Carmine’s was very easy! It’s a Springy Thursday night and there are lots of people out and about on Carlton’s famous Italian mile, Lygon Street. There is a lovely buzz of people touting their menus and enticing you into their restaurants but we are booked in and already late so to Carmine’s we go! It’s a little quieter than the rest, a big space that looks relatively…

bao

Rice Queen

Big fan of Rice Queen and now our lucky friends live at the end of their road so guess where I suggested we have a catch up over lunch?! Perfect spot for a Saturday graze with a glass of wine or a cold beer. And the best dish to have with a cold beer? KFC – Korean Fried Chicken! Eric’s seven spice crispy chicken ribs tossed with spring onions and whole chillies and served with mint sauce – That sauce is the bomb! Our little…

BBQ pork

Vietnam Noodle House

My new favourite discovery – Thursday night shopping, drinks and dinner – Melbourne CBD we love you! Hour of power shop and a cocktail is time well spent but there is no way we will be cooking by the time we get home so we wander near the tram stops and check out the many restaurants at the top of Swanston and look for the best looking one, with plenty of people in, looking happy and have a spare table for two. The Vietnam Noodle…

Mistys

Melbourne Bars & Pubs

Bars we know and love Misty Bar Misty is a old favourite down the trendy Hosier Lane, Misty remains true to herself and always delivers a great night with no airs or frills. Cocktails are a must with one of the best Espresso Martini’s and the bartenders recommendation – the Rosé Tinted Glasses a lovely mix with rosé wine. Wolf’s Lair A cheeky little spot hiding in Jimmy Watson’s the Wolf’s Lair oozes personality with kitsch paraphenalia adorning every surface, there is a friendly smile…

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NIgellisima

Nigellisima

Huge fan of Nigella and lets face it, she is having a bit of shit time at the moment so to show our support for an amazing woman and cook we are cooking from Nigellisima throughout August. Recipe 11 – Eggs in Purgatory Again! August 2015 Going back again to this fantastic breakfast dish – if you have eggs, canned tomatoes and some chilli you have a smashing breakfast in the making, just add a crunchy baguette and you will have a very happy hubby!…

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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…

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