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    Marion

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Taking over the space that was the Supernormal pop up, Marion’s have lined the walls with wine and are showcasing some spectacular food from the open kitchen. It’s a small space with barely 20 tables but if you are lucky enough to get one you will be taken on a fabulous adventure of wine and food, especially if you have a super wino at your table!! The menu is super seasonal, simple yet complex, made to share and relax as the time ticks by and…

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    Ginger & White

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Another new Breakfast spot in South Melbourne – we are so spoilt lately! It’s generally just places closing or another nail salon or bank opening!!! Sadly this was our favourite Mexican but now a little hipster brunch spot with a great fit out, rocking all my favourite Kmart elements to the point I feel quite at home!!! Staff were friendly and coffee was great Menu holds plates for all with toast, fruit salad, matcha smoothie bowl, bircher, granola and eggs. Moving into the road less…

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    St Luja

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Would you like to come to a four course Gangster Degustation at the hot new cocktail bar in St Kilda with two lovely guys who have just opened a whiskey, cocktail and tapas bar? Yes, I really would!! The guys are running monthly themed degustation dinners to introduce customers to their amazing food and great passion for cocktails and a little bit of a love for whiskey! The first degustation takes you back to the days of Al Capone and Speak Easy bars. Amuse Bouche:…

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    Left Handed Chef

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    You need a good local café to provide sustenance on a weekend, when there’s no food in the fridge or just no energy to cook, you can head to Left Handed Chef for a damn good feed. The team are always lovely and everything is made with lots of love and care, coffee with a smile and breakfast is never a stingy portion! The menu has a heap of options for everyone, you can have toast with break freshly baked on the premises or eggs…

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    Brother Shota

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Brother Shota has popped up in Albert Park and Instagram was making me drool from the gorgeous pictures! We popped in on a quiet Saturday afternoon to try out some of their Japanese fusion fare. Pork Katsu Bao with crumbed pork loin, pickles and shiso tartare, it was nice, the boa had stuck to the board so it was a bit difficult to pick up, the pickles were nice and the pork was crunchy and juicy. Pork Gyoza with sesame ponzu dipping sauce, text book…

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    My Son Joy

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Finally someone has taken this fantastic building in prime position near the market and made it a light, bright, funky place to be! My Son Joy have done an amazing job, they have cleared out the sad, old and weird and have created a top brunch spot for all the busy shoppers at the market. The staff dance around to the Bangles and it’s certainly service with a smile, the coffee is a perfect brew and the menu has plenty of ways to go depending…

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    YOMG

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    It’s gotta be a good burger to drive to Mornington! Well we had to head that way and a bit of burger bribery works a treat with hubby!! But it was a really cool place, great vibe, lots of good energy and totally rad milkshakes (I can still say rad can’t I?!?!). It’s a simple diner feel with a great menu to get your mouth watering with a whole heap of gorgeous burgers – all the usual but then stand outs like the Black Pearl…

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    Foxes Den

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Our menu is created from scratch by our chefs. Everything you see is made in our kitchens because we believe food tastes better when it is freshly prepared. Healthy takeaway food, made by us. Well that sounds like a good start! We’ve walked past Foxes Den in Port Melbourne a few times and it looked great so when we were feeling rubbish one night and no inspiration to cook we got this beauty delivered. Who doesn’t love a chicken? All Foxes chickens are free range,…

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    Good Egg

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    A Cafe dedicated to the humble egg! No really if you are not happy with the egg road then this is not the palce for you! Unless you just eat their hunky potato cakes that are utterly deviant! We were out looking for a late breakie and just neat South Melbourne Market is The Good Egg offering eggs from around the world! Also there is a gluten free bun option so I was immediately happy! You can choose from a variety of directions including the…

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    Miss Siam

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Got a little hole in the wall shop in Melbourne? We can totally turn it into the hottest new bar, coffee drop or restaurant. Miss Siam has opened up the smallest Thai in town, with barely 10 seats but providing an awesome menu and perfect place to grab a quick lunch or dinner to take away. The menu is packed full of deliciousness and a good selection of gluten free, hurrah! The usual suspects are gathered with a few more unusual dishes but you can…

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    Mahalo Poké

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    “Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects Well Big Respects to Mahalo Poké, and the team at Botherrambo for creating this vibrant, super healthy Hawaiian Poké bowls joint. You can ofcourse go the fried chicken option but the Salmon felt positively angelic compared to the burgers and ribs trending right now in Melbourne. So it’s bright and super pretty, there is a breakfast menu with Hula waffles and Aloha Avocado (not your average avo toast) and super smoothies…

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    Queen of the South

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Prahran has a new Queen in town and she is one spicy lady!! Queen of the South has arrived and Foodie About Town was lucky enough to get a preview of the amazing menu and solid, authentic Mexican going down in the bar and the kitchen! Margaritas were a perfect salty, sour sip and went down a treat whilst we drooled over the amazing menu for the night! First up was the Vasito de Elote, our resident expert on the table told us how these…

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    Andrews Burgers

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Andrew’s Burgers is an institution and now with a second opening in the CBD but the Albert Park shop will always be the heart and even better there is now delivery! So on a lazy Friday night you can enjoy burgers galore! Rusty American – With onions, double cheese, lettuce and hand cut pickles. Topped with mayo, American mustard and tomato sauce in a sweet bun. Hubby was pretty happy! The ‘Sanchez Mexican’ with lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion, double cheese, jalapeno, sour cream and…

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    Delhi Streets

    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    Small in size but big on flavour, this little Indian Street Food hideaway is one of my favourites in Melbourne and they take bookings Hurrah!! “Ohh Mighty Parcels!” The Samomsa Chaat are phenomenal! North Indian fried parcels filled with potatoes & peas, served with chickpeas and sweet and spicy chutneys its whole mess of amazing flavours YUM! The ‘Pave Bhaji’ A Mumbai staple with a spiced mixture of mashed veggies served with two toasted buttery buns, it’s a strange dish that is a little unexpected…

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    Pablo Honey

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    We are already big fans of Pablo Honey, the place, the people, the cocktails, the food and the tequila!! It is a perfect spot to hang out with an easy going bar at the front and then plenty of tables at the back to set up at and let the feasting commence! The only bad part is having to choose from the amazing menu and the bill matching the hangover that I usually end up with once we hit the mescal! The classic margaritas are…

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    Misuzus

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    Traditional Japanese served with a quiet smile and a great wine list. We are huge fans of Misuzu’s – which is Melbourne means we go at least once every 6 months!! It is a great spot, as long as the school kids have all headed home and quiet has settled on Albert Park. Then you can sit back with a lovely glass of cold Pinot Gris and enjoy some delectable Japanese Tapas, or Japas! The Tokoyaki with crispy octopus balls, tonkatsu and lashings of kewpie…

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    Kamel

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    What better an idea on a warm night in Albert park but to grab a table outside at Kamel and get an ice cold Riesling and some pretty amazing food. Kamel has been around for a long time and they have remained consistently good serving African food that just wamrs the soul and makes the world a better place. Wine is poured and menus delivered, there is a lot to choose from, from small plates to large and a whole lot in between, tonight we…

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    The Pantry

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    A Brighton local for 20 years, The Pantry is a fantastic little hub of food with the main restaurant surrounded by my favourite Burger spot – Royale Brothers, a mouth watering deli with a crazy amount of amazing food to purchase and now a sushi spot too! It’s pretty busy on a weekend, even early on a Sunday with lots of families and babychinos. We are lucky enough to get a table for six inside and I have already perused the menu and picked my…

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    Aucuba

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Breakfast in the sunshine at Aucuba makes you feel pretty good about life! It’s a lovely place on the corner of Park Street and just far enough away from the noise of Kingsway. The menu is always tantalising and though I want the Mac n cheese toastie I opt for a healthier option. The menu is pretty unique with a little something different from your regular avo smash. There is a clear message here about their ethos, now you mention it – there isn’t the…

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    Bettys Burgers

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. already has a few fans in Melbourne, we snuck in early one weekday but I wandered past yesterday and they were queuing out of the door! Hailing from sunny Noosa Betty’s has a lovely vibe, fresh, colourful and a great menu.  We were in for opening so had the place to ourselves, strangely all of the tables had reserved signs but we were welcome to sit anywhere…. why the reserved signs?? It was lovely and quiet, there were a lot…

Recipes & More

Zucchisagne

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Serves 6 Ingredients for the bolognese; 500g Lean mince beef 2 onions diced 3 stalks of celery 250g mushrooms sliced 1/2 red capsicum diced Can of crushed tomatoes 400g Sachet of salt reduced tomato paste Empty can of boiling water 1tsp of powdered beef stock 1tbl of worchestershire sauce 1tbk of dark soy Teaspoon 1 tsp mixed herbs 1/2 tsp Rosemary 1 tsp oregano 1/2 cup of red wine Rest of ingredients; 8 small zucchini 400g low fat ricotta 1/2 cup of skim milk 250gs…

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…

Beef Bulgogi

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Beef Bulgogi Serves 4 Ingredients; 500 grams beef – either a nice piece of steak that you can slice finely (if you put your steak in the freezer until it starts to nearly freeze you can slice it really easily) or beef strips are fine. 1 pear ½ tsp minced garlic 1 tsp ginger 1 tbsp Soy sauce ½ tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 4 x Spring onions finely sliced 1 pinch of chilli flakes Salt and pepper Method; Peel and grate pear into glass bowl…

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Neo Thai

Cold Singha on tap and damn good spicy Thai food – it’s definitely my kind of place! Super small with the seating doubled with the outside area, you can rock up, have a few cold frothy ones and pick out some very tasty and very reasonable Thai. Perfect thai fish cakes with dipping sauce, plump, juicy, full of fish and flavour – tick tick! Gorgeous little crisp curry puffs, so pretty and perfectly formed and taste very good! Steamed prawn dumplings, all wobbly and delish!…

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Moo Moo Pho

Moo Moo Pho has popped up on one of the fastest growing, ecletic foodie hubs with Korean, Vietnamese, Noodles, Burgers and more all ready for those hungry passersby. Moo Moo is serving all your favourite Vietnamese dishes and pho as well as a choice in burgers across all your favourite proteins. Choose your bun, choose your filling, choose your sides and your flavour fries, it’s all the good stuff! Not in the mood for a black bun I went brioche and the ‘Pho-Gur’ all your…

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Long Story Short Cafe

Long Short Story Cafe is a super little spot in Richmond, the locals probably know all about it but I was really happy to drive past and find this little place and grab a friend to come along and enjoy some lunch with me. The menu has heaps to choose from, breakfast options sound amazing with five grain porridge, buttermilk tim tam pancakes, coconut sago pudding and matcha smoothie bowls. Lunch will tempt you with plenty of salads, braised lamb shoulder, fish tacos, steak sandwich…

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Arbory

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Waffee

Quoting from their site; A mutual passion and the dream of a perfect waffle led two brothers to Belgium. Many waffles later, they returned with a secret recipe in hand.  Combining quality ingredients with love, each crisp golden waffle is handcrafted to bring you a new taste sensation. I am a big Waffee fan, I’ll often start a Saturday shopping session with a quick coffee and a delightful waffle – well you have to keep your strength up!! Choose from Belgian Chocolate or cinnamon or white chocolate raspberry…

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Left Handed Chef

The perfect breakie spot, The Left Handed Chef is baking up a storm in South Melbourne and bringing fantastic breakfasts and waffle donuts to those clever people who drop by to visit. Coffee is perfect, learning to love a black coffee! The menu is just too good, it is so hard to choose, do you have the classics like eggs benedict, florentine or atlantic? Or do you go for something left of centre with Shakshuka Israeli eggs, avocado toast, breakie parma, the green breakfast or…

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Petit Tresor Cafe et Patisserie

Sometimes you just need something a little bit naughty and calorific!! Petit Tresor is not for those on a diet, they are temptation personified! Their beautiful little store has windows, fridges and display cabinets packed full of beautiful baked treats. There are stunning savouries and the prettiest cakes to choose from, a damn good coffee and there are always nice staff waiting to bring you whatever you desire. We dropped by on a day where we really needed some good, hearty food, starving and sleep…

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Chocolate Walking Tours

Dear FoodieAboutTown would you like to come on a Chocolate walking tour?….. ….our answer should always be Yes! We were kindly invited to join the Chocolate Walking Tours a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it was one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. Apart from the luscious amounts of chocolate you also get to explore a little bit more of Melbourne that you might not have realised existed, get down those laneways and get your chocolate on! Amanda…

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Palinka Bar

It’s always great to try somewhere new, especially when they are kind enough to invite you down and look after you like a rockstar! Palinka Bar on Brunswick Street is a Hungarian Tapas Bar – not often we enjoy that one and we really did enjoy! The staff were the loveliest, super friendly, know all about the food and drink they are serving and will do anything to make your night go well. There is a lovely area to sit out the front and enjoy…

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Cabinet Bar & Balcony

One of my favourite bars in town, Cabinet has been bringing great food and drinkies in a cute little avant garde bar with a balcony  (sadly full of dirty smokers) overlooking Swanston Street for a long time, it’s a great place to drop by and you always get a friendly smile and some great bar food. Perfectly grilled saganaki with a little squeeze of lemon, if you are going to have a treat then go hard and go cheese!! The flatbread pizzas are simply divine,…

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Blondies

Blondies Bar is a strange little spot, just a short walk away from town and with the National Gallery, the Art’s Centre and the Recital Centre just close by they will have a guaranteed traffic dropping by for a quick drink before a show and the snack menu is an interesting mix of Asian influences with dishes such as wagyu kim chi burger, chai smoked duck and sweet soy lamb as well as dumplings, fritters and sashimi.     Edamame are always an easy choice,…

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Il Solito Posto

A sensational little spot in town for a great Italian meal and a lovely glass of wine. Just down off the chaos of Collins Street you step down into a little piece of Italian heaven with pasta, ragu, tiramisu and Montepulciano. We haven’t been for a while but it was just as great as I remember and one of the nicest meals we have had in ages. The staff are wonderful, the service impeccable and the food is out of this world.   The ‘Antipasto…

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WIN – Flavours of Urban Melbourne

Grab your car keys, pushbike or Myki (Ggggrrrrrr!!) and get exploring the wonderous world of Melbourne! We all know it is a hub of foodie fun with cool bars, cafes and some world class restaurants… and everything in between!! But I sat in wonder at this food adventurers coffee table book – it is huge AND gorgeous!! Packed with many favourites from each suburb you can start one hell of a bucket list to plan your next brunch, lunch or dinner! From old favourites like…

Super Natural Everyday

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Recipe 11 – Oat Bran Muffins Super healthy and super fab! With fresh strawberries hidden inside these oat bran muffins get a little strawberry compote surprise! Genius, no fuss recipe for a great healthy start to the day!! Recipe 10 – Fennel and Zucchini salad I love this book, especially when you want a good healthy flavour packed dish. This salad is the perfect example of fresh produce dancing in flavours that we meant to be! Super thin, raw fennel and zucchini with zesty lemon…

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Ramsey’s Ultimate Cookery Course

Gordon Ramsey – Ultimate Cookery Course The book is big and full of all of the 100 recipes from the show and my only comment is that the photos are a bit of a let down and don’t do the recipes justice after seeing them on the show! But regardless of piccies this is a great book – one that you could cook from for weeks on end and produce something different every night!! Recipe 12 – Baked Cheesecake LOVE LOVE LOVE! Baked cheesecake is…

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