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    Añada

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    One of the best meals I have had in a long time, everything from the setting, the team, the menu and the wine list – PERFECT!! I can’t believe this little Spanish tapas joint has been here for 10 years and I have only just found it. Searching for a little place for a birthday dinner before a band at the Workers Club, this was a great location, just a short walk down and near the Everleigh for cocktails too! It’s small and intimate, maybe…

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    Chameleon Junction

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    What a treat to be invited to an evening at Chameleon Junction. Opening for breakfast and lunch last year, and now adding dinner across 7 days with opening until 11pm, this classy joint is set to shake up the South. We were given generous tasting serves of a selection of menu items with matched wines, and loved them all. The opener, Sardine with Pickled Veg on Crostini was light and fresh, with just the right amount of saltiness for the matched Printhe Riesling. Then an…

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    Ziggy’s Eatery

    Saturday, March 17, 2018

    What used to be a brunching destination and the home of kippers (for me and hubby anyway!) is now a cute burger bar on hipster Coventry Street. Great to have something different and the team were really welcoming. Just opened there was still some tweaking to be done with the air con and POS and there were reserved tables that no one sat at that was strange but we got our seats in a cool spot and were well looked after. The menu is a…

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    SunnyBoy Beach Club

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    The Masters of Mordialloc have scored and taken the old Windows on the Bay Restaurant and created a funky Beach Club. In price beachfront position there is a chilled bar, kiosk and a restaurant with 180 degree views of the sun setting over the sea – pretty much perfect!! The menu is a big of everything for everyone, start with a little something to share oysters, bread and dips, Kingfish Ceviche Taco, East Coast Cuttlefish with Aleppo pepper, lemon, parsley, pangrattato and pea greens –…

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    Clarendon Melbourne

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    The old Clarendon pub is now a Thai with a friendly smile and really good food! The guys have taken a while to get this Thai come boutique hotel come sky bar open but it was worth the wait. Seriously delicious the entrees include these wonderful chilly prawn wontons with so much prawn and amazing flavour – tick! Mini pork spring rolls were fab though the mayo dipping sauce was a bit strange. Chicken skewers were really great, gnarly chicken grilled perfectly and a really…

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    Park Street Pasta and Wine

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    So good we had to visit twice so brace yourselves for a long blog of fabulous Italian food from a lovely little local. Bringing traditional Italian feasting and a damn good wine list too this is a place you can’t help but eat yourself silly!! Dinner always starts with a friendly face and a serve of the most beautiful soft toasty bread and spread with a good dose of fabulous fat! The menu varies based on the best ingredients in season and I like that,…

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    Twenty – Pho Seven

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    Whatever time you need a hit of Pho – these guys will be open and ready to go! Offering fab Vietnamese 24 hours a day and some of my new favourite spring rolls the menu is smashing and the cocktails are damn good too! The menu is a smorgasbord of all the expected greats with rice paper rolls, banh mi, skewers, noodles and a whole heap of pho. The spring rolls were the perfect tight roll packed full of great flavour and a drool worthy…

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    Thai Salmon with Cauliflower Purée

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Thai Salmon with Cauliflower Purée Ingredients: 4 medium Salmon fillets skin on Whole cauliflower Salt and pepper Two spring onions 1 bunch of asparagus Marinade: One red chilli One lime – juice and lime cheeks 1 tsp garlic (I use the jarred stuff) 1 tsp ginger (I use the jarred stuff) 1/2 bunch of coriander Method: Put salmon in zip lock bag with the marinade ingredients. Leave for 1 hour. Preheat oven at 190 degrees. Break up the cauliflower into florets and add salt and…

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    Bambu

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    South Melbourne’s new Asian eating house is looking super hot and the food is pretty damn good too! It’s a big menu with way too much temptation for a Libran but we’ll push on through – start with something small like salmon sashimi with mild coconut & Thai herbs, Smoked ocean trout rice paper rolls, Vietnamese pulled pork sliders, Asian Tacos with Roasted duck and mandarin salsa, Wok tossed tumeric chicken ribs or Crunchy tofu fries…………. I want it all!!! In the words of music…

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    Atta

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    A lovely Foodie invite to try out our new local Indian and what a treat! The space has been warmed up and it’s traditional Indian flavours with a modern twist all round. The order, chef and staff are absolutely gorgeous and the food was divine. Murgh tikka – Spicy tandoori chicken with baby spinach, coriander infused oil and mint chutney. The chicken is super moist and flavoursome and the coriander infused oil rocked my world! Sikandari Raan – Braised leg of lamb with sous vide…

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    Mexican Chicken Salad with Avocado Dream Topping

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Mexican Chicken Salad Ingredients; 1 large Chicken Breast 1/3 Cucumber 10 Cherry tomatoes 1 cup of cooked corn 3 handfuls of mixed salad leaves 1/2 cup of coriander leaves Method; Rub the chicken with a splash of oil and a teaspoon of Mexican Spice (see below), roast in the oven for 25 mins or until cooked through. Layer your salad bowl in one big bowl or individual bowls with leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, coriander, corn and then chop up the chicken and layer on top and…

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    Miss Jackson

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    We love Miss Jackson, just off the hustle of Grey Street, it offers a top spot for a great bite to eat. We scored a table for four on a busy Saturday, there is way too much to choose from with the menu and a whole sheet of specials….. what a tough live we live!! How to choose? Crispy Pork Belly? Eggs Bene? Miso Brussel Sprouts, Baked Eggs, Smoked Hotdog…. damn it sounds so good!! Well a Bloody Mary will help whilst we peruse! I’m…

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    Ada Grace

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Ada Grace, hidden off busy Coventry Street in South Melbourne and home to some very good breakfasts, in size, taste and value!! The coffee is great, the ceiling is beautiful and the menu is packed with tempting treats that can range from granola, paleo pumpkin and spinach loaf, and eggs benedict to buttermilk white chocolate pancakes and immense corn fritters. Hubby went for the Big Breakfast Board a steal at $20.50 with organic sourdough toast, 2 eggs, smoked bacon, chorizo, roast tomato, mushroom, sweet potato…

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    Easey’s Burgers

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Easey’s is a well known spot for a damn good burger in Collingwood and now your favourite burgers have popped in the CBD and lucky for us now can be picked up by Uber Eats. Now with a kitchen at The Bottom End a burger is never far away! “Our menu, designed by James Hurlston, aka Jimmy’s Burger’s, is based on years of travelling the globe on a quest to find the world’s best burgers. After thousands of research escapade’s, he has turned his wealth…

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    Lola Berry – Food to make you Glow

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Lola Berry brings us ‘Foods to make you glow’ – that’s Glow not Grow!!!! Important to not get the wrong one!! It’s a beautiful new book from the queen of fresh and healthy and it is jam packed with great ideas to make your day filled with food that apparently will make me glow, not grow!!! (That joke never gets tired!!) Foodie About Town used to cook from a different cookbook each month, for one year we did one every week! But it’s been a…

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    Recipe: Pumpkin, Kale & Corn Fritters

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    On cold winter mornings when you don’t want to leave the house for breakie these little beauties will make you smile! With the goodness of kale and pumpkin and corn and a really simple batter that you can substitute with Gluten Free Flour 1 for 1. (Makes 4 fritters) Ingredients; One Egg 1 cup flour (GF Flour also works) 1 Cup Milk S&P 200g Cooked Pumpkin Mashed 1 leaf of Kale off stem and shredded 1 Cup of cooked corn 1/4 tsp of cumin 1/4…

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    Grosvenor Hotel

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    It is THE place to be for family friendly gathering on a Sunday lunchtime! We wondered in at 12 ish and laughed that we had been recommended to make a booking but within 60 minutes there isn’t a spare seat to be had across the bar and bistro areas. There is a really nice buzz to the place and lots of happy tables celebrating with family and friends and some really nice food! Apparently it used to be quite a different place but the new…

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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:…

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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Bickle

A Caribbean restaurant in Prahran? Who knew! But there she is, relatively unassuming, amongst the bustle off Chapel Street, it’s a nice spot to drop by for Red Stripe! I don’t know much about Caribbean food but I like the sound of the menu with chicken bickle bites, jerk sliders, goat curry, seafood gumbo, rice and peas and roasted allspice bananas for dessert! Even better if you want to go on cruise around the Caribbean they will feed you a selection of food for $45…

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Feast of Merit

Feast of Merit is a great space on Swan Street and friends have recommended it for sometime so it was a perfect spot for ladies who lunch! But it’s not just the perfect meet up space it is also giving back with with 100 percent of it’s profits directly supporting YGAP’s movement of impact entrepreneurs who are improving the lives of people living in poverty. The breakfast menu sounds fantastic with Middle Eastern crumpets with vanilla and cinnamon labneh, pear puree and pistachio praline or…

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Supernormal

Supernormal is a great looking restaurant, a huge bar runs along one side where you can wait for a table or sit next to the people you are waiting for for at least 5 minutes before you realise!! And then you get a table! Or you can eat at the bar too. The dining area is a relaxed and nicely spaced area to sit back and enjoy some shared plates with some good friends. The menu is divided into segments with small appetisers sesame cucumber,…

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The Burger Project

Always impressive to see the business owner clearing tables and meeting customers, especially when the owner is Australian icon Neil Perry. Famed for high end restaurants with Rockpool and Spice Temple it seemed an unlikely move for Neil to flip into burgers but he has approached it with the same finesse and high standards with Cape Grim beef featuring across the restaurant and real pride in serving quality beef to the punters. We use the finest Cape Grim beef in Australia. The beef is cut,…

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Aucuba

      Aucuba is a plant, so I learnt when googling! But Aucuba Coffee Roasters is a fantastic new cafe in South Melbourne with a bright, slick fit out and a menu that will knock your socks off, yes you can have eggs on toast or you can have some unexpectedly intricate dishes from the guys here. There are plenty of seats with the outside seating and it’s a gorgeous sunny day so we are happy to rock up and get some coffee and…

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Baby Pizza

I have a whole lotta love for Baby Cafe & Pizzeria, no matter what time of day you go there is always a friendly smile, great vibe and sensational smells coming out of the open kitchen. It’s great for a coffee and freshly baked mega sized muffin, perfect for a little pasta and pizza for lunch and though I have never made if over for dinner I imagine it make for a great date night or catch up with friends. Whatever you have, I strongly…

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Royal Stacks

If you happen to be on Collins Street and in need of a good burger you should definitely drop by Royal Stacks and pick up a little something delicious. Go single stack or double stack with daily minced beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickle and special sauce. Or the Price Harry with swiss cheese and horseradish or The King with a mac and cheese croquette or the Miss Elizabeth with swiss and truffle mayo. There is something for every royal taste and plenty of treats on…

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Academy Kitchen & Bar

Bridge Road Richmond is a street full of foodie fun with a plethora of different cuisines and so many choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ladies who lunch found Academy Kitchen and Bar by accident but we were really glad we did. It’s a little unassuming from outside but inside is a cosy, understated, exposed brick eatery with friendly staff and a level of plating that hinted at a very talented team in the kitchen. There is a fantastic sounding dinner menu with steaks,…

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Cafe 51

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Shimbu

Shimbu is a family run Tibetan restaurant with Tenzin and his mum and dad in the kitchen and more family running the show in the restaurant, I’d never had Tibetan food and we jumped at the chance to come and we were so very spoilt! We let Tenzin pick from the menu for us, there was so much to choose from it was great to let him pick his favourites for us and we were so impressed with the food and the flavours. We started…

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Big Pig, Little Pig

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Eat a Scroll

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Lorraine Pascale – Fast, Fresh & Easy Food

Lorraine Pascale – Fast, Fresh & Easy Food From Model to TV Chef Lorraine offers easy and effective cooking that will wow your socks off!! Recipe 7 – Really Simple Sri Lankan chicken curry with coconut milk and cashew nut rice Loved loved loved! Didn’t quite look like the picture and my curry powder was a bit weak but super easy and LOVED the rice, the sweetness of the cashews was a perfect balance to the heat of the chilli and creaminess of the coconut…

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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

Super Natural Everyday

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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