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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:…

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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…

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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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

Of the beaten tracks of Port Melbourne, head into the more industrial area and you’ll find a sunny little spot where tradies and bloggers converge to gorge on excessive burgers, disco fries, onion straws and mac bombs! There is a breakie menu where the boys can get their egg and bacon or ham and cheese toastie but it’s all about the burgers and the guys at Cafe 51 are building quite a name for themselves in the larger than life burgers and consumption challenges. You…

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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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Eat a Scroll

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POW Kitchen

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Tenpin

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Forbidden Food @ Night

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Lorraine Pascale – Fast, Fresh & Easy Food

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WIN – Flavours of Urban Melbourne

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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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