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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…

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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…

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…

Recent Blogs

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Breakfast Thieves

Behind the super cool of Smith Street is a breakie spot that is packing a hell of a punch, get in early to guarantee a table, though it looks like they take bookings. Marvel at the window of baked goodies and the calm scene through to the kitchen where the team are working in perfect harmony to deliver some plating that would have Shannon looking jealous! It’s pretty hipster but friendly and fun, not that hipsters aren’t friendly and fun! The place has a good…

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Mi Peru D’Carmen

I haven’t had Peruvian before so when a friend suggests a trip out to Parkdale to their local spot we are there! It is super cute, bright thick rugs as table cloths, friendly smiles from the family and a menu packed with first time dishes for most of us. The ‘Empanada de carne’ – peruvian style pastry with seasoned minced beef, olives, egg and sultanas. Was gorgeous, a little dry but we asked for some of the sauce Huancaina and with the red onion salad…

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The Grand Italian Yum Cha

What a brilliant idea, Italian Yum Cha. The Grand in Richmond are pulling out all of their little Italian plates and Chinese steamers and offering lucky patrons the opportunity to try lots and lots of Italian dishes yum cha style. Apparently there is a big team in the kitchen to deliver this joyous parade of deliciousness and you would need it, each dish is meticulously prepared and there are a lot to choose from! Imagine being able to just have a taste of all of…

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Mugen Ramen Bar

From the super cool team at Robot Bar, just across the laneway is the modern, underground, ‘Japas’ and Noodle bar Mugen. Serving up bowls of steaming ramen and some very respectable Japanese tapas dishes. Also serving their own brewed beer in collaboration with ThunderRoad Brewery, you can enjoy the Saison Japan, infused with Japanese botanicals, this combines European complexity and finesse with the four traditional Japanese flavour essentials of Konbu, Shiso, Yuzu and Ume….. tastes damn good!! House made Gyouza, served with Mugen’s special sauce…

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Bistro Guillaume

Whenever we have a celebration, special occasion or anyone asks where they should go for a wonderful dinner I always have Bistro Guillaume on my list, that all changed tonight! Sadly my special meal at one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne was not great. The service was patchy to put it kindly, we eventually got our Champagne and had nearly finished by the time the oysters arrived; Oysters were lovely, well shucked and just with a touch of lemon – magnifique. Entrees I went…

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Thaiger

Tiny tiny Thaiger, hidden amongst the bustle of the Laneways off Bourke St. After a hard days shop you can pop in and pick up a little something to take home and enjoy. It is seriously small, check out the menu outside and then pop in to order your Prawn Croquette, Crying Tiger, Spicy prawn, Pork belly or the Pou Nim – soft shell crab in a black bun. Everything is around the $10 mark so for twenty bucks you and a friend can have…

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Munich Brauhaus

Where shall we go that’s lots of fun, lively, live music, great food and sells beer by the litre? We’re going back to Munich Brauhaus and taking a few native speakers with us! Even early on a Thursday evening the place is pumping, boys crowd the main bar like a Saturday night stag night, those lederhosen clad servers frolic about the place and we manage to secure a corner with a table to watch the fun! Having tried to pull a bit of year 6…

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Dead Man Espresso

Dead Man Espresso is a long time fave of mine, a good local that is just too popular sometimes and there often isn’t a spare seat in sight. But today, the brunch gods have smiled down and said – Yes, you will have great coffee and kale! Though todays coffee is starting to look a bit rude, or is that just me!!?? An all day breakie menu offers a crazy mix of good stuff from daily baked Scones, Super porridge, Chorizo toastie, Green pancakes, the…

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Kong BBQ

The Lucas effect continues with Kong BBQ in Richmond, can’t remember what used to be there but it is now a little hot box of KBBQ fun with queues galore to try out Lucas’s spin on Kpop. It is small but well set up with as many seats as they can get in the place without making it cramped or impossible to move. You can get a table if you are lucky or I quite like a seat up at the kitchen to see how…

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Ichi Ni – My Happy Place

What do you mean we haven’t taken you to Ichi Ni? What sort of friends are we? It’s your birthday… well lets go to Ichi Ni? The sun is shining… well then we should go to Ichi Ni! Any excuse to go and enjoy some of the best Japanese Melbourne has to offer. Sunny Sunday and we have a table on the deck and a cold glass of white, not what goes well with sunshine and Pinot Grigio? Hmmm gyoza, six lovely pan fried pork…

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Pelican

Good old Pelican, you can’t go past this place for a great breakie, full on brunch, afternoon graze or a slap up dinner! In the long time we have been coming here the staff come and go but the vibe stays constant with the same friendly, easy going, excellent service. No airs and graces, just here to do great coffee, good wine and sensational food. Hubby goes for eggs, tomatoes and toast – simply perfect. Great eggs, bursting with sunshine and cooked to that runny…

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Isthmus of Kra

A big fan of this strange little building, now dwarfed by the massive apartments that popped up next to it, the Isthmus of Kra looks like a dark red, den of delicious and we always take friends and family on the promise there will be blue dumplings. And blue flower dumplings there were! The Lotus Blue Dumplings, six little individually crafted, blue dumplings, dyed with Butterfly pea-flowers, filled with peppered, caramelized minced beef. Incredibly delish and so quick to chomp on and all of a…

Cookbooks

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Matthew Evans Book Launch – Winter on the Farm

In the first of several ‘Foodie’ events at Readings of Hawthorn, I was lucky enough to join a small group of Gourmet Farmer Fans to hear from Matthew Evans about his new book ‘Winter on the Farm’. The evening was brilliantly set up with the team at Readings setting up the back area of the shop for an intimate night with a nice glass of wine, the star of the show and even some treats cooked from the book. The team from the Readings cafe,…

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Lunch with Annabel Langbein

When I noticed The Free Range Cook was in Melbourne I had a silly idea we might pass on the street and I could have a Star Spotting moment, but better than that I got to have lunch with Annabel Langbein instead! Twitter is a wonderful place and when I saw a tweet to win the chance to have a VIP coffee with Annabel I jumped at the chance, it was easy to respond about my favourite book, I have cooked so much from it!…

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