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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…

Recent Blogs

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Istanbul

It’s just a little spot on the Nepean near Parkdale but it’s packing a punch in delicious Turkish fare, think delicious dips, grilled breads and plates of wonderful meat!! It’s a no frills kind of place, BYO – simple and friendly. The menu is all the usual suspects and it’s pretty cheap and easy. Our bill was $150 between 6 and my birthday dinner has never been cheaper!!! Dips span all the good stuff but we went for Humus with chickpeas, tahini, lemon and olive…

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Akochochin

A little Japanese by the river in the sunshine? Why not! Akochochin has been around for a while now and it still looks brand new, the service is always impeccable and the food fabulous. The menu has a lot to choose from so every time you go it can be different! We started off with big fat edamame, just a little salt and you can just sitting there popping those babies for the afternoon, perfect with a cold glass of Rose. The Kingfish tartare with…

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Fancy Hanks

Fancy Hank’s? Sure, once we had checked out their uber popular new Palm Springs themed rooftop bar we needed some sustenance and the bar staff were nice enough to nip down and secure us a table before the rush! The fit out is unrecognisable to what used to be here, with a big open dining room, both a little grandiose and modern, there is a massive smoker as you walk in to remind you what treats are in store and their extraction system must be…

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Pacific Rim Thai

A good local will be there for you time after time and will never change their fish cakes recipe on you! And Pacific Rim have definitely not! It’s been a good 8 years now and whenever we go there we know we are guaranteed friendly smiles, great food, BYO and a good catch up with friends. It’s a big menu but I swear we have the same thing everytime because it is just so damn good that I crave it as soon as we leave!!…

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Grill’d

Not a bad burger at all! My local grilled is serving up a very respectable burgers and some of the best sweet potato fries with chilli mayo! There is a great vibe to our local and on a drizzly Saturday lunchtime they are pretty busy with tables full of friends and families getting their burger on! The menu is pure burger loving, they don’t stray, no dogs, no rings we are talking burgers, they know them and they deliver them. Beef burgers come with basics,…

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New Opening: HOPSCOTCH

Welcome to Southbank’s latest resident HOPSCOTCH, the guys were kind enough to invite FoodieAboutTown to a sneak preview and this is what they had to say – Found on the riverside promenade overlooking the river, Melbourne’s new Urban Beer Bar complete with 30 flavours of beer on tap. HOPSCOTCH is a downbeat gathering place with a beer for every occasion. The craftiest of them all will feature as a boutique batch from the custom microbrewery scheduled to arrive on site in January. An exclusive brew…

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Wat Da Pho

When Wat Da Pho first opened we loved it for it’s cheeky play on words and bringing amazing, authentic pho to South Melbourne and we had many a bowl with cheeky spring rolls and lots more. We hadn’t been for a while and the weather was still miserable so a bowl of steaming, wholesome noodle soup sounded just the thing for poor, sick husband. The menu hadn’t changed, though it looked a little tatty by now, the favourites were all still there and we ordered…

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Doughnut Time

If you are going to cheat – you should damn well do it right and go and get a box of Doughnut Time doughnuts! These are no ordinary doughnuts, they are all especially named and designed to please! The window on De Graves Street is always crowded with people trying to work out what they are going to partake in, here’s just a few of the latest – what would you choose?; • Love At First Bite – the signature Nutella-filled doughnut, dusted with cinnamon…

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What’s Happening Melbourne?

  Find out some of the top-tastic things to put on your social media and make everyone jealous this month!   December 2016 It’s Christmas Crazy time and in between the Xmas parties and shopping there are still plenty of foodie fun things to enjoy. 1) The Royal Croquet Club returns to Melbourne for sessions of sun, sounds, eats and a touch of croquet darling! Birrarung Marr Thu 8 Dec – Fri 23 Dec Mon – Fri 5pm till late Sat – Sun 12pm till…

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HopHaus

If you love German food you have to try out the Hophaus, not only do you get a litre of beer in a proper big glass tankard but you also get some of my favourite Deutsche Wurst and Schnitzel and a gorgeous view over the Yarra to boot!! Snack on some small bites with that big beer including the ‘Bretzel’ – a german bread pretzel with Sea salt, pickles and house whipped butter. The Crumbed Cheese Sticks are oozey, gooey, cheesy, stringy gorgeousness! Enjoy Oysters,…

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Delivery with Eat Now

I am both loving and hating the explosion of food delivery services over the last month, the amazing convenience of so many different restaurants delivering to your home at the swipe of a finger BUT then the temptation to never bother cooking ever again and just flop on the couch and let them bring me all of the pizzas, pasta, curry and kebabs…. Not good for the waistline!! We are truly spoilt, especially in the inner burbs where you can pretty much get anything your…

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Arbory

Go to the Arbory and not eat a burger…… why would you be so cruel!?! Healthy eating and making the right choices… not as much fun but hey I can still have a glass or two of Pinot so balancing it all up! The Arbory continues to resonate with a wide group of Melbournians and we went early on a Sunday to make sure we got a table for a special birthday lunch, within 30 minutes of us arriving there was barely a free seat…

Cookbooks

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Urban Harvest

The second book from OzHarvest – “Urban Harvest represents all that OzHarvest stands for: nourishment, goodness and a collective, nurturing team of magnificent people.” Fifty top Australian chefs have offered their favourite recipes and editors, photographers, food tasters, producers and the design team have given their time to bring Urban Harvest together and every copy sold allows OzHarvest to rescue and deliver more than 100 meals to those in need. Recipe 1 – Julie Goodwin’s Corn Fritters These were the most perfect corn fritters, a…

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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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