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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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Polepole

I love the quote on their site to give Polepole some context….. If you are ever lucky enough to trek up the Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you’ll no doubt here the guides repeatedly say ‘polepole’ which means literally slow, both metaphorically and physically. It’s about slowing down and enjoying the moment. Not that the service is anything near slow!! But the mood is and it feels like the kind of place you want to sit back and relax and try some beers and food…

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Sydney Safari

Foodie About Town escaped for a weekend to Sydney and with a couple of recommendations and a couple of apps we went on a fabulous safari some of the greatness Sydney has to offer. Just a short walk from our hotel was Spice Alley, a collection of pop up foodie stops that you can try a little bit of everything from and sit amongst the lanterns and have a great time. With noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and so much more. Kensington Street is a little…

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Coda

How have I never been to Coda? It’s definitely now up there with my favorites. So confession time, I’m not 21 anymore but I’m sure it’s still to early for dimensia to be setting in and yet I managed to book my special Coda birthday treat lunch for the wrong day! So they were fully booked but really lovely and sympathetic to my fragile mental state and got us a spot at the bar. A big menu full of grazing options and a fabulous wine…

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Punchbowl Canteen

Punchbowl Canteen is the epitome of cool, a bright airy space amongst the industrial chic of the backend of Port Melbourne there is a calmness with the bright white furniture and cute pastel branding. Everything is there for a reason and has been thought through ith great purpose, you can tell just from the juice menu! Just Navels – the best oranges, straight up Cliché – kale, cucumber, apple, celery, mint, lemon LadyBoy – beetroot, carrot, celery, lemon, ginger Dad’s Secretary – pear, mint, apple…

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The Railway Hotel

You have to love a good local pub steak night, The Railway Hotel has been a bit quiet sometimes but not anymore, word is out and their $17.50 350 gram porterhouse is drawing in quite a crowd. We were lucky to get one of the last tables and settle in for a night of eating great food near an open fire and with great service….. happy sigh!! So it’s a good all rounder, good outside area when weather permits, nice bar area and then more…

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Ada Grace

Ada Grace is a great spot in the sunshine down a little side street of busy South Melbourne there is some very nice coffee and a really good menu to satisfy all cravings. Buttermilk and White Chocolate Pancakes – Served with fresh figs, strawberries and blackberries, topped with white chocolate flakes, and a side of canadian maple – HELL YES!! Corn Fritters with Smoked bacon, fresh avocado and poached eggs. For big appetites you can go The Big Breakfast Board for $20.50 with toast, eggs,…

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The Montague

The Monty or the Montague in South Melbourne has been through a few iterations over the years, a very blokey pub, a very good gastro – pub, an old mans haunt and now it looks like it is back on track with a bit of a spruce up, some nice candles, beers can collection gone and a great new menu. It’s a miserable cold night and most of the tables are near windows and doors so naturally a little chilly, I’m sure there is a…

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8bit Burgers

There is some fierce competition at the moment for best burgers in Melbourne and we have some definite favourites with Arbory, Royale Brothers, Royal Stacks and 8bit providing a steady stream of fabulous, juicy, succulent, wonderful burgers. But 8Bit has more than just one of our favourite burgers – they have sausage too!! The menu is all good fun with the usual suspects delivered very well, my favourite the 8bit with cheese is a simple Beef patty with Tomato, Lettuce, Red Onion, Pickles, Mustard, Cheese,…

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Juicy Bao

We love dumplings, good, cheap, piles of lovely wobbly dumplings, preferably in an easy going BYO setting – we like to call it Cheap and Dumpliful!! We had picked a different venue down the road but when we got there they appear to have gone so far up their own that they were charging $10 corkage and you were ordering your food standing in the street…. I only paid $20 for the wine so not open to paying 50% corkage and … it’s dumplings people…

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Three Little Dumplings

There is a new dumpling shop on Clarendon Street and we will take any old excuse to get some dumpling time! It’s small and cheap and cheerful, as all good dumpling spots should be! None of this high end, queue for hours for this gal, I want my dumplings hot and less than a $1 each! The service is friendly and easy going, there is free chicken and sweetcorn soup and the beers we ordered on the table before we can decide. Dim Sim, Dumpling,…

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Chiara

I can’t remember the last time I went to a nice Italian restaurant, not the last few were awful but we just don’t seem to have been to any! Chiara is lovely, a brilliant choice by my fabulous lunch date, a little bit fancy and a lot of nice! The service is lovely, friendly but getting the job done. It’s the kind of place you go for a lunch and end of spending alllllll day!! One more chardonnay please!! The menu is traditional Italian with…

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Baby Pizza

Oh it’s all too easy with Uber Eats to avoid cooking after a long day and with so much choice it’s even more tempting. There are new places popping up all the time to now get your dinner from and when Baby Pizza in Richmond appeared I was beside myself – polenta fries to my home!!! I’m a huge fan and used to be much nearer but now unless I get in the car and head on over to see them I haven’t been able…

Cookbooks

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Annabel Langbein – Through the Seasons

I have been on the Langbein train for some time now and am a huge fan of Annabel’s seasonal and simple approach to fabulous flavours through simple recipes. This is a perfect book for a beginner to learn to create confidence in their dishes but also good for working week cooking where you need something healthy, fresh and simple to whip up after a hard day at work. Recipe 11 – Avocado Salsa Avocado Salsa – super simple, couple of little twists made my sad…

UHC

Gordon Ramsey – Ultimate Home Cooking

The new Gordon, no swearing and ego just a great guy with his family, cooking, laughing and helping everyone cook amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the best recipes I have ever tried, quick and easy and packed full of flavour. This is a book you will go back to time and time again. Recipe 17 – BBQ Style Slow Roasted Beef Brisket Looking at this again, I want to go and get some brisket right now!! It was incredibly easy and incredibly tender….

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Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart

Revisiting an old favourite, George knows good Greek and for a lazy Sunday lunch I love a big, luscious moussaka, greek salad and my own lemon roasted potatoes. Recipe 6 – Moussaka This recipe is easy and incredibly delish, our friends loved it for lunch and we enjoyed it for lunch for the week after – it is quite big!! Recipe 7 – Greek Salad Perfectly simple Greek salad – can’t beat it and can’t stop eating it! ****************************************************************************************** Last published 8th December 2012 Wk…

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