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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…

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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…

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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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…

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Biggie Smalls Kbabs

I confess I don’t know much about Biggie but the google machine tells me that Christopher George Latore Wallace born May 21, 1972 and passed March 9, 1997, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. Hits you might know include Juicy, Wha Shot ya, Ten Crack Commandments and Nasty Girl, as well as the Notorious B. I. G. Once…

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Lina’s Bistro à Vin

Lina’s has been a good little local for a long time and it’s a perfect spot rain or shine for some sensational steak and frites! The menu is easy going Euro-tastic with a bar menu and a full menu that changes frequently season to season. Grab a stool at the bar and enjoy croquettes, pizza, charcuterie or take on the full menu with baked camembert, French onion soup, garlic prawns, Coq au Vin, Parisian gnocchi and an exceptional pepper steak. The small charcuterie is very…

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Burgerlab

Burgerlab, an old garage in Parkdale converted into a very cool burger joint for the lucky locals. With two spots open out that way we can only dream they could come to nearer home but it’s a short drive down the Nepean to get a damn good burger fix. The menu has a range of non burger options with a good looking salmon, beef brisket and pork ribs. But I want a burger ….. Hmmmm decisions! I had to go the Special of the day…

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Gru Thai

Recently opened in South Melbourne, Gru Thai is a nice space, there are tables in the window area where you can sit cross legged on the floor or plenty of tables back in the restaurant area. The menu is extensive with all the classics and the service was nice and friendly. Entrees are my dream list of the best Thai treats, I could order them ALL!! Spring Roll, Curry Puff, Chicken Satay, Fish Cake, Herbs Chicken Wings, Mooping & Sticky Rice, Gaiping & Sticky Rice,…

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Kamel with Foodora

I am a huge fan of Kamel restaurant, a Middle Eastern spin on fantastic fresh and healthy food… well as healthy as you make it!! And now, like most, they are delivering to your door! So when you get home from a tough day and you just cannot hit the kitchen – let Kamel come to you. The menu is a tastebud tantalising list of food designed to share, so you can get a few dishes delivered and have your own little feast at home….

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California Burgers

I wish they all could be California! Well your burgers can! This delivery revolution is killing my diet but opening a whole new world up… or not as I don’t leave the house BUT we are trying food from places we haven’t been before! Including California Burger in Prahran, beautiful fresh burgers delivered to your door on a cold, miserable Winters night! The menu is burger focused but there is a lot to choose from including tacos, ribs and chicken but really they are all…

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Chia Chia

I love a bit of build your own lunch, making the right decisions is key but whilst we have been on a bit of a health kick this was a great option if you hadn’t prepped lunch. Chia Chia works on the basis of building your own lunch from the base up…… here’s how it goes; Choose a base; Mixed leaf Rocket Baby Spinach Pasta of the day Baked Potato Baked Sweet Potato You can choose two – making the right decisions here is key…

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Time Out’s Food Awards 2016

Tickets are SOLD OUT!! Melbourne: the Time Out Food Awards are back and bigger than ever and being held at the brand spanking new venue The Cut Steakhouse, Alfred Place, Melbourne see more details here Don’t forget to vote for your favourite Melbourne restaurant and help select the 2016 People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Food Awards are bigger than ever, with our coveted People’s Choice: Best Restaurant Award presented by OpenTable, Australia’s number one booking restaurant. One lucky voter will even win a Golden…

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San Antone by Bludso

When you are mostly consuming meat and veggies San Antone by Bludso’s at the Crown is not a bad option, it’s a little bit pricey but great quality smokin’ hot meats! There is plenty to choose from and plenty to tempt you too. With a whole heap of starters to keep everyone happy, tacos, guacamole, nachos, chilli and fried green tomatoes. When you move into the middle of the menu and get to the Smoke Pit, it gets serious. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs and pork…

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Leonard’s House of Love at The Curtain

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Bombay Sapphire’s Project Botanicals

Possibly the luckiest foodie alive, we were recently invited to an exclusive preview of the Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals event, popping up in Melbourne in September and then Sydney, you will be able to experience some of the amazing Bombay Sapphire Botanical inspired gin cocktails with beautifully matched dishes from the team at Taxi. We were lucky enough to try them all (cue evil laugh!!!) it was a tough afternoon but someone had to do it!! Cocktail number one was the simple and traditional ‘Sublime…

Cookbooks

Lots of books

Nigella’s Christmas

Revisiting Nigella Christmas Recipe 2 – Chocolate Tiramisu Whether is Xmas in December or July, Nigella’s Christmas is a book you can go to any time of year but when you do have to pull out a bit of tinsel and carols this is a beast of a book! So who wouldn’t like Nigella’s chocolate tiramisu? Honestly, the easiest dessert to pull together ever, there is a decadent amount of Tia Maria going on, so no one should drive even after just licking the spoon…

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My Petite French Kitchen

My Petite French Kitchen Cookbook is a beautiful book from Eleanor Ozich sharing simple wholefood recipes. The book is based on the blog Eleanor created to document her ‘road to simple eating’. Packed full of delicious recipes that are both healthy, simple and very tasty. Recipe 4 – Apple and Sage Pork Cassoulet Slow cooked and delicious, simple ingredients that come together and with a bit of sweet potato mash this is the ultimate comfort food. Recipe 3 – Colourful Roasted Vegetable Medley Added in…

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Argentinian Street Food

A book dedicated to Argentinian Street Food – having never been to South America, this is probably the closest I will get this week. Infact, cooking different cuisines is a great way to explore the world from your kitchen! Now this book is heavily swayed towards empanadas and ice cream or Empanadas, Helados & Dulce de Leche. And drum roll……. a key part of this is making your own pastry! For some reason I find pastry a scary proposition but like most baking, as long…

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