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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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Meat Market

Southwharf is one of those places you forget is so close and has so much good stuff going on with a couple of good pubs, several good restaurants including great Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish and German. Meat Market is your legendary steak place, with a fridge boasting 1.2kgs Tomahawk steaks you know this is serious! Dinner time can indulge in oysters, croquettes, lamb shanks and pork belly as well as some very reasonably priced steaks with eye fillet, Scotch, Cape Grim Porterhouse or a whole roast…

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Crux & Co

Crux & Co have opened opposite Kettle Black and this once desolate end of South Melbourne is getting pretty alluring! Porridge, Eggs, muesli are the only ‘ordinary’ items you will see on the menu, from there you take off to polenta concia with chargrilled squid ink garlic toast and bisque benedict with tiger prawns, poached eggs and a lobster bisque hollandaise – Seriously!! Lunch is Scotch quail eggs, teriyaki tofu, fontina fondue and pork belly burger….. and that’s before you get to the displays of…

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Bohemian Bar

Bohemian Bar, found at the end of Southwharf and in excellent company with Munich Brauhaus and Meat Market, a little bit of Spain has come to Melbourne and it’s a great place to be. We were around at the late afternoon time with a little one and the staff were great, we took a big booth on the proviso we would be out by 6.30pm – perfect for us as that’s getting near bed time and gave us plenty of time to get some nice…

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The Golden Gate Hotel

Nothing like a good bit of pub grub and we are all big fans of a good steak night and parma night but at the Golden Gate EVERY night is steak night with $10 steaks everyday… but how good can a $10 steak really be? The Golden Gate has been there forever, there have been a few changes here and there but ultimately it’s an easy place to be, great to sit outside in the summer and not a bad place to grab a plate…

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Punch Lane

I love a good date night and I love a good BYO Thai or Indian but some nights you want a little more candlelight and romance and Punch Lane is perfect place to find yourselves tucked away in a dimly lit room with nothing but time, wine, great food and lovely service. So pictures are going to be a little iffy – so be it I wasn’t about to ruin everyone elses night by making a huge fuss and lots of flashes, you’ll get the…

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Shujinko Ramen

Ramen – simply put it’s noodles in a soupy broth with meat or vegetables. Not sure whether I have had true ramen before but we went to a truly authentic ramen shop in Russell Street, not sure who came first Shujinko ramen or the Mortal Kombat character but it all feels like we have travelled across the seas to a far more peaceful place. It’s a tiny little place, probably 30 seats tops and everything small but perfectly formed, I felt like a giant with…

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Stalactites with Uber Eats

The revolution of food delivery in the last year is astounding as we have gone from hopefully having your local Thai pick up the phone and take an order to lounging around on your sofa with a plethora of apps and food services that will bring you pretty much anything your heart desires. Whether you want to cook it yourself but don’t want to plan or shop or if you want your favourite restaurant dish delivered to your door – anything is possible. I am…

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Botherambo

I don’t think I have ever been when Botherambo is quiet – sign of a good place! They are always super lovely staff and though you can’t book they will send you off for a drink and call you or we just took a pew at the bar which worked really well and every time I smiled sweetly someone bought me another wine – even better!!! Too much good stuff on the menu at Botherambo with shared dishes providing more than enough tantalising treats with…

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Belles

I feel like chicken tonight, like hot chicken tonight!!! Belle’s has opened on a ‘getting very trendy’ Swan Street and we love it! I remember there used to be barely anywhere to choose from when popping to a gig at The Corner in Richmond and wanting to get some dinner. Now there is the poshest Hunky Dory and the poshest Grill’d and they even cater for the Messina crazy gelato lovers!! And they have Belle’s, hailing from Belle’s Diner in Brunswick they have brought their…

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Massive Wieners

I had a Massive Wiener and I liked it!! Well I had a small wiener but it was still very tasty!! Massive Wieners making everyone laugh since…. well a while! It’s a very simple and effective proposition – a slightly bigger than a hole in the wall hot dog diner. The counter is small and you often ring to get the guy to pop out from the kitchen, the walls are covered in faded pictures of Massive Wiener challengers and their hot or not so…

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Asian Winter @ The Emerson

What makes a Melbourne destination even more appealing for your Winter gathering? A pop up Winter in Asia rooftop bar will do it! The Emerson has taken their already impressive rooftop with the most amazing views of the Melbourne skyline and have turned it into an Asian Winter wonderland! And to make it EVEN better…. Susie Wong has taken up residency and it delivering a special menu packed full of delicious treats to warm you up and match with specially produced cocktails. For just six…

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Brunswick Mess Hall

I had maybe overhyped this one to friends but we had a really nice time the last time we visited Brunswick Mess Hall and it didn’t seem to shine as bright this time. The menu had changed up a bit which is all fine and even though there were a couple of dishes I missed there were some new to try. There were some frequent check ins to make sure we were turning up for our bookings, the usual ring just after you book and…

Cookbooks

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Donna Hay – New Classics

It’s a biggie! Barely fits in the recipe book holder and there are sooooo many great recipes I want to try. Donna Hay’s New Classics is just as it sounds, the latest and greatest from across cuisines, the fusion of amazing flavours for our everyday cooking. I could not stop cooking from this book, 17 recipes and nearly every one I loved and did a pretty good job with! Probably the best meal I have ever cook is recipes 14 – 17, how good was…

The Burger Book

The Burger Book Adventures

Any excuse to go on a burger rampage across Melbourne!! I love a good burger – who doesn’t? And we are pretty spoilt in Melbourne, so much so you can now buy The Burger Book and take the burger challenge – How many places can you visit? The book is a beautiful combination of burger stories, recipes for the perfect burger elements and a tour of the best burger joints across the suburbs. So who did we visit? Third Wave Cafe – Port Melbourne 9/10…

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Michelle Bridges Superfoods

Good old Michelle, she has created an empire from helping over-eaters far and wide, bringing healthy and easy recipes to our kitchens and saving us all a few kgs! This one is a goodie, heaps of lovely ideas for breakie, lunch and dinner – delicious! Recipe 6 – Chicken and Bean Salad Tender chicken thigh with beans galore and a wonderful minty dressing – hubby made a cracker! Recipe 5 – Lamb Chops and Purple Salad Quick, fast and easy, no nice beet roots at…

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