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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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Salon De Sushi

Sushi delivered – my life is complete! Ok it is a bit of a lazy move to get Salon de Sushi delivered when we could walk there in five minutes but it’s dark, cold and I am in joggy pants! Bring me the sushi!! The menu is crazy good with sushi, miso, bento, nagiri, chirashi, edaname, tataki and so much sushi you can have it all! It comes beautifully packed and on time with a nice guy delivering – tick, tick, tick! You even get…

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Mr Burger Chapel Street

Mr Burger, their trucks are welcome in any ‘burb and lucky old Chapel Street has a bricks and mortar home with burgers just waiting to be picked up or you can grab a seat inside. The is super simple, Mr Burger is your cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Mr Meat has a little more going on with BBQ sauce and caramelised onions. Mr Hot has onion rings, bacon and chilli mayo. And then you can have chicken, double burgers and…

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Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan has opened up in prime position on Bourke Street and offering the busy CBD crowd a serving of Michelin starred dumplings at a very reasonable price. Finally the queues out of the door have died down and we were able to grab a spot and a couple of beers whilst we refuelled for a little more shopping. One of the specials was the Cheesey prawn croutons, super crunchy fried balls packed with prawn and cheese – I don’t know how they made…

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No. 84

No. 84 Bridport Street is home to good coffee and a menu that is far from your average smashed avocado and scrambled eggs on toast. Dishes like Eggs benedict with maple bacon and potato rosti or a quack burger with succulent duck or chai infused porridge with almond praline. You can still have smashed avocado but there are a lot of other dishes to try too! Hubby was thrilled with his open steak sandwich with minute steak, maple glazed bacon, fried egg, asparagus, cheese, tomato…

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Cafe Lafayette

Cafe Lafayette on the Port Melbourne seafront is a lovely, light, breezy spot with a cool fit out and really happy staff!! The menu is all about great breakfast and some very special specials. Looking around you can see some very smug customers with crazy good looking concoctions of ‘Signature Freaky Shakes’ with popcorn and donuts and lots more…. I’m not sure where you would start or whether you would eat again for the rest of the day with the Brownie and double chocolate –…

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Meatworks Co.

Meat works Co. just a shot trot down Clarendon Street, it’s in our hood and we love it! A refined BBQ with stacks of good dishes to share and some very reasonable clean skin wines. Polenta chips with garlic aioli so very, very delicious! Presenting the ‘The Red Meat Platter’ With 20 Hour Smoked Pulled Brisket, 16 Hour Smoked Hand Torn Pork Shoulder, Sticky Lamb Ribs, Tomahawk Beef Ribs, Smokey Plumb Glazed Pork Ribs, Meatworksco BBQ Sauce, Meatworksco Chili Sauce, Tomato Chutney and Pickles bit…

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Miss Chu Tuckshop

We love Miss Chu and now she has set up home in South Melbourne we can drop by or we can get amazing, lovely food delivered. Shanghai pork dumplings are one of hubby’s favourites and he loves these little bundles of fragrant pork in their wobbly little jackets. Prawn and crab net spring rolls are my absolutely addiction, I would eat these all day every day if I could!! Super crunchy little net rolls with delish stuffing. Crispy Chilli Squid has divided the family, I…

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Banff

My favourite little hole in the wall pizza spot, it’s not fancy, wine is reasonably priced and served in water glasses, pizzas are less than $10 and the service is easy going. Oh yes!! The garlic, rock salt and olive oil – simple and perfectly done. This is my absolute favourite. Napoli with bocconcini and fresh basil, sensational! Roasted Italian Sausage with Napoli, caramelised onions and olives – they are all just a plate size pizza that you can share and enjoy with a lovely…

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House of Crabs

Welcome to the House of Crabs and have yourself a ‘lagerita’ and a very good time! It’s time to put your gloves and bibs on and get cracking! Coconut peel and eat shrimp covered in toasted coconut and breadcrumbs we were delicious. South Australia mussels, poured out of their bag onto the plate, they were tender and lovely. Alaskan snow crab… well the legs! $55 worth but where does the rest of the crab go? Now you have to work for your dinner and get…

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Indian Palace

We love a good curry and a soft pillowy naan! When in Brighton you should check out Indian Palace, an easy going, reasonably priced little curry place that is always service with a smile and lately dosa with a table extension!! How good does that look!! Dosas are South Indian pancakes, made from rice and lentil mixture, served with sambhar (lentil broth), filled with mushrooms and cheese – so it was almost like a pizza dosa! Just break off peices and dip into that lovely…

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Lady Carolina

Lady Carolina were lovely enough to invite us down for a visit and check out what’s happening with a new menu and a beautiful restaurant, it’s a big space with an outdoor area and plenty of room for everyone to enjoy. Perhaps a bit cold, it’s hard to heat a big space like this but the food and friendly staff certainly warm you up! There is great food, great drinks and a lot of passion with the team and we loved every bit of our…

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Radio Mexico Norte

We’ve always been a fan of Radio Mexico in St Kilda but I hadn’t thought of of the Northcote sister or realised how close it was to fave gig venue Northcote Social. So it was a great surprise to be wondering along High Street and my plan A and B both failed and then there was a welcoming light up the side street and Radio Mexico Norte was there waiting to feed me! We weren’t super hungry but needed a little sustenance to keep us…

Cookbooks

Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo – The Little Paris Kitchen

One of my favourite cooking shows, the cute and quirky Rachel Khoo brings a natural and fun approach to traditional French cooking, adding her own little twist on her cordon bleu training these are super simple recipes that pack a lot of flavour. Recipe 6 – Poulet aux champignons aver une sauce au vin blanc C’est magnifiuque!!! Loved this, super simple and the best creamy sauce ever – without heaps of cream! Mushrooms yum, penne pasta and we are all smiles and yummy noises!! Recipe…

Jamie

Jamie Oliver – 15 Minute Meals

Recipe 7 – January 2014 – Sticky Kicking Chicken Hubby back in the kitchen and beating a chicken with a little bit too much pleasure!! Love this recipe with asian inspired sticky chicken. We went for some quick brown rice on this one – delish!! Recipe 6 – January 2014 – Chilli Con Carne Meatballs Hubby has taken Jamie into the kitchen and we have been very spoiled! LOVED this recipe and impressed at the bulgar wheat! I never knew it was so easy!! Tasty…

SGF

Neil Perry – Simply Good Food

Neil Perry, the ponytailed kitchen genius, owning some of the finest restaurants across Australia and a leader in modern Australian Asian cuisine – over the years I have a great fondness for Chef Perry and this new book promised great food made simple. And it is! I have never selected so many recipes I wanted to cook up and food that you can easily rustle up after a hard days work. Recipe 7 – Chicken, Fennel and Celeriac Great flavours, love the fennel and celeriac…

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