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    Clarendon Melbourne

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    The old Clarendon pub is now a Thai with a friendly smile and really good food! The guys have taken a while to get this Thai come boutique hotel come sky bar open but it was worth the wait. Seriously delicious the entrees include these wonderful chilly prawn wontons with so much prawn and amazing flavour – tick! Mini pork spring rolls were fab though the mayo dipping sauce was a bit strange. Chicken skewers were really great, gnarly chicken grilled perfectly and a really…

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    Park Street Pasta and Wine

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    So good we had to visit twice so brace yourselves for a long blog of fabulous Italian food from a lovely little local. Bringing traditional Italian feasting and a damn good wine list too this is a place you can’t help but eat yourself silly!! Dinner always starts with a friendly face and a serve of the most beautiful soft toasty bread and spread with a good dose of fabulous fat! The menu varies based on the best ingredients in season and I like that,…

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    Twenty – Pho Seven

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    Whatever time you need a hit of Pho – these guys will be open and ready to go! Offering fab Vietnamese 24 hours a day and some of my new favourite spring rolls the menu is smashing and the cocktails are damn good too! The menu is a smorgasbord of all the expected greats with rice paper rolls, banh mi, skewers, noodles and a whole heap of pho. The spring rolls were the perfect tight roll packed full of great flavour and a drool worthy…

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    Thai Salmon with Cauliflower Purée

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Thai Salmon with Cauliflower Purée Ingredients: 4 medium Salmon fillets skin on Whole cauliflower Salt and pepper Two spring onions 1 bunch of asparagus Marinade: One red chilli One lime – juice and lime cheeks 1 tsp garlic (I use the jarred stuff) 1 tsp ginger (I use the jarred stuff) 1/2 bunch of coriander Method: Put salmon in zip lock bag with the marinade ingredients. Leave for 1 hour. Preheat oven at 190 degrees. Break up the cauliflower into florets and add salt and…

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    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    South Melbourne’s new Asian eating house is looking super hot and the food is pretty damn good too! It’s a big menu with way too much temptation for a Libran but we’ll push on through – start with something small like salmon sashimi with mild coconut & Thai herbs, Smoked ocean trout rice paper rolls, Vietnamese pulled pork sliders, Asian Tacos with Roasted duck and mandarin salsa, Wok tossed tumeric chicken ribs or Crunchy tofu fries…………. I want it all!!! In the words of music…

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    Monday, September 25, 2017

    A lovely Foodie invite to try out our new local Indian and what a treat! The space has been warmed up and it’s traditional Indian flavours with a modern twist all round. The order, chef and staff are absolutely gorgeous and the food was divine. Murgh tikka – Spicy tandoori chicken with baby spinach, coriander infused oil and mint chutney. The chicken is super moist and flavoursome and the coriander infused oil rocked my world! Sikandari Raan – Braised leg of lamb with sous vide…

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    Mexican Chicken Salad with Avocado Dream Topping

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Mexican Chicken Salad Ingredients; 1 large Chicken Breast 1/3 Cucumber 10 Cherry tomatoes 1 cup of cooked corn 3 handfuls of mixed salad leaves 1/2 cup of coriander leaves Method; Rub the chicken with a splash of oil and a teaspoon of Mexican Spice (see below), roast in the oven for 25 mins or until cooked through. Layer your salad bowl in one big bowl or individual bowls with leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, coriander, corn and then chop up the chicken and layer on top and…

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    Miss Jackson

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    We love Miss Jackson, just off the hustle of Grey Street, it offers a top spot for a great bite to eat. We scored a table for four on a busy Saturday, there is way too much to choose from with the menu and a whole sheet of specials….. what a tough live we live!! How to choose? Crispy Pork Belly? Eggs Bene? Miso Brussel Sprouts, Baked Eggs, Smoked Hotdog…. damn it sounds so good!! Well a Bloody Mary will help whilst we peruse! I’m…

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    Ada Grace

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Ada Grace, hidden off busy Coventry Street in South Melbourne and home to some very good breakfasts, in size, taste and value!! The coffee is great, the ceiling is beautiful and the menu is packed with tempting treats that can range from granola, paleo pumpkin and spinach loaf, and eggs benedict to buttermilk white chocolate pancakes and immense corn fritters. Hubby went for the Big Breakfast Board a steal at $20.50 with organic sourdough toast, 2 eggs, smoked bacon, chorizo, roast tomato, mushroom, sweet potato…

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    Easey’s Burgers

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Easey’s is a well known spot for a damn good burger in Collingwood and now your favourite burgers have popped in the CBD and lucky for us now can be picked up by Uber Eats. Now with a kitchen at The Bottom End a burger is never far away! “Our menu, designed by James Hurlston, aka Jimmy’s Burger’s, is based on years of travelling the globe on a quest to find the world’s best burgers. After thousands of research escapade’s, he has turned his wealth…

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    Lola Berry – Food to make you Glow

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Lola Berry brings us ‘Foods to make you glow’ – that’s Glow not Grow!!!! Important to not get the wrong one!! It’s a beautiful new book from the queen of fresh and healthy and it is jam packed with great ideas to make your day filled with food that apparently will make me glow, not grow!!! (That joke never gets tired!!) Foodie About Town used to cook from a different cookbook each month, for one year we did one every week! But it’s been a…

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    Recipe: Pumpkin, Kale & Corn Fritters

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    On cold winter mornings when you don’t want to leave the house for breakie these little beauties will make you smile! With the goodness of kale and pumpkin and corn and a really simple batter that you can substitute with Gluten Free Flour 1 for 1. (Makes 4 fritters) Ingredients; One Egg 1 cup flour (GF Flour also works) 1 Cup Milk S&P 200g Cooked Pumpkin Mashed 1 leaf of Kale off stem and shredded 1 Cup of cooked corn 1/4 tsp of cumin 1/4…

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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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    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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    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…

Recipes & More


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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


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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