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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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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…

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Ichi Ni

There are few restaurants I go to in Melbourne as frequently as I go to Ichi Ni on the St Kilda front, it’s my favourite place to enjoy a glass of wine, watch the sun set over the bay and enjoy some of Melbourne’s best Japanese. It’s mid afternoon and we wanted some wine and snacks. So a cold glass of Chardonnay and some pork gyoza are a perfect match. Nice little pot stickers, burnished on one side and full of fragrant pork with a…

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Sichuan House

I must stop trying to kill my friends with spice!!! It’s a cold Friday night and the bar I picked that was supposed to have great bar food is a bit cold and loud and the bar food seems to be a cheese plate so we scurry off in the rain and I have the great idea of Sichuan House. Perfect on a busy Friday night, you can always get a table and it’s BYO or just super cheap anyway!! The menu is huge but…

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Spitiko

Spitiko – our reliable local serving plates of lovely dips, pita, saganaki and grilled meats, perfect on a cold rainy night to bunker down in, their house reds are a decent drink and you and your closest can curl up and eat some real comfort food. Dips with tarama, eggplant, tzatziki and the most beautiful pita breads, all warm and fluffy, you’d feel sorry the gluten free crowd here. Saganaki – a big old slab of grilled kefalograviera cheese with oregano and lemon, you’d feel…

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Sake

Sake has been in Melbourne for some time but there is a different vibe to their new home on Flinders Lane, it’s classy, moody, decadent, fun and loveable all at the same time! The staff are fantastic, we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening party back in April and the same fantastic team are there today bringing sensational food with utter professionalism and skill (and plenty of smiles too!). The space is tricky but they are absolutely making it work with a…

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Hats and Tatts

Hats and Tatts, where the frat boys ‘derelict my balls’, spirits and beer rules and there is some bloody good food on the go. We’re big fans and mis-spent a cold afternoon there playing darts and drinking near the fire. Wines are red or white – and drinkable, so that’s ok! The boys love the beers and I love the food so it’s a good place to be. Burgers are legendary, they just know how to do a good burger, fresh, good buns, good quality…

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Pablo Honey

Pablo Honey, St Kilda’s coolest spot where tequila is king and there is a $2,500 bottle where your $250 shot will get your name on the board and add you to a very exclusive list of tequila legends! The guys invited us down to try out some of their great cocktails and sample the crazy good menu they have going on. So you have to try the cocktails, there were some boys in on a company credit card that were trying ALL the cocktails but…

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Hercules Morse

It’s always a good night at Hercules Morse and there is always a good wine recommendation. Ash will match your wine to your palette or mood or he will whip up a cocktail to help soothe the day away! The food is fantastic and you can see it all coming together in the open plan kitchen – you won’t believe the flavours that come out of that little space!! It’s a tapas style menu with plenty of different styles of food to suit all, we…

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Bludso’s San Antone BBQ

Everyone is loving their American BBQ these days and straight out of Compton is Kevin Bludso’s San Antone BBQ, a third-generation pit master who learnt the skill of classic Texan barbecue in his family’s hometown of Corsicana, Texas, where they’ve been barbecuing for over a century. In 2008, he opened Bludso’s BBQ in Compton, just outside of L.A. and now he is here in Melbourne. How did that happen? Well potentially they told him he could make a whole lot more selling BBQ out of…

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Third Wave

It’s cold, you’re tired and you can’t muster the energy to make dinner….. who are you goona call?! Well order on your phone?! I am a big fan of Menulog and they have so many places to choose from now (this was not sponsored or paid for by Menulog!!) and there are a few places on my re-order but tonight hubby wanted burgers, really good burgers. We have eaten at Third Wave before but now they come to us! Hurrah!! It’s all about meat burgers,…

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Solarino

Lacking a bit of the Italian hospitality, Solarino was pretty quiet and there was no greeting when we walked in, so we stood a bit awkwardly and then decided to take a table, hoping someone would realise and come and see us! Eventually they did and we got some water and menus. The vibe was definitely a bit cold and for a Saturday lunchtime there were only two other tables….. I had that moment of hesitation where you think you should maybe just get up…

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Sons of Mary

My family have recently introduced ‘Winthursday’ where every Thursday throughout Winter they go out and try somewhere new and sometimes I tag along! The other week we ended up in Brighton at Sons of Mary, a cosy looking bistro just off the Nepean and surprisingly busy for a Thursday evening, they don’t take bookings so we waited in the little seated area for a table to come up. It didn’t take too long and guys brought us drinks in between so we were pretty happy,…

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Curtis Stone – What’s for dinner?

Big fan of Curtis since the Surfing the Menu days and now with What’s for Dinner – delicious recipes for a busy life – Curtis is giving us all fantastic recipes we can whip up after a busy day at work! Simple, tasty and they won’t break the bank! Why wouldn’t you!?! Recipe 9 – White Sangria Love a recipe book with a few sneaky cocktails! This was summer time in a jug! Including the gorgeous St Germain elderflower liquer and lots of lovely fruit…

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Rick Stein’s India

Rick Stein – In search of the perfect curry! What an amazing book to go with a fantastic series. I am loving cooking from this book. It has a vast array of different recipes and all you need is a rack full of spices and a few extra ingredients to take you to curry heaven. Recipe 9 – Beef Vindaloo Converted to slow cooker with a massive beef joint! 3 hours later we had a ‘propa’ vindaloo!! You know that level of heat and spice…

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Bill’s Italian Food

September’s cookbook – Bill’s Italian Food from the lovely Bill Granger. Mr G is fast becoming a favourite go too for quick and delicious recipes! Across his selection of books (apparently there are eleven… I am missing some!) I have favourite recipes in each that I know I can pull out and rustle up a feast without a big fuss or cost. Bill’s Italian Food is the latest installment to my collection and throughout September we are enjoying the recipes inspired by his travels across…

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