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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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Pretty Mama

It’s a funny location in the top left corner of town but if you know it’s there you are going to want to go all of the time. There aren’t too many Caribbean restaurants around and I would say this was my favourite of the few we have been too. They take bookings, the space is cool, the staff are lovely, you can see the guys cooking up a storm in the kitchen and they do really, really good food! Along with your imported Big…

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Misuzu’s

It couldn’t be beaten by fire and it won’t be beaten on taste! Love this place and it’s a perfect place for a weekday lunch with a girlfriend, little wine and some really lovely Japanese food. The service is always great here, they will bring you as much food and wine as you like but will also leave you to get on with it when you are taking more than looking at the menu! The chicken yakatori skewers were great with good quality chicken cooked…

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Alice Nivens

Let’s go on a little adventure, I said. Let’s go and find Alice in Wonderland… or Melbourne! Alice Nivens is the cutest little café, snuggled in an arcade opposite Flinders Street Station, they know how to take a boring space and brighten it up. Past the sushi and stamp shops and a rather impressive looking cake decorator shop is a very pretty seating area, outside the main shop but fenced in so that you could be anywhere with rabbits on the table and the smell…

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On It Burgers

We love a good burger and we have wanted to get to On It Burgers for ages so when an Ikea trip is required on a dreary Sunday I totally combined it with a bit of burger research! Amongst the bustling of Victoria Street with is many Vietnamese and Asian restaurants is a little burger diner doing a great job with all your favourite burgers, fries, shakes and rings. I’m a pretty ‘safe’ burger girl but you can get pretty much anything here with burgers…

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Pelican

Not many relationships last 10 years, never mind when it’s with a restaurant but Pelican has been a family favourite since we first had brunch there more than 10 years ago but sadly it’s starting to age and this was the first time it didn’t feel a magical as it always had. If anything it just seemed a bit tired, the menus haven’t really changed in that time and the content doesn’t need to – I still order the same things every time but the…

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Mukka

It’s always a pleasure to be invited to visit a restaurant and even though I drove the guys crazy changing due to various illnesses across the team we made it and it was well worth it!! It was a cold, dark night when we dropped in to see Mukka on Brunswick Street but we soon warmed up with their friendly welcome and Indian inspired cocktail list. Food wise – it all sounded fantastic so we were totally open to the ‘feed me’ option – I’m…

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Coco Vodka

It’s great being a food blogger, honest! Especially when lovely people like the guys from Coco Vodka offer to send you some of their great products to try – Yes, please!! The brand is all about fun and coconuts! NUT TREES COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, THEY WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE IN MELBOURNE Coco Vodka is exactly what is says on the can – a luscious blend of vodka and coconut vodka served in a totally convenient can! Available with a rum option too and a vodka,…

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Bickle

A Caribbean restaurant in Prahran? Who knew! But there she is, relatively unassuming, amongst the bustle off Chapel Street, it’s a nice spot to drop by for Red Stripe! I don’t know much about Caribbean food but I like the sound of the menu with chicken bickle bites, jerk sliders, goat curry, seafood gumbo, rice and peas and roasted allspice bananas for dessert! Even better if you want to go on cruise around the Caribbean they will feed you a selection of food for $45…

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Feast of Merit

Feast of Merit is a great space on Swan Street and friends have recommended it for sometime so it was a perfect spot for ladies who lunch! But it’s not just the perfect meet up space it is also giving back with with 100 percent of it’s profits directly supporting YGAP’s movement of impact entrepreneurs who are improving the lives of people living in poverty. The breakfast menu sounds fantastic with Middle Eastern crumpets with vanilla and cinnamon labneh, pear puree and pistachio praline or…

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Supernormal

Supernormal is a great looking restaurant, a huge bar runs along one side where you can wait for a table or sit next to the people you are waiting for for at least 5 minutes before you realise!! And then you get a table! Or you can eat at the bar too. The dining area is a relaxed and nicely spaced area to sit back and enjoy some shared plates with some good friends. The menu is divided into segments with small appetisers sesame cucumber,…

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The Burger Project

Always impressive to see the business owner clearing tables and meeting customers, especially when the owner is Australian icon Neil Perry. Famed for high end restaurants with Rockpool and Spice Temple it seemed an unlikely move for Neil to flip into burgers but he has approached it with the same finesse and high standards with Cape Grim beef featuring across the restaurant and real pride in serving quality beef to the punters. We use the finest Cape Grim beef in Australia. The beef is cut,…

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Aucuba

      Aucuba is a plant, so I learnt when googling! But Aucuba Coffee Roasters is a fantastic new cafe in South Melbourne with a bright, slick fit out and a menu that will knock your socks off, yes you can have eggs on toast or you can have some unexpectedly intricate dishes from the guys here. There are plenty of seats with the outside seating and it’s a gorgeous sunny day so we are happy to rock up and get some coffee and…

Cookbooks

Tony May

Tony May – Italian Cuisine

Possibly my go to traditional Italian failsafe, this is such a great book and… there are no pictures!! SO no pictures in my blog either!! This is THE book I cook my classics from, it’s straight from the Nonnas and the flavour profiles are simple, Italian elegance. Recipe 1 – Fettuccine alla Carbonara Has just seven ingredients and not one of them is cream!! This is pancetta, egg yolks and olive oil to create a creaminess and richness. I have a tendency to want to…

Sophie Dahl

Cookbook – Sophie Dahl Miss Dahls Voluptous Delights

Recipe 2 – Pear & Ginger Muffins Had a bit of rhubarb lying around so that went in too! Substituted spelt flour for wholemeal flour and oat bran and they are a bit dense but super tasty!! ******************************************************************************************* Last published 21st July 2012 The 2012 Cookbook Challenge – at least one recipe from one book, every week, for the whole year! Wk 26 / Bk 26 – Sophie Dahl Miss Dahls Voluptous Delights Click here to see the adventures so far! 2012 Cookbook Challenge :-…

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Jamie At Home

I don’t think you can go wrong with Jamie Oliver and At Home is a gorgeous seasonal feast from Jamie’s garden. Simple, wholesome, flavoursome and fun there is enough here to enjoy all your market produce at it’s best every day of the week! Recipe 2 – Eggy Breakfast Crumpets Such a great brunch treat! Just a few perfectly chosen ingredients and you have a fabulous feast! Little cheeky hint of chilli and hey presto! Breakfast of kings!! Recipe 1 – Broccoli and Cauliflower Cannelloni…

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