26 Oct
2014

Not many are willing to travel all the way from the outer east side all the way over the bridge to the west side, so I’m lucky to have Ms L who doesn’t mind the mini road trip when it comes to good food. Ms L had been eager to try Seddon Deadly Sins for a while and it was one of those days when she felt like she needed a day off work, that we made our way to Seddon. We felt extremely welcomed when we arrived at Seddon Deadly Sins, as if we were regulars coming back for our weekly visit. Our coffees were rich and strong, suiting our palates well especially considering that Ms L is incredibly picky when it comes to her long macchiatos.

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18 Oct
2014

It was like there was a pornographic movie playing in the background.

The hushed murmurs and the muffled squeals of excitement from our neighbouring diners seemed to show their unequivocal appreciation for their meal. From their first bite into the spiced prawn cracker, to slurping down their oysters and finally, when they nipped their golden egg with a knife to see the requisite egg yolk oozing out. Admittedly, Mr A and I both had the same quieter sentiments – upon first bite of the first few dishes, our eyes were rolling back into their sockets.

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6 Oct
2014

Melbourne is consistently on point with food trends – instagram-worthy food like fluffy hotcakes accessorised with a colourful array of edible flowers and fresh fruit; frozen yoghurt dispensaries popping up on every corner, both north and south of the river; cold pressed juices and healthy smoothies served in mason jars; and the latest one to start making an appearance on menus – things made with food-grade edible charcoal. Charcoal food products are becoming more mainstream – what, with charcoal brioche buns encasing meat patties, ice creams scooped into charcoal waffle cones; and now, after supplying select cafes for a short while earlier this year, Nora has opened shop in Carlton with a range of their signature charcoal tarts.

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1 Oct
2014

If you haven’t noticed lately, my posts have been sporadic and spanning towards the monthly basis now – a cumulation of getting caught up in work, life and obsessively planning our trip to America at the end of the year. I feel major guilt neglecting my little food baby (my blog, not my stomach. My stomach is always well fed!) but the urge to relax after a long day at work always wins over writing and editing. Still, enjoying good food with loved ones is still a significant aspect of life I’m happily partaking in; and to celebrate our father this year, we decided to take him out to a neighbourhood Italian restaurant. At Assaggi Italiani, we are greeted with upbeat Italian greetings and heavy accented wait staff, while being led up the stairs to a private room for our table of nine.

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19 Aug
2014

Kyneton is a small and sleepy town, with the locals all know one another and can be seen pulled over on opposite sides of the road and hanging out of their respective car windows having a gab. With a little time before dinner, we soaked in the Winter sun at Monsieur Pierre while enjoying a raspberry and coconut slice and their signature Gypsy spice hot chocolate. Now, I’ve never really understood the fascination with chilli chocolate but now may have been converted with a simple sip of this drink. Rich, thick chocolate liquid with a slight spice lingering on the tongue – an ideal pick me up after a long drive.

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19 Aug
2014

There was a mad scramble for dinner reservations when word first got out about Champions Bistro. Occupying the dining space in an unassuming suburban bowls club in Melbourne’s South, most sessions were booked out months in advance due to the limited span of the temporary restaurant. It is only now, after a few extensions due to popular demand, that Clinton and Ali are taking a short hiatus in September to rest and recharge. Without neglecting to signing in at the front counter leading to the bistro, we catch glimpses of smoke wafting up from plates and a collective of interesting looking bites which had us highly anticipating our meal.

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10 Aug
2014

You shouldn’t expect anything less than a crowd of people lining up, out the doors at one of Melbourne’s hottest openings on a Friday night. Andrew McConnell, of Cutler & Co and Cumulus Inc fame, experimented with the concept of Golden Fields at his trial canteen out in Fitzroy last year and it has resulted in the evolution of the new city outlet, Supernormal. While we felt quite smug in our decision to pop by just before the dinner crowds flocked down, I enjoyed an refreshing yuzu sake beverage while Mr A went for a rice lager.

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27 Jul
2014

There are some things that are harder to attain when you live in suburbia – an essential one being a dependable source of good coffee and breakfast fare. Sometimes scrounging around in the kitchen and fridge for something that passes for breakfast wins over the thought of driving 40 minutes through traffic for an inner city cafe so Scarvelli Cafe changes all that now. Scarvelli Cafe sits in a row of shops along Whitehorse road and the vibrant and striking graffiti along the side of the cafe signals that it’s time to start finding parking.

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13 Jul
2014

Disclaimer: I was invited by AMPR to have dinner at Cecconi’s Flinders Lane. All thoughts and opinions are based purely on my experience at the time of visit.

It’s admirable for a restaurant to be long-standing in the fickle and on-trend driven city of Melbourne. Cecconi’s has been established on Flinders Lane for almost a decade, despite the continuous droves of restaurants opening and closing up within a few blocks. There is a sophisticated, formal atmosphere with the open kitchen acting as the main centrepiece – from the offers to take your coat away from you; crisp white table linen dressing the dining tables; and the brushing of crumbs off the table after courses. Upon our arrival for dinner, we noticed some late lunchers who seemed to enjoy their lunch so much, they had started to transition their way into some early evening drinks

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