cured ocean trout from Greenpoint restaurant at the emerson, chandon in the city

Chandon in the City

“They put leaves in the bottle?”  What followed was a moment of mutual bewilderment. I was hosting a sparkling wine tasting and had totally misinterpreted my audience. ‘Lees’ is a pretty confusing French terms referring to dead yeast cells. Not a terribly romantic notion but those dead little yeast are quite magical in the way […] Read more…

chicken skewers at bang bang popup at boatbuilders yard

Bang Bang Pop up

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club. Sounds appropriate doesn’t it? Memorable certainly. And in a rather left-of-field turn, within the year is set to become synonymous with great Indochinese food in Elsternwick. For now Bang Bang is a pop up at The Boatbuilders Yard at South Wharf. To suit the current waterfront, upmarket beer garden […] Read more…

grain and lentil salad, lentil salad, pilgrim bar, melbourne,

Pilgrim Bar

I feel like I start so many posts this way but I really do not spend enough time in Melbourne. I mean I live here, I go to work here but I never really explore this beautiful city or take time to appreciate the things that draw tourists in droves every year. When I was […] Read more…

potato croquette with root vegetables at transformer vegan

Transformer Fitzroy

I always thought Transformer was a slightly odd name to call the new, fine-dining version of that old Fitzroy stalwart, Vegie Bar. That was until I attended a Vegan and the Vine event as part of Good Food and Wine month. I’ve concluded that it is called Transformer because it will transform the way you think […] Read more…

acai sorbet with cocoa nibs and frozen chilli at sit charles fitzroy

Sir Charles

Most of the time Sir Charles is a  delightful little cafe just off the main drag in Fitzroy serving up inventive and beautifully executed takes on usual cafe fare. For example, Eggs Benedict arrives with panko crumbed eggs, sriracha hollandaise, chilli and bacon served with roti. However, recently, under chef Stephen Hogan, they have begun […] Read more…

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