Nine and a half weeks…

Studying when you are a grown up* is miserable. I know it’s supposed to be liberating, and because you are choosing to do it (rather than just following the pattern of life), you absorb so much more, That may well be true, however what it also means is a complete absence of guilt-free free time. […] Read more…

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…

Wine, Food and Art at Yabby Lake

Five years in Melbourne has seen me visit the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne and full of wineries, only three times. I’m ashamed, but I’m doing my best to rectify the situation. My third visit was to discover the Wine Food Farmgate trail as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and […] 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…

Little nests made of chocolate and fried noodles filled with mini eggs

Chocolate Easter Nests

Easter is two and a half weeks away! It feels like we only just did Christmas but here we are, just two and a half weeks away from savaging chocolate bunnies and relishing in four whole days off in a row. This year I am looking forward to four consecutive days of committed study time […] Read more…

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