Posted on | March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Disclosure: I attended courtesy of Prahran Market.
It’s that time of year again – yes, it’s March and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is back.
I don’t have much planned for this year’s festival for some reason. I had a bit going on when the program was released last year and just never got around to organising anything. And I must admit that the allure of staying home and doing absolutely nothing is having a very strong pull on me at the moment!
But last weekend, I left the house temporarily to go to Prahran Market to attend their Harvest the Sea and the Vine event.
Posted on | February 26, 2014 | 2 Comments
Fresh fig season is the best season (apart from summer, but we’re not counting that).
I’m really lucky that my friend’s mum has a large fig tree, and I’ve been reaping the bounty of their harvests.
That’s right – free figs all for meeeee. Alastair doesn’t really eat them, so I’ve been scoffing them down like crazy.
Posted on | February 18, 2014 | 4 Comments
These brownies came about due to op shopping.
There’s an op shop near my workplace that I pop into occasionally to look for photography props. Most of the time I come out empty handed but sometimes I get something good.
On my last visit, I found something great – a large French crystal cake stand. For the huge sum of $5. Wheeee.
Posted on | February 13, 2014 | 6 Comments
Disclosure: I attended courtesy of Nobu and Media Moguls.
Peru is awesome. Peru is good. Peru is definitely worth a visit.
But it’s also very, very far from Australia. So if you can’t make it to the actual country, you could instead head to Nobu for a Taste of Peru.
But what does a Japanese restaurant have to do with Peruvian cuisine? Well the menu at Nobu has South American influences, which comes from Nobu Matsuhisa’s years in Lima after he moved there when he was 24 to open a restaurant.
Nobu Melbourne’s Executive Chef, Christopher Shane, is paying homage to Nobu’s history on Thursday nights with a special menu of 16 Peruvian style tapas and nine cocktails, and I was invited there late last year for a preview of the menu.
Posted on | February 7, 2014 | 14 Comments
Can’t be bothered cooking dinner? Sureeee you could get greasy takeaway, but in my opinion a much better option is one of these sushi / sashimi platters from Hinoki Japanese Pantry.
Hinoki Japanese Pantry is a Japanese grocer plus sushi bar on Smith Street in Fitzroy. They sell a range of Japanese foodstuffs: snacks, condiments, beer, sake, and frozen goods, but there’s also a sushi bar where you can buy sushi or sashimi to take away.
Posted on | February 5, 2014 | 11 Comments
I’ve been wanting to go to the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a while. Most people go to a gallery to see – oh I dunno – the art. That wasn’t my main incentive though.
Truthfully, I just wanted an excuse to buy a picnic hamper from Cafe Vue. This tells you my priorities: Food > Art.
Australia Day turned out to be the perfect occasion. My MIL and step-FIL were over, and the forecast was for a very hot and sunny day. Perfect for a picnic!
Posted on | February 2, 2014 | 10 Comments
Warning warning: not a food post. There’s only orangutans within. Really, really cute orangutans though.
We had to see orangutans when we went to Borneo, since they’re native to Borneo and Sumatra.
There’s actually two species: the Bornean orangutan and the Sumatran orangutan. We saw the Bornean orangutan on two occasions – once at a wildlife centre called Matang Ai (which, I wouldn’t recommend, it’s a bit of a sad place – cages and concrete enclosures) and the second time at Semenggoh Nature Reserve.
Posted on | January 29, 2014 | 6 Comments
Disclosure: My guest and I dined courtesy of Portsea Hotel / Lamaro’s on the Deck and Kate & Co.
Wouldn’t it be nice to leave the city behind and head down the coast for summer? Particularly on these hot, hot days?
That’s exactly what the team from Lamaro’s, the restaurant in South Melbourne, did earlier this month. They snuck down the coast and took over the deck at the top of Portsea Hotel.
Posted on | January 26, 2014 | 9 Comments
Hey, it’s summer.
And surprise! It’s hot! Well, it’s not that hot *today* but it was stupidly hot last week, and we have another bout of 40°C weather coming up early next week.
What to do when it’s already 30°C at 7am and getting a bit too warm for coffee?
Never fear coffee addicts, there’s always cold brew.
Posted on | January 22, 2014 | 4 Comments
Disclosure: Afternoon tea was courtesy of Mossgreen Tearooms and Q Strategies.
So 2013 seemed to be the year of high/afternoon tea for me, blogging oh 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (!) plus a bonus high coffee. And here’s another one I went to before the year finished: afternoon tea at Mossgreen Tearooms.
Mossgreen Tearooms is next door to the Mossgreen auction house and gallery on High Street in Armadale. The Tearooms are in a large, white, split-level room with large windows at the front that let in plenty of light.keep looking »