Middle Park Hotel: Jasper Hill wine dinner

Disclosure: Alastair and I dined courtesy of Middle Park Hotel. It’s cold. I know, I know, compared to other places in the world it’s not *that* cold, and yes, this is the part where you get to tell me I’m soft. But it’s cold to me, and this weather makes me want to hibernate with [...]

Besito (closed)

Besito, on Barkly street in West Footscray, is a sweet cafe that opened earlier this year. The food at Besito is Colombian, and not knowing much about Colombia or the cuisine, I was eager to find out more. So when they recently started opening for dinner, I wandered down with Alastair, Bro, Maztech and Daz [...]

The week in brief: 18 June – 24 June

This week: a great wine dinner at Middle Park Hotel, lots of soup (I have a cold boohoo), another fantasticballs dinner at Chinese Spicy and Barbie Kitchen and sausage making. SAUSAGES! But before I get into that, I wanted to let you know about a Wirra Wirra wine dinner next week on Wednesday 27 June [...]

Banana caramel cake

Here’s another recipe to use up sad, too ripe, fruit. This time: bananas. Sure, there’s a billion recipes out there for banana cake. Why should you make this one? Because it has caramel. Caramel! Yes yes!

1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles

You wouldn’t expect lamb skewers to be the best thing on the menu at a restaurant named 1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles. But if you make it to this casual restaurant in Footscray and don’t eat at least two lamb skewers each, you’re missing out. 1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles has been around for quite [...]

The week in brief: 11 June – 17 June

This week: yum cha brunch, a hot chocolate AS BIG AS MY FACE, black bean spare ribs reprise and brunch in Seddon.

Henry and the Fox

Disclosure: I dined courtesy of Henry and the Fox. In the kid’s book “Henry and the Fox”, Henry is a cowardly cockerel who can’t even crow properly. For the restaurant in the CBD, one of six (!) restaurants that renowned restauranter Paul Mathis has opened in the past six months or so, Henry is the [...]

Caramel apple sponge pudding

I like to buy apples through autumn and winter, but invariably we end up with ones in the fruit bowl that are starting to go floury. I hate floury apples. Plus if there’s one thing worse than an overexaggeration, it’s floury apples. What to do with them? Well there’s a gazillion and one things you [...]

The week in brief: 4 June – 10 June

This week: Henry and the Fox, breakfast at Hub and… that’s kind of it. Also, hooray for long weekends. Also – check out Big Ted. (Bro bought him from Costco.) The bear is so massive I could barely lift it. (Weak.)


Disclosure: We dined courtesy of Dognation thanks to Thanh. Hot diggity dog, there’s a new gourmet hot dog purveyor in town. Dognation opened a couple of weeks ago in The Causeway – the laneway between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street – and their shop used to be the adjacent restaurant’s storeroom. It’s itty [...]

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