Hinoki Japanese Pantry

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.

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Cafe Vue at Heide: Picnic

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!

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Malaysia / Borneo: Kuching – Orangutans

Posted on | February 2, 2014 | 10 Comments

Orangutan with baby

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.

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Portsea Hotel: Lamaro’s on the Deck

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.

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Cold brew coffee

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.

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Mossgreen Tearooms

Posted on | January 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

Pouring tea

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.

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Roast goat leg with chimichurri

Posted on | January 19, 2014 | 4 Comments

Roast goat leg with chimichurri

So peas are the most evil vegetable in existence (and if you don’t think so, you are wrong). As I said in an IG comment this week: peas hide under your bed so they can murder you in your sleep and they kick puppies for sport.

It’s true.

And if peas are the most evil of evil, then parsley is the evil understudy.

Really, what do people *do* with parsley apart from pushing it to the side of their plate and trying to ignore it?

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Beechworth: Provenance Restaurant & Accommodation

Posted on | January 15, 2014 | 4 Comments


I always say I’m not really a birthday person, but that’s not strictly true. I don’t like to celebrate my own birthday, but I enjoy celebrating other people’s. And by celebrating, I mean: torturing.

And by torturing, I mean torturing with love and attention and cake OF COURSE.

(And birthday lasagne, but only for the very special ones.)

But for my most recent birthday in December, I was keen to do something because reasons. It was on a Friday, so I thought it would be nice to have a long weekend away.

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Malaysia / Borneo: Kuching – Bumbu Cooking Class

Posted on | January 13, 2014 | 6 Comments


One thing I really wanted to do on our holiday was a cooking class.

Before we left Melbourne, I did a search online and found Bumbu Cooking School. After a couple of emails back and forth, I had booked Alastair and myself into a morning class. Alastair and I wandered down to Carpenter Street early one morning and met Joseph, and our teachers for the day, Bernadene and her mother Elise. We also met the other couple participating that day (who were from South Australia).

As posted previously, part 1 of the class involved a market tour, during which we picked up a couple of items for the class: midin, freshly grated coconut and curry paste.

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The Petty Officer

Posted on | January 10, 2014 | 8 Comments


It’s too hard to decide where to brunch in Melbourne.

It took about a week of brainstorming before Daisy and I could settle on a place for a brunch date. It wasn’t a matter of not liking suggestions – we just had too many ideas. One suggestion was The Petty Officer in Albert Park and we settled on it in the end because I hadn’t visited before and had heard good things about the place.

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