Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

So the latest hot opening in Melbourne is Din Tai Fung, which has opened on Level 4 of Emporium. I’m sure we’re all aware of Din Tai Fung – the mega dumpling chain that started in Taiwan over 40 years ago and now has restaurants in 12 different countries. Sydney itself has 7 branches, and the Melbourne one opened only last month.


The Pint of Milk


If I see something a bit different or unusual on a brunch menu, I’m like a fly to honey. There’s no way I can pass it up, even if it’s not something I was initially feeling like eating.

So – have a look at this lovely egg yolk dribbling its way down that piece of toast. Isn’t that pretty?

This was my breakfast recently at The Pint of Milk, and right now it looks like a relatively normal dish of fried eggs and toast – right?

Let’s have another look.


Eat Now


Disclosure: this post is sponsored by EatNow

I used to have a drawer under my TV that was dedicated to takeaway. In the drawer lived a pile of menus from numerous restaurants in surrounding suburbs, as well as odd pens and random scraps of paper.

It wasn’t a particularly good system, with nothing filed in order. Whenever I collected a menu I would throw it in the drawer, and over time they got out of date. Deciding on takeaway meant rummaging through the assorted menus, plus having to pick up the phone to make an order.

Fortunately that’s a thing of the past since I started using EatNow – happily my drawer has been freed up for other things (such as a larger collection of odd pens).




Disclosure: I attended and dined courtesy of Cecconi and AMPR.

I suppose we’re officially in winter now, aren’t we? Well, let’s pretend that we’re still in autumn (I’d like to pretend that we’re not in winter anyway) as the other month I was invited to Cecconi’s for an autumn menu tasting.

Cecconi’s has been in the city for quite a long time now: apparently almost a decade, so it’s terrible that this was my first visit to the Flinders Lane location. I actually remember the Cecconi’s that was at Crown, quite a long time ago now – Alastair and I ate there with Annette and Terry not long after we moved to Melbourne.

They must be doing something right to have been around the Melbourne dining scene for so long and I was excited to finally pay them a visit.


Hakata Gensuke


I met Alastair for a quick dinner in the city after work one evening. It was a cold night and what better on a cold night than ramen? Not much, I tell you. So we took the opportunity to try Hakata Gensuke.

Fortunately it was early (ie just about 6pm) as I have heard stories about the queues at Hakata Gensuke. Even so, we did wait outside – fortunately while it was cold it wasn’t raining – for about 5 minutes while we waited for seats to become available.


A day with the Samsung Galaxy A5


Disclosure: The Samsung Galaxy A5 was provided by Edelman Australia and Samsung.

Recently I took the fairly newly released Samsung Galaxy A5 out for a day. I had a wander around the city and met a friend for lunch and took the opportunity to trial the phone.

I love how much phone cameras have improved. They’ve gotten so much better that when we visited Nelson in January, I didn’t use my SLR at all – just my phone. Because I like to leave my SLR at home when I can e.g. during the day when there’s plenty of natural light, a good phone camera is really important to me.


Thermomix savoury scones

Savoury scones

Oh I think this is the first official Thermomix recipe I’ve posted. Yes I still have it and yes I still love it. 🙂 I use it mostly for prep work rather than actual cooking (with the exception of making sauces and custard, which it excels at). It does also make great scones, in about 5 minutes, so I use it a lot for that.

(Yes I know, I purchased a ridiculously expensive machine and I basically use it to chop things and make sauces and scones – let me live, okay…)


Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

Ramen noodles

Disclosure: We attended the soft opening courtesy of Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.

Ramen in Melbourne has been gradually getting better as more ramen focussed restaurants have been opening up.

The latest is Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen (IKR) and a couple of weeks ago I attended the soft opening with Alastair. As you probably know, there are numerous styles of ramen with different regions having different variations. IKR’s style is tonkotsu which originates from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyushu. Tonkotsu is made from a pork bone base, cooked at high heat for a long period of time until the soup is opaque, milky and creamy.


Ricotta gnocchi

Ricotta gnocchi

I lovelovelove gnocchi but I rarely make the potato version because it’s so difficult and time consuming to make.

You know the drill – you need to use potatoes grown and harvested by virgins under the light of the new moon, cooked gently over the flame of ten blessed candles, and kneaded with the delicateness of an butterfly wing, otherwise your gnocchi will be forever cursed to be heavy and gluey.

Fortunately potato gnocchi is not the only gnocchi in town.