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Posted 13 Jul 2011 @ 10:14am

U-S-A! U-S-A! Ok, now that I've gotten your attention, and my patriotism out of the way, onwards to talk about North American cuisine as a growing franchise here in Melb-town.

 

As a matter of fact, most of our food is as obnoxious as the stereotypes you see on TV (fat, fat, and more fat please). What's more exciting is how that perception is starting to change - and just as...

Posted 7 Jul 2011 @ 9:42am

It's a common trope in science fiction to imagine what would happen should an intrepid young time traveller materialise in turn of the century Vienna and give Mr. Hitler a bit of what-for before all that ghastly Third Reich business has a chance to get off the ground.

 

Dining at Hooked gives rise to a similar hypothetical. Let's say Marty McFly fires up the old DeLorean to...

Posted 5 Jul 2011 @ 12:39pm

Soup, soup, a tasty soup!

Spicy carrot and coriander!

Crouton! Crouton!

Crunchy friends in a tasty broth.

 

And there you have it. Some of the more poignant and resonating words the Mighty Boosh came up with; a homage to my favourite winter staple. Soup isn't just another...
Posted 29 Jun 2011 @ 9:49am

There are 365 days in an average Earth year and a mere 31 in the month of July. If you do the maths, give or take a few decimal places, Dry July only amounts to about nine percent of the year - no biggie. And if you haven't already considered jumping on the sober bus next month (where everyone's a designated driver!) here's one great excuse: you could help raise money to assist adults living...

Posted 29 Jun 2011 @ 9:47am

Ah, Fitzroy. The area for students, tourists, grifter types, arty crowds and dickheads from the suburbs on Friday and Saturday nights. There's no finer time to be alive here than on a sunny winters day or start to the evening, wandering down the strip that pumps life to it all, its jugular vein, Brunswick St. Regardless of your chosen course and time of action, hunger will eventually hunt you...

Posted 28 Jun 2011 @ 12:58pm

If you don’t eat red meat or enjoy graphic retellings of someone who does, maybe you should read a different article. I’m not cow mad by any means, in fact, I rarely cook it and a juicy hunk of something bloody is not my ‘go to’ on any à la carte either, but since Match Bar &Grill promotes its meat dishes as some of the best in the city I feel it my duty to indulge. Avoiding the 400g...

Posted 28 Jun 2011 @ 12:57pm

If you don’t eat red meat or enjoy graphic retellings of someone who does, maybe you should read a different article. I’m not cow mad by any means, in fact, I rarely cook it and a juicy hunk of something bloody is not my ‘go to’ on any à la carte either, but since Match Bar &Grill promotes its meat dishes as some of the best in the city I feel it my duty to indulge. Avoiding the 400g...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:44am

It’s no secret that Australians love their beer. But gone are the days where indiscriminate lager-swilling had practically become our national pastime – during which our voting public felt comfortable in electing prime ministers on their pint-skolling capability alone.

 

The last decade has accommodated a veritable revolution within our collective palate, thanks to the overwhelming...
Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:42am

A few streets back from the busy main drag of Brunswick Street sprawls the Standard Hotel. From the outside it is towering and unassuming, but pushing through the doors leads you to a mish-mash world of character and charm. Between the wall posters that look lifted from the ‘50s and the bar shelves crowded with every form of booze imaginable, it kind of feels like home – but when your cool...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:39am

It seems like we’ve hit the boom period of new restaurants, bars and cafes in Melbourne. In the last few months we’ve seen countless new venues open up with a strong focus on the gourmet. Are Melburnians desperate for new places to eat, or do good licensing laws just mean that new joints are really easy to establish? It’s not just one part of town either – from North to South, there are new...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:30am

THE WOODS OF WINDSOR

 

The wonderful people behind Yellow Bird Café are secretly (not so secret anymore guys!) constructing a new café/restaurant called The Woods Of Windsor. We love their café so we can’t wait to see them try some restauranting out!

 

HOOKED

Fish & Chips – don’t be fooled, you can eat it in Winter, too. Hooked have some of the best fish...

Posted 21 Jun 2011 @ 10:26am

Walk down any major road in Melbourne, and you are destined to come across a local bar offering some form of food and pot deal. Whether it’s chicken parma, burger or steak, it seems that these deals are the perfect tonic to the midweek sales lull experienced by the food trade in most major cities. It makes perfect sense, and offers diners the opportunity to sample the culinary delights of an...

Posted 20 Jun 2011 @ 7:01pm

Sean Gleeson is apparently a heavy drinker and an enthusiastic eater. As such, he wandered around Melbourne last weekend combining his two passions which has resultedin this pleasant Drunk Foodie’s Melbourne Eating Diary.

 

THURSDAY
Embassy Cafe
547 Spencer Street, West Melbourne


1am, three jugs of draught and a glass of red. When you work in an...

Posted 15 Jun 2011 @ 2:02pm

The Lucky Coq has the vibe of a swanky dive bar in my native Los Angeles. The sort of lighting that everyone looks beautiful under - not a wrinkle, not a crease. It also has bloody good pizza. Dare I say the best I’ve had since I arrived in Melbourne? Easily so.

 

We enter the ‘Coq in the midst of a cheap pizza rush-hour frenzy, armed with nothing but the conviction to find a...

Posted 14 Jun 2011 @ 2:17pm

Assorted goings-on in the world of Melbourne food

 

 

THE ART OF BREAKFAST


The Monash Museum Of Art (MUMA) will be serving breakfast later this July with Japanese artist Midori Mitamura. It’s part of his show Art & Breakfast at MUMA. Tokyo-based Mitamura creates exhibitions with mixed media and at various times during the exhibition there is a free...

Posted 8 Jun 2011 @ 11:30am

You’ve no doubt found yourself over the years slumped over in a booth at The Rochy without quite knowing how you got there or which friend shaved off your right eyebrow. The semi-grungy Fitzroy pub is a bit of an institution in the North, thought to primarily cater for university students wanting to indulge in a little (as lifted from the bathroom room wall) ‘Mack on Wednesdays’. In stark...

Posted 8 Jun 2011 @ 11:12am

 

There are a few disappointments in life that even a fully-formed, highly-functioning adult male finds impossible to countenance. The sight of your first love in the warm embrace of another man. The new Morbid Angel album sounding like Limp Bizkit in their heyday. The season one box set of Bored To Death . And then there is what happened to me last week, when I starved myself for...

Posted 7 Jun 2011 @ 10:32am

Gluttony may be one of the seven deadly sins, but for a majority of Australians, it’s also a way of life. With the popularity of shows such as Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules on the rise, contemporary ‘foodie’ culture has comfortably made its way into the mainstream. And as for what that means, intern curator Feyza Yazar is asking visual artists to dissect and examine contemporary food...

Posted 3 Jun 2011 @ 11:52am

From Friday June 3 the Good Food & Wine Show comes to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on the first leg of its 2011 national tour, which will see it take in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, finishing its run in Brisbane. "The inaugural Good Food & Wine Show was staged in Melbourne in 2001 and was headlined by Jamie Oliver. Since then the event has grown to encompass Sydney, Perth(!!) Adelaide...

Posted 3 Jun 2011 @ 11:43am

The temperature's dropping, the coats are out the scarves are on the gloves are... on. I'm not sure that's how that goes but if perchance your gloves are off, you've lost one perhaps, like a kitten who's lost a mitten, a quite agreeable hand-warmer is a glass of mulled wine. Some say it's for Christmas or Halloween but we say it's for right now. And so it was that Lou Pardi went on a search...

Posted 31 May 2011 @ 9:51am

So seeing as I didn't get raptured last week, I decided that I was going to make the most out of the rest of my life stuck on Earth by eating heaps of good food. I mean it's all good being in heaven with neverending supplies of soft cheeses, but isn't the joy of eating something to do with limits? The whole point of it all is that you can only eat so much so you have to tailor that amount to...

Posted 31 May 2011 @ 9:46am

Nestled between the industrial Kensington and the cool Carlton lies North Melbourne, a blossoming suburb, known for its relaxed 'tude and boast-worthy cafes. And none are more talked about than Auction Rooms. This isn't just a cafe, this is the benchmark of a weekend brunch. Showing up a little dusty on a Sunday, you should expect a wait, but it's perfectly pleasant to people-watch with bleary...

Posted 31 May 2011 @ 9:42am

HOTEL SPENCER


Got a gig on at Festival Hall but aren't sure where in the area to get a bite beforehand? Hotel Spencer recently redid their menu and they serve fancy and delicious things like twice-cooked crispy skin duck with sticky rice and shiitake mushrooms or 28-day-aged Black Angus porterhouse steak. Or if you're just up for a pub favourite they have parmas or...

Posted 31 May 2011 @ 9:33am

If you frequent the North, you probably already have a soft spot for The Gem - that welcoming front bar, generously filled with attractive 20- and 30-somethings in an atmosphere which makes your future plans for that evening melt away. It's hard to leave The Gem and even more so after you've had a crack at their Winter menu. And by that I mean it's nearly physically impossible unless you're...

Posted 27 May 2011 @ 5:09pm

Slow down and step back to a simpler time, when good gals and beatnik boys would head to the diner for a shake and a shimmy to the jukebox. Tucked away at the far end of Flemington, across the road from Newmarket train station, Verb Café is a relaxed retro eatery that began as a book exchange many moons ago.

 

The place is set up with laminex tables, old soda signs and books on...

Posted 26 May 2011 @ 4:43pm

Slow food is a strange phrase that seems to have taken on two separate definitions: it might mean a pot simmering for hours, or a movement of local organic consumers (ie. the opposite of fast food, get it?) Whatever your take, there's plenty of slow food to be had in Melbourne right now. And whether it's cooking or ethics, it's delicious.

 

Slow Food as a movement is credited to...

Posted 26 May 2011 @ 4:27pm

Match Bar & Grill goes forth with a new menu from Monday 23rd May. Tim Bott, Manager at Match said "Our new menu is designed for grazing, light bites and some sharing but it will also satisfy those looking for something more substantial.

 

Match will be opening for lunch in July and with dishes such as Prawn, Basil & Chilli Pizza, Piadinas with Prosciutto & Rocket and...

Posted 26 May 2011 @ 3:04pm

The guys at Vegan Easy challenge you to go Vegan for a whole month. This year, they had 1000 people sign up from all around Australia and overseas. They kicked off the Challenge with a film and information night at Kindness House in Fitzroy.

 

Each weekend there was a vegan cooking demo to help people learn how to cook vegan-style, which can be daunting for non-vegans. The month...

Posted 26 May 2011 @ 2:53pm

Perched atop the Dandenongs, an hour East of Melbourne, Kelly's Bar And Kitchen is made for winter - all warmth and red wine. What the bar lacks in phone reception, it makes up for in general ambience. There's something pretty damn pleasant about sitting next to a crackling open fire in a heritage-listed log cabin that was built a Century before your birth.

 

The menu is thick...

Posted 25 May 2011 @ 3:58pm

Hot tips on finding deliciousness in Melbourne.

 

Union Dining is open now on Swan Street - in the Union House, it's a collaboration between head chef Nicky Reimer and restaurant manager Adam Cash, and features a truly delectable-looking menu. 270 Swan Street, Richmond and uniondining.com.au.

 

Pomegranates are in season and incredible and you should buy some and...

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