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Beat Eats

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...

Posted 25 May 2011 @ 3:48pm

After my arrival in my Melbourne from the UK, the first thing that really struck me about Brunswick, where I currently reside, was the very noticeable European influence. Whether it was the numerous rows of tomato plants and herbs growing in the gardens around the neighbourhood, or my distressingly nosey Italian neighbour who insists we maintain an immaculate front garden, I see the influence...

Posted 25 May 2011 @ 3:29pm

Part club, part cafe, part restaurant The Lounge utililises its great location on Swanston Street to the fullest creating an enjoyable venue for many occasions. At 8pm on a Thursday night the dimly lit venue is buzzing with people and their hubbub is drowned out by some cruisy beats creating atmosphere but not the necessity to raise your voice in conversation. Yet despite the über-cool vibe...

Posted 25 May 2011 @ 3:22pm

Melbourne's always had its fair share of tea rooms and dessert-loving chefs but it seems in recent times there's been a rise in crafted chocolates and fancy desserts. Lou Pardi set out to investigate sweet treats old and new.

 

While the shiny new Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, the expanding Ganache and the hidden away Chokolait may differ in their approaches to providing us...

Posted 10 May 2011 @ 10:33am

 

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