Posts By: Ed

Kwan’s table – Thai cafe on Inkerman St

Once upon a time people blogged. And they met up. So here I am eating with Kenny from the west and the blog Consider the Sauce to chew on blogging, social media and the food of Kwan’s Table. Kwan’s is bright and contemporary replacement to Inkr7, a once popular cafe on this corner on Inkerman Street. The food is here is pretty good though not as hot or spiced as you’d find in many Thai restaurants. But the ingredients are fresh, it’s well prepared and nicely balanced. I dug into a Golden Pork Belly Salad, with cubes of twice cooked crisp pork belly and green apple, nam jim dressing and crushed caramelised peanuts costing $15. Perfect for a warm St Kilda day. Kenny was on the grilled Thai beef salad with tamarind relish, Asian slaw and mixed Thai herbs at $13. Kenny says the “beef was really, really good – lean, no fat or gristle, perfectly cooked. Damn fine!” I’ll be back to try the rest of the menu which ranges from a braised 5 spice pork belly, green chicken or prawn curries, Masaman lamb and Thai beef and soft shell crab burgers. Most mains are $12 to $15. Starters of rice paper rolls and other nibbles such as chilli cheese soldiers from $3.20 to $6.50. The desserts range from back sesame white chocolate roulade to pandan eclairs or chocolate creamy tart. While I’m at it, I’m back blogging. I’m focusing on the places to eat in and around St Kilda and its neighbouring suburbs for those of you who dare to cross the river from the north. I’ve asked Kenny, who documents the west, to keep me to that and prod me if I stop. Kwan’s Table Thai Inspired Cafe and Patisserie 7 Inkerman St, St Kilda Vic 3182 Tue-Sat 11.00-22.00 Sun 10.00-17.00

My ten year bloggerversary and a truffle prize

This blog has come a long way along a long and twisting road since July 2005. 983 posts worth. Some of my first posts were short updates, rants or pictures that would be better posted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook nowadays. And that’s why I probably don’t post as much here as I used to. The intention is there but other networks are grabbing my time, including my business blog and LinkedIn. In the early days there were maybe 20 or 30 people with blogs in Australia. Most of our connections were with other bloggers in the US, UK or Europe. It was very different. You needed a proper camera rather than a phone to take pictures of food. In fact people thought I was distinctly odd in 2005 trying to take a picture of my food. Of course nowadays almost everyone is a blogger in one way or another. If you aren’t on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be posting on LinkedIn or your personal Facebook profile. Ten years is a long time. Back then broadband internet was new and the iPhone didn’t yet exist. I imagine we’ll be keyboardless in another ten. To celebrate my ten years of blogging I’m collaborating with one of my new clients Duncan Garvey at Perigord Truffles in Tasmania to give away a truffle and truffle butter pack to one lucky reader. We are also offering free shipping of Tassie truffles to all readers. All you have to do to be in the running is submit your favourite truffle recipe in comments or email to edcharles@tomatom.com and we’ll pick a winner and publish it here and on the Perigord blog. Rules 1. One recipe per entrant 2. The best recipe will be judged by myself, Ed Charles, and Duncan Garvey and our choice will be final. 3. We’d like to use some of the best recipes on Duncan’s truffle blog. Please let us know if you don’t want us to republish your recipe. 4. Closing date for entries is 4 August 2015. Winners will be announced by 11 August 2015.