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Chin Chin’s $275 first birthday dinner with the awesome David Thompson was worth it

Chin Chin’s $275 first birthday dinner with the awesome David Thompson was worth it

I had to think long and hard about attending this dinner. But the fooderati came and ate. $275 for a Thai meal. That’s 13 courses cooked by David Thompson and pretty much unlimited booze. I’ve never spent so much on what is a function meal but I’m glad I did sitting on the corner of the bar seeing David sweating over the woks and pestle and mortar rejecting dishes that weren’t good enough. Usually when you stuff 150 or so […]

Eating and drinking during a Melbourne winter

Eating and drinking during a Melbourne winter

Try a canelé at Pei Modern for #melbwinter In summer we sit on the streets and on the rooftops. But winter in Melbourne is equally specially with plenty of dark warm rooms to hibernate in to eat and drink (in addition to the films, fireworks and footy). I’ve been asked with several other high profile Melbournians including Guy Grossi (Melbourne restauranter), Andy Murphy (DJ), Lauren Brain (Nova radio), Thom Whilton (Melbourne fashion blogger), Tim Blackwell (Nova radio) and Bianca Chatfield […]

Melbourne Trends 2012

Recently, I was asked to talk to journalists in Melbourne and Sydney about Melbourne food trends in 2012. I’ve yet again been so bloody busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog it but here is a video shot of the Melbourne day.

The biggest blog bankruptcy post ever

The biggest blog bankruptcy post ever

Gin and blushing pink locally made tonic. I’ve a lot to write, a lot to tell and not enough time to do it. It’s time to declare the biggest ever bankruptcy on this blog, summarising the past two months when I haven’t been publishing. It’s probably been one of the one exciting vibrant and scary times in my life as I have given up my journalism to concentrate solely on Tomato Media, my social media and web development business, which […]

Inside My Mexican creole controversy

Inside My Mexican creole controversy

I started with a vieux carré; Buffalo Trace bourbon, Remy VS Cognac, Rosso Antico, Yellow Chartreuse, Orange & Rhubarb bitters, a grapefruit twist. But this whole creole contraversy was shaken and stirred when @burgermary started calling the authenticity of My Mexican Cousin’s creole credentials into question. Is short the restaurant, which is attached to and with it’s Six Degrees fitout jars with the Melbourne Recital Centre, is named after the most popular dish on the St Ali menu (corncakes) and […]

Chai to die for

Chai to die for

I‘m sent a lot of stuff. In the past few weeks alone, two cookbooks, a bottle of whisky, beer x 2, prawns, wine, magazines and more. Dealing with the packaging alone is a pain as I don’t own an industrial compactor and only have a small recycling bin. But out of all the guff, I was very happy with Prana Chai, something I first tasted way back at Dr Jekyll in St Kilda. Most chai comes as a dry and […]

Oysters and sake tickets on sale

Oysters and sake tickets on sale

What? Oysters and Sake Where? Studio of artist Adriane Strampp. Studi 18a 236/248 Brunswick St, Fitzroy When? 5pm – 7.30pm Sunday 13th November 2011 Bookings $54 a head. Book through Trybooking. Now! Tickets are now on sale for our Oysters a sake event being held in the hidden-away top floor Brunswick St studio of artist Adriane Strampp in collaboration with Andre Bishop from Kumo Izakaya in East Brunswick. There will be two dozen oysters per head and have a selection of […]

Lunch at Vue de Monde at $1 a minute

Lunch at Vue de Monde at $1 a minute

Each table is assigned a chef from the open kitchen at Vue de Monde At $60 for the 1 hour lunch at Vue de Monde it is not the cheapest in town by far. But it adds up to so much more than two courses and a glass of wine as an experience; I defy you to not order more or want to return. The whole experience is high theatre and extreme camp from the ornate cutlery, the colourful chaise […]

Mac Forbes Cibi cellar door

Mac Forbes Cibi cellar door

Wine in the groove at Cibi. Picture: Adriane Strampp Cibi is rapidly defining itself as one of the most interesting cafes (or should I say happenings) in Melbourne as I have written before. Not only does it serve a terrific Japanese breakfast at weekends, have a quirky shop of Japanese design objects but it also treats itself like a gallery with its regular opening nights. Then there was the recent pop-up store in the Aesop store in Flinders Lane and […]

Not another review of the Aylesbury

Not another review of the Aylesbury

These are the doors to The Aylesbury. Beautiful aren’t they, guarding the space that until it closed was the lovely pizza restaurant Barbagallo Trattoria E Pizzeria. It wasn’t any pizza restaurant but one started by Pietro Barbagallo who brought us, and sold, the much loved I Carusi in Brunswick East. It just goes to show how tough it is on this corner, 103 Lonsdale St. The original crew at Seamstress a few doors away found it similarly tough and went […]