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Orange Braised Pulled Pork TACOS! TACOS! TACOS!

It’s raining tacos in Australia and it has been for sometime. Actually it’s more like a fiery storm whipped up in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Mexico and Melbourne, and bought with it thunder, lightning and bucket loads of chipotle chilli, queso fresco, limey mayo and pulled pork ladened tacos. And I’m not complaining about […]

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Chan’s Dumpling Festival

I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn’t eat dumplings. When I was young my family were never the type to eat at an Italian or Indian restaurant, if we went out for lunch or dinner, it was always to a suburban Chinese restaurant where garish chandeliers that reflected subtle neon lights hung […]

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Melbourne’s Best Test!

Last week I think I had the best week of my life. I put on 1.5kg so that speaks for itself really, but it was all for a meaningful cause. For a week I became Frodo or apparently I did, I have no idea who that is but apparently Frodo is out of Lord of […]

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Going Gaga for Mama Baba

I grew up believing that I didn’t really like Italian food, and rightly so. What I knew to be Italian food was my Aunty’s stodgy lasagne, the pasta was cardboardy, the filling so dense you could have knocked someone out by throwing a slice of it at their head (perhaps better then digesting it?). Or […]

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Family Easter at Xocolatl

There are not too many families around that can live together, work together, remain productive and fond of each other. I tried working at my dad’s business once and well, let’s just say, never again. Arguably Melbourne’s finest chocolatiers from Xocalatl (pronouced: sho – ko – la – tl), the Partsioglou family, are an exception. Love […]

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My Melbourne Foodie Finds

One of the things that I love about Melbourne is that you can buy incredible food with $1.50 (try the steamed pork buns at Nam Loong on Russell St) or $150 (perhaps a feast at Circa). Everywhere you go in Melbourne there are new culinary discoveries to be made and that’s what is so inspiring […]

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Can of Oysters

Many people have a love or hate relationship with oysters. I’m a member of the former category. I adore oysters and fully appreciate their texture and saltiness. There are other people that gag at the thought of swallowing one of the slippery little suckers. And then there’s a whole different category of persons who only […]

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A Day in the Life of a Privileged Apprentice …

Last week I attempted being an apprentice for a day, as if Masterchef wasn’t enough? The team at Ezard were happy to have me on board to show me the ropes around their kitchen and I helped out where I could. I was quite happy to be presented with a box full of baby globe […]

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Battle of the Corn

Battle of the Corn It seems my obsession with food may be verging on unhealthy. Not in the sense that I eat unhealthy food (well, sometimes…) but I question how many sane people out there would cut there relaxing holiday in balmy far north Queensland short because they felt like eating Japanese food from Izakaya […]

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Bacon and Eggs: De Clieu Style

How I have missed Melbourne and how glad I am to be back. On my first foray into the city I find myself on Gertrude St to meet up with a friend for a spot of brunch. She suggests this newish cafe called De Clieu. I google it and realise how tragically out of the […]

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