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Food highlights in May…

Thought I would try something different for this weeks post.  Instead of the restaurant review, thought I’d do a summary of eating in May.  May was an interesting month.  First time in a long time that I didn’t go out for an overly excessive meal.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t eat well!  Here are the highlights of the month…

Tried a local spot in Brighton,  Track Three Expresso who have only recently started serving tapas in the evenings.  I must say, it’s really random and obscure but I had a great time!  Wine is excellent and small bites to accompany are delicious.   I will be back!

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My life seems incomplete without a visit to Lune Croissanterie at least once a month.  Yes, I am one of those tragic people who queue up at 7am for pastries!

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I finally popped my Huxtaburger cherry.  I was a bit anticlimactic (haha!) and it would take a lot for me to prefer anything over Tuckshop Take Away (see below).

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Another local tapas joint we checked out was Lona in Armadale.   The food was good, there was a lovely local cozy feel to it and the people working there were great.    Lots of local regulars hang out there (the guy behind the bar knew everyone!).  Best dish of the night for me were the meatballs.

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Hit up my favourite burger joint Tuck Shop Takeaway… love love love it!

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Came across Alison’s in Prahran, a bakery that happens to make amazing crispy roast pork rolls.  It’s fregging amazing!

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Went to San Telmo for dinner with my girlfriends and had the hanger steak.  It’s so so good!   Everything we had that night was outstanding.

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Was lucky enough to score an invite to the opening night of Hophaus Bier Bar in Southbank.   The place looks amazing, the drinks selection was overwhelming and the food was great!  Will be visiting again.IMG_2309

And lucky last place for the month which totally blew my mind was Meatmother.    Was at a party that they did the catering for and it was the best BBQ and sides I’ve had ever.  And this is from catering!  I imagine the visit to the restaurant will totally rock my world.

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Well, that was my first ever post summarising a whole month of eating.   Hope you enjoyed it! xo

For more info on Track Three Expresso:
Track Three Espresso on Urbanspoon

For more info on Lune:
Lune Croissanterie on Urbanspoon

For more info on Huxtaburger:
Huxtaburger on Urbanspoon

For more info on Lona:
Lona Pintxos Bar on Urbanspoon

For more info on Tuck Shop:
Tuck Shop Take Away on Urbanspoon

For more info on San Telmo:
San Telmo on Urbanspoon

For more info on Hophaus:
Hophaus on Urbanspoon

For more info on Meatmother:
Meatmother on Urbanspoon

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Crabapple Friday Night Flights to Tuscany

Another Crabapple Kitchen “Friday Night Flights” dinner, this time to Tuscany.  As usual, food is fantastic and great value for money.  Love the added touches of background Italian music and special beers and cocktails to accompany the meal.

Started with a moorish and salty “fennel salumi, bread and local extra virgin olive oil“.

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Liver crostini with Vin Santo, marjoram and aged balsamic vinegar” was delicious and tangy.  The liver was cooked well and the dish had a nice tangy balance.

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The next dish was something I’d never had before.  The “Necci” – chestnut flour crepe filled with truffled ricotta and parmesan – was a lovely delicate dish.

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Nothing beats a hearty stew!  The “Ribollita” – Classic Tuscan peasant-style soup of cavolo nero, Borlotti beans and root vegetables was a lovely light stew with yummy crusty herd bread.

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Perfectly cooked pasta dish is expected in any Italian meal.  The “pappardelle with a pork and porchini ragu, parmesan and bruschetta for mopping” delivered on all aspects.  IMG_1051

Finished with “Bistecca alla Fiorentina” – T-bone steak “Rosemary brush” with braised cavolo nero rainbow chard and roasted potatoes” which was excellent.IMG_1053

As always, love Crabapple!

For more info and reviews:
Crabapple Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Crabapple Kitchen trip to Burgundy

Was at Friday Night Flights at Crabapple Kitchen for the trip to Burgundy.  We googled the food of Burgundy before the night and we pretty much got Burgundy’s greatest hits for the dinner.   It was amazing, as always!  Great value for money, good wine and great service.

Started with delicious “Gougeres – little savoury golden choux pastry treats filled with cheese sauce” – puffy cheesy goodness.

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The “Beef & burgundy sausage with puy lentils, spinach, mustard sauce and parsley” was devine!  Beautiful tender sausages with a mustard sauce and rich lentils.  So good!IMG_0955

The “Jambon Persille – pork and parsley terrine served with cornichons and Dijon mustard” was a fresh and salty terrine.  Different to most other terrine’s I’ve had, in that it wasn’t heavy or too rich.

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The “Oeufs en Meurette – eggs poached in a red wine with mushroom and tarragon sauce” was beautiful!  Silky red wine sauce with a ridiculously rich taste.

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Coq au vin – chicken thigh slow cooked in aromatic wine with mushroom and carrot puree” was very tasty and rich.  Beautiful sticky glazed chicken….  Yum!IMG_0961

The old “Boeuf Bourguignon – Beef cheek with button mushrooms, smoked bacon, shallots and potato mash” was a lighter version than what I’ve previously had, but it packed a flavour punch and the beef was very tender.IMG_0962

To end the meal, we had to have the “Rigodon-Brioche, hazelnut and cinnamon pudding with pouring cream” dessert which was buttery and light.IMG_0964

Thank you Crabapple for taking me on such a wonderful culinary journey.  Food was absolutely perfect and I felt like I was in Burgundy for the evening.

For more info and reviews:
Crabapple Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Roaming through Rome at Crabapple Kitchen

When I first heard about the “Friday Night Flights” at Crabapple Kitchen I just had to go.   $45 for 6 courses with a travel destination theme (rotating every 2 weeks).   So with great anticipation, we went to “Roam in Rome” which was one of the best dinner I’ve had this year.  The food was inspired, and I felt like I went on a mini holiday.  Cocktails, beer and wine to match the theme of the night added to the atmosphere.

We started with “Pizza Bianca – focaccia style bread with potato, garlic, Fontina and rosemary“.  It was perfectly fluffy focaccia with paper thin slices of potato and cheese and sprinkled with sea salt.  Delicious.

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The “rice croquettes ‘al telefono’ with peas, ham and Mozzarella di Bufala” was my favourite dish of the night.  The croquettes were crispy outside, with perfect risotto on the inside.  Loved it.

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The “Borlotti bean soup with shrimp, calamari and mussels” was a rich hearty soup which a lovely seafood taste.

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Who can resist a good slow cooked meat dish?  The “Coda all vaccinara – oxtail stew ‘Quinto Quarto’ braised the butchers way and cavolo nero” was all that.  Slow cooked, tender meat with a rich tomato base and accompanied by toasted salted herb bread.

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The”Penne Cabonara ‘Coal Miner’s Dust’ with pancetta, Pecorino and a touch of cream” was great – perfectly cooked pasta, was a lovely light dish, and hit all the right notes (mmm salty pancetta).

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Finished the dinner with “Pork ‘Agrodolce’ – the flavours of Saltimbocca with firm polenta and sweet & sour sauce“.   Wonderfully cooked pork stuffed with fruits and nuts, with creamy polenta.  All very good.

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So dear reader, where does this leave us?   A delicious dinner at an event which will not be repeated in the foreseeable future.   I would highly recommend it and would go back in a heartbeat (we’ve been back twice for two other destinations!).  So, if you get the opportunity anytime soon to attend “Friday Night Flights” – do it!

For more info and reviews of Crabapple Kitchen:

Crabapple Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Sweets for my sweet!

Thought I’d post up the collection of sweets & desserts I’ve accumulated over the course of the year…  I’m not big on sweets and desserts, but when it looks so good, and taste yummy, I’m all in!

So we’re starting with treats in the morning.  What could be more delightful then a good cup of coffee, with a truffle or macaroons to go along with it?

The coffee on the left is from Caffe Esc in Docklands, great coffee, great guys and on the right we have Cafe Vue (the old cup, not the new black and white fancy ones) along with the best macaroons in the city.

Morning tea delights of French toast with banana, cream and toffee sauce (Seven Seeds) or mini cupcakes in various flavours (Little Cupcakes).

I love the variety on dessert platters!  Maha‘s platter consisted of fluffy donuts, chocolate ice cream, panna cotta with honeycomb and a middle eastern inspired creme brule.

This little fluff ball comes from Spice Temple.  I don’t remember the exact description but I’d describe it as a kumquat filled cupcake topped with citrus turkish fairy floss!

The humble pavlova is one of my favourite desserts, and this lovely, simple and light dessert is taken to a whole new level at the Palace Hotel.   It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at, and delicious.  The Eton’s Mess is also another winner at the Palace, however, it’s not on the menu for this summer.

For more info and reviews of Caffe Esc:
Caffe Esc on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Cafe Vue:
Café Vue on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Seven Seeds:
Seven Seeds on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Little Cupcakes:
Little Cupcakes on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Maha:
Maha Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Spice Temple:
Spice Temple on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Palace Hotel:
The Palace on Urbanspoon

Pork belly sandwich @ Earl Canteen

I just wanted to share this photo with you all… if I could eat this picture, I would.  Succulent pork belly with crispy salty skin stuffed into a baguette with an apple and fennel salad.  Yum!

Earl Canteen really can’t do any wrong… the lunch box with sandwich, salad and dessert is a bargain at $13.50.  Here are some of the other yum yum yummy sandwiches available:

12 hour slow cooked lamb with carrots in a baguette.  Was delicious!

Confit duck in a ciabatta.  Not as awesome as the two sandwiches on top, but tasty enough.

For other reviews and info on Earl Canteen:
EARL Canteen on Urbanspoon

 

Corn fritter obsession…

I love corn fritters.  Something about the crispy golden brown fritter with juicy corn kernels hidden within served with a side of crispy bacon or smoked salmon and a good guacamole, dollop of sour cream and/or tomato chutney makes my mouth water!

The consistent favourite for me is at Bossy Boots in Brighton.  Good fluffy corn fritters, with the right amount of corn and good consistency, with guacamole, tomato chutney and sour cream, and a generous side of crispy bacon.   Everything is cooked perfectly, the only thing that could be improved is just to provide a bit more guacamole, chutney and sour cream.

The legendary Mart 130 (Middle Park) is known for their corn fritters, and I can totally understand why.  The reason why I love this fritter – it is loaded with corn!  I think this has the highest corn to batter ratio of all fritters I’ve ever had.   The fritters come with tomato chutney, sour cream and crispy bacon.

Another favourite is Little Ox (also in Brighton).  Their delicious fritters come with cheese within, and comes with guacamole, sour cream and a generous serve of ham.   A great dish with everything balancing nicely, and very pretty to look at.

Another notable fritter is from Miss Jackson in St Kilda.  Simply with chutney, guacamole and roasted tomatoes, this makes for the lightest corn fritter in this review.  Again, another very pretty serving.

In my travels, there have been two corn fritters that have not wow’d me.  Firstly is Richmond Hill Larder, where the fritters were served with tomato chutney, spinach and smoked salmon.  Two things bothered me about this dish, firstly, there was way too much going on.  Next, it felt like the fritters were deep fried…  so I’m not a fan.

Coin Laundry corn fritters have an identity crisis; they’re sweet, sour, tangy and grainy…  ’nuff said.  Comes with rocket, mayo, a light tomato salsa.

Two spots that I have been to a fair few times, but don’t have pics of are Replete Providore and Liar Liar, both in Hawthorn.   A few years ago, Replete fritters were the toast of the town, but towards the end of my patronage there, the fritters were getting a tad heavy.  The fritters are served with guacamole, sour cream and bacon.  Liar Liar have pea fritters, served with fetta and mint – which I adore!  Crispy outside, mushy goodness on the inside.  They’re served with smoked salmon and sour cream.

So that’s my take on the Melbourne corn fritter scene!  If you’ve got any comments and suggestions, please let me know! xo

For more info and reviews of Bossy Boots:

Bossy Boots on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Mart130:

Mart 130 on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Little Ox:

The Little Ox   on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Miss Jackson:

Miss Jackson on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Richmond Hill Larder:

Richmond Hill Café and Larder on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Coin Laundry:

Coin Laundry Cafe on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Replete Provadore:

Replete Providore on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Liar Liar:

Liar, Liar on Urbanspoon