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Recipe: Bircher Muesli

Recipe: Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is a breakfast that has been disappearing off the menus of many cafes. Such a shame but the good new is that is so, so good and easy to make. The traditional recipe by the famed man himself, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss physician, created the recipe as a nutritional option for his sick...
Review: Bagelicious

Review: Bagelicious

  Anyone who has seen an episode of Seinfeld will know about New York’s obsession with the humble bagel and along with pretzels and doughnuts, it’s one of those must-try food experiences for any visitor there. Although Glick’s Bakery has been baking them fresh each week since the 1960s, over the past few years bagels...
Review: Green Press

Review: Green Press

Hot on the heels of our big sister cities around the world, Melbourne is getting serious about real, healthy, whole food. Yes it’s been possible to get a green smoothie or quinoa salad on café menus for some time, but what we’re talking about now is pressed juices, raw salads, sugar free sweets, nut and...
Event: Dine from Melba's Garden Wrap Up

Event: Dine from Melba’s Garden Wrap Up

The restaurant facade   The Coombe Cottage During her lifetime, Dame Nellie Melba was renowned for putting on a good show, both on and off stage. She was the first Australian musician to achieve international recognition and is considered by some one of Australia’s most famous and talented opera singers of all time. Born in...
Private and Group Dining in Melbourne

Private and Group Dining in Melbourne

I’ve had many requests over the years for recommendations on private dining rooms, as well as restaurants that allow bookings for larger groups, so I thought it was about time to put together a list of where I often recommend to people; hence I present to you a mini version of Private and Group Dining...
Le Jolie Cafe

Le Jolie Cafe

  We here at Decisive Cravings have been long time lovers and supporters of Waffle Jolie, so you can only imagine our delight when we found out they were opening their own bricks and mortar venture, Le Jolie Cafe. Now we can buy those coveted Sunday market treats nearly every day of the week! Hoorah!  ...
Recipe: Coconut Porridge with banana and dates

Recipe: Coconut Porridge with banana and dates

This has got to be one of my favourite sweet breakfast recipes. Being in Indonesia I have slightly altered the ingredients I use when cooking sweets – namely more coconut cream and dates which are just an amazing combination. This creamy concoction is a great way to break up simple breakfasts and also give you...
The Last Jar

The Last Jar

(The bar at The Last Jar – image credit, Eugene Hyland) (Starter – Smoked Mackerel Pate with house baked Soda Bread) ‘Twas a wint’ry Melbourne eve… perfect conditions to have accepted an invitation to visit The Last Jar in North Melbourne. Formerly the live music venue The Arthouse, new owners Siobhan Dooley and head chef Tim...
Hammer and Tong

Hammer and Tong

To be honest, I would suggest that before reading any further you just glance at Hammer and Tong’s menu here. Now come back and email me here if the menu alone did not excite you or inspire you to visit. To date, Hammer and Tong remains one of the most impressive Melbourne brunch spots (and if...
Combi Coffee

Combi Coffee

(The Combi Coffee Laneway)   The grand people from Combi Coffee have relocated…just down the road (in case you hadn’t seen the herds of people oozing out of the place). I was a big fan of their coffee and there was definitely a period there where I would make any excuse to ‘have’ to swing...
Candied Bakery

Candied Bakery

FEATURED IN OUR MELBOURNE FOR CONSCIOUS FOODIES GUIDE   What a treat, literally. The Candied Bakery in Spotswood is just an example of how the west is truly blossoming. The Candied Bakery is an American inspired bakery-cafe’ where you can fulfil your most decadent desires. Think chocolate marshmallow cookies, shakes, soft serve, custard donuts, nutella pain...
Review: Rowena Parade Corner Store

Review: Rowena Parade Corner Store

Rowena Parade Corner store is one of Richmond’s little gems. Part milk bar, part deli and cafe, Rowena is a cosy, convenient spot with loads of comfort food and classic treats too. Many of our friends and family come here for the famous BELTAC – their signature sanga filled with bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, avocado...