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Foodie Stuff: Springvale Gourmet Food Guide

Foodie Stuff: Springvale Gourmet Food Guide

Live crabs for sale at one of Springvale’s many seafood markets – image by Amy Martin   If living life to its fullest could be personified, Elizabeth Chong would be a pretty good example!  At 84 years of age, this energetic lady with sparkly eyes and amazing skin has been running Asian cooking classes for 54 years,...
Vegan Recipes

Vegan Recipes

  For our vegan friends and followers of vegan diets, I’ve rounded up all our vegan recipes on the site so you can find them in one magic post! We have some wonderful recipes that will take you through almost every meal in the day. Enjoy! JC x   Coconut porridge with banana and dates...
Foodie Stuff: Dandenong Gourmet Food Guide

Foodie Stuff: Dandenong Gourmet Food Guide

Baker Andrew Lipiszko with a freshly baked batch of Polish pretzels   I’m not much of a television viewer but one of my guilty TV pleasures is watching foodie shows. Right at the top of that list is the locally produced Food Safari hosted by Maeve O’Meara. Not only is Maeve genuinely excited by food...
In Season: Pumpkin Recipes

In Season: Pumpkin Recipes

  Pumpkin is one of my favourite veggies (even though it is technically a fruit). They are so versatile in cooking and an economical buy for meal planning. You’ll be able to find more unusual varieties at farmer’s markets but generally the most common are the Australian Ironbark variety, the Japanese Pumpkin – also referred...
Travel: Wellness and Cooking in Rishikesh

Travel: Wellness and Cooking in Rishikesh

  At the beginning of 2014, I started a path of healing my body using food.  I cut caffeine, refined sugar, soy, dairy, gluten and processed foods from my diet to nourish my body to wellness.  India had been calling me for some time so it seemed the natural next step in my journey to attend Stuart...
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...
Review: Sezar Restaurant

Review: Sezar Restaurant

I first dined at Sezar on my birthday last December. I had heard of this new Armenian restaurant which had taken over the location of the Canary Club on Melbourne Place. It ticked all my boxes – hidden down a Melbourne laneway, tapas style allowing me to try multiple dishes and a cuisine I hadn’t...
Meatless Meals Recipes

Meatless Meals Recipes

  Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or not – there are meatless meals here for everyone. Starters, salads, mains and sides have all been catered for. This little collection of recipes will help you see how easy it is to include more veggie based meals in your diet, as well as cater for the non-meat eaters...
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...
Review: Ruyi

Review: Ruyi

I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food (actually technically that’s not true, one of my old friends is half-Chinese and his Mum always makes amazing dishes), my only Chinese restaurant experiences had been bowls of gluggy, MSG-filled, deep fried food. Before Ruyi.  This place has completely changed my perspective. After hearing about the Hecker...
Review: Pomodoro Sardo

Review: Pomodoro Sardo

Calamari fritti, mixed bread and prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella Pomodoro Sardo, formerly Pomodoro Rosso in the CBD is another restaurant that is close to my heart. It is one of only a handful of Sardinian restaurants in Melbourne, and being half Sardinian I always feel a little closer to my heritage after each visit. Before my...