The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy

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One of my favourite areas of Melbourne has always been Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Like so many others I adore the chilled out, bohemian and creative vibe which surrounds the area. It tends at times to remind me of parts of New York, another place in which I would happily spend a great deal of [...]

Jamie Oliver Food Range

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Jamie Oliver has recently added an online store to his ever expanding food empire. The range he offers is very stylish and covers everything from foods and herbs to scented candles, plates and pots, storage jars (love these in particular!) to graphic kitchen linen tea towels. He worked with a range of individually picked artisans [...]

Fed Square Wine Showcase July 1-2

Wine Hero Satellite

Discover the top drops of Goulburn Valley, Upper Goulburn, Strathbogie Ranges and Nagambie Lakes when the Regional Wine Showcase Series comes to Federation Square.



I hope to be able to offer a listing and basic overview of restaurants in Melbourne I find particularly of interest and who offer good food, value and service. I am not a restaurant critic, professional food writer or qualified Michelin Star chef, nor I do not dare to try to become one in the [...]

Pasta Tritato

Pasta Tritato Sweet Pepper & Mushroom 2 Pasta Ingredients

This is a pasta dish I made up one Sunday afternoon when we had practically nothing in the fridge and I was too shattered (OK hungover) to walk up to the shops… From our fridge, I grabbed the handful of mushrooms, half a red bell pepper, a somewhat shriveled onion, packet of bacon and the [...]

Chocolate Truffle Cake

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All images © Katie Quinn Davies Having tried their ‘All Butter Puff’ and ‘Vanilla Bean Sweet Shortcrust Pastry’ ranges, I decided to give the Carême ‘Dark Chocolate Shortcrust Pastry’ a whirl and used it in a Chocolate Truffle Cake. Yet again and without fail the pastry was superb.. A rich, velvety, bittersweet chocolate taste and [...]

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