20 May 2017

Long Story Short Review

I was recently invited to Longstory Short to try their menu.  I started my meal with a coffee, a cold drip which was just what I needed after the day I'd had.  It certainly hit the spot and was quite refreshing.

The Food

There were a few of us here so there was a variety of meals ordered.  The ribs, open souvlaki, chicken burger, fish and chips and their signature burger....


I had the lamb souvlaki which was served with a side of chips presented in a basket.  It was delicious.  The pulled meat was so tender and it was topped off with tomato and onion giving that crunch.  Served open and plated like a pizza.  The dilema here was how to eat it - roll it like a souva or cut it with your knife and fork.  I chose the latter.  They did have a slight issue with the meat being a bit on the salty side but this is easy to fix and will become a great meal on the menu.


And then it was time for DESSERT.


Green apple pannacotta, tim tam pancakes and the amazing fairy floss dessert burger were amongst the chosen which could also work as breakfast dishes for those sweet tooths out there.

The panacotta had the most amazing green apple hit but didn't quite have its usual wobble.  The fruit jellies and grains it came on popped with flavour making it a very enjoyable dish.


The pancakes come with tim tams sprinkled on them, loaded with chocolated ice cream.  Enough said!


My favourite.  It had to be the fairy floss dessert burger.  It comes beautifully presented as a plate of fairy floss with a white chocolate sauce to pour over.


As you pour the sauce on, the fairy floss dissolves revealing the ice cream filled burger leaving behind a sweet sauce to soak up with the brioche bun.  Such a clever dessert and pretty tasty.


Long Story Short are open for breakfast and lunch in Port Melbourne.  The cafe is modern and spacious, and the staff are very welcoming.


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20 March 2017

Two Feet First Cafe Review

About the Cafe


Two Feet First opened its doors in November and serves breakfast, lunch & dinner.  The Chelsea restaurant is a short walk from the shore and has a modern fit out with an emphasis on natural wood. 

  The Food

We went with the recommended dishes Porky Pork and Sweet Potato Bliss.  It was a tough decision as they all sounded so good.  These were definitely good choices and both were so delicious hubby and I went halves. The Porky Pork - Ham hock bonbons on sourdough toast with spinach, bacon jam, poached eggs and hollandaise.  Sounds good right?!  Then when you cut into the bonbons it gets even better...YUM!



Sweet Potato Bliss - Sweet potato and mixed quinoa fritters with lemon hummus, bitter leaf caramelised pear salad and a pear dressing.  This dish is dairy free, gluten free and was vegan until I added the egg.  Packed full of flavour this brekkie delivered.  The fritters had a nice crunch and were complemented perfectly by the citrus in the hummus and the sweet pears in the salad. 


Serving Sensory Lab coffee with a talented barista behind the machine.  My coffee was smooth and served at just the right temperature.


We couldn't leave without trying some cake especially when it's house made.  This is the Lemon Meringue Cake.  The chef uses the almond meal that's left from making their own almond milk.  I love that they are not wasting and this cake was soooo good.  I am a sucker for anything citrus.  The cake is topped with a sticky lemon sauce and crushed up meringue.  Highly recommend trying this.


The staff are welcoming and knowledgable and the food is full of flavour.  Overall it was a great breakfast experience and I look forward to heading back for the dinner menu.


*I was invited as a guest to Two Feet First.  All opinions in this review are my own.

Two Feet First Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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15 March 2017

Herb and Chilli Festival

Last year I met Shishanee from The Spice Maze via instagram.  I was able to try out her range of spices and loved cooking with them.  This weekend they are heading to Wandin as a stall holder at the annual Herb & Chilli Festival.  I asked Shishanee to find out a bit more about the event for me and this is what Clive had to say.

The Herb & Chilli Festival

1. How did the chilli festival start

My wife and I have run events for other organisations over many years and felt we could do something for ourselves.  We have a business selling potted herbs to retail garden centres and though a herb festival would work well.  However when we tested this with friends it had a luke warm response.  We were talking to another friend who suggested chillis might be a good addition.  So the Herb and Chilli Festival was born.  Then we had to find a time and date.  We applied to be part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in 2012 and were accepted but we had to have it on the third weekend in March that year.  The Jindivick Chilli event had moved back to that weekend from February in 2012 which was a clash but we felt the product was big enough for two festivals.

2. Tell us a bit more about the event

It is a two day festival with 90+ stalls and four stage.  Stalls include Hot Sauce Alley which is a series of specialist hot sauce producers and the Food Court with 30 stall selling food from all over the world – all using a range of herbs and man y with chilli.  Products range from Fish Tacos, twisted potatoes, Cambodian BBQ, pulled pork, arancini and this year Seychellois Creole (Creole cooking from the Seychelles).  Drinks include imported boutique Mexican beer, Mango beer, Lychee beer and several special brews from Moondog brewing.  There are stalls selling jams and chutneys, spices and rubs, smoking gear, jewellery, clothes and of course plants.

3. What can one expect at the chilli festival? 

Stage one is a series of speakers on chillis, herbs and how to grow them, Stage two is the Competition Stage with The Hellfire Wing Challenge, Captain Chili, Shout n Holler and an exhibition by the masked Mexican wrestlers.  Stage three is a series of cooking dem onstraions compared by our Festival Chef, Dani Venn and Stage 4 is the entertainment one with dancing displays by Peruvian Folkloric and music: Latin Fusion, R&B Zydeco and Willie Nelson tribute. There are jumping castles, pony rides, animal farm and face painting all for the kids and all free.

4. Where can we get tickets?  


On line at www.herbchillifestival.com.au

Thanks for giving us some background on the event Clive.  It sounds like a fun weekend.  We have a family pass to give away to one lucky Melbournite so make sure you check out our post on InstaFacebook.
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12 February 2017

Plaza Deli Review

Everybody say "CHEESE"


Plaza Deli can be found in Northcote at...you guessed it...the Northcote Plaza.  With an amazing selection of cheeses, meats and treats it was like heaven for any antipasto lover.  The deli is only small but it has everything! 


I was kind of excited to check out Plaza Deli for another reason.  This years craze being all about the graze, I had been looking at grazing tables for my 40th.  When Meri invited us down to a tasting I was quite interested to find out more about her catering.


When we arrived Meri and Diana were setting up our spread.  Out came the table, then a few wheels of cheese, followed by meats, more cheese and crackers, fruit, bourek, sweet biscuits and even risotto.  It was all beautifully styled and arranged with flair creating an amazing grazing station for us foodies to admire and then devour.  There was so many varieties of cheeses to try - blue, creamy bries, stout, sweet, goats (lets just say it was a very cheesy afternoon).


The d'affinois is one of my favourite cheeses and it seemed to be popular with everyone there as this wheel was almost eaten. 







And I booked the catering for my party!  Keep an eye out on Instagram for the epic spread later this month.



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14 January 2017

Christmas Ham and a Chocolate Cake: The General Store

Shopping at The General Store

Late last year I was given the opportunity to shop Aussie Farmers Direct online shop The General Store which has you sorted for all your pantry items.  It was perfect for me to pick up the essential ingredients to make the glaze for the Christmas Ham and a cake for hubby's birthday early January.




I ordered on a Wednesday afternoon and the delivery came on the Friday before Christmas.  I was able to find all the ingredients needed quite easily using the side bar which has items catergorised and when I got stuck I was easily able to search the product I was after.  The usual brands were there at competitive prices.  I love the convenience to shop at home especially when you know the shopping centre will be a little crazy.

Hubby then turned these ingredients into a delicious tasting ham.


  



I'm a big fan of the packet mix cake and its even better when you find one that tastes good.  I was happy to be able to find the white wings cake in The General Store!  I knew I would be short of time to decorate a cake and wanted something easy for my boys to help with.



My go to cake decoration is a Kit Kat cake because everyone loves them....don't you!   And they are quick and easy to put together.  Once again a winner.

Kit Kat cake for the win!












Do you like to do your grocery shopping online?  Check out Aussie Farmers Direct for a convenient way to shop Aussie brands.

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22 November 2016

The Gingerbread Demolition - a Melbourne Charity Event

Hands up if you like Gingerbread?  Me too!  

Recently I met Jeanette, the founder of The Gingerbread Demolition, in an online Facebook group and just had to find out a little bit more about this interestingly titled event.


Hi Jeanette! What have you been working on today? 

Hi Amy and dessert lovers! Today has been great - but hectic. In between meetings and deadlines at my day job in digital banking, I've been speaking to sponsors, posting and monitoring social media for the Gingerbread Demolition, and organising an outing with Save the Children next week, where we will decorate gingerbread men with about 40 children!

How did The Gingerbread Demolition start? 

Believe it or not it began as a house party in 2011. Each year it would get bigger and bigger and it out grew the house. - we ended up with about 80 people in our little two-bedroom apartment! Everyone wanted to smash the gingerbread house and I ended up having to raffle off the honours. What once was a little party has grown up to be to a not-to-be-missed charity event in December.


Tell us a bit more about the event. 

The Gingerbread Demolition is a Melbourne charity event and this year we're supporting Save the Children Australia's Cubbies program. Cubbies, based in Fitzroy, provides a safe place for vulnerable children to play, learn and grow, with trained youth workers on hand provide mentorship and support. Cubbies also supports newly-arrived asylum seeker children and their families with mentorship, social inclusion and education through play. We know that migrant and refugee families often feel isolated when they arrive in a new country, so this is our way of showing them that Australia says 'welcome'.

Save the Children Ambassador, Stephen Curry, decorating gingerbread houses with the children at a recent visit to Cubbies in Fitzroy with The Gingerbread Demolition team.

What can one expect at The Gingerbread Demolition? 

On the night, it's a chance to unleash your inner child - decorating cookies, smashing gingerbread and eating delicious food. We'll feast on gingerbread from baking superstars Dessert Parlour, Cupcake Central, Miss Trixie Drinks Tea and Hawthorn Common, enjoy sweet and savoury treats from social enterprise food truck Crêpes for Change and Goldilocks Lunch Box, and sip on an exclusive Gingerbread Cocktail from our friends at 1000 £ Bend. Plus an awesome live music line-up, including Melbourne swing vocalists, Lady Midnight. It kicks off at 7pm on Saturday 10 December and your ticket includes food all night, two drinks, entertainment and of course - your chance to smash the giant house!



 

Where can we get tickets from? 

You can purchase tickets here and we'd like to offer your readers a sweet little discount by entering INBETWEEN on checkout.

Wow!  Thanks so much for your time Jeanette.  This event sounds amazing.  We can't wait to smash some gingerbread all for a great cause.
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23 September 2016

5 Cafes to try Good Food this Summer

We are pretty lucky in Melbourne, having so much choice when it comes to eating out.  As more venues open in and around the city there are now some great cafes and restaurants popping up in the suburbs.  Here's a few that I've found some great eats at recently.

5 Cafes to try this Summer

1. Poacher & Hound

A quick detour off the Monash and you'll find Poacher & Hound at the front of the Spectrum Business park in Mount Waverley.  A modern design inside and out with a spacious cafe floor and plenty of seating.  The coffee tastes great and the artwork is on point too.

The menu is enticing with lots of colour on the dishes using garnishes from the chef's garden.  Gotta love a good photo opportunity right.  The meals are full of flavour and a great size. 


You need to try:

Egg Mistress - 2 coddled eggs with cheesy potato, bacon and chives...YUM.

2. Strawzenberry

Tucked away in the corner of Eden Rise shopping centre this is the place to visit when it warms up.  From smoothie bowls and cold pressed juices to gelato and crazy shakes this little juice bar will be pumping.  They have recently added some healthy avocado options to their menu which I highly recommend.


You need to try:

Avo2 - Avocado on sourdough with a mix of grains and seeds, topped with spinach, rocket and a slice of chia coated lemon.

3. Leroys

What's not to love at this spacious cafe located in Newport.  I'm not a local to here otherwise I would be there more often.  The coffee was great and the food was amazing with lots of flavour.  The staff were friendly and stopped to have a chat with great recommendations off the menu.  When I visited this cafe they were renovating out the back to create an outdoor seating area that also caters to families.  I know my boys would love the sandpit and blackboard!  I had a sneaky peak and was told that it should be ready before Christmas!


You need to try: 

Everything!  Seriously though the OMG pancakes really make you go Oh Em Gee!  I mean look at the size of the pancake AND it's topped with whipped ricotta coffee cream, salted coffee cacao, hazelnut crumb, popping candy, burnt fig ice cream and chocolate fairy floss.  There was a party going on here. 

4. Cafe Liquid

Cafe Liquid is located in Box Hill South on Canterbury Rd.  It's quite a small cafe and it doesn't open on a Sunday.  You'll find a display cabinet full of focaccias to go as well as house made sausage rolls, gourmet pies and an array of delicious muffins, cakes and slices.


You need to try:

Their Rueben sandwich!  One of the yummiest Ruebens I've tasted.  With house made pastrami by the chef, the locals love them. 

5. The Mabel

In the back streets of Mitcham at the end of a strip of shops, this cafe has a vibe of its own and is becoming the place to eat for locals and the not so local.  Another one worth traveling for.  The owners quirkiness and style comes out in the branding as they refer to The Mabel as their illegitimate cafe love child.  They also sell fairtrade coffee from Jasper which has been exclusively made for them.

You need to try:

Nothing says good morning like a good cup of coffee and at The Mabel their coffee blend with the same name is the perfect start to a day.  I also loved the Nicola Granola.  The specials are constantly changing so make sure to check them out too.

Have you found a great cafe recently?  I'd love to check it out too so leave a comment and tell me where I need to try next...


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