Gazi, Melbourne

I have to admit that I haven’t really eaten much Greek food in my life. The odd souvlaki or the occasional haloumi salad (although I really do love haloumi!), but I can’t remember the last time I went to a Greek restaurant. Gazi in the Melbourne CBD was suggested by an old school friend for our very long overdue catch-up, and when she gave me the address, I was surprised to find that it was ridiculously close to where I work, yet I had never noticed it. As I always do before going to a new restaurant, I checked out the menu and I was immediately drawn to the soft shell crab souvlakakia.

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Crab Souvlakakia – soft shell crab, mint, coriander, honey, mayo

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Recipe Roadtest: Chorizo and Spinach Muffins

Finding healthy savoury snacks has been something of a holy grail for me. My snack of choice: a pack of Kettle’s chilli chips (or really just about any chips!) is probably not something to be included in your daily intake, and with my wedding coming up, I’ve really been trying to clean up my diet. I stumbled upon David Lebovitz’s recipe for pistachio and chorizo cake which looked amazing, but as I was without a loaf tin, I decided to tweak the recipe and re-create it in muffin form.

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Chorizo and spinach muffins

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The Wild Collective

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love to shop. I can happily browse for hours in shopping malls, scroll through online storefronts till the early hours of the morning and – to my fiancé’s frustration – spend days touring the high streets and outlets while on holidays. But one shopping experience I absolutely love is roaming around markets, be they farmers, arts and crafts or food and wine. So when I heard about The Wild Collective’s fabulous new market event featuring some incredible foodies/designers/producers, I was more than excited to join the tribe!

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The Wild Collective

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Recipe Roadtest: Spicy One-Pot Quinoa and Chorizo

We usually go out for dinner on the weekend, so I tend not to do much cooking on Saturday or Sunday. However, this particular Saturday night, my fiancé was invited to a corporate event at the footy, which meant that I had a rare night at home. I decided to use this chance to cook up something new; and flicking through the pages of a Christmas present – Donna Hay’s Simple Dinners – I found a recipe for one-pot chorizo and cous cous. Continuing my healthy eating attempts, I substituted quinoa for cous cous and added in mushrooms for extra nutrients – but don’t worry, it still tastes delicious!

Spicy One-Pot Quinoa and Chorizo

Spicy One-Pot Quinoa and Chorizo

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Pastuso, Melbourne

Walking down Flinders Lane, I’ve often passed ACDC Lane and noticed a restaurant at the very end – Pastuso, a “modern Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar”. My only previous experience with Peruvian cuisine has been the Japanese-Peruvian fusion of Nobu, which I loved, so I did have quite high expectations of Pastuso.

Ceviche Nikei de Camarones — Crystal Bay prawns, radish, ginger, turnip puree, ponzu & white miso

Ceviche Nikei de Camarones — Crystal Bay prawns, radish, ginger, turnip puree, ponzu & white miso

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Recipe Roadtest: Raspberry and Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream (no ice cream maker required!)

As I mentioned in my last post detailing my clean eating attempts, I love ice cream, especially the Ben & Jerry’s varieties packed with chunks and swirls. So much so that earlier this year, during the Sydney summer, I experimented with making my own ice cream, but without an ice cream maker (with that many gadgets already in the kitchen, an ice cream maker seemed an unnecessary addition!). Most of the recipes I found either required an ice cream machine or else lots of ingredients and hand-mixing at regular intervals, so I was super excited to find a basic ice cream recipe that only required 3 ingredients and next to no work!

Raspberry and chocolate brownie ice cream

Raspberry and chocolate brownie ice cream

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Recipe Roadtest: Chia Pudding

With my wedding coming up later in the year, I have been attempting to make some healthier choices in my daily diet. One of my many vices is ice cream. My fiancé and I both enjoy the childhood favourite of simply vanilla ice cream with lashings of Ice Magic (which, incidentally, now comes in a chocolate peanut butter version!); while Ben & Jerry’s opening up business in Australia was bad not only for my waistline, but also my wallet (my favourites are Clusterfluff and Couch Potato). So after hearing so much about chia seed puddings and not only how good chia is for you, but also how easy it is to make, I figured I should at least try it as an ice cream substitute!

Chocolate chia pudding

Chocolate chia pudding

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Flight Plan: Emirates First Class Private Suite

“Would you care for a shot of Grey Goose vodka with your caviar?”

Caviar with a traditional selection of finely chopped onion, chopped boiled egg, sour cream and lemon, served with crisp melba toast and soft blini pancakes. And a shot of vodka!

Caviar with a traditional selection of finely chopped onion, chopped boiled egg, sour cream and lemon, served with crisp melba toast and soft blini pancakes. And a shot of vodka!

Such is life as a passenger in the Emirates First Class Private Suite. Nothing is too much trouble for the cheerful and friendly flight attendants, who introduce themselves as you board and explain the many features of your suite and the extensive menu, from which you can order anything at any time. Continue reading

The Vogue Cafe, Macquarie Centre

I’m baaaack!

So I have clearly been very absent from my blog for a good few months, mainly due to one big change in my life – I’ve moved to Melbourne! Yes, the city of quirky bars, curious laneways and of course, fabulous food, which means plenty of places to try and review. However, for my return post, I’ll be bringing you some insanely stunning milkshakes from a café I visited when I was on a trip back to Sydney.

Nutella milkshake

Nutella milkshake

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