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Archive for 2009

Bruny Island Cheese follow up

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I joined the Bruny Island Cheese Club recently and their first box arrived a little while ago. I also ordered some Rare Food Berkshire Pork Rillettes and there was Quince and Rosemary Jelly to go with the cheese. On first opening the box, the unmistakable aroma of washed rind cheese whacked me about a bit. […]

Oops? Maggie’s Pheasant Farm

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I was sent this photo along with the comment “Oops – forgot to take a ‘before’ shot”. Hmmm….yes – I get unsolicited food photos. Yes – they sometimes aren’t technically of food!

Eating: Lindt Macarons

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The Lindt concept store in Melbourne has opened to a flurry of macaron sales, but are they as good as Duncan’s?

“Green Theme” Afternoon Tea

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

After a few hours in the weak summer sunshine (and the bitterly cold wind) what I really needed was a good cup of tea. Thankfully – my friend Ms M can be very much relied upon to provide tea of a decent quality at the drop of a text message – and there were CWA […]

Prahran Market Hidden Gems Tour

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

It was a very lazy Saturday morning for me – rather getting up early and getting to Piedemonte’s, Mecca Bros, Largo and/or the Farmers’ Market – I was lazy around reading and drinking tea in bed, before heading out to the Prahran Market for a preview of their Hidden Gems Tour. We found black garlic […]

The cheese is here! #03/09

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

I joined the Bruny Island Cheese Co. Cheese club a few weeks back after reading the rave reviews of some fellow tweeters. First order arrived today. Well packaged box, and well sealed. Boy! does that washed rind smell like … well a smelly washed rind cheese! Can’t wait to try the Oen I’ve only tried […]

Attica: an experience

Monday, June 29th, 2009

On birthdays and special occasions we’ll often try to get to a “name” restaurant. We both like “dining out” and it gives us a chance to justify the “hang the expense” dining experience (and I get to overuse quotation marks). I suspect that habit will now change, and we will make Attica our destination of […]

Rhubarb Streusel Minicakes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I can’t call them muffins as my religion forbids me, and these are just too good. They are destined for the lads in Accounts who have been working too hard in the lead up to the end of financial year, and I’ve been making a lot of that work for them. I think these are […]

Seven Seeds Update

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

We popped in to Seven Seeds again this morning as promised. It is between my place and JB’s so we do drive past it fairly regularly. Coffee was much better today – delicious in fact, and they has keen beavers chatting to folk as they came in the door, much improved. But 10 mins for […]

Review: Griff’s Wine Pub

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Where else can you order bottles of Parker 2003 Cabernet for $49 a bottle? Griff’s wine pub has been quietly feeding the faithful for almost two years under it’s latest guise (let’s all try to forget about the Purple Turtle shall we?). On the corner of Johnston and Napier streets in Fitzroy, it’s a stylish […]