Friday, 3 July 2015

LENTIL AND KALE SALAD WITH TAHINI SAUCE

This salad is amazing because basically it combines many of THE must-eat-super-food power ingredients everyone tells us we should be eating every day AND it’s really easy to make.
One of my favorite things about it is that you’ll use the entire kale, instead of wasting the stalks.


Ingredients:
(serves 4)


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

BEST KID FRIENDLY CAFES IN MELBOURNE - My Top 5 favourite places

Going out for breakfast is a whole new ball game now that we have kids!

The toddlers are very active and there is NO WAY they will just quietly sit still while we sip our coffee and read the weekend paper like we used to...


Thank God there are some great cafes around Melbourne that really cater for the little ones without sacrificing on the quality of that sacred morning latte for the parents.

Here are my top 5:

Friday, 26 June 2015

EATING OURSELVES THROUGH JAPAN

Wow! What an amazing trip.  I've just returned from an amazing 2 1/2 week holiday to Japan.  I feel that we ate ourselves around Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.  With Tokyo holding the record for the most Michelin starred restaurants within a city throughout the world, we were excited to have a taste of their unique food culture.  Here are a few food highlights BF and I experienced.

TOKYO

Ukai-Tei
http://www.ukai.co.jp/ginza/

Lunch at Ukai-Tei in Ginza will always be one of my most incredible food highlights in my life. We booked in advance and were lucky to experience this one Michelin star teppanyaki restaurant. With our own personal chef with 33 years experience, we sat down to an amazing set menu of:
- Fresh Fish Marinated with a Flavour of Early Summer
- Potato Cream Soup (Servced Cold)
- Seabass Sauted (For me, the savoury highlight dish)
- UKAI Top Quality Beef Steak (Grade A4)
- Fried Rice (BF's dish) and Soba Noodles (my dish)
- Creme Caramel (BF's dish) and Mango Sorbet with Fresh Fruit (my dish)
- Coffee or Tea with Baked Confectionery (including my sweet highlight item - the amazing black sesame macaroon)






Thursday, 25 June 2015

COBB LANE BAKERY

13 Anderson St , Yarraville - ph: (03) 9687 1538

Cobb Lane Bakery is an absolute gem in Yarraville.

It's a small bakery/ cafe dishing out amazing breads, pastries and sweets, as well as beautifully presented breakfast dishes like this one -

63oC poached eggs with smoked white fish, pickled beetroot and local greens 


Monday, 15 June 2015

SMITH AND DELI

111 Moor St, Fitzroy

The team behind vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters is opening a New York-style deli, complete with home-style Jewish cuisine, fresh fruit and veg grocer, takeaway coffee and sandwiches.



Following the success of Fitzroy strictly vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters, Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez are now opening a deli nearby to not only expand the range of food they offer, but also grow their production kitchen.

Smith & Deli founders Mo Wise and Shannon Martinez

Monday, 8 June 2015

GREEN PARK - Excellent option for brunch with kids

815 Nicholson St, Carlton North - ph (03) 9380 5499

We came across Green Park Dining by chance in our eternal quest for kid friendly cafes. 

By 'kid friendly' I mean much more than high chairs and plastic cups; I'm talking the full monty of toys, colouring pencils and play area. Yes, a lot to ask for, but ohh-so-good when we find a spot where the kids can actually run around and entertain themselves while we eat.

The McDonalds playground is always an option (and I've been there on a rainy day), but what we are aiming for here is a place where we are actually as happy to eat at as the kids are happy to play. 

Green Park offers just that. Great food, tick; good coffee. tick; good service, tick; good service that is not phased by kids, tick; toys and books for kids, tick; adjacent to a playground BIG TICK. 

Overlooking the playground