Vue De Monde, wine tutorial with SIA – a selection from Shannon Bennett’s empire (part 2)

Our slothful lunch began with a tipple of 2004 Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon and Krug Grande Cuvée NV. These iconic numbers are routinely served on board first class. I personally preferred the rounded savoury noted of the former. After a little chit-chat we promptly (eagerly) turned the page to begin our indulgence first with the white wine selection.

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Bistro Vue, Piggery café – a selection from Shannon Bennett’s empire (part 1)

The fairy tale success of Shannon Bennett’s ever expanding restaurant empire, could easily be pigeonholed into increasing commercialisation. However, in light of a few (and only a few) hiccups along the way, with the new Jardin Tan eliciting polarising reviews on dabbling its in Vietnamese cuisine, and notably the haphazard consistency at Café Vue at … Continue reading

Eating in Copenhagen: Kokkeriet

This will be a photographic reel of my meal at Kokkeriet in Copenhagen. [Kokkeriet] Where: Kronprinsessegade 64, 1306 København K When: Tues – Sat (dinner) Contact: +45 3315 2777 World ranking: 1 Michelin star. Menu: Small menu 11 courses (900DKK, approx. $170AUD). The larger menu is available at $1200DKK, for additional 4 courses. P.S. this … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan | food highlights

As promised here is my attempt at rewiring the remnant food memories largely corrupted by intermittent inebriation and the crumbling weight of time. So this will be more of a photo essay than a piece of prose on a select few places that I thoroughly enjoyed in Kyoto. For the short amount of time spent … Continue reading

Taxi Dining – Ducks in a row

If you were lucky enough to have overheard news and made your presence at any of this year’s PVOYT as part of MFWF, I applaud you. Sweeping the jargon aside, whilst I did attend one event, I did not exactly enrol with the utmost enthusiasm. Honestly, I had heard mixed feelings about Taxi for a … Continue reading

Itali Co

I have wanted to write this one up right from the beginning, but really struggled to start for every time I tried, it bubbled up salivation-inducing memories wrangling with a residual feeling of over-indulgent-satiety even post several months. First world problems… Only appearing on the St Kilda restaurant scene just earlier this year, it is … Continue reading

Circa, The Prince

There’s never a better excuse to splurge than with birthday celebrations… Over the past few years there has been much change in the menu and direction at Circa. Whilst I cannot say I have witnessed the changes in person, I have seen it through the eyes of other bloggers. The current décor is well pared … Continue reading

A Day in Nara, Japan

If one can draw your memory far back enough to when I first started posting my travels to Japan, it has in fact been almost one year. Time does fly. I have since unpacked, repacked, gone and come back from Europe – which is similarly overdue for completion. Whilst the majestic scenery, bustling city life … Continue reading

Unblogged 2012: return visits that I loved

In the days leading up to the end of 2012, I will shower you all with food envy from my infinite compilation of unpublished food photography. Once upon a time in the early days of this blog there was much enthusiasm to re-blog restaurants, but now return visits are partially sanctified opportunities to purely enjoy … Continue reading

Espai Sucre – dessert degustation (Barcelona, Spain)

“Sobar” with salt, lime and basil

Imagine this… You have just finished an incredible Spanish feast, stand up with a plump satisfaction to complete the monetary exchange. You wind around the narrow cobblestone pathways of the old Gothic quarter, sidestepping the occasional intoxicated rambler, and reminiscing on the still tangible flavours lingering on your palate. Turning a few corners, the well-trodden … Continue reading

Tapeo Anem de Tapes (Barcelona, Spain)

After reading all about the fine eateries at the pinnacle of the culinary pyramid around Spain, a stop on the Iberian peninsula was a must for my Europe travels. Although San Sebastian with its insane concentration of top restaurants with three in the top 10 restaurants ranked by S.Pellegrino, it would have been my ideal … Continue reading

Komeyui

It probably does not come as a surprise by any measure that a review on this restaurant was meant to be written way last year. But long story short, I simply never got around to it… sad yes. At the beginning of this month, just before the Melbourne Cup races, I was kindly invited to … Continue reading

Hell of the North – a snuggle of food for Wintery weather

To write about French food in Melbourne immediately after returning from Paris, may seem like an appalling idea, but you might be pleased to hear that the benchmark back home is actually not as bad as one would think. It does however, take a little hunting and rummaging through the rubbles. With no fluoro or … Continue reading

Eating through Japan – Tokyo Day 1

It is 9am in local Tokyo time. It has been more than 10 hours of flight time across land and ocean. A little disoriented, we fumble around Narita airport to organise a one way trip to Shinjuku on the Narita Express. The language barrier is not immediately apparent … but will soon realise otherwise. Travel … Continue reading

Movida Bar de Tapas – Spanish on Hosier

“On my way to Movida, I stumble down the uneven cobblestone pathway of Hosier Lane, surprised at first by how deserted and almost dangerous looking the alleyway looked, but then pleasantly astounded by the artworks that came to life off the old brickwork. If not for my hungry stomach I may have lingered a little … Continue reading

Matteo’s – dinner in Fitzroy North

It has been more than 6 months since I first set foot “through the unassuming glass doors” of Matteo’s. This time I return as part of a sponsored 3 course work dinner, which I may add come few-and-far-between. *cough *cough. I was hopeful that I would be able to experience a little more of the … Continue reading

Golden Fields – Andrew McConnell’s new arm in St Kilda

Almost Always Ravenous’ sporadic digression: There are many risks involved with being a food blogger. One: Eating out too much. Two: When eating out, you eat too much. Three: You know you should order less next time, but you um & ah at the menu and fall back into the same trap. Four: Always thinking … Continue reading

Papagoose – Marriage of food and wine by Wine Selectors

It is a normal reaction to be excited for a dinner invitation inclusive of food-and-wine, but when one gets disproportionately jovial and distracted you know you have stepped into the dark realms of no return – food blogger syndrome. Such is that of my life… not that I’m complaining. Rushing in from work, finding parking … Continue reading

The Estelle – Scott Pickett’s newest venture

Ever since I heard news that Scott Pickett had left The Point at Albert Park to run his own restaurant alongside Ryan Flaherty in a little shop front on High Street I had been eagerly at the edge of my seat to try it out. The Estelle, a name only two years old in Northcote, … Continue reading

French Brasserie

2 Malthouse Ln Melbourne, 3000 03 9662 1632 It is rather sadly by default from a severe underestimation of early dinner crowds in the city on a Saturday night – an AFL night for that matter – that we stumbled up and down Flinders lane before hesitating to enter this restaurant down an alleyway. My … Continue reading

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