Go Native Restaurant, Berwick

Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/gonativeaus Just around the corner from home in Berwick, a new restaurant emerged just a few months ago. I remember receiving a promotional flyer in my mailbox and thought to myself “I must go and check it out someday”… and that someday somehow just happened recently. I must say I was pleased, it was a decent restaurant and we needed more decent restaurants in the area. I wasn’t completely wow-ed, there is still some room for improvement.  Go Native offers native and traditional dishes from different regions around the world including street food from the Philippines, Cambodia and the … Continue reading Go Native Restaurant, Berwick

Ordering Food Delivery Online + $50 Menulog Voucher Giveaway!

As a busy mum with two very young kids, some nights I barely manage to put a decent meal together.  If we have had a busy day and I have either been out most of the day or had other chores to take care of, or had to do some work on the computer while the kids are napping, or even just needed to have a snooze myself in the afternoon just to stay sane, 5.30pm comes along and I realise the baby needs to be breastfed and bathed – and I still haven’t put dinner on. How am I … Continue reading Ordering Food Delivery Online + $50 Menulog Voucher Giveaway!

EightyOne Fine Food & Wine, Berwick

Charcuterie Platter for 2 inc Ham Hock Terrine, Fennel and Garlic Salami, Butifarra Negra, Grilled Sour Dough, Pickles, Jam, Cauliflower, Artichoke. I actually blogged about EightyOne restaurant almost 2 years ago (click here to read that blog post) and wasn’t sure if I would come back to the restaurant. I am so glad I did, because the food has improved tremendously and I walked away a really happy (and full) customer last night. Interior and ambience wise, not much has changed. The restaurant itself was still that same intimate, quiet, beautiful place I remembered. The service was still prompt and … Continue reading EightyOne Fine Food & Wine, Berwick

O.MY Restaurant in Beaconsfield – Fine Dining and Degustation in the Suburbs

Is writing a review on a restaurant a year later a bit too late? Haha… not if I have recently returned to the restaurant just last week and realised it was exactly a year ago that I started drafting this blog post I never got to finish… Before I get into the content, let me just explain to my readers (if you are still out there) why I have been MIA for a full year. Well, the short version is I went on maternity leave. The long version is, I had my second child, Silver in March 2014 and took … Continue reading O.MY Restaurant in Beaconsfield – Fine Dining and Degustation in the Suburbs

Mamma Bake Cupcake Decorating Class

A lot of you may have noticed that I am certainly far from being the best at baking / decorating cakes. As a matter of fact, I almost dislike making desserts. Is that weird? I love EATING them, and when I do decide to make desserts I do enjoy how pretty they look, but if I had the choice to spend 2 hours in the kitchen to cook whatever I want… I would not choose to make a dessert. I am most definitely more a savoury cook. That is why I’ve decided that yes, I will go to a Mamma … Continue reading Mamma Bake Cupcake Decorating Class

Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minutes, 15 Recipes, 15-Week Challenge

Over the next 15 weeks, I will be featuring my take on 15 recipes from Jamie Oliver’s “15-Minute Meals” cook book. If you are like me, you love to cook but time is always against you. That is why I have purchased Jamie’s cookbook and hoping to be inspired to try new dishes that are delicious, healthy, and especially simple, easy and quick to make.  I will be reviewing his recipes and sharing with all of you 1) How easy is it to make yourself at home aka did it really take 15-minutes give or take? 2) How commonly sourced … Continue reading Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minutes, 15 Recipes, 15-Week Challenge

SBS Cooking Titles – Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 + Giveaway

In the second installment of this SBS TV series acclaimed chef, Luke Nguyen, ventures deeper into the Greater Mekong region to discover the food cultures of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. Luke Nguyen is a chef and owner of Sydney’s award-winning Vietnamese restaurants, Red Lantern and Red Lantern on Riley. He is also a bestselling author. Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam Series 1, Series 2 and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong are also available on DVD. This series not only has mouthwatering recipes, but also offers a great travel experience for the viewer. I personally enjoyed how I was taken on a … Continue reading SBS Cooking Titles – Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 + Giveaway

Brandy Creek Wines & View Cafe, Drouin East

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than to head over to a winery and enjoy some amazing tapas with a few of your girlfriends, overlooking the vineyard with great views of the countryside… well, that’s what I did today! Brandy Creek Winery is located approximately 40 minutes from where I live in Berwick, so I suppose that would make it a 1 hour and 15 minute trip for anyone who plans to head over there from Melbourne CBD. Trust me, the long drive is worth it, and this place has been known to attract people from all over … Continue reading Brandy Creek Wines & View Cafe, Drouin East

Eighty One Fine Food & Wine, Berwick

Photo Credit: http://www.eightyone.com.au A couple of nights ago, to celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary, hubby and I went to Eighty One in Berwick for a lovely dinner just the two of us. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out to eat as a family with our little 1 year old boy Micah, but it is a completely different experience altogether with a child. This was a special night, I was going out on a hot date with my husband and it was our wedding anniversary, so no children please! One of the entrees we had was the House Cured … Continue reading Eighty One Fine Food & Wine, Berwick