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Monthly Archive for October, 2010

The other day a friend mentioned to me that the somewhat horrific Father Flanagan’s Irish Pub (on the corner of Smith and Alexandra Pde) had been transformed and was now serving cracking pub food with an American bent. I decided to check it out immediately. Mr M and I went fairly early on a Friday […]

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What a year it has been! Just over a year ago, Emily sent our technical expert Mr M an email, which in its entirety read as follows: Sas and I want to start a blog called “it pleases us”. Provide. And he did. We’ve had lots of fun over the last year sharing all kinds […]

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To celebrate our first wedding anniversary, Mr M and I decided to head to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. Being the slightly anally retentive person that I am, I booked our get away 6 months in advance. This ended up being quite fortuitous, as the Royal Mail later won The Age’s Restaurant of the Year and […]

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I have been searching for the perfect macaron for a long time and have been documenting the search from the beginning of this blog. On the eve of the blog’s first birthday and prior to the (somewhat controversial) Melbourne macaron competition I thought it was time to bring together my macaron posts in a single […]

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  A month or two ago, Mr M attended a Cath Claringbold cooking class at the Essential Ingredient. My urgings to write a guest post on the experience have fallen on somewhat deaf ears. Nonetheless, an excellent outcome of the class is this recipe for quinoa tabouleh, which is quickly becoming a favourite around our house. I think it has […]

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Day 5 at 2pm: De Clieu was pumping. Seven Seeds‘ new baby had buzz from the beginning. Actually, it had buzz before the beginning, with rumours on Twitter well before the announcement of its impending opening. De Clieu opened on a Tuesday, had a series of reviews in the first 4 days (the first by My […]

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Friends of Mine is the new baby from Jason Jones of Porgie and Mr Jones. The cafe is situated in the somewhat industrial Eastern end of Swan Street, Richmond and opened just over a week ago. I was quite surprised at the size of the space, with three rooms, an entry (with a seriously delicious […]

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  I have a confession to make (which is no surprise to those who know me personally), I am quite uncoordinated. I am the person that inexplicably trips, or drops things, or accidentally walks into the door frame. With this in mind, you can understand why the prospect of using a blowtorch in the kitchen […]

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In the last couple of years we have started a tradition of an annual girls trip to Noosa. A key aspect of this trip is briefly becoming regulars at Bistro C , which ordinarily involves a daily visit, preferably timed with cocktail hour (which is happily two hours, from 3-5). During cocktail hour Thail Muels […]

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We headed to Embrasse to celebrate a very special milestone – Mr M’s thirtieth! We had heard very good things about chef Nicolas Poelaert’s food and he has an impressive background, including working at Michelin starred Bras Restaurant in Laguiole, France. Embrasse is located in Drummond Street, Carlton in a space that was previously occupied by three, […]

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