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I was highly amused when I read about the opening of a new restaurant on Smith St named Huxtable. Naturally, this was the first thing to come to mind: I have such strong memories of the Cosby Show, many of which relate to those ridiculous jumpers that Bill wore (and if you want a trip down memory [...]

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The Gemis my local pub. It is situated about 2 blocks from my house, on the corner of Wellington and Hotham st in Collingwood. When we first moved into the area about 3 years ago, the Gem quickly became a favourite for its great atmosphere and cracking pub food. At that time, the food at [...]

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My brother L lives overseas and recently came back to Melbourne for a mate’s wedding. I took a day off work to hang out with him (yep, ‘quality time’) and for some reason he decided he wanted to head out to ‘the country’ and see some scenery. This was a boon to me as a [...]

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On the way to Taggerty we stopped in at Innocent Bystanderin Healesville for dinner. Innocent Bystander is a restaurant/winery/cellar door for Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps. It is a cavernous, dimly lit space (terrible for food photography!). As a plus, it has a foosball table in the centre of the restaurant, so while the boys got [...]

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We recently organised a girls night out to make J’s return to Melbourne after 10 weeks in South America a little more bearable. The brief was somewhere located in the city with good food and great cocktails. Gingerboy was an obvious choice. I’ve been to Gingerboy a couple of times previously, although I haven’t been for about [...]

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A few years ago, I attended a dinner at Parliament House in Brisbane. We were served such delicacies as crab cocktails and salmon roulade. It was a little retro-kitch, but not in an intentionally ironic way. At the time, I didn’t mind at all, however. I felt that it was in keeping with the vibe [...]

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Provenance in Collingwood (not to be confused with Provenance restaurant in Beechworth) opened in early 2009 and operates as an all day eating house and bar, with breakfast to dinner to cocktails on offer. From mid to late 2009 Provenance hosted a series of themed dinners with amusing titles (“quince this, quail that”, “something to [...]

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For my birthday, my lovely work friends A, A, S, S & R gave me a voucher to Rockpool Bar & Grill. I went to Rockpool years ago when it first opened for a big celebration dinner and I remember sharing a rib-eye for two with Mr M. I enjoyed my meal at Rockpool but [...]

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Mr M and I stopped by at local favourite the Old Raffles Place one night after work for a quick meal. I really enjoy the grandeur of the menu at Old Raffles, it is divided into amusingly named sections, so you can order from “the vegetable farm”, “the butcher shop”, “exotic curries” or “encore noodles”, dishes [...]

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So what has this: got to do with this? Answer: Garlic and a hell of a lot of it. For this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Sunnybrae hosted the Return of the Fearless Vampire Killers with a celebration of garlic in all its forms. Mr M has a thing for garlic, or more particularly, [...]

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