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             A couple of weeks into its life and Chris Lucas’ new venture is hot, hot, hot. Chin Chin  is situated in Flinders Lane in the space formerly occupied by the abjectly terrible ICON bar. It is actually incredible that ICON was hiding such an amazing space – I really love the high, pressed metal ceiling and […]

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La Belle Mitte is the brand new venture for a pair of self confessed Francophiles. The tiny store on Hardware Lane is a macaron-lovers dream, as it is wholly macaron focussed. Macarons are the only food they sell, and the other items on the limited menu are strictly French – tea from Mariage Frères and artisanal […]

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A while ago, I headed to Von Haus for breakfast. While I enjoyed their breakfast offerings, I couldn’t help but think that Von Haus would be perfect for drinks and dinner… and I was right! Mr M, P and I headed there on a freezing night for few glasses of red and some dinner. The […]

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I have been told more than once (by Corry and Felicia) that I need to try the macarons from Cacao in St Kilda. Unfortunately, the fact that I live Northside has meant that I haven’t managed to cross town on a macaron hunt. While Cacao has a shop at the GPO in the city (and actually, now that […]

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I recently caught up with my lovely breakfasting companions Z & B at Bourke St cafe the Mess Hall (not to be confused with the band of the same name). I have sporadically eaten lunch at the Mess Hall and had recently been told by several friends that the breakfast was something special. The Mess […]

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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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I love the theatre of eating at a sushi train – all that gorgeous, perfectly presented food, parading in front of you. I also love the little thrill when something takes your fancy from afar and none of the other diners nab it before it reaches you. It’s like you get a little victory with […]

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Regular readers who have been following my macaron pursuits will know that I often refer to Duncan from Syrup and Tang as the macaron expert. His site contains a wealth of information on how to try to make these fickle biscuits, including step by step instructions and even a discussion of common problems based on […]

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So after a rash of terrible macaron experiences, I have been lucky enough to finally unearth a few good macarons. Unfortunately, my luck has changed again… In my macaron pursuits I have been told several times to try Laurent’s version. However, after reading Duncan’s review of Laurent’s macarons (dry, crumbling, misshapen and all with a […]

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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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