Monday, August 30, 2010

STREAT - stopping homelessness the delicious way

Alright so this is a bit out of the norm for me because usually I would eat then write, and never the other way around.

But I came across this on FB and it looked like a fantastic idea, so I wanted to catalogue it and remind myself to go.

Basically, it's for a good cause, it looks delicious and they have a novel concept.

Intrigued? then check them out at

The menu is at:

Oh and those loyalty cards that always accumulate in your wallets and become dead weight? Well this one is def worth it because every 9th meal you collect on your card is donated to a homeless person.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Livebait, Docklands

Last summer, we attended a birthday dinner here and I finally had the chance to dine inside this rather quirky looking place situated at the edge of the esplanade walk. The function was held on the top level of the restaurant and it was a fantastic night which ran very smoothly without a hitch. The view from the deck was beautiful and the perfect backdrop to the event. This provided a nice place for everyone to mingle upon arrival. Some randoms did try to ignore the 'private function' sign and invade our deck, but they were given many greasy's and soon retreated back downstairs.

For mains, the medallion was smoky on the outside and succulent on the inside and the chicken breast was also rather tasty. I liked how they had the salad in the middle, because it made it easier to concentrate on the main without being distracted by the leaves. It also maintained focus on the salad as a dish in its own right rather than just a sideshow.

For dessert, we were served alternating dishes of chocolate pudding and lemon tart. Loved both! Plus the delicious serve of birthday cake too.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Georges, Camberwell

We were on our way to a house party in the area and we thought it would be a good idea to stop off for dinner. We wanted something quick and easy and this restaurant caught our eye because it was large. Besides, it's not likely that we could go wrong with a place named Georges. We thought that it would be pretty stereotypical Mediterranean fare.

For drinks I ordered a smoothie which was smooth enough, but not as sweet as I would have liked. And in summer, that shouldn't really be the case because most fruits, especially berries are usually in season.

We shared an entree of risotto balls which were nice and gooey. For mains, I had a tuna nicoise salad and I think R had the veal. Both were rather normal and what I would have expected.

This is obviously a popular place for the locals and it's a safe bet for a quick and easy bite. Which is what we wanted. However it's not a place that I would make a special trip for or try to visit again.

Every suburb will have its own Georges, just like Maxy's in Elsternwick and Dendy Deli in Brighton. What's yours?

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Artichoke and Whitebait, Monash Uni

We went for lunch at Artichoke & Whitebait again the other day. There had been a change of menu so there were a few more goodies to try out alongside the old favourites.

For starters, the bread was soft and fluffy in the middle and the crust was flaky and a bit chewy just how I like it. Service was great as usual and I loved the fact that the waitress brought over balsamic vinegar when she recognised us. The elements of the antipasto board were also fresh and flavourful. The olives were nice and plump and oily and I couldn't get enough of the artichoke hearts.

I then had a potato and leek soup as my main and it was smooth and creamy. Even R who usually refuses soup asked to try some and then proceeded to finish it off. His own spaghetti cabonara was as good as ever. The spaghetti noodles were delightfully chewy and springy. The sauce was rich and smoky and full of bacon. Wonderfully concocted.

Pancake Parlour, Glen Waverley

One night, after a girls' night out at the movies we headed to the Pancake Parlour for some late night feasting. The food was as filling as always and served up in massive proportions. Without fail, I always feel warm and sated after a visit to the establishment.

But it was pretty obvious that the staff weren't too eager to have us in there. Although I guess we did end up being the last table to leave and I suppose I should really cut the kids some slack for wanting us out of there.

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