Location: 69 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Telephone: (03) 9676 2004
After a brief stint at retirement, Alan and Debbie Giles returned to hospitality as the proud new operators of The House of Wine and Food. This power couple dabbled in retirement, moving to France for a year before they ‘got bored’ and decided to return to what they love.
Tucked away in a quiet street in Port Melbourne, this beautiful building was once home to The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel. Carefully refurbished over a six-month period, The House of Wine and Food emerged as a force majeure. Having kept all of its old-world charm and character, I was in love with the feel of the place. Walking in, there was no way to tell that it once used to be a typical Aussie sports bar and pub.Show More
Location: 162 Arthur Kaine Dr, Pambula NSW 2549
Telephone: (02) 6495 6330
Wheeler’s Oyster Farm has been operating in the coastal town of Merimbula since the early 1900s. I happened upon their Oyster Farm Tour when I stopped for dinner at the Wheeler's Seafood Restaurant and saw a sign advertising it.
It turns out that the farm is vertically integrated with the restaurant. The oyster-sorting site is literally across the road from the dining hall – talk about fresh oysters! So of course, I came back the next morning to check out the tour.
Tours run daily at 10am and require a minimum of four participants to run. The tour starts at the small seafood and memorabilia shop located at the back of the restaurant. Yes, seafood and coastal town memorabilia – what a combo.Show More
Location: 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9691 3888
Vue de Monde has been on my ‘must try’ list for a couple of years now and I finally got to dine here, courtesy of a very generous Xmas gift. My partner surprised his parents, sisters and me with a night out for pre-drinks at Eau de Vie, followed by the Chef’s Table at Vue de Monde – and what a surprise it was!
With the current renovations at Rialto Towers, finding the entrance to VDM was a bit of a maze. Once we found the reception desk, a lovely lady called up to inform the restaurant of our arrival and put us on an elevator to journey to the top of the tower. Service was quite good throughout my experience here, with a bit of a dip at the start of the meal, and then again upon departure.Show More
This summer Burnham Beeches played host to the inaugural Dal Zotto winery’s Prosecco Picnic. Situated on the lawns in front of Shannon Bennet’s latest venture, Piggery Café, the Dal Zotto family treated all picnic-goers to a fantastic feast, and some delectable drinks. There was sun, there was fun, and sweet tunes for everyone.
The Dal Zotto famiglia have three key ingredients to their range of wines: family, tradition, and innovation. All of their wine making is driven by the overarching philosophy of staying true to your roots. The vinos on offer range from chardonnay, Riesling, and cabernet merlot to the star of the picnic: the prosecco.Show More
Here are some words that you don’t usually see together: healthy, delicious, and nutritious desserts. RawLove Superfoods create decadent, guilt-free sweet treats that are packed full of nourishment. Owned by certified raw chef Sandra Bottrell, RawLove is all about having your cake and eating it too.
Sandra has opened the doors at RawLove to share some of her passion and experience in creating indulgent raw desserts. My plus one and I attended a raw chocolate cooking demonstration where we learned how to create our own organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free desserts. With the limited group sizes, the class had a very personal feel to it and everyone had plenty of opportunity to ask questions.Show More
It’s hard to believe that Roll'd Vietnamese street food opened its first store only four years ago. Fast forward to 2016 and Roll’d is now a highly successful business that’s celebrating its 50th Australian store opening at Melbourne Central shopping precinct. Don’t you agree that cuon-gratulations are in order?
Family is very much at the heart of the Roll’d story. The founders were inspired to bring fresh, delicious Vietnamese cuisine to Australia by the love they had for their mothers’ cooking. Mama Hoang is the secret weapon behind the delicious recipes that have helped make Roll’d Vietnamese the success it is today.Show More
Wine and cheese go together like Captain and Tennille, Beyonce and Jay-Z, or Tarzan and Jane. I can't think of a match made more perfectly than a fantastic, odourrific cheese matched with an awe-inspiring glass of Shiraz. That said, I think you can now understand my excitement about the return of Wine and Cheese Fest on 23 October 2016.Show More
There’s a new crocodile king on Smith Street and his name is Chalawan. Opening its doors a few months ago, Chalawan is a cosy, contemporary ‘croctail’ bar and eatery that’s adding some pizazz to the ever expanding Collingwood dining scene. Cocktails with a Thai flavour twist are the main attraction here.
Hailing from Bangkok, the team behind Chalawan are all about the new, the fresh, and the tasty. You won’t find any boring old pad see ew, massaman or green curry on the menu. Their food is all about modern techniques and flavour combos, devised to highlight Australian produce. My plus one and I got to try out the ‘Dear Jasmine’ croctail and sample some of the modern marvels from the Chalawan menu.Show More
Both Jo and Fouad have their own life-changing journeys that started with exploring gut-friendly diets and healthy eating as a way of life. My plus one and I went along to the ‘Life-Changing Food Talk and Cooking Demo’ where Jo and Fouad shared stories from their lives to demonstrate the impact that healthy eating can have.Show More
Project Botanicals is back in Melbourne for another hugely successful year, running for two weeks only at Taxi Riverside. This event is a celebration of the 10 botanicals found in Bombay Sapphire gin through the pairing of food with gin cocktails. I checked out this cool event for the first time this year.
Tickets for Project Botanicals sell out super quickly, but I was totally prepared and bought tickets as soon as they went on sale. For $49 a pop the ticket includes two gin cocktails and two plates of your choosing – great value right? My partner and I wondered down to check out the 6 t0 8pm session on a Saturday night.Show More