Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD


Earlier this month we were lucky enough to dine at Cecconi’s on Flinders Lane, a Melbourne institution. Back in the day, Cecconi’s was the go to spot for corporate long lunches and client-wooing dinners, and today it still retains that old school charm, but is decidedly more romantic. When we arrived, we were seated on…

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400 Gradi, Brunswick


In April, 400 Gradi exploded onto the food scene after taking home the top prize at the Pizza World Championship, held in Italy. Everyone in Melbourne was flocking to try and get a bite of the world’s best pizza, and one Wednesday evening Alex and I were lucky enough to get seats at the bar…

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Meatball & Wine Bar, Melbourne CBD


Meatball, located in the ever-trendy Flinders Lane, was a random choice for us one day whilst out shopping in the city. Since then we have been back twice, and always leave stuffed and pleased with our meals. Cocktails at Meatball are delicious and don’t skimp on the alcohol, and the Italian-focused wine list partners well…

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Bar Idda, East Brunswick


Bar Idda is a classic Sicilian restaurant located on Lygon Street, the main Italian drag in Melbourne. The setting is no fuss and comfortable, with smiling service that immediately puts you at ease. The menu is designed for sharing, and the four of us visiting did just that. We started with marinated green olives, arancino…

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Panzanella Salad


Happy 2014! Apologies for being off-the-grid for so long- we recently moved into a new place and are lacking internet for the foreseeable future. However I just discovered a lovely coffee shop up the road with wifi, so we’re back! Since the standard New Years resolution tends to involve some sort of get fit/get healthy/diet…

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Eataly- Le Verdure, Gramercy/Flatiron NYC


Upon finding out that an impromptu NYC trip was in my future, I immediately knew that Eataly had to be a stop on my marathon food tour. The renowned Italian food market came to NYC straight from Italy in 2010, and shows no signs of slowing in popularity. Along with being a food market to…

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Vanilla Panna Cotta w/ Rhubarb Compote


If you want a no fuss, simple, prepared in advance dessert – this is the one for you.  The tartness and colour of the compote contrasts the delicately sweet panna cotta beautifully.  If you don’t like rhubarb, or it’s out of season, simmering some fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries in a splash of balsamic…

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Truffled Sweet Corn Risotto


Being back home in Nebraska, it would have been criminal to not make a dish starring corn before the summer was over. Corn often gets a bad rap (from myself included) because it frequently comes in a can or a frozen bag, but fresh corn right off the cob sits right up there with one…

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Summertime Seared Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta

chicken and pasta

I started the other night with some chicken breasts. I had no idea where I was going from there when I opened up the fridge- my mind went Indian, Greek, Mexican, before finally settling on Italian. This incredibly easy recipe (you basically do all of the work when you make the marinade!) requires the following:…

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Tutti Mangia, Claremont CA


Over the weekend Priya graduated from University and as a celebration / farewell dinner (as I am now back in Aus), Priya and I went to Tutti Mangia. Having eaten here once before and enjoying the Osso Bucco I had eaten immensely, expectations were high. Needless to say, Tutti Mangia did not disappoint, however there…

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