Tuesday, 3 March 2015

South Melbourne Night Market (Nights 6 & 7)

With the slow end of summer, the South Melbourne Night Market is also winding down with only one more session to go.
Having been seven times now (I have written about our previous visits herehere and
here), we have tried almost everything but seem to go back to the same places for dessert, but there was still one place I really wanted to try for dinner. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Rose Diner And Bar

In search for a room to rent for my birthday dinner, L came up with Rose Diner and Bar. The pictures looked great and the food sounded very old-school and delicious. The kind of food our parents cooked for dinner parties back in the 80's. 
We went to check it out and went back last week with L's mother. We all loved it and I can't wait for my birthday dinner there! 
The spacious bar and dining area has red brick walls with wooden beams that are decorated with flowers. Set between the tables on the wall is a retro fridge that keeps the wine nice and cold. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Strawberry & Basil Tart - Summer On A Plate

Unfortunately the strawberry season is coming to an end in Australia. So this weekend I made this strawberry tart to get one of my last strawberry fixes for the summer. 

Making a tart shell out of crushed biscuits is nothing new but the amaretti make it a sweet surprise. The slight almond flavour adds to the explosion of strawberries and basil.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Bagels & Coffee At Manchester Press

A few weeks ago two girlfriends from Tassie were in town and we caught up for breakfast. The place of choice was Manchester Press. I have to admit, I don't often go into the city for breakfast and hadn't heard of Manchester Press before. How ignorant of me, but boy am I glad that I now know this place.
Today L and I went back as I know he loves bagels. 
Manchester Press specialise in great coffee and even better bagels. Hidden away in one of Melbourne's funky little laneways, you walk past design shops and things that appear to be some kind of 'hipster-art-installation' (a baby doll in a cage?!). 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Flammkuchen - A German-Style Pizza

During our recent trip to Germany I introduced L to Flammkuchen. When we spotted it on a menu I explained it to L as a kind of pizza with a very thin base, sour cream and only a few toppings. Flammkuchen literally translates to 'flame cake'. 
L was happy to try it and loved it so much that we have made it a few times already now that we are back in Melbourne. We've had varied toppings and most were a great success, it's our favourite food at the moment. The only one that wasn't so great was the blackberry and brie one. So don't try that.
Flammkuchen with pear, speck, spring onion and a drizzle of honey