Review: Fun Buns

Finally! Somewhere that sells (delicious) bao buns in Hawke’s Bay! I am absolutely spoilt to death living in Wellington where Asian fusion is everywhere and I have been waiting for somewhere similar to pop up at home. Fun Buns goes a decent way towards satisfying this craving however I do think there are some improvements…

Recipe: Anzac biscuits

Man, do I have a hard time saying no to homemade Anzac biscuits. Store-made? Too easy! The ones that come in the packet just have nothing on ones that are made fresh at home, jam-packed with oats, coconut and other delights. This is a wee gem of a recipe, one that sits highly underrated in…

Recipe: Ginger crunch

I love a good ginger crunch. It would be one of my favourite slices, however I think that there is quite a big difference between a ‘good’ ginger crunch and a bad one. I don’t like it when they just taste like sugar, which is why this recipe is packed with coconut, rolled oats and…

Recipe: Eggplant and pistachio pasta

An absolutely delightful recipe, this meal is simple to make. It is  vegan,  it is quick, and it tastes like something right out of Sicily. There are minimal ingredients and in summertime hopefully eggplants and tomatoes are in abundance wherever you are. It can be served as a hearty main dish, or alternatively served as…

Review: Hawker Hall

Chapel Street in Windsor is such an exciting area in Melbourne; I love wandering up and down the streets ogling at all the yummy food options. This time it was Hawker Hall which tickled my fancy, funnily enough it was only the night before I dined at Chin Chin, the owners of Hawker Hall. Not…

Review: Chin Chin

Basically everyone I have spoken to about places to eat in Melbourne has made some reference to Chin Chin. I’ve even heard it described as “one of Melbourne’s best”. Well, I sure needed to put that last statement to the test! Chin Chin doesn’t take bookings for groups small than seven, so our group of…

Review: Kettle Black

The darling sister café to Higher Ground, Kettle Black is just so much my scene. It’s airy, light, fresh and bustling. A delicious cabinet (filled with donuts, among other things) greets you in the foyer and sensational aromas waft from all directions. It is conveniently located only a short walk away from where my partner…

Review: Hardware Societe

If you’ve read my other Melbourne posts you may have got the impression that I think Hardware Lane is a bit of a tourist trap. Well that wouldn’t be far from the mark, but I have recently learnt that maybe some decent food can actually be found on that very street. Hardware Societe itself is…

Review: Higher Ground

Higher Ground certainly ranks amongst “Melbourne’s coolest” and it doesn’t take long to see why. Waiting for a table has never been so customary: anything under 20 minutes and I’d say you were doing pretty well. There is an area to sit in while waiting with the possibility of ordering a coffee in the interim….

Review: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

Being as big and wholesome as what Melbourne is, it should come as no real surprise to hear that there is no real shortage of donut shops. However, like anywhere, there is a surplus of donut stodge, so it is important to sift through the stodge and find the real gems before you go. The…