Gourmet Giveaway – Free tickets to Taste of Melbourne 2014

Taste of Melbourne is back this year at Albert Park Lake for 2014. It’s on from Thursday 13 November to Sunday 16 November. Participating restaurants this year include Brooks, Lucy Liu, Mamasita, Huxtaburger, Burch & Purchese and Movida. The lovely people at Taste of Melbourne have given me two double passes for Gourmet Chick readers. Each double pass is worth $50.

Taste of Melbourne


For a taste of what you are in for at Taste check out some of the dishes I got served at a preview evening this week (or see my round up of last year’s festival).  From Brooks Restaurant & Bar look out for the  Sher Wagyu rib – slow cooked until it’s sticky and served with charcoal vegetables, onions and vinegar.  The must try dish though from Brooks is its roasted cauliflower icecream with a caramel sauce. I know it sounds crazy but the icecream has a really delicious nutty flavour that works brilliantly with the caramel.  

Sher Wagyu at Lucy Liu

Sher Wagyu at Lucy Liu

From newcomer to the Taste of Melbourne, Lucy Liu, you can expect more Wagyu but this time it’s Grade 7 Wagyu (in Australia the grading goes up to 9) with a charred edge and meltingly tender beef.  Mamasita will be serving its famous “street style” corn to ensure theres’s not a riot (people, and by people I mean me, are fanatical about Mamasita’s corn).  The corn is char grilled giving it a smoky sweetness and then served with a smear of chipotle mayo, slowly melting queso and a squeeze of lime to add a bit of tang. It’s everything you could ever wish for on the end of one handy stick.  Mamasita will also be serving up some new dishes including the intriguing and delicious  zucchini braised molotes which are like a cross betweeen a croquette and an empanada.    

Molotes at Mamasita

Molotes at Mamasita

To win one of the double passes to Taste of Melbourne 2014:

1.  Leave a comment below listing your favourite Melbourne restaurant; and

2.  Sign up for the free fortnightly Gourmet Chick newsletter (ignore this step if you’ve already signed up).

The competition closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on Monday 3 November. The two winners will be selected using random.org and will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Wednesday 5 November.

Good luck! 

Posted by: on October 22nd, 2014     No Comments »

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The mystery of Urbanspoon and Hardware Société

You could almost set a clock by it. Once every few months a restaurant owner will throw their toys out of the pram at restaurant review website Urbanspoon.  The latest is newly opened Green Park Dining (my review is here) which has posted a complaint that its all important Urbanspoon score has been going “up and down like snakes on a ladder”.  The post finishes with the plea “Urbanspoon if you are listening give us a break”.  I do feel some sympathy given the eternal mystery of Urbanspoon’s rankings. 

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Posted by: on October 20th, 2014     2 Comments »

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Texas barbecue in Australia: has it jumped the shark?

The sweet smell of American barbecue smoke that’s been hanging in the air looks set to dissipate.  For a while there, the traditional Aussie backyard barbie of snags and lamb chops was eclipsed by American barbecue fever. Rather than cooking food on a hot plate, the hallmark of American barbecue is meat cooked low and slow in a “pit” with no direct contact with the flame. In Melbourne you can get your smokers, steaks and sticky ribs fix at any number of places.  There’s Meat Mother, Meat Maiden, Le Bon Ton, Blue Bonnet Barbecue, Fancy Hank’s BBQ, The Lumber Yard, Big Boy BBQ and The Gem…

American BBQ action at The Gem in Collingwood

American BBQ action at The Gem in Collingwood

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Posted by: on October 19th, 2014     No Comments »

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A day at Caulfield: Melbourne Racing Club

The weather was so beautiful in Melbourne this weekend but I think the sun was shining a little brighter at Caulfield.  The Caulfield Guineas was held on Saturday at the Melbourne Racing Club and I was invited along.  Such a spectacular setting! 


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Posted by: on October 13th, 2014     4 Comments »

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How to make a Grey Goose Le Fizz

I can be a bit of a light weight when it comes to drinking spirits so it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation to an evening of vodka cocktails hosted by Grey Goose at Saint Crispin restaurant. I think you can see why I said yes despite my glass-and-a-half tendencies – Grey Goose is one of the most luxurious vodkas and Saint Crispin is one of my favourite restaurants – you can read my review of it here.

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Posted by: on October 10th, 2014     No Comments »

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