Buongiorno, bonjour and “g’day”! (don't you like how they're all the same thing? ~ who knew Australian vernacular was so cosmopolitan???).

Also, "a good day to you, sir/maam" for our American pals, "Ni Hao" to China, and "Здравствуй" to our Russian comrades, "etcetera etcetera and so forth"... (for Yul Brynner).

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Now, what's on the bill of fare today?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Scugnizzo! Melbourne Italian Restaurant

558 Little Bourke St
Melbourne  VIC  300

It was a long time between meals for me at this little gem of a place, one of my all-time favourite restaurants in Melbourne.  I stumbled back across it as I was making my way home to the beach; catching a V-Line bus at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne and having two hours to kill.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019 - Results!

On Friday, I attended the industry wine tasting event – and the Jimmy Watson Trophy lunch – at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. It’s a big deal.  Let’s talk numbers.

This year they had 3,050 wines entered, from over 500 wineries.

39 judges tasted these wines, and gave them points out of 100, ranking them and awarding medals in 18 categories, then awarding 8 trophies for best overall, such as the “best white wine of the 2018-19 vintages”.

It’s a lot to take in.  What's that? How many wines did I try??? Well, while we’re still talking numbers, let’s see:

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

The simple things...

Hello You!

Well, I just had lunch (and sorry for neglecting you BTW... I’m working on a new novel which is eating all my time), but I just had a Florentine style lunch and thought I’d share it with you.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Camber... well....

And bievenu my dear readers/poissons.  I'm so very sorry it's been a while between entries.  I've yet to finish:

*  the Umbrian entry (truffles, beautiful country side, can I recommend Spoletto, Assissi and a small nunnery out of Solarno?);
*  my trip to ®Adelaide (where I ate royally, and had a surprise in the inner west under the flight path... Francesco's Osteria, a humble building but authentic Venetian cuisine, reasonable prices and warm hospitality)
*oh yeah, my trip to New Zealand (or Kiwi) where I was introduced to the delights of muscle fritters and kumara chips.

But if you take those points, you can take those entries almost as read.

The reasons for my hiatus are two-fold;
a. because I've been busy with publication production on Tales of Enlightenment* – my short story collection to arrive in bookstores soon (!!!!), and;
b. I've been slumming it in Camberwell.  I know what you're thinking!  Boring.  But the old dame still has some tricks up her sleeve...

I've been surprised to learn that there ARE some really good food offerings there despite my early prejudices that good food stopped at Glenferrie Rd.  And the gourmet strip?  Camberwell Rd, opposite the cinema, of course.  Let me take you on a quick tour of the offerings:

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Roma o Morte - Where to Eat in Rome


Rome. The eternal city. All roads lead to it, and if you're any kind of globe trotter, your feet will inevitably lead you to this ancient heart of Western Civilisation.

But where do you go for the posh nosh once there? And are pizza and pasta the ONLY alternatives?

(Quick answer "no" ~ You will recall that in an earlier post I noted that offal is one of Rome's "local specialities".  But restaurants of quality, as a cheat hint while you are there, tend to promote that they are "seafood specialists").

Click through to learn more...!!!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Tasting Friday 19th October

I was fortunate enough to gain access to this industry event this morning, which features Australian wines exclusively, awards the Jimmy Watson trophy for best overall wine, and include in this review my pick of the bunch.

Wine maker Frank Butera was my host.  His family run winery Bass River Wineries were skillful enough to garner a silver medal in the Pinot Noir Category.

The wine notes/guide at the door lists 68 pages of wine with up to 49 bottles/types/vintages per page, so there's around 3,200 bottles of wine to try.  Sorry I couldn't cover them all, but the morning was only so long.

Find out the winners and grinners below...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cacio e Pepe

Welcome to the second instalment of Kit’s Cucina’s Trip to Italy, Rome special.  This instalment, let’s talk about “cacio e pepe”.

While we were in Rome, my wife was thrilled to remake her acquaintance with this dish; essentially cheese and pepper with pasta. This is a quintessentially “Rome” (as opposed to Roman) dish.  Jane particularly liked it because it ticked her "simple but tasty" boxes while not being considered a kid’s meal or pretend food.

That said, this is THE trendy dish of the moment in Australia – we discovered on our return.  The Age/Sydney Morning Herald not only made it the lead recipe in their food supplement last week, but it was the cover dish on their promotion for their Good Food Guide for 2018-19 (pictured here). So here’s my take on it if you would like to be on the zeitgeist, as it were.

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