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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fitzroy Dining Recommendations

I recently received the following email from a friend and was immediately flattered, and yet simultaneously unnerved:

Hello Kit.
I'm looking for a recommendation for a restaurant in the Collingwood/Fitzroy area for <>'s 40th. She digs Easy Tiger but I was thinking elsewhere - a bit groovy and not uptight.
Who better to ask than your good self.?
Chin chin,

Making a suggestion about where somebody else should cram their gob is always an onerous proposition. I mean, is it for a group, or just the two of them? And what if they have a totally shit time, and blame me (more than likely)?  The waiting staff may have changed, or the chef set his apron on fire... anything could have happened.

The best bet is to spread the risk, and just mention some of the highlights, which I duly did. Since I'd already typed up the list, I thought this might be something you might benefit from too.  So here, without further ado, are some of my current top tips for where to graze when taking someone out for their birthday celebrations in the Fitzroy area.  Please feel free to send me your suggestions!!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

It's a Cardonnay Cucina!

What do I buy?  French or Australian wine?  What's a burgundy, and how is it different to a white burgundy?  And is the "aitch" silent in "chardonnay"?

Join Kit as he plumbs the depths of two bottles of wine for your amusement.  And look!  It's a video blog, doncha know?  Avante!


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