Author Archives: Gerard

Mother’s Day

Meatmother 167 Swan St, Melbourne VIC 3121 He Says My mother was out of town for Mother’s Day, so as a homage to her I decided to go to Meatmother for dinner.  Well, that’s what I’m telling myself now, but I’m sure she’d approve of a place dedicated to the worship of meat. Meatmother has […]

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Fond Memories

Fonda Mexican – Windsor 44 Chapel St, Windsor Almost a year and half ago, Fonda Mexican burst onto the Melbourne Mexican scene like a delicious overstuffed piñata. The tiny Swan Street Richmond storefront was soon overrun with diners, and even after expanding into the adjacent shop, the queues routinely stretch out the door. Unless you […]

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Coffee Gives You…

The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2013  Queensbridge Square, 1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank He Says Over the last couple of years, the magicians at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival have been conjuring up various pop-up cafes at Queensbridge Square. This year, they’ve built up the aptly […]

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Real Focaccia, Flat Out

Fugazza Shop 5A, 31 Equitable Place, Melbourne He Says Equitable place can be best described as a synthetic Degraves Street for office workers. There aren’t packs of tourists with cameras taking edgy photos of graffiti, and unless you like the cold hard feeling of concrete, it’s not visually pleasing. What it does have going for […]

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Failure to Arancini

This post is about failure. Failure to read a recipe, failure to pay attention, and failure to respect ones own heritage. Failure, in this case, means failing to make a proper arancini. And I mean a proper arancini; not the kind that sit in food court bain marie that you get with a side salad, […]

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Everything By Joost

Silo – By Joost 123 Hardware Street, Melbourne He Says I can still remember the first time I laid eyes on a Greenhouse By Joost installation. I was sitting at the Opera House Bar in Sydney, and I looked over at the Overseas Passenger Terminal to be confronted by an enormous mass of graffitied shipping […]

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Actual Ghanaian in Ghana?

Buka 10th Lane, Osu, Accra, Ghana  I’ve received a lot of criticism about not reviewing any actual Ghanaian restaurants, so to silence that criticism, may I present my review of Buka1. The thing that you need to understand about Accra, is that the restaurant scene is in its infancy, and it’s currently targeted primarily at […]

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The Art of Swiss Ice Cream

Mövenpick Hotel, Sankofa Restaurant Victoria Borg, Accra, Ghana Mövenpick the ice cream, meet Mövenpick the hotel. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that Mövenpick, a brand I thought was only associated with expensive ice cream, also ran a hotel chain. My mind was awash with fanciful images of rooms made of ice cream […]

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The edge of the Peri Peri

Barcelos Fifth Ln, Accra, Ghana Chicken is king in Ghana. They’re dodging cars in the street, being carried around in plastic bags or, most commonly, appearing next to a large side of rice. With the break neck development occurring in Accra, it was only a mater of time until the chicken migrated from the dusty […]

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One Lounge to End Them All

QANTAS Sydney First Lounge So I’m off to Ghana (in West Africa) for work, which will make a very welcome change to flying to Sydney. However, I’ve found out that flying to Ghana is a colossal pain, involving a number of unfortunately timed flights. People who say it’s about the journey, rather than the destination, […]

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It’s getting hot in here…

Greenhouse by Joost Queensbridge Square, Southbank, Melbourne He says It’s that time of year, the days are getting shorter, the shops are awash with Easter Eggs, and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on.  Now in its 20th year, the festival is bigger and tastier than ever, with one of the main attractions this […]

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Every harlot was a virgin once

Virgin Australia Lounge, Melbourne Virgin Australia Terminal, Melbourne Domestic Terminal How does the new Virgin Australia experience stack up? It was a question that had been bugging me ever since I’d received my shiny Frequent Flyer card in the mail (in an effort to poach QANTAS frequent flyers Virgin have been giving out free memberships with matched status). I had […]

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Quick Chat?

Chat Thai Westfield Level 6, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St Mall Sydney When I’m away for work and I’ve finished for the day, there isn’t really that much to do afterwards. There is no rushing home for a hug from a loved one, or tinkering for hours on your life-size models of The Velvet Underground […]

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Dip 55 Liverpool St, Chinatown, Sydney (inside GoodGod) If you haven’t already noticed, I have this unashamed love of American style food. Good quality American food, not the three cheeseburgers at the Circular Quay McDonalds kind, but  food that has been carefully assembled, tastes great, but is still a little on the comfort food […]

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It’s Business Time

QANTAS Sydney Business Domestic Lounge QANTAS Business Lounges (Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne) An evening stuck at the airport because QANTAS has delayed, delayed and now cancelled my flight home probably isn’t the best (or least biased) time to write this review. Regardless, I’ll cast my mind back to the 22nd of September – a happier […]

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You have me in stitches

Stitch Bar 61 York St,Sydney Only a couple of years ago, the Sydney CBD was a barren wasteland when it came to small bars.  If you weren’t smashing down schooners whilst watching some kind of sporting event, or raving it up in a large club, there wasn’t really that much on offer. Luckily ,those days […]

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The last flight out of Melbourne (QF494)

Melbourne->Sydney, Monday 9:00pm, QF494 This is the last QANTAS flight out of Melbourne on a Monday evening, so as you can imagine, nobody really wants to be there. The food is generally forgettable, usually some kind of unusual dip that nobody would normally eat but you do because there isn’t anything else to do besides […]

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Arrgh, there be treasure on PonyFish Island

PonyFish Island Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne CBD Ahoy, matey! Hiding in plain sight from the hustle and bustle of Flinders Street Station, and nestled under the well traversed Southgate Pedestrian bridge, is PonyFish Island. Made up of recycled materials, with funky wooden handrails and shipping container efficiencies, this cafe/bar looks like it’s just washed up […]

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QANTAS, Stepping up to the Plate

In an age of discount airlines, excess baggage and CASA license revocations, one airline is brave enough to still provide food with their tickets. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to fly QANTAS, the John Travolta endorsed flying Red Roo on a long enough Domestic flight at the right time, they’ll serve you a meal. With a […]

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