The Unblogged Files: March 2015

4/03/2015 02:39:00 PM

Wow, March was incredibly busy! At the end of last month's Unblogged Files, I said March would be "quiet yet fun", with "one or two events, spending time with family and friends, work, gym, the usual"... it was actually nuts! Here we go.

So, I've been busily blogging in March, with heaps of things I did this month already appearing on the blog. I've already blogged my visit to the Artisan Bakery and Bar as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, my visits to The Arbory Launch Evenings, the eggplant parmigiana dinner party, India Delights, my white chocolate and raspberry scones, and the avocado cheesecake. But there was more. Heaps more!

Avocado and lime cheesecake, avocado choc mint smoothie from Five Plus Smoothie

Breakfasts! Here are some oaty, berry combinations...

Top left: Oatmeal & raspberries x 2
Bottom left: Chocolate Cake, sour cream, blueberries, coffee
Top right: Strawberry Oat Breakfast Crisp
Bottom right: Yogurt, Green Press granola, raspberries, coffee

... some bread-based brekkies...

Left: Irrewarra Sourdough fruit bread, Pepe Saya butter
Top right: Eric Kayser Baguette, Vue de Monde Hot Cross Bun
Bottom right: Homemade focaccia, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, rocket

 ... and all of the avocados.

Left: Light rye toast, chilli scrambles, bacon, sliced avocado
Top right: Irrewarra Sourdough fruit toast, Avo on toast
Bottom right: Peanut butter toast, avocado on toast

The subscription is over until June, phew!

Avocado toast!

Here are some homecooked dinners.

Top row: Pumpkin risotto; Chicken fajitas
Bottom row: Frikadellen with cauliflower & potatoes; Pork schnitzels, roast vegetabls, Ofen Makkaroni alla Mamma; Bratkartoffeln with scrambled eggs and bacon

Top left: Vegetable soup
Top right: Taiwanese Meat Sauce on rice
Bottom left: Salmon, broccolini, pumpkin, avo, spinach
Bottom right: Honey pepper chicken

I did a little unblogged baking throughout March too - making Smitten Kitchen's Everyday Chocolate Cake...

Smitten Kitchen's Everyday Chocolate Cake

... and a variation on that cake, her "I Want Chocolate Cake Cake", for my friend Kimba's birthday!

I Want Chocolate Cake Cake

And speaking of Kimba's birthday, we celebrated with drinks and nibbles at Heart Attack and Vine (329 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053)...

Espresso Martinis, Aperol Spritz

... then All Of The Cheese at Milk the Cow (323 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053).

5 Cheese Platter - $37

Espresso Flip - garnished with BellaVitano Espresso Cheese - $18

And just in case that wasn't enough dairy, we stopped in at Pidapipo (299 Lygon Street, Carlton 3053) for gelato! I still think Spring Street Grocer is the best gelato in Melbourne, but Pidapipo was still pretty darn good.

Pidapipo - Hazelnut and Peach

I didn't make any new cafe visits this month, visiting good old Plantation Coffee (Shop 253, Level 2, Melbourne Central, 300 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000) whenever I needed a caffeine hit!

Plantation Coffee (Shop 253, level 2, Melbourne Central 300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000)

Also Little Rogue (12 Drewery Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000).

2 x Magic at Little Rogue

And Spiga (2 Menzies Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000).

Cappuccino, Bacon Sandwich

Here are some weekday lunches.

Top left: Kay's Chicken from Hanaichi, QV
Top right: Thr1ve bowls!
Bottom left: Dips from The Borek Bakehouse, (481 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000), Bread from Eric Kayser
Bottom right: Miso Ramen from Little Ramen Bar (346 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000)

Top left: Beef Bimbimbop from By Korea (1/222 La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC 3000)
Top right: Soy fried chicken and rice from By Korea
Bottom left: Curry Tonkatsu from By Korea
Bottom right: Bebek Penyet with Sambal, Es Teler (Emporium, Level 3 321 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000)

One night, we went to an old favourite for dinner - Tutto Bene (Mid Level Southgate,Melbourne VIC 3006), followed by the musical Sweet Charity. Yay! I know Tutto Bene is famous for their awesome risotti, but their espresso martini and eggplant chips were also very impressive.

Tutto Bene

One day, I went to Yum Cha with my parents at Taipan (237-239 Blackburn Rd, Doncaster East, VIC 3109). Best.

Yum Cha

Last Friday, we went to see Hannah Gadsby at the Comedy Festival, with a few sneaky drinks before and after at Ferdydurke (31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000) and Murmur (17 Warburton Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000). TGIF!

Cocktails at Ferdydurke

Murmur (17 Warburton Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000)
Front: Old Pal - Rye whiskey, campari and russo vermouth - $19
Left: Chili Mojito - $19

We had some friends over for a games night - I made spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, and a giant chocolate chip cookie!

Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Finally, I was invited to the launch of the Jameson Festival Club VIP night at HiFi Bar (125 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000) as part of the Comedy Festival. Whiskey tasting, comedy, DJs and deelicious barbecue from The Beaufort. (P.S. the food was seriously impressive - I loved the pulled pork sliders, ribs, tomato salad and fried pickles. Totally want to go to The Beaufort for dinner now!)


Phew! That was March.


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  1. I really enjoyed my risotto at Tutto Bene! I wish we had a place that really specialised in it here.

  2. Good grief! I'm on food overload and all I want to do is eat again after looking at this unblogged food. :)

  3. Oh man, I love these round-ups you do! Everything looks amazing -- those coffees are so pretty, and the avocado looks so ripe! Yummm

  4. I would love to know the recipes you used for the spaghetti and meatballs and cookie - looks amazing!

  5. Gemma - the spaghetti and meatballs recipe is from Nigella Bites, and the cookie recipe is from Joy Wilson's Homemade Decadence book!

    xox Sarah

  6. Taipan! I remember when I was a kid, we had a family friend who worked there pushing the trolleys. We'd go for yum cha, order one thing off her trolley, and she'd sneakily put three or four things on the table instead! Bargain yum cha!



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