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Melbourne PorkStar 10th anniversary

Melbourne PorkStar

I was privileged to attend the 10th anniversary of PorkStar when it hit Melbourne recently.

Over 100 chefs and food media were totally indulged by the talented team at Pastuso Peruvian restaurant in ACDC Lane.

Chef Alejandro Saravia and the team at the fabulous Pastuso showcased the luscious beast, "The Pig," with their Peruvian style of shared dishes.

There was crackling galore and even the dessert had a sprinkle of crackling.

Enjoy the photos!


Gourmet Gadabout - Marysville Patisserie and Cottages

Gourmet Gadabout

Marysville Patisserie and Cottages

WE were looking for our regular caffeine fix one afternoon in 2009 when we spotted Marysville Patisserie in Glenferrie Rd, Malvern.

``This looks interesting,'' I thought when we stepped in, only to be greeted by the familiar face of chef and owner Ashraf Doos.

I'd met Ashraf over 25 years ago when he was chef at the Hilton on the Park.

Pork Star dinner at Hare and Grace

Monday, February 18, 2013 was a night to remember at chef-owner Ray Capaldi's Hare and Grace restaurant.

It was the annual Pork Star dinner for chefs and food media and we expected no less than a magnificent meal from the talented and innovative Ray.

Guests mingled on the terrace on the balmy evening, while munching crisp pork rind nachos draped with chilli and cheese, while we cooled our palates with a Skimstone Sangiovese Rose.

Dinner awaited at the uber cool dining room with its very interesting ceiling fixtures. Check it out and you'll see what I mean.

Dandenong World Food Fare

Dandenong Market was transformed into a huge food market on Sunday, March 2, 2013.

It was fun wandering around the different stalls, sampling little morsels before deciding what to eat for our late lunch.

Most dishes cost $5, making it one of the most affordable events of the festival,

The Vietnamese crispy soft-shell crab and salad was a good starter which was followed by a hearty amei tha nhi aloo hin or beef and potato curry with rice from the Free Burma Cafe.

The coconut bomb dessert was suitably sweet, encasing a shredded coconut filling.

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