Book Review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

Book review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

AUTHOR and chocolatier Claire Preen promises 63 of the sexiest chocolate recipes ever in her book 50 Shades of Chocolate.

Besides being luscious, rich and totally delicious, chocolate is well known as one of the most potent aphrodisiacs.

Tasting exquisite chocolates in Europe with her father when she was a child ignited Claire's passion for chocolate.

She trained with a top chocolatier in Belgium and brought her wonderful creations to Australia.

Restaurant Review - The Grain Store

Restaurant review

The Grain Store

SALUTING the sun, arching like a dolphin and the shoulder stand pose always leave me relaxed and ravenous,

It is just as well that my yoga session is timed just before lunch which was a good reason to visit The Grain Store in Flinders Lane.

Imagine a rustic, country-style ambience smack bang in the middle of the city and you'll appreciate this fantastic concept.

Wok Diary - June events

QV Hotham Lodge

The winter chills have well and truly arrived in Melbourne, but from now until June 30 you can warm up at QV Hotham Lodge, right in the middle of the ground level courtyard at QV Melbourne.

Step into Hotham Lodge and it's easy to imagine you're in a ski lodge at Mt Hotham, complete with ``snow'' and warming winter food and drinks.

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.

Wok Diary - foodie events

Wok Diary

LOVE your coffee?

Here's your chance to drink coffee and do good at the same time.

On Friday, June 7, Street Smart Australia has organised CafeSmart 2013 when participating cafes Australia-wide will donate $1 for every coffee they sell.  

There are 191 cafes taking part at last count.

``Coffee aficionados are also encouraged to match their donation with your own $1 and 100% of these funds will then go to fund local projects,'' director Adam Robinson said.

Good buys -Table of Plenty hot or cold muesli

Table of Plenty hot or cold muesli

DO you prefer your muesli hot or cold?
With Table of Plenty hot or cold muesli, you can have both options.

Created by founder Kate Weiss, the muesli is chockful of yummy nutritious ingredients including oats, sultanas, honey, sunflower oil and crunchy pepitas.


Eat it with cold milk for a quick and delicious breakfast or if you like porridge, just add milk and microwave for 90 seconds.

Exhibition review: Monet's Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria

Exhibition review: Monet's Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria.

ON May 10, 2013, the National Gallery of Victoria opened this year's Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Monet's Garden: The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, the largest collection of works by Monet to ever come to Australia .

Exclusive to Melbourne, the stunning exhibition features more than 60 works devoted to Claude Monet's iconic garden at Giverney.

Book review: 100 best cakes and desserts by Gabriel Gate

100 best cakes and desserts

By Gabriel Gate

Published by hardie grant books

Chef, author and Gourmet Tour De France presenter on SBS Gabriel Gate recently launched yet another recipe book, 100 best cakes and desserts, which will surely appeal to all dessert lovers.

Growing up in the Loire Valley in France, Gabriel credits his grandmother for instilling a love of cooking in him and his mother for sharing the joy of eating with him.

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.


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