Wok Diary – August and September 2013

Wok Diary - August and September 2013.

Australian Red Cross Big Cake Bake

Want to raise some dough and help the Red Cross?

There is still time to register for the Big Cake Bake and anyone can join in! Get together with colleagues, friends and family and bake your favourite cake, slice, pie, cupcake, cookie or dessert to support a good cause.

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

For the first time since its inauguration the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013 winners were announced tonight in Melbourne.

On August 12, 2013, at an awards celebration held at Hilton on the Park, food industry professionals and food lovers joined in to recognise and celebrate young talent and the future of the industry.

Established in 2005, the awards attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year.

Movie Review: Cloudburst

Movie review: Cloudburst

Cloudburst is a wonderful movie, starring Academy award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker and directed by Thom Fitzgerald.

The movie is a touching romantic comedy that deals with some of life's biggest issues.

Stella and Dot are lovers who have been together for 31 years and looked after each other through life's ups and downs.

Now in their seventies and forced to make a brave decision when Dot's granddaughter Molly intervenes in their lives, the pair hit the road and become outlaws on the run.

Christmas in July: a Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

Christmas in July

A Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

It was a great start to the week when the media, foodies and bloggers were invited by Tefal Australia to learn how to cook from its ambassador, award-winning French chef Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guillaume at Crown.

Not to mention enjoying a sumptuous early lunch with le chef in the bistro's private dining room, no less!

The event was the launch of Tefal's Heritage roasting tray, the newest piece added to its remium collection.

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.


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