Why Wednesday?

Wednesday is my favorite day and that’s because when I was a kid my Nana would come over to our house on a Wednesday and cook us up a big feast for lunch. Me and my four sisters would all walk home from school during lunchtime to be greeted by home-made mince pies, butterly cakes and cream and jelly, hand cut hot chips and lots more. Nana was an incredible cook and we were in heaven come Wednesday lunchtimes... read more

    Moorish Melbourne

    Welcome to my first WW - that stands for Wednesday Wisdom!  Every Wednesday I intend to share with you lovelies whatever it is that’s rocking my world at the moment. That might be a restaurant I’ve eaten at recently, a new ingredient that I’ve discovered, an incredibly useful cooking tip I’ve picked up or simply something that I’m excited about.

    I’m writing to you from one of my favourite eating destinations – Melbourne, Australia. I’m combining some business - celeb cheffing at the Melbourne Chocolate Rush Festival – with catching up with my darling sister Susie. She's a total foodie and knows every eatery worth its salt in this town. I happily race around with her as we try to fit in as many places as we can in the time I have available. So where have we been so far?

    We started off at Little Byrd in Ascotvale for the latest trend here in breakfasts – Middle Eastern style eggs complete with goats feta, sultanas and a sprinkle of zaatar. Sensational and a great way to start any day. For lunch we needed warming up so headed to Laksa King in Flemmington for…you guessed it, their famous chicken laksa. These steaming bowls of fragrant, spicy deliciousness are some of the best you’ll find this side of Malaysia.

    And of course MoVida is always on our list for lunch or dinner (we wish they were open for breakfast!). This bar de tapas in the central city is nothing short of magnificent with its relaxed feel and exceptional food. Chef and co-owner Frank Camorra has created a place where short lunches turn into long ones, where a quick bite for dinner turns into a full-on tapas marathon and where I have never left feeling anything but sublimely happy and wanting to return to see what will be on the menu next time.

    Word in the laneways is … next time I’m in town I need to suss out Coda in Little Flinders and Gigibaba in Smith Street. Aah Melbourne and sisters, I am eternally grateful to have both in my life.

    Cook, eat and enjoy!
    Nici

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    added: 12-Aug-2009