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The most excellent and most instagrammed new restaurant in Melbourne right now is Phamily Kitchen.  Serving up fresh and intensely flavoursome modern Vietnamese daily, this place is the business.  It’s run by Michael Pham, previously of ‘Tiny’ cafe in Collingwood… who, it seems, was always destined to return to his roots and open a restaurant inspired by his family’s heritage.

We are SO excited to welcome Michael to Tasty Tuesday this month! We’re kicking off with my absolute FAVE item on the Phamily Kitchen menu – Michael’s prawn and pork Banh Xeo, or vietnamese crispy pancake. SO DAMN GOOD.

A Moody Slice Of Paradise In The Byron Hinterland

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The Dairy is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Byron Bay in the hinterland, perched high on a hill with panoramic views of its lush, picturesque surrounds. Recently restored by Julie Weis and her daughter Lucy Haidamous alongside a team of highly skilled builders, tradespeople and artisans, The Dairy is the kind of place that might just convince you to pack it all in and move to the country. Or, at the very least, you can go stay there (well… when the borders open, Victorians!).

Ditch Your Typical Holiday Potluck Dish and Try One of These Crowd-pleasers

FOODDitch Your Typical Holiday Potluck Dish and Try One of These Crowd-pleasers

Ditch Your Typical Holiday Potluck Dish and Try One of These Crowd-pleasers

This year save your loved ones the \”pleasure\” of eating another one of your go-to salad-in-a-bag delights and cook them up something they’ll remember!

With the holidays swiftly approaching, it’s likely you’ve got at handful (or two!) of family- and friend-filled functions lined up.

This year save your loved ones the “pleasure” of eating another one of your go-to salad-in-a-bag delights and cook them up something they’ll remember!

  • Dijon-laced Mashed Potatoes and Parsnip
  • Mediterranean Sauté
  • Vegetarian Molasses Baked Beans
  • Chickpea Goji Berry Salad
  • Baked Spinach and Potato Samosas
  • Lentil Tapenade
  • Spelt Salad
  • Cranberry Kale Carrot Tart
  • Roasted Beet Salad
  • Jeera Alu: Potatoes Fried with Cumin
  • Curried Couscous Salad
  • Greek-style Chicken Skewers
  • Carrot Cranberry Spelt Berry Salad

Potluck etiquette
The following dos and don’ts will make you the favourite guest at all your holiday get-togethers.

  • Do ask, “What can I bring?”
  • Do bring what you said you would bring—even if it means you have to miss “White Christmas” on television to make it to the store the night before (thank goodness for PVR!).
  • Don’t forget the serving utensils!
  • Do ask how many people will be attending, and bring enough for everyone to sample.
  • Don’t bring your dish in a plastic or aluminum container. Remember, presentation is important, so transfer your dish to a nice casserole dish or serving tray.
  • Do bring something that’s easily recognizable. No one wants to poke around your dish to find out if the “mystery meat” is in fact chicken or tuna (or tofu!).
  • Don’t leave with anyone else’s leftovers. Also, offer your own leftovers to the host and suggest you pick up your serving dish the following day.

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