And the winners are….

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Attica, Ripponlea

Citibank Chef of the Year: Dan Hunter (Royal Mail Hotel) My favourite Chef!

Regional Restaurant of the Year: Loam, Drysdale

Best New Regional Restaurant: Mr Carsisi, Kyneton

Plumm Wine Glasses Best New Restaurant: Golden Fields, St Kilda

The Age Young Chef of the Year: Josh Murphy (Cumulus Inc)

Champagne Louis Roederer Sommelier of the Year: Bengt Baumgartner (European)

Virgin Australia Service Excellence Award: Jason Lui (Flower Drum)

Professional Excellence: Neil Perry

Dimmi Award for Innovation: TOYS Collective

Epicure Sustainability Award: Maurice Esposito (Esposito @ Toofey’s and Saint Peter’s)

Donlevy Fitzpatrick Award: Gerald’s Bar, Carlton North

Dan Murphy’s BYO Restaurant of the Year: Osteria La Passione, Richmond

Samsung Diners’ Choice Award: Cutler & Co, Fitzroy

Vittoria Coffee Legend Award: Philippe Mouchel (P M 24)

Best Short Wine List: Merricote, Northcote

Regional Wine List of the Year: Lake House, Daylesford

Brown Brothers Wine List of the Year: Spice Temple, Southbank

Lucky Beer Dish of the Year: Barbecue Spare Ribs (Dandelion) – MUST GO!

One Hat Restaurants Awarded to:

Abla’s, The Atlantic, Bacash, Becco, Bistro Guillaume, Bistro Vue, Cecconi’s Cantina, Centonove, Church St Enoteca, Cicciolina, Coda, Comme Kitchen, Cumulus Inc, Dandelion, David’s, Donovans, Embrasse, Esposito @ Toofey’s, Gill’s Diner, Golden Fields, The Grand, Il Bacaro, The Italian, Koots Salle a Manger, Livingroom, Longrain, Maha, Maze, Mercer’s, MoVida Aqui & Terraza, Paladarr, P M 24, Sapore, Sarti, Shoya, Spice Temple, Tempura Hajime, Town Hall Hotel, Vin Cellar, Yu-u

Two Hat Restaurants Awarded to:

Cafe Di Stasio, Circa the Prince, Cutler & Co, Ezard, Flower Drum, Grossi Florentino, Matteo’s, MoMo, MoVida, Pearl, The Point Albert Park, The Press Club, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Stokehouse, Verge

Three Hat Restaurants Awarded to:

Vue de Monde, Jacques Reymond, Attica & Royal Mail Hotel

Regional One Hat Awarded to:

Annie Smithers’ Bistrot, Bella Vedere, Chris’s Restaurant, Eleonore’s, La Petanque, The Long Table, Montalto, Neilsons, Oscar W’s Wharfside, Port Phillip Estate, Scorched, Simone’s Restaurant, Sunnybrae, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Whirrakee Restaurant, Villa Gusto, Wardens Restaurant

Regional Two Hat Awarded to:

Lake House, Loam, Provenance, Stefano’s, Tea Rooms of Yarck

Still learning how to reblog entries on here so for now, thank you to for the above list! Can’t wait to get my hands on my very own copy of the Guide tomorrow!

Gaining & Losing

When was the last time you took time out of your busy life to reflect on life, love, your faith, your relationships and just breathe. In a world where we are all striving to achieve so-called success, earn more money and buy more things, it’s good to be reminded to take care of our relationships with others and embrace good old fashioned values such as honesty, loyalty, respect, trust & forgiveness. Love conquers all.

Here is an excerpt from the weekly Resurrection Parish bulletin that has become an essential read every Sunday morning in order to keep me grounded and balanced.

There is a way of losing by gaining.
You can win an argument but lose a friend.
Through competition and promotion
I may advance in my profession,
but in terms of relationships I am impoverished.
My energies are so focused on efficiency and success
that I haven’t time to grow emotionally
and to develop my capacity for relationships.
In one’s drive to attain power,
a person may sacrifice friendship and loyalty,
so much so that one ends up alone.
Lord, let me never forget your haunting words;
‘What good will it do to gain the whole world
if you lose your soul?’

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below 🙂


Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears

This entry is photo-heavy 🙂 did so much these past few days that I wanted to post a snapshot of life in the first half of August.

1. Wes’ view. Please excuse the crooked photo frames! Vogue, STYD, Van Gogh’s Ear – The Celebrity Edition
2. DJ Atomik for Flow single launch party
3. at Fusion, Crown
4. The talented & friendly Chris Sebastian and Jana
5. Chris & his acoustic entourage
6. dancefloor time
7. poor little random mouse in the backyard – he couldn’t move. It was like he was paralyzed 😦
8. colourful circus set up in the neighbourhood
9. creamy melted Camembert with cranberry on the side at City Grill Room
10. helping my bro clean out the hard rubbish
11. My winter ’11 veggie patch!!!!
12. I get excited about the little things, in this case being able to grow my very first broccoli!
13. Freshly cut broccoli which I later cooked with diced Strassburg, onions and some pine nuts
14. the old Myer Building on Lonsdale street
15. dessert crepes & a visit to the State Library – uni days haha!
16. Friday night in Melbourne city
17. Gisborne town and rainbows around
18. trying a hand at topiary work in our backyard

Victoria Street

One day on my way to Hawthorn for a catch up with the girlfriends I stumbled across an open inspection and auction next door to my friend’s apartment. I’ve always liked having a sneak peak into houses to see how they’ve been dressed and decorated so I told the girls to meet me at the beautiful double fronted Victorian next door. The interior and exterior was exquisite. I loved everything about it including the espaliered lemon tree and the grapevine-covered pergola. The huge kitchen windows looked out onto the beautifully landscaped backyard and inside, I absolutely loved the black & white colour scheme with touches of seductive reds. Almost put up my hand to place a bid…lucky I didn’t – it went for millions!