Work lunch #3 How do you eat Asian food without any cutlery? Here’s how!

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Thaiger – Gourmet Thai Burgers
Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, Melbourne

We took a tram up from work to check out the burger place with unusually dark buns. The chips were seasoned nicely and we could smell those distinct Thai flavours I love so much as our burgers were served to us.

We were lucky to snag one of the 3 little tables outside this place, the latest offering from the owners of Fomo (we love their roast pork with 3 different condiments). I opted for the fish burger as I had eaten so much meat on the weekend and it was a nice light burger with robust flavour. It filled me up even without a side of chips – my friend and I shared his fries.

You may think “Not another burger joint” but we welcome their concept of fusing Thai dishes with burgers so that you can enjoy Asian cuisine without having to use any cutlery! Tom yum on the go, nice one. 😉

I was surprised that even though we visited during what I thought would be the lunch hours rush, we didn’t have to wait long for our orders (must’ve been the wet Melbourne weather. Score!). With friendly service and the sauces bursting with flavour we sat satisfied with our burgers, though my friend mentioned that he would’ve liked to see a more even soft-shell crab to bun ratio. Other than that we enjoyed lunch and the friendly service and will definitely be back to try more!

We ordered:

Plaaaaa Burger – crispy crumbed fish with sweet sliced pineapple, onion, capsicum and sweet and sour mayo

“Pou nim” Black Burger – crispy soft shell crab, Granny Smih Asian slaw and sweet and tangy dressing with chips and a bottle of water

There are also salads available and sweet potato fries for those who are looking for alternatives to the burgers.

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The Little Mushroom Co.


The Little Mushroom Co. – food trucks at the Yarraville Gardens – various times

It was a boiling hot Sunday in Melbourne so we decided early in the day that we’d go out for dinner. We scoured the social media channels to find out where the foodtrucks would be serving dinner and thought it would be nice to make the most of the summer heat and enjoy a meal outside. We found that there were going to be at least 5 food trucks parked at Yarraville Gardens…woohoo!

The hubby and some of my relatives all ordered from the The Dude Food Man devouring big, flavoursome burgers dressed with crispy bacon and some chunky chips on the side. Mum had her first try of the goodies by Dos Diablos while I opted for a mushie burger from The Little Mushroom Co. Having eaten so much food over the Christmas period I really wanted a burger but didn’t want anything to heavy. I ordered The Mexican burger and the Mexican corn. Well cooked, tasty and just what I needed to feel a little less guilty about everything I consumed during the Christmas/New Year season.

 Baby D loved roaming the Yarraville Gardens and seeing all the dogs run about while the parentals happily watched. May 2014 bring many more picnics in the park!


Tantalizing Tuesdays – Smashed that burger!

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Rockwell and Sons – 288 Smith Street, Collingwood

We spent last Monday night getting smashed. And no, not smashed with alcohol – I’m still currently trying to wean the little one! I meant we had our first taste of the infamous Double Patty Smash burger from Rockwell and Sons. Thanks to some friends who have become regulars at this Smith street burger bar, we were introduced to this good old  soul food in the best way possible – a tasting menu!
Before we even started, the chilli roasted pumpkin seeds hinted great things to come. Every dish was served to us by polished yet welcoming and friendly staff and I am already planning my next trip back here! I am drooling over these photos as I upload them so enjoy tonight’s food porn!
The burger and crispy confit duck wings were my favs and we were so full that in order to fit in dessert we decided to go for a walk down to N2. A perfect night of “cheat day” eating!

X.S Linda from toastybiscuit.com gave us these little parcels of caramel goodness for the ride home! I must try this recipe!!!

Rockwell and Sons on Urbanspoon

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Discovering Burger Culture in Williamstown

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Burger Culture – 3 Cole street, Williamstown 

After an original plan was thwarted by the newly opened cafe being closed, Consider the Sauce’s Kenny, took me an old favourite of his, Burger Culture. Check out Kenny’s take on Burger Culture here! What a nice surprise – a bright, cheery atmostphere (or maybe that was Melbourne’s gorgeous spring sunshine coming through) and such great value burgers. As we approached Burger Culture I could already feel the busy buzz and we took our seats outside so as to accommodate Baby D and his pram.

I ordered the Yankee Culture burger and it was bursting with flavour from the mustard, pickles and tasty cheese melted all over the beef pattie. With a side of chips and a can all for under $12, Kenny and I were winning! 🙂 Such great value for the quality and taste!  We didn’t have to wait too long for our orders either! Will definitely be back here soon as the other half loves his burgers and I can’t wait for him to try these!

Have you tried a Burger Culture burger? Which one should I try on my next visit!? Suggest a burger below 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

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How the new Trailer Park at Village hits all the spots!

The Village

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Trailer Park Melbourne,Village, 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Saturdays and Sundays 12-8pm
Kid-friendly, Pram friendly, Take away, Dine in (out), Food, Drink and Dessert.

After eagerly following their Twitter updates, we finally headed out to Trailer Park Melbourne yesterday!

With 5 food trucks in the one place and full service from the bar at Village Melbourne, we enjoyed some food truck tucker with baby in tow. Beatbox Kitchen, Gumbo Kitchen, The Curry Truck, Cornutopia and newcomer The Brulee Cart were the trucks on show and we were spoilt for choice!

It was a cold Melbourne day so we rugged up and were warmly greeted by lots of heaters and even an undercover area with plenty of tables, benches and a row of gazebos – well planned. Our little ones kept nice and toasty sitting under the outdoor heaters as we went to order our food. The large communal tables also meant that you could easily get into friendly conversation with the fellow food truck diners sitting next to you at this much loved watering hole (Village Melbourne is the former Belgian Beer Cafe – I wonder how long it’ll take for us all to stop saying that!).

We arrived just after 12:30pm and it wasn’t as busy as I expected it to be. The waiting time for most of the food truck wares was around 15-20mins. Lucky we ordered when we did because it got busier about an hour later. Going with a group of friends meant that we were able to taste everything from the po’ boys, curry and burgers, to the tacos and creme brulee. My faves were the Buffalo chicken po’ boys from Gumbo Kitchen (tender, well-flavoured chicken) and the dark chocolate and peppermint creme brulee from The Brulee Cart (smooth with a crisply torched top). The better half and some friends had the epic double burger from Beatbox Kitchen where they asked for both the Raph and Shroom burger in one (is there an official name for it!?). It is $15 and so worth it! You gotta try it! We’ll be back again to try the Tequila and lime creme brulee and more!

If you are after a kid-and-adult friendly place to share good food, drinks, dessert and conversation in an outdoor venue that considers Melbourne’s crazy weather, Trailer Park hits all the spots…complete with hanging flamingos! Just make sure you stick to the path as there is currently construction taking place on the grounds.

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The kids approve! – all smiles!! 🙂

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Chase Kitchen – the new kid on the block

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Can you tell by my clean plate that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal? 🙂

With Baby D coming down with his first real cold in the past week (more on baby colds and sicknesses in another post!), I haven’t had the time, chance or energy to put into my blog posts the effort and passion that I would like. Sleep-deprived whilst trying to maintain a clean household, sane self and happy family is proving to be tough, let alone keeping on top of my blog posts and social media channels. Slowly but surely I’ll be back with my regular posts and in the meantime you can find me on Instgram: Jacqfruit, Twitter: @jacqui_medilo and Facebook: The Urban Ma.

Now let’s get into it!!! 😀 Unfortunately with all the rushing around I forgot to bring my camera so the pics in these posts are taken on my iPhone. More of a reason to visit this lovely new cafe again! 😉

Chase Kitchen, 80 Hudsons Road, Spotswood 

Chase: To pursue, to hunt.

A bright, sunny day in the middle of winter in Melbourne means you MUST get yourself outdoors and make the most of it! That’s what we did on Friday before the rain set in and what we uncovered is sure to be a new favourite! Out and about chasing the winter sun found us in good ol’ Spotswood at Chase Kitchen.

A friend tipped us off about a new player in the Hudsons Road coffee game and being just up the road at the Point Cook Town Centre, we took the freeway straight down to check it out. Right across from Candied Bakery, Chase’s wide open bi-fold windows welcomed us inside followed by the friendly staff and owners. We were originally just going to come in for a coffee but after seeing some tall, juicy burgers whizz past us to eagerly awaiting patrons, we decided to sit down for a meal.

After scanning the easy-to-read menu we quickly decided on the Boston burger and Pulled Pork roll. There are also vegetarian options, smoothies, fresh juices and a kids menu! I like that the menu offers a nice variety of meals and snacks without being too lengthy like other places we’ve been to. When it’s lunch time I just want to eat and not have to read through pages and pages of options.

There is easy wheelchair and pram access and a funky little Ikea highchair waiting for Baby D to occupy. As we wait, we are serenaded by some cool tunes and charmed by the local artwork from Lifestyle DNA that embellish the walls of this 6 day old cafe. Our coffees come out first with beautifully textured milk and a warm and lasting taste that showcases the signature Di Bella blends. Our lunch is brought to us not on the cliche wooden serving boards or mason jars that have become such a mainstay in many Melbourne cafes, but on crisp white plates and I am pleased. I don’t have to try and stay within a narrow piece of wood as I devour my roll – I can be a messy eater! My roll is packed with tender pulled pork and crisp Asian slaw and I like how the roll is soft and easy to bite in to. The better half’s Boston burger is a hit, I’m totally going to try this next time we visit. With its Jalepeno mayo, it gives the meal a slight kick, complimenting the burger and bacon wonderfully!

As we pay for our meals we are greeted with scrumptious cakes and treats baked fresh in the morning to take away with us for dessert. There is a cute little coffee card reel where you can leave your loyalty card ready for your next visit – it means one less card to keep in your wallet and no chance of losing it!

I can’t wait to visit this cafe again and try more of their menu. Be sure to look for Chase Kitchen on Hudsons road – the place with the red frontage. As the owners Jay and Tracey settle in they tell us they are working on the dining room and a funky little beer garden out the back – can’t wait for summer brunches! If you’re looking for a place to get your morning coffee (these guys open at 6.30am), or somewhere for lunch or an all day breakfast 7 days a week, this new kid on the block will have you hooked 🙂

Chase Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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Melbourne Foodtrucks – Digging for Fire BBQ Kitchen

Foodtruck Friday!
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Digging For Fire BBQ – Melbourne food truck, various locations

Last Friday, after following DFFBBQ on Twitter, I was excited to see that they were heading across the bridge to Yarraville. So with some friends and family we braved the cold Melbourne weather to enjoy some freshly bbq’d dinner with the Digging For Fire peeps! We got there around 5.30pm and there were already a few people milling around deciding what to order and as the night progressed it was nice to see more and more people coming out to this mini fiesta of food trucks!

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The night’s special – Cinnamon & Chilli Chicken Wings, Baby’s happy with my tasty choice 🙂

After a hard decision on whether to go with the pulled pork baguette or the night’s special of cinnamon and chilli chicken wings, I went the wings. The customer service was great and you could tell that the guys at DFFBBQ had a real passion for what they were doing. They were both very busy keeping up with all the orders but were still able to stop for a friendly chat 🙂

It was so cold last Friday out in the park but once I bit into my cinnamon and chilli wings, braving the cold night was totally worth it! The wings were well-cooked and bursting with not only the cinnamon and chilli flavours but also that of the salsa/sauce that covered the tender bbq pieces! It came with chips and was absolutely delish!

Can’t wait to try out the rest of their menu next time! – Thank you DFFBBQ for a great dinner out! 🙂

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Keep checking back every Monday and Thursday for new blog posts on food and fashion in Melbourne and I will also post some pics and things that interest me on surprise days! 🙂

For now, have a great week and always start your morning with a smile! – go on, do it 🙂 you’ll feel better if you do! 😉

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