a view from Melbourne

I'm here in Melbourne, enjoying the amazing weather and the fantastic Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.  I've been enjoying myself far too much to write a proper post, so you'll have to make do, for now, with the snap shots of people and things I've been enjoying here in Melbourne.  More when I get home, promise.


The famous Melbourne Bratwurst sandwich at Queen Victoria Market.


Gippsland blue cheese from Victoria and Pyengana cheddar from Tasmania, at the T'Gallant winery lunch.


A sign at a market stall in Prahran market wishing us a great soirée at the Earthly Abundance dinner.


The visiting American chefs being introduced at the Earthly abundance dinner, from left, David, April Bloomfield, Josiah Citrin, Nancy Silverton, Nobu Matsuhisa.


Awesome April and Nancy. 


The gorgeous, laden table at the Earthly Abundance dinner


Showing me artisanal Australian beers at the Prahran market


An Aussie brand of humor.  Take them seriously!


At the Metlink Edible garden exhibit.


Showing off fresh produce at Circa


An afternoon at T'Gallant.


The best Australian meat pie ever, at the bar at Middle Park Hotel.


Fresh mangosteens at Prahran market


Another spot of Aussie humor.


Smiling Fleur at Market Lane Coffee.  Coffees in Melbourne are indeed fabulous.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/thelacquerspoonblogspotcom the lacquer spoon

    Nice weather, nice food and lots of smiles in the vibrant atmosphere. Love the gastro exploration!!

  • http://www.diane-heartshaped.blogspot.com Diane

    It all looks pretty fabulous. Wish I was there. x

  • http://www.gourmet-chick.com Gourmet Chick

    So glad to hear that you are enjoying Melbourne. The Food and Wine festival there is great and the city has such a great food culture. I am a Melburnian living in London and posts like this make me homesick!

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    Well it certainly sounds like you are having an amazing time. I have been itching to go down under for quite some time! Thank you for the great photos and I look forward to reading more about it.

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    Can’t wait to read more about your travels! Thanks for the taste in the meantime…

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    great shot!!!!!!!!!

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    darth tater cracked me up :)

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    What a fun event! Everyone is all smiles :)

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    It’s almost sad to admit, but rice krispie treats are one of my favorite little guilty pleasures. I make them for the kids I teach from time to time and end up eating them myself! However, this recipe is a total adult version swapping in chocolate for marshmellow. Maybe I’ll feel more grown up if I eat these. :)

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    Wow. That really looks delicious! The Australian meat pie is definitely mouth-watering! Thanks a lot!

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    Must eat mangosteen with Durians! LOL

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    Hey Pim, great to meet and again sorry for getting lost! Glad the pie fillet the bill and thanks for coming to the food bloggers’ dinner. Everybody enjoyed meeting you.

  • Aneta

    I recently came across your blog and am very excited to see your photos of the Melbourne Food Festival. Can not wait for the full report.
    -The Seasoned Melbournian

  • http://www.thefoodaddicts.com The Food Addicts

    oh wow, fresh mangosteen! my favorite fruit! i’m so jealous you got to go to the food & wine festival in melbourne! i love food events like this. great food, great drinks, and great company!

  • http://www.eatingwithjack.blogspot.com Jack

    It does look like you enjoyed the trip, I especially love the references to our humour :)
    Lovely to spend some time with you Pim, looking forward to more Melbourne highlights and seeing the evidence of my ‘must visit’ list.
    I was seriously jealous of your fabulous dining week, and seriously impressed by your eating stamina!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jeroxie Jeroxie

    It was great to have you here and to catch up. It seems that you had a week of very good food. Till the next time.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/elliemoon elliemoon

    can i come with you next time?? all of your photos are so amazing. and are making me hungry! i love your site. so gorgeous and so nice for a former food loving traveler who is somewhat housebound at the time being!!

  • http://www.eatscapes.com freakindel

    Hello Pim and greetings from Romania! I am glad you are enjoying yourself and sharing (at least) the atmosphere with us.
    I’ve been browsing through the festival website, and could not find an explanation for why the dinner event at an Australian festival was prepared by a team of American chefs. What’s the idea? Why these five? Can you share with us some inside information?

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    I want to go! I must admit the bratwurst made me quite hungry :)

  • Aneta

    Hi freakindel,
    The Melbourne Food and Wine festival is a celebration of the Melbournian food culture; our beautiful restarants; and of course, our local produce. Many of “our” chefs and foodies attend the events during the festival and prepare wonderful dishes, whether in their restaurants, hawker market stalls, or cooking demonstrations, but our focus is on attracting international attention in order for us to showcase (show-off)our beautiful produce, culture and way of life. So, each year, a large number of international chefs and foodies are invited to share in the festivities with us. But why “certain” chefs, and not others? Not sure. Looking forward to Pim’s insider information on that too.
    -The Seasoned Melbournian

  • Sylvia

    Glad you enjoyed visiting my hometown :)
    Due to other financial commitments I couldn’t make it to any festival events this year, but I think having access to these wonderful markets and restaurants year round is definitely more than good enough for me :)

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    Thumbs up, Melbourne. I’m jealous!

  • Maria Klapka

    Good day!
    Have seen a program about you and your blog on National geographic channel and decided to find it.)
    I am not a professional but I like to cook from time to time. So it is interesting for me to read your messages.
    Haven’t ever been in Melbourne but photoes give a vivid picture.
    “The best Australian meat pie ever, at the bar at Middle Park Hotel.” – it is our traditional food. Fully agree that it is very tasty. Didn’t know that people in Australia make such a dish too.

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    Nice shots, looks like they turn out some decent grub down there. That meat pie looks straight RIDIC!! 2.50 per Mangosteen? The Queen doesn’t come cheap I guess.

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    It looks like you are having an amazing time in Melbourne. Thanks for sharing pictures of the markets, I hear so much about them, but haven’t seen photos. I’m looking forward to learning more about your F&W trip.

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  • Singapore Rob

    I was in town for a day and could only make one festival event. I chose ” The Unmentionables ” offal dinner. A long and wonderful evening featuring boudin noir, duck tongue, veal heart, pork trotters, lamb’s brains, fromage de tete (head cheese), chicken livers, veal sweetbreads, crispy pork ears, kidney pie and a tripe roll. A great food experience and excellent Melbourne hospitality. Kudos to Chef Rob Kabboord and the Hotel Max team.

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    yea I thought that hot dog is from Victoria market!! It is 5dollar something…
    My favorite, that lit place was busy everyday!!!

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  • Mangosteens

    Looks great.. Sounds like a great show.Love the wine and the cool pictures. The Australia pie looks tempting and mouth watering.. The food must have been heaven. Great blog. Keep posting such interesting ideas.

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    I love mangosteen! it’s quite expensive though compared to how much i got it when i visited an Asian country

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