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.

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The famous Melbourne Bratwurst sandwich at Queen Victoria Market.


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

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

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

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Awesome April and Nancy. 

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The gorgeous, laden table at the Earthly Abundance dinner

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Showing me artisanal Australian beers at the Prahran market

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An Aussie brand of humor.  Take them seriously!

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At the Metlink Edible garden exhibit.

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Showing off fresh produce at Circa

 
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An afternoon at T'Gallant.

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

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Fresh mangosteens at Prahran market

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Another spot of Aussie humor.

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

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65 Responses to “a view from Melbourne

  • the lacquer spoon said:
    March 19th, 2010 at 10:02pm

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

  • Diane said:
    March 20th, 2010 at 1:59am

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

  • Gourmet Chick said:
    March 20th, 2010 at 4:23am

    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!

  • Blair said:
    March 20th, 2010 at 5:37am

    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.

  • bob said:
    March 20th, 2010 at 6:26am

    wow, look at that, I’m already drooling, great color, looks delicious.

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite said:
    March 20th, 2010 at 6:42am

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

  • Sherry said:
    March 21st, 2010 at 6:28am

    great shot!!!!!!!!!

  • Chego2 said:
    March 21st, 2010 at 11:38am

    darth tater cracked me up :)

  • Alisa said:
    March 21st, 2010 at 12:54pm

    What a fun event! Everyone is all smiles :)

  • agoodic said:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 9:20am

    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. :)

  • bigjobsboard said:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 10:36pm

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

  • cheap sd cards said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 1:53am

    That really looks delicious!hhe

  • Jessyca said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 2:30am

    Must eat mangosteen with Durians! LOL

  • Ed said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 5:17pm

    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 said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 5:19pm

    Pim,
    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

  • The Food Addicts said:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 10:33pm

    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!

  • Jack said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:03am

    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!
    Jackie

  • Jeroxie said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:55am

    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.

  • elliemoon said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 5:13am

    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!!

  • freakindel said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 8:37am

    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?

  • Thai Food Santa Cruz said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 12:56pm

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

  • Aneta said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 3:22pm

    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 said:
    March 24th, 2010 at 7:02pm

    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 :)

  • freakindel said:
    March 25th, 2010 at 1:29am

    Thumbs up, Melbourne. I’m jealous!

  • Maria Klapka said:
    March 25th, 2010 at 4:01am

    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.

  • anthony said:
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:04am

    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.

  • online doctor said:
    March 25th, 2010 at 2:15pm

    wow, i love the foods and wine that i saw on the picture.

  • Megan said:
    March 26th, 2010 at 1:30am

    Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures for us who couldn’t make it there! The meat pie looks great. And LoL @Triple X.

  • Seattle DUI attorney said:
    March 26th, 2010 at 8:54am

    Great photos and enjoyed reading about your experience.

  • Christine @ Fresh Local and Best said:
    March 28th, 2010 at 8:45am

    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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    March 30th, 2010 at 7:48pm

    wow, i love the foods and wine that i saw on the picture.

  • Singapore Rob said:
    March 30th, 2010 at 11:26pm

    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.

  • wholesale cell phone accessories said:
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:45pm

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

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    April 4th, 2010 at 11:28pm

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  • tampa-bankruptcy-attorneys said:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:59am

    I like the pictures of event. nice

  • TWang said:
    April 12th, 2010 at 4:53am

    Ah Melbourne! The food capital of Australia. So much delicious food.

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    April 12th, 2010 at 11:31pm

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  • Employment Law and Workplace Relations Lawyers Melbourne said:
    April 14th, 2010 at 2:11am

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

  • Emilio said:
    April 15th, 2010 at 7:46am

    La foto me hace recordar un lugar en maracaibo, venezuela, donde preparan unos enrrolados de plátanos muy particulares y sabrosos. El lugar está en Maracaibo y se llama las arepas de cabeza.

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    April 15th, 2010 at 9:11am

    What an experience!!! That Australian meat pie is very mouthwatering..

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  • Tebonin said:
    April 21st, 2010 at 6:07pm

    There are really more places I need to try out in VIC..your blog just make me hungry again…

  • GHD said:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 8:31pm

    wow, look at that, I’m already drooling, great color, looks delicious.

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    April 26th, 2010 at 9:01am

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  • Tim £31.75 said:
    April 27th, 2010 at 2:47pm

    Is it true that their coffee culture is far superior to ours? I did a blog round up on London coffee (specifically flat whites) and they definitely came out on top

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    April 29th, 2010 at 8:16pm

    I like the pictures of event. nice

  • Bobi said:
    May 11th, 2010 at 10:26am

    That Melbourne Bratwurst looks just like Chicago Hot Dog :)

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    May 14th, 2010 at 4:17am

    Haha this is my favorite I was going there every week. Lalala

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  • cookiejar said:
    May 22nd, 2010 at 11:07pm

    Melbourne is so fabulous, I can’t wait to move there later on in the year.
    Your photography is wonderful, it makes me feel like I could’ve been there.
    With this post you’ve sealed me as a faithful reader. :)
    oxox cookiejar.

  • Force Factor Supplement said:
    May 24th, 2010 at 5:18am

    This famous Melbourne Bratwurst sandwich has brought water in my mouth. I am gonna prepare it right now.

  • Jim said:
    June 8th, 2010 at 1:48pm

    Great Read!

  • wilmington skin care said:
    June 8th, 2010 at 2:37pm

    The best Melbourne Brat is actually served at Lone Dragon (korean take out joint on Newburn ave) They put Kimchi on it….so spicey…so good

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    June 11th, 2010 at 11:52am

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

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    June 18th, 2010 at 2:01am

    I will try to add restaurant from Melbourne in list so that when I get any chance to visit this amazing city I can have these marvelous recipes anytime in Melbourne.

  • Mangosteens said:
    September 9th, 2010 at 10:50pm

    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.

  • Winstrol said:
    January 26th, 2011 at 11:29am

    Australia is one of the best places for foodies and very underrated. I just love Melbourne, thanks for great pictures.

  • Melbourne Hotels said:
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:10am

    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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    April 22nd, 2011 at 4:13am

    its a very nice blog. telling us every thing about Australian food festivals. if sometime you go there so you must go through this festival

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    like the aussie meat pie – though it looks ugly i bet it tastes amazing!
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