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The Curators: Ms G’s Executive Chef Dan Hong on Sydney Food and his favourite off-duty eats

The Curators: Ms G’s Executive Chef Dan Hong on Sydney Food and his favourite off-duty eats | meltingbutter.com

On my last trip out to Sydney I checked out Ms G’s, a hip pan-Asian restaurant in Potts Point. It instantly took a spot in our Sydney restaurant guide and also became the subject of my Vietnamese food obsessions. You see, the food at Ms G’s is my comfort food only I strangely found myself … Continue reading

The Curators: Jewellery designer & artist Stephanie Simek on being creative in Portland and her Portland city guide

Portland Sign by Orlando Lane | Portland City Guide | meltingbutter.com

A little while back I came across a Portland based jewellery designer, Stephanie Simek, who creates the most intriguing little adornments for all of your jewel wearing body parts. I was instantly drawn to her Classealienne Rings – the colourful baubles you see me wearing below which decorate your often-overlooked finger nooks that you can … Continue reading

The Curators: Belinda Humphris of Claire Inc. on Designer Vintage Fashion and the Best of Adelaide

Vintage Jean Paul Gaultier Sunglasses | The Curators-Belinda Humphris of Claire Inc. on Designer Vintage Fashion and the Best of Adelaide | meltingbutter.com

About 5 years ago (to my delight) I stumbled across Adelaide based eBay seller Claire Inc. who had the most exquisite taste in designer vintage clothing. Belinda Humprhis, the founder of Claire Inc. has since grown the business into an online fashion destination for shrewd, well-dressed ladies searching for high-end vintage clothing – admittedly she … Continue reading

The Wolvesmouth Dining Experience – Where Food Meets Art

The phrase “dining experience” is one that you see thrown around in restaurant reviews all the time and we all think we know that it means until we get to have a real dining experience – like the one I was lucky enough to have last night with Wolvesmouth X NYC. Wolvesmouth is an underground … Continue reading

New York City restaurant guide: Fifteen Favourites

It’s probably impossible to distil all NYC restaurants down to the best 15, but I’m ambitious so I’m going to go ahead and do it anyway.  Besides, it’s my blog so I can take it back if I change my mind. These restaurants are the top-15 that really impressed me in the 10 months I’ve … Continue reading

Crispy pork belly with apple sauce: A worthy mission

I learned something very interesting about the Dutch this weekend: that they don’t tend to appreciate roast pork with a good piece of crackling like many other countries of the world do. You’re probably asking who on earth wouldn’t love a piece of crackling other than vegetarian? Well according to the butcher at the Noordermarkt, … Continue reading

Mum’s abalone & chicken congee is a trip down comfort lane

Congee is to comfort food as chicken soup is to comfort food. It’s a rice porridge that the rice eating nations of the world prepare in different ways and is usually eaten for breakfast or fed to you by your mother when you’re feeling sick. It was a blast right into my childhood when mum … Continue reading

Foodie detours of the Barossa Valley #1: Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

A visit to Australia always means a visit to one of its countless wine regions and a visit to any wine region normally calls for visits to numerous local foodie icons. This year, on our Barossa Valley wine-drinking odyssey the first pit stop on the foodie schedule was Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. This off-the-beaten-track foodie … Continue reading

Vietnamese broken rice: if it’s broke don’t fix it, eat it.

During my 3 weeks in Adelaide I had a mild twice-a-week obsession – broken rice and avocado smoothies at a Van Restaurant. This is a Vietnamese restaurant tucked away in a quiet residential street deep in the inner-western suburbs of Adelaide where many Vietnamese settled in the mid-70s. It’s the kind of restaurant you’d never … Continue reading

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and the romantic side of chutney

One of the most beautiful aspects of a relationship is the sharing of food and food experiences, which ultimately influence each other’s day-to-day food habits. I know I’ve influenced Mikee’s eating habits with my Vietnamese heritage by introducing rice as a regularly enjoyed ingredient in our household and he has also influenced and enriched my … Continue reading

Crispy tiger prawns with honey and garlic sauce: A new household favourite

This was the first of what will be many times that I cook this dish – It was an instant hit in our household. The cornflour and egg mixture creates a chewy crunchiness when you deep-fry it with the prawns and the honey and garlic sauce is wonderfully sticky and caramelises from the heat of … Continue reading

Eataly inspired long fusilli with Italian sausages

During our visit to Eataly in New York, we ate a very memorable plate of fusilli with ragu. The fusilli was long like a long unravelled phone cord making each bite an extraordinary textural experience where your mouth feels the pasta spring out, filling it with the flavoursome ragu and the al-dente pasta. We had … Continue reading

Seafood & Chorizo Paella for an easy impromptu dinner party

Paella probably isn’t the dish that comes to mind when you’re having an impromptu dinner party, but it should be. I can understand why you would first look at a pan of paella so beautifully decorated with shellfish, with its brilliant colours and immediately put it in the ‘too hard’ basket but this dish is … Continue reading

NOMA: 2010 World’s best restaurant serves shitty carrots

That’s right, I heard it straight from the horses’ mouth – Rene Redzepi, owner of NOMA, the best restaurant in the WORLD according to the esteemed San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010. It all started the morning after our first Momofuku experience. I was an obsessed woman – I wanted to find out everything … Continue reading