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NYC Hotspot Find: Mozzarella e Vino

NYC Hotspot Find: Mozzarella e Vino | meltingbutter.com

Midtown has got to be one of my least favourite dining destinations in NYC. I’m pretty sure local New Yorkers and tourists alike have gone for an inspiring trip to MoMa, left feeling famished with zero decent restaurant options (that don’t equal the price of a limb). Enter Mozzarella e Vino a casual yet elegant enoteca specialising in … Continue reading

The Curators: Style Influencer Jamala Johns’ Harlem Hotspots

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One of my favourite things about New York City is its patchwork of interesting neighbourhoods, all unmistakably different from each other, full of cool hotspots waiting to be discovered. So, for this edition of The Curators, I wanted to put a spotlight on Uptown’s ever-evolving neighbourhood, Harlem. This convivial neighbourhood is home to some of … Continue reading

The Curators: Laurent-Perrier & Chef Brendan Cato Uncover the Most Indulgent Dining Experiences in Sydney

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After a trip to Laurent-Perrier’s Sydney pop-up location The L-P Bar and a chat with its head chef Brendan Cato my mind kept wandering to those moments when we share champagne. These are the moments of pure indulgence that we pair with fine food and wine as we dine inside decedent restaurants. They don’t happen … Continue reading

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

Sydney City guide: 11 restaurants that give Melbourne a run for her money

Not to rub it in, but I’m feeling pretty refreshed (and even a little tanned!) after a nice holiday in Australia for the last couple weeks. Normally on a trip all the way out to Australia I’ll always spend a good amount of time with my first city love, Melbourne but this time I cheated … 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

New York City guide: 10 new restaurant obsessions

(Photo: Estela)

It’s been about 6 months since our last NYC restaurant round up… in New York time that is worth at least a year’s worth of restaurant research! So, it’s time for a new round up of 10 of our favourite meltingbutter.com restaurant haunts. Some of these restaurants are new, some are old, some are hotspots … 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

Athens & Greek Islands city guide: A Greek local’s perspective

We were pretty excited when we found out our good friends Tim & Bri were getting married and I must admit I was even more excited when we found out it was going to be in Athens, Greece with an open invitation to crash part of their honeymoon in the Greek Islands – Hello Grecian … Continue reading

Los Angeles city guide: Embrace your inner LA (with an egg-white omelette)

I was certain I’d hate LA with its sprawling suburbs, endless driving and plastic people. And maybe I’d still hate to live there but as a New Yorker for the last almost-year without a proper holiday, a long weekend in LA was the perfect way to de-stress and re-energise. Sure, there are those LA cliché’s … 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

Amsterdam city guide: Why I love Amsterdam, the greatest little city in world

We finally did it. We moved to New York City! I’ve been so caught up in the excitement of the big move in the past months that it wasn’t till our last week in Amsterdam that I got to really reflect on what an amazing little city it really is and more importantly, what an … Continue reading

Paris city guide: What puts the “gay” in Gay-Paree

A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to indulge in a girls-and-gay-best-friends weekend in Paris. The plan was to see and do as much as possible since one of the girls (Hoa) was a Paris virgin, but somehow we ended up spending most of our time at GBF’s place stuffing ourselves with foie gras … Continue reading

Berlin city guide: How to blend in with the cool people (or try to)

I jumped at the chance to spend this last weekend in Berlin with Mikee, who had been there all week schmoozing with industry folk at Bread & Butter. I was really in the mood for a dose of Berlin’s attitude; you know, cool, laid-back, edgy yet stylishly hedonistic – the kind of attitude that cool … Continue reading

Rio city guide: Finally a way to share my obsession

Have I mentioned that I’m an obsessive-compulsive holiday planner? I think it could be a sickness. Lately I’ve rocked my own world by coming up with this amazing new way of planning holidays with Google Maps. I simply research the restaurants, galleries, shop and sights I want to see and drop a pin into the … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ

Rio Hotspot Find: Porcao Brazilian BBQ | meltingbutter.com

Starve yourself for at least a day before you eat here but you can expect to be rewarded with as much high quality meat as you can eat – a proper meat feast. There’s a salad bar if you need a break. Best bit: No need to say you’re ready for more meat – simply … Continue reading

Rio Hotspot Find: Market Ipanema Restaurant

Rio Hotspot Find: Market Ipanema Restaurant

The words “best lunch ever” were uttered as a result of the creative menu, fresh ingredients, young beautiful crowd and urban summer setting. Best bit: The strawberry, goat cheese, candied almond and green leaf salad with a pineapple mint and ginger juice. http://www.marketipanema.com.br/ Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 452 – Loja 01 Ipanema – Rio de … Continue reading

A cocktail should do the trick…

OK, I am well aware that I have not written a blog post for over 6 months and this could be because I’m either lazy or in need of a holiday – I probably need a holiday. The idea compelled me trawl through iPhoto to reminisce of holidays gone by and remember the amazing food … 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

Gaucho’s Argentinean Restaurant and everything you need to know about steak

Adelaide was the starting point of our Australian food odyssey and Gaucho’s was the first restaurant to grace the all-important food schedule that I put together on our yearly Australia trips. This restaurant is a true Adelaide institution famous for it’s house-aged steaks and its chimmichurri sauce – a tangy combination of olive oil, lemon, … 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

Momofuku: fusion without the confusion

I’ll admit it, I’m a Momofuku groupie. I know, there must be thousands of them around the world planning the next time they can line up for one of those steamed pork buns or burst open that poached eggy goodness into their ramen bowl. There must also be thousands of blog entries all talking about … Continue reading