Duck delight with Philippe Mouchel

Philippe is a French gem owned and run by celebrity chef Philippe Mouchel. It was a no brainer for La Chaine des Rotisseurs, Victoria to choose this wonderful French restaurant to hold their AGM and dinner. Having trained with Paul Bocuse, Philippe worked for him in Japan and Melbourne running his operations. Then he set... Continue Reading →

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Worlds longest lunch – Melbourne is back!

Set-in Treasury Gardens, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival finally returns — after a lengthy set-back due to pandemic restrictions it was wonderful to participate in this superb annual event. This year celebrity chefs Philippe Mouchel, Jacques Raymond and Stephanie Alexander took a course each and created something inspirational. Kicking off with Philippe Mouchel’s Beetroot-cured king... Continue Reading →

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Mexican heaven at Mamasita

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican. For those that know me I am always on the search for the perfect Margarita and interesting Mexican delights.Having been spoiled by dear friends Barbara and Guy (Barbara being Mexican) not only the fun of eating Mexican but being introduced to beautiful hospitality by Mexicans and of course... Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Bastille Day 2019

The Victorian Bailliage of La Chaine des Rotisseurs held a beautiful Bastille Day dinner for members in the Mission to Seafarers iconic heritage building. The menu was full of French favourites accompanied by delicious wines.

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The Power of Social Media

HOW TO HARNESS SOCIAL MEDIA? Enticing others to ‘join’ the conversation.’ Vlogging is one easy way to start with a short one minute video, posted daily on Instagram, soon you will build followers. If you should go down this route – remember the camera can be your friend or your enemy – keep it short,... Continue Reading →

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Following The Snow!

If you love skiing as I take a look into my best resorts for skiing this year. Looking forward to hearing where you like to ski.

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Heathcote Wine & Food Festival 2018

Whilst at a recent festival in Heathcote I was drawn to the quality of Australian wines and the outstanding knowledge of the wine makers, their interaction with not only their marketing streams but also the consumer is good and these wine makers care about what they create and how. At the festival I interviewed a... Continue Reading →

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Riding easy on a Harley Trike around Sydney

On a recent jaunt to Sydney having revisited some of our favourite haunts around Circular Quay and the Rocks, we decided not to be phased by the rain and enjoy more of Sydneys landscape, so we decided to bite the bullet and go for a trip on a Harley Davidson and what a great decision... Continue Reading →

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Breathtaking Philip Island, Victoria

Just two hours out of Melbourne you can get back to nature and pack in a lot in a long weekend. Some of the things you can do are visit the Penguin Parades, Philip Island Koala Conservation Centre do Cliff Walks, Boat trips see the Seals,  Highland Cattle, Wallabies, or sample some yummy wine in the Wineries.

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Give in to your cravings

Dieting shouldn’t be endurance or survival of the fittest. We all lose weight at our own speed, however when we are inspired we can all do so much more. Inspiration is a wonderful thing to move forward with our lives. It will be interesting to hear from my virtual friends to learn how your diets... Continue Reading →

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Out & About in the City –Don Pasquale Opera

This opera was stupendous, funny and very entertaining, and the actors who played the leads were superb. In particular the four key characters that held my attention with their superb acting and voices were: Don Pasquale played by Conal Coad, Norina played by Rachelle Durkin and the clever Dr Malatesta played by Samuel Dundas and... Continue Reading →

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Secret bars in Melbourne that are a must…

Did you know underneath Elizabeth Street pedestrian bridge there is a gorgeous bar under the bridge, which is TERRIFIC! It is called Ponyfish Island. The tables are in demand so hover near a table to grab one when it is vacated. It is a lovely place to chill out and watch the sunset or just... Continue Reading →

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Things to do in July in Melbourne

My selection is the following: 1. Alternative: Melbourne Magic Festival July 9-12: Northcote Town Hall - Dan Sperry - The Anti-Conjuro Live in Magicshow : Check out: http://www.seatadvisor.com 2. Open House Melbourne: July 26 - 27: Check out: www.thatsmelbourne.com.au 3. Les Misérables: Her Majesty's Theatre running throughout July 4. The Age Run Melbourne: July 27: Check... Continue Reading →

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Problems with your Apple Products?

Book an appointment online for any of your apple products. They have something called Open Training and you can spend an hour. Available for One to One members only but you do get excellent attention and assistance with whatever project you are working on.

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Melbourne Lane-ways are awesome!

Recently I did a guided tour of the Melbourne lane-ways. The superb guide from CAE (Centre for Adult Education) (check-out http://www.cae.edu.au) was an exceptional historian. She added a lot of interesting tit-bits that held our attention. We flipped between yesteryear and present day, all the while learning from a historical perspective of the developments within... Continue Reading →

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Ride to Conquer Cancer

October 25-26 The weekend route is from Albert Park to Mornington - overnight - return the following day approx 200km. It is good to get involved whether you are a rider, sponsor, supporter or assisting as crew. Please get involved : The Ride to Conquer Cancer & The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers Benefiting Peter... Continue Reading →

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Things to do in Melbourne in July

My best picks Paint the town Red: More than 45 iconic heritage buildings in Melbourne CBD will be lit up in shades of red. From the 18-25 July. From 6pm onwards – the fireworks on the 18th will be taking part. Superb Docklands Fireworks every Friday from 7pm for 10mins of superb fun at the... Continue Reading →

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Something to smile about??? Oh yes we can!

We all need a break on dentistry living in Australia it can be very expensive...so thanks to 'smile' we now can 🙂 For my blog users if you use the following promo code: MR9026678 it will give you 60% off your second year when you become a member. Some good samaritans at smile.com.au is Australia's first... Continue Reading →

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Autumn Top Tips

  Eat produce in season. Currently the root vegetables such as artichokes, carrots, parsnips and fennel are in season. There are still a few pine mushrooms to be had and mandarins, melons, apples and lots of nuts are still in abundance. There are many produce markets but I love shopping at the Victoria and South... Continue Reading →

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Carlton Wine Room shows its Autumn Colours

Dining out in Carlton is lots of fun! Every opportunity to attend one of Jay’s themed dinners is always an occasion and his recent Autumn Oasis Dinner was no exception. From the leaves cascading from the tables to the leaf strewn floor the mezzanine level had been dressed full of autumn promise. Initially during the... Continue Reading →

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Papa Goose

Recently I was lucky enough to be accepted to join The Wine and Food Society of Victoria Inc. This is a quite passionate society full of members that are able to bring their knowledge to the table (literally). The society’s premise is to showcase extraordinary wines that have been hand picked from their cellar to... Continue Reading →

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Berowra Waters Inn, NSW, Australia

Berowra Waters Inn located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River was a picturesque location for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs nine course dégustation luncheon. Many of the ingredients were organic and bio-dynamic, maintaining the ‘green’ ethos designed by Chef Dietmar Sawyere. From the moment we set off in our luxury coach from Circular Quay we... Continue Reading →

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Update June 2012 – From Sydney

 Hi all, Well another month has gone by and we are still living in ‘The Rocks’, Sydney – not too shabby an address so we are enjoying it -(even though it’s temporary). We love it here watching the boats cruise by - our highlight is when the P&O ferry ties up below us, it is... Continue Reading →

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