Food – Luxembourg 

Luxembourg
157 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda Vic 3182

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Lets be honest, offal isn’t really my thing. The very idea of it makes my stomach flip. So when I was invited to a Zomato (the new owners of Urbanspoon) dinner that was going to consist of offal based dishes, I honestly considered turning down the invitation. Fortunately for me I decided give it a crack and in the end I walked away with a whole new appreciation for all those forgotten (or some may say dreaded) off cuts.

With a very big focus on reducing food waste and removing the negative stigma around offal, the very talented team behind Luxembourg aim to show us that well cooked offal can be just as good as any other cut of meat. Continue reading

Career – Upcoming networking events

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything career orientated, so I thought that I’d get my act together and give all those career women out there something they can use.

As the saying goes, it’s not about what you know, it’s all about who you know. So the question is, how do you meet those people that will help you get to where you want to be? We meet people via our work and schooling networks, and you can add to them via online platforms like LinkedIn, but personally, I’m a big believer in the benefit of networking events.

I try to attend a few different events a year. Some of a social nature and others come in the form of technical training. Given technical training is very specific to your line of work (I’m an accountant by trade, and let me tell you, no one wants to go to tax or accounting standards update unless they absolutely have to), so i’m going to focus on social and motivational events that anyone can attend.

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Food – 400 Gradi

400 Gradi
99 Lygon Street
Brunswick East Vic 3057

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I only visited the highly popular 400 Gradi for the first time this week. Just about everyone, and I really mean everyone has been telling me to visit, but I keep on putting it off because it’s not often that I come across Italian food that I like.

I know what you’re thinking, how can you not like Italian food? It’s not that I don’t like it, actually it’s quite the opposite, I absolutely love it. Given I come from a very traditional Italian family, I’ve been spoilt with great food my entire life and I’ve come to expect a very high quality product. Therefore I really struggle to pay for food that is of a lesser standard than what I get from my Mum, Grandmother or Aunties.

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Food – New Shanghai

New Shanghai
Shop 323, Level 3
287 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

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One of the many eateries which calls the Myer Emporium home, instead of looking for X to mark the spot, just look for the big crowd of people outside queuing for a table and you’ll know you’ve found New Shanghai. I’d heard great things about this place and seen the dumpling masters work their magic in the front window, but never could I have imagined it being as good as it was.

We (the husband, my son and I) visited for a Sunday lunch and the place was absolutely buzzing. There were a stack of people patiently waiting out front for their number to be called up, when they’d get their chance to enter dumpling heaven. Fortunately for us, we had a booking, so we were able to walk in and be seated right away. Continue reading