Discovering Uyghur Cuisine

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I always love meeting people who enjoy food as much as I do so when we recently met David and Trevor through a friend here in Melbourne, we hit it off immediately.

David is a HUGE foodie, I bow down to him in his knowledge of all things delicious. The first time we met I walked away with a huge list of recommendations and not enough time left in Melbourne to get through them all in. Anyway, we joined them last weekend to tick off the first place on that list: Dolan Uyghur Food Heaven


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Bay City Burrito: St Kilda, Melbourne Australia.

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When we were in Bali we saw a programme on food challenges around the world. I think it was a Man V Food type thing. One of the places was Melbourne's Bay City Burrito. They have a killer hot burrito called the 'ultra bomber' which is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Although neither of us were planning on trying the ultra bomber, we both loved the look of the place and decided to give them a visit when we got back. Bay City Burrito are pretty much the daddy of the Melbourne tex-mex craze and they specialise in San Francisco 'mission' style burritos. Mission burritos come from the mission district of San Francisco and are probably the type we're all most familiar with, featuring rice as well as beans, meat and other ingredients. 

La Fajita Steak Burrito at Bay City Burrito in St Kilda

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Secret Ingredient Smoothie

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Everyone seems to be on a January detox or some sort of post Christmas diet. None of that's for me. I've accepted my pot belly as a permanent fixture and I prefer to eat what I like and just make sure I stay active.

Looking at this smoothie, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was some sort of detox or health drink. It's not! For fun, I posted the below picture on instagram and asked people to guess what the secret ingredient was. Suggestions mainly veered towards the healthy end of the spectrum with several people saying 'chia seeds'. One person came close with peanut butter. They get half a point.

My secret ingredient smoothie
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Food for thought at Sjaki-Tari-Us, Ubud, Bali

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On one of our many wanders around Ubud we stumbled upon Sjaki-Tari-Us. Well, I say stumble, it's pretty well hidden and quite hard to 'stumble' upon, thanks to it's position at the end of a thin path edging a big field. We only found it because we were hunting down a Geocache (a worldwide GPS treasure hunt).

A spread for dinner at Sjaki-Tari-Us in Ubud, Bali.
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Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

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Aside from all the dead celebrities and political horror show both at home and in the US, 2016 was a big year for me in terms of change.  In a nutshell, I quit my full time job to work for myself, moved 150 miles away from home and then, in October, left the UK on a six month stint travelling. My wanderlust is strong right now and the 'list' grows longer by the day. 

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Weekend Brunch Club: Smashed Avocado & Feta Two Ways

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I've been thinking a lot about brunch recently. And eating a lot of it too. It's a very Melbournian thing to do apparently. And as the new year approached, I had a brainwave! It's this - my new monthly 'Weekend Brunch Club' series. 




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Bali's Best Suckling Pig? Ibu Oka, Ubud, Bali

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Chefs and food writers including Anthony Bourdain and Rick Stein have eaten at Ibu Oka and given it such high praise that I was genuinely over-excited to try this place when we were in Ubud last month. So much so that when we turned up and they had run out of part of the dish we left and went back the next day to make sure we had the full experience.

The 'famous' special at Ibu Oka in Ubud, Bali
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Brunch at Little Henri, Thornbury, Melbourne

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Since coming to Melbourne I seem to have spent most of my time eating one of three things: Burgers, Ramen and Brunch. Today I want to talk about the third. That magical meal which sits between breakfast and lunch. A time when naughty food is accepted as a first meal of the day.

Brunch at Little Henri in Thornbury

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