NUT FREE “SATAY” NOODLES

To my fellow allergy adults, have you ever wondered what satay or pad thai might taste like? Yeah same. So I made this sunflower butter “satay” variation and tested it on my allergy free family and friends. The general consensus was that the taste is “very similar” to the real deal… I mean I’m not […]

SONS OF MISCHIEF

A new local favourite of mine! As the name suggests, sons of mischief has a fun menu and atmosphere with a large neon sign quoting “Don’t tell me what to do unless you’re naked” setting a playful tone. I was first introduced to this cafe by attending their bottomless brunch with a group of friends […]

YOU KNOW PHO

I have eaten my fair share of pho. It’s the one dish that I can rely on if I’m eating out and get presented with a nut heavy Asian menu. Whilst it keeps me away from a potential nut allergy, the broth generally contains onion with additional onion slices in the bowl, which is not […]

MOBY

I’d heard good things about this place so I had to check it out for myself. Safe to say I was one happy and very full customer when I left! Moby has three stories and if you can score a table on the rooftop you’ll be there all day. Really nice atmosphere and interesting menu! […]

THE ULTIMATE ANTIPASTO

I would eat an antipasto platter in place of a main meal, any day of the week! You can mix and match so many delicious flavours and have a lot of fun creating it all. Unfortunately I have had to forfeit some of my fave cured meats like salami and marinated olives as they almost […]

NUT-FREE BASIL PESTO

Traditional pesto is one of those things that I know I would really enjoy but it always has some form of nuts in it. Every time I have accidentally eaten it, I’ve almost felt the reaction was worth it! (not really). Anyway I had a play around with nut-free alternative for you guys and I […]

TWENTY FIVE

Last month I hit the quarter century! Celebrating my 25th with my friends at home was one of my best birthdays yet.  The guest list consisted of 15 of my closest sistas so it seemed right to go a little extra with my theme and menu! What started as a garden picnic in my backyard […]

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BANG BANG RC

After a freezing day out in the elements watching the local footy finals, a good happy hour and some snacks were in order! We wandered into Bang bang with hot chips on our minds but the tasty menu options stretched way beyond that. Its interior has a tropical vibe with indoor plants and palm leaf […]

PORT OF CALL

Created by the same team as popular cafes “Left field” and “Plain sailing” there was plenty of hype about this new kid on the block. With wait lists of at least 20 mins at any given time on a busy weekend, my first visit was a highly anticipated one.  There is a lot jammed into […]

CARROT & PUMPKIN SOUP

I have recently found out that I have SIBO! After reading the very restricted and uninspiring diet plan, I was determined to come up with some tasty recipes so I can still enjoy food while letting my gut heal. This soup is the first instalment of many more recipes for my SIBO fam to keep […]

CAFE GAME PLAN

I often spend my weekends trialling the new, trendy spots to hit the café scene so I have to be on my allergy “A game”. As I’m anaphylactic to nuts and have the added challenge of fructose malabsorption, I am one of those time consuming customers that most waiters would dread on a busy weekend. […]

TACO BOUT SCARY

For most people, eating out is a fun and relaxing experience but for people like me it can be quite daunting. No matter how diligent we are at informing cafes of our allergies, there comes a point where you have to hand over some control to the café. Trusting that they will take your request […]

MINESTRONE & LO-FO GARLIC BREAD

Just when I thought winter was finally coming to an end, Melbourne decided to hit us with max temps of 10 degrees and a thunderstorm over the weekend! Safe to say I was not keen on venturing out of the house so I decided to make something to defrost and nourish my body. This minestrone […]

GRANOLA

Whenever I pick up a café menu, I automatically skip past all of the sweet brekkie options and head to my menu comfort zone – “the savouries”. Muesli, pancakes and waffles never work for my stomach when eating out, but the one forbidden food I break my rule for is Granola. I’m happy to tell […]

KITCHEN STAPLES

Finding out you have allergies and/or intolerances is like starting a new job. A bit daunting at first and you get nervous heading into the office (the supermarket in our case), but once you’re all trained up, you are comfortable and capable to be left on your own. Food shopping for us ‘allergy adults’ is […]

THE GROUNDSKEEPER

The Groundskeeper is on of the many new cafes popping up in my local area. I’ve been there twice now and have had quite different experiences both times. It might have been because one was breakfast and one was lunch (so I was ordering off different menus), but we’ll get into that soon! The courtyard […]