Hallo, Grüß Gott, buongiorno, bonjour and “g’day”.

It’s your old pal Kit (Christof) Fennessy here, just returned from a month long tour of the Alps. I hope (plan) to give each city we visited a review, and pass on any eating tips or associated recipes I gleaned over the coming weeks, as we work our way through winter here.

I've been writing this blog with your help for nine years, and there's over a hundred recipes, restaurant reviews of Australia and around the world, and general gourmet articles in these pages for you to fritter away your idle hours. I hope you enjoy it, and please send me any feedback or suggestions about what you'd like to see herein through the feedback link at the bottom of posts.

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Now, what's on the bill of fare today?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Canberra Restaurants Reviewed!

Did you know they eat food in Canberra?  Me either!

OK, that's not exactly true.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kilderkin Gin Ballarat


Wine tastings, I've been to dozens.  But gin tastings?  Who knew?

I was impressed last night to attend a gin tasting featuring a small Ballarat distillery named Kilderkin who walked me through their various offerings.

Things I learned:

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Chocolate Cherry Brownie Recipe*

*with mint and Toblerone variations

Brownies are very easy to make, can be whipped up for a nearly instant dessert, and – with a bit of innovation – you can turn them into your own flavour laboratory.

Find below a quite successful brownie I recently made with an adult twist; a special ingredient not for children.  That’s right – cherry brandy and glacé cherries!  Rich and tasty (like you)!

Recipe below:

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Turning Japanese

Is Smith St Fitzroy Becoming Melbourne’s New Little Tokyo?


OK. Obviously this headline is ridiculous. Anyone who’s ever been to Japan knows Tokyo is built up, high tech, far out, domo argiato, and more, whereas Smith St is a kind of down-at-heel Melbourne version of a mini-Brooklyn.

That said, there has been a noticeable decline in French food in my neighbourhood over the last several years, and a big uptake in Japanese restaurants coming through (not to mention every other nationality, including Korean, but we all know you're not allowed to confuse Korean and Japanese!!).

With the growth of the Japanese presence on Smith St in mind, find here a list of new (and not so new) Japanese restaurants in my hood – listed by order of my preference – which might make you feel like you’re Turning Japanese!!

(p.s. you might like to listen to the Vapors play their eighties classic, Turning Japanese, while you read this…)

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Chamonix, France

Bon soir (y’all)! Hey, you know I just worked out today that “bonjour” is essentially the same as “g’day” en Australie.  And "buongiorno" in Italian for that matter,

Well all good things must come to an end, and so must our “vacances” en Europe – which, you’ll note, wind up in France. My favourite.

Our last stay was at the beautiful Chamonix, a ski and mountain climbing adventure town at the bottom of the Mont Blanc massif (the range of mountains with Mont Blanc in it). Saucissons abound, as does garlic, and cheap and fine red wine.

Unlike Mürren, which attracted loads of Americans, Indians and Chinese, Chamonix seems to pull a lot more Australians and English tourists; there’s a Knight Frank real estate office here, as well as a Billabong and Quicksilver store. I wonder why? (*I was to find out later, these are glamour brands in France!  Who knew???).  But it is still “very French”, with lots of stores selling saucissons, goats cheeses, wine, etc., and it’s a town in the style of Queenstown in New Zealand; a holiday adventure get away.

Some notes from my diary of interest:

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mürren (Switzerland)

Mürren attracts loads of American, (sub-continental) Indian and Chinese tourists. I wonder why? Probably its location in Switzerland (money laundering), and the hosting of a rather famous James Bond museum at the top of the Schilthorn.

While we were there (spring), the Swiss pastures on the mountains were filled with spring flowers and hosted caramel cows wearing cow bells.  The milk has a wonderful buttery yellow colour and deep taste, which probably explains the superior taste of Swiss milk chocolate.

In lieu of trying to think too hard, for this entry I've lifted some notes from my live journal, so you can get it straight from the mountain cow’s mouth, as it were.  Now read on!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Annecy - France

Located in South Eastern France (right near Switzerland), Annecy is a lakeside holiday town known as the “pearl of the French Alps”.  It’s located on Lake Annecy, and sits at the Northern entrance to the “lake gorge”… obviously a major strategic military location.

It’s the original home of the House of Savoy (a royal family), established at the turn of the first millennium, who were later to become Kings of Italy – as well as Emperors in Africa for about two minutes.

Click below to find out more about this idyllic holiday destination, and some foodie tips…

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