So I make these pork balls quite a bit and whenever I post a photo on Instagram I get asked for the recipe – so here it is (finally). They are great just to eat on their own, you can make a Vietnamese bun bowl, or simply serve them at room temperature on a slice of cucumber – everyone loves them. I tend to be heavy-handed with the fresh herbs. Cook them in the oven – easy! Read more



When I heard the Charlick’s was closing, I was horrified! It was one of my new Adelaide favourites. I’d already been three times in the short time it had been open and told everyone I know about it. But Alas, chef Blake Drinkwater decided to move on and I guess, life must go on. So the plan for the venue? I was told by restaurant manager Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: Millbrook Winery, WA


My Top 100 travels continue to take me to some different locations around Australia – places that I haven’t even heard of sometimes. This time – a trip to the town of Jarrahdale, a 50 minute drive south east of Perth to get to number 95 on the list – Millbrook Winery, located on the historic Chestnut Farm overlooking jarrah forests and the Serpentine River. We’d spent the weekend at the Falls Read more

CHARLICK’S, Adelaide



I’m excited about Charlick’s – I’ve already been twice, and as a matter of fact, I’ve tried every dish on the current menu! The last time I dined at this location it was Vardon Restaurant and the place has certainly undergone an extreme makeover into something cool and modern.

It’s attached to the Stag but entry is off Vardon Avenue. So what’s with the name? It’s named after east-ender William Charlick – the founder of the Adelaide Fruit Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: Queen Chow, Sydney


Merivale just keeps on opening winners. This one – Queen Chow. I hadn’t had time to research this place before I went so all I knew (or assumed from the name) is that it was going to be Chinese food. I was pleasantly surprised to find a rather quirky Chinese meets Aussie pub where east meets west – something I can certainly relate to!

It’s located in what used to be the Queen Victoria Hotel Read more

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