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Woody Allen 1969

A Woody Allen film I’d never heard of – of course I’ll grab a ticket – it”s my first MIFF after all.

I expected one of his neurotic dramatic comedies – but this was so much fun! Much more slap stick than his later films, laugh out loud moments.  Such good fun, self-effacing but in a good humored way.  A cellist trying to hold his own in a marching bad, a failed criminal coming unstuck when it rains on him and the gun he’d carved out of soap, a bank robbery gone  wrong due to poor spelling and penmanship, and the unexpected side-effects of medical testing.

Even the soundtrack had a sense of humor and kept things trotting along.  It didn’t drag, we laughed out loud – a really nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Such good fun! I’ve  just ordered the dvd.

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Taste Of Melbourne 2008

Well, what a fantastic idea

 

I was floating on a cloud of heaven

 

The Setting: The Old Exhibition Building

 

The Premise: The Top Restaurants in Melbourne prepare 3 taste sized dishes each ranging from $8 to $12

 

The Plan: The menu is released in advance, so you can plan which restaurants you want to target and which dishes you’re going to try


Then you arrive

We went on Friday night

The place was packed

 

Not only are there the restaurants with the tasting menu, but there are also stalls selling Olive Oil, Olives, Dukkah, Chocolate, Cakes, and so on and so forth.

 

You buy books of “Crowns” in books of 10 or 30, $1 = 1 Crown

It’s a clever gimmick because most people will have left over crowns.

Some of the stalls allowed you to mix and match crowns and cash (thus my purchase of Lighthouse olive oil infused with Grapefruit)

 

My menu went as follows

 

(Longrain) – Glass noodle salad with Crystal Bay pawns, chili jam, peanuts & mint

Verdict: Sold out before I got there

 

(The Courthouse) – Cabonade of beef with pomme puree, parsley and caper salad ($10)

Verdict: Delicious.  The beef was soft and rich, on smooth creamy mashed potato in a rich burgundy jus

 

(The Courthouse) – Marinated char grilled calamari, sauce vierge and watercress ($12)

Verdict: Really light, perfectly cooked hood of calamari, with a light zesty sauce.  Perfect for a picnic

 

(Fifteen) – Pork sausage with chili and garlic on a caponata di melanzane (a Sicilian eggplant relish) ($10)

Verdict: Hot and Tasty, the eggplant relish was a perfect accompaniment

(Note, they also offered a Rotolo, which I’ve had before – see the entry re: Fifteen)

 

(The Press Club) – Spring Bay mussels spankopita ($12)

Verdict: I have to say, this was the most disappointing dish of the night.  It was a great idea that just didn’t work.  The mussels were over cooked and overpowered by the shells surrounding them being stuffed with the spanakopita mixture.  They were served on a bed of warm chick peas which did not compliment the dish at all

 

(The Botanical) – The Botanical Wagyu Burger ($12)

Verdict: Juice, tasty with nice hot mustard that made the nostrils tingle. Very rich, so the little burger was more than enough

 

(The Stokehouse) – Blue swimmer crab chowder with pangrattato, chives & Spanish pepper crème fraiche ($10)

Verdict: To be honest, I was disappointed.  The flavor and texture were excellent, but it wasn’t the flavor of crab and I couldn’t find any crab in it.  It was a shame, as it suggested a crabby (in a good way) experience, which it didn’t deliver.

 

(The Press Club) – “Hellenic Republic” lamb souvlaki ($10)

Verdict: One of the best tastes of the night and probably the best value.  A hot fresh Turkish bread pocked with freshly grilled lamb, horseradish mayo, rocket, red onion and – a great touch – fresh fries.  Satisfying and delish

Last but not least

 

(Lindt) – Chocolate Cheesecake ($6)

Verdict: Rich, decadent and the final nail in the coffin.

 

I was so full by the end of it and I didn’t get to try a fifth of the dishes on offer

Next year I plan so save up and then go to the whole festival (Thursday through Sunday) which would allow me to try close to every dish.

 

What a night!

 

I didn’t eat till 4pm the next day, and all I could manage was a small bowl of fruit salad and a glass of water!

 

http://www.tastefestivals.com.au/

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