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393 Camberwell R, Camberwell

 

This place is fab!

Allergy friendly for everyone – from the gluten to the fructose intolerant.  Most importantly – the food is delicious!

Sweet Potato Rosti
With  Bacon, spinach (sans) hollandaise, a poached egg, and cherry tomatoes $21

It was delicious.  A sweet potato rosti with a salty crunchy exterior. And delicious toppings.  Shame the egg was super vinegar-y.

The best thing about this place – if it doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t go on the menu.  That’s why there’s no burger – yet.  They’re road testing gluten free buns — so lovers of my other blog emsburgerquest – stay tunes!

Jess enjoyed her chicken and cider pot pie with chick pea chips and said it was deceptively filling and very tasty.

Our brunch outings have been fantastic.  For those who need gluten free, fructose free, nut free, dairy free, or vegan – and the menu is colourful and full of flavour.  The staff are friendly and know the menu inside and out.  A great little place.

With so many friends with intolerances *including myself – it’s great that there’s a place that has embraced the challenge and created a menu that literally has something for everybody
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Mamababa

21 Daly St, South Yarra VIC 3141

 

Expectations were high, after all our other wonderful experiences at George’s restaurants.

AND THEY CAME CRASHING DOWN at Mamababa

 

The concept was great – Sunday lunch Special

Greco Roman Yum Cha $40 per person (4 courses)

We were the first customers to arrive for the 12noon lunch sitting.

We were put in a weird little corner even though we’d booked in advance.

First course was quite pleasant –

Thin strips of prosciutto with fennel seed infused grissini

Smoked salmon with fresh warm bread

Warm breaded olives with harissa

 

 

Second course was a bland cauliflower soup that didn’t move me

 

Penne matriciana – Undercooked pasta, served room temperature, unseasoned

Macaroni cheese – bland, cold, undercooked, unseasoned,  – I did like the super crunchy breadcrumbs with not nearly enough panchetta on top

 

Spaghetti puttanesca – undercooked, under seasoned, pretty bland

Orichette – with asparagus – probably my favourite dish of the day but needed something acid like lemon juice to balance the flavours

 

And the salad – how can you ruin salad? They did

The cos lettuce still had sand/dirt grains, and was served – 5 leaves with a few curls of reggiano – no dressing – it was like they forgot to finish making it

 

Dessert – The expected Columbaris donuts with honey and candied pecans – raw, like the pasta, they were uncooked in the middle

Creme fresh semi freddo with rose and candied pistacios – weird flavours, tasted like creamy soap

 

Well, we’ve had amazing meals at Maha, Hellenic Republic, and St Katherines. But I’ won’t be going back to Mamababa any time soon – leave it long enough for them to cook the pasta all the way through!
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Melbourne Groove Finals

Melbourne Groove Hip Hop Dance Crew Finals 2008

Well, I know I’m completely biased when it comes to these events

DVP! Go Miche

The freaking won!

They’re off to Sydney to represent in the Groove Australasian Hip Hop Championship

I’m so proud of my cousin Miche, DVP danced the arses off and won fair and square

 

But all that aside

This event was so badly organized

There were about 20 crews competing, junior/varsity/open crews

They had them all mixed in together

Surely it would be better to have the junior’s perform first?

The kids are aged 7 to about 12

They would have had to arrive for hair and make up in the early afternoon

and the show didn’t finish until 10:30pm!

The music was so loud, the bass was actually hurting my chest

It also made my jeans vibrate, that’s how loud it was

The other problem was the MC’s

They performed crappy rap songs and driveled on IN BETWEEN EVERY SINGLE ACT

The show would have finished at 9pm if it wasn’t for them

I’m there to see the dance!

Not listen to these lamo’s.

 

The dancing was excellent

It just got better and better thoughout the night

It was interesting that only one crew had a guy doing tricks.

Apparently tricks are more of a Sydney thing.

I hope DVP rock out in Sydney in December!

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25 July – State Theatre, Arts Center

Ok

I went to see Matthew Bourne’s ballet of Edward Scissorhands at the Arts Center State Theatre

But the five girls in front of us spent the whole show texting!

I couldn’t believe it.

It’s annoying a disrespectful when people do it in the cinema.

But I’ve never seen anything like it at the theatre.

It really spoiled the evening for me.

I asked one girl if she could please turn it off

She apologized, but started again 5 minutes later.

Just because you’re not talking during the show, doesn’t mean that the bright blue light isn’t distracting

IT IS!!!

Then there were two fat middle aged Hungarian/Polish/Greek or something “ladies” sitting behind us who talked through the whole thing.

Not whispering, which would be bad enough, but talking

It was infuriating

What is wrong with society!

When I went to see Pink’s concert last year, there were so many people recording the concert on their phones.

You just paid $80, why don’t you watch the fucking show going on in front of you?!

I’m going to see Mumma Mia with my Mumma Mia tonight

If someone turns their phone on during the film, blood is going to spill!

Sigh

As for the production of Edward Scissorhands, for what it was, I thought it was very good.

If it hadn’t been an adaptation of the film and just a regular story I think I would have been a little disappointed.

I thought the man who played Edward really had it down-pat, as they say

He had all the mannerisms of Johnny’s character

I thought some scenes dragged a little

But the dance with the topiary’s and the final scene in the cemetery were beautiful and moving

You can check it out at http://www.edwardscissorhands.com.au/videoandgallery.html

It was wonderful that they used Danny Elfman’s original score and to be enveloped in the sound in the plush theatre.

Please take a stand, and stop the texting in the theatres and cinemas.

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