My first food memory? Eating Nutella straight from the jar with a teaspoon/my paw. I’ve always been a chocoholic. I like to think Nutella is good for you because it contains nuts?!
Best local area for restaurants? George’s/Camden Street. It has such an eclectic mix of fantastic restaurants for both casual and occasion dining. It’s home to most of my favourite spots in the city. You see a new restaurant/café opening up along this stretch nearly every month! Always a great atmosphere and vibe.
San Lorenzo 680 x 367Most recent enjoyable dining experience? San Lorenzos, we had a wonderful night there for our company Christmas Party. The menu offers a unique spin on modern Italian style food. If you haven’t had their Nutella Cheesecake I’m not sure you’ve experienced true palatable pleasure. Super service too.
Most visited restaurant?  Rustic Stone – it’s my family favourite. Really impressive menu and cooking techniques – they do their own signature dishes while catering to every dietary requirement by identifying what’s  gluten free , dairy free, vegetarian , sugar free etc.  I love that you can cook the meat at your table off their hot stones.
rozannaFavourite celebrity chef? Rozanna Purcell – she does really innovative food recipes which are so healthy but divine which is a hard balance to strike! She’s always experimenting with a wide range of whole foods and clean, natural ingredients. I always pop into Mooch on Dawson Street to pick up something from her Natural Born Feeder range when I’m on the go.
Favourite Food TV programme? Cake Boss!
Peruke-Periwig-3The restaurant I would recommend to a visitor to your home city/town? Peruke and Periwig. A very unique and special spot on Dawson Street. Adore this modern Irish menu in a cosy and decadent surrounding on 3 intimate floors draped in velvet with dark wooden interiors and old portrait paintings. Their cocktail ‘book’ is very, very impressive.
Restaurant/café hidden gem? Staple Foods on Grattan Street. Lunch, Brunch and Brekkie are their forté with a creative and alternative food offering which makes healthy eating more accessible. Enormous food portions and the staff are such lovely people.
37dawsonFavourite Bar/Pub? That’s like asking someone to pick their favourite child?! Here’s my family…..No Name Bar for starting off the evening in what feels like a house party in the middle of the city, PMac’s  –  this retro pub is great for catch up drinks with friends where you can fight over their selection of old school board games. Dawson 37 – this kitsch venue offers an extensive range of cocktails with twists on traditional recipes and new concoctions.
The food I dislike the most? Mustard, you put that anywhere near my food, there’s going to be a scene. Recently, I tried to give mustard another chance to see if my taste buds had devolved into a state that will accept it because hey, we all deserve second chances. However I can confirm that I am still opposed to the yellow substance.
bibisFavourite for weekend brunch? Bibi’s Café – This cosy and cute neighbourhood café in Portobello is delightful. Their menu is ever evolving but their signature dishes like their butternut squash eggs will keep you coming back. Excellent 3fe coffee and mouth-watering bakes goods. 3 words – PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE.
Favourite healthy meal?  It has to be my Mums chicken and broccoli bake. I’m hoping by mentioning this now I’ll be treated to this at next Sunday’s dinner. Thankyou in advance Mum. I’ll keep ya.
Homemade strawberry jam in a jar, decorated with fresh strawberries

My guilty pleasure? JAM ON EVERYTHING. Jam on eggs, jam on ham. Jam on whatever. What a wonderful condiment. I know this is weird. My housemates do not respect this choice I’ve made in life.

The meal I make to impress my friends? I don’t think I’ve never managed to impress anyone! I make a mean sweet potato and turkey mince pie. Myself and sweet potatoes have a close relationship after 3 months of farming in Australia in 2012.
urbanFavourite food brand? Urban Health. The food is made fresh in store and packaged perfectly for me to take on the go when I’m running in between events and meetings. They do delicious and creative salads, wraps, juices and healthy treats ….I pop in there nearly every day!
If I owned a restaurant I would name it?
Plum’s Kitchen (Plum is my nickname)

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