Five links on Friday – 8 August 2016

  1. “Every coffee place looks the same,” Schwarzmann says. The new cafe resembles all the other coffee shops Foursquare suggests, whether in Odessa, Beijing, Los Angeles, or Seoul: the same raw wood tables, exposed brick, and hanging Edison bulbs.”: Kyle Chayka takes on the creeping sameness spread by the global middle-class.
  2. On the “bourgeois nostalgia” that pervades the food-reform movement.
  3. If you’re the sort of person left unimpressed by a backyard pizza oven, then it’s time to build a compost-powered hot tub.
  4. The plan of two spies in the 1910s to solve America’s food crisis with hippopotamus meat.
  5. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert’s deep love for the rice cooker

Five links on Friday – 15 July 2016

  1. Inside the underground economy propping up New York’s food carts
  2. Continuing my weekly coverage of food from the bogs, here’s how juice companies perpetuate the myth that cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infection.
  3. The history of food poisoning.
  4. Japan’s oldest single malt whisky has been released.
  5. Ruth Reichl admits that the timing in a delicious meatball recipe is pure fiction.. Nothing is sacred.

Five links on Friday – 8 July 2016

Food blogging is dead (again), so it’s probably as good a time as any to give up the ghost and put on the flesh.

  1. My dream book idea was once reviewing every revolving restaurant on earth. I was going to call it “Sit in This and Rotate”. Here’s Heather Wells Peterson’s take on the history of eating while rotating.
  2. War Is Boring’s Benedetta Argentieri traverses the thousand kilometre border with the Islamic state to present a culinary guide to the Kurdish front line.
  3. Old cow is the new black
  4. Fellow white people, here’s how not to do travel writing.
  5. Theoretically the stuff is still edible — but we wouldn’t say it’s advisable” is probably advice I wouldn’t take if I discovered ten kilograms of bog butter.

Five (or more) links on Friday – 27 May 2016

  1. Halal Snack Packs on Smith St – the indefatigable Brian Ward rounds up the best places to eat the best halal sensation to hit Australia since Indonesian trepangers came for our delicious sea cucumbers.
  2. Erstwhile collaborator Austin Bush documents every Thai noodle soup for Lucky Peach
  3. Latent symphorophilia? Then like me, you’ll be obsessed with Thermomix disaster journalism. I wish JG Ballard was alive to see this.
  4. If you have a spare $135,000 lying around, why not blow it on a Rene Redzepi-fuelled private jet tour of the world’s fine dining.
  5. Zomato: in 23 different markets and profitable nowhere.
  6. Fish: still doomed.

Footscray Market Opening Hours – Christmas 2015

I’ve now been blogging for 10 years. In that entire time the Footscray Market, one of Melbourne’s biggest wet markets, has never published their Christmas opening hours online. This post marks the 7th year of my Christmas vigil to celebrate it.

Here are the opening hours as published on a photocopy on the door:

Tuesday, 22 December 20157:00AM-6:00PM
Wednesday, 23 December 20157:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday, 24 December 20157:00AM-6:00PM
Friday, 25 December 2015CLOSED
Saturday, 26 December 2015CLOSED
Sunday, 27 December 2015CLOSED
Monday, 28 December 2015CLOSED
Tuesday, 29 December 20157:00AM-4:00PM
Wednesday, 30 December 20157:00AM-4:00PM
Thursday, 31 December 20157:00AM-6:00PM
Friday, 1 January 2016CLOSED
Saturday, 2 January 20167:00AM-5:00PM

As for the regular Footscray Market trading hours, they are as follows:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday – 7:00am-4:00pm
Thursday – 7:00am-6:00pm
Friday – 7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am-4:00pm
Sunday – Closed


It’s a Christmas miracle. The hours are now published on their website. Herein ends my vigil, unless they forget to update them next year.

Australia’s top 100 restaurants

With the Australian Financial Review‘s announcement of Australia’s fifth top 100 list of restaurants after the one below, Gourmet Traveller’s, Yelp’s and Dimmi’s, I started to get that feeling of deja vu about the usual suspects who will populate the list. Now that readers don’t care what a printed newspaper says about restaurants and just want a listicle of places that they can search for on Urbanspoon or Yelp, who better to build that listicle than the votes of Australia’s chefs who don’t need to be paid for collating the list? So asks the AFR. My answer: a random number generator.

Press reload to try and make a better list. Try once per annum to generate an annual award show and give them a series of imaginary hats.

  1. ¿Procedencia? VIC
  2. 1889 Enoteca QLD
  3. Africola SA
  4. Ajo NSW
  5. Aki’s NSW
  6. Apothecary 1918 SA
  7. ARIA Restaurant NSW
  8. Assaggio SA
  9. Bar Lourinha VIC
  10. Biota Dining, Bowral NSW
  11. Bistro Vue VIC
  12. Bomba VIC
  13. Bread and Bone Wood Grill SA
  14. Bread in Common WA
  15. Bucci QLD
  16. Cafe Nice NSW
  17. Cafe Sopra NSW
  18. Cantina 663 WA
  19. Chat Thai NSW
  20. Chianti SA
  21. Courgette ACT
  22. David’s VIC
  23. D’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, McLaren Vale SA
  24. Easy Tiger VIC
  25. Estelle VIC
  26. FermentAsian, Tanunda SA
  27. Fins, South Kingscliff NSW
  28. Garagistes TAS
  29. Gazi VIC
  30. Gerard’s Bistro QLD
  31. Golden Century NSW
  32. GOMA Restaurant QLD
  33. Grazing NSW
  34. Grossi Florentino VIC
  35. Guillaume NSW
  36. Hammer & Tong VIC
  37. Hill of Grace Restaurant SA
  38. Huxtable VIC
  39. Knee Deep, Wilyabrup WA
  40. Lake House, Daylesford VIC
  41. Leonards Mill, Second Valley SA
  42. Lilotang ACT
  43. LP’s Quality Meats NSW
  44. Magill Estate Restaurant SA
  45. Maha VIC
  46. Malamay ACT
  47. Market Street Cafe, Mudgee NSW
  48. Miki’s Open Kitchen, Margaret River WA
  49. Momofuku Seiobo NSW
  50. Montrachet QLD
  51. Moon Under Water VIC
  52. Movida VIC
  53. Nobu Perth WA
  54. Northern Git VIC
  55. Novaro’s,Launceston TAS
  56. Parwana Afghan Kitchen SA
  57. Patricia’s Table, Milawa VIC
  58. Pilu at Freshwater NSW
  59. Pipers of Penola, Penola SA
  60. Porteno NSW
  61. Prego WA
  62. Press Food & Wine SA
  63. Public Inn, Castlemaine VIC
  64. Punch Lane VIC
  65. Red Cabbage Food & Wine WA
  66. Restaurant Como, Blaxland NSW
  67. Rockpool Bar & Grill WA
  68. Rumi VIC
  69. Sage ACT
  70. Sagra NSW
  71. Sake QLD
  72. San Telmo VIC
  73. Sean’s Panaroma NSW
  74. Seoul Food NT
  75. Sepia NSW
  76. Sezar VIC
  77. Shankers Authentic Indian Cuisine SA
  78. Shiki SA
  79. Silo Bakery and Cafe ACT
  80. Smoque ACT
  81. Street ADL SA
  82. Supernormal VIC
  83. Sushi E NSW
  84. The Commoner VIC
  85. The Dispensary Enoteca, Bendigo VIC
  86. The Gala Restaurant WA
  87. The Grand VIC
  88. The Press Club VIC
  89. The Source TAS
  90. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  91. The Tasting Room at Mayura Station, Millicent SA
  92. The Town Mouse VIC
  93. The Vasse Felix Restaurant, Cowaramup WA
  94. Town Hall Hotel VIC
  95. Town, Bangalow NSW
  96. Uccello NSW
  97. Vincent NSW
  98. Voyager Estate Winery Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  99. Yering Station Wine Bar, Yarra Glen VIC
  100. Yu-u VIC

Footscray Market Opening Hours – Christmas 2014

Welcome to Year 6 of my Christmas vigil to commemorate Footscray Market’s complete inability to publish their Christmas/New Year’s opening hours online. Here are the opening hours, this year presented by the special request of Pat Nourse.

Saturday, 20 December 20147:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday, 21 December 2014CLOSED
Monday, 22 December 2014CLOSED
Tuesday, 23 December 20147:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, 24 December 20147:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday, 25 December 2014CLOSED
Friday, 26 December 2014CLOSED
Saturday, 27 December 20147:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday, 28 December 2014CLOSED
Monday, 29 December 2014CLOSED
Tuesday, 30 December 20147:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, 31 December 20147:00AM-4:00PM
Thursday, 1 January 2015CLOSED
Friday, 2 January 20157:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday, 3 January 20157:00AM-5:00PM

As for the regular Footscray Market trading hours, they are as follows:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday – 7:00am-4:00pm
Thursday – 7:00am-6:00pm
Friday – 7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am-4:00pm
Sunday – Closed