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. 85 Miskin St QLD
  2. A.Baker ACT
  3. Aarli Bar, Broome WA
  4. Ace Pizza WA
  5. Africola SA
  6. Anada VIC
  7. Apothecary 1918 SA
  8. Appellation at the Louise, Tanunda SA
  9. Aravina Estate, Yallingup WA
  10. Ashcrofts, Blackheath NSW
  11. Black Bird QLD
  12. Bloodwood NSW
  13. Buon Ricordo NSW
  14. Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay NSW
  15. Cape Lodge, Yallingup WA
  16. Catalina NSW
  17. Chaco Bar NSW
  18. Char NT
  19. Chin Chin VIC
  20. Cho Cho San NSW
  21. Chris’s Beacon Point, Apollo Bay VIC
  22. Cicciolina VIC
  23. Clarkes of Northbeach WA
  24. Coda VIC
  25. Divido WA
  26. eightysix ACT
  27. Elyros VIC
  28. Epocha VIC
  29. Est NSW
  30. Ester NSW
  31. Ethos Eat Drink TAS
  32. FermentAsian, Tanunda SA
  33. Fino, Willunga SA
  34. Frank Restaurant and Bar TAS
  35. Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant SA
  36. Guillaume NSW
  37. Hellenika, Nobby Beach QLD
  38. Italian&Sons ACT
  39. Josef Chromy Wines Cellar Door Restaurant, Relbia TAS
  40. Komeyui VIC
  41. Lanterne Rooms ACT
  42. Leeuwin Estate Restaurant, Margaret River WA
  43. Lilotang ACT
  44. Lion Hotel SA
  45. Madame Hanoi SA
  46. Malt Dining QLD
  47. Manfredi at Bells, Killcare Heights NSW
  48. Margan, Broke NSW
  49. Millbrook Winery Restaurant Jarrahdale WA
  50. Minamishima VIC
  51. Montrachet QLD
  52. Movida VIC
  53. Movida Aqui VIC
  54. Mrs. Jones Devonport TAS
  55. Nobu VIC
  56. Nobu Perth WA
  57. Nolita WA
  58. Nomad NSW
  59. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana Winery, Granton TAS
  60. Ottoman Cuisine ACT
  61. Patricia’s Table, Milawa VIC
  62. Pipers of Penola, Penola SA
  63. Prego WA
  64. Prive 249 QLD
  65. Punch Lane VIC
  66. Remi De Provence TAS
  67. Restaurant Amuse WA
  68. Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Noosa Heads QLD
  69. Rockwell & Sons VIC
  70. Rosa’s Kitchen VIC
  71. Ruby Red Flamingo SA
  72. Ruby’s Mount Kembla, Kembla Heights NSW
  73. Rumi VIC
  74. Sails on Lavender Bay NSW
  75. Sake QLD
  76. Salt Grill, Surfers Paradise QLD
  77. Sean’s Kitchen SA
  78. Simone’s, Bright VIC
  79. South on Albany, Berry NSW
  80. Spice Temple VIC
  81. Stillwater, Launceston TAS
  82. Stunned Mullet, Port Macquarie NSW
  83. Supernormal VIC
  84. The Apollo NSW
  85. The Elbow Room, McClaren Vale SA
  86. The European VIC
  87. The Grand VIC
  88. The Independent, Gembrook VIC
  89. The Mayflower Restaurant SA
  90. The Tamarind, Maleny QLD
  91. The Woodhouse, Bendigo VIC
  92. Three Japanese TAS
  93. Town Hall Hotel VIC
  94. Uccello NSW
  95. Vini NSW
  96. Vue de Monde VIC
  97. Westend Pump House TAS
  98. Woodland House VIC
  99. Yots Greek Taverna NT
  100. Zanzibar cafe, Merimbula NSW

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