I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

A blog where a guy photographs and describes every meal he eats (for the most part) for 365 days.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner & notable snacks.

Ok, sometimes I skip meals because I eat things so regularly (see: Vegemite on Toast) but I do my best to keep it interesting.
Jul 09
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Braised Mushroom Recipe - Paw Paw Cafe

So I got asked for a recipe for a dish we recently did at an event to launch Yelp in Brisbane. I didn’t know where to post it so I figured this would be as good a place as any. The recipe is courtesy of my sous chef, Leigh.

Braised Mushrooms 

Serves 4

8-10 Med sized mushrooms (swiss brown or field). Cut into 1/8ths

1tsp garlic

1/2 red onion, sliced

1tsp fresh thyme

1.5 cups white wine

Sweat off the garlic, onion and thyme in butter & oil on low heat. Turn heat up to med-high and add mushrooms, coat in pan mix and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few mins. Add white wine and cook on low-med until most of the wine has reduced/absorbed.


Serve on toasted bread with goats cheese or fetta or parmesan. Top with fresh parsley and lemon.

Thats verbatim what she’s given me but I reckon it would struggle to feed 4 as a full dish. Probably closer to 2 people in my opinion. 

Enjoy!

Nov 29
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Breakfast Burrito - Swingers Diner, LA

This is basically the breakfast I see in my dreams. Black Beans, Scrambled eggs & Cheese topped with fresh salsa and guacamole. It was just so fresh and light and cheap. I could eat this every single day. I will definitely go back to California one day just to eat Cal-Mex food. 

Breakfast Burrito - Swingers Diner, LA

This is basically the breakfast I see in my dreams. Black Beans, Scrambled eggs & Cheese topped with fresh salsa and guacamole. It was just so fresh and light and cheap. I could eat this every single day. I will definitely go back to California one day just to eat Cal-Mex food. 

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"Thai Cobb" - Salad - Diner near the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.

This was a mess flavour-wise. The conception definitely came due to the name rather than any great epiphany. That said, sometimes a dish that is so full on and miss matched is exactly what you feel like. Especially after drinking and I’d had about 3 pints at this stage.

"Thai Cobb" - Salad - Diner near the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.

This was a mess flavour-wise. The conception definitely came due to the name rather than any great epiphany. That said, sometimes a dish that is so full on and miss matched is exactly what you feel like. Especially after drinking and I’d had about 3 pints at this stage.

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Cheesy Hash with Olives, Avocado and Sourcream - A Cafe (Brew maybe?) in Lower Haight.

I was straight up hungover when I ate this. It was very average and the only thing that saved it was that I could barely function as a human being at this stage.

Cheesy Hash with Olives, Avocado and Sourcream - A Cafe (Brew maybe?) in Lower Haight.

I was straight up hungover when I ate this. It was very average and the only thing that saved it was that I could barely function as a human being at this stage.

Oct 30
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NEW ORLEANS LAUNDRY DAY FRITTERS. Susan Feniger’s Street.
Soft red bean and rice cakes fried crispy; served with crystal hot sauce cream and andouille sausage crumbles.
These were ok. A bit dry. Terrific concept though and they looked delicious.

NEW ORLEANS LAUNDRY DAY FRITTERS. Susan Feniger’s Street.

Soft red bean and rice cakes fried crispy; served with crystal hot sauce cream and andouille sausage crumbles.

These were ok. A bit dry. Terrific concept though and they looked delicious.

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MANDOO VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS. Susan Feniger’s Street
asian vegetables, sweet potato and kimchi filled dumplings with roasted ginger yam and sesame dipping sauce. These were really good. Kimchi and Sweet Potato went really well together.

MANDOO VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS. Susan Feniger’s Street

asian vegetables, sweet potato and kimchi filled dumplings with roasted ginger yam and sesame dipping sauce. These were really good. Kimchi and Sweet Potato went really well together.

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TATSUTAGE FRIED CHICKEN. From Susan Feniger’s Street Restaurant.
Marinated with soy, mirin, and sake crispy fried in rice batter and topped with spicy kewpie mayonnaise sauce.


The batter was super crispy and it was deliciously seasoned chicken. After a nap on the first day this was our first dinner. It was very good. I had a few Racer 5 IPA pints also and that made me feel great.

TATSUTAGE FRIED CHICKEN. From Susan Feniger’s Street Restaurant.

Marinated with soy, mirin, and sake crispy fried in rice batter and topped with spicy kewpie mayonnaise sauce.

The batter was super crispy and it was deliciously seasoned chicken. After a nap on the first day this was our first dinner. It was very good. I had a few Racer 5 IPA pints also and that made me feel great.

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Reuben Sandwich. In LA.

This was the first meal of my trip. It was pretty good. I was so deliriously tired and jetlagged at the time it was all I could do not to break down and cry so I don’t remember this meal too clearly. 

Reuben Sandwich. In LA.

This was the first meal of my trip. It was pretty good. I was so deliriously tired and jetlagged at the time it was all I could do not to break down and cry so I don’t remember this meal too clearly. 

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Fish Taco from some place on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. 

Great lunch. Really fresh and tasty. Awesome beer selection too. It tasted as good as it looks. We had one of these and one salmon one and shared. The salmon was the pick of the two and i’m usually pretty non-plussed with Salmon.

Fish Taco from some place on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. 

Great lunch. Really fresh and tasty. Awesome beer selection too. It tasted as good as it looks. We had one of these and one salmon one and shared. The salmon was the pick of the two and i’m usually pretty non-plussed with Salmon.

Oct 05
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Beijing Vinegar Peanuts & Szechuan Pickles. From Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco.

I’d read about this place on Serious Eats and made it a must see whilst in San Francisco. This was a great move on my part. Simply the best chinese food I’ve ever eaten. This was the entree, and they were both terrific. The peanuts I loved because Black Vinegar is one of my favourite flavours. The szechuan pickle was very similar to Kimchi but not quite the same. It was a perfect counterpoint to some of the spicier dishes that came later. The cool crunch (although a little spicy) was just what was needed. 

Beijing Vinegar Peanuts & Szechuan Pickles. From Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco.

I’d read about this place on Serious Eats and made it a must see whilst in San Francisco. This was a great move on my part. Simply the best chinese food I’ve ever eaten. This was the entree, and they were both terrific. The peanuts I loved because Black Vinegar is one of my favourite flavours. The szechuan pickle was very similar to Kimchi but not quite the same. It was a perfect counterpoint to some of the spicier dishes that came later. The cool crunch (although a little spicy) was just what was needed.