Author: Zahra Emily

Hometown Bar-B-Que / Red Hook

When you brave the freezing rain and a very long trek for barbecue, it better be good! Well, for the best barbecue in New York (and according to some proud locals, the country) we’d do it all over again. Approaching this Red Hook institution you can smell the smoke in the air and the anticipation is palpable. The decor is patriotic, full of wood, a giant flag and a little hipster sheek. The venue was full of smoke and delicious barbecue smells. We grabbed menus before placing our order at the counter. We’re found of the ‘try everything, order as much as possible’ way of doing things, so we went for an amazing mix of meat and some sides. It was an epic feast, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, ribs, potato salad and mac and cheese. The brisket was the best we’ve ever had, with an amazing smoke ring and oh so tender. The pulled pork was similarly tender, almost to the point of melting in your mouth. While the Italian sausage was moist and well …

Dough Doughnuts / Bed-Stuy

Here at frenchtoastandindiepop we’re intrepid eaters and voracious researchers. Before we go anywhere we must find out about the food and make sure we don’t miss anything. We stumbled across Dough Doughnuts when researching Brooklyn and our remote searching proved correct when it was one of the first places our Airbnb host recommended too. We walked to Dough on a dark and wet night. Freezing, but not quite cold enough for the sky to open into snow (damn!) the novelty of a doughnut shop open late and the need to explore drove us forward. If there’s one thing that defined Dough’s approach to doughnuts it was ‘big’. Big rings, big flavours.  We went for an American inspired choice, the cheesecake doughnut with a graham cracker crumb. We can confirm that cheesecake and doughnuts are a match made in heaven, but you already knew that didn’t you? For tourists like us, this was an absolutely value adding selection! We also chose to sample the original glazed dougnut. This tends to be test of an establishment – …

Bohaus Coffee & Flowers / Bed-Stuy

Bohaus is a cute little Bed-Stuy cafe that has paired two beautiful things together – coffee and flowers. Bohaus has a cute little venue and is obviously a favourite with the locals, many came and went while we were there and most were known by name. The vibe was really welcoming and chill with a small space to eat and have your coffee amongst and amazing collection of flowers, pots and plants to purchase. We enjoyed the coffee at Bohaus, generally the cafes in Brooklyn knew their coffee better than any place we’d ever encountered in Manhattan. It was a new brew with good flavour and a bit of creaminess to the milk. We finished our quick visit with flaky croissants. Bed-Stuy locals are lucky to have this gem at their doorstep! Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook! Save

The Dojo Ramen Bar / Northcote

When you’re craving ramen, there is nothing for it but to drop everything and overload on Japanese food. We visited The Dojo Ramen Bar in Northcote for our fill of this delicious Japanese comfort food. The Dojo has a great feel about it. The space is casual and welcoming, cool but accessible. It aims to emulate the feel of Tokyo ramen bars while fitting the Melbourne scene. The menu has plenty of delicious foods to choose from and we ordered as much as possible to get a taste of everything. Our starters included old favourite edamame, crispy, salty Japanese fried chicken and Okonmyaki on a stick. This was a particular surprise as this dish is usually served almost like a cabbage pizza. The stick was easy to eat and had all the flavour of the original but did lose a bit of the crispness. We also tried the Pork Gyoza, served hot and crispy with a whack of flavour, and a refreshing sauce of vinegar, sesame and soy. Finally what we came for, the ramen! Our first choice …

Win a YEAR’S SUPPLY of West Winds Gin!

Are as gin crazy as I am? Want to win some amazing gin from this amazing Margaret River distillery? All you need to do is enter here or by clicking the image above. The Sabre is one of my favourite London Dry gins and I’m not just saying that because it’s from my home state. Little bit of Sabre, tonic and anything citrus and I’m in heaven! Now when it comes to the Cutlass, the most awarded Australian gin (seriously) you’re going to have to trust me and try it with a savoury feel, a G&T with a capsicum garnish. So what are you waiting for? Enter now! Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook!

Hobba / Prahan

Hobba is a warehouse cafe in the ever chic Prahan. It’s semi industrial with wonderful high ceilings and exposed wooden rafters. Think wolf den meets comfy cafe, at once both polished and raw. The den is comfortable and easy, and we loved the Some Young Punks appropriately wolf themed artwork. Our brew of choice was the Maverick blend from five senses. It had a rich and full flavour and creamy mouthfeel we adored. Our first choice from the menu was the ‘Hey Amigo’ Omelette, promising jalapeño, red onion, mint, parsley and corn. We frequently choose Mexican inspired breakfast dishes and this one was flavoursome with a nice kick while still being a relatively safe option. The serving size was generous and we were glad we didn’t add the optional extra, jamon serrano. Our next choice was something different for us, a savoury french toast. It was an incredibly cheesy toast and very crisp. It lost the softness in the centre but had all the richness of a sweet brioche french toast. It was served with bacon, …

Hawker Hall / Windsor

Hawker Hall is the newest venture from the team behind Chin Chin, our CBD favourite. As you’d expect, it boasts hawker style dining inspired by Malaysian and Singaporean food – think buns, noodles, curry and spice! The venue is large and comfortable and we didn’t have any issue getting a table after visiting for a late lunch on a Sunday afternoon. It’s walk-ins for most groups but bookings are available for 10-12 having the banquet or feast menu options. We hadn’t visited before and found the staff welcoming and happy to to explain the menu. But first, a drink! My choice was a cocktail with gin and cucumber, a perfect summer beverage. The name escapes me, but for those who share my love of gin, it’s a must try. The menu at Hawker Hall is designed to share, and we ordered lots of dishes to ensure we got a taste of everything. It’s the smaller dishes that really wowed us. There was the hot and crisp popcorn chicken with creamy, spicy sauce as well as the dumplings …

White Mojo / Melbourne CBD

Located in one of Melbourne’s favourite food hang outs, you’ll find White Mojo in good company down Hardware Street. It’s a super stylish cafe, white and bright with soft light and alternative staff. We particularly loved the scattered tiling on the walls and how beautifully it toned with the table tops. We started with a latte, a fruity and balanced brew with a lovely aroma. We selected a summer treat off the menu, the Waffles! The presentation was over the top, with amazing lemon curd ice cream topped with a cone. The waffles itself were small but fluffy and well cooked though we were missing the nutella frosting advertised on the menu. The dried fruit was beautifully presentable and the strawberry and citrus sauces added extra punchiness. This was a perfect light, summery dish, a great treat and oh so instagrammable! Can’t get into White Mojo? Why not check out Hash, Bowery to Williamsburg or the Hardware Societie down the same laneway. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest …

Phase One Coffee / Brunswick

Hidden away in Brunswick is a new little gem, Phase One Coffee. They’ve taken something the locals love (coffee and bagels) and combine it together with a spacious garden to make a unique cafe. The current arrangement is temporary, a part of the new urban hub being built with Neometro and Jewell Station apartments. It will grow as a community space, to include independent retailers, art projects and a bike workshop. Phase One do some fantastic brews. We’ve tried dine in and takeaway here and are always impressed. Todays was rich, creamy and a little fruity. Of course we had to choose a bagel to go with our coffee. I choose the local honey, peanut butter and banana on a plain bagel. The toppings were perfect, sweet, nutty and textural on a chewy bagel. There were also other delicious options, sweet or savoury to suit all tastes. We’d recommend you pop in say hi at Phase One and grab a brew and bagel in the garden or to go. Be sure to hit the follow button to …