Grand Final Countdown

Sport Legends to Battle it out for Championship.

"Amazing Hotdogs," by Ben O'Donoghue. 

For those that follow or have an interest in sport, the next week will be nothing but an anxious one, as two leagues AFL and NRL will battle it out in the Grand Final over the weekend. Ease your anxiety and book your seats at your favourite restaurant, pub or bar for deals and specials paired with your favourite game.

If you’re looking for some great deals, check out our What’s On Guide for specials around you as well as new places to spend game time. ‘Footy and Beer’ are the great Australian past time, so don’t give up on an opportunity to get behind your team, or spend the day with family and friends at a backyard BBQ – especially now that the weather has warmed up. Check out our Grand Final Favourites recipe section here for great ideas this weekend and be sure to check out our cocktail list

To get your weekend plans started, there’s already a few venues you can check out. Mind you, this is just the tip of the goal post.

Little Bertie | Melbourne VIC

Known for decades, Berties Butcher in Richmond now offers a café setting in which to enjoy their quality cuts, prepared fresh from the butchers knives and boards to plates at Little Bertie café which will be open for The Footy Grand Final on Oct 1.

The Vinyard Restaurant Wine Bar | Hervey Bay QLD

Keep it classy while supporting all the Grand Final action! The Vinyard Bar will have big screen TV’s showing live AFL action with cold beer all day! 

Half Moon's Veal schnitzel crumbed with lemon and Parmesan with hot mustard slaw. Photo: Harvard Wang. 

Half Moon | Melbourne VIC

Forget the MCG, Half Moon has the best seats – and they are free! Get in early and save yourself a bar stool to watch the game, live and loud.

Busbys Restaurant & Bar | Melbourne VIC

Cheer on your team during the Grand Final with Busbys. They’ll be serving up a delicious BBQ with a complimentary drink.

Leopold Sportsmans Club | Geelong VIC

Seek out a social or competitive game of bowls before the BIG game and relax over a meal at Sporty’s Bistro while your team battles it out on the field. 

Get to Know Your Beer Fridge

Compiled by Annabel Rainsford. 

What to drink on Grand Final Weekend. 

End of season grand finals are coming up fast and if you haven’t already discovered your favourite beverage to fill your bar fridge, now’s the time to get researching! Below we share some of our favourite beers and ciders to enjoy icy cold on the day, and while we don’t know your palate like you do, we are sure you are going to love them. 

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Head straight to the source and sneak into Brisbane Brewing Co., a hideaway venue down a Boundary Street laneway. This is where the magic happens – taste beer among the vats or go all out and experience brewing on an interactive level under the guidance of a craft beer expert. Grab a 1.89L glass growler, fill it up with a beer and pop it in the fridge at home ready for when the big game starts. 

One to try:

Brissy Pils - Organic Pilsner

This one’s for the Kiwis! Enjoy a strong taste with roots in old Bohemia, but borrowing the hoppy herbal bouquet of NZ Wakatu leaf. An aromatic beginning gives way to a medium, malty body and finishes with a crisp, dry bitterness making a refreshing sip at the end of a long day and to the end of the winter sporting season.

Brewhouse Brisbane

Visitors to this Woolloongabba establishment can expect superbly crafted beer from Queensland’s most awarded microbrewery, Brisbane Brewing Co. Head into the Brewhouse and try a range of craft beers on tap before heading to the onsite bottleshop, (open until late) and choosing from over 100 craft beers. Mix and match your ultimate grand finals six pack of beers, or fill a whole keg! Prices for keg filling start at $130 for 19L by prior appointment only.

One to try:

BPA – Brisbane Pale Ale

What better way to celebrate the nation’s grand final day than with a truly Australian beer? This light-bodied Australian-style Pale Ale is brewed exclusively with Australian ingredients. The aroma expresses flavours of tropical fruit including passionfruit, oranges and mango. 

Stein's Craft Beer.  

Stein’s Taphouse & Winebar

An extensive selection of beverages at Stein’s Taphouse & Winebar encompasses Australian craft beers, with 12 served cold out the taps for you to try and test in the lead up to game day. On the off chance none of these appeal, peruse through a collection of 50 more bottled up and a keg list reflecting seasonal variations.

One to try:

Pirate Life Brewing IPA

Bright and fruity, the Pirate Life IPA has a fun orange hue with a round, full bodied malt character drawing on Centennial, Riwaka and Simcoe hops. This drink would pair nicely with your favourite team scoring.

Lost Pippin Cidery

Seek and you shall find Lost Pippin Cidery in the fruitful Tasmanian region of Coal River Valley, north of Hobart. This expert cidery churns out artisan ciders and perry created from premium Tasmanian grown apples and pears to ensure crisp, balanced and complex flavours can be enjoyed from first kick off to the final goal.

One to try:

Heritage Cider

Dry, funky and bitter, the Heritage Cider takes on UK characters and pays homage to a dry English vintage style. Using fruits like Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples, the Heritage pairs well with beef or lamb, making it an easy go-to option when reaching for snacks at half time. 

Young Henrys - fill a growler! 

Young Henrys

Mingle with brewers, touch the malt, smell the hops and taste beer straight out of the tank at Young Henrys Brewery on Wilford Street, Newtown. If you haven’t found the shining golden centrepiece to your beer fridge yet, grab a tasting paddle, sip and savour the tastes of Young Henrys to find the one for you.

One to try:

Young Henrys Core Range Natural Lager 

Four ingredients go into the Natural Lager and a hazy golden beer comes out. Taste subtle citrus aromas and a touch of bitterness before experiencing a gentle, dry finish that makes this beer an easy drinker, perfect to soothe the soul during heated match moments.   

Photography supplied, experiences by the AGFG Foodies. 

Great Grand Final Day Eats

Celebrate a win and delve into these all-in dishes together, scooping up as much or as little as you wish from a communal table of hearty options. 

Pumpkin and Sage Pasta Bake

Give a classic pasta bake a gourmet twist with fragrant sage and bright, tasty pumpkin. Spoons are sure to be delving in for a second helping.

Char-grilled Strawberry and Rocket Salad with Pita, Chef Recipe by Simon Bryant

Add a touch of green and some sweet seasonal fruits to your plate with this char-grilled strawberry salad. Double, triple or quadruple the portions as you need to feed a crowd of cheerful fans.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Recover from the game’s heated moments and rehydrate with this simple yet delicious watermelon and feta salad. Throw in a touch of mint for a refreshing kick. 

Texan Beef Ribs

All that cheering and yelling at the TV can really rouse an appetite! Quash it with some smoky, sticky meaty beef ribs with a finger licking good Bourbon sauce.

Potato and Rosemary Soda Bread

Take a classic loaf of bread at your grand final get together and transform it with just a few extra ingredients. Fluffy and moist with the addition of rosemary, this bread recipe will be one to keep for years to come.

Asparagus and Zucchini Cake by Veronica Lavenia

As new vegetables come into season, grab them while they’re fresh and throw them into your Grand Final day feast, like this asparagus and zucchini cake by Veronica Lavenia. One handy tip: pre-slice this delightful take on a traditional quiche to make it easier for your friends to try it.

Grilled Moroccan Chicken 

Add a dash of spice to your grand final food table with some chunky chicken drumsticks in a tasty Moroccan spice mix. Make as much as you need for the day, or create extra to freeze and cook over the rest of the week. 

Take Comfort in the Deep South

Words by Kirsten Kruck and Freya Ensbey. 

 “This is simple food made majestic…. Southern-ness is my culture, and it’s what this book is all about – where I come from, how I eat and how we entertain our guests and ourselves.” ~ Brad McDonald.


Southern Fried Chicken with Green Tomato Gravy, p 158. 

Written by Mississippi born and raised Chef, Brad McDonald, Deep South is all about the food Brad grew up with. Coming from a family of farmers and carpenters, Brad was no stranger to hard work and long hours, so naturally, the tiresome exertion of becoming a Chef didn’t deter him from honing his skills in a new found craft.  

Moving abroad to London to further his career, Brad found that cooking what he knew best – southern comfort food, was what made him feel like he could create a home away from home and this is what he brings you in his new book. Each region Brad cooks from is given a nod of authenticity, he applies the mentality of his southern upbringing to sticking to the recipes and techniques tried and tested throughout time. There is a saying in the South, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and this seems to apply to their food also. Deep South will warm the cockles of your heart, offering an abundance of honest, home comfort cooking that will leave even the city slickers asking for the recipe or better yet, telling you it tastes like their grandmother made it. What Southern cuisine lacks in refinement and precision, more than makes up for with its bold and colourful spice filled flavours and comforting touches. 

Jambalaya, p 125.  

There is no lesson that screams louder from this book than the importance of enjoying and sharing food with loved ones. Most southern recipes make for generous servings with the opportunity to store the left overs ready to be enjoyed again by the family the following day. This technique is shown by no greater example than Brad’s jambalaya. A one pot wonder designed to serve and share straight from the table. This dish packs a serious flavour, with its cured sausage, fresh seafood and secret ingredient of Tabasco sauce. 

A southern cookbook would not be complete without a ridiculously crispy fried chicken recipe. The Southern fried chicken with green tomato gravy springs to mind when thinking of authentic Southern cuisine. Brad gives extra tips on getting the crunch to an optimal level by keeping your oil a little lower than normal in order to find the perfect timing ratio of done-ness to gorgeous golden-brown crunch. 

Pecan Pie, p 218. 

Learning life lessons from his Dad while cooking freshly baked pecan pie are moments Brad holds dear to his heart. He describes this dessert as a particularly defining connection to southern cooking and reminisces of Christmases past having pecans crowd the benchtops to dry. This recipe gives the pie a chewy, nougat texture with hidden techniques which you just don’t get with other pecan pies.

Deep South is more than a themed cookbook. It is a showcase of a way of life, it’s a personality identified by food and a cultural movement back to a time of simplicity. From its Creole and Cajun roots to the dishes of rural Mississippi, corn bread for any occasion, do it yourself pickles and collard greens, Deep South can help anyone draw on their Southernness, even if it’s only for one meal.

Join Growing Following to Tempranillo

By David Ellis from vintnews

It seems Aussie wine buffs are suddenly discovering Tempranillo, a Spanish red that although being grown in this country on cuttings brought from its motherland around the 1830s, for some reason never really took off. 

Come the end of the last century, things suddenly changed. To meet newly bourgeoning demand, the vineyards turned to the variety and it blossomed; in just ten years Tempranillo went from a mere 41ha Australia-wide to over 475ha by 2010. Sales of resultant wines are today growing at a rate said to be faster than any other variety. 

One maker with an exceptional Tempranillo is the Clare Valley’s Mr Mick Wines, their currently available 2014 is a nicely full-bodied drop with pronounced varietal cherry and strawberry fruit flavours, a hint of spice and a long and lingering finish. 

All of which makes for it being a great drop with a homeland favourite, patatas con chorizo – potatoes with chorizo sausage and chilli, that you could possibly say equates to something a bit like Spanish bangers and mash – just a bit spicier. 

At $17 enjoy it with that homeland dish, or equally with tacos, nachos or burritos.

One to note: Tasmanian makers have thrown up some ripper Rieslings over the years, products of the State’s cool maritime climate that the variety thrives in. 

One such maker is Riversdale Estate in the southern Coal River Valley region just 20km out of Hobart, and which has recently released a beautifully rewarding 2013 Riesling under its ultra-premium Cygnus label. Here’s a wine made from fruit harvested in small bunches in peak-condition, and loaded with concentrated varietal characteristics and excellent natural acidity. 

It’s nice forward, yet still delicate, citrus and musk flavours will particularly match beautifully with salt and pepper calamari, or pair it with chicken enchiladas. At $34 it’s available online at,  by phoning (03) 6248 5555 or at the cellar door if you are visiting down that way.

Burger Paradise

Hot Shott Kitchen's Serious Burger.

From Neil Perry’s The Bacon Project burger at the Burger Project, Daniel Wilson’s The Denise burger at Huxtaburger to Warren Turnbull’s Chur Beast burger at Chur Burger, Australian’s are in burger paradise with their fill of seriously amazing burgers done by some of Australia’s best Chefs.

While burgers have been on an increasing trend for quite some time, they had an exponential push when Neil Perry came onto the scene.

“I saw consumers were willing to pay around $10 for a hamburger … [which] gave me confidence to think that we could use the quality of products we are used to [using] in the Restaurant Group, while not stepping away from sustainable and quality ingredients at that price point, so that’s what got us involved in the Burger Project,” said Perry.

With the use of quality ingredients and fine dining panache, the humble burger has become more than just a second thought in the industry.

“I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve seen people fall in love with [our] product and understand that the burger is really quite different - it has a handmade nature to it… it’s whole muscle meat cut on the premises, ground on the premises and hand formed into a patty on the premises and that’s where people are tasting the difference,” said Perry.

Ensuing from Neil, Daniel and Warren’s lead, there are a number of other Chefs making burgers their business across the country. We’ve put together a list of a few hotspots and highlights for you and if none are in your area, just head over to our burger section for more recommendations.

Hot Shott Kitchen | Main Beach QLD

Joining a lively community vibe in Main Beach, Hot Shott Kitchen is a popular pick among trendy and laidback locals for fun café fare nearby iconic Gold Coast surf and sand. Be sure to nab their Serious Burger with Black Angus beef patty, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar and onion jam on brioche with a side of truffle, Parmesan and rosemary duck fat fries with smoked aioli.

The Hungry Monkey | Kiama NSW

A trip down the South East coast is worth the scenic drive if only to try out The Hungry Monkey in Kiama, not far from the iconic blowhole and lighthouse. Diners return to taste their way through a menu featuring a range of gourmet burgers, all packed with fresh produce and loved by locals who opt for combinations like the Mr. Lambert with lamb patty, avocado, marinated labne, baby spinach and caramelised onion on either brioche, wholegrain or white sesame rolls.


"Aerosmith's latest ballad will be written about this burger." ~ Mick Adams Burger Bar.  

Mick Adams Burger Bar | Oakleigh VIC 

A trendy place to quash ravenous appetites, Mick Adams Burger Bar joins Oakleigh’s bustling Eaton Mall precinct on the corner of Portman Street. The menu pays homage to those who have shaped modern understandings of what it means to be ‘simply Australian,’ so wrap your hands around the signature Anthony The Greek burger, named after the owner’s brother, filled with pulled lamb, iceberg lettuce, red onion, pickled cucumber, olive pesto, feta and mint yoghurt.

Cosi Nero | Sydney NSW

For over a decade, locals of Botany have flocked to Cosi Nero for sumptuous modern cuisine and a friendly atmosphere on Botany Road. Partake in wolfing down a tasty gourmet burger like the Big Bang Beef with lettuce, tomato, onion, grilled capsicum, cheddar and chilli harissa mayonnaise. 

Mervyn Roy's Aunty Merle's beef burger.

Mervyn Roy’s | Gold Coast QLD

Take a break from the sun and surf to grab a bite to eat at Mervyn Roy’s café, a cosy neighbourhood haunt sitting just across the road from Coolangatta Airport. Devour Aunty Merle’s beef burger with housemade patty, melted cheese, caramelised onion, beetroot, egg, sliced tomato, greens and chilli jam on a seeded charcoal brioche bun. 

Burgers By Josh | Annandale NSW

With humble beginnings as a pop-up stall around Sydney CBD, Burgers by Josh now draws loyal crowds to a permanent home inside the Annandale Hotel on Parramatta Road. Chow down on a hunger buster like a Lisa Simpson Pt 2 burger, an evolvement of the popular original, now stuffed with slow roasted field mushroom, American cheese, house ‘J’ sauce, Westmont Picklery pickles, beer battered onion rings and iceberg lettuce.


Hungry Boys' Big Mick - Double Everything.

Hungry Boys | Melrose Park NSW

Frequented by ravenous locals craving a hearty burger or tasty pita wrap, find Hungry Boys eatery tucked into Melrose Park along Hope Street. If visiting early in the day, fill up on the likes of a breakfast burger with Spanish chorizo, egg, haloumi, onion, tomato, baby spinach, aioli and pesto.

Two-Bit Villains | Adelaide SA.

Tucked down Adelaide Arcade in the iconic Rundle Mall shopping precinct sits Two-Bit Villains, a botanical soda bar and restaurant with a trendy vintage vibe. Delve into popular vegetarian dishes like the Villains’ classic veggie burger with housemade chickpea and lentil patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese, smashed avocado and house tomato relish.

Cody’s Café | Wyndham Vale VIC

Wyndham Vale locals do not need to travel far from home for a well-priced hearty meal when Cody’s Café is just around the corner. Cody’s range of mouth-watering burgers filled with flavour combinations such as slow cooked brisket and American cheddar are said to hit the spot.


Chophouse Grill's Pulled Pork Burger.

Chophouse Grill | New Lambton NSW 

Situated within West Leagues Club, the newly refurbished Chophouse Grill is a popular addition to the New Lambton dining scene. As the name suggests, meat is the specialty at Chophouse Grill so dive into the Chophouse beef burger – two char-grilled beef patties with bourbon caramelised onions, smoked cheddar cheese, grilled chorizo sausage, Cajun aioli and BBQ sauce in a warm milk bun.

Chef’s Kitchen and Café | St Leonards NSW 

Nestled in among the hustle and bustle of St Leonards, find Chef’s Kitchen & Café just a quick walk away from the train station serving mouth-watering burgers on the Pacific Highway. Experience a taste explosion in a burger like Betty’s Buffalo of southern fried chicken with bacon, house-made coleslaw, blue cheese mayonnaise and house BBQ sauce.

Beers for Burgers

Words by Annabel Rainsford, photography supplied. 

Young Henrys Growler paired with The Astor's burger for Monday's natural brews, blues & bao night. 

As burgers become increasingly elaborate with crazy flavours from around the world, some with unexpected combinations and those that simply throw portion sizes out of the window altogether, it can be hard to know what beverage is best to wash them down with. Surely a burger of epic proportions and tastes need something with a little more kick than a humble can of fizzy drink! Bottled juice probably won’t cut it either, considering there are those who eat out to enjoy a little panache and pizzazz in life. We have the solution – get stuck into your craft beers and find a trendy pick to match your ultimate burger. To learn a little more about some of our favourite craft beers and the changing dynamic of the beverage world, read the words straight from the brewers’ mouths. 

Burleigh Brewing Co.

Based in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, the team behind this brewer have a pretty good idea of the fast-paced palate. With tourists coming and going on the Gold Coast, and with locals constantly in the know for the best cafes and restaurants on the glitter strip, Burleigh Brewing Co ensures a drop to suit any occasion.

“The Australian beer drinking palate is changing, as we have seen in many countries across the globe – with more excellent options to choose from, consumers are becoming braver in adventuring out of the mainstream and trying new styles and flavours.” ~ Chloe Green, Burleigh Brewing Co Marketing Manager.

The brewery does well to cater to such a wide array of preferences, while keeping standards high.

“Here at Burleigh Brewing we have a broad range of craft beers in our core range, as well as a few limited edition releases, to ensure we have a beer (or two) that will appeal to every palate!” ~ Chloe Green.

The company is proud to share that their beers have consistently received Gold Medals at the World Beer Championships, followed by many silvers and a plenitude of national awards. While the brewery offers a taphouse of 12 fresh, cold craft beers poured straight from the source, Burleigh Brewing Co beers can be purchased to take home and enjoy with your burger creations as well as found in many cafes and restaurants around the country for your dining out adventures.

Young Henrys

This Newtown brewery is right on the money with suave Sydneysider’s asking for it by name. Young Henrys has experienced success by evolving with the food trends around Sydney city and Australia, and creates craft beer to follow suit, including decadent burgers.


“The focus on great tasting, fresh ingredients, has changed how people think beer should taste. The variety and choice available means there’s now a beer for everyone.” ~ Andy Miller, Young Henrys Marketing Manager. 


It’s commentary like this that puts burger lovers at ease. With breweries willing to be flexible with their craft by observing the changes and acting on it, there is bound to be a beer for even the wackiest of creations. 


We focus on brewing a core range of beer styles that are balanced and accessible. Then we occasionally experiment with something weird as a limited release to challenge ourselves and some of the more adventurous folk in our community.” ~Andy Miller.  

Hop On Brewery Tours

If you’re tossing up between tasty craft beers to match your next round of sliders, take a day to discover a few more brews that might just swing your vote. Jump on board a Hop on Brewery Tour in South East Queensland and enjoy time spent in cheery company as the designated tour guide introduces you to new flavours produced in the region.

“Australians are following a larger, international trend towards craft beer, but within Australia each region and brewery is bringing something unique to the table.” ~Joslyn Erickson, Hop on Brewery Tours Co-Owner.

The perfect beer and burger pairing is out there, it’s just a matter of discovering it. For those who need a little more help deciding, find tips and guidance from the tour leaders.

“With such a range of flavours that can be extracted in the different styles of beer, food pairings are becoming ever popular… with the general public realising there are more options and variety.” ~Joslyn Erickson.

For more ideas on what beverages to pair your burgers with, head over to our bar section and find boutique brewers here.

Our 5 Favourite Burgers to Make at Home

A working week of hunger busting burgers. 

If you just can’t get enough of gobbling down busty burgers bursting with big flavours, it’s time to take your passion to the home kitchen. Peruse through our list of burger recipes below and find inspiration among a tantalising selection to re-create yourself. Better yet, prepare a party of patties in advance and pack yourself up a burger kit to assemble at work for every day of the week. Come Tuesday, you’ll have everyone asking what’s in your hands and where you got it from, yet you won’t have to share a bite! 


Paprika Chicken and Avocado Burger from Hamburger Gourmet by David Japy, Elodie Rambaud and Victor Garnier.

Opt for chicken and cheese with a gourmet twist in this Tex-Mex style hunger busting burger. Deviate from a classic beef patty with this delectable combination of spiced chicken, gouda, avocado, hot as hot tabasco sauce, guacamole and more.

Eggplant Burgers from The Fitchen by Jordan and Clark.

Go vego! Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. Vegetables can be tasty burger patties too, and often can make for a more economic option than meat. Experiment with eggplant first, before branching out to other options like beetroot and quinoa for example, still loaded with all of your favourite toppings, tangy mustards and sauce.

Blue Cheese and Basil Burger from Hamburger Gourmet by David Japy, Elodie Rambaud and Victor Garnier.

Inspired by flavours of French heritage, fancy up your burger venturing with Bleu d’Auvergne blue cheese and a pinch of basil. Just these two elements alone change the whole burger taste dynamics, so be sure to pair them with top quality mincemeat, and if you can find it, some silky brioche burger buns for an all-encompassing artisan bite.

Big Aussie Beef Burger from Meat by Adrian Richardson.

Consider saving this burger to enjoy for lunch on gym day, pre-packing you with protein from the likes of smoky bacon, lean mince beef and egg – and that’s just in the patty! Load it with more bacon, a fried egg (if you have equipment to do this at work) and then top it all off with your favourite salads, caramelised onion, Dijon mustard and cheese. The last step is finding a way to fit it in your mouth without getting anything on your shirt. Bibs recommended. 

Millet Burgers with Miso and Pumpkin Sauce from Janella’s Wholefood Kitchen by Janella Purcell. 

Go weird and wonderful with these Japanese inspired burgers. No wasabi here - unless you want to add it in of course - but there are plenty of other Japanese-like flavours to love and devour with enthusiasm. Think Japanese pumpkin, miso, everyone’s favourite sake, freshly grated ginger and brown rice that will surely take you on a culinary journey across the seas.  

Shake It Up with Decadent Shakes

Words by Kirsten Kruck. 

“The decadent shakes that you find in this book are the end result of beloved childhood memories, things that we as kids loved to indulge in (sometimes too much).” ~Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad, authors & creators. 


Double Decker, p 45.

Whether it’s a decadent dessert, a show piece for your party (little kids, big kids or grown up kids, yes that means you) or ‘just because,’ Decadent Shakes will inspire you to create your very own masterpiece worth savouring, then devouring. Sibling authors and restaurant entrepreneurs Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad have brought this adorably presented book of their ‘childhood memories in a glass.’  Peruse through pages of elaborate adornments like salty pretzels, Persian fairy floss, Tim Tams, waffles, doughnuts, sour worms, noodles, caramel popcorn and a whole lot more with beautiful photography and easy-to-read decorating tips, so all you need now is an arsenal of incredible ingredients.   

“Have fun at home, go on a shopping frenzy and bring back an array of treats - sweet and savoury - snacks, cake mix, candies, ice creams; you name it and just have a go!” ~ Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad. 

Pash Me, p 18. 

For a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day try Pash Me in the Fruity Fun section, loaded with tropical fruits and edible decorations like passionfruit, fresh berries and mint sprigs and to make this quencher into a frappe just add ice and blend. 

Or perhaps load up on the Double Decker, another delectable offering from the Chocolate Mania section with a mint Golden Gaytime, crunchie chocolate bars, Nutella and a waffle basket with an ingredients and presentation list as long as your arm, but certainly worth the effort. 

Pink Lady, p 69. 

Turn to the Super Sweets and it’s the Pink Lady that oozes strawberry charm and wins the heart with fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, strawberry and cream candies, loaded with pink whipped cream among other delicious sugary ingredients.

 “We hope these shakes also serve as a source of inspiration for your own foodie creativity. They’re a shining symbol of the importance of fun and not taking life too seriously.” ~ Matthew, Sarah and Brendan Aouad. 

Whatever your tastes may be, try your hand at building a super, mega-tower of chocolatey, minty, fruity, creamy treat-laden goodness and create your own memories with family and friends, but be warned, for once opened and taste tested, you may not be able to put this precious little book back in the cupboard.

 Recipes and images provided by Decadent Shakes, published by New Holland Publishers. RRP $26.99, available from all good bookstores or online.  



Burger Business: Best Burgers in Melbourne's West

By Brennan Lukav from Burgers of Melbourne

Footscray locals have welcomed new kids on the block, Burger Business, who are not only impressing loyal guests but burger eaters from far and wide. 


Burger Business' Double Bacon Feast. 

I’ve personally been to Burger Business four times so far and each time has been better than the last. I’ve sampled many of their menu items, from the chocolate milkshakes, chicken burgers and loaded fries to a few different beef burgers and each time, their consistency is on point– with flavour bursting mouthfuls that simply have you craving more. 

There’s really not much I can fault with Burger Business – their patties are soft and juicy, the bacon could be considered the best bacon in Melbourne, their milkshakes are thick and creamy, just like they should be and the service just tops the bun. 

Burger Business' Loaded Fries.

Complete with a courtyard out the back and a liquor license, Burger Business is a great space to have a meal that you know you’re going to enjoy. 

As Footscray continues to grow, it’s great to see new restaurants taking the town by storm and adding to the local economy and culture. 

Burger Business had the courage to open in Footscray where 8Bit has held the title of burger King for some time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Burger Business continues to make waves and takes the reign in the near future. 

Burger Business' Chocolate Milkshake. 

If my opinion from Burgers of Melbourne holds any value, Burger Business is by far the best burger joint in the West and it would be my choice for a burger fix when I’m in the area.

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