Culinary Cow

Culinary Cow is a food subscription service which provides exact amounts of fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients that are delivered straight to your door.  

Growing up in Tasmania, owner and creator of Culinary Cow, Alex Cowles has always enjoyed a passion for sustainable, delicious, simple and easy food. This passion (and a relocation to Melbourne) lead to the creation of Culinary Cow, which has recently opened after roughly 18 months of blood, sweat and tears.

The service is completely a la carte, giving the customer far more variety and flexibility. All you do is select the meals you are interested in and have the ingredients and recipes delivered straight to your door.

We loved having the full culinary experience while enjoying the quirkiness and fun in creating our own meals. 
We particularly enjoyed our Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Prosciutto which was very easy to make and simply delicious. The convenience of having each item perfectly portioned meant that there was no waste and it was incredibly easy to assemble.

This "no waste" benefit from the Culinary Cow service sets it apart, in line with their commitment to a long-term sustainable approach as people only order what they want and get what they need. 

Their commitment to sustainability also extends through their packaging. The guys have created a short-term cool box using ice packs and air compression bags in cardboard boxes. Where others are using polystyrene, Culinary Cow uses recyclable brown cardboard boxes.

There is also a wine pairing option with each meal. This idea is soon to be transformed into customers being able to purchase specific wines to be delivered with their recipes.   
Their long-term aim is to grow their sustainability approach to product sourcing and to start the process they have even curated their own herb garden and plan on growing that to a vegie patch and then more.

Find out more about Culinary Cow here.

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Culinary Cow.

Proper & Son

Proper & Son is the new kid on the South Melbourne market block.
Possessing an eclectic familial charm, the café boasts a contemporary fit out of wooden furnishings, ceiling suspended lighting and an open kitchen where diners are able to peer in and be fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. The result is an inspired, modern vibe.
Proper & Son is an establishment that proudly pays homage to quality Australian produce, as is successfully reflected in its dishes. Being based in South Melbourne Market, the menu lends itself to being created using the best ingredients available from the market.
Proper & Son delivers quality Toby’s Estate coffee to the public poured by adept baristas.
Salmon and leek squeak

The salmon and leek squeak was lovely.  The smoked salmon was fresh, the leek squeak was beautifully flavoured and the egg was perfectly poached.
Lamb shoulder, freekeh

We shared a salad of lamb shoulder and freekeh which was a medley of enlivening flavours and textures.
Field mushroom, haloumi and romesco roll

The field mushroom, haloumi and romesco roll was a stand out. Sandwiched between thick slices of toasted brioche were plump beautifully roasted mushrooms, crisp salty haloumi which matched beautifully with the romesco. Abundantly flavoursome and fresh, it was a triumph.
Proper & Son has succeeded in crafting a convivial atmosphere in which to enjoy a lazy brunch. The menu is delicious and caters for all kinds of appetites while the staff are friendly and affable.

Location: 13/322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9699 7057
Cuisine: Modern Australian, Healthy Food, Cafe

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of South Melbourne Market.

Dear Liza

Dear Liza is a relatively new eatery on St Kilda Road demonstrating a unique dining experience that has left customers wanting more. 
Owner, Rochelle, makes a conscious effort to accommodate for a range of customers’ needs and aims to deliver a welcoming and friendly experience for anyone who walks through the door. 
The restaurant operates as a cafe by day with lighter options. By night, the restaurant specialises in ribs, seafood and salads with plenty of Build Your Own options.
Edamame: Chilli salt; Bacon; Lime zest and cracked pepper

Everything is made in house by a passionate team that aim to produce the highest quality of food coupled with exceptional service.
Grain & Seed Salad

The Grain & Seed Salad was an enlivening salad of quinoa, pomegranate seeds, slivered almonds, celery, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, spring onion, feta, basil, mint and coriander was brought together with an OJ vinaigrette, the salad was a medley of exciting flavours and textures which will appeal to even the most carnivorous individuals.
Moreton bay bugs with garlic, chilli, parsley, lemon, crusty bread

The Moreton Bay bugs were stunning and cooked to perfection. The lemon beurre blanc with confit garlic accompanied the sweet Moreton Bay bugs perfectly resulting in a dish that was flavoursome, rich and complex.
Char-grilled smoky beef ribs

The beef ribs were tender, falling off the bone, juicy and packed with flavour. We loved the smoky flavour imparted.
Churros, Barbecued banana, 2 x char-grilled pineapple skewer, both dipping sauces and your choice of 1 serve of ice cream

A playful dessert platter concluded our evening. The churros were of particular note. Moist and light on the inside with a crispy exterior, we enjoyed dipping them in the 3 different dipping sauces before eating each bite with a mouthful of house made salted caramel ice cream.  
With good food, exceptional service and a touch of charm, Dear Liza ticks all the boxes and is more than capable of providing each diner with a memorable dining experience. 

Location: 181 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, 
Phone: 03 9534 5492
Cuisine: Seafood, Healthy Food, Sandwiches

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Dear Liza.