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S TATE EDITION Vol 46 No 1551 SERVING VICTORIA SINCE 1969

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Melbourne Observer Advertising Press+Online+Google+SocialMedia+Editorial Advertisers’ Index References to ‘Trader’ denote the 32-page liftout in this edition All 4 Paws & Claws Resort ....... Trader P23 Maroondah Sports Club ........... Trader P21 Australian Greyhound Products ......... Page 39 Mattresses Galore ..................... Trader P12 Azalea Cottage ................................... Page 31 MCVilly Timber .......................... Trader P24 Barry MCVilly Pty Ltd ................ Trader P24 The Batch B&B ................................... Page 31 Mermaid Beach Park View ............... Page 25 Beach Street Apartments ........... Trader P8 Metro Cinemas Boronia .............. Page 55 Braemac Energy ....................... Trader P19 Michael’s Trailers ...................... Trader P9 Burong Equestrian Centre ............ Trader P29 Open Nutrition .................................. Page 25 Candalbyn Rocky Mountain Horses .. Page 51 Patriot Campers ............................... Page 54 Chrla-J Antiques ................................ Page 25 Pelican Motor Inn .............................. Page 28 CMS International (Autosol) ..... Trader P13 Combined Home Care ......................... Page 27 Play DVDs/Rare Music ............... Trader P10 Coolum Baywatch Resort ......... Trader P18 Productive Gardens ................. Trader P15 Darwin’s Barra Base ..................... Page 2 Rangeview Seeds ................................ Page 34 Dr Show ............................................. Page 53 Robinvale Wines ...................... Trader P11 E-Cell ........................................ Trader P12 Run On Sun Australia ......................... Page 23 Eastern Mobility Scooter Rentals ..... Page 26 Quest Consulting Group .................... Page 27 Echo 4x4 ................................. Trader P25 Elm Cottage Trust .............................. Page 33 Scootersmart .......................... Trader P14 Entertainment Australia ............ Trader P5 Sea Change Safety Cove ............ Page 56 Equisent ............................................. Page 25 SGI Consulting Group ................ Trader P22 Formula Ford Experience Aust. .... Trader P32 Shop Inside .............................. Trader P7 Forster Holidays ................................ Page 31 Skenes Creek Beachfront Gilmour’s Comfort Shoes ............. Trader P25 Caravan Park ............................... Page 33 Golden Days Radio .................... Trader P16 Spirit Australia Cruises ...................... Page 6 Grosvenor In Cairns .................. Trader P3 Gutzbusta ....................................Trader P28 Tilco ......................................... Trader P20 Heritage Lakes ................................... Page 34 Tribute Funeral Services ........... Trader P6 Hygeia ................................................ Page 23 Tunit Australia .......................... Trader P17 Ivanhoe Cycles .................................... Page 5 Waverley Medical Centre ................... Page 27 Jenny Pihan Fine Art ................... Trader P30 K & J Woolley’s Plumbing ......... Trader P4 Kilkivan Bush Camping ...................... Page 31 The Limbada Group ............................. Page 27 Yogaplex ............................................ Page 23 Mandalay Apartments .................... Trader P27 Zebu D ................................................. Page 52

Our advertisers are making news The Adventures Pet Friendly of Barry MCVilly Accommodation ■ If you are travelling and loking for Pet Friendly Accommodation, the Melbourne Observer this week presents a selection of properties on the East Coast. They are eager to welcome you: ■ Azalea Cottage ■ The Batch B&B ■ Elm Cottage Tumt ■ Forster Holidays ■ Kilkivan Bush Camping ■ Skenes Creek Beachfront Caravan Park Turn to Pages 31 and 33 for details.

■ Members of the Italian community honoured Barry MCVilly and Charlotte Blakeley with a special dinner in Melbourne last week. Dominic, Angelo, Mick, Pasquale, Mario, Casino and Sam each presented a dish of wild boar to the table, with Mario presenting the selection of sweets. The table featured spare ribs, steaks and salamis that would easily compete with the dishes on My Kitchen Rules or MasterChef. There was lively discussion, with festivities ending at about 2.30am. ■ Barry MCVilly is preparing for hunts in New South Wales, as well as having organised a number of hunts in New Caledonia for young up-and-coming Australian hunters. There are ■ The Melbourne Observer is pleased to 21 hunts organised for the wilds of New South present its popular Highly Recommended se- Wales. ries with advertisers including: It looks as though a 2014 trip to the United States is on the cards for Barry. His usual ■ Australian Greyhound Products anual itinerary for hunts includes Africa. ■ Charla-J Antiques ■ Combined Home Care ■ Equisent ■ Hygeia ■ The Limbada Group ■ Mermaid Beach Park View ■ Open Nutrition ■ Quest Consulting Group ■ Run On Sun Australia ■ Waverley Medical Centre ■ Yering Meadows ■ Yogaplex For more information about these companies, please turn to Pages 23, 25 and 27. ● Barry MCVilly

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Mark Richardson ♥ Straight from the heart

E-Mail: mark@localmedia.com.au

Melbourne’s cultural flavours delight ■ Being the predominant cook in our home, I am always on the lookout to create something different to tantalise our children's taste buds; whilst providing the essential nutrients ideal for their growing bodies with visual appeal that fits within our weekly budget. While watching Channel 7's My Kitchen Rules as I cook, I have lifted my game by stepping out of our children's dinner-time comfort zone (and mine), opting to prepare mains such as 'Sous Vide Scotch Fillet with Glazed Carrots, Potato Purée and Mushroom Jus' (thanks for the recipe Josh and Danielle) instead my mundane Wednesday meat and three vegetables for example. Although the two program judges - Manu Feildel and Pete Evans are not guests at our dinner table (phew!), I am scoring high with our children by opting to introduce a variety of multicultural cuisines - at least twice a week. Through researching various websites for ideas and new recipes, I stumbled across Melbourne's Foodie Trails, where on foot, I can explore and taste authentic flavours, experience different cultures and learn more about regions of other countries such as India, Turkey and Africa - right here in Melbourne. With Melbourne being considered to be Australia's most culturally diverse city with our population made up of individuals from more than 140 nations with traditional food eateries from Indian to Italian, Greek to Mexican, Turkish to Asian and everything in between, I couldn't wait to book a personal four-hour tour in Dandenong to experience 'Little India' located in Foster St. I joined founder and tour guide Indian-born Himanshi M Luhar who explained on her Foodie Porch that her cultural food tours are ideal for people like me, who are curious about different international foods but unsure of what to order when wanting to try new cuisine around Melbourne. What inspired you to create Foodie Tours around Melbourne four years ago? It began when I was thinking of interesting ways of showcasing our International Masala Trails tours. I wanted to offer people a glimpse of what the vastness of Indian cuisine is and the flavours that come together across the country. I started by inviting people to come and experience Indian food with me. Word quickly spread and that led to a demand for

Foodie Porch Thoughts

people wanting to bring friends along. It grew from there and became a business. Why are you so passionate about food? I come from a family who love food. My mother was always re-creating things we'd eat at restaurants at home when we were kids. My older sister, Rushina Ghildiyal, is the author of a cook book titled A Pinch Of This, A Handful Of That and runs her own cook studio in Mumbai. My brother and I were the avid eaters and my younger sister took after my mum in the baking section. After moving to Melbourne 10 years ago I had to re-create my family meals myself. I started taking cooking seriously. Now I cook and teach people how to cook with my family's passion for food. Who enjoys Foodie Trails around Melbourne? Foodie Trials are for ideal for anyone slightly adventurous and curious about international food. It's a great way to learn about different cultures and cuisines in Melbourne and makes anyone more confident to try new flavours and traditional restaurants. We've even celebrated birthdays, reunions and ladies lunches as part of our tour service. What suburbs around Melbourne do Foodie Trails explore? We're in 'Little India' located in Dandenong for our Indian Gourmet Masala Trail today. We also offer a similar Indian trail in Melbourne's CBD. The African community and culture is based in Footscray and our Turkish trails are conducted along the streets of Brunswick. How many tours do you conduct a year? We run four tours per month and 2-3 cooking classes per month. This number is steadily growing which is pleasing, as Melburnians have a de-

sire to experience new dishes and also learn how to prepare many international cuisines for family meals and their special occasions. We cater up to 12 people per tour. So, what will we experience on the Masala Tour in Little India in Dandenong? We will be walking through the streets that are similar to walking through a market in India. You will experience strong fragrances of fresh food, enjoy the background Bollywood music and see the beautifully made up windows dressed with Indian outfits and colourful hand embroidered fabrics and jewellery. Our aim is to transport guests to India by learning about the history of India, the types of traditional food and spices found in India's different regions, enjoy an authentic morning tea with a history lesson, meet local members of Melbourne's Indian community, visit grocery markets and learn to try on cultural clothing before experiencing a beautiful three-course Indian lunch. All Foodie Trails are different but run to a similar format. What typically happens at one of your cooking classes?

● Himanshi Luhar Our cooking classes are handson and plenty of fun. The cooking is done in a small group environment as it would be at home with everyone help ing out. We prepare a three= course meal and provide tips and tricks for understanding of how to achieve the authentic flavours of other cultures. Who attends your overseas tours? Our overseas tours are generally attended by all food lovers whom have a keen interest of travelling overseas to experience a unique cultural and local journey by being involved with community members, work on projects and attend events in places that are not generally promoted. Our international tours are not just sightseeing tours. You will be hosting your 'Enchanting India with Himanshi Luhar 12- day tour in January 2015. What will guests experience on this food tour and trail? This is where I will be showing everyone "my" India - where I grew up, travelling through Delhi, AR Garah. I grew up in a boarding school in Rajasthan, so we will explore that way of life in depth before travelling to Mumbai, which is also

known Bollywood Town. My uncle is a Bollywood film producer. Tour guests will really get to explore the nightlife and discover the interesting facets of the different faces of Mumbai, and for those travelling who are a little more adventurous; we're added on a big fat Indian wedding at the end the trip. The population of India is 1.2 billion people. Is the bride and groom any relation of your perhaps? Yes, it's my cousin's wedding so I've got permission to invite a few people from my tour to experience a traditional Indian wedding and join in those celebrations. It will be an unforgettable experience. What is your Porch Thought for the Day? "My happy times started around a table with a bowl full of food." - Mark Richardson ● For more information about upcoming Foodie Trails in Melbourne, cooking classes or to download a selection recipes along with more details about the 12 day 'Enchanting India with Himanshi Luhar ' tour in January 2015 visit www.foodietrails.com.au


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