Little Chloe

Little Chloe

1810 Malvern Rd Malvern East, VIC 3145

After a long morning of house hunting, K and I dropped by Little Chloe for a welcome break and some lunch. A large, open café with an Asian-inspired menu, it offers some interesting food choices/flavour combinations that we were keen to try.

Chai latte ($4.70) – Calmer Sutra chai concentrate topped with milk and cinnamon powder with a side of honey
Skinny flat white ($3.50)

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Seaside Sandwich Shack


Promenade de la Pantiero, Cannes, France

What better to do on a sunny summer’s day in beautiful Cannes than enjoy a sandwich overlooking the port? That’s what K and I asked ourselves while we visited the city famous for its film festivals and luxurious lifestyle. The answer was: Nothing.


We spotted Philcat while just exploring the city – a little white cabin located right in the middle of the port, quite far removed from most of the high-end shopping and restaurants. They offer a multitude of sandwich options as well as salads and tarts – everything one needs for a great lunch. The owners were absolutely lovely and helped to explain all of the items on the menu, and prepared everything fresh, right in front of us.

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Tuck Shop Take Away

Tuck Shop Take Away

273 Hawthorn Rd Caulfield, VIC 3161

The Melbourne burger scene has been pumping away for a while now and there’s no end in sight, for which I’m very grateful, especially on those Friday nights when I have nothing to eat in the fridge (let’s be honest, that’s every Friday night). One of the heavyweights in this arena is Tuck Shop Take Away, conveniently located in Caulfield and known for its fun thematic take on the classic take-away burger.



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‘Excuse me, are you wanting ze bouillabaisse?’

Les Arcenaulx

Cours Honore d’Estienne d’Orves, 13001 Marseille, France

I’m gonna be honest. I’ve wanted to eat bouillabaisse ever since it was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (let me know if you remember which part!). Therefore, it was a no-brainer that while I was in Marseille, the origin of the bouillabaisse, that I had to give it a try.

For those who may not be Harry Potter fans or French food specialists, bouillabaisse is a fish stew that originated from the area of Provence in France, and more specifically, from the ports of Marseille. It was originally created by the fisherman as a means to use up any bony fish that weren’t sold for the day, as well as other seafood such as shellfish. It was served with a rouille, a garlicky spicy mayonnaise, and pieces of grilled bread. Since then, it’s been adapted into a local specialty, with some of the higher-end restaurants including more expensive varieties of seafood.

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A Gem in Marseille

Chez Ida

7, rue Ferdinand Rey, 13006 Marseille, France

After a long, hot morning of walking around Marseille, lunch at Chez Ida, the top rated restaurant on Tripadvisor, was a no-brainer. It took K and I a little while to find it – located just off the Rue Saint-Pierre, it was much smaller and less crowded than we expected.

Chez Ida
Chez Ida

The waiter and (?) owner of the restaurant was a lovely gentleman who had an incredible passion for food and service. Even though we were one of the few people dining at the time (we soon learnt that the French ate their meals quite late), he was still full of energy and attention to detail, making sure that we understood the ‘formule midi’ – the set price lunch menu depending on the number of courses ordered. K and I decided to go for the 2-course menu for €13 each (a very good price!), opting to share our entrée and dessert.

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