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I warned you we'd be back!
Sun 28th Jun, 2009 - by Lachie
 
Presenting Podcast Number 16

I think it's been about four weeks since our last podcast, but we're back once again in Dave's kitchen. And boy did he pull out all the stops for this one. So download the most recent podcast and listen carefully to find the full answers to the following questions:

- How did Dave alter the menu to convince Sarah to come along?
- What new discovery may cost Lachie hundreds of dollars?
- Is Polish wedding sausage as rude as it sounds?
- Is it reasonable to refer to a restaurant as groin-grabbingly transcendent?

Anyway, we had a hell of a lot of fun with this one, I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. Also, here is a few references mentioned during the podcast itself:



Tomato - Ed Charles' blog
Hanging Rock Winery
Tahbilk Winery
Taste of Melbourne

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What a day.
Sun 21st Jun, 2009 - by Lachie
  A lesson in how to treat your customers
From Hanging Rock Winery

I'm going to have to get this out of the way up front. This is NOT a paid advertisement for Hanging Rock Winery. Or even an unpaid advertisement. This is simply my honest opinion on a winery that I've grown to know and love over the course of a few years

Today was the annual Hanging Rock winery winter lunch. Dave and Alicia joined Sarah and I (along with a few other friends and relatives) and made our way to the Melbourne Aquarium where this years lunch was held, it's previously been in Jeff's shed across the Yarra. I guess they like the Yarra, this years room also overlooked our beloved brown river.

After looking at fish for about an hour (we turned up early as our ticket also gave us entry to the aquarium itself), we entered the lunch and was greeted with a glass (or two) of Sparkling Rose. A rare rose that can be enjoyed on a cool day on its own, or paired with a hors d'ouveres as it was today.

Following this was entree (mushroom risotto) paired with a 2008 JimJim Sav Blanc (surprisingly good), and a 2008 "RS Fifty" Riesling (meh, well...less than meh, ask Dave what RS stands for). Then the announcement of the door prize (one per table, not us) and the beginning of the annual quiz. We've never done particularly badly, but never won either. Most questions are questions that only someone connected to the winery could possibly know. Luckily, Andrew was on our table. This would be the same Andrew who is Cellar door and events manager for Hanging Rock winery.
We won this year.

Main followed (an interpretation of Osso Bucco), accompanied by the 06 Odd One Out Cabernet (good) and the 05 Colbinabbin Estate Petit Verdot (VERY good). Odd One Out is Hanging Rock's new(ish) everyday drinking range, launched at last years winter wine lunch. Cheese followed, with the 05 Cambrian Rise shiraz, 06 Heathcote Shiraz and the 01 Heathcote Shiraz. The Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz is their flagship, along with their sparkling, and both are amongst my favourite wines. I actually wish they'd brought it out earlier, before I'd had about 6 other glasses.

The only other thing left to mention was the annual Mystery Wine (which did come well before we'd had too much wine to taste it). A blind tasting with questions asked of the tasters until only one (or two or three) remain. Sarah did the table proud, coming extremely close to winning but stumbling at the final hurdle. For those of you playing at home the wine itself was an 03 Rogues Lane Heathcote Shiraz Malbec, a hell of a lot of tannins and needs a good few years cellaring before drinking, but an interesting experiment.

So there you have it. The winter wine lunch. Hanging Rock know that the people in this room spend an awful lot of money on their wines, and they reward them accordingly. So, holding up my end of the bargain, I suggest heading down to Hanging Rock, or looking them up, or finding any other way to buy their wine. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


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You call that a burger? THIS is a burger!
Wed 17th Jun, 2009 - by Lachie
 

This afternoon my Dad and I met up for lunch at Crown casino. Now, I haven't eaten down at Crown before (unless you count the food court from my undergraduate days) so this was a new experience. And we were down there for one reason alone:

The Wagyu burger at Rockpool Bar And Grill.

Or, to give its full title: David Blackmore's Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger with Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle.

Wow. This burger has been written about several times across the web and media, and has been called the best burger in Melbourne. I would like to add my vote into the "YES" column if anyone ever takes a poll, it is by far the best that I have ever eaten. This thing is simply amazing.

The Wagyu used, which I assumed would be wasted on such a dish, gives the burger an amazing beef flavour. This may not seem like a surprise, until you taste it and realise that no other beef burger you have ever eaten has actually tasted of beef. The bun, bacon, cheese, pickle, and fantastic red onion sauce, are all definitely present. But the beef rules. As it should.

I'm not going to write a full review, as I was only there for a quick (long) lunch. I will say this though, a burger from my local f&c place will never taste the same.


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What are you (not) drinking?
Fri 12th Jun, 2009 - by Lachie
 

Apparently there's some sort of Global Financial Crisis going on. It seems that this GFC is such a big deal that it even gets its own acronym. So far GourmetHusbands.com has been lucky enough not to be particularly affected by the GFC, apart from the $900 that Kevin "Fair shake of the old sauce bottle" Rudd deemed appropriate to provide us in order to keep the economy ticking over. We begrudgingly obliged by investing in the local food and wine industry. As I sat at my computer, pouring myself another glass of financial stimulation, the thought occurred: What if this whole GFC thing gets worse before it gets better? How would we survive if we lost our incomes? How would we pay the rent? the bills? But most importantly, what would we drink?

After doing a little research, there are some things we could perhaps cross off. There are a lot of ridiculously expensive bottles of wine out there. And I'm not talking of your $800 ridiculous, I'm talking $160,000 ridiculous. To be fair, the bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite sold at auction in 1985 for that amount belonged to Thomas Jefferson (who by all accounts had an awesome cellar), and certainly doesn't qualify as wine any more. It's vinegar. But it's vinegar that belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

Of more interest to your average run-of-the-mill billionaire is the 1907 Heidsieck champagne. Retailing for $33,000 a bottle, this champagne was being transported to the Russian imperial family in 1916 when the ship it was stowed on was sunk by a German U-boat. Fortuitously, the atmospheric conditions at the bottom of the ocean proved an ideal cellar, and from what I can tell it's still drinking well, if somewhat out of my price range.

What about beers? Surely beer will always remain a reasonably priced alternative? Well, not necessarily. Vielle Bon Secours retails around $1,000 a bottle and can only be found in a single bar in London (the Bierdrome if you have a lazy thousand to spend on a beer).

As for spirits, there's the $1 million Diva triple distilled vodka, which is allegedly passed through a sand of crushed diamonds and comes in a bottle containing other precious stones. Or the $54,000 1926 Macallan scotch. Or for pure, mind-bogglingly obscene luxury there is the $2 million Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac. 100 years in barrel, the bottle is 24k gold and platinum and contains 6,500 diamonds.

So seriously, what are we drinking? Well, Forbes #334 billionaire Gordon Getty apparently spends $25-$30 a bottle. That sounds a particularly reasonable thing to do (although I often spend considerably less). Although if you're just drinking to drown your sorrows due to the GFC, you may want to track down a bottle of Everclear grain spirit (95% alcohol).

So what are you drinking in these tough financial times?


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Syracuse review, new comments format
Thu 11th Jun, 2009 - by Dave.
  I've finally put up a review of Syracuse, a wonderful little bar/restaurant in the CBD, well known to many who work in the area. I even visited twice, so the ethics people won't get grouchy with me. (OK, fine, that was coincidental!)

The reason it's taken so long, of course (aside from my being rather slack) is that I've been working on implementing our new comments system. Since the forums weren't really working, we've gone with a more well-known blog-style feedback system, so you can comment and/or rant with ease after each post. More to come soon...

-Dave.
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A mild disappointment.
Tue 2nd Jun, 2009 - by Lachie
 

Ok. A mild disappointment may be an understatement. A collective cry has gone up all over cyberspace. Heard in every tweet, facebook status and email around the globe. Gourmet Husbands will not be doing another podcast.

For a few weeks.

We promise we'll be back, and with plenty to talk about. Dave and Alicia are off to Sydney to sample some of the cuisine of the emerald city (why is it called that?), there's a wine related event or two, and the odd change to this very website.

But in the interim we'll also try and get a few more restaurant reviews and recipes up. Beginning with
Sarti
A one-hatted Italian restaurant in Russel Place, just off Little Collins (next to Gin Palace). The food was excellent, the rest....well.... maybe just read the review.


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