Categories for Cafes

Bite me….

July 10, 2015


Everywhere I look I see a hamburger. Not just an ordinary hamburger, gourmet burgers, gluten free buns, sweet brioche buns, mini buns, wholemeal buns and who can resist the low carb super bun!

Everyone loves a bun… that goes without saying. Now we have meats to match, gluten free, grain fed, organic and to make this even better, a special sauce that goes into the burger and these sauces are more often than not homemade and ‘special’. Today, on social media, I even saw a ‘bread free brekkie burger! Burgers have come a long way. I recently had a pork belly burger. It was outstanding to say the least, it did spill all over me and drip down my sleeves (the special homemade spicy sauce that is) but I was too engrossed to notice until I had finished. That’s what you want in a burger. (more…)

Knowing me, knowing you…

July 2, 2015

Every fortnight we do a brief interview with a staff member from Hotelstaff so you can get to knowJoey Cooney
us a little better!

Our sixth interview for 2015 is:

Joey Cooney, Marketing Manager, Hotelstaff


How long have you worked at Hotelstaff? Just over 3 months.

What did you do before working at Hotelstaff?

I ran my own consultancy business, worked in marketing and have many years experience as a GM in recruitment.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The research component and the great staff in our office.

Describe Melbourne in 3 words? Restaurants, the bay and leafy tree lined streets.

Favourite thing to do in Melbourne? Drink! (that’s what Al said)… it is a good one! I love escaping to the country and the coast and the proximity to do so makes it easy.

What does hospitality mean to you?  Good service, very good wine and great company!

Your greatest new discovery? You can get rid of wrinkles using the iPhoto edit feature in less than a minute. It’s the new botox!

How do you stand out from the crowd? My dancing style has certainly caught the attention of a few.

You can find out more about Joey here:

Move over green smoothies, bone broth has arrived!

June 25, 2015

bone broth

Having been a chef for over 15 years in many upmarket dining establishments, Beef stock is not a foreign ingredient to me. In the early days of my apprenticeship, one of the fundamental skills was the technique and end-product upon which almost every other aspect of French cuisine rests: stock. The French are masters at wringing every bit of flavour out of an animal, right down to the bone.

Stock has gained quite a lot of mystery over the years. Many people are under the impression that stocks are difficult to make. This is not the case. They are time consuming, but only for the stove. Many stocks are born in the wee hours of the night: the last cook out the door makes sure that the liquid is at a perfect, very slow simmer, and then the stock is left to itself until the next day.

I have recently come across a little “healthy café,” and I had just discovered one of Melbourne’s newest food fads, Bone Broth! Yes the fad for 2015 is broth out of a polystyrene cup, 180ml to set you back $9.00! The queue was enormous, a line of people eager to get there morning fix of broth. (more…)

A holiday review…

April 30, 2015

Rickys Noosa
A holiday review…..

We recently visited Noosa for a week as a family. We had such a wonderful time and experienced Noosa in a different light than we usually have. This time we took a 3 and a 4 year old!

My husband and I are foodies. We love food, we love all kinds of food and when on holidays, any notion of being healthy or trying to ‘slim’ down goes out the window the minute we enter the doors of the airport (prior to departure!)

We have instilled this ‘foodie’ obsession into our kids. We want them to try new things, eat well and understand the culture of hospitality and possibly even being able to sit down and consume their entire meal rather than borking at it, throwing it, spilling it, screaming that it is too hot, or boring!

You go through stages taking your kids out to dinner to even to a friend’s house for the infamous ‘kids dinner’. We did this for a while and then stopped! When on holidays, everything is supposed to be easier, you have time. You want to visit certain places and have genuine experiences.   (more…)