The Seaweed Sheet Challenge

The Seaweed Sheet Challenge

How many seaweed sheets can you fit in your mouth?

How many sheets of Sushi Seaweed (nori) can you fit in your mouth?

That’s probably not a question you ask yourself on a regular basis, but to save scratching your head for weeks about it, my pal Lorrae and I decided to answer it for you.

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Eat like a Viking at Mjolner Melbourne

Eat like a Viking at Mjolner Melbourne

Mjolner Horn Cup Melbourne

I entered the heavy wooden carved door of Mjolner on Harware St in Melbourne, knowing very little. Armed only with the knowledge that this was a “Viking” inspired restaurant, specifically centred around the story of Thor, the god of thunder and his desire to create a dining hall that would allay the feelings of homesickness from Valhalla.

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Northern Git delivers an offal night to remember.

Northern Git delivers an offal night to remember.

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Head Chef Michael Slade, really knows his way around the innards of an animal.

It isn’t a big deal to eat offal in a lot of cultures.

Whilst the “nose to tail” food movement might be a trendy sustainability move for a lot of Aussie meat eaters, it’s merely a way of life for many people.

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The Melbourne Chilli Eating Challenge – A spectacle of insanity.

The Melbourne Chilli Eating Challenge – A spectacle of insanity.

Melbourne Chilli Eating Championships at the B.East

What is it about watching people inflict pain upon themselves that we sometimes find so fascinating, nay… entertaining?

I believe that a healthy percentage of people who follow my silly antics do so because they enjoy seeing someone else try something they wouldn’t dare. Perhaps a mixture of schadenfreude and a morbid curiosity?

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Hide and Seek Championships – Yes it’s a real thing.

Hide and Seek Championships – Yes it’s a real thing.

Nascondino World Hide and Seek Championships

Where the heck do I start with this story?

I’m sitting in a cafe in Milano, Italy wondering how on earth I’m going to process the fact that I just competed with the first Australian team ever, in the World Hide and Seek ChampionshipsThe Nascondinos”, set near the ghost town of Consonno, Northern Italy.

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Nem Nuong… Nom nom nom

Nem Nuong… Nom nom nom

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An excellent recommendation from our guide in Dalat was to try “Nem Nuong”…

A do it yourself type arrangement, Nem Nuong is served as BBQ pork strips with crispy pork skin, pickled salad veggies, Vietnamese herbs (mint, coriander etc), garlic and red onions and rice paper.

You basically throw all the ingredients into the rice paper, constructing them into hand rolls yourself, then dip them into a satay style sauce.

A great blend of tastes, and judging how busy the restaurant was at 4pm in low season it’s quite a popular dish!

Next challenge is to find some in Melbourne or move to Dalat

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