A Few Facts about Fake Meat.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and that is how fake meat should be viewed, not as a threat to beef producers but a sincere endorsement of the extreme desirability of beef, the prince of meats. What a great idea to allow vegetarians, vegans, Hindus and others who can’t eat beef for one reason…

$1000 Steak.

What are the chances of a butcher making a video of himself carving a piece of steak generating so much interest that it would go viral on Instagram with 10 million views? This is the incredible achievement by Nusret Gokce, a flamboyant Turkish butcher and restaurant entrepreneur with a flair for theatrics and a chain…

Deja vu at Vlado’s

In 1978 I was a recently graduated veterinarian working in country Victoria. I came to Melbourne occasionally and on one memorable visit, my girlfriend suggested that we go to a well known steak restaurant called Vlado’s. The meal was wonderful, and the experience has stayed very firmly in my memory ever since. I left to…

Aussie Meat Pies – in Jakarta.

I have been a major fan of Australian meat pies since I was a small boy.  From school lunches, to party pies at social functions, to a half-time treat at the football, a pie with tomato sauce is one of my most favourite foods.  I have probably been eating pies at an average of about…

In search of the Best Steak in Bali.

A major travel blog recently crowned Bali as the world’s number one beach resort, and Indonesia (a proxy for Bali) remains among the most popular overseas travel destinations for Australians. Having lived in Bali now for about 10 months I disagree with the view that Bali is simply a “beach resort”.  In my view, Bali…