About Me

It all started..

On Facebook; of all places. I always enjoyed eating out, but after several horrendous experiences I thought to myself: Why wasn’t I warned? I started posting photos, check-ins and general thoughts. After thinking to myself: ‘Sh*t, the last thing I want people to think is that I’m boasting’ I moved on to twitter, where it is more socially acceptable to post experiences without looking like a douche. Being involved on a daily basis in wine (I’m five days in retail and one day out on the road selling wine) it wasn’t long before my tweets began to gravitate around not only the food aspect, but what I was drinking at the time also.

However, it wasn’t until at a wine dinner when I was chatting to Jane Faulkner when she responded after a lengthy talk about some recent dining experiences “Why don’t you do this professionally?” I thought well maybe not to that extent, but I’d certainly like a place to air my thoughts out to a not-so-specific audience. Taking inspiration from my favourite blog in cyberspace DoBianchi where author Jeremy Parzen takes a similar approach, I set out to see just what it is people like to read.

Furthermore, I’m fortunate enough to get to travel off-shore a couple of times a year; and people are always asking both myself and brother AD where the best places are to eat, drink and sleep. So, what better way to collate all this information than in a blog, where you are not restricted to 140 characters.

So, with this  commences mangiabeve. Enjoy the read.


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  2. Hey Stef
    Didn’t realise this was you but my comment stands;)
    And for you of all people to say that vintage changes are your pet peeve-c’mon man we love small volumes of wine and want restaurants and retailers and wholesalers for that matter to buy wine regardless of whether supply is guaranteed for a period of time. Be happy that Kew has a new place with good food and interesting wines-go back and support them and be gracious and thankful and charming-you will undoubtedly have a better time! Restaurants are tough businesses and bloody hard to make a dollar out of and anyone who risks their capital in one deserves some encouragement especially if they are trying for quality. And no we moved back to Melbourne a few years ago. And the only other comments I have ever posted on blogs were in response to your mate Sharky’s poor form reports on Virginia Plain and Acland St Cantina.

    • Haha all good Sean, I figured you probably didn’t realise that’s why I snuck the cheeky comment in to make you think 😉

      I understand your comments about vintage changes, but c’mon Sean when wines by the glass are the wrong vintage (in this case it didn’t matter, but can you imagine if I ordered an 08 vic pinot and was brought an 09) and you don’t even get to see the bottle you would be none the wiser. That’s not fair to the consumer. In my case, yes it was a big deal because the bottle was brought out opened! Too bad if I didn’t want it, because he just poured it out didn’t even get to try it! My comments weren’t directed at when a wine changes vintage, yes wines are not infinite (If they were we would sit on Hoddles ’12s until the end of time :))

      Yes I understand your point about negativity; it’s a point I make which is why over the course of the last year I had some absolute shockers, just didn’t blog about them because as you say it’s a tough time out there. In this case I felt almost robbed, comically, and the rubber band in the chicken was the icing on the cake! Not everyone wants to read rosy reviews 100% of the time so it’s good to be honest. I love local business in Kew, but I think if I’m going to be spending the sort of money I spent there, there’s other placed i’d probably go.\\

      I actually found Sharky’s blog for the first time yesterday while looking for reviews on Acland St Cantina, and it pissed me off to see people’s reactions when somebody gives a less than favourable review. Just like a wine is opinionated on a yearly basis, a restaurant should not be immune to negativity – it should embrace it.

  3. Hey Mangiabeve & Sean

    Great to have you stumble onto the blog. Like you – I don’t go out in search of horrible experiences to drop money on. Should they occur to the extent that they need to be called out – so be it. We state the facts, have photographs to back us up and say that this was one single experience on one occasions and people should judge for themselves as we have.

    Unfortunately as a few have tried to counter – all visits are done out of our own pocket so there is no point to go back 2 or 3 times more to see if anything has changed. Punters vote with their feet after a single visit – and so do I. If I was commissioned to review for the GFG and was reimbursed then that would be a different story.

    Mangiabeve – you summed it up perfectly above. Love your work and keep fighting the good fight!


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