Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas cheer

With Christmas on it's way, it's good to know there are places to buy 'special occasion' food as I call it.  We had friends recently house-sit who are ex-pats now living in Papua New Guinea and I think they went on a food orgy at Leo's in Heidelberg most of the time they were here.

We usually get our ham there every Christmas and they stock an amazing array of food from other cultures as well as goods from smaller, boutique producers.  Our new neighbours have asked us about recommending a good butcher (I do miss the organic butcher who used to be in Greville Road Rosanna - apparently he's moved to one of the gourmet supermarkets on Station Street in Fairfield).  My foodie brother-in-law once cooked the best roast beef I've ever had, which came from Jonathon's in Collingwood.  Closer to home, the Eaglemont Meats butcher is more affordable and smokes his own meat.  He also sells fish on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.  Mr Rosanna and I occasionally buy seafood from Fishi Business (near Coles) at Ivanhoe Plaza who are also pretty good but again, not cheap.
Leo's Fine Food & Wine Heidelberg image via  www.lemaxgroup.com.au
At the other end of the spectrum, I know some people who are madly trying to get into shape with summer on the horizon.  A few of the them have signed up for classes (which include a personal training session) at Snap Fitness 24 hour gym on Burgundy Street in Heidelberg.  I've also noticed a new personal training studio SuperHealth Fitness which has recently opened (along with a new hairdresser) at the Station Road shops in Rosanna.  A Slice of Europe continental delicatessen on Station Road is also a goodie - their cheeses in particular.

Speaking of cheeses - two gourmet cheeses which are both available from Leo's were mentioned in today's Epicure - a French cheese Brillat-Severin triple cream (sounds decadent) recommended by Will Studd as well as the Jindi Old Telegraph Road Fire Engine Red, which apparently goes down well with a Belgian strong, dark ale.  Here's to Christmas!

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