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Top Aussie Online Resources for Foodies

2009 July 31

Inspired by Mashable’s list, I had to do an Australian version. Now this isn’t “social media resources” like the original list, as there aren’t really any Aussie specific tools of that nature, but if you know of any, let me know….. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment!

online shoppingBuying Food

Buying food online is not something that we rely on in Australia, but when it comes to specialty ingredients it is often necessary, especially if you don’t live in the city. Even if you do live in the city, it can often be hard to get hold of certain items at a reasonable price. Accessories/kitchenware and appliances are also included!

Simon Johnson
Although pricey, Simon Johnson mail orders, and you can get the most gorgeous chocolate (he’s the distributor for Valrhona in Australia), biscuits, truffles, as well as some fantastic and hard to get home and kitchen ware from overseas.
If you’re able to attend one of his yearly sales, you can bag yourself an absolute bargain on many luxury ingredients. Check out Helen’s post from earlier this year on her booty!

Herbie’s Spices
“You want what?” *sigh* “Grains of Paradise” “What!? I’ve never heard of it” But Ian “Herbie” Hemphill has, and I bet he has it too! That and every other herb and spice you can think of. His one stop online shop is guaranteed to have that missing ingredient that you’re looking for.

Australian Farmers Market Association
Farmers markets have exploded in popularity in the last few years giving us direct access to some of the freshest and best seasonal produce around as well as giving specialist producers of goods like jams/bread/cakes/cheese etc the exposure and an alternative means of distribution. (not technically an online shop, but directory of markets across Australia)

Peters of Kensington
Where would we be without them? The ultimate for kitchenware/bakeware/tablewear as well as small appliances and an awesome place to buy gifts.

Everton Online
According to @BigB3n “Everten online is really good, well packed etc even for knives and I hardly see them beaten on price either. Owns Peters of Kensington’s ass everytime!”

Gourmet Shopper as suggested by @fionalaughton

Preparing FoodCooking Food

People seem to be cooking more, or at least talking about cooking more. So where do we go when we need inspiration for a sumptuous feast or a quick weeknight meal?
Agreggating recipes from some of the most popular cooking magazines in Australia including Delicious, Good Taste and Vogue Entertaining & Travel

Australian Gourmet Traveller
With recipes from the best chefs in Australia and around the world, AGT is the destination for dinner party ideas.
The newcomer on the scene, is the Aus/NZ cousin of the allrecipes behemoth

Australian Womens Weekly
The AWW is a staple in Australian culinary history, and I assert that every Aussie has at least 1 AWW cookbook in their house!

Lifestyle Food
Another great resource for Celebrity Chef recipes…including Bill Granger, Mario Batali and Cheese Guru Will Studd

The proliferation of foodblogs across Australia has opened up a whole new world of eating, cooking and baking. From specialist categories such as vegan or diabetic, through to review sites, and ethnic cuisines, Aussie Foodbloggers have it covered.
The Top 50 Australian Foodblogs as curated by @jenius

EatingEating Food

Going out to eat seems to be the new national pastime. So where do we go for reliable reviews?

Eatability is one of the most successful user reviewed guide sites in Australia, and probably the most comprehensive.

Again, Foodblogs are the go-to spot for up to the minute food reviews, often revealing more than the traditional mainstream review.

Your Restaurants
Another user content driven review site. Often covers places missed by Eatability

Very popular review site, also available as an iPhone app. More user generated content, but includes links to blogs (if they’ve submitted reviews) general comments, and reviews from traditional media.

Sharing Food

Some excellent social resources have also now been suggested courtesy of Stickyfingers

Facebook for foodies!

Chowhound operates an Australian/New Zealand message board

The Society for Culinary Arts & Letters operates eGullet which has an Australian/New Zealand specific forum

Food, Drinks + Entertaining Vogue forum

How Could I have forgotten the vogue forum…always lot’s of activity here

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  1. July 31, 2009

    Great list, Reems! I’ve bookmarked it for future reference 🙂
    .-= Zina @ tastedbytwo´s last blog ..New Shanghai – Chatswood =-.

  2. July 31, 2009

    Hi Reem
    There’s a lot more could be added to the list but fantastic idea, thanks for sharing this. First comes to mind is Fratelli Fresh – Danks St Waterloo. Their online shop is great – you may recall years ago, that was part of the beginnings of Fratelli Fresh. Now not only is their cafe and store a food-lovers delight, but their online store rocks. Check it out at

    Cheers, see you at #coffeemornings soon
    .-= Tony Hollingsworth´s last blog ..Mrs Top – great value French cuisine served in style =-.

  3. August 2, 2009

    Nice work! Some others:

    Hard core culinarians go to Aussies sections of and
    Global Food Porn junkies go to,,
    Food Bloggers congregate at Aussie area of and numerous local link farms

  4. August 6, 2009

    LOL @ Foodbuzz Facebook for foodies!
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Shoal Bay, Port Stephens =-.

  5. August 7, 2009

    Cheers for this, I used chowhound alot when researching for Japan places to eat so it’s handy to know they have an Aussie section now!
    .-= Howard´s last blog ..Bistro CBD Tasting Event, Sydney CBD =-.

  6. August 12, 2009

    Great work on compiling this! A good comprehensive list that covers some great online resources. Bookmarking now for future use.
    .-= Forager´s last blog ..Vietnamese eating tour – the mighty Mekong =-.

  7. August 16, 2009

    Great list but don’t forget the SBS Food website. Also VisitVineyards which is about country food as well as wine.
    .-= Edward Charles´s last blog ..The great egg swap =-.

  8. September 2, 2010

    FABULOUS food resource!there’s often obscure ingredients i’m looking for and can’t find here in Adelaide. thanx:) i’ll be using this list frequently!
    suziwong66´s last post..Chicken Liver Pate – an old favourite

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