Top Aussie Online Resources for Foodies
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!
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!
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!
“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.
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
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, allrecipes.com.au 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!
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
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.
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.
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
How Could I have forgotten the vogue forum…always lot’s of activity here