Foody Almanac

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'Comfort Food: Dinner at the Ink'  Bangers, mash, veg and a schooner at the Inkerman Hotel, East St Kilda. (pic. Steve Baker)

‘Comfort Food’
Bangers, mash, veg and a schooner (pic: Steve Baker)


From family lunches or dinner at Christmas, birthdays, elaborate and ostentatious engagements or wedding celebrations to the simplicity and bonhomie of the Sunday roast or lazy summer barbecues, food brings us together as much as it divides us (viz: Brussel sprouts, kale, anchiovies, wheatgrass).  Shake it anyway you like, food is at the centre of our lives: it is physical and spiritual sustenance.

In the pages of The Foody Almanac, we invite you to share your story with us.

You might want to give us your favourite recipe and the stories behind it that make it special to you. It might be the story of a pub or restaurant or event – its location, its people (especially) and its food – or it could be a regular catch-up with friends that holds a special place on the calendar.

We’re looking forward to devouring your words.


How to publish a story with Foody Almanac

Foody Almanac – Recipes to Remember: The Basic Rissole

As we introduce The Foody Almanac, JTH recalls his the insanity of the last day of the academic year and his Mum’s world-famous recipe for Rissoles à la Harms

The First Ever Almanac Psychological Profile and Questionnaire: 100 Quick Questions (No fence sitting allowed)

“Take a seat on ze couch pliss. Dr Curtain vil be vis you shortly… “[really liking this one! – Ed]

International Christmas Foods and Christmas in Japan

Imagawa-san shares an insight into how Christmas Day is spent in Japan, as well as taking us all on a culinary tour of traditional Christmas dinners from all corners of the globe.

[Warning: do not read if hungry. You have been warned – Ed]

The Sporting Globe Sports Bar Phenomenon

Yvette Wroby hasn’t been getting out much lately, but meets another ‘mad’ Sainter and enjoys an evening at the Sporting Globe sports bar.

Sporting Bars: Where are the best, especially in Melbourne?

Yvette Wroby, after many adventures, challenges the Almanac community to help her find a good bar in which to hang. Are there any? Are there many? What have the Knackers to say about all this?

Our National Dish

Peter Baulderstone looks at the state of the nation through the sporting lens in the lead-up to Australia Day.

One With The Lot

I knew I shouldn’t have eaten it. The hamburger. The bloody thing nearly killed me. I was on Tavira, a minute island just off the south coast of Portugal. It was September 1987. I say just off the coast because a couple of good torpedo punts from the mainland would land on the island’s beautiful [Read more]

Food: Get along while the weather’s still warm

Footy is back! And for me it couldn’t have come sooner. Finally an end to a seemingly never-ending pre-season of running, swimming, cycling, boxing, wrestling, tackling, biathlons, triathlons, weights and of course football sessions. But most importantly, as a Richmond player, it’s a chance to make amends for a rough 2009 season. One of the [Read more]

Food: I love the emphasis on cuisine and footy in Melbourne life

By Daniel Jackson There are two things I love about Melbourne: its infatuation with sport and its passion for exceptional food. There is certainly an abundance of both in our great city, and I’m here to combine them by writing for some of football’s biggest critics about some of the finer features of Melbourne’s food [Read more]