Australians love their food – and they certainly love to blog about it! There are fantastic blogs that tell you the hottest restaurants in town, simple yet effective recipes to impress your friends with and keep you in the know about foodie events around the country. There’s so much good food on the web that it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard yards for you and found 10 of the top Aussie food blogs that will get you excited about amazing food and wine all over again.
1. Not Quite Nigella – With over 300,000 unique readers a month and over 750,000 page views a month, Not Quite Nigella takes out the number one spot for top aussie food blog. Noodlies’ (a top food and travel blog itself) also ranked Not Quite Nigella as the Top Sydney & Melbourne Food Blog for March 2014, based on search traffic. Not Quite Nigella is run by Lorraine Elliott, a self-declared cake and food enthusiast, and her blog is beautifully detailed with artsy photos that leave your mouth watering. It covers restaurants, home recipes and travel. Elliott’s memoir called Not Quite Nigella was released by Penguin Books in April last year.
2. Noodlies – Next comes Noodlies, the food, travel and lifestyle blog run by Thang Ngo. It focuses on great street food, tucked away gems and authentic home cooked meals, honing in on the culturally diverse food and culture of Cabramatta, Sydney. A wander through the site reveals a deep knowledge of Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, Thai, Lao, Iraqi, Lebanese, Italian and Korean food.
3. The Hungry Australian – Australian born Chinese Christina leads readers on a journey “in pursuit of a delicious life”. The Hungry Australian specializes in quick but impressive recipes, plus some fun travel and dining write ups. The Hungry Australian has won numerous blogger awards, most recently both the Overall Winner and Best Food Blog at the Best Australian Blogs 2014 competition organised by the Australian Writers' Centre. The sleek design and 100% spam-free pages makes this blog a delight to explore.
4. Orgasmic Chef – Maureen Shaw will be the first to tell you that she may not have had the best training or worked under big-name chefs, but the one thing she has done is cook many amazing meals, over and over again. Orgasmic Chef is all about sharing recipes that are “better than sex”, and most of them Shaw has cooked herself (so you know they work) and have made a big impression on her guests. As a bonus, each recipe comes with a sharp and witty story to boot.
5. Miss Foodie – The Miss Foodie blog takes you along on a variety of culinary adventures. It keeps you in the loop with all the hottest food events in Queensland’s Great South East, provides exciting recipes (like Rekorderlig Apple Guava Cider Doughnuts), and reviews all the newest cafes, bistros, restaurants and bars in the area.
6. Grab Your Fork – Grab Your Fork has made a name for itself reviewing many of Sydney’s little-known eateries. It follows the movements of prolific foodie Helen, who writes the monthly Eat This! column for Time Out Sydney, as well as having been the Cheap Eats editor for the 2012 Eating and Drinking Sydney guide, a contributor for The Foodies' Guide to Sydney and more. Helen is a firm believer in sharing good food around, with a focus on good, cheap eats around Sydney.
7. The Last Appetite – This blog is less about recipes and reviews, and more about a fun look at the industry itself. You’ll find economic analyses of food trends, maps of Melbourne’s oldest restaurants and odd facts about foods from around the world. Melbourne-based Phil Lees is the mastermind behind The Last Appetite and provides keen insight into food issues and interests, all conveyed with his trademark wit.
8. Cook Republic – Cook Republic belongs to Sneh, a professional Sydney Food Photographer, ELLE Australia food columnist and author of the quick-and-tasty cookbook Tasty Express (2014). The food Sneh loves best is unpretentious, fresh and designed to be shared – and Cook Republic is her personal platform for expressing this love in the form of recipes, her journal and absolutely stunning food photography. It’s proven a popular combination, winning Best Australian Blog 2013 and Best Lifestyle Blog 2013 (Australian Writer’s Centre).
9. Style Pot – This blog is full of tasty treats, presented in full colour photographs that make you wish you were already in the kitchen. Good news for visual learners – many of the recipes take you through every step of the cooking process with big, beautiful images. Owner Ell is a young writer and graphic designer with a love of food photography and her blog is a visual delight.
10. Fashimi – Sophia takes as on a journey of Japanese and Australian food in her blog with upbeat and quirky writing. You can also read about Sophia’s love of fashion, travel and odd little things like nail polish, hand bags and wearing yukata. It’s a fun, food-filled look into one person’s delicious life.