About Me

I started this blog as a project to help me share my passion for food and travel with friends, family and anybody who want’s to come along for the ride.  I’ll eat, drink and travel, and if all goes well, I’ll write about it.

I grew up in a small isolated town in Northern Canada called Happy-Valley Goose Bay, located in Labrador which is on the North-East corner of the country.  It was a great place to grow up and our diet was focused around local game, fish, what we could grow ourselves in the sandy soil and evidently, shipped in produce.  With short hot summers and long cold winters, most produce had to be shipped in from the outside, so we relied on a lot of local delicacies for food.  What we could gather such as berries and what we caught ourselves such as game and fish usually found itself on our dinner plate.  Within my family we regularly ate caribou, moose, partridge, cod fish, seal, rabbit, trout, salmon, squid and anything else that could be caught in the wild.  These are some of the best and purest ingredients I have ever eaten and my parents were great traditional cooks.  Smoked arctic char heated in the oven and served over cream cheese and crackers was one of my favorites, not to mention bottled wild seal paired with Australian Shiraz – to die for, and lets not forget hot moose pie with dark, rich, moist moose meat and a crispy crust made from scratch.  Preservative and chemical free and full of flavor, this food was really satisfying – and still is.

After Labrador I looked to the world for my next meal.  I spent time living throughout Canada where I worked in wine in Toronto, lived in culinary driven Quebec City, ate stampede breakfasts in Calgary and spent most of my university days in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where the lobster is so fresh and delicious that it melts in your mouth.  Moving and traveling were driven by my passion for food.  For example, I once drove 11 hours overnight from Toronto to Chicago just to try Uno’s original deep dish pizza and had to be back to work on Monday morning in Toronto.  I didn’t sleep much that weekend, but the pizza was worth the trip.

From Canada I branched out even more.  I spent a couple of months working in South Africa where I had the opportunity to try the local game and hit the wine region.  I also worked in Cambodia and the food was so affordable and very well done – a lot to do with the French influence.

I currently live in Melbourne, Australia where I work and travel as much as possible.  I love the proximity to Asia here and the opportunity to travel to places that are so far away from Canada such as South-East Asia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.  The food in these regions is always a surprise, but usually excellent.

I also love this city.  Melbourne is a food lovers dream.  There is a strong push for organic, local ingredients and things are done right here.  Produce is fresh, beef is juicy, seafood is abundant and the restaurant scene is ever emerging.  I really do love it here.

I know that I’ll continue to eat and travel.  I’ll also continue to share my experiences of people doing food right, the way it should be.


– Stephen

Global Food Blogger.

13 Comments on “About Me”

  1. Hello,

    My name is Greg and I’m contacting you from Urbanspoon. We would love to include your reviews on Urbanspoon but we generally don’t allow links in Diner reviews, so we had to remove yours. Did you know we have a system called “spoonbacks” that will automatically link your restaurant reviews on your blog to the restaurants’ pages on Urbanspoon? Users will see a short teaser of your reviews on our site, and we show a link to click through to your blog for the full reviews.

    For instance, if you wanted to include your review of City Wine Shop, here’s a page that explains how it would work:

    You can find that page for any restaurant by clicking “Add a blog post” in the Opinions section on the restaurant’s Urbanspoon page. Note: It can sometimes take a few days for your blog to complete our approval process, so don’t expect your posts to appear immediately on Urbanspoon. If you have trouble with spoonbacks, feel free to let us know.

    Best regards,


    • Hi Greg,

      Thanks so much for the input. I am just heading out for a couple of days, but when I get back in town early next week I’ll try to link to urbanspoon through the way you suggested. Do I copy the link or the image and post it into my blog and then will it automatically link?

      Thanks again for the quick response.

      – Stephen

      On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM, Seasoned Plate

  2. Good afternoon,

    I wanted to let you know about a new BBQ Rib Eating Competition we have just launched.

    Starting from the 24th of February and over the next 6 weeks we will be holding BBQ Rib Eating contest once a week. With the 6 finalists to battle it out for the $1000 cash prize on Monday 7th of April.

    The competition is simple, eat as many American BBQ Ribs as you can in 35 minutes plus a side of coleslaw (coleslaw must be fully consumed to qualify).

    Entry fee is $99 and the winner on each night will get their money fully refunded. Entry into the final is also free.

    The ultimate winner will receive $1000 in prize money, an obligatory T-Shirt and their picture on the Wall of Fame. Registrations to the event are made online atwww.thirdwavecafe.com.au/competition.php We are planning on making it a biennial event.

    If you think, your readers may be interested in the event, could you write about it. If you have any questions, please contact me on info@thirdwavecafe.com.au or on 9676 2399.

    Thanks for your interest,


    P.S. If you still haven’t had a chance to drop in and try our fare, please do. We have an open invitation for all bloggers (and a friend) to have lunch or breakfast on us in either Prahran or Port Melbourne Cafe.

    • If you’re heading to Melbourne and need some recommendations, let me know and I’d be happy to suggest a list with your preferences in mind.

  3. Love the chicago shout out! Seriously, is there anything better than deep dish pizza? No, no there’s not. Next time, I recommend Lou Malnatis 🙂

  4. Hello

    You had recently interacted with us on instagram which lead me to your blog. It looks like you are doing some great work. We run a wine and beverage blog and video series and would love to do some cross promotion with you. Can we write and article for your page about a wine or beverage experience we have had?

    Check out our site at millennialwinegroup.com and let us know your thoughts.


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