Rachel Wells

Rachel Wells

Consumer Affairs Reporter for The Age

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Fruit prices soar in cool summer

Eat More Fruit in South Melbourne Market.

Victoria's lack of warm weather is not only wreaking havoc with holidaymakers but it is also costing consumers at the checkout.

Food News | Rachel Wells | Thu Jan 09 03:00:00 EST 2014

Restaurants offer taste of their worst Urbanspoon reviews

Urban Spoon

Some of Melbourne's most popular restaurants have taken the unusual step of publicising examples of the worst reviews they have received on restaurant recommendation site Urbanspoon.

Food News | Rachel Wells | Tue Aug 20 16:57:10 EST 2013

Supermarkets charge more to buy online


"Meat and three veg" was once the stable diet of Australians, but rice, curries and superfoods are now just as likely to end up in our shopping trolleys.

Food News | Rachel Wells | Mon Aug 19 11:06:20 EST 2013

Glass half full: How does your wine measure up?


It is a busy Wednesday lunchtime at city eatery Cookie when a pretty waitress walks to the table with a bottle of Dragonfly Willow Bridge shiraz.

Drink | Rachel Wells | Fri Aug 02 12:12:20 EST 2013

Brewing up a storm in specialty tea at $1000 a cup

Hannah Dupree photographed at her cafe Storm In a Teacup in Collingwood.
Photograph Paul Jeffers
The Sunday Age
June 21st 2013.

Melburnians regularly paying up to $18 for a cup of tea at some city cafes.

Drink | Rachel Wells | Sun Jun 23 03:00:00 EST 2013

Jaffles and rissoles do battle against sliders and dogs

Sweetwater Inn

The trend for New York-style eateries - think Mexican food trucks and American dive bars that serve sliders and corn dogs - may not be over just yet, but a new food trend is taking off in Melbourne...

Food News | Rachel Wells | Sun May 26 03:00:00 EST 2013

For goodness sake, fast food revolution is on a roll

Healthy fast food revolution.

An appetite for health-conscious hipster food in a hurry is spawning a new breed of fast-food chains where diners are more likely to find pho and fajitas than french fries.

Food News | Rachel Wells | Sun Apr 07 02:00:00 EST 2013

The taste of things to come - more super foods step up to the plate

Quinoa and red rice salad with spicy cauliflower and black lentils.

The United Nations might have declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa, but according to some of Victoria's top chefs there will be plenty of other so-called super foods creeping into...

Eat Out | Rachel Wells | Tue Jan 08 03:00:00 EST 2013

Fake steak and yoghurt shops tipped as the latest food trends

Igloo Zoo.

FAUX meat, allergen-free foods and yoghurt shops are tipped to be among the biggest food trends of 2013.

Food News | Rachel Wells | Wed Jan 02 03:00:00 EST 2013