Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Toco Fresh, Concord

Toco Fresh is located in the main strip of Concord. Matt and I head to Toco Fresh on this particular Sunday. Concord is full of choices for cafes so it's nice to try a different venues. It's a rainy day so unfortunately we head inside, while the season is Spring, I'm not sure if the weather realises this.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Mille Uno, Parramatta

I grew up in the Parramatta area and noticed a change on the main strip of Church St. Mille Uno has opened up - a new Italian Eatery as a new venue, new owners, new menu and chefs from the former restaurant Liana's.  The fit out is modern and new.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Burgerpalooza, Part 3 - Bar Luca

This Part 3 of Burgerpalooza festival in Parramatta that was held on 21st and 22nd September 2019.  The last burger that I tried was from Bar Luca. Bar Luca has for many years had the reputation for having the best burger in Sydney for their "Blame Canada".  They were at the recent Burgerpalooza with another burger.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Burgerpalooza, Parramatta Part 2 - Burger Head

Have you seen part 1 of my Burgerpalooza? Matt eyes off Burger Head as our next stop at the Burger Festival in Parramatta that was held 21/22 September 2019. Matt has been to Burger Head once before when he was in the Penrith area.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Burgerpalooza, Parramatta Part 1

Spring weather came out for the Burgerpalooza festival in Parramatta that was held on 21st and 22nd September 2019. The Burgerpalooza festival has been held four years in a row. This is my first though!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Butcher and Farmer, Meadowbank

I've been part of the Food Critics and Bloggers Association (FCBA) for a number of years and so when their 4th year anniversary came up - I was excited to celebrate with the fellow community at venue Butcher and Farmer in Meadowbank. 

Monday, 30 September 2019

Friday, 27 September 2019

Boilmaker's Dinner at All Hands Brewing House, Kings St Wharf, Sydney

Husband and I recently attended a special event at The All Hands Brewing House. It was called the Boilmaker Dinner on the 18th September 2019 which had a 4 course meal which was paired with beers and whiskey. Sounds good? Let me tell you more.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Thai Break, Macquarie Park

This is a delayed blog post.

My go to Thai at Macquarie Centre is Klao Pla but I thought I'd try something different for a change. Husband and I head to Thai Break for a quick dinner. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Granata's, Pemulwuy

 I've never been to Granata's before and I've never heard of the suburb Pemulwuy before. Although after posting photos on instagram, several friends reached out saying they have been to Granata's before with recommendation. Granata's is an Italian restaurant full of the family recipes including Grandma's secret recipes. How intriguing! 

Monday, 16 September 2019

Radley's, Sydney Metcentre

Radley's has opened up in Sydney Metcentre for over a year now. It's become a bit of a go-to for some of the folks in my office for lunch or after work drinks. It's been some time since I've come back but I head for some lunch with a friend who also works nearby.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Mapo Charcoal BBQ, West Ryde

There are many Korean BBQ restaurants in West Ryde and nearby suburb Eastwood. I have often gone to Stoneage and the Barn several times before so I thought I'd check out Mapo Charcoal BBQ for the first time for something different.

Friday, 13 September 2019

New Star Kebab, Auburn

Auburn has significantly changed over the years. My family often come back to New Star Kebab for a meal over the years. New Star Kebab is an institution in Auburn. On the surface, it just looks like any other kebab shop but the locals know it's a tasty venue for a good price.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket Sydney

Chinese Noodle Restaurant is located in China town Sydney and has a steady flow of customers as I arrive on this Sunday at approximately 12pm. This is a delayed blogpost.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Part 4: Sydney Vegan Tours Newtown: Last stop at Gelato Blue

The final stop of the Sydney Vegan tour is dessert at Gelato Blue. Have you seen Part 1-3 of Sydney Vegan Tours? Gelato Blue is located nearby Newtown Station. It's often quite busy even on colder days.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Vegan Tour Part 3: Green Gourmet Kitchen, Newtown

So this whole plant based food movement is growing on me. I am on a Sydney Vegan Tour exploring all there is vegan in Newtown with Tour leader Anna. Have you seen part 1 and 2 of my tourAs we are walking to Green Gourmet, Anna our tour leader looks slightly excited as she tells us she loves dumplings and to save some stomach room for the next stop. 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Din Tai Fung, Gateway Circular Quay

I have many friends or co-workers who love dumplings. From time to time, I have dumpling dates with my friends. It's just hard to find the time - I head to Din Tai Fung at Gateway for one of my dumpling dates. From the few reviews I've read, this particular Din Tai Fung has lower ratings than other venues.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Sydney Vegan Tour Part 2: Dr Earth and Deepgroove Newtown

I recently went on a Sydney Vegan tour in Newtown. Have you seen part 1 of my tour? Part two takes us to the next two stops at Dr Earth and also Deepgroove Newtown. Our tour leader Anna continues the walking tour in Newtown and I am getting my steps up.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Kusuka Cafe, Sydney CBD

On this particular Saturday, my foodie friend Annie from @Therandomfoodie invited me to join her at Kusuka Cafe on Sussex st. Kusuka cafe is a Modern Indonesian venue that is known for fancy mi-goreng. It's a relative small venue that's quite busy so we come at 2pm for a late lunch. There's people flowing in and out of the cafe for coffees.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Tatsuya, West Ryde - Revisit

After living in West Ryde for almost 10 years, I used to be a regular at Tatsuya which is a Japanese eatery located beside a carwash. Now that I have moved away, I don't come here as regularly but I come back to see if the consistency has changed.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Sydney Vegan Tours Part 1: Soul Burger and Perfection Potion

I am a meat eater but I do go through periods where I like to eat vegetarian food for months at a time. So when the opportunity came up to check out a Sydney Vegan Tour, I thought! Hell yes. Part 1 of the blog includes a visit to Soul Burger and also Perfection Potion.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Cucina Espresso, Concord

HELLO breakfast lovers. I am back at Cucina Espresso as they have a number of new menu items. I am here at 8:30am to avoid the crowds that come a bit later. Matt's tastebuds are excited as he really enjoyed our last visit.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Visit the South Coast : Part 9: Shoalhaven - Flavours of Shoalhaven and Queen St Eatery

I've had such a blast checking out the Shoalhaven area with my foodie friends and friends from Destination NSW. Have you checked out Part 1-8? It's a great area to have a road trip. There's also the South Coast Food and Wine Festival coming up at Berry Showgrounds from 14-15 Sept 2019.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Ali Baba Kebabs 40th Birthday! Macquarie Park

Ali Baba Kebabs was established in Canberra in 1979! Holy Moly that's 40 years ago. Now there are 46 stores in Australia. Now they are celebrating their 40th birthday in 2019 with a huge promotion where you can scratch your way to big prizes. Matt and I are in our local shopping centre and decide to stop by in the food court to check out Ali Baba.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Dos Senoritas, Gladesville

I have been a long term customer of Dos Senoritas. I remember when they were located in this little restaurant on Victoria rd in Gladesville. They're now around the corner in a much bigger location. Matt and I dine early so we easily get a table. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Visit the South Coast! Part 8 - Berry Produce Markets and Berry Sourdough Bakery and Cafe

So if you time your visit to Berry - You can also check out the Berry Produce Markets that are on twice a month. There's already a lot to check in the charming Shoalhaven region. Have you seen my other adventures ? Check out Part 1-7 Here. Thanks to Destination NSW for introducing me to all these amazing places.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Restaurant No.5, Alexandria

Restaurant No.5 have recently opened up for lunch service so I'm keen to see what's on the menu.  As I walked into Restaurant No.5, I can see it's a large open space that's beautiful decorated. I later find out that they have hosted small weddings in this space before.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Visit the South Coast: Part 7 Shoalhaven Silo's restaurant

Hello and cheers from Silo's Restaurant in Berry. It's such a romantic restaurant and I've fallen in love with their food. Thanks to Destination NSW, I have had the pleasure of enjoying the best of Berry and also the Shoalhaven region. If you're in the area, make sure to stop by the South Coast Food and Wine Festival on 14-15 September 2019.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Visit the South Coast! Part 6 Shoalhaven: Pelican Rocks Cafe and Mountain Ridge Wines

Stunning views from Moutain Ridge Estate

The Shoalhaven region is absolutely beautiful. This is part 6 of my South Coast series. Read all about my travel adventures and enriching food with Part 1-5. You will have to consider stopping by on your way to the South Coast Food and Wine Festival on 14-15 September 2019. I was introduced to some of the most gorgeous venues in Shoalhaven by Destination NSW.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Visit the South Coast! Shoalhaven Part 5 - Jim Wild's Oysters, Shoalhaven

One of the nicest discoveries of the Shoalhaven South Coast region are the delicious oysters and friendly locals. You may want to consider visiting Jim's Wild Oysters (call beforehand to make sure of opening hours) on your way to the South Coast Food and Wine Festival 14-15 September 2019. Jim's Wild Oysters is actually an exclusive farm that sells oysters only through their own shop and through to local restaurants. I am introduced to Jim's Wild Oysters thanks to Destination NSW.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Flavours of Indonesia, Sheraton Grand Hyde Park

Through an invitation from the General Consulate of The republic of Indonesia and Tourism Indonesia; I was hosted at a special launch which celebrated the Indonesia culture and flavours at the Sheraton Grand near Hyde Park. This is available 15th to 24th August at Sheraton Grand at Hyde Park.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Pasticceria Caruso, Rhodes

Have you ever thought - I really need to treat myself? As I was leisurely shopping in Rhodes - this very thought came to myself and I indulged my senses at Pasticceria Caruso. You just need to take a closer look before you realise all the delicious treats available.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

South Coast Food and Wine Festival, Shoalhaven

Have you ever visited the Shoal haven region? It's a little region of the most delicious and fresh produce. For the first time, they are hosting the South Coast Food and Wine Festival on 14-15th September. All 60 stands will be from regional producers. This ensures the authenticity and character of the Shoalhaven region.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Cafe Gem: Local Mbassy, Ultimo

It's been a few years since I've been to Local Mbassy. I have fond memories of my last visit of hearty breakfasts and unique drinks. Local Mbassy is a hidden gem of a cafe located in Ultimo. The Australian Good Food Guide kindly facilitated this most recent revisit to Local Mbassy. You can read about my first visit here.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Greenwood Chinese Restaurant, North Sydney

I head to Greenwood Chinese Restaurant my friend PH. Overall, I have to concur with some of the other reviews that Greenwood Chinese Restaurant is bit more pricey. However I don't know of any other yum cha options in North Sydney. You would have to head into the City or up the north shore. It may be a matter of demand v.s supply.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Happy Buddha Retreat, Blue Mountains Retreat

This is a delayed blog post. So after feeling quite burnt out, a friend of mine recommended heading to a Happy Buddha Retreat which is a yoga retreat in the Blue Mountains. I have not done any yoga for years but the idea of spending a few days in the Blue mountains sounded nice.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Visit the South Coast! Part 4 - The Treat Factory and Dairy Bar, Berry

I head to the Dairy Bar and the Treat factory in Berry. This is a cute little spot that not too far from the Berry grounds where the South Coast Food and Wine Festival will be held 14-15 September 2019.
I've been to the Dairy Bar and Treat Factory before but revisit again with some friends from Destination NSW and some fellow foodies I know. The Dairy Bar is described as "an udderly delicious" milk bar cafe. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read that on their website.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Nick's Bar and Grill, King St Wharf

Nick's Bar and Grill is located on King St Wharf, beside a beautiful King St Wharf waterview. Water always calms me down and makes be feel relaxed so it makes for a perfect venue for a Sunday lunch.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Visit the South Coast Part 3: Coolangatta Estate and Monster Truck Big Foot Adventures

Coolangatta Estate is a charming winery on the South Coast of the Shoalhaven region. I had the pleasure of experiencing a wine tasting as well as a Big Foot Monster Truck driving experience up the Mountain Peak. I found this place, thanks to Destination NSW. You may want to consider checking it out on your way to the South Coast Food and Wine Festival on 14-15 2019.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Burwood Hotel, Burwood

Burwood is such a great suburb for tasty food. Matt and I recently have date night at Burwood Hotel. I've seen a lot of posts on instagram about a Boba creme brulee cheesecake dessert and also alcoholic boba bubble tea drinks so I was quite curious to be honest. I also vowed to share my experience with a dear friend of mine who has a fascination with bubble tea drinks.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Chambers Fine Coffee, Top Ryde

On a moderately chilli morning, I have the brunch cravings so I head to Chambers Coffee cafe in Top Ryde. Chambers Coffee are known for their artisan brew of coffee beans.  They also have a delicious cafe menu to satisfy my brunch cravings.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Visit the South Coast: Shoalhaven - Part 2 - Bangalay Villas and Bangalay Dining, Shoalhaven Heads

Bangalay Villas - The living room and dining table

As Matt and I can't resist a bit of luxury, we can't help but feel relaxed at Bangalay Luxury Villas. Destination NSW introduced us to these beautiful self contained villas located in Shoalhaven Heads (In the South Coast of NSW). The Bangalay Luxury Villas are also right next to a beach - the Shoalhaven Heads. You can genuinely experience the coastal lifestyle. You may want to consider staying here for the South Coast Food and Wine festival on 14-15 September 2019.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Sydney CBD

This is a delayed blog post. After a hectic few weeks of work, my colleagues and I head to Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel for lunch to celebrate and relax. It's been some time since I've been to Lord Nelson but I've always had positive experiences and the beer is very tasty.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Point 99, Macquarie Park

Point 99 is located in Macquarie Centre. I've walked past Point 99 so many times and it's never really sparked any interest. It was only after reading a few reviews online about their burgers that I decided to check it out on a whim.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Oh Matcha!, Sydney Town Hall

While it's cold, there's always a part of me that still craves delicious dessert and it won't stop me from ice cream! Oh Matcha! is a popular Asian dessert cafe in Regent Place. I've walked past here numerous times and it's always super busy.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Imperial Kitchen and Bar, Sydney (near Town Hall)

Photo by Marcus Reubenstein, ReddoorAsia
I recently had the joined a few other foodies with Marcus Reubenstein from Red Door Asia for a Chinese Banquet at the Imperial Kitchen and Bar. I am looking forward to a delicious banquet with seafood.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Mr Stonepot, Eastwood

This is a delayed blog post.  I happened to be in Eastwood one afternoon and noticed there's another Mr Stonepot in Eastwood. I have been to the Chatswood Mr Stonepot some months ago. My go to was always Taste of Shanghai in Eastwood but decided to try something new.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Visit the South Coast! Berry - Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Shoalhaven region on the South Coast of NSW. It's been a few years since I've been to Berry but I am eager to revisit as I have fond memories. It's also great timing as the South Coast Food  and Wine Festival is on September 14-15th 2019 and this trip gave me a sample of what great regional food and wine exists in Shoalhaven.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Tripoli, Silverwater

Photo taken on my iphone
Silverwater is largely an Industrial area however I recently learnt that there is a small residential area. I was invited to check out a little eatery called Tripoli, a pizzeria and Lebanese venue located amongst many residential houses.  I love Lebanese cuisine, having been introduced to several dishes from friends in school.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Kasalong Thai, North Ryde

This is a delayed blog post. On a particularly lazy weeknight, Matt and I decide to go out for some thai. We have decided to check out Kasalong Thai in North Ryde which is located on Cox Rd. We walk up the stairs and are seated.