The Famous Berry Donut Van

The Famous Berry Donut Van, Berry

April 19, 2014

I’ve wanted to stop at The Famous Berry Donut Van for a very long time. But every time we’ve been through Berry we’ve either just finished a meal or are on our way to eat somewhere… or I just haven’t been able to convince Dylan to stop. Well, all of that changed when we had […]

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berry sourdough cafe

berry sourdough cafe, Berry

April 19, 2014

berry sourdough cafe is one of the first places Dylan and I blogged about. We hadn’t been to the cafe since that visit back in 2010 when we had been road tripping down to Melbourne. Since then my Grandma has moved to the south coast near Nowra and a family catch up saw a breakfast […]

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Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant

Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant, Lovedale

April 12, 2014

We used to travel to the Hunter Valley rather frequently but have spent less time there in recent years. We were overdue for a visit and as it’s only an hour from Dylan’s mum’s place we decided the Hunter would be the perfect place to celebrate her birthday. A friend mentioned Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant […]

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MoVida Sydney

MoVida Sydney, Surry Hills

April 5, 2014

Impromptu is what I would call this adventure. There were more booking changes and phone calls to and from the restaurant than I’d ever experienced before. A VERY late attempt at booking on a Saturday night only a day ahead may have been the catalyst but the MoVida team took it in their stride and […]

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sushi-e

sushi-e, March Into Merivale 2014, Sydney

April 4, 2014

Japanese is one of my favourite cuisines. I just love the precision that goes into it. While you can definitely recreate many dishes at home I always find that to get the most from Japanese food you need to go to a Japanese restaurant. Lex had been to sushi-e on a number of occasions with […]

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Emmilou

Emmilou, Surry Hills

March 20, 2014

Emmilou (Lounge & Tapas Bar) is Chris Cranswick-Smith’s tapas bar and lounge. I heard about it back in 2009 when a colleagues’ brother began to import Argentinian wine. Emmilou was one of the restaurants buying their wines. I’d heard good things. Yet another ‘on the list’ restaurant that we’d simply never got to. As we […]

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sixpenny

sixpenny, Stanmore

February 16, 2014

A fine dining restaurant in the ‘burbs that launched as degustation only. That is pretty much unheard of. But we have heard of the two men behind sixpenny – James Parry and Daniel Puskas. James’ CV includes Icebergs, Billy Kwong, Bird Cow Fish, Oscillate Wildly (where he won the 2009 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of […]

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Chin Chin

Chin Chin, Melbourne

February 15, 2014

We had a few ideas of where to eat on our last day in Melbourne but after our night at Maha (which turned out to be quite a late one) we awoke closer to check out time than intended. We had to get ready, pack up, check out and reassess our plan. We wandered down […]

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Maha

Maha, Melbourne

February 14, 2014

Maha is Shane Delia’s Middle Eastern fine dining restaurant in Melbourne. I initially came across Shane on Twitter and thought his style of cooking sounded rather interesting. When he appeared on Masterchef I became even more curious. Then SBS Feast magazine were giving away Shane’s Spice Journey DVD with every subscription – sold. Dylan loves […]

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Roule Galette

Roule Galette, Melbourne

February 14, 2014

If you’ve ever had a crepe in Paris you’ll know they’re simply irresistible at any time of day. During our trip to Thailand last year I came across a lady with a crepe maker cart. She’d position her cart right outside our hotel and sit on her scooter all day, tempting guests on their return […]

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Manchester Press

Manchester Press, Melbourne

February 14, 2014

Let me preface this blog post by saying I don’t really eat bagels. And more to the point, prior to our visit to Manchester Press I had only ever eaten one half of a bagel (albeit from the amazing Russ and Daughters in NYC). Now that’s out of the way I would like to say […]

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Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger, Melbourne

February 13, 2014

A few months had passed since our first visit to Huxtaburger and I was keen to head back and see what I thought second time around. So after an afternoon drinking session which rolled on into the evening we headed out for a late night burger. Theo – double beef, cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce, bbq […]

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Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina, Fitzroy

February 13, 2014

If you don’t know Gelato Messina you must have been living under a rock for quite some time. First opening their doors in 2002 Messina has become the king of gelato in Sydney. Their queues… in the middle of winter… at 11pm… are famous. Their bespoke gelato cakes have become even more renown since appearing […]

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Jimmy Grants

Jimmy Grants, Fitzroy

February 13, 2014

Keeping with our ethos for this Melbourne trip we walked the 2km from our hotel up to Fitzroy to check out George Calombaris and George Sykiotis’ souvlaki bar for a fitting lunch before an evening of drinking. Situated in a fairly nondescript building just off Smith Street in Fitzroy you could easily walk right by […]

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