Bo.lan, Bangkok, Thailand

May 25, 2013

Our latest Thailand adventure needed to include dinner at Bo.lan. Lex, Em and I had attempted to dine at Bo.lan in 2009. Although we hadn’t made a booking, it was pouring with rain and our taxi driver had no idea where he was going, we decided to make our way to Bo.lan anyway. Little did […]

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nahm, Bangkok, Thailand

May 24, 2013

What was the first thing I did when Dylan’s brother announced he and his fiancé were getting married in Thailand? I emailed nahm to make a reservation for dinner. In fact I contacted them so far in advance they wouldn’t take the booking. I would just have to wait until reservations opened 12 weeks out. […]

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momofuku seiōbo

momofuku seiōbo, Pyrmont

May 4, 2013

A question that comes up four times a year with our crazy fine dining crew is ‘Where are you having your birthday dinner?’ In turn we select the one place that is the top of our respective list for whatever reason. For me it HAD to be momofuku sei?bo (pronounced say-oh-bo). Sure it was awarded […]

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smolt, Battery Point

March 29, 2013

Planning our trip to Hobart the first thing we did was ask for restaurant recommendations. smolt was a name that popped up a number of times and dinner was booked in well in advance of our trip. smolt, meaning baby salmon, is a partnership between Kif Weber and Scott McMurray, owners of Tasmania’s largest salmon […]

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Monopole, Potts Point

March 22, 2013

Monopole is Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt’s newish restaurant and wine bar. The duo have taken the knowledge learnt from running the hugely successful Bentley Restaurant & Bar and carved out an impressive looking eatery in Potts Point. Somewhat of a recent change, the restaurant now takes limited reservations with half of the tables for […]

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Bacchus Restaurant

Bacchus Restaurant, Newcastle (Closed)

March 9, 2013

Heading to Newcastle for a sneaky weekend getaway, we were keen to check out a restaurant where a Sydney chef and Bacchus’ ex-restaurant manager were working. However as our trip approached everything changed when we heard both the chef and manager had resigned. Hmm where to now? It was only too easy to lock in […]

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subo, Newcastle

March 8, 2013

subo is a tiny restaurant on Hunter Street in Newcastle that I heard about through Twitter and decided I would have to try out. Beau Vincent and his wife Suzie run the show with Beau on the pans and Suzie managing front of house. Beau has worked at many Sydney restaurants including Tetsuya’s, Guillaume at […]

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Quay, The Rocks

January 26, 2013

It has become a bit of tradition for the four of us (Lex, Em, Mr O & I) to make birthdays the pinnacle of our gastronomic explorations. The 4 days of the year we let loose – literally, I went sans belt – and do not let our logical budget conscious minds interfere with our […]

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Rockpool on George

Rockpool on George, The Rocks (Relocated)

December 1, 2012

Turning 30 worries some of my friends, but for most of us it’s a reason to celebrate. We celebrated Dylan’s 30th with a group of friends at our beloved buzo. Em’s shindig was at her favourite, Sepia. My birthday, which falls at the end of January, has been booked in at Quay for many months […]

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Racine Restaurant

Racine Restaurant, Orange

September 2, 2012

Racine Restaurant is located at La Colline winery in Orange, an 8 minute drive from the city centre. Shaun and Willa Arantz own and operate Racine, with Shaun heading up the kitchen and Willa managing the business side of things. They’ve been running Racine for close to four years and received their first hat in […]

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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Surry Hills (Relocated)

July 17, 2012

Everyone has heard about the current state of affairs in the Sydney restaurant scene. Restaurant upon restaurant is closing due to a number of reasons – one of those being the drop in numbers of people dining out. There is very much a ‘use it or lose it’ vibe around town. Having had enough of […]

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Restaurant Atelier

Restaurant Atelier, Blogger Dinner, Glebe (Closed)

July 13, 2012

I had never been to a blogger dinner before, or a blogger picnic, or a blogger meet-up of any description. I’m kinda shy and tend to get embarrassed by the ‘blogger’ title. Yes I like to take photos of my food. And write about it. But I’m a useless cook, an amateur writer and a […]

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New Shanghai

New Shanghai, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood

July 7, 2012

Hidden away in the corner of the food court at Chatswood Chase is New Shanghai, a Shanghai-style restaurant offering dim sim, soups, noodles, stir fries and desserts to hungry shoppers. Chatswood Chase is one of their five Sydney locations – the others being Ashfield (original), Chatswood (Lemon Grove Plaza), Bondi Junction and the newly opened […]

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Tetsuya’s, Sydney

May 1, 2012

I love birthdays and as Dylan was turning 30 this year I knew I had to take him somewhere special. And I knew it had to be Tetsuya’s. We celebrated Dylan’s 29th with a group of friends at Tetsuya’s last year and it immediately became one of his favourite restaurants. I made the booking and […]

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