Monthly Archives: April 2015

Food Diary: Chinta Kechil, Double Bay, Sydney

Many years ago, I took my folks, visiting Sydney, to Chinta Ria in Darling Harbour. Even though we’d eaten a LOT of Asian food, Malaysian food wasn’t really familiar to us. It’s been a pleasure living in Sydney getting to … Continue reading

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Jump if you want to

Our new children are Thor and Freyja, though only Freyja is caught on camera here. They’re Russian Blues, and Freyja is about 5 months in this video. They are endless entertainment. While pipe cleaners and crumpled up pieces of paper … Continue reading

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Food Diary: Mere Catherine, Sydney

We’ve been meaning to go to this tiny, unassuming restaurant in Potts Point FOREVER. A sign says that it seats just 14, and you can’t see into the restaurant from the street. It looks like someone’s kitchen. Inside, it’s a … Continue reading

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Food Diary: Subcontinental, Sydney

So, Sam Christie. I’ve never met the guy. But starting with Longrain, he’s moved onto opening the Apollo (amazing modern Greek food), Cho Cho San (just been there recently, amazing modern Japanese food) and lately, we stopped by Subcontinental (amazing … Continue reading

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Food Diary: Hawker, Sydney

My Malaysian friend, Lai Heng, suggested trying the new Sydney hotspot ‘Hawker’ and what better thing to do than eat Malaysian food with a Malaysian friend. It really had the lovely feeling of successful contemporary Thai restaurants in Sydney like … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Be Near Me’

Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Because I’d raved about O’Hagan’s Marilyn Monroe book (as narrated by her dog, Maf), a new literary friend loaned me one of his favourite books, ‘Be Near Me’. … Continue reading

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Food Diary: Egg of the Universe, Rozelle, Sydney

We’d stopped by one morning in Rozelle to poke around the Essential Ingredient, the upmarket and rather amazing kitchen supply store. And we were hungry. The very amusing shopfront ‘Egg of the Universe’ beckoned our attention. It’s a yoga studio … Continue reading

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Food Diary: Pie in the Sky. Upper North Shore, NSW

First of all, if you’re looking for Pie in the Sky, this is the Pie in the Sky, formally in Cowan, though we were going for a drive near Berowra, which is also near Dangar Island and just inland from … Continue reading

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Book Review (of sorts): Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I understand the fuss, and also the frustration. The writing in this book is simply beautiful, and the portrait of Cromwell, and his negotiations, machinations and dealings, is complex … Continue reading

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