Monthly Archives: November 2018

Coffee in Sydney: Dovetail, CBD

Upstairs in World Square, Georgie Boy’s Coffee looked much hipper. But it was an unusually cool Saturday morning in Sydney, and I really wanted a place to sit down, read a little bit of my current book, Lily Brett’s New … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Botany View Hotel, Newtown

My pal who lives near the St Peters Station tells me that the pubs have some of the best food in the area. It’s the quiet end of Newtown and King Street is dotted with restaurants, but it is true: … Continue reading

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Book Review: Banana Yoshimoto’s Asleep

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was either a very good idea or a very bad idea to have ‘Asleep’ as my bedside reading for the last period. It’s not a long book: three short … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: New Shanghai, Ashfield

I have no idea how I haven’t blogged about New Shanghai in Ashfield yet. For a long period, this was my go-to dumpling spot, and a group of us from Surry Hills and Redfern would hop on the train to … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Brix Distillers, Surry Hills

  I love that there’s a moody little rum distillery in Surry Hills. Who doesn’t need a rum distillery, after all? I met up with my old flatmate for a drink, and the menu almost tempted us into dinner: another … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Poly, Surry Hills

Paramount is a really great place to see films. It’s intimate, with not so many seats, and a good view from each of them. But it’s still a communal experience, which, if people remember they’re not watching Netflix at homes, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bread ‘n’ More Bakery, Surry Hills

Mr. Mo’s, formerly at this location on Campbell Street, in Surry Hills, has moved down the street and around the corner. And so Bread ‘n’ More Bakery, specialising in Artisan Sourdough bread, has moved in. They apparently have a mothership … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bistrot Gavroche, Chippendale

It’s so hard to decide where to eat on Spice Alley! But our decision was made for us, somewhat, in that not everything is open on a Sunday night. For example, in this little complex of restaurants stacked on top … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 3 of 5 stars I liked Ondaatje’s In The Skin of a Lion so much that it sort of become part of my identity: an aspiring writer who liked Ondaatje, his showy, poetic descriptions … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Parida Bondi, Bondi Beach

Could this be the best brunch in Bondi? Or in Sydney? Parida Bondi is setting its aims high, and with a beautiful location and cosy but contemporary design, it’s a good place to find out. We arrived for a sneaky … Continue reading

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