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Sydney Food Diary: Tokki, Surry Hills

Described as a Korean, Japanese, Asian Fusion restaurant, just opened on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills, I thought: what’s not to love about that? I’ve really developed a passion for modern Korean food lately from some excellent eateries in Sydney … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Pelican Hills, Surry Hills

So, the Alta Building on Goulburn Street at Riley Street was finished at the end of 2011. Which means I’ve seen 7 or 8 years of restaurants and cafes come and go at the ground level. There was Pachamama House, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen My rating: 3 of 5 stars For some reason, my review of Jonathan Franzen’s Strong Motion remains one of the most-viewed posts on my blog. I wonder why that is. Probably because there aren’t that many … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Tuyo, Potts Point

My friend Freddy was excited to bring me to this cafe, very close to where they live in Potts Point, which they have discovered and really enjoyed. And true: it’s hard to go wrong with good food and good service. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Aware that Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s interviews with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jonathan Franzen are so incisive, well-written and engaging that they’ve become famous in themselves, and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bayswater Kitchenette, Kings Cross

It was good preparation to go to Bayswater Kitchenette before my vacation in Italy. The team (Broadsheet tells me it’s Glenda Lau, Alessia Bottini and Robert Patterson-Hyde) is serving up deceptively simple homestyle Italian food. The flavours are rich, savoury … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Mr Sun’s Fried Bun, Waterloo

  In Waterloo, there’s an entire little neighbourhood springing up of Asian restaurants, and not the typical Asian restaurants in most parts of Sydney. They seem to be regional Chinese restaurants, and some others, aimed mainly at students and other … Continue reading

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Book review: David Foenkinos’s Delicacy

Delicacy by David Foenkinos My rating: 1 of 5 stars I should have guessed from the cover. ‘Like an Amélie for grown-ups’, said the blurb. But I thought that Amélie was for grown-ups. So, I could gather from the back … Continue reading

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2019 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

(A work in progress…) Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words Sasha Velour’s Smoke and Mirrors, the Enmore Theatre. See review here. Jane Siberry in concert at the Camelot Lounge, Sydney. Jane Siberry hosting Songwriters in the Round at the Estonian … Continue reading

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Roman Food Diary: Capo de Faro, Travestere

 My last chance for a meal in Rome before beginning a driving holiday: My AirBNB host recommended this place, saying the pasta was great, and referencing the house specialty: the democratic rigatoni. When I arrived, just past 12.30pm, there was … Continue reading

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