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Home cooking: Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu originated from the Sichuan province and has a fairly good origin story: the Village Voice identifies the creator as an old woman with a pock-marked face (from smallpox). Perhaps people decided it would be kinder to call her … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bar Ume, Surry Hills

This is a fun place. While I have to admit that I really did love the old Ume, these are the current trends: casual and easy, and burgers! The burgers are tasty with an Asian twist, and of modest size. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes a story about a book is enough to get me to read the book itself… and a Guardian profile, describing how Faber has decided … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Madame Shanghai, Darlinghurst

To start with, Madame Shanghai is simply a very beautiful space to dine in. Gorgeous lighting and decor, I did feel transported elsewhere. Neither of us could decide what to choose so went with the chef’s choice… Each dish was … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Zushi, Barangaroo

I kept hearing of Zushi in Barangaroo and wondered how they’d managed it. Zushi in Surry Hills, just around the corner from me, is perfectly fine Japanese food, with good service, and a busy lunchtime crowd. It’s always been great, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Papaya Grill Lao Restaurant, Marrickville

  Lao food is not easy to come by in Sydney, though the fellow at this restaurant says there are a few places out west. A Thai restaurant on Oxford Street had a special Lao food night ages ago, but … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Top Choice Seafood, Rhodes

I’m always up for Yum Cha, especially in larger groups when you get to try more dishes. So, off to Rhodes to meet a group of friends, including friends who live nearby and had suggested it. It’s kind of an … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Cuckoo Callay, Surry Hills

Cuckoo Callay settles nicely into the spot left behind by the Ampersand Cafe. It’s a perfect location, I think. Right next to the lovely open space next to the Surry Hills Library, usually catching the sun and the buzz of … Continue reading

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Food n’ Grog in Sydney: Oh! Matcha, World Square

You might have caught on through a few different blog post: I love matcha. I don’t mind the traditional Japanese green tea, although it does taste a bit weedy and vegetal in its truest form. As a flavour for a … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney, Frankie’s Beans, King’s Cross (Fractional Atmospheric Brew)

Gotta love a man with a story, and Frank Andrews has a good one. He left a corporate career in banking to pursue a love of coffee. He got involved in coffee roasting and won an award for his 3 … Continue reading

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