Category Archives: Australia

Drinking in Sydney: Aged Saké Tasting at Ume Burger

With intrepid friends D. and R., we managed to get in on a Sakenet Australia event, at Ume Burger, which focused on aged saké. Apparently, the first event was young sake, about a month ago. So, there were 13 of … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Artificer Specialty Coffee, Surry Hills

Artificer is still going strong. There are no frills. There isn’t a lot of seating. But it’s obvious that the coffee is attracting the denizens of Surry Hills. It’s all about the quality. I get it though. When I last … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, Capitol Square, Chinatown

It was imperative that I show my family (from Canada and Hawaii) what an Australian meat pie is, and more than that, I thought it duty-bound as an Australian (well, dual Australian-Canadian citizen) to encourage trying the “Tiger”, any pie … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Pazar Food Collective, Canterbury

If the idea of Turkish-Mexican fusion food doesn’t intrigue you, what would? I’m a fan of the NYT, and of their restaurant reviews. I’ve been really happy about their new Australian desk, and then even happier to find out that … Continue reading

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A flowering cycad on our balcony

As a Canadian transplanted to Australia, my wonder at the weird flora and fauna around here is likely to never wear off. Since cycads are subtropical or tropical, I wasn’t familiar with them, nor expected to have them on my … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Balkan Seafood Restaurant, Darlinghurst

I was never sure if the Balkan Seafood Restaurant was officially connected to the Balkan Restaurant a few doors down on Oxford Street that was there from 1964 all the way until 2012 when they moved to Crown Street. It’s … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Embers Mezze Bar, Darlinghurst

It’s good to feel confirmed. Since the other two times I’ve been here, I’ve been impressed. So a third time makes me feel pretty confident to say: this place is amazing. Modern Lebanese food. A Modern Australian twist. Reasonable prices … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Rosetta, CBD

Rosetta is Neil Perry’s latest. Apparently, there’s one in Melbourne already. It’s fancy  Italian cuisine, near Circular Quay on George Street in a rather gorgeous Harry Seidler building. The setting (and the ample light that comes through the ceiling to … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Brick Lane, Darlinghurst

There seems to be a moment happening in Sydney cuisine with some fresh, modern takes on Indian cuisine. Bring it on, I say. Nestled into a strip of restaurants on Stanley Street, Brick Lane has a cosy atmosphere. We ordered … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Jazushi, Surry Hills

How businesss are managing to survive with all that light rail work going on in Devonshire Street is a mystery! What a mess. I hope it will get cleared up soon so they can get back to their regular trade … Continue reading

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