Category Archives: Australia

Melbourne Food Diary: Self Preservation, CBD

The friends who brought us here had come for dinner and think the food is great! For dinner that is. While amused by the retro furnishings and feel (and formica top on the table), the food was just OK. My … Continue reading

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Melbourne Food Diary: Bar Lourinhã, Little Collins Street

What does one do if you’re Sydneysiders in Melbourne for the weekend? Eat and drink, I’d say (though we also loved the MOMA exhibit at the NGV). Bar Lourinhã was a superb choice for dining. It felt like Melbourne. Stylish … Continue reading

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Melbourne Food Diary: Meatball & Wine Bar, CBD

Ermigod. Offering meatballs and wine, it was very unlikely that I would be disappointed by the Meatball & Wine Bar on Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD. And I wasn’t. The menu is uncomplicated and appealing. We both decided to do … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Two Monsoons, Surry Hills

Does Crown Street and Sydney need more Thai food? In the Mood for Thai always seemed popular, and I liked the mood and decor, so was surprised when it closed down to be replaced by another Thai restaurant. At first … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Blacksmith, Surry Hills

I’ve mentioned it before in my blogs but I have great admiration for ANY restaurant in Sydney that has staying power. It’s a tough business, a tough market, and lots of work. Blacksmith in Surry Hills has staying power, and … Continue reading

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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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