Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Sydney Food Diary: Charlie Lovett, Crows Nest

Oh Charlie, what happened here? We could have been so good together. You’re in a great location and with the open windows, are a perfect place to hang out for coffee on a sunny Saturday spring afternoon. And I like … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Rye and molasses no-knead bread

So, the adventures in bread making continue. After my first attempts, I was still enjoying the bread, but I felt confused about how I could be using whole-wheat flour and rye flour and the bread just basically tasted like heavy … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Salaryman, Surry Hills

What a great surprise. Passing by this place during the day, on Albion Street, it looks like a curiosity, almost like a pool hall, set up in a garage, exposed copper piping, concrete and brick walls. But at night, with … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Contrabando, CBD

When the hostess lead us to our table, I was about to say to my husband, ‘Is it just me, or was that woman a b*tch?’ but before I could ask, he said what was on my mind. We’d arrived … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: at Kate’s, Surry Hills

Once, long ago, there was a cafe that seemed to be open intermittently and was rumoured to have a bit of a mean owner, and so not do a great business. It always looked amusing though, a little house next … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Great Aunty Three, Surry Hills

It was clear to me, just from a quick glance, that this restaurant had the right concept for the right location. Right next to the immensely popular Chat Thai in what was once a grocery store that unusually sold Latin … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Tim Ho Wan, Pavillion on George St, CBD

Tim Ho Wan seems to be taking over Sydney. From the humble beginnings of its Chatswood location, it now has three locations in the CBD. But this makes sense to me: Sydneysiders love yum cha, and the quality of the … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Zhu Canton, Randwick

Yum cha in Randwick? What a fine idea. I like the idea of yum cha in any neighbourhood, really, and spotting this listing on Zomato, I thought it would be worth a try. It turned out to be more of … Continue reading

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Home cooking: Locomoco

The locomoco is a Hawaiian invention. It involves plain white rice (variation: Japanese white rice) with a burger patty on top (or two), and then a fried egg on top of that (or two), and over the whole thing: gravy. … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Thanon Khaosan, Chinatown

Thai desserts. How I love them. Asian desserts often seem to confuse Westerners as whatever sweetness involved is quite subtle. They might even have a savoury hint to them. On numerous business trips to Bangkok, I discovered different Thai desserts, … Continue reading

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