Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Sydney Food Diary: Tapavino, CBD

The truth is that I’ve been trying to get to Tapavino for ages. The reviews have been great, continuously, but the last time I was in the neighbourhood, before a show, it was too crowded to get in. So, a … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Skully on Crown, Surry Hills

There’s a little cluster of restaurants on Crown Street with some cool stores in the mix too (the fabulous Mud ceramics has opened a Surry Hills outpost here). Skully on Crown is very new, with a big hipster sign, and … Continue reading

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Italy Food Diary: Il Flauto di Pan, Ravello

Our dinner at Il Flauto di Pan in Ravello reminded me strangely of our dinner at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The view and surroundings are so beautiful. It’s not that the food becomes irrelevant but … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Sabbaba, Bondi Beach

I remember going to this, the original Sabbaba, over ten years ago. It seemed to me that they’d expanded broadly over the years, but it turns out that they expanded only to places where I go (the Westfield CBD food … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Bowan Island Bakery, Zetland

Since I’m from Vancouver, Canada, which is not so far from Bowen Island, the name Bowan Island caused me to do a double-take. But internet research is offering no illumination. Aside from the name of a bakery that has become … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Saké Restaurant, The Rocks

Wow, was this a nice meal. Invited along for a business lunch, we had a whole selection of dishes: edamame with a spicy salt for dipping, gyoza, vegetarian sushi, and popcorn shrimp. A sashimi selection was beautifully presented and appropriately … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Gardenia, CBD

Now, if I was hungry, and it was lunchtime, I would have loved to try this place. I loved the contrast. A sign that makes it look like the place has been around for a long, long time, yet a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Pott’Spot, Potts Point

I confess: I passed up eating here previously because… of the sign. I couldn’t read it at first, and it looks more like Pott’Spat than Spot, which is an even more terrible name for a restaurant. The childish lettering, the … Continue reading

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Andy and Stevie’s Sicily Travel Guide

Funny. I hadn’t really heard all that much about Sicily but when we said we were going for a week there, I found it’s a regular destination for international tourists. And why did I think it’s a small place, being … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Casa Barelli’s Burgundy Truffles from Aldi

Aldi is a phenomenon. I love it. The middle aisles, filled with their current specials, are like a surprise door from a game show: What’s behind door number 3 today? While Aldi has provided me with various delights over time … Continue reading

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