Category Archives: European

Sydney Food Diary: Vino e Cucina, Paddington

We stumbled across Vino e Cucina, looking for somewhere to eat after the exhibition at the Lyons Gallery in Five Ways, ‘Let’s Dance: Celebrating the Life of David Bowie’. My friends couldn’t be convinced to try Tequila Mockingbird (too expensive … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Lavie & Belle Bakery, Surry Hills

I may not be an expert in French croissants but I did spend months chasing down the ones on various best lists in Paris a few years ago. So, what a treat that there are amazing croissants in my own … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Alpha Restaurant, CBD

Holy cow did I like this restaurant. In a lovely airy and bright space, Alpha serves up Modern Greek food. Years ago, some friends had the opportunity to live in Athens for a while, and said that while the food … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bistrot Gavroche, Chippendale

It’s so hard to decide where to eat on Spice Alley! But our decision was made for us, somewhat, in that not everything is open on a Sunday night. For example, in this little complex of restaurants stacked on top … 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: the European, CBD

Sunday brunch in Melbourne. The wait at Cumulus was 45 minutes so we thought we’d head here instead. It’s got a lovely old-fashioned feel about it, very… European. I had a delicious flat white to start off, and then a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: IKEA, Tempe

So, I would completely understand someone who would call IKEA’s famous meatballs as bland and without texture, and wonder from where its fame came from. However, I am not that person. I find something deeply comforting about industrial food. I … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Mjølner, Redfern

Could Sydney really support two Scandiwegian restaurants where you go through a non-descript door and to a darkened basement for fantastic, modern Viking food? Well, the answer is no, as I found out that the Norsk Dor in the CBD … Continue reading

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Italy Food Diary: Il Braciere del Viale, Catania, Sicily

So, here’s a funny foodie story. I love the New York Times and the New Yorker. It’s partly a long-held fantasy about living in such a big city with so much culture, food and intelligence, even though when I spent … Continue reading

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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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