Category Archives: European

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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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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Sicily Food Diary: Duomo by Cicco Sultano, Ragusa

Il Duomo was everything I’d hoped for and more: an exquisite fine dining experience, rooted in Sicilian culture, food and ingredients that would be unrepeatable elsewhere. An elegant atmosphere, a chance to try a range of interesting Sicilian wines, and … Continue reading

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Food blogging in Rome

I was lucky enough to spend about four days in Rome before my holidays in Sicily and Southern Italy. Good meals are always on my travel agenda, and writing about those meals serves a few purposes for me: it allows … Continue reading

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