Category Archives: Latin American

Sydney Food Diary: Chica Bonita, Manly

So many restaurants to choose from! We came to Chica Bonita (“Pretty Girl”) because somehow they’ve managed to score a little higher than everywhere else on Zomato. So, why not? And I like Mexican food, the authentic kind and the … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bar Patron, Circular Quay

Ah, so let’s see: there was Cafe Ananas, which I had a pleasant meal or two at, a French cafe at the corner of Circular Quay, a good place to go before a show at the Opera House (in this … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Jimmy Blanco, Surry Hills

I like a good concept and Jimmy Blanco is both playful and brash, announcing itself as a hybrid of Latin America and Australia, and a lot of fun. But branding wasn’t enough to save Jimmy on Friday night. I’ve actually … 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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Drinking in Sydney: Tio’s Cervecería, Surry Hills

I’ve always like Tio’s. And it’s been around for a rather long time, considering the ephemeral nature of Surry Hills’ market for bars and restaurants. It combines casual and cool. I love the daggy sort of inside-outside bar where the … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Calaveras, Newtown

   We arrived a little early in Newtown before meeting our friends to go to Black Ginger, so I dragged husband to have a drink here. I’d seen the signs saying it’s a tequila bar… and hey, I like tequila. … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: El Loco at the Excelsior, Surry Hills

Way back when, in the mists of time, when El Loco opened up at the Excelsior, it was cause for a serious buzz. Merivale was making its mark, and could be counted on to do something interesting. It was before … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Desnuda, Williamsburg

The playlist at Desnuda was the soundtrack to my teenage years. Not only the background music but favourite songs by A-ha, Human League, Stevie Nicks and New Order. It was kind of freaking me out. Luckily, after a delicious, strong, … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: La Isla Restaurant, Williamsburg

One day, I’m at Margon in Times Square (having Cuban/Dominican food) and the next day, I’m to Puerto Rico. Or the Dominican Republic. I’m not sure. Yelp calls it both. Zomato votes Dominican. For a quick lunch in Williamsburg before … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Margon, Times Square

Just a last adventure before I leave New York City (drizzling and cold, a good day to leave) and the adventure is food from islands where they speak Spanish. This review in the New York Times for Margon made it … Continue reading

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