Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Rome Food Diary: Le Mani in Pasta, Trastevere

Are nights in Rome always this pretty? After after-work drinks with friends, I walked up from Portuense to find a restaurant that my friend James had recommended. Of course, I didn’t have a reservation, but hoped that I’d get in, … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Kub Kao Kub Pla, Central Embassy

On my recent two-day stopover in Bangkok, this was my favourite meal. After the flight from Sydney, and a rather torturous journey from the airport to my hotel, I met up with my old pal, J., who took me one … Continue reading

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Rome Food Diary: Sora Margherita, the Jewish ghetto

So, haters gotta hate. I’m very amused reading on TripAdvisor the latest reviews for Sora Margherita. Diners are upset that others love this place so much (and that they didn’t), and they complain about it being expensive, which I just … Continue reading

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Rome Food Diary: Baylon Cafè, Trastevere

I went back and forth on this one. While I really wanted to go to Sora Margherita in the Jewish Ghetto, I was reminded of the reviews on TripAdvisor that it can be very hard to get into, if there … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Veganerie Concept, Sukhimvit Soi 24, Klongtoey

We went, not because we’re vegan, but because a friend said the food was tasty. I found it fine, but not special. The cauliflower drumsticks were simply battered cauliflower with a sauce. I love zucchini pasta, and have had an … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Maisen, Central Embassy

Maisen is a chain of Japanese restaurants that is famous for its crispy breaded pork cutlets, more commonly known as tonkatsu. It was in my guidebook as a must-try when I was in Osaka, where I first tried it, so … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Hulu at King Street Wharf

Chef Johnny is only 25 years old but presides over two Hulus and is a consulting chef or manager of many more. He trained in French and Japanese cuisine, and while he doesn’t like to eat them, he loves making … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Ho Jiak’s Nonya Afternoon Tea

I like the Australian word ‘spruik’. Except I’ve been pronouncing it wrong. It’s sprook, rhymes with Luke, not sproik, rhymes with… well, not anything I can think of. It means to either promote or publicise something or to loudly advertise … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Le Monde, Surry Hills

Since Sydney is such a fast-moving and trendy place, it surprises me that a café like Le Monde can keep going, with a good reputation and buzz, after more than twenty years. I certainly remember it from my early days … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Taking over the space from the trendy and expensive clothing store, The Stables, on Bourke Street, next to the Beresford Hotel, is Veneziano Coffee Roasters, opening in Sydney just a few months ago, after establishing themselves in Brisbane and Adelaide. … Continue reading

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