Category Archives: Review

Sydney Food Diary: Thirty Coffee, Paddington

A mid-week lunch with a friend in Paddington, and we’ve stopped by Thirty Coffee, a long, narrow space: industrial chic. We grab a table at the back, which has a lovely breeze coming through though feels a bit of a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Love, Simon (2018)

It seems a long time coming for “Love, Simon” to be the first gay teen movie from a major film studio. While I don’t think I’m necessarily the target audience (as a far-from-teenage gay man), I really wanted to see … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars There was no question on finishing this book that I’d be reading the rest of the novels… but I was surprised at how I swept into it. First, … Continue reading

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2018 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

(Obviously, a work in progress…) Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words Muriel’s Wedding, the Musical: Loved the adaptation and update, music and cast. A fun show. I wonder if it will transfer overseas. Darlinghurst Nights, Hayes Theatre: A thirty-year old … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Yasaka Ramen, Neutral Bay

So, we were off to a movie at the Hayden Orpheum and what to choose among the dozens of restaurants along Military Road? On this quiet Monday night, I felt like ramen! I checked with the ratings of Sydney’s resident … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Artificer Specialty Coffee, Surry Hills

Artificer is still going strong. There are no frills. There isn’t a lot of seating. But it’s obvious that the coffee is attracting the denizens of Surry Hills. It’s all about the quality. I get it though. When I last … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Cairo Takeway, Enmore

I’d heard of Cairo Takeaway but I got a strong recommendation to try it from an English school teacher who is Chinese and Jewish and called herself Jewsian. I love that! My delight in the multicultural ways of the world … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Chulin Chinese Cuisine & Deli, Chippendale

On Broadway, among all of the restaurants that seemed to be aimed at university students, some from Taiwan, one Malaysian, Indonesian, really a melting hotpot of mostly Asian cuisine, is the Chulin Chinese Cuisine & Deli. I hunted it down … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Ho Jiak, Chinatown

This ain’t no hawker stand. While the restaurant is cannily designed to feel like you’re in an outdoor market, the dishes are refined, unbelievably tasty and for most Sydneysiders will be a revelation, tasting the best of Nonya cuisine, from … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Concrete Duck, Darlinghurst

My brother, visiting from Hawaii, asks why there are so many restaurants and bars that have the word “duck” in them in Sydney. It’s true we’d walked by Holy Duck, but I didn’t think we’d passed by the Duck & … Continue reading

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