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The Bistro at Manly Pavilion, Manly

Nestled on picturesque Federation Point in Manly Cove is foodie favourite The Bistro at Manly Pavilion. Boasting some of the best views in the cove, this unpretentious eatery has been gaining notoriety over the past year for...

Wiseman Park Wollongong City Bowling Club

Imagine has closed From first appearances, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was just an average senior's bowling club bistro. Oh, how wrong I was! Zen's workmate DC has been a local at the club for...

Papa Gino’s on Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

After splurging so much on all these fabulous meals within the first few days of this trip to Melbourne, I thought it was time for a serious cheap eat. Papa Gino's on Lygon Street...

XS Espresso ‘Next Level’, Wetherill Park

You know that feeling you get, when you find a café that you can call “yours”, somewhere that feels like a second home? Somewhere that you can recommend to others and have full confidence that...


Machiavelli needs no introduction. It's reputation has been flourished by the high rollers and politicians of Sydney and with that, expect to pay the high prices.
Squid Ink Pasta, Venice, Italy

Black Food is the New Green + My Trip to Venice

Many foods are believed to prevent cancer, of these, the emerging newbie is black food. Mother Earth’s found a fun way to tell us the different nutrients in our food – they’re colour co-ordinated!...
Val Verde pizza master class

Authentic Napoletana Pizza Masterclass & Recipe

I recently had the pleasure of attending an Italian masterclass at Signorelli Gastronomia to celebrate the launch of Val Verde’s new San Marzano P.D.O Peeled Tomatoes. The San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic...
Celery and Celeriac theme at Berta Tuesday Sagra Dinners

Tuesday Sagra Dinners at Berta

For something a bit different, book yourself in for Berta's weekly sagra dinners! Sagra is an Italian concept that involves a celebration of the bounties of Earth. Festivals pop-up around small towns to celebrate...
Raspberries and Cream dessert from Bombini

Bombini, Avoca Beach

It was just after midday on a Saturday afternoon when I arrived at Bombini at Avoca Beach. Despite it being well into winter, the sun was out and the weather was warm enough to...

Caffe Sicilia, Surry Hills

Date nights have taken Zen and I to all pockets of Sydney. Depending on our moods and cravings, we'll go anywhere from having a cosy night with noodles and dumplings at Ashfield, to driving...

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