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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...
Deconstructed Sicilian Cassata

Candelori’s, Smithfield

Often, the 'fancier' the restaurant, the more it gets associated with a bulky corporation, unfeeling and impersonal. Well, I'm happy to say that Candelori's - a fixture of the Sydney's Western Suburbs fine dining...

The best of Sydney, according to Time Out

I'm a big fan of Time Out. I would never visit a city without first consulting the local Time Out guide. Time Out Sydney's Food Awards 09 winners were announced this week, so let's see...

Oro Rosso Luncheon – A celebration of the preserved Italian Tomato

In collaboration with The Italian Trade Agency and The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA), restaurant Osteria Balla Manfredi recently hosted a lunch billed as ‘a sensory and educational journey on the precious...
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!...
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Pastizzi Cafe, Newtown

Mmm... I have a new addiction. Pastizzi Cafe in Newtown is the modern day version of 1950's Maltese Cafe on Crown Street in Surry Hills. It is still a family run business and it...
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Christmas dinner @ home

Merry Christmas! Last night, I was put in charge of our family's Christmas dinner. So instead of last year's roast, fresh prawns and lobster mornay, I decided to stock up on some oysters, scallops and green king prawns. I also did the gingerbread baking a day in advance!
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...
brunch-at-Bello’s, Burwood

brunch at Bello’s

On this extremely late Sunday afternoon, we decided to brunch at Bello. I've been here a couple of times before and have loved their generous servings and location. It's a fabulous excuse to impulse shop, although you might not be in the mood after paying almost $10 for a bowl of wedges with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream.

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