chocolate and peanut butter cookies

I get it. Cookies from scratch seem like a hell of a lot of effort when there’s a perfectly good packet of Tim Tams right there in the biscuit aisle. I get it. And sure, when you see how much butter and sugar goes into your average batch of cookies you risk being scared off biscuits for life. I understand. But the smell of cookies fresh from the oven are seriously so incredible they will have your neighbours taping at your door to introduce themselves for the first time. Continue reading

the apollo, potts point

The Apollo is one of those restaurants that makes me feel lucky. Lucky that I live in a city that has a restaurant like this up the street from my home. Lucky that I live in a country that has such an incredible mix of cultural dining options on offer. Lucky that there are restaurateurs like Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie who tap into their heritage, wrap it in their years of experience and serve up a meal that makes you glad you stepped out for the night. Continue reading

Beach Burrito Wall

the beach burrito company, darlinghurst

This new Darlinghurst outpost has only recently opened, in fact I think we visited in its opening week. I never went into Monkey Mia, the restaurant that was previously on this spot, mainly because their interiors looked so ghastly. The Beach Burrito Company team have done a pretty amazing transformation on the place (though it is a far cry from its atmospheric seaside counterpart back in Bondi). The lightingkind of  screams ‘eat and run’ but the staff are warm and friendly. Continue reading

Gowings Bar & Grill, QT Hotel

gowings bar & grill, sydney

The QT Hotel has opened with much fanfare in Sydney city and injected some positive new energy into this pocket of the CBD. There’d be very little that would get me into the city on a Saturday night ordinarily, but the new Gowings Bar & Grill has the perfect ‘big night out’ feel that makes you want to slip on a heel and an extra slick of lipstick for an indulgent meal with good friends.

And so it is that 10 of us get chaperoned past the front desk, up the stairs, through the cocktail bar into the private dining room for a three course blowout to celebrate a plethora of occasions and milestones. Continue reading

fu manchu, darlinghurst

Have always had a bit of a soft spot for Fu Manchu. When I first moved to the big city into my own place in Darlinghurst as a 20 something girl, Fu Manchu was my local take away and though I do have a very firm fun memories of meals there I do recall tapping their take out menu pretty hard when a little heartbreak came my way. The ‘why didn’t he call’ Wonton Soup, the ‘I thought he was ‘the one’ Hainan Chicken and the ‘I never liked him anyway’ Lamb Dumplings.  Great meals that are cleansing, comforting and that ‘hug you from the inside’ when you need it. Continue reading

Mag Stack

february food mag wrap-up

Food Magazines

I don’t know if there is a more irresistible magazine cover then for a food mag. Though some might be drawn in by Ryan Gosling for GQ or Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy status in Who my weakest point of resistant is a handsome looking meal on the cover.

Delicious magazine is my absolute favourite of the food magazines. I have purchased every edition since it’s launch back in 2001.  I’ve also got a collection of Gourmet Traveller’s from the early 90s which my parents are kindly holding onto in their garage. More recently I have subscribed to the digital versions of both Gourmet Traveller and Donna Hay. From Super Food Ideas through to the fabulous NZ magazine Cuisine I will always find something new for the recipe box. Continue reading

Banoffie Pie Sailor's Club

the sailor’s club, rose bay

Seared Yellow Tuna, White Anchovy, Cucumber & Chilli Salsa

I think the team at the Sailor’s Club have nailed it in terms of their refurb, menu and atmosphere replacing Pier Restaurant in Rose Bay. Having happily worked my way through a number of the items on the menu it’s fast becoming my favourite place for when I’m craving a sunny Sunday afternoon lunch of seafood followed by a special dessert. The meals are beautiful in their simplicity. Yellow Fin Tuna, White Anchovy, Cucumber & Chilli Salsa has become my favourite tuna dish in all of Sydney at the moment. Continue reading