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Messina Creative Department, Darlinghurst

October 11th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Messina Creative Department, Darlinghurst

Going to the Messina Creative Department in Darlinghurst is – hands down – one of the most delightful things you can do in Sydney. You walk in wondering, “is a seven-course dessert degustation really a wise move?” and walk out so cheerfully light-headed and un-anchored by gravity that you could basically be a balloon float. […]

Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst

July 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst

If you were playing time-keeper, you’d notice that Bar Brosé has made a blazing impression in the short spell it’s been open. In just over three months, it’s scored a near-perfect record of good notices from pretty much every food-fixated outlet you can think of. Plus, head chef Analiese Gregory’s poulet vin jaune d’Australie has already […]

New podcast – Corie Sutherland, Edition Coffee Roasters

March 10th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Corie Sutherland, Edition Coffee Roasters

From drinking supermarket Nescafe to the buzz of making espressos for his hero Rene Redzepi every morning (and basically being the Noma chef’s personal barista), Corie Sutherland has certainly had an unexpected career. In this podcast, he tells his story of living in Japan, getting into ‘specialty coffee’ (a term he’s wary of using) and […]

Mary’s Kebabs at Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst

May 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Mary’s Kebabs at Cliff Dive, Darlinghurst

Update: sadly, Mary’s Kebabs is no longer running at Cliff Dive – but will be popping up at other events and venues. Follow ’em on Instagram to see where they’ll be next.  You can still get your Mary’s fix in Newtown and the Sydney CBD, though! Mary’s is a repeat offender at making the city more awesome […]

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

January 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites | 3 Comments »

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Let’s call Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst my favourite new cafe right now. Small in scale, but big on brilliance, this place offers immediate relief against all the samey establishments where eggs on toast is a protected species and every menu looks like a carbon copy of any other caffeine-dispensing joint. As you’d guess from […]

Gelato Messina Dessert Bar, Darlinghurst

October 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 7 Comments »

Gelato Messina Dessert Bar, Darlinghurst

The best-looking construction site in Sydney has to be the new Gelato Messina Dessert Bar in Darlinghurst. Lit up by neon glitz and filled with multi-colour rows of ‘assembly parts’ (fudges, jellies, sweets galore) and carnival-style equipment (a fairy-floss machine, a popcorn incubator), this build-your-own sundae establishment is a sugar-fuelled delight. In fact, it’s basically […]

Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

September 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | 5 Comments »

Chaco Bar, Darlinghurst

My friend Marc Brandon hit Chaco Bar in Darlinghurst with the title of his “FAV JAP Joint in Syd” a month ago, and I’ve been badly wanting to check it out ever since. And if you thought that Marc’s just talking up this joint as a favour to his pal, chef Keita Abe – simply because […]

Sagra, Darlinghurst

December 3rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Sagra, Darlinghurst

Recently, it’s been easy to feel like you’ve been double-crossed by the weather – there have been downpours and cold days when you thought sunshine was what you’d signed up for. We found an upside to the persistent rainclouds and temperature drops, though. One particularly soggy Monday, Will and I went to Sagra in Darlinghurst […]

Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst

August 26th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst

If you look for Cafe Paci in Darlinghurst, you’ll find it at the old Cafe Pacifico site – the neon sign is still there, minus the last few letters. What’s been subtracted is no big deal, because what Pasi Petanen has added is phenomenal. It easily qualifies as one of the best new restaurants I’ve […]

Easter treats

March 28th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Shops | 2 Comments »

Easter treats

My collection box of Easter memories is pretty small. I grew up with Buddhist parents, so I was off the hook when it came to the religious significance of the holiday. Mainly, I remember peeling foil off chocolate, and knowing that the little solid eggs were nowhere near as prized as the large hollow ones […]

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