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New podcast – Claire van Vuuren and Mitch Grady, Bloodwood, Newtown Locals

October 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Claire van Vuuren and Mitch Grady, Bloodwood, Newtown Locals

Claire van Vuuren and Mitch Grady did not plan to become chefs. She wanted to be an artist and he thought he’d be a golfer. Luckily for Sydney diners, their career paths got redirected – and the pair met while working at renowned Sydney institution Claude’s, where they bonded over practical jokes. They went on […]

Rosso Antico Pizza Bar, Newtown

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

Rosso Antico Pizza Bar, Newtown

We walked into Rosso Antico Pizza Bar in Newtown with plenty of in-built enthusiasm – when Jamie Nimmo of The Stinking Bishops gives a place a good scorecard, you want to fast-track your visit there. (Not only did he rate it well – “Finally, some good pizza on Enmore Road” – but ended up staging three visits in one […]

The Gretz, Enmore

March 10th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Bars, Latest | 3 Comments »

The Gretz, Enmore

Even before the team from Hartsyard opened its new bar in Enmore, I think we were all already pre-enrolled in The Gretz Fan Club. Owners Naomi Hart and Gregory Llewellyn have deservedly gained a huge, unshakeable following for their original venture in Newtown – where Hartsyard’s supersized flavours (and charms) can still conjure a wait […]

New podcast – Carlos Heng and Dan Pigott, MakMak Macarons

February 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Carlos Heng and Dan Pigott, MakMak Macarons

A princess cake and a corporate job in banking seem like unlikely ingredients for a macaron company, but they each played a part in kickstarting MakMak Macarons. Carlos Heng and Dan Pigott began their venture in DIY style, with Carlos overtaking Dan’s kitchen and selling his sweets in an underground fashion. Eventually MakMak went legit, […]

New podcast – Nick Smith, Rising Sun Workshop

September 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Nick Smith, Rising Sun Workshop

Nick Smith’s early fascination with food was marked, literally, with a bang. A childhood cooking incident – which led to an unexpected visit from the bomb squad – did not deter his culinary interests, nor did a 10-year career in stockbroking. Along the way, he started his own catering company, became involved with Single Origin […]

New podcast – Andrew Bowden, Hartsyard

July 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 6 Comments »

New podcast – Andrew Bowden, Hartsyard

Andrew Bowden is the “lord pastry master of Hartsyard“. You may know him as Andy Bowdy if you follow him on social media, where you can see the next-level desserts he makes for the hatted Newtown restaurant. This includes his ever-changing soft serves and pies – which incorporate everything from deep-fried cheesecake, wasabi peas, toasted […]

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

April 21st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

In Japan, there’s a minor thrill in finding a ramen bar in unlikely corners – unassuming alley ways, busy railway stations, the turn of a street corner. Here in Sydney, you might reloop your footsteps once you walk by Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown and realise that this communal motorcycle garage does double-duty as a […]

The Stinking Bishops, Newtown

April 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Shops | 3 Comments »

The Stinking Bishops, Newtown

The Stinking Bishops in Newtown is named after the first-ever cheese to be judged as Britain’s smelliest. Although wheels of this infamous creation (which has the knockout stench of  “a rugby club changing room”) have yet to turn up at this new cheese bar and deli on Enmore Road, there are many other (less pungent) […]

Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown

July 10th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Bars | 4 Comments »

Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown

Earl’s Juke Joint in Newtown is finally open. There’s been drumroll anticipation for this new bar since last August, when Time Out Sydney reported that Pasan Wijesena (of Shady Pines) would kickstart his own establishment at the old Betta Meats location on King Street. I’ve been keeping an eye out for any microscopic change in […]

Soda Pony, Newtown

May 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cafes | 2 Comments »

Soda Pony, Newtown

Soda Pony in Newtown will evoke your high-school reading list while serving you some fine slow-cooked beans on sourdough. One verdict is that they’re the best around (or at least, equal tied with Rag Land in Redfern). Named after Ponyboy and Sodapop Curtis in S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, the cafe pushes its tribute to […]

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