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French memories on the Central Coast | Ludo’s Wholesale Patissiere

‘The one’, the lil’uns and I spent the Easter break in Avoca on the Central Coast of NSW. There is nothing better to refresh and energize than a beach break. Something so cathartic about the sound of crashing waves and all that fresh sea air! And a wonderful rest we had. Days on the beach soaking up the sunshine, evening drinks with friends, Easter Sunday family lunch and large gatherings of families feasting on tables laden with food. In fact we were on our way to one such gathering when I had my French moment. Like a sanctuary out of the corner of my … Continue Reading

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Basking in the morning autumn sunshine | Breakfast at The Bathers’ Pavillion, Balmoral

  ‘The one’ and I have just celebrated our 25th (yes, that’s right – 25th) wedding anniversary. We decided the best way to spend the morning was to gather all five of the lil’uns and head to picturesque Balmoral beach to soak up some sunshine. Really the only way to do this is to book a table at The Bathers’ Pavillion and enjoy their delicious breakfast menu.   We enjoyed the following delicious delights…   It was certainly a lovely way to celebrate a momentous occasion for us. I look forward to spending another 25 years together! And as I … Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day | Dining | Ormeggio’s at The Spit

Ormeggio’s at The Spit is fast becoming one of my very favourite dining experiences in Sydney. This was my place of choice for Valentine’s Day with ‘the one’. Beautiful tasty food with subtle notes from Northern Italy lovingly created by the talented chefs. The freshest produce is used and the presentation of the food is a knockout. I have been to this restaurant quite a few times now and I am never disappointed. Valentine’s Day presented as a set menu. Again I was not disapponted. To tantalise our tastebuds: to start – a pumpkin foam with dried olive shavings. This dish was … Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day | Love Potion Pots

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul” ~ Judy Garland Be sure to put ‘love’ on the menu in your home for Valentine’s Day with these decadent and rich chocolate mousse pots. You can choose to decorate them as you like or do as I did and pipe some ‘love’ words with melted chocolate. Dip some luscious srawberries in dark chocolate to help with the presentation. Then you can feed these to your Valentine one by succulent one… The original recipe was adapted from the February … Continue Reading

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Bon Apetit | Everyone deserves a dose of Adriano Zumbo on a Sunday morning.

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  So my secret is out. Adriano Zumbo’s Manly store has been open over a month now and doing exceedingly well. Adriano Zumbo, Shop 1a/40 The East Esplanade, Manly Entry via Wentworth Avenue Mon – Friday 7am – 7pm Saturday/Sunday 8am to 5.30pm info@adrianozumbo.com

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Neutral Bay Bar and Dining

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Last Friday night, ‘the one’ and I enjoyed a relaxed and enjoyable meal at the new and ‘happening’ Neutral Bay Bar and Dining. When you enter through the glass door, you arrive in the bar area. This area is dedicated to open seating and stools at the bar to enjoy either just a drink or a pre-dinner drink whilst you wait for your table. We were informed, although we had an ‘early sitting’ booking, that anything from the menu can be ordered and served in the bar area for your enjoyment. By the time we left at 8.30pm, this was clearly … Continue Reading

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Ristorante Buon Ricordo’s Marmelleta D’Arance Di Siviglia | Seville Orange Marmalade

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One of my absolute favourite Sydney restaurants is Ristorante Buon Ricordo in Paddington. Armando Percuoco and his beautiful wife, Gemma, opened Buon Ricordo in 1987, serving classic Italian food. It is their vast knowledge and experience, along with their generous spirit that sees the restaurant, to this day, a popular destination for ‘foodies’ from all over the world. My favourite dish has to be finely sliced kingfish with pomegranate, candied orange and extra virgin olive oil. It is the orange that I would like to concerntrate on today. Oh, and I never leave the restaurant empty handed. Gemma’s generous gift of … Continue Reading

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A bite at Bills Darlinghurst

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I ventured into the city yesterday for a meeting. Bills Darlinghurst was the venue. Whilst we only consumed coffees and peppermint teas during the meeting, as soon as all was finalised we decided to stay on and partake in some of Bills simple, fresh food.  Bill Granger is known for his relaxed style of cooking. Originating from Melbourne to attend art school in Sydney, Bill undertook waitering jobs to supplement his income. He has a hands-on approach, starting out as a home-cook. He opened Bills Darlinghurst in 1993. From there, he has gone from strength to strength opening a further … Continue Reading

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China Beach, Manly| Savouring the flavours of the Orient

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I had been eagerly anticipating the opening of this little gem of a restaurant, baby sister of China Doll Restaurant at Woolloomooloo. Apart from the vast selection of Asian delights available, the thing that caught my eye was the decor. Maybe this has to do with my interior design background, but the overall feel of this new eatery evokes a sense of calmness with its light, airy, clean fresh feel without being sterile. There is, of course, the added advantage of being opposite picturesque Manly Beach providing sparkling water views by day. A busy juxtaposition is created with the use of Vietnamese floor tiles … Continue Reading

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The Old Robertson Cheese Factory in the picturesque Southern Highlands of New South Wales

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Nothing can refresh my senses and recharge my batteries better than a day in the country and what better place in the country than the picturesque Southern Highlands of New South Wales. I am particularly drawn to the lush pockets of rainforest that hug the creek lines in and around Robertson. These, mixed with vibrant green pastures, hills that seem to roll on forever, and quaint historic townships make for a very pleasant day out indeed. I dropped by The Old Cheese Factory for a light bite to eat and a warming, rich hot chocolate.  Once satiated, I browsed their … Continue Reading

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