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Truffle Dinner at Redsalt, Crowne Plaza {Truffle Festival Canberra}

Posted on July 4, 2012

Canberra? That’s so far away! (Says the silly Sydney-sider).

That silly Sydney-sider is me. It’s not that far, you know? It only took us two and a half hours and we didn’t even have to make a pit stop! Don’t you just love learning something new everyday? Me too.

Now that we’ve got the distance out of the way, let’s talk about why we’ve driven to Canberra… for the Truffle Festival of course! In it’s fourth year, the festival is fast gaining traction as one of the best Winter foodie events in Australia. If you’re into truffles, then it’s a must.

So, are you a truffle fan? I must say, people are very divided. There are passionate lovers and disgusted haters. I am a lover, but more on that later.

We arrive at the Crown Plaza in Canberra just in time to check in and see the sunset from the large window in our room that overlooks a beautiful park. Ahh, pretty. (more…)

Essen Restaurant & Beer Cafe {review}

Posted on May 23, 2012

Hubby and I were baby-free and ready for a feast – and boy, did we get one at Essen!

First up, beer for him (Radeberger pilsener on tap, 500ml $8.50) and a glass of wine for me (Scarborough Chardonnay, $8) accompanied by some warm salty pretzels with fresh butter ($3.70).

I have been to Essen’s sister restaurant Una’s many times, but never tried the pretzels due to the knowledge of how large the portions are. I’d rather save room for the gigantic schnitzels. However, since I was reviewing this time, I thought it best to taste them for you – yes, I’m very diligent at my job! :) (more…)

Glass Brasserie, Hilton Sydney

Posted on May 18, 2012

Are you looking for somewhere special for breakfast this weekend? Great, because I’d like to recommend Glass Brasserie at the Hilton.

Hubby, Poppy and I went there last weekend to try their new signature breakfast dish by new executive chef, Carl Middleton (formally of Lilianfels Spa & Resort and Darley’s Restaurant). (more…)

The Victoria Room Tea Salon, Westfield Sydney

Posted on January 16, 2012

From the minute we exited the lifts and saw the white picket fence, I was smitten.

The Victoria Room Tea Salon is a haven of girlishness, class and fun – all enclosed within a white picket fence and carefully decorated with splashes of my favourite colour pink (chair covers, menus, crockery).

Poppy and I met our dear friend Lorraine at midday for an indulgent high tea and a bit of obligatory girl talk! We ordered the Couture High Tea ($56), which comes with a flute of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial (more details on the food in a minute) and the Cheddar and Thyme scone filled with smoked Atlantic salmon, crème fraiche & dill ($14), they also have amazing freeze dried fruit. (more…)

Marrickville Rd Cafe now also Girl on a Swing wine bar!

Posted on November 25, 2011

My favourite cafe in Marrickville is now open in the evenings for drinks with live music – how exciting! Yes, Marrickville is getting trendier by the second, but shhhhh don’t tell anyone, we want to keep it our little secret for now.

Marrickville Rd Cafe by day, and now Girl on a Swing Wine Bar by night (due to the painted mural on the wall, see pic above), is a popular local spot for good coffee, delicious food featuring locally sourced ingredients and friendly staff. The owners, Sacha and Jane, know most of their customers by name and vice versa. It’s a great place to hang out – which Poppy and I do, several times a week! (more…)

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