Since moving over to Sydney’s inner East, I have found myself spending far more time in the city. Whether it’s to buy a cookbook, look for homewares for my new little place, or most importantly to meet a friend or my mum for a catch up over coffee and a bite to eat. Located along Martin Place, a stroll from the Quay or Wynyard or one stop on the train for me, Hills Bros has become the perfect, central place to meet. Continue reading
Another new restaurant has made its way onto Market Lane, bringing a new but simple concept – cheese, cured meats and wine, with a focus on local, organic and free-range produce. Cured solves your mid-week/Friday night dilemma of not wanting to cook, presenting a relaxed, casual atmosphere in which to enjoy life’s simple pleasures (cheese and wine, of course…).
I only need to see the words tahini, falafel and figs on a menu and I’m sold. To me, Mediterranean style food is perfectly balanced and utterly delicious, always bursting with fresh flavours like lemon, pomegranate molasses and lots of fresh herbs. After falling in love with this, I suppose, ‘modern’ Mediterranean food from eating at Ottolenghi and Honey & Co. in London and feasting in the Marais area of Paris, discovering Kepos Street Kitchen has been so exciting and heart-warmingly reminiscent of my travels.
Market Lane has become the new café haven of Manly over the past few years, with two local institutions, Fika Swedish Kitchen and Market Lane Café, sitting on either side of Manly Library. But now the holy trinity has been formed, with the latest edition of Bare Naked Bowls. Unlike the usual Manly café menu of poached eggs, avocado toast, muesli and various baked goods (which I am all very fond of), Bare Naked Bowls has brought a new and highly anticipated concept to the Manly food scene – delicious, healthy superfoods with a focus on local produce, nutrition and doing good, with 10% of Bare Naked Bowls profits going towards International Brothers and Sisters House, a charity that supports orphaned children in developing nations. Needless to say, both the local and broader-Sydney response has been overwhelming, with people pouring in from early in the morning to well into the afternoon and others placing in their takeaway orders to enjoy on the beachfront. The most popular menu item are their range of Acai bowls, but other menu items include muesli or chia breakfast bowls, superfood smoothies, salads, raw vegan desserts and coffee/tea. Continue reading
Ora is a new favourite local cafe of mine, having already been 4 times and loved each meal. Ora is an organic cafe, with a focus on local produce, respecting each humble ingredient and creating healthy, nourishing food. So much care and effort is put into preparing each dish, with labouring tasks like creating fresh bone broth, activating nuts, soaking and sprouting grains and fermenting vegetables being a key aspect of most. The cafe itself is beautiful, simple and peaceful, featuring divine wooden table tops and seating, glass jars filled with ingredients lining the shelves, big folding windows opening out onto Whistler Street and sunshine beaming in.
Sitting by the big glass windows overlooking Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, with trains passing by, rattling along the tracks, and the smart, white-shirted waitstaff diligently topping up glasses of wine by the carafe, as you admire the horseshoe bar, French tiling and the light hues of the decor, you are transported to seaside Nice.
Eveleigh Markets are probably Sydney’s most renowned markets, bringing together chefs, foodies, locals and visitors alike, all who share a passion for local, sustainable delicious food. Eveleigh Markets not only sell fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, but also farm-fresh eggs and meat, artisan food products like bread and cheeses, as well as flowers, olive oils, pickles, preserves, muesli, pasta, beverages and baked goods, to name just a few! As well as stocking up on all your pantry staples, you can feast on the delicious food stalls, which most notably include Kylie Kwong’s Chinese dumpling, pork bun & pancake stall – a definite not-to-miss!
Fika has become one of the most popular cafes in Manly for locals and tourists alike, and rightly so. The delightfully bright and cosy space with colour pops of yellow & blue, the glass cabinet filled with fresh cinnamon buns and the gorgeous, smiling Swedish owners creates such a wonderful atmosphere that will certainly keep you coming back as a regular. The quality of Fika’s food, staying true to its Swedish roots, creates such a delicious, interesting menu that really does bring a piece of Sweden to Manly.
Golden Age Cinema and Bar is one of my favourite cinemas in Sydney, creating such a wonderfully cosy and warm atmosphere in the Late-Deco style. Sitting by candlelight, sipping classic cocktails at the bar, sharing delicious charcuterie, listening to tunes from the DJ or live act and munching away at a Gelato Messina choc-top once you’re nestled into your seat in the little cinema… is there a more perfect way to spend a winters night? After two splendid nights here, I can tell you that no, there is not!
Sydney’s Flour Market in August 2014 was an incredible day, celebrating Sydney’s bakers and pastry chefs who are making a landmark on the Sydney food scene. Originally a Melbourne-based event, I was thrilled for it to make its way up to Sydney! The smorgasbord of bread, cakes, tarts, doughnuts & cronuts, bagels, pastries, quiches and so much more was an utter feast for the eyes. Can’t wait for their next Sydney event!