Bebek Tepi Sawah, Ubud, Bali

Bridges to cross the waterways

We have friends who love Bali and seem to fly there at least once a year for some respite from Sydney.  They told us that when we’re in Bali we absolutely must book a driver to take us to Ubud for the day. Wanting to make a full day of it, we booked at driver […]

Breeze, at The Samaya Seminyak, Bali

Twilight

Prior to leaving for Bali, we had friends give a list of restaurants where we absolutely must dine while in Bali.  It turned out to be a case of too many restaurants and not enough time.  And towards the end of the five days we spent in Seminyak, we were worn out from racing around […]

Sweet Sour Salt, Orange, NSW

Son In Law Eggs:  $16.00 for 2 eggs, halved

I’m going to tell you about a restaurant that’s a four-hour drive from Sydney, and how the people of Orange are extremely fortunate to have a local restaurant serving such incredibly good food. While we were driving from Sydney to Orange for our weekend mini-break, I googled restaurants for where we could have dinner.  I […]

Bambu, Seminyak, Bali

The dining area is surrounded by water features

Before we left for Bali, we had quite a few friends telling us where we ‘absolutely must’ dine.  One name that kept popping up was Bambu and so it was definitely on our list of experiences we must have before we fly back to Sydney. Without even trying, we actually stumbled upon Bambu.  On the […]

Mumu Grill, Crows Nest

Moo

As the name suggests, this is a restaurant where the specialty is beef and quality beef because it’s all grass-fed. A good friend of ours invited us to join him and a few of our mutual friends for dinner at Mumu Grill, and as he loves his steak, this is a restaurant where he dines […]

Chiswick, Woollahra

Very pretty

In a part of Sydney where space is at a premium, stepping onto the large grounds of Chiswick is like finding an oasis. Walking off busy Ocean Street and onto the property set in established gardens feels almost like you’re being led towards a private residence.  A walk along the arbour leads to the restaurant’s […]

Din Tai Fung, World Square

The restaurant at World Square

After standing on our feet for a few hours while we watched the ANZAC Day March, we needed to sit down and re-fuel.  We were in the heart of Sydney’s CBD with my sister, Lou and her family, and were pretty close to World Square near where Lou works. Spinning around in circles wondering where […]

Playa Takeria, Darlinghurst

Family photo op

A great chasm in the Sydney dining scene has always been the lack of quality Mexican restaurants serving authentic cuisine. Changing that stereotype is newcomer, Playa Takeria, a restaurant in Darlinghurst that takes its name from a romantic place in Cancun, Playa del Carmen. Opened for just over a month, Playa has quickly become popular […]

Deco Stop, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Canal du Segond

When we were staying at Barrier Beach House the manager recommended we visit Deco Stop Lodge.  He said, ‘You must at least get there for lunch because it has one of the best views in Santo’.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a visit. But then we did. We checked into the airport for our […]

Downstairs Restaurant, Surry Hills

Entrance

Recently I had the very good fortune of catching up with my good friend, Maureen, and her husband, John, while they were briefly in Sydney. Along with Tania, we decided to meet for dinner at Downstairs Restaurant in Darlinghurst.  But situated directly above Downstairs is The Hazy Rose, an intimate and charming bar where we […]