Mumu Grill, Crows Nest


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


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 […]

SoCal, Neutral Bay

Corn chips with guacamole and salsa $12.00

Since the beginning of this year, Alfie has let us know that for his birthday he would like to go to SoCal, a Mexican restaurant with a name that is short for ‘So Californian’.  He had been there just once before when Arabella took him out for lunch one day and ever since has declared […]

Grecian Blue, Mosman

View onto the quiet part of the street

After all the excitement of the swimming carnival we felt it was only appropriate to take the little guy out for dinner to celebrate.  Another motivating factor was that when I unpacked his swimming bag I found his entire lunch and all snacks completely intact.  He’d swum eight swimming races on nothing but a fried egg […]

Restaurant 1606, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Entrance to 1606

We do love to dine to the tune of live music so while we were in Santo we heard that Restaurant 1606, that is part of the boutique resort, Village de Santo, provides live music by local acoustic musicians on Tuesday and Saturday nights. We made a reservation and went there on a Saturday night […]

Waterfront Bar & Grill, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A little bit of Elvis

Warning:  Dud photos ahead. Leaving Espiritu Santo we flew to Port Vila where we were going to spend 24-hours before flying home to Sydney. I’ll spare you the details but basically our day of sightseeing in Port Vila never happened because our Air Vanuatu flight was firstly delayed an hour and then another hour.  As […]