Ellen’s Stardust Diner, New York

Ellen's Stardust Diner is currently covered in scaffolding

On the recommendation of a couple of friends, while in New York we went to dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which is on Broadway and close to all the venues where music theatre is performed. We arrived at around 6.30pm and the first thing I noticed is that the building is covered in scaffolding.  New […]

Tom’s Restaurant, New York

Film Crew outside the famous restaurant

It’s hard to imagine a restaurant with a more famous facade.  This humble diner on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway has people descending on it from all over the world.  ‘They land at JFK and take a cab right here’, the owner tells me.  And Arabella and I also had Tom’s Restaurant on […]

Rick’s Diner, Palmwoods

Rick's Diner

When we were on the Sunshine Coast we arranged to meet Carl’s parents for lunch in Palmwoods.  Palmwoods is a very small suburb in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast with a population of around 5,500.  The majority of the local shops line either side of Margaret Street and this street seems to be the […]

Thai Nine, Mosman

The courtyard and entrance

Last week my sister, Lou, was out from Beijing for just five days.  For those who might be getting a little confused about all the sisters, here’s how it works; there’s Millie, then me, then Em, then Katie and Lou is the youngest. For almost 10 years Lou has been living in Beijing so I […]

Paradox, Crows Nest

The restaurant is in a converted terrace house

My very good friend, Karina, shares the same birthday as me.  For many years we have tried to always go out for dinner for a joint celebration.  Her husband, Christian, is very good at organising a different venue each year;  it’s always somewhat local, always moderately priced, always BYO and each year we usually try […]

Let’s Eat, Neutral Bay

A modern interior

It was Carl’s birthday and being a work day, he could only find 40 minutes to celebrate.  Rather than sit at his desk and count how many people on facebook had wished him a happy birthday, he rang me and said he had a 40-minute window where ‘we could do something if you like’. Poor […]

Malai Thawng Thai, Nelson Bay, NSW

When we arrived at Nelson Bay during a cyclone that caused the entire area to lose power resulting in every restaurant shutting its doors, I did wonder if we would have any luck finding somewhere to eat for the night. By a stroke of good fortune the power was returned to our part of the […]

Bathers’ Cafe, Balmoral Beach

My sister is out from LA for a one-week business trip and in between meetings we squeezed in lunch at Bathers’ Cafe. The iconic building has a lot of history.  It was commissioned by Mosman Council in 1928 and was essentially built as a large changing shed known as Bathers’ Pavilion.  It was opened in […]

The Oaks, Neutral Bay

The Oaks, oak tree

The Oaks is an iconic pub in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.  It opened its doors in 1885 and throughout its 120 year history, it has never failed to be a place that Sydney-siders will frequent time and time again. By a stroke of good fortune, Lorraine had an appointment at The Oaks and asked if, along […]

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn, Palm Beach

Chocolate & Peanut butter fudge ice-cream sundae - $12.00

Ever since the fine-dining restaurant, Beach Road, closed its doors, I have been eagerly waiting to see what new establishment would open in its place. We were on our way to Palm Beach to have lunch with our good friends, Marcus and Lou.  ‘Where are we going?’ they asked. ‘That new restaurant in Palm Beach’. […]