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 […]

Dining at Moyyan, House By the Sea, Espiritu Santo

The setting

When we arrived in Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu we were aware there are limited dining options but were repeatedly told that if we had an occasion we wanted to celebrate or if we just wanted a really lovely night out, the restaurant at Moyyan, House by the Sea was the place to be. Well…we did […]

Dining at a Chinese Restaurant in Espiritu Santo

Entrance to one-half of the restaurant

The population of Espiritu Santo is between 30-40,000 people.  As such the town of Luganville is fairly small and basically just one main street barely stretching 100mtrs in length.  So finding a myriad of dining options in the town isn’t possible. We had heard of the Chinese restaurant and been told it has to be […]

Mangoes Resort and Restaurant, Port Vila

Wouldn't mind a swim

When we woke up at The Terrace Apartments, we were looking for breakfast. Right next door and apparently managed by the same couple, is Mangoes Resort and Restaurant. We wandered down the hill and walked into the restaurant that is surrounded by tropical gardens.  As the outdoor tables had been set for couples, we sat […]

Righetto Osteria Romana, Haberfield


Last week I met up with Tania and Celia for a very long overdue lunch – our first for 2014.  Lorraine was meant to join us but unfortunately, due to an unavoidable scheduling crisis, she had to bow out of our get-together. Celia organised the lunch at a restaurant that she has been to several […]

Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano

Authentic prosciutto and parmigiano

There are two items I always have in my fridge and they are prosciutto and parmesan cheese.  These classic Italian items are so versatile they can be used to bring a meal together in minutes or lift an ordinary dish into another dimension.  And while I merrily use both prosciutto and parmesan in salads, pastas, […]