Your Guide to Sydney's Best Cafes, Dining, Restaurants & Bars
May 2013 Feature
A Flamboyant New Drink Gets Tongues Wagging
While cider has been produced in Australia since settlement, in the past few years it's seen a massive increase in popularity so that it's fast becoming the drink of choice across the board, with local producers barely able to keep up. One innovative new cider maker is Jeff Aston of Dcider. Jeff is a winemaker so he makes his cider with a vigneron's methodology, not a beer-brewer's technique - the results are so refreshing that Jeff has rapidly become the man behind a most flamboyant new cider - the mouth-watering pink-labelled Dcider. We drove out to Sutton Forest, near Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, to meet the man behind a drink which has certainly got social media tongues a-wagging ...
Get Outta Here
Get out of the City and Enjoy!
Sydney is one of the great cities of the world, with the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach being a must for any visitor, not to mention taking the Manly Ferry. Sydney's natural beauty is overwhelming, but for some it will stir up a desire to connect closer with the Australian landscape. For that it's better to set aside a few days and ideally to venture forth with an experienced tour guide who can share the love of the land with you in an informed and impassioned way. Here's a range of tours from Sydney which will help you discover the true essences of the Australian soul ...
Films About Food
To Feast On, Or Not To Feast On ...
Some foodie flicks whet your appetite, and some ruin it. If you're a noodle-lover you'll need a bib while watching Tampopo, but you may not want to go near a BBQ for a whole month after the fried corpse scene in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. As the writer says, "I’ve always been partial to a good food flick, a movie that indulges the mind, the body, and the soul, in a truly gastronomic way. Now when I say “tastiest”, these movies are not always the most appetising, but they all satiate in a unique and delectable way, whether it be food for thought, or simply scenes of cooking and eating that make your mouth water." ...
Junket of the Year? Possibly ...
A help yourself feast of fresh fruit and salad, sliced meats and cheeses and some very Australian condiments were supplied for us to make our own crusty rolls or picnic plates. Sally’s efficiency in assembling a table with cloth and utensils, bowls, napkins and cutlery, reminiscent of a restaurant was surprising. By the end of the first day we had reached Mudgee and were treated to a range of vineyard cellar doors to visit. We started with Logan wines where there are three ranges of wines from two local regions to choose from. They also offer coffee and cake. Onto High Valley Wine and Cheese and an afternoon snack of a mezze platter with wine was a treat! That night in Mudgee we had free rein to choose our own restaurant for dinner, and the choice was overwhelming with many different cuisines. Our group decided to eat together at the Mudgee Brewing Company where we not only had a range of quirky modern Australian food to choose from but also a range of craft beer brewed on site ...
Your Chai Is Ready
With Love from Bondi
Vanilla Honey sounds like one of James Bond's mistresses, so is this VH chai latte more for the girls? Such are the ponderables when one gets stuck into a great batch of Bondi Chai. "We believe we’ve uncovered a latent desire in Australians, and the Australian café scene, for a warm, frothy drink with a great taste and silky smooth mouth-feel," Bondi Chai director Martin Buggy says as we down our first mug of it - by sheer coincidence, it happens to be on the menu at Naggy's in Glebe where we decided to catch up with him. "We blended Vanilla Honey as an entry level chai latte," Mr Buggy admits, "it's a milder, less spiced version for those unused to chai tea. We find that people often begin drinking our VH and then graduate to Club Cinnamon after a few weeks ...
The Twitterati Give Great Tips
Sydney is one of the most wonderful cities on earth to get married, but after you've saturated your photographer's lens with stunning pictures of you and your loved ones in front of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the harbour itself, it's time to retire to a suitable venue that keeps the celebratory vibe alive. Sydney wedding photographer Ronny Hendriks has spent hours at many of the best wedding venues in Sydney, and so here's his selection of some truly unmissable choices. You almost have to get married a second or third time as an excuse to try them all! Recommendations include the Sydney CBD, eastern suburbs, western suburbs, hills district and a dozen extra selections from our buddies on twitter ...
Health advice for Cafe Lovers
Salt, in the form of sodium chloride, has been consumed by humans since the late Palaeolithic period, when it was used to preserve and flavour food. In modern times, however, some very limited studies and an incomplete understanding of nutrition have led to salt being labelled “public enemy number one” when it comes to blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. But is salt really so bad? Sodium is essential for many functions in the human body. The average human body contains around 90 grams of sodium, most of which is in the fluids that surround cells, some in bones and the rest retained in the cells. Sodium is passively absorbed and hence excess intakes are easily achieved. Sodium is excreted mainly by the kidneys; therefore a high sodium intake ...
The coffee's perfect & so are you ...
Generous portions of mouth-watering goodness. The pulled pork sandwich, beautiful sweet strands of pork with fresh apple and cucumber, spicy tomato chutney, drenched in aioli on dark sourdough ... french toast stuffed with banana and served with maple syrup, mascarpone and rhubarb? ... The drinks here are healthy but also taste good. I resist the urge to get my hip flask out and power my drinks up, because honestly they taste good and I feel pretty special sipping away on my chai tea, feeling like some omniscient indian guru, imagination much? Seriously though they have some of the best tea available in Sydney: organic green sencha, Okinawan green tea, Lady Grey, English breakfast, organic peppermint or for locals preparing for an afternoon nap, organic ...
Head for them hills!
Leura is pretty ripe cafe territory, the 'cafe in the mountains' has become quite a popular theme in recent years with innumerable little places turning up, some are good, some are bad and some are great! Finding the differences between establishments is somewhat of an adventure for the beanophiles in the SydneyCafes team. So we checked into the Wayzgoose Cafe to see if they had anything to offer us. Famous for serving up scones in flowerpots, which is sort of cool. Go in for a pie and you'll feel pretty happy with the outcome. A little on the pricey side, but then that's Leura for you. It is sort of a shame that all the quaint little coffee shops up in the hills became trendy and now have trendy prices, I'm quite cheap like that though, so don't take it to heart. It's worth it what with the current economic climes of coffee shops ...
Can Caffeine-free Coffee be Sexy?
It's scientifically proven that coffee and sex go hand-in, er hand? The mental stimulation that our morning caffeine hit provides, if given the chance, can transmute, via a downwards energetic concentration, to the pelvic area, or "base chakra" for those who prefer their long black conversations to be splashed with somewhat more milky new age alliterations. Of course, for those whose morning coffee is automatically accompanied by a visit to their workplace, the energy charge is sublimated (Freud got this bit right) into urges channelled towards corporate conquest ... but for those who enjoy coffee at home, should the situation permit and the object of one's desire be complicit, then yes, coffee is very sexy! But what of coffee's distant cousin, the caffeine-free herbal coffee? Is this the celibate's beverage du jour? For the caffeine-sensitive ...
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Sydney's Late-Night Cafe Legend
A Bondi Institution 48 Years Old
With Sydney's summer in the air, no more keenly is the party season celebrated than around Australia's most famous beach, Bondi, which locals and many visitors like to think of as the Saint Tropez of the southern hemisphere ... For The 3 Steps Cafe, another summer of heady Bondi love will always be a case of "same as it ever was". Their team of seven chefs knows what it is to see off the wildest of Bondi nights - and they equally know what it takes to unflinchingly fire up a new day of Bondi adventures as they open their doors and churn out the biggest of breakfasts from 4.30am. There's no messing with this place's legend, as it's been doing this since 1962, long before most of its patrons were born ...
Local Cafe Feature
Things about Sydney You May Not Know ...
We loved the recent survey by Cannings & Wallace which showed Sydneysiders spend 92% of their lives inhabiting just six suburbs of Sydney. First there's the suburb they live, then the suburb they work, the next 2-3 are suburbs of family members or friends and finally there's the suburb (should it not already be included in the first "home suburb") of their favourite cafe or restaurant. That's why we've started a new series talking to people about foodie options in their neck of the woods - to lift people's eyebrows just a little ... First we speak to Poppy Arvanis, who owns a small boutique furniture store, Habitat Furniture, in Hurlstone Park. "Where?" about half of Sydney born-and-bred people mutter over their first latte of the morning, and that's what we love about Sydney! Our village mentality sure keeps things cosy ...
Sydney Exhibition Centre
One thing that makes Sydney winters so adorable, apart from all the glorious climate-change sunshine, is the abundance of food expos and festivals that not only brighten the horizon, but make it warm and yummy. We popped into the Sydney Good Food & Wine Show at Darling Harbour and it was a vibey mass gathering of gourmet luxury. We tried everything in sight and managed to snap an array of shots of the very welcoming people who occupied each booth (great for fleshing out our new Pinterest for Sydney Business article). Here's a selection of social snaps - we have 1000 other pics of the event! Wish we could publish them all ...
Manly, Cocktail Bar & Tapas Bar
Sydney's burgeoning small bar scene has now reached Manly with the emergence of the very welcoming Miss Marley's - another place that's so discreetly signposted you'll walk up and down all night unless I tell you that it's at Number 32 Belgrave St, opposite the tennis ...
Funkiest Cafes in Melbourne
A Melbourne foodie writer reveals the finest
Sydney and Melbourne are profoundly different cities, inhabited by considerably different people. A typical Sydneysider is brash, a little overconfident and loud. Whereas Melbourne people like to think of themselves as more demure, intellectual and culture-conscious. Then there's their love of food, cafe and bars. Based on the quality of the cafes reviewed by Lara McPherson, in this instance they have a just a tiny right to feel superior ...
Anti-ageing in a Cup
Heal your liver, heal your soul ...
Herbal teas are growing in popularity as people are combining socialising with friends in a cafe with an opportunity to also improve their health. The soothing effects of sipping a hot cup of tea can provide some respite from our frantic work environments. Popular herbal teas available in cafes include chamomile, peppermint and green tea. Historically chamomile was used by Anglo-Saxons as one of their nine sacred herbs. It was also used to embalm the body of the Egyptian Pharaoh Rhamses II. Chamomile is an excellent tea to relieve digestive disturbances related to stress, as it is an anti-spasmodic and is soothing to the stomach and the nerves. It also has a mild anti-inflammatory effect and anti-allergy effect ...
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