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July 2014 Feature

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Celebrating New-Gen Cafes in Sydney

It's been inevitable that, inspired by this immediate era of food bloggers, instagrammers and "world-of-mouth", we would yet see another "new wave" of trendy, insta-friendly cafes emerge across many of the sauvviest districts of Sydney. Spanky cafes are now easier than ever to track down thanks to the the frenetic postings of instagramming foodies, and some of these cafes are now reporting "we've never yet cooked a dish, or made a coffee, that hasn't been instagrammed". One cafe even kicked out a customer for not instagramming their soy latte. We've been digitally phollowing the insta-herds and feel it's now time to congeal their virtual wisdoms into a prime list of cafes delivering the best brews, uber-aural cafe music, photogenic food and frameable urban environments. Hope you enjoy this new list, and if you have any tips for as-yet unlisted caffeinated hubs just jump on our Facebook page and tell us about them ...

 

June 2014 Feature

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Great Sydney Italian Cafes and Restaurants

Ciao! Taste authentic Italian cuisine at these 20 Great Italian Cafes and Restaurants in Sydney. Since Italian migrants introduced us to pizza, pasta and fresh salads we have embraced this wonderful, satisfying cuisine and it's now firmly woven into our national culinary culture ... LOU LAPSO selects 20 favourite Italian food haunts. Got a craving for traditional wood-fired pizza? Macchiato offer delectable pizzas with slow-rise crusts and a variety of innovative gourmet toppings. Then wash it down with a fortifying creamy coffee. Home of top-notch pizza, pasta and coffee, along with speedy, friendly service in a stylish and relaxing atmosphere ...

 

May 2014 Feature

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Fantastic Sydney Brazilian Restaurants

In the last decade Brazilian restaurants have taken off in Sydney. Brazilian-born SydneyCafes writer CATHERINE BLUM details many of the hottest, sassiest, tastiest Brazilian restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. With the World Cup and the Olympics coming up, Brazil is more than ever in the spotlight. If you've heard of Brazil before I'm sure you're familiar with samba, Carnival and football. But Brazil is much more than that. The world's fifth largest country has in its history a mix of many different cultures, including Indigenous, African, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch and numerous others. The combination of all those backgrounds reflects on the country's traditions, which can vary depending on the region. South of Brazil for instance has a big European influence, mainly German, whilst the north has a great ...

 

April 2014 Feature

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Here's 20, Nay 22 of the Best

If any cuisine is resting far too much on its laurels, it's sushi. Fifteen years of popularity among Sydneysiders means that it's same old, same old for many sushi bars. Freshness has ceded to formula, and often we're amazed at how lame many of the menu offerings have become - there's no originality at all any more. It probably doesn't help that most Japanese restaurants and sushi bars and in Sydney are not owned by Japanese people - who might uphold national pride a lot better than what passes for their much-loved cuisine. Nevertheless there's still some places doing an excellent job, and so here's 20, nay 22 of the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney - if we've missed your local favourite, email us the details for consideration ...

 

Marrickville Magic

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Thurs-Sat Nights Tapas Heaven

Local real estate has attempted, with very little success, to hype Marrickville up as "the new Paddington" for the last five years - annoying the hell out of residents who want Marrickville to stay as it is - as a bypassed alterno-hub which fosters creativity and offers much of the best Vietnamese pho, pork rolls and el-cheapo barbers' cuts in the country! However some new things are worth having, and seeing the excellent coffee resoucre Cafe New Deli reinvent itself as "Forage", with Thurs-Saturday nights dedicated to gourmet Australianised tapas and wine heralds the best thing to have happened to the 'Ville in a decade. Owners Ken and Billy have very quickly transcended the recent stereotype of Marrickville as being the new inner-west coffee-central as their food is some of the best we've had in Sydney in ages ...

 

Tongues A-Waggin'

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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 ...

 

Linen is Luxury

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Lie down on Linen!

If you enjoy the fine coffee and goodies at Sonoma Bakery Cafe in Woollahra, you may well know the face of Peta Drake, an expat Perth lawyer and businesswoman who's made Sydney her home, yet who hopes, if not to conquer Australia with linen, at least to drape it across our nightlife, the somniac version anyway. Peta formerly owned Lucienne Linen in Mosman which she sold to focus on other interests, however the lure of this luxurious cloth drew her back into its fold, no pun intended. Embracing the new digital age, Peta has eschewed the bricks and mortar business model in favour of running her business through her Simply Linen website. It's a business model that promises the allure of an idyllic life running her business in harmony with her lifestyle, which we guess may mean quite a few more coffees at Sonoma, likely with us discussing SEO and social media ...

 

Get Outta Here

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Get out of the Ratrace!

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 ...

 

Flicks About Food

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To Feast, Or Not To Feast ...

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." ...

 

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Foodie Travels

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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

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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 ...

 

Getting Married?

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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 ...


Foodie Health

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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 ...

 

Surry Hills

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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 ...

 

Blue Mountains

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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 ...

 

Celibate Coffee

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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

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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

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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 ...


Cafe Society

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Good Food & Wine Show

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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 Business article). Here's a selection of social snaps - we have 1000 other pics of the event! Wish we could publish them all ...


Bar Up!

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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

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Melbourne's Best Cafes

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

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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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