Reviews

A taste of Paris and Michelin stars at Public Dining Room, Balmoral Beach

October 20, 2013
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I’ve been neglecting this blog of late. In retrospect, I can appreciate that over the past few months, I’ve become a social hermit of sorts and took a long hiatus from all my usual routines, including snatching a moment or two for blogging. A few significant life changes lie at the center of this – [...]

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Indulging in the culinary fruits of Sarlat, France

October 6, 2013
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Our traipse around Europe had seen us racing across busy London and Paris, spreadsheets of must-eat-at places clutched in hand, trying to fit in as much eating, shopping and sightseeing as the hours would allow. Upon leaving Paris we took the pace down a few notches and cruised into Sarlat a town in the picturesque [...]

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48 Hours in London: The Value Hunter’s Gourmet Stopover

December 21, 2012
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With so many amazing places to eat Londoners and by extension, us tourists, were really spoilt for choice. I’d never been to London before so given we had a mere 48 hours or 6 precious meals to have in London, we’d amassed a great spreadsheet list and slowly whittled it down to a shortlist of [...]

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Time out at Bayside Lounge, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

November 30, 2012
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I find myself at Bayside Lounge and for once, I’m here in a fairly calm and lucid state – not sleep-deprived, not delirious from excessive consumption of sugar, and not wide-eyed and supercharged with adrenalin. From my description, you’d be forgiven in thinking that I’m talking about a seedy Saturday night out in The Cross, [...]

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A taste of the NSW South Coast and Southern Highlands

October 5, 2012
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There’s a mantra that’s gaining momentum: local produce is king. It seems to be an all-pervasive mantra and is no longer a niche philosophy reserved for the progressive and early adopters.  It’s one that is being increasingly repeated from market stall to kitchen tables; from small diners to fine dining kitchens where menus proudly tout [...]

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Kitchen Table Confidential at The Aviary, Chicago

July 7, 2012
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When a new food establishment pops up in my consciousness, I transform into a virtual tyre kicker, sniffing around for potential and perusing the menu surreptiously. If it holds promise, there is a semi-serious attempt to mentally file away the find with the vague hope that it’ll be dredged up at will to save the [...]

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Knuckle sandwiches and foraged goods at Sixpenny, Stanmore

June 3, 2012
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There has been a renaissance of late, of young chefs stepping out from behind the shadows of more illustrious and visible chefs and embarking on their own ventures. Sixpenny is the first restaurant for chefs Daniel Puskas and James Parry, and they’ve brought in pastry chef Julie Niland. Together, the trio’s CVs sounds like a [...]

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A degustation on a lungful of air

November 2, 2011
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Busy is a monumental understatement describing my past few months. Ever since returning from New York over 4 months ago, my professional work went into turbo hyper drive and has now settled comfortably into a constant state of wide-eyed panic; I contributed to another freelance writing project with a super tight short turnaround time; and [...]

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Win one of five Eating and Drinking Sydney 2012 guides!

August 23, 2011
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This is a momentous occasion as I have been published! Well, strictly speaking I’ve been “published” a few times in science academia before, so it isn’t a first time I’ve squeezed my name amongst others into print media. Nor is it the result of months of angst-ridden, neuron murdering, tear soaked soul searching self reflection [...]

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Getting reacquainted with my old friend Tequila

August 9, 2011
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I’m reminded that at the beginning of the year, I declared it was to be one of learning and new experiences. And I’m reminded also that you should be careful of what you wish for, as just before we went to New York, an opportunity presented itself to overcome my long standing rivalry with my [...]

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