modern Australian

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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Fair Dinkum barbequed prawn dumplings

April 3, 2011
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What do we consider Australian? What’s fair dinkum Aussie? For the uninitiated, “fair dinkum” is Australian lingo for “genuine”. It is a term probably lost of the current urban and multicultural generation, but one still stereotypically associated with farmers, the older generation, and folks born and bred in the country – generally those characters we [...]

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Tomislav, from lab bench to the kitchen and back

October 1, 2010
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For me, the rise of molecular gastronomy was both intriguing and all-too-familiar at the same time. You see, my previous career was in medical research where the magical gadgets brandished in molecular gastronomy kitchens were commonplace every day tools that provided no glitz, glamour, wonder, excitement and definitely no tasty morsels (not without serious health [...]

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Dirty Face Burgers

November 13, 2009
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Despite thinking we’ve had more than our yearly quota of barbequed meats in Buenos Aires, we were surprised to discover that we hadn’t exhausted our meat hunger entirely (and yes, there’ll be plenty more on the meat gorging when I finish curating my South America holiday photos). After a gloriously warm sunny day we arrived [...]

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South America calling

November 1, 2009
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Bienvenudos to the first post in a marathon series covering my month long travels with the Co-pilot across South America. A month! The longest holiday I’ve ever been on! Who knows when I’ll get another chance to blow all my annual leave in one go.. It pains me to think about it but as one [...]

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Oscillate Wildly with me

August 21, 2009

I’m not really familiar with Newtown as a foodie suburb. Truth be told, if I have any say in choosing suburbs to eat in I generally try to avoid Newtown. Not because there is a shortage of choice for food lovers and shoppers alike – that there is plenty and I love the upbeat vibe [...]

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Vealy good fare at Danks Street Depot

July 8, 2009

Who says Twitter is a waste of time? Ahem *looks accusingly at the co-pilot* Well, thanks to Twitter and my lightning speed response to Chef Jared Ingersoll’s Twitter post – a week ago I scored myself dinner for two at Dank Street Depot’s produce dinner of biodynamic veal! After an extended moment of exuberant celebration [...]

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March into Merivale – Dinner at Ash St Cellar

March 16, 2009

Last week I went to the first of a series of March into Merivale dinners. The co-pilot and I gathered a group of food-loving friends and after perusing the menus offered by each of the Merivale restaurants at length and a process of democratic voting, we went with the fennel spiced pork cutlet with fresh [...]

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Decadent gluttony in the first class lounge

February 25, 2009

The co-pilot and I recently travelled to NZ to visit family on Waiheke Island. And because we were travelling internationally, we made use of the (new) Qantas first class lounge in Sydney – a small positive that comes from the co-pilot’s incessant travelling and consequent Platinum frequent flyer status. I was excited as this was [...]

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Get your fix at Fix St James

February 14, 2009

Given my kitchen is out of commission at the moment whilst I wait for builders to put my bright shiny new one in, I’m making the most of meals out and trying out new places around the city. Last night my friend Jo and I caught up after work for dinner and drinks. As we [...]

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