Gojima

It took me a while to get there, but I finally did it. Back when we had been going to Sunday yoga at Crunch Fitness in the city, Night Owl and I did a regular brunch thing, until we joined a gym closer to our home hub in Neutral Bay. Sunday brunches sadly became a thing…

Restaurant Plage

It never fails to astound me just how good life is living on the lower North Shore. I can walk to Balmoral Beach in forty minutes or drive it in ten minutes. If I’m not in the mood for waves, I can walk down to an ocean pool in fifteen minutes, and at the same…

Sepia

I’m back from holidays and amused at how we went. Prior to starting the two week getaway, Night Owl and I had extensively discussed her crustacean allergy and how we were going to manage it during a visit to Vietnam, where neither of us were familiar with the language or the food. Vietnamese cuisine is often based…

Restaurant Sasaki

It was difficult over the last couple of months to go onto social media without seeing at least one post about Restaurant Sasaki by an excited food blogger. Yu Sasaki is the creator behind the existing Cafe Cre Asion, another hole-in-the-wall establishment renown as one of the best Japanese cafes in Sydney – with an artistry…

Chaco Bar

It’s no secret to those that are close to me that I love Japan. Before my first visit, it was not on my list of must-visit places in the world – back then, I was still naive, and wanted to go to Paris, the States, like every wide-eyed teenager. It was upon graduating university that…

Devon Cafe, Barangaroo

I’ve been under fire from my mother recently about my weight. It’s certainly a hard balance to keep, what with an office job and a love of food, but I think I do fairly well – I teach Zumba twice a week, do yoga twice a week, and twice a week will spend an hour…

Toriciya

It’s three weeks now to my Japan trip and every time I experience something in Sydney that’s remotely Japanese I tend to do a little (or a big) squeal of excitement. It’s every-day things like stirring the instant miso for my afternoon pick-me-up or picking up two sushi rolls after my dance class on the…

Miso-Grilled Eggplant

Plans for my upcoming Japan-trip are almost well and truly organised: flights were the first thing to be bought, and I spent about a month afterwards slowly trawling through TripAdvisor and AirBnB for hotel and guesthouse deals – and now everything is booked! Then came the JR rail passes, which were a whopping $355 per…

Tokkuri

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers hikes up by 150 per cent, enormous teddy bears everywhere clutching love cushions, restaurants advertising their “Valentine’s Day Special Menu” as soon as New Year’s Eve is over. I saw it as the most revolting day during my single years, and even now that I’m in a relationship (which continues to…

Saké, Double Bay

My friend M has a funny way of showing her affections. A prime example is over a year ago, when we had the time to meet up every couple of weeks or so to explore what Sydney had to offer. This mostly involved jumping around the inner western suburbs – an area which I was…

Chicken Katsu Burger w/ Asian Slaw

I had a discussion with one of Night Owl’s housemates a little while ago about schnitzel versus katsu. You can’t beat a good schnitzel – made famous by the Germans – particularly at the pub accompanied with creamy, fluffy mash or crisp, golden chips and lathered with a river of gravy. The Japanese however, came up with…

Luis Tans

Who is Luis Tans? Word on the street is that the fellow was a 1960s Peruvian hustler-type; one who had his fingers dipped in both the government and the criminal underworld. He then apparently got himself hitched into a wealthy Japanese family and decided to open up his house of fusion to the public – tucked…