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…

Stanbuli

You all know by now that aside from our regular 9-5 weekday jobs, Night Owl and I both engage in side jobs; Zumba for me, and bartending for her. She’s been working at Enmore’s The Gretz now for over a year –  on and off – even though she’s moved from Enmore to across the Bridge to join me…

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…

Henrys Cronulla

There’s a giddy sense of freedom about driving; the ability to get where you like within your own personal little bubble – music playing, air con on at the perfect temperature, the scenery passing you by. Night Owl and I have been taking advantage of the new lady in our lives – our beloved second-hand Holden Astra we…

Five Days in Hong Kong

It’s the worst form of torture to constantly receive flight sale notifications when you’re almost broke! It’s the promise and lure of an upcoming holiday which keeps me going through the working day, the working week, the working month. Night Owl and I have recently booked flights in October to Vietnam for $350 return (bangin’ bargain), and…

Masala Theory

It’s funny what the cooler weather can bring. No more turning up at work already sweating through your clothes first thing in the morning, the enticing aroma of trying new slow cooker recipes, how much easier it is to make shortcrust and flaky pastry without the whole lot dissolving into your hot hands. Night Owl enjoys waking…

Cherry Pie

You will probably be horrified to hear that at my place we have two entertainment subscription services – not just Netflix, but also Stan. Netflix is under my name, and often I’ll watch episodes of Jessica Jones or Mind of a Chef while doing my thing in the kitchen, while the missus has Stan and is mowing through Seinfield and Will & Grace episodes as…

Holy Duck!

It’s hard not to see the changing landscape of Sydney. My office is down near World Square and on one side there’s the edge of the old monorail hanging suspended off the edge of the building, the station an old relic as construction hammers out on the road below for the CBD light rail. Small…

Bishop Sessa

I don’t know if this is the case for anyone else, but I think it’s alarming how quickly romantic nights out become a thing of the past when you move in and settle down with your significant other. If you both have 9-5 jobs, you develop a routine incredibly quickly: the morning ritual of getting…

Golden Sands Restaurant

I’m terribly excited because this time tomorrow I will be on a flight to Hong Kong! I know I already went last year, but when Night Owl and I were discussing where to go for our two year anniversary celebration, we immediately thought about the too-short stay we had in Hong Kong. It was wet season…

Flaming High Tea @ Le Cordon Bleu

High tea is one of my favourite experiences: selecting the blend of tea, starting with a number of sandwiches with cold cuts, salad and cheese, fluffy scones slathered with jam and light-as-clouds whipped cream, and an assortment of delicate pastries – whether they be miniature buttery shortcrust tarts, silky handmade chocolates filled with oozy caramel,…

Chefs Gallery

The last week of work for the year always seem to pass by the slowest. Despite the weather alternating from a scorching 38 degrees earlier last week to dropping by 20 degrees and drizzling rain, neither conditions are ideal for shopping – not that I can stomach the frenzied Christmas crowds and the humid air of…