Brewtown Newtown

It never fails to astound me how Night Owl has never explored all that Newtown has to offer, having lived in the adjoining suburb of Enmore for over a year. Then again, I can’t really be one to dish out criticism as its only been late last year that I first went to two bakeries in my…

Illi Hill

‘Why did you decide to study law?’ It’s a question I receive too often from people who I just meet and the inevitable question of ‘what do you do?’ is exchanged among the pleasantries. I never fail to get a chuckle at my response of: ‘I didn’t know what I wanted to do; so when…

Burger Project @ MLC Centre

This weekend I had originally planned to be a quiet one – it was going to be my last completely free Saturday before the year finishes and I was looking forward to spending a lazy day at the beach followed by some shopping. It wasn’t to be however, as on Friday evening I attended a…

Los Vida

My apartment gets hot. In winter, my old-style flat is a snug little haven from blistering chilly winds and frozen mornings – I don’t even need to have a hot water bottle or electric blanket to sleep, and in my housemate’s room the no-longer-usable fireplace is somehow connected to our neighbours downstairs, so when the…

Melbourne 2015

So recently I decided to treat myself and take a whole week of annual leave; the first time I’ve taken so much annual leave since I officially began a full-time adult job June last year. I’ve taken a lazy day off here and there, usually for a foodie event that could not be missed, but…

Afternoon Tea @ Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Sydney

If you are a follower of me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably would have heard the news by now: I have been shortlisted for MasterChef Australia Series 8 Top 50! I will have to wait until close to the end of September to determine if I go through to the next round – the…

West Juliett

I’m fighting an ongoing war with aphids in my kitchen garden. I currently have eight little pots of herbs and greenery on my kitchen windowsill: thyme, two pots of mint, two pots of salad leaves, sage, chives, and rosemary. The rosemary – bless it – has been the hardiest, but the others are some of the…

Tim Ho Wan

There’s so much tradition and atmosphere involved when it comes to yum cha. I was at that Sydney institution – Marigold – a couple of weekends ago with Night Owl for quite a late lunch and it’s so much more than just the dim sims themselves. The tea pots somehow seem designed to dribble mid-pour onto the white…

Mary’s Kebabs @ The Cliff Dive

Looking for The Cliff Dive can be a bit of a challenge. My mate and I had probably circled the area four times in confusion, our eyes flickering from our phones to the numbers on shopfronts, lingering outside Pearson’s Florist on Oxford Street before I noticed the giant pineapple painted onto a tall set of doors…

The Ternary @ Novotel

Its been almost a year since I’ve traveled anywhere (as in by a distance far enough to warrant boarding a plane) and I’m starting to feel the itch again. Around this time last year I was in Brisbane for my sister’s wedding, but the last time I was properly overseas was an impromptu week-long sojourn…

Anvil Coffee Co

It was a gloriously sunny Sunday morning and I wanted a hipster breakfast without the effort of crossing the bridge. With Maslow’s sadly now closed, I remembered talk of Anvil Coffee Co’s relatively new set-up in the back streets of Artarmon, but my joy was short-lived when I did my online scouting and discovered that they were closed on…

The Governor’s Table

With winter having well and truly arrived early for Sydney, there is really nothing better than comfort food. Yesterday evening my brother-in-law made the most beautiful pappardelle bolognese, with thick ribbons of hand-made fresh pasta. His first ever attempt no less, and cooked perfectly al dente. I’ve personally only attempted to make pasta once for…