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Joined 12 January 2010   Cherrybrook, NSW

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  • Cow & The Moon
    Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt    Enmore, NSW

    Boys and girls, gather around. Come close. Listen, I've travelled far and wide to sample some of the most esteemed gelato in all of Rome. From the hyped gelato parlours like Grom to the awesome fresh fruit driven Gelateria del Teatro.

    So when I heard that Cow & Moon won the award for "World's best gelato", I was skeptical. Let me tell you that the hype is real. I tried the affogato (which won the award) which was delicious and unique - certainly deserving of the award. I also tried the pistachio which was teeming with pistachio flavour - nutty, creamy & with lots of pistachio bits. Gelateria Dei Gracchi in Rome is famous for their pistachio gelato and I have to say Cow & Moon's compares.

  • Daiso
    General Retailers    North Ryde, NSW

    When you go shopping a big part of the thrill is discovering new products you never knew existed. This experience happens every time I step into Daiso. This Daiso store is pretty new and is part of the newly renovated Macquarie Centre. As you walk in you are welcomed by rows of Japanese made or designed products. Gadgets you never knew you needed such as face massagers. When you walk into Daiso - You realise how far $2.80 can go...

  • Aldi
    Supermarket & Grocery Stores    North Ryde, NSW

    A new Aldi in the newly renovated Macquarie centre. A larger Aldi with lots of stock and a great fresh food section. I find the meat very reasonably priced and a good selection of seasonal fruits and veges.
    There are about 3 registers open on weekends so it can get a little busy. Don't forget to bring our own bags!

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed SydneySide Media Furniture
    Clean lines, modern, simple and chic- the entertainment units at Sydneyside are really nice. The quality is expectional too with well design soft-close drawers.
    The service was a bit overwhelming and in-you-face at the Castle Hill sotre- so we ended up buying it from the CrowsNest store and was serviced by Lawrence who was understanding and courteous- guding us through all the necessary details to assist with our purchase. Our unit will come in 6-8 weeks which is pretty normal for furniture but very reasonable considering ours is custom made to order. I'll see whether I am still this impressed after I get the unit delivered and installed :)
    • atan7 Local Star 
      It looked great! They installed it well. What will be interesting is that 4 weeks ago one of the hinges broke (we just opened it and it collapsed). We have emailed Sydneyside and sent photos but haven't heard back yet... So I'll let you know how their customer service is soon!

      3 months ago - 30/06/2014

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed Kurtosh
    Located near the main strip of crows nest amongst the busy restaurants is this warm, modern rustic dessert house. If you have ever been to Prague, you will recognize the tubes of doughy goodness, which are freshly baked and covered in sugar and cinnamon. Other cakes can also be purchased for $45/100g we tried a few varieties but some were a little dry. The ambience however is warm and inviting, with lots of tables to enjoy a nice chat with friends after dinner.
    • atan7 Local Star 
      The Tiramisu was nice but it is all about the Kurtosh dougy spirals of goodness... try the basic cinnamon one...

      6 months ago - 10/04/2014

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  • atan7 Local Star  reviewed Alio Restaurant
    Chef Ashley Hughes has really opened my eyes to quality Italian cooking. A friend and went to Alio for dinner on a Monday night and decided to experience the degustation menu.
    The service was impeccable- our waitress Tracey was highly knowledgable and made us feel welcome form the moments we were seated. Warm red walls and candlelights make this establishment perfect for a slow cosy meal.
    Warm olives in an olive oil, rosemary and chilli dressing were quickly devoured, this was followed by a focaccia-like bread with more olive oil. Restraint was needed to ensure we had enough rooms for the degustation ahead.
    A beautifully prepared rocket, fig and proscuitto salad was next, followed by a cooked salmon fillet with chickpeas and what I thought was a mild white wasabi... but was actually horseradish (very similar really)!
    The best gnocchi I have ever had was then served. Soft, smooth, creamy morsels of doughy potato goodness sitting in a shallow pool of gravy...
    The lamb was perfectly pink in the centre and the portions were very generous.
    We were thoroughly full by this time- but our dessert stomachs were put into action.
    Sweet and tangy blood orange sorbet cleanse our pallet- preparing us for the delicate vanilla bean panna cotta and poached pear (which we were convinced was soaked in red wine).
    Overall, a really great experience and the hours we were in there flew past- would highly recommend the degustation menu here to anyone wanting to have a leisurely dinner with great food and service. (just wished it moved to a nicer part of town!)


    A few tips- I don't think this area is suitable for families as the area has a few unsavoury characters roaming the streets and I didn't feel very safe walking to the restaurant from my car (parked about 5 mins away).
    There seems to be parking at Alio- but I don't know how to get to it as it seems to have its entrance from a back street (maybe call beforehand to ask for directions- I paid for street parking)
    If you are looking for the restaurant using your GPS- the suburb is 'Redfern'... 5 Baptist Street, Surry Hills- doesn't exist on my Tom Tom...
    • atan7 Local Star 
      I went to Alio again and tried their new degustation menu (which I realised chages every month)- it was amazing... Highlights included the baked Camembert cheese fondant with cranberries, the beautifully presented antipasto plate with an assortment of soft preserved meats accompanied with tangy olives and a soft cloud of mozarella cheese with vinegar. The Gnocchi was cooked to perfectation again and my friend also ageed- this was the best gnocchi he has ever had. The service was exceptional- we were tended to by a few different waiters- each as knowledgable and attentive as the other.
      PLUS- I also took my own advice and called beforehand to find out how to get to the Parking- the secret my friend is to turn off Clevelend into Matterson Lane (Just next to Bourke Street and Bar Cleveland.)- convenient, safe & no unsavoury characters to be seen.
      A little fact for all your Entertainment Cardholders- you get $30 off when you use the Entertainment Card (Sydney edition)- that's $54pp- woah

      10/05/2010

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