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I live on Sydney's North Shore with my partner and our pet dog. I enjoy time with family and friends, fitness and pizza!

Joined 09 October 2012   Sydney, NSW

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  • Dimanche Dinner
    Caterers    Sydney, NSW

    I would rate six stars if I could! Dimanche Dinner is run by a husband (Max) and wife (Lauren) team - she manages the event and helps out on the night whilst he is the head chef. They catered a formal three course meal + canaps that we hosted at our home for 25 people. The food was delicious and so beautifully presented. It was a true fine dining experience, our guest loved it! The service was very professional but also friendly, just the right balance.

    In the lead up to the event Lauren was excellent to deal with. There was lots of flexibility with the menu and they were also happy to provide delicious options to choose from. They catered to special requirements (including a soy intolerance and a celiac).

    As for price, we found them very competitive when compared to other chef-at-home organisations.

  • Carre Noir
    Restaurants    Chatswood, NSW

    I had a pleasant lunch here with my grandma on Tuesday. It is a nice quite place located inside the Chatswood Chase complex. The decor is quite quaint with tea cups and fake flowers decorating shelves and tables. The menu has a good selection of sandwiches, melts, burgers and other lunch items. I had the pulled pork burger ($12.90) on the house made brioche bun, it was very nice.

  • Bellini's Fine Italian Restaurant
    Restaurants    St Ives, NSW

    We had a nice Friday night dinner at Bellini's with a group of four. Having said this, I can certainly relate to the reviews below! The decor is a bit tired but the restaurant is nicely presented and was comfortably warm (it was quite a cold night outside). The waiter seemed a little indifferent.... rote read out the specials but generally ticked all the boxes.

    My partner ordered fish and asked our waiter:
    "Is there parsley on the fish"
    "No, the fish is not served with parsley"
    "Good, I do not like parsley and wanted to ensure that there would not be any on this meal".
    Then of course the fish came out COVERED in parsley. He was certainly not impressed but we did not make a scene.

    I had the spaghetti marinara which was very nice. Not a very generous serve, but certainty enough (I think I am used to excessive serves of pasta at Italian restaurants!). Garlic bread was quite dismal as suggested by previous reviewer... you would have thought an Italian restaurant could deliver in this regard but sadly no. We really liked the vegetables that were served for the table to share. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and then potato with a white sauce (a bit greasy but also yummy!).

    When people leave they do not reset tables, it is a 'one sitting' type of venue. So it closes quite early. Good to bear in mind if you are looking for a long evening (aka go somewhere else).

    Expect to pay $20-$35 per main.

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  • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star  reviewed Rebel Sport
    Whilst this is one of the largest stores in the Westfield complex it is only moderately sized for a Rebel. Staff receive some incentive for every item purchased that they manage to tag with their identifying sticker. This makes for eager service, but don't expect expert advice. When it's busy it's hard to find someone to help, but they try to cater to self-service as much as possible. For example shoes of various sizes are stacked for customers to try and buy. Good for sales, good for browsing and an excellent returns policy. Just don't visit with very specialist requirements.
    • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star 
      cant recall) couldnt properly speak to the pros and cons of alternatives. I thought the assistant was helpful, I just didnt think the very specialised product knowledge was there.

      Overall I am very happy with the Rebel value proposition. I enjoy going to one stores and being able to buy most of my sporting requirments. This is reflected in my high star rating.

      1 month ago - 29/07/2014

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  • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star  reviewed Rebel Sport
    Whilst this is one of the largest stores in the Westfield complex it is only moderately sized for a Rebel. Staff receive some incentive for every item purchased that they manage to tag with their identifying sticker. This makes for eager service, but don't expect expert advice. When it's busy it's hard to find someone to help, but they try to cater to self-service as much as possible. For example shoes of various sizes are stacked for customers to try and buy. Good for sales, good for browsing and an excellent returns policy. Just don't visit with very specialist requirements.
    • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star 
      Hi Gareth,
      Thank you for your feedback. I have since revisited the Chatswood store as well as the Hornsby and Macquarie stores. I initially thought these two were larger than the Chatswood stores and have been doubting my size-evaluation following your comment. You are correct, the Chatswood store is large, I do however believe is 'feels' smaller because it is long and thin with 'isles' coming off the side. The Macquarie and Hornsby stores are squarer and I think they feel larger. Obviously I haven't compared them square-foot-to-square-foot.
      Regarding expert knowledge, I wouldn't expect Rebel staff would have in depth knowledge about such a diverse product range. I was not criticizing, I was trying to describe the nature of the stores and distinguish it from specialized outlets such as Athletes Foot (specialization in foot wear) or Lulu Lemon (specializing in womens gym wear). My specific reference experience was when buying running shoes, I felt that the assistant (whose name I...

      1 month ago - 29/07/2014

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  • dzwan  reviewed Workshop Espresso
    I tried this cafe for coffee after reading about from a very reputable website regarding good coffee. I try good coffee where ever I go, but to date, this was the very best. These guys know what they're doing. Their aim is clearly to make excellent coffee, and they do it very very well. I'd absolutely recommend this cafe.

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