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Joined 12 January 2017 Rose Bay, NSW

  • Ground Zero

    Martial Arts Manly, NSW
    Dropped in here for a caffeine hit and refuel after tackling the Spit to Manly walk. Head out back, grab a seat in the sun and slurp down on their fresh juice and tasty bites to eat. The coffee was hot and strong and the food was just as good. I went the veggie breakie. A large plate with plenty of flavour. Will head back in when back in this area and/when someone convinces me to tackle that walk again.
  • Nostimo Deli Cafe

    Cafes Malabar, NSW
    Nostimo is a great little cafe located in Malabar. With a fitout that reminds me of a surf shack, crazily enticing menu and appetizing specials board this place packs a relaxed vibe with some serious eats. The breakfast bowls are packed full of colour and flavour and come in their own coconut shell bowls - I would hit up the Ocean Break Bowl. If dropping in for breakfast then the smashed avo is of serious size and taste. Also at less than $12 you can still save for your house deposit. In there at lunch time, I chowed down on the kofta burger which came out on Turkish bread. A nice little twist on your traditional burger. Whether you are just dropping in for a bite or a feast they guys at Nostimo will be able to hook you up with whatever you are feeling
  • Alfred Hotel

    Pubs & Bars Camperdown, NSW

    The Alfred is a classic pub with a cool little outdoor courtyard. The draw card here is their chef and kitchen - which pumps out some great meals. The Alfred and their chef Jamie have taken classic pub food, reworked it and created some sensational dishes while still managing to sell it at classic pub prices. We were here for a tasting of their menu and were treated to a range of dishes. I loved the crumbed chicken thigh and blue cheese sauce, as well as the herb and parmesan gnocchi. The standout for me though was the Alfred?s surf and turf, which was created with smoky BBQ brisket and coconut crumbed prawns. The meat was melt in your mouth tender and the purée and steamed kale were great additions to the dish. If you are around on a Sunday, then the Roast is definitely the option to go for - there is a reason it is classic and with a Yorkshire pudding - it's a hit from their menu! Drop on down for fresh and fantastic food.
  • Unbunched

    Florists Paddington, NSW
    A flower delivery service with packaging as beautiful as the flowers. You can sign up for one-off, weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries. Fresh from the market to your door nothing will brighten your day more than an delivery from unbunched. The staff are fantastic to deal with and you can choose the timeslot that best suits you!
  • The Mews Mosman

    Cafes Mosman, NSW
    Mews is a beautiful brunch experience from the food, staff and fresh flowers on each and every table. We visited on a Saturday and this cafe was the perfect option for brunch before browsing the Mosman markets. It was a difficult choice for food as every dish coming out of the kitchen looked like a work of art. The granola was a refreshing mix of fruits, chia and coconut jelly - a healthy yet tasty option to start the day. For something more substantial the smoked salmon was served on a corn pancake with tomato and avo salsa, soft boiled egg, balsamic, pomegranate and leek. This dish was beautifully plated and filled with flavour in every bite. Make sure you leave room for dessert as the Nutella lava hot cake is something else. An oozing Nutella cake with lemon curd, berries, fairy floss, chili infused maple AND candied pancetta. This is the type of brunch offering we would love to come back for.
  • Long Chim

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    Fabulous Thai and equally as good cocktails! This place is certainly not cheap at around $30 or more for a main but the flavours and the atmosphere are outstanding. The cheapest wine is $65 a bottle so go for their famous cocktails. The Thai basil slam was my pick. All of our dishes including green curry, massaman and chili noodles were delicious. Treat yourself when in the city.
  • Uncle Ming's Bar

    Pubs & Bars Sydney, NSW
    Fabulous basement bar with cocktails, dumplings and style. It's very dark inside but the red lighting sets the mood for a couple of drinks and tasty Asian bites. Great place for a couple of cheeky cocktails
  • I Love Pho

    Restaurants Crows Nest, NSW
    Located on the popular strip of Willoughby street in Crows Nest, I love pho is your choice if you feel like Vietnamese. We went with the staffs recommendation of crispy pork boa and Vietnamese crispy duck pancake for starters. The duck pancake was light and delicious and left us excited for the mains. The main dishes really were the stand out of the night. The shaking eye fillet beef with pepper sauce was our pick with high quality meat and a great balance of flavour. The stir fry basil duck with chili was a nice way to finish what was a light and flavoursome Vietnamese experience
  • Big Tree House Cafe

    Cafes Rydalmere, NSW
    Very popular with the locals, this cafe was a buzz on a Sunday. Do not be put off if there is a line out the door to order as even when busy the coffee and food comes out very quickly from the kitchen. The coffee was a campos blend and very enjoyable. I also ordered the corn fritters which were a little soft for me and not a large serving. All in all one to visit if you are in the area.
  • God's Creation

    Cafes Balmain, NSW
    Gods creation is a fabulous cafe in Balmain and in a suburb that is spoilt for choice this one has gone close to the top of our list! We visited for brunch and an absolute must try is their special coffee with cinnamon and lemon on top. A unique and delicious creation that you won't find anywhere else. As far as food goes the prosciutto Omelette was light and flavoursome and we savoured every bite. I'm never usually one to order French toast but I was surprised as this one had the perfect combination of salty and sweet with the crispy bacon balancing out the syrup. We also had a caesar salad which was a star on its own. LOVED every dish and will most certainly be back!
  • Atmosphere Restaurant Cafe

    Cafes North Strathfield, NSW
    This place has an atmosphere all of its own. A huge open restaurant in the heart of North Strathfield Atmosphere has options for those seeking lunch, dinner or a drink to wind down the week. We managed to head in for lunch and try a couple of the dishes. From the entree we had the grilled octopus, haloumi salad and a side of wedges. The octopus was seasoned with a crisp BBQ and tamarind flavour and the haloumi, tomato and balsamic salad was fresh and tasty. A great way to start the lunchtime feast. Our next dishes were the meat lovers pizza and spanner crab linguine. The pizza was topped with all the assortment of meats and on a freshly baked base. The winner though was the spanner crab linguine - the pasta was the freshest and lightest we have had in a long time. We topped it off with a Nutella pizza/doughnut cross. The freshly baked pastry of this dish was addictive and topped with Nutella and ice cream was a match made in heaven. Open late over the weekend this is a place where dinner would be followed by a few drinks in a relaxing and vibrant restaurant. Free parking next door on weekends also makes this a convenient spot.
  • Cheeky Chocolate Room

    Takeaways North Strathfield, NSW
    Your perfect little dessert bar. Located in North Strathfield, this place is a great cafe/bar to drop into for a coffee or wine and a delicious sweet dessert. We stopped in here for an afternoon snack while around the area. We managed to tackle the macaroons, man on the moon dessert and the nutella pizza. The man on the moon was a cup of salted caramel and dark chocolate topped with caramel popcorn - a very different dessert but worth a try for those that love a sweet and salty snack. The standout here was the Nutella pizza - a thin base, plenty of Nutella, fruit, cream and a topping of brownies. What more could you want. Grab one to share, sit back and enjoy the Parisian style decor. If you do not feel like something sweet head in the afternoon and try some of their wine selection and cheese boards
  • The Boathouse Balmoral Beach

    Cafes Mosman, NSW
    A popular place to be seen, The Boathouse at Balmoral has their styling down to a tee. A great spot on the water and makes for a relaxing afternoon if you are lucky enough to find a table. Have an alcoholic drink or enjoy their coffee art but make sure you also order something from their delicious food menu.
  • So 9

    Specialty Food Waterloo, NSW
    A popular Vietnamese restaurant on Danks Street Waterloo. The menu has something for everyone and be sure to take note of their specials. The stuffed chicken wings were a stand out for entree. When you come here you must order one of their pancakes (vegetarian, pork and prawn or the seafood option). This is served up overflowing on a plate making for a fun and filling dining experience. The chicken curry with noodles was served with the freshest bread for dipping and was the pick of the night. We will definitely be coming back to dine again.
  • Hoochie Mamma Cafe

    Cafes Newtown, NSW
    A family friendly cafe in Newtown with a huge menu! It was a difficult choice but I went for the sweet corn fritters (gluten free option) that were served up with bacon, avocado, spinach and tomato relish. It was the perfect serving size to satisfy your weekend cravings. We also opted for the ?All the Buzz Buttermilk Pancakes?. These looked small but they were packed full of honeycomb butter, fresh strawberries and maple syrup. The cafe has a great vibe with friendly staff and plenty of space to chill out!
  • Frankie's Beans

    Cafes Darlinghurst, NSW
    A specialty coffee cafe that serves up some delicious favorites. We were lucky enough to try a world first brewing method! Fabricated atmospheric brewing really was FAB and was enjoyed by coffee and non-coffee lovers. The brew was light and the flavours continually changed in your mouth and as the liquid cooled. It's worth a visit just to try the coffee and have the owner tell you about the innovative brewing methods. But be sure to try the food! The menu may look a little small but the food is perfectly executed. Our pick is the lamb jaffle slow roasted in house with Swiss cheese and tzatziki - delicious! There are also a range of brekkie options, sandwiches and salads. So if you are in the area drop by Frankie?s Beans for a coffee and a chat.
  • Meat District Co.

    Restaurants Sydney, NSW
    Located at king street wharf on the harbour this is the place to go if you love meat and burgers. The service was great and everyone enjoyed their meals ranging from burgers, to steak, to ribs and even kangaroo. Good option for lunch if you are in the area.
  • Hacienda

    Pubs & Bars Sydney, NSW
    I stopped in here for a cocktail after dinner down on the water. This place has an awesome view of the quay and a pretty good drinks. It was very busy when we were there, so if you are after a table I would book, however, you can also grab a standing place by the bar. The costs here are what you expect along the water but is definitely worth a visit. I am keen to head back and grab a table to spend some more time there.
  • Paniq Room

    Interest Groups The Rocks, NSW
    What a great way to spend an hour! I went here for a work function and loved the whole experience. It's a great team building exercise or would be a great competition to have with family and friends. Without giving too much away, we were in the prison break room and took the whole hour to escape - even after all my false bravado about how easy it would be. The staff here are amazing at their job who obviously enjoy themselves and add another aspect to the whole experience.
  • The Push

    Pubs & Bars The Rocks, NSW
    A great little bar located in The Rocks. We stopped in here for a few drinks prior to heading out to dinner and were greeted with a great vibe and friendly staff. The beer selection was not massive but with the 4 taps they had there was a good mix of craft and more traditional beers. Head in for there happy hour when they have $8 pints and your can't go wrong.