Barrafina Tapas Bar, Sydney

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“This salad is the hero of tapas and wine bar dining.
With Spanish blue, jamon and honey, a spectrum of wine possibilities come to mind,
from a chardonnay with rich oak to a jammy pinot noir.” 

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A Tavola, Bondi

A Tavola

A Tavola (meaning “to the table”) is inspired by the childhood memories of Head Chef and Owner Eugenio Maiale whilst playing in his Adelaide home backyard as he waited for the dinner bell to chime “a tavola”.

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Rosso Pomodoro, Balmain

“I am not afraid to admit I am a huge fan of the ham and pineapple pizza. And I can assure you there isn’t a guy from wikipedia lurking in this pizzeria.”

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Antoine’s Grill, Concord

Antoine's Grill Concord

“I think you will like this place because they apparently have some good steaks on the menu” Mysaucepan tells me in earnest.

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Vocalise, Sergei Rachmaninoff

“Two bridge railings symbolize two people supporting each other through life’s journey. But when one railing is missing, it is like one half has gone away.”

~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan

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As we all know, to be considered great, every good love story must involve tragedy and perhaps death.

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Café Boheme, Potts Point

Mysaucepan is a devout fan of anything French. Actually she’s a Francophile if you will. Her heart swoons at the mere mention of Paris although I should also declare my heritage is anything but French.

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Asian food warfare – The rise and rise of Asian food in Sydney

There was a time in Sydney when the neighbourhood Thai restaurant was considered hip and exotic.

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Sunset Cottesloe beach, Western Australia

Sunset Cottesloe beach

“The view of the sea is so beautiful that words are not necessary.
The music in my mind conjures a poetry of the sea before me”

~ Chopinand, co-author ChopinandMysaucepan on Rachmaninoff’s
Etudes-tableaux Op. 39 no. 2 in A minor

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Typika Artisan Roasters, Claremont

Typica Artisan Roaster

Coffee lovers must be having it good these days judging by the sheer number of artisan roasters jostling among cafe and restaurant strips in urban neighbourhoods.

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Khao Pla, Chatswood

Pla Rajoratanavichai of Thai restaurant Khao Pla, Chatswood

These days, Sydney’s Thai restaurants are as plentiful as the bikini-clad women on its beaches in summer.

But then again, there are Thai restaurants in Sydney and there is Khao PlaAnd likewise, there are Thai chefs in Sydney and there is Pla Rajoratanavichai (cover image above).

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Lotus Dumpling Bar, Walsh Bay

Lotus Dumpling Bar

It’s easy to see the fascination with dumplings hitting Sydney at the moment.

After all, when dumplings are discussed around a dining table, most people think jiaozi (the Mandarin term for the more common Cantonese gow gee), steamed xiao long bao or Shanghai soup dumplings and boiled wontons.

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Popolo, Rushcutters Bay

Popolo

“There is a seductive Italian in town” M tells me.

“Well, I know you’re absolutely in love with Monica Bellucci but there’s only two things about Italy that generally excite me and that’s food and opera, although I like to gaze at beautiful Italian women … occasionally” I reply.

“In that case, I think you will like Popolo ‘coz it has one of the three” M says.

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Azuma, Sydney

Azuma Sydney

When I first came to Sydney in the early 1980s, Japanese food was what I would term “luxury” food at the time.

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Revolver, Annandale

Revolver

Sometimes, I ask myself why I love this beautiful city that is Sydney?

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Cafe Nice, Sydney

Cafe Nice

What do you get when you throw together good, wholesome French food in a casual bistro with water views and excellent table service?

You get a nice cafe, of course. In the case of my lunch with some lovely friends, it Cafe Nice (pronounced “niece” as in the French provencal city of Nice).

“We have to have the omelette, it’s really ooh la la!!” Fiona says.

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Tosung Firewood BBQ, Homebush

Tosung Firewood BBQ

Sydney’s dining scene is already trending towards a casual tapas style experience where diners can share a variety of dishes. It seems a distant past that my friends and I have gone out for a 3-course meal where each of us had our own entree, main and dessert.

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Remembering Karen Carpenter – A Tribute

Remebering Karen Carpenter

“I can take all the madness the world has to give but I won’t last a day without you”

~ Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, composers of
Carpenters‘ hit single I Won’t Last A Day Without You

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Karen Carpenter would have been 63 today had she not died of heart failure as a result of complications from anorexia nervosa at the tender age of 32.

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Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin, Sydney Opera House

Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin at Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Christian Steiner

Backed by a colossal technique to tackle the most conflict-ridden passages with amazing soundness, Ingrid offered a substantial reading, filled with musicality and life, of one of the most splendorous piano concertos of the Romantic era.

 ~ La Nacion, Argentine  daily

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Breakfast at Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market

It is often said that one should do what the Romans do when in Rome. I am definitely a fan of embracing the best of what a place has to offer when travelling.

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Woolwich Pier Hotel, Woolwich

Woolwich Pier Hotel

Update: Woolwich Pier Hotel was recently awarded Best Hotel for Dining by Sydney Morning Herald’s Pub Food Guide 2014.

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Being a harbour city, there are countless bay, reefs, coves, peninsulas and inlets around Sydney’s foreshores and seascapes.

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Wine Tasting Yarra Valley, Victoria

Yarra Valley Wine Tasting

“This pinot noir rose tastes a bit like my sense of humour.
It is dry but sharp with a clean finish.”

~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan

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MoVida, Melbourne

MoVida

Last year, Sydneysiders got their long-awaited taste of Frank Camorra‘s Spanish tapas when MoVida opened in Surry Hills.

After more than a decade since it burst into the Melbourne dining scene, Camorra’s Spanish tapas restaurant has morphed into a total of four outposts.

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Top 5 Cheap Eats, Artarmon

Top 5 Cheap Eats in Artarmon

“Each bite-size cube is so tender, it melts in your mouth.
The savoury soy sauce from the braise leaves a lingering, lip-smacking taste that

makes you yearn for that next decadent chunk of fatty pork belly.”

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The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, Sydney

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

 ”Shucking an oyster is like pursuing a beautiful woman.
You pry away at it and when it begins to give, you know the sweet reward is imminent.”

~ Chopinand, co-author ChopinandMysaucepan

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Star Capital Seafood Restaurant, Chatswood

Star Capital Seafood Restaurant

With the new upgrade of Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre and refurbishment of The Concourse over the last few years, Chatswood has morphed into a thriving CBD and metropolis in Sydney’s lower north shore.

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