She’s Always a Woman

This blog post is dedicated to all the beautiful women in my life.

Wherever you may be around the world, you know who you are and you will always remain ever so dear in my heart.

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La Scala on Jersey, Woollahra

“I’ll meet you at the top of the stairs …..” is the catch phrase on its website.

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Rengaya, North Sydney

Firstly, there are Japanese restaurants. Then, there are Japanese restaurants that serve good sushi. And then, there are Japanese restaurants that only do ramen. Still, there are also Japanese yakiniku restaurants.

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Photography & Food Styling Masterclass

“Be imaginative and challenge established norms.
An eye for detail and respecting time-honoured traditions will never lead you astray.

Chopinand, on creating beautiful piano music

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The Enigmatic & Extraordinary World of Martha Argerich

The World of Martha Argerich

 ”Audiences are never important to me now and they never were”

Martha Argerich, legendary Argentine concert pianist

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Bill Granger – Community Garden Initiative

“The taste of a cherry tomato, picked fresh and warmed by the sun
is hard to beat even in a top restaurant”

~ Bill Granger, celebrity chef & Australia’s king of breakfast

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Pork Belly Prawn Noodles

Pork Belly Prawn Noodle

“I know this prawn noodles I cook at home in Sydney is absolutely lethal
compared the meek ones at food hawkers in Malaysia”

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ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary

ChopinandMysaucepan ~ Our Third Blogiversary

Our spanner crab salad with pink grapefruit, flying fish roe & crisp duck skin

“Life is not about the length of our time but moments in time that give us peace and joy.

By capturing these moments on this blog, I hope it will also
help you to relive your moments in time that make life worth living”

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An Restaurant, Bankstown

An Restaurant, Bankstown

“I have been to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on numerous occasions and I can confidently say the best pho in the world is not in Vietnam but right here in Sydney, Australia.”

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Arabella Restaurant & Bar, Newtown

Arabella

Sydney’s dining scene is probably at its most vibrant in the last thirty years. Eatstreets abound where many have become a melting pot of exciting restaurants for locals.

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Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dainty Dumpling House

If you are a fan of Chinese dumplings, there’s good news because the craze in Sydney continues since the opening of Lotus Dumpling Bar and The Argyle in the city.

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The Flynn, Sydney

The Flynn

Sydney’s pub dining has come a long way in the last twenty years. It’s more than a decade ago when The Forresters in Surry Hills became the first pub to offer $5 steaks to draw in the crowd.

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Reuben & Moore, Westfield Sydney

Reuben & Moore

“A good Reuben is a sandwich with an attitude that stands out among sandwiches.
It is the Zsa Zsa Gabor among the Julia Roberts of sandwiches if you will.”

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Tingha Chinese Restaurant, Homebush West


“The marketing strategy of pricing mud crabs in half kilo is an obvious ploy to give a perception of value. But $27.60 a kilo at a restaurant is even cheaper than live mud crabs at the Sydney Fish Market which normally retail for around $30.”

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Tan Viet, Eastwood

As far as eating out is concerned, I have always been an advocate of a restaurant’s specialties. When it comes to fast food and cheap eats, this notion is even more prevalent if you’re looking for a ‘good meal’.

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Contrabando, Sydney

Smuggling, Sydney

There are two of them. One is friendly and welcoming while the other is reserved, dark and mysterious.

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Temasek, Parramatta

“I believe Temasek is an important restaurant in Sydney’s dining landscape because of its Hainanese chicken rice. Served at room temperature, this chicken has all the hallmarks of greatness ~ smooth, tender and flavoursome. The holy-trinity of condiments being caramel black sauce, ginger and chilli sauce make this the iconic dish that it rightfully is.”

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Antoine’s Grill, Concord

Antoine's Grill, Concord

Is there a steakhouse in your neighbourhood where you can choose your own steak knife?

Most of Sydney’s best steakhouses are clustered around the CBD but since our first visit to a humble French style bistro in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Concord, we were charmed.

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Gowings Bar & Grill, Sydney

Gowings Bar & Grill

“This dish is a girl named Blossom.
Beautiful edible blooms are scattered on crab cakes,
finely julienne radish, celeriac, tangy aioli and lemon.”

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La Botte D’oro, Leichhardt

How many pizzas and pastas would an Italian restaurant have dished out if it has been around for more than thirty five years?

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Chinese New Year of the Horse 2014

Kung Hei Fatt Choy to all our Chinese readers!!

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Home delivery pizza party

Home delivery pizza party

This is a sponsored blog post. ChopinandMysaucepan received financial compensation. All views and opinions are our own.

There is no better time to order home delivery when bad weather stops you from going out or on one of those days when you are simply too busy, tired and don’t feel like cooking.

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jones the grocer, Westfield Sydney

Jones the Grocer, Westfield Sydney

jones the grocer (its name spelt with alphabets all in lower case) launched its first eponymous store from a converted terrace in Sydney’s prestige eastern suburb of Woollahra in 1996.

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Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

Excelsior Jones

Sydney’s inner west suburb of Ashfield is famous for its countless Chinese restaurants along Liverpool road serving all kinds of dumplings and xiao long baos.

But tucked away from the busy restaurant strip in the residential area on Queen street is a favourite cafe among the locals.

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Balla The Star, Sydney

Balla, The Star

Since re-branding itself as The Star from its tacky past of being The Star City, Sydney’s casino has been upping the ante on its stable of restaurants.

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