Mother’s Day High Tea 2021

Are you looking for a Mother’s Day high tea location in 2021? Well you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve found in previous years, We’ve needed to organise and book our Mother’s Day well in advance otherwise we end up getting a bad table or miss out completely. So, to help you out, we have created a list of our top high tea spots for Mother’s Day.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

If you’re wanting to stay central to the Sydney CBD, Stir Stamford at Circular Quay is the place to be. They have already put their Mother’s Day 2021 high tea event online, so you can book in and get the best seats sorted now.

Sunday 9 May 2021 
11.00 am – 2.00 pm or 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm
$89 per person 
$55 per child (5 – 12 years) 

What will you find on the menu? Traditional scones with jam and cream, sandwiches, sweet and savoury items. You can check out the whole menu on their website, but we think we would look most forward to the ‘Chicken Avocado Lemon & Tarragon on Brioche’ and the ‘Assorted French Macarons’.

Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath

You can’t beat the views at the Hydro Majestic as you look over the Megalong Valley. This place has so much history and is a beautiful location to spend Mother’s Day enjoying your high tea with mum.

Sunday May 9 2021
Their website currently doesn’t have any information available for Mother’s Day, other than it’s coming soon. When we have gone in previous years, for Mother’s day, they usually only have the Luxurious High Tea that’s $89 per person.

Their Wintergarden offers a premium afternoon high tea with a flute of French Champagne. Hopefully by the time you read this, they will have uploaded some more information on their website for Mother’s Day.

Crowne Plaza, Terrigal Pacific

If the beach is more your style then the Crowne Plaza at Terrigal Beach would be your best bet. You can enjoy a high tea with your mum and take in the beautiful ocean views. Their Mother’s Day high tea is online already as well, and you are able to book in now.

Sunday 9 May 2021
1.00pm – 3.00pm
$72.00 per adult
$35.00 per child (3- 12 years)

Your high tea will be served on a traditional tower and come with a range of delicacies and delights. The price also includes beverages including sparkling wine, wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. You can find their full menu on their website, but we would be most looking forward to the ‘Chicken and Leek Pie’ or the ‘Pecan and Palm Treacle Cheesecake’.

Tocal Homestead, Paterson

Are you thinking a road trip may be more what you are after, Tocal Homestead is about 2 hours from Sydney, near Newcastle. This venue is stunning and won’t disappoint, especially if you love nature.

Sunday 9 May 2021
There isn’t any prices online for Tocal Homestead, but there is a phone number to contact if you are interested.

The high-tea is being organise by then on-site caterers and will be a decadent and substantial high tea to create a memorable occasion. Their service includes an array of savoury morsels, sweet treats and fresh scones, your choice of tea and also bar service, which is available on request.

The Langham, Millers Point

For a classy English experience, you can’t go past The Langham in Millers Point. They have an afternoon tea with Wedgewood experience. It is known as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea – from their London flagship location.

Sunday May 9 2021
They haven’t put their Mother’s Day event up yet, but usually their pricing is:
$98 with a glass of Sparkling
$113 with a glass of Champagne
$49 for under 12

This would be one of our favourite high tea experiences. The staff here are lovely and they have a tea we have not been able to find anywhere else, the Irish Whisky. Hopefully they also upload some more information to their website shortly – so keep your eye out for that.

We hope you can enjoy your Mother’s Day with whom you decide to celebrate it with. Have you bought your mum a present yet? We’ve been eyeing off these bath bombs, and there is enough for us to steal some from mum haha!

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A morning in Berry NSW

Are you planning a trip to Berry? Here is a guide to how we would spend our morning there and what we would suggest.

We’ve recently went a mini road trip down to Berry NSW, about 2.5 hours from Sydney. The historic town is a hotspot for Sydney tourist and it so much to offer. If you’re going on the weekend, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of people you see there. So, we’ve put a quick guide together to help you avoid the crowds and make the best of your time.

Breakfast

The best time to arrive in Berry is breakfast time, we’d suggest you get there before 10am as this is when everyone seems to arrive. You should also do your research on your food options – as there are a few cafes that aren’t on the main strip and are delicious and less crowded. Our first stop was The Hungry Monkey, which is a 2 minute walk back from the main strip, you are also able to book a table here. The brunch here is tasty and nicely presented (see image below) and they also seem to have some great burgers for lunch and dinner. I got the corn fritters, and I must admit, they are some of the best fritters I have had.

Snack

You can’t go to Berry and not visit the famous Doughnut Van. This van has been around forever and an iconic spot on the main strip. We arrived here at about 11am and seemed to just miss the huge line that developed behind us. The doughnuts here are made fresh to order but you won’t have to wait to long either, 5 minutes tops once you order. Nothing beats the hot doughnuts from here – they also serve drinks as well!

Activities

You should be nice and full now. Next we would suggest, exploring the town. There are usually markets on the weekends and the shops in the area have some lovely items. Our last stop on the way back home was Kiama, only about 20 minutes back towards Sydney. You’ll be able to visit another south coast icon – the Kiama Blowhole. It doesn’t matter how many times you see it, it continues to amaze you – we were lucky the sea was rough the day we visited. We were still full from Berry but if you get peckish, there are plenty of cafes along the water for you to pick from in Kiama.

We hope you can enjoy your road trip down to Berry NSW. If you want to learn more about some good road trips in Australia, we’d suggest you look at the Ultimate Road Trips: Australia book for some awesome ideas!

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If you’re allergic to everything, here are the best places to dine in Sydney

Do you have an allergy or intolerance and find it hard to eat out in Sydney? Here are the places we would visit if we were in your situation.

Allergies and intolerances in food seem to be a growing concern especially among our youth. While there isn’t much you can do about fixing the problem you can certainly avoid consuming what makes us sick. Here is where we would eat out throughout the day, if we had some of the most common allergies/intolerances.

Breakfast

Youeni – You’ll be able to find Youeni in Surry Hills near the CBD or Castle Hill in the North West. Youeni has been around for many years and is definitely a place we should all visit, whether we are allergic to everything or not. The meals are super fresh and healthy and they also cater for vegan, keto and high protein diets. Their menu seems to be easy to modify and no dirty looks seem to come your way when you need to change something for your health!

Lunch

Belmonte Italian – You’ll find this place in the Sydney North West suburb of Baulkham Hills. This place reminds us of our grandma’s home cooked meals and it has such a lovely vibe about the place – the staff are great. We’ve watched this place more recently become very vegan friendly, with the option to change menu items easily if needed. Of course, being Italian, they also have all your gluten-free needs solved as well. As mentioned, the staff here are lovely and if you had any special requirements (that they haven’t already sorted out for you on the menu) I’m sure they will happily sort it out.

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Dinner

Mark & Vinnys – You’ll find these guys in Surry Hills – they’ve been around for quite a few years now. You’ll probably recognise them from their bright coloured pastas and extensive vegan options on the menu. If spaghetti and spritz is your sort of thing, this is the perfect place. Their menu is super clear to let you know whether items are vegan or not, and of course, you can swap to gluten-free pasta. The cocktails are divine here too!

Dessert

Nutie Donuts – Doughnuts are our sweet spot, so an allergy/intolerance-free version of them is a must. You’ll find Nutie Donuts in the inner west suburb of Balmain. When your sweet tooth starts kicking in, you’ll be able to find gluten-free and dairy-free options ready to go. I’d recommend the famous cinnamon donut but there are so many delicious options to choose from.

And lastly, there is always the option to just stay in and be safe with your own cooking. If you’re struggling to to find some good recipes for your allergy/intolerance, we’d recommend The Allergy-Free Cookbook.

We hope this blog helped you out. It looks like more and more places starting to factor in allergy and intolerances into their menus but we still have a long way to go! Let us know if you go to any of the above places or if you have any other recommendations.

If you’re wanting to understand more about allergies, there’s a great book about it called Allergy Epidemic, where they discuss the practical side of dealing with serious allergies and how you stay safe!

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Italian Street Kitchen – Bella Vista

We had been hearing some good things about the recently opened Italian Street Kitchen, located on the lake on Solent Circuit, Norwest. We are always on the lookout for new places to eat in the Hills area and this place was amazing.

Arriving for a Sunday lunch, the restaurant is offering both indoor and outdoor seating with a great view overlooking the lake. There are a few restaurants on this strip, situated under the Esplanade high rise building. Very tastefully decorated, the restaurant is inviting and comfortable.

The Capricciosa Pizza

We ordered the Wood-Fired Italian Cheese Bread for starters. Just the right amount of cheese and garlic on a perfectly cooked Italian flatbread. This was followed by the Gnocchi Bolognese, a huge dish of tender gnocchi with a very tasty bolognese sauce. The Capricciosa Pizza and Salsiccia E Patate Pizza were perfectly cooked with great flavour. These guys know their pizzas, the bases melted in your mouth and allowed the flavours of the toppings to come through.

It is always good to have great service and we experienced this from the moment we walked into this restaurant. The food and drinks arrived in good time and the waiters were friendly.

If you are after an authentic Italian restaurant where you can sit back and relax and enjoy your surrounds, this place ticks all the boxes. We will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu. We’ve already made our next reservation!

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A Cafe’s Guide: Working with Food Bloggers

Approaching food bloggers for your marketing is pretty fool-proof. You are on display to thousands of their followers at little cost to yourself. Compared to advertising in the mainstream media, it is a smart move.

We have noticed recently we are getting a lot more requests from cafes and restaurants regarding using our foodie Instagram to promote their business. While some cafes have gotten straight to the point and know exactly what they want, there are also places that are new to the game and aren’t sure what to expect.

We have put together a small guide to point you in the right direction and answer some of your questions.

Selecting your food bloggers

We would recommend you select quite a few. If you have a few bloggers all posting at the same time about your business, your food takes over everyone’s timelines and makes people interested in why so many people are visiting you. You also need to think about the right food bloggers for you, do they usually post the food you serve? do they post close up images of food or flat lays? do they mainly focus on cafes/restaurants or home cooking products? All of these elements matter depending on what you’re looking for.

man taking picture of food on top of table inside restaurant
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How many followers should they have?

Once someone hits 1-2K followers, I believe they start having a decent following. Generally the more followers you have the small your engagement rate is, so keep that in mind when you approach the big guys. Of course you need to be careful of people who buy followers. You can generally check by looking at their followers list and seeing if the followers look real/are from the same country or state.

How to approach your selected food bloggers?

A simple Instagram DM is usually the best way to get a quick response. You should introduce yourself and be clear you want to collaborate. I find it best when they know what they want to acheive (eg. 2 posts and 3 instagram stories). Also be open to dates and times, don’t make them only come at awkward times of the day when you’re quiet.

Make sure your staff are prepared

You think this would be obvious, but we have arrived at cafes and the staff have no idea the manager organised for us to come. It becomes awkward when I need to show messages and prove I’m not making it up.

cheerful black waitress standing at counter
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Don’t change your dishes for us

You should serve us exactly what you would serve any other person. A few times we have been given huge proportions and then realised this isn’t a normal dish and when we post the image, it’s basically a catfish version of what they will really get. While we appreciate you going above and beyond, we want to showcase to our followers what they would actually get, if they decided to visit you. BUT do put us in a good seat next to natural light for our photos.

What are the costs involved for you?

Most bloggers will be happy to come along as long as you provide the meal. You definitely can’t expect people to go out of there way, showcase your food – and pay for it (yes we have been asked to pay for it before). Larger bloggers may requirement payment – you will have to deal with this on a case by case basis.

And to conclude, in no way are we complaining about anyone that has approached us. We are so greatful for every experience we have had. This is just a guide to help you, next time you are looking into food bloggers for your marketing.

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Can greenhouses solve social distancing?

We’re sure many of you have been out since the restrictions in Australia have been lifted. Now restaurants and cafes are allowed to open as long as the follow the 1.4 social distancing rule. However, we’ve found that when we have been out dining, there may be the right amount in the space to keep the 1.4 distance but they put everyone cramped into one section. Should we be concerned if we can touch the people on the table behind us? What if we told you there are greenhouse restaurants trying to solve the problem?

Where can you find them?

We have recently come across a restaurant in Amsterdam, Mediamatic, that has used greenhouses to make sure everyone is spread out. Many restaurants have tried to be creative with ways to stand out with concepts to control social distancing. However, this would have to be our favourite!. Should there be more greenhouse restaurants?

greenhouse restaurants
Photography – news.com.au

According to the Government, these sort of measures are unnecessary, but it is a great concept for those who are more at risk of the illness or those that feel uncomfortable going to a normal dining experience. And lets not forget the Instagramers who would love this idea simply for the Instagram photo (us).

This made us think, the amount of trust we are putting in restaurants and cafes to do the right thing and keep us safe. Have they wiped down everything? did they wash their hands? Are the staff being honest about their health? On the other hand are all the guests being honest about their health? The questions are endless!

greenhouse restaurants
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Nevertheless, good luck and be safe, wherever you decide to eat! Hopefully we can find more greenhouse restaurants popping up!

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Review: The Hideout Cafe & Pizza

We spend our days trying to find new, exciting and hidden cafes around Sydney and just when we thought we had found them all, along comes a café that was in hiding.

The Hideout Café is surrounded by houses in the backstreets of Old Toongabbie just off Old Windsor Road. It looks like your average take-away, however, once you sample that menu, average gives way to amazing!

What did we have?

The choices on this menu are endless. Your breakfast, brunch, lunch and pizza cravings are sorted. We started with the Smoked Salmon with spinach and avocado on sourdough. A delicious dish with fresh ingredients, the sourdough with a good spread of cream cheese. Next we devoured the Vegetarian Stack consisting of our favourite “haloumi”, spinach, mushrooms, avocado, hash brown, grilled tomato on sourdough with two perfectly cooked poached eggs. Add a dash of basil pesto and you have a dish to satisfy plenty of tastes. To finish – a sweet dish to balance out the morning – Acai Bowl with crunchy granola, almonds, banana, kiwi and strawberries. Delishous! The Chai Latte and Soy Cap lived up to our standards.

Hidden Cafes - The Hideout Cafe & Pizza
Photography – What the Haloumi

The lunch menu also includes sandwiches and wraps, pizzas, burgers, fish and chips, skewers etc.. If you are looking for a new café, this is definitely worth a try. It is a busy place and that usually means one thing, and the staff are super friendly – always a plus!

We will definitely be returning to sample the delicious lunch menu.

Hidden Cafes - The Hideout Cafe and Pizza
Photography – What the Haloumi

Do you know any hidden cafes around Sydney? We’d love to hear about them!

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Solo dining in Sydney? Here is where to go!

Are you a Sydney-sider wanting to eat out but you’re all alone? Or are you on the trip to Sydney by yourself and want to eat out? Well, not to fear, there are plenty of places to eat without feeling awkward that you are alone. You want to avoid quiet places or places like yum cha where it is probably best to have a companion. Or buffets, because who is going to mind the table haha? So, here is our list of where we would eat if we were solo dining in Sydney.

1. Sushi Rio

We personally can’t think of a better option than a sushi train. There are no tables and everyone is sitting along a bench facing the train, nothing awkward about that right? You can casually pick the options you want off the sushi train without anyone noticing you are all alone. Sushi Rio would be our pick if you are in the Sydney CBD. They have a lot of options and it is super fresh!

Where can you find them: Shop 7/339A Sussex St, Sydney (you can also find them in Westfield Sydney and Bondi)
When are they open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm but open till 11pm on Fri-Sat

solo dining sydney
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2. Jimmy’s Recipe

Next on our list of options for solo dining in Sydney is Jimmy’s Recipe. During the week at lunch time this place is super busy. You order at the counter and your food is generally ready within the minute, so there is no awkward waiting around. Then you are off to find a table, it is so busy and fast paced in there, that no one will notice you are alone. Plus there are usually quite a few solo diners on their lunch break from work. We always get the Laksa from here, it’s the best!

Where can you find them: Ground Floor/500 George St, Sydney
When are they open: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm Mon-Tues 10am-6pm Wed 10am-7pm Thurs 10am-9pm and Fri 10am-8pm

3. Mister Gee Burger Truck

Last but not least, for our solo dining options in Sydney we had to add a burger truck. There is nothing awkward about ordering from these and taking a seat in a park and enjoying your meal. We picked Mister Gee Burger Truck and their burgers never disappointed. Oh and the loaded fries are amazing too! The good thing about food trucks in general is that they move around so you are bound to find one near you.

Where can you find them: Check their Instagram, they move around to different locations (this week they are at 16 George St, North Strathfield)
When are they open: Depends on where they are

solo dining sydney
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Enjoy your solo dining in Sydney!

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Takeaway Mother’s Day hampers and high tea in Sydney

Mother’s Day 2020, looks like it is going to be spent at home. I’m sure a lot of your plans have been cancelled, just like ours – to take mum out to have high tea. So, if you’re not a chef, here are our top picks of Mother’s Day hampers in Sydney.

1. Glenorie Bakery, Glenorie

Our first takeaway Mother’s Day option can be done through Glenorie Bakery. They are doing a high tea box that includes all your favourites! The family high tea is $85 (4-5 people) and the couples high tea is $50 (2 people). So what can you find inside? savoury pastries, desserts, local flowers, a succulent plant, mini champagne and T2 teabags. What more could you ask for then to also have the decorations included! They are delivering through most of the Hills District and into Blacktown.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Glenorie Bakery

2. Chiswick, Woollahra

The iconic Chiswick in Woollahra is also putting on a Mother’s Day feast for your family! If it’s created by Matt Moran’s team, nothing can go wrong right? They are doing both lunch and dinner packages that you can pick up from the restaurant. The packages range from $169-$199 for the family and you can pick from chicken or lamb. They packages include your entrees, mains and desserts so everyone should be full by the end!

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Chiswick

3. The Paper Mill, Liverpool

Why not treat your mum to a breakfast box from The Paper Mill? For just $65, your mum will be delighed with the following items; mini danish, mini croissants, carrot cake, waffles, seasonal fruit including raspberries, blueberries, & strawberries, Nutella, blueberry compote, granola, T2 teabags and a Brown Brothers Pink Moscato. (They won me with the Brown Brothers Moscato) haha! You can pick them up in store on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – The Paper Mill

We hope one of our takeaway mother’s day options works for you! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there – this will surely be a Mother’s Day to remember!

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Part 3: Takeaway in social isolation #covid19

So it looks like we are still in isolation and if you are still sick of cooking, your only option is takeaway at the moment. While there are some promising signs we can get back to a more normal life soon, here are some takeaway in social isolation options to fulfil your cravings until then.

1. Piccolo Me, Various Locations

These guys can be found all over the place and their coffee is great! We’ve noticed quite a few of them still open for business, maybe all of them are? Their pricing is pretty decent too, so next time you’re craving a good coffee, skip making it yourself and reward yourself with some Piccolo Me. I’d recommend their Chai Latte! (Does that count as a coffee?)

takeaway in social isolation
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2. Betty’s Burgers, Various Locations

I’m sure you are all missing going out and ordering a big juicy burger. Betty’s Burgers is one of the best when it comes to this and they have quite a few locations all over Sydney as well! I always go for their chicken burger and French fries option! I haven’t tried their ice cream yet, which they call ‘concrete’ but I’ve heard good things about it!

3. You Pizza, Various Locations

We can’t leave out the food trucks! We actually used these guys for catering a few of our parties and they were great! The pizzas are full of fresh toppings and there are quite a few options too. We were never disappointed – and compared to other pizza food trucks we have tried, they are the best! You’ll have to check their Instagram to see where they will be next, recently they were at Penrith!

takeaway in social isolation
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4. Bubble Nini, Various Locations

Thirsty? Our favourite bubble tea place is still open for takaway! Woohoo! They have authentic tea and so many flavours to pick from. It’s a shame you can’t stay in the café because it is so pretty! Oh well, I guess you can always go back when we are back to a more normal life for that!

5. Ze Pickle, Surry Hills

Sorry, we had to add another burger place to the list! Ze Pickle has some top notch burgers on the menu and so many sides to pick from! There are also some super spicy options on the menu too for our heat lovers! Our favourite are the chicken burgers here too!

And there it is, our top picks this week for takeaway in social isolation!

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