Top 5 pasta places in Sydney

Is this rainy weather in Sydney causing you to crave a nice big bowl of pasta? Well, you’re not alone! We are craving it too. So, we have thought of all our favourite pasta places we’ve visited of the years and complied a list for you. Lets consider it the top 5 places to find pasta in Sydney.

1. Italian Bowl

We had to put this place at the top of our 5 places to find the best pasta in Sydney. The options are endless and we haven’t tried an option yet that hasn’t been delicious. You can basically pick any sauce on their menu (there’s a lot) and add any pasta of your choice to it. The kitchen is on display too so you can see all your meals come out fresh and piping hot! Make sure to add a slide of garlic bread, because what is a bowl of pasta without a slice.

2. Belmonte Italian Cuisine

For those in the Hills District of Sydney, you cannot go past Belmonte’s pasta dishes. Another huge menu with too many options to pick from, so there will be a dish for everyone. This place has a very old fashioned family feel to it and it shows in their meals. The portions are huge and the pricing is decent. We would recommend their marinara pasta, it’s huge and full of seafood!

3. Assembly Bar

If you’re in the CBD and stuck with the endless options of food places, Assembly Bar is a great option. They are underground and have quite a few pasta options, with vegan varieties available as well! If you go during the week they have some great deals on their dishes. Perfect for a work lunch or dinner and there is a bar on the side if you need a drink after a long day of work.

4. Macchiato

Another CBD option you need to try is Macchiato. This restaurant is huge and so is the menu! There are some mixed reviews online, however, the recent time we went (there was a group of 10 of us) no one had anything but compliments to say about the place. We tried everything from pasta, pizza and main meals! They also have a great bar here as well if you want to accompany your pasta with a nice glass of wine.

5. Verace Pizzeria

Last but not least is Verace Pizzeria in Macquarie Park. Another perfect place for a work lunch or weekend gathering. We tried their seafood pasta dish and it was fresh and delicious – there were also quite a few other pasta dishes to pick from. The dishes were the perfect size for us as well with a added slice of garlic bread haha!

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Top 5 places for ice cream in Sydney

Who doesn’t love ice-cream? With the current soaring temperatures in Sydney at the moment, ice-cream is especially needed in our lives haha! But, why have regular ice-cream when you can have out of the ordinary, fancy ice-cream? We’ve done the hard work for you and found some of the best spots to find this treat in Sydney.

Heet Tea

We can’t leave out our bubble tea lovers when it comes to ice cream choices. Heet Tea in Burwood, is the place to be to find soft-serve milk tea flavoured ice cream! Amazing, I know and it is as good as you expected, especially with the added pearls inside. I dream of one of these opening closer to my house to I can have it more often.

Pimp my Chimney

If food trucks are more your style then Pimp my Chimney, may be your calling. They travel around to different locations serving ice cream in cones made of doughnut. It is actually delicious and you look forward to eating the cone instead of just the ice cream! I just recommend you eat it quick before the warm cone melts the ice cream all over you.

Cafe Crop, Stratfield

What about Korean ice cream? You may have come across the name Bingsu, which is a Korean ice cream that comes in many flavours. Cafe Crop sells this near Strathefield Station. My personal favourite is the melon flavoured Bingsu, it also has real melon instead as well. All there servings are for 2 or more so I suggest you bring a friend.

Duo Duo

Another food truck to add to our list of best ice cream places in Sydney is Duo Duo as we couldn’t leave deep fried ice cream off the list. They move around a lot, but you can generally find them in the inner west. They usually sell 2 flavours of ice cream at a time, the two times we have been, they have had different flavours. I guess that gives you more reason to keep going back for more haha!

Cow and the Moon

This place definitely wins the contestant for best range of flavours. It is easy to get overwhelmed by your choices here, but that isn’t a bad thing when it comes to ice cream. Every flavour is beautifully presented. They have your normal every day flavours as well as a few unique ones. Every time we go we try a different one (you’ve got the try them all haha)

Enjoy your ice cream adventures and make sure to not get a brain freeze!

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New Spot: PeanutButterLove Dessert Bar

As Peanut Butter lovers, we are excited for Market Lane Manly’s newest edition PeanutButterLove Dessert Bar. As would any other Peanut Butter lover right? The best part is, it was the idea of fitness fanatics and designed to be healthy! So if you want a guilt-free dessert, this may be the right place for you.

For all our friends that are gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, vegan, (I think I mentioned them all) the majority of the menu is made for them. Some of their signature and permanent menu items include:

1. Triple Decker

As the name suggests this 3 layer slice, that is full of peanut butter has definitely got your sweet tooth covered. Oh and its healthy and did I mention full of peanut butter?

2. Pineapple Express

For our Hawaiian… or pineapple lovers, there is a healthy option for you too. Pineapple may not belong on pizza but it belongs with peanut butter haha. It is the perfect summer snack to have especially when you are having a sweet tooth for fruit.

3. The Pim and Pams

Are you craving a Tim Tam, but a healthy version? Well this is similar and has rocky road vegan ice cream inside and includes peanut butter of course! I think this is the option I would pick from the menu. Yum!

Photography – PeanutButterLove

We hope you enjoy your healthy peanut butter desserts! And let us know your thoughts if you end up going.

Where can you find them? 13 Market Lane, Manly 
When are they open? Tues-Sun 10am-7pm

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Where to find a sausage sizzle in Sydney

It is that time of year again, Australia Day! No matter what you are doing today, your inner Australian is probably yelling out for a sausage sizzle. Am I right?

We’ve put together the some of the sausage sizzle places we are aware of in the Sydney region. Let us know if there are any others you know of!

1. Bunnings Warehouse

If you aren’t aware of this one, are you even Australian? Bunnings has been the go to for a good weekend sausage sizzle for some time now. And for just $2.50 you can have your typical white bread with a diagonal sausage and sauce. The best part is their sales go towards charities and community groups, which is great!

Photo by – The Brag (Sausage Sizzle)

Where can you find them: Everywhere, check their website for your closest one
When are they open: Depends on each store

2. Good Co Coffee

If you’re in the CBD during the week and need your sausage fix, Good Co Coffee is the place for you. They serve New York style street food, which includes your good ol sausage on bread, it costs $5. You can find them outside the NAB building on George St. Only downside is the they are only open during the week.

Where can you find them? 255 George St, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Fri 7am-5pm

3. Club York

Another CBD sausage sizzle is at Club York. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, they sell their sausage sizzle for $3 and all proceeds go to a charity of their choice. Another great cause to get behind, when you’re craving a sausage. The $3’s also includes a beer or soft drink to go with your meal.

Where can you find them? 95-99 York St, Sydney
When are they open? Sun 11am-7:30pm or Mon-Tues 10am-12am or Tues-Sat 10am-1am

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Enjoy your sausage sizzle and have a lovely long weekend!

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Where to find the best Maltese food in Sydney

Whether you are Maltese or love the cuisine, you are probably on the hunt for a good Maltese food in Sydney. There aren’t a lot in the area but the few we seem to have are quite good. See our list below of our top cafes to visit.

1. Limestone Cafe

In the western suburbs of Sydney, you’ll find Schofields and you’ll also find Limestone Cafe. This Cafe opened a few years ago in the area and serves up some delicious Maltese food. We can’t go past the all day breakfast menu or their dinner option of Rabbit Spaghetti. They also have coffee and pastizzis for eat in or take-away. It is definitely worth the visit if you are not from the area as well.

Where can you find them? 119 Railway Terrace, Schofields
When are they open? Sun-Wed 5:30am-3pm or Thurs-Sat 5:30am-3pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm

2. Pastizzi Cafe

The name of this place definitely gives away the type of food they are serving! Pastizzi Cafe is located in the busy inner-west suburb of Newtown. There are plenty of pastizzi flavours to pick from as well and large portions of ravioli and every other pasta you can think of. Oh and goodluck on finding a parking spot – I would get their early!

Where can you find them? 523 King St, Newtown
When are they open? Mon-Sun 10am-12am

Unfortunately, with only two options, that is the end of our list. There isn’t a lot of Maltese food in Sydney to pick from but both options above are great!

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Top 5 Spicy Restaurants in Sydney

Spicy food seems to be the craze going around at the moment. From YouTube videos of people doing the spicy noodle challenges to looking for your local cafe serving spicy food. We’ve complied a list of spicy restaurants in Sydney for you to visit next time you get the craving.

BYO fire extinguisher!!

1. Jean Chilli Chicken

Spicy food in a beer garden setting? Jean Chilli Chicken is the place for you. On there website, they even have a warning that their food is hot and to not say they didn’t warn you haha. I’ve been told the Cheesy Chicken Set has a nice slow burn, if that is what you are after. And if you are bringing friends who are not a fan of spicy food, do not fear. They have quite a large menu with a range of dishes with different spice levels.

Where can you find them? 115 Rowe St, Eastwood
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11:30am-11pm

2. Shalom Indonesian Restaurant

If noodles or curry are more your thing, try out Shalom Indonesian Restaurant. They have a large menu of noodles, curry, soup and more. Their spiciness comes in different levels, they have up to 5 levels and I have been told it is super spicy. Each dish has a number of chilli’s next to it on the menu. Their meals are halal as well!

Photography – Shalom Restaurant

Where can you find them? 4/299 Sussex St, Sydney (they also have Kingsford, Mascot and Sunnybank Hills stores)
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

3. Home Thai

I love Thai food so I had to add a Thai option to the list. I’ve tried this place myself and some of their dishes are super spicy! I’d recommend you order the Kao Rad Pik Sod, it contains, stir fried and fresh chilli and long chilli, garlic, onion, green bean and basil on rice. Seems like the perfect dish for any spice lover. This places gets busy too, so make a booking if you can.

Where can you find them? 2/299 Sussex St, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-10:30

4. Belles Hot chicken

For a more southern style approach to the spiciness, Belles Hot Chicken is calling you name. You basically order from a range of chicken options on the menu and then select your heat level that ranges from 1-6. 1 being southern, which I have tried and wasn’t spicy at all. But from 2 medium, 3 hot, 4 really hot, 5 really f**kin hot and 6 sex panther. All I have to say is good-luck if you try any of those last ones!

Where can you find them? 5/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo (they also have a Haymarket and Forest Lodge store)
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm

5. Ze Pickle

Generally speaking, spicy doesn’t come to mind when thinking of this place. But they have Suicide Waangs that are made with ghost peppers. Their menu even states – ‘Warning these wings are made with the hottest chillis on earth. By ordering you accept all responsibility and eat at your own risk.’ They images of these wings are bright red – again, good-luck to you if you try this haha!

Photography – Ze Pickle

Where can you find them? 6/17-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
When are they open? Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm

Good-luck to you and whatever you chose to eat!

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Alcohol-free Happy Hour in Sydney

Whether your new years resolution is to drink less in 2020, you’re pregnant or you are looking after your health, you may dread when you’re invited out for some drinks with friends. But it doesn’t have to be like that, more and more Sydney restaurants are adding alcohol-free beverages to their menus and happy hours. We’ve complied a list below, so you can suggest them next time you’re invited out for drinks. (Did you know: According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018 alcohol consumption in Australia dropped to a 50 year low?)

1. PS40

PS40 cocktail bar is definitely one place to add to your alcohol-free night out. Instead of making your normal cocktails and removing the alcohol, PS40 look at it from a different angle. They focus on having the fresh, key ingredients to make up for the lack of alcohol and the flavour it adds to drinks. This is done through layer building of ingredients!

Where can you find them? Shop 2, 40 King St, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sat 4pm-12am

Photo by PS40 – Pina Kombucha

2. Bodhi

Now this place specialises in vegan tapas and mocktails. Some of Bodhi’s most popular alcohol-free beverages include the California Dreaming, which has lemon, vegan egg white and soda. And also the Riders in the Storm, made from apple juice, lime, passion fruit, mint, sugar and soda! Oh and the food menu here is amazing as well, even for your meat eating friends (they won’t be able to tell!)

Where can you find them? 2-4 College Street, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm

3. Quays

Talking about equality – Quays have 10 cocktails and 10 alcohol-free mocktails on their menu. One mocktail they caught my eye is the Gin Martini, it has Seedlip garden, tonic and elderflower reduction and apple slices! Yum! So, if you want a place where you have the same amount of options as your alcoholic friends, this is the place.

Where can you find them? Upper Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
When are they open? Fri-Sun 12pm-1:30 and 6pm-9:30pm or Mon- Thurs 6pm-9:30pm

Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

4. Alex & Co

Nestled in Parramatta, Alex & Co is a hot spot for drinks and food. Although they don’t have a huge alcohol-free range. They do have 4 decent options to pick from, one even making us laugh, the “I am Driving” Mocktail! It includes pineapple & raspberry with citrus, mints, cranberry and fizz.

Where can you find them? Shop 2/4/330 Church St, Parramatta
When are they open? 11:30am-12am

5. Black Bar

If you were looking for something high-class Black Bar has you covered. If you love your sour drinks the Pink Grapefruit is the one for you. It contains juice with elderflower, lemon and lime juice and bitters – sounds good right? And they will have your alcoholic friends cover too with interesting Liquid nitrogen cocktails.

Where can you find them? The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
When are they open? Mon-Sun 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm

Enjoy your alcohol-free night out in Sydney!

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Beyond Meat? Where can you find it in Sydney

The new meat-free craze from late 2019 and into 2020 is Beyond Meat. A beef alternative that looks and tastes like real patty but is made completely from plant products. It’s not your typical boring veggie patty either! Beyond Meat claim the alternative patty looks and feels like beef and it full of plant protein.

So where can you find the plant-based alternative when you eat out in Sydney, do you ask? We’ve done the research for you – See our list below:

1. Grill’d

Probably the most popular option is Grill’d. The best part is, you can turn any of their burgers on there menu to a Beyond Meat patty for an extra $3. I’ve tried the Beyond Garden Goodness and it was delicious. It was hard to tell the difference between this burger and a their normal range of burgers.

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2. Lord of the Fries

As you probably already know, Lord of the Fries have never sold animal products. However, they have now added the Beyond Meat range to their menu. Lord of the Fries allow customers to change their Original and Spicy burgers to Beyond Meat. They claim you can get 20 grams of protein from this patty, which is great!

3. Ribs and Burgers

Another place to add to the list is Ribs and Burgers. They have created and added two new burgers to their menu with the Beyond Meat pattie. The Beyond Original Burger and Beyond Old School Burger. Both burgers include all your favourites as well – Pickles, mustard, onion, lettuce and more!

4. The Morrison

If you want to go somewhere a little more fancy, The Morrison, have now incorporated the plant-based pattys into their Menu. They have the No Meat Cheese Burger that includes a Beyond Meat patty, vegan cheese, pickles, chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato. Yum!

Photo by Lord of the Fries

5. Soul Burger

Another place that doesn’t serve animal products that has added Beyond Meat plant-based patty to their menu is Soul Burger. From August 2019, they have been trailing the plant based patties with lettuce, tomato, onion, aioli.

Let us know if you know if any other places that are now serving Beyond Meat on their menu!

Have you seen our latest article on Food Influencers posting places on the name and shame food authority list?

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Food Influencers posting food authority nightmares

Our food blog/Instagram lives closely by our food bible – The NSW Food Authority and their list of named and shamed restaurants. The places on this list are almost ingrained in our heads to make sure we never promote them haha! But what surprises us is the amount of Instagram Food Bloggers that promote them and encourage people to go there. The Food Authority post an updated list every Tuesday.

Many restaurants look inviting from the front door but if you saw a dirty kitchen would you keep walking in? Below we are going to list reasons restaurants make their way on this list. You will be probably be quite surprised and there are some big name restaurants on there too.

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This is a major one that comes up quite a bit. It can range from simply not maintaining the premises to the required standards all the way to not taking measures to prevent pests in the restaurant. There is also a separate warning for maintaining equipment and fixtures to a certain level of cleanliness. I’m not sure how true this is, but I’ve been told by people in the industry, that you have to be really dirty to be given this warning. So don’t think it is just a speck of dust on the counter haha!

2.Temperature Control/Contamination

There are actually restaurants that fail to store their food in temperatures that stop bacterial growth. Or they store it in areas that it can be contaminated by other foods. (eg cooked and raw foods together, chicken and fruit together). This also includes display cabinets not being the correct temperature and needing to have a temperature measuring device on site. Some places don’t even have this, that is what shocked us the most.

3.Hand Washing Facilities

This one is probably the most shocking to us. Failing to have hand washing facilities or easily accessible hand washing on the premises. Gross right? This warning/fine can also include not having hand soup near the hand washing facility as well. This is just getting worse! But it doesn’t stop there, there are even restaurants that don’t have warm running water at the sink.

4.Illegal Ingredients

This one is worrying if you have health problems that are caused by foods/preservatives. There are restaurants that have received warnings about having illegal ingredients in their food. (Eg. Sulphur Dioxide can set off asthema sufferers and was found in one restaurants food). Quite scary when you think about it.

5.No Licence to Operate

There are even places around that are operating and don’t have the required licence to have a food business. How does that even happen? If you are serving food you basically need a licence to inform the food authority you are operating. The only people except from this are NFP fund raising events.

We hope next time you’re walking past a restaurant or being influenced but a food blogger that you check to make sure you’re not getting food poisoning tonight. You can find the NSW Food Authority here:

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Food choices in Darling Square, Sydney

I like to pick where I am going to eat before I go somewhere. Sometimes I even pick what I’m going to eat off the menu haha! Here is a list of the food choices you have in Sydney’s new Darling Square.

1.Pasta Wafu

Pasta with a twist! If you like Japanese food, this one may be for you. It’s Japanese inspired pasta, like Miso Bolognese. All the dishes look really interesting and the few I tried were delicious. Serving sizes are a little on the small side so I would recommend you get some sides with it.

Photography – TimeOut

2.Saga Lyte

Now if you are feeling more like bakery food at Darling Square, Saga Lyte is the place for you. The cakes and large pies with catch your eye as you walk past this place. They even have a classic Aussie meat pie, if that is what you are craving.

Photography – Broadsheet

3.Hakata-Maru Ramen

For our ramen lovers, Hakata-Maru Ramen has you covered. Their flagship store in Darling Square can fix all your noodle cravings. If you are bring a group of non ramen lovers, they also have rice and curry dishes as well!

Photography – Good Food

4.Bubble Nini

And for our bubble tea lovers, we bring to you last on our list Bubble Nini. This place is honestly the best tea place we have found in Sydney. The flavours are delicious and there are many options. I recommend the brown sugar pearls!

Photography – Zomato

Will you be trying out any of these places in Darling Square?

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