Mother’s Day High Tea Spots 2022 – Sydney

In our family, we have a family tradition to take our mother to a different high tea every Mother’s Day. We have become quite the high tea experts over the years of doing this, so we have created a list of our favourite spots and whats available for Mother’s Day high tea in Sydney in 2022.

1. Avalon Restaurant, Katoomba

You will enjoy mountain views with your high tea at Avalon Restaurant in Katoomba. You will also get to enjoy a glass of bubbles, followed by a tasty selection of house-made savouries and sweet treats, plus fluffy lemonade scones topped with jam and cream plus there will be live music by Simon Watts on violin.
Price: $75 per person

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2. Doltone House, Hyde Park

Tresillian’s is hosting a fundraising Mother’s Day Tea Party at Doltone House, Hyde Park. All guests will get a gift on arrival, a silent auction and raffles will also be available on the day. On the menu you will find sweet and savoury options, scones and unlimited sparkling wine.
Price: $110 person

3. The Alice Cocktail Experience, Potts Point

This 90-minute experience includes actors that take you on a journey of clues, cupcakes and curiosities! You’ll get to brew tea, solve riddles and enjoy some great entertainment. This is perfect for any theatre loving mothers out there!
Price: $30 per person

4. Sir Stanford, Sydney

The Mother’s Day high tea at Sir Stanford stands out this year because of its Elderflower and Raspberry Mocktail Shot. Also on the menu you will find scones, sweet and savory options plus a glass of sparkling wine. You can also use your dine and discover vouchers for this event!
Price: $94 per person

Let us know which Mother’s Day high tea in Sydney you decided to book for your mum this year in the comments!

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Top Rooftop Bars in Sydney

Are you looking for a rooftop bar? Check out our list below to see which one suits what you are after.

We have all dreamed of the rooftop bars we see in movies where our favourite characters mingle in Manhattan at venues overlooking the rest of the city. Sydney actually has quite a few of its own. See our list below of our top choices of rooftop bars in Sydney.

1. The Rook, Sydney

This place may not have the harbour views but it does have the decor done right and an open rooftop. This trendy bar is located on York Street and has the cocktail menu to die for. Our menu picks are the Prawn & Chorizo Fettuccine and Cali Fish Taco’s!

2. The Rooftop, Sydney

The name of this place says it all. Located near the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney’s CBD you will find this venue with its robust drinks menu. On Wednesdays, they have Half Price Winesday, where if you visit between 12pm-3pm you get 50% off wine by the bottle. They also have a Bottomless Brunch for $75 that includes 3 hours of Prosecco & Pizza!

3. Slims Rooftop, Darlinghurst

If you are looking for more of a casual vibe, then Slims Rooftop is the perfect place to visit. It is just up the road from Hyde Park and has some very instagram worthy looking cocktails to select from. Our menu picks would be the Popcorn Shrimp and Raw Salmon Poke Bowl (washed down with a mojito.)

4. Bar Ombre, Sydney

Bar Ombre automatically gets our tick of approval because it has Sydney Harbour Bridge views. So, if harbour views, pizza and cocktails are your thing, this is the place to be. They also have a DJ/live music too, which gives the place a nice vibe. Our menu item picks would be the Calamari Fritti and the Vegetariana Pizza

Photography: Bar Ombre

5. Babylon Rooftop, Sydney

Babylon Rooftop in Sydney’s CBD gives off the biggest New York City vibes. This venue is above Westfield Sydney and is a modern Middle Eastern style bar. The food is delicious and the bar menu is decently priced. On weekends they have 90 minutes worth of bottomless mimosas and meze for $68 per person!

Let us know if you decide to try any of these rooftop bars in Sydney!

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Our top recommendations for Pancakes in Sydney

If you are looking for pancakes for your next Sunday brunch, make sure you check out our list below first!

We have never met anyone who does not like pancakes… so there must not be many people out there who are not a fan of them. It does not matter what age you are, pancakes are always a go to at breakfast, lunch or dessert, especially when you are out with family and friends.

With that being said, here are our top cafes in Sydney where we would recommend you get your next pancake fix from!

1. Fig & Co

Fig & Co is located in the rural suburb of Kenhurst in Sydney’s North-West. They are open seven days a week and to top it off, they are pet friendly, so you will be able to bring the whole family! Their menu changes sometimes but there is usually some kind of variation of their fluffy pancakes on there. The last time we went, we got a four stack of pancakes with chocolate, strawberries, biscuit and cream!

2. Girdlers Cafe

Girdlers cafe has a few locations across the Northern Beaches – Dee Why, Brookevale, Manly and Avalon. They are open seven days a week and serve wholesome food and organic coffee. Their pancakes are known as ‘Pancake Revolution’ and includes fluffy buckwheat, banana and coconut pancakes with berry compote, organic coconut ice cream, pistachios and mandarin dust. You can then select if you want organic maple syrup, homemade chocolate sauce or homemade salted caramel sauce.

3. XS Expresso

XS Expresso has made quite a name for themselves when it comes to pancakes. They have 18 locations across Sydney and Newcastle so there is bound to be one close by to you. They are also open seven days a week and you will find them open until 10pm every night. They have quite a few different pancakes on their menu to pick from. They include their XS Ricotta Hotcakes, Maple Stack and Belgium Stack. All of them taste delicious, so it just depends on what you are feeling like on the day.

We hope you enjoyed our choices of the best pancakes in Sydney. Let us know if you try them out or if you have any other recommendations!

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Who is taking bookings for October 18 2021?

Have you booked your spot to eat out on October 18th? If not, we have made a list of places that are currently taking bookings.

We have finally been given a likely ‘date’ to enjoy the pleasures of eating out again. It looks like many restaurants and cafes are ready to take bookings for the first day back in business. We have all been dreaming of this day for so long with no end in sight. Now that is has arrived, we must make the most of it.

We did the research for you, so you do not have to search endless on Google to find somewhere to go. So, which restaurants, cafes and pubs can you book for October 18 2021? See our list below:

  1. Aria Restaurant, Sydney (Fine dining)
  2. Blossom Bar, Chippendale (Cocktail Bar)
  3. Chiswick, Woollahra (Fine dining)
  4. Chin Chin, Surry Hills (South East Asian)
  5. Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney (Pub)
  6. Barangaroo House, Barangaroo (Australian)
  7. Verandah, Sydney (Bar)
  8. Albion Hotel, Parramatta (Bistro and Beer Garden)
  9. Chophouse, Sydney (Steakhouse)
  10. Bank Hotel, Newtown (Pub)
  11. The Golden Sheaf, Double Bay (Pub and Garden Bar)
  12. Clock Hotel, Surry Hills (Pub)
  13. Catalina, Rose Bay (Fine dining)
  14. Doyles, Double Bay (Australian seafood)
  15. Bodhi Restaurant, Sydney (Vegan)
  16. Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross (Pub)
  17. Amano, Leppington (Italian)
  18. Bellevue Hotel, Paddington (Pub)
  19. Rag and Famish Hotel, North Sydney (Pub)
  20. Zimzala, Cronulla (Seafood)
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We hope one of these 20 options will be what you are looking for. Let us know in the comments below if you know of any others that we should include – we are sure there must be plenty more.

Our last piece of advise is to make sure you book as soon as possible as we are sure all these restaurants, cafes and pubs will be filled fast on October 18 2021.

Enjoy!

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Top 5 doughnut places in Sydney that deliver

Since lockdown has started, we have felt more of an urge to indulge in the finer things in life… dessert, more specifically doughnuts. Now the doughnuts from your local grocery store are decent but probably not the best, so we went on a quest to find the best doughnut places in Sydney that deliver. Find our list below!

If worse comes to worse and you can’t find a place that delivers to you, you can always make your own right? Here are some moulds and a recipe book 😉

1. Grumpy Donuts

Grumpy Donuts are based in Camperdown and have all your classic donut flavours. You’ll find your vanilla glaze, the famous strawberry or chocolate ‘Somer Himpson’, maple, salted caramel and banana and a few others. Their individual donuts cost between $5-6 each or you can get a 6 pack for $32. If you don’t feel like a full one, they also sell the holes of the doughnuts with cinnamon! And lastly vegan doughnuts are also available.

2. Rude Boy Doughnuts

Located in Surry Hills you will find Rude Boy Doughnuts, they do both pick up and delivery. We love the sound of their ‘Filled Boy’ doughnuts where you can select from 8 different options to fill your doughnut with. This includes grape jelly, cherry and strawberry jam, raspberry jam, vanilla custard, chocolate ganache, lemon curd or salted coconut caramel. All these options make it such a hard decision but we love it!

3. Down For Donuts Sydney

Down for Donuts Sydney are located in Guildford West and deliver Sydney-wide or you can pick up if you are nearby. Most of their doughnuts are not your usual round shape, however they look delicious and well worth a try. Some of their flavours include milo, Lotus Biscoff, jam, custard and Nutella. They also have DIY kits to decorate your own doughnuts, perfect for the kids!

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4. Drip Donuts

Drip Donuts can be found in Camden, Newtown and Sydney, they offer both pick up and delivery and they sometimes pick locations with high order numbers to do drop offs. They have some amazing flavours including Snickers, triple malt and passionfruit. We love the idea of the cinnamon doughnut nuggets too, which looks like it is the doughnut holes.

5. Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

Shortstop Coffee and Donuts are based in Darling Square and Barangaroo and you can pre-order for delivery to your door. They have some really interesting flavours including earl grey and rose cake, triple matcha cake, Australian honey and sea salt and many more. Most of their doughnuts are around the $5 mark and they have a box of 12 for $64.

Do you have any other doughnut delivery services that deserve a mention? If you do, leave their name in the comments below.

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Sydney Lockdown – Takeaway options August 2021

If you are looking for a new takeaway option during lockdown. You have come to the right place.

With the numbers continuing to rise in Sydney, it looks like we are going to have to continue feasting on takeaway until we are allowed to dine out again. With hope that this does not go on too much longer – we have created a list in the meantime of some takeaway options you may not be aware of.

1. Sous Le Soleil – Roseville

Sous Le Soleil is a French Restaurant and shop located in Roseville. Their kiosk is still open for takeaway during the lockdown and has a range of options to select from with pick up and delivery available. You can find dishes like quiches, scallops, lamb shank pie and more. They even have a dessert menu and we are eyeing off the pear and frangipani tarts on their Instagram.

2. Pickle and Lou – Wattle Grove

Serving up coffee seven days a week is Pickle and Lou at Wattle Grove. They are currently doing takeaway for breakfast and lunch and there are some good options on the menu. For breakfast we are eyeing off the baked eggs and for lunch we will happily have the chimichurri chicken plate.

3. Bobby Bakehouse – Dural

For those times you are craving a nice hot pie, Bobby Bakehouse in Dural is the place to be. They are serving takeaway during lockdown and their truffle beef pie has gained our interest. You can also add potato, peas and gravy to any of their pies to spicy them up a little. Also, they have recently added doughnuts to their menu and we are living for this – perfect for dessert after your pie.

Photography – Bobby Bakehouse

4. Ormeggio – Mosman

When the cravings start for Italian food, seafood and cocktails, Ormeggio in Mosman is the place to get lockdown takeaway from. Depending on the day, they offer delivery and pick up. There are some great options on their menu – we would love to have the gnocchi in napoletana sauce paired with an Aperol Spritz. They also have dessert and the coconut and chocolate chip sorbet looks amazing.

5. Luigi’s Restaurant – Narellan

Another Italian option for those on the other side of Sydney is Luigi’s Restaurant in Narellan. They have been around for over 10 years and are currently open for takeaway. Their takeaway options seems like it is filled with endless possibilities, I think we will go with the gnocchi formaggio. They are also open seven days.

We hope one of these options is close enough for you to get takeaway from within your 10km radius restrictions. Let us know if you have any restaurants you would recommend to be added to our next blog.

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Sydney June 2021 Lockdown Takeaway Options

If you’re looking for some local businesses to support during Sydney’s June 2021 lockdown. We have listed some recommendations from our followers.

Here we are once again as Sydney goes into lockdown for 2 weeks- lets call it lockdown 2.0. During this time it is so important to support your local cafe and restaurant owners as their bills don’t stop because their customers do. We’ve reached out to our community of almost 5,000 followers and asked them to let us know of their local that deserves to be recognised. Without further ado, here is our list of takeaway options for Sydney’s June 2021 lockdown.

1. Gus’ Brothers Canteen, Seven Hills

Recommended by one of our followers, we can’t seem to find this one on social media but the Google reviews prove it is worthy of a mention. There isn’t a bad word said about them and it is said to be the best kept secret in the area. Some of the highlights we’ve read are, ‘Freshest food I have had in a long time’ and ‘The food and coffee is exceptional.’

If you are a Seven Hills local then you must check them out. You can find them at: Shop A/2 Tollis Pl, Seven Hills NSW 2147

2. Temasek Restaurant, Parramatta

Another recommendation for your Sydney June 2021 lockdown is Temasek Restaurant in Parramatta. We have not heard of this one either but it has been around since 1992 and serves authentic Singaporean-Malay cuisine. They are remaining open for takeaway from Thursday-Sunday. Here you will find decent pricing and great food according to their Google reviews.

They’re delivering to Parramatta and North Parramatta and can find them at: 71 George St, Parramatta NSW 2150

3. Hangang by Mama Park, Strathfield

Our third recommendation is Hangang by Mama Park at Strathfield, they are open for takeaway with their full menu available to order. Here you will find tradition Korean cuisine and some of the highlighted dishes on their Google reviews include pan fried flounder, fish roe stew, chilli crabs and soy crabs. Now we’re craving Korean food!

If you are a local to Strathfield, you can find them at: Shop 254 Corner of Raw square and Churchill ave Opposite, 30 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135

4. Oh My Days, Glebe

For those in the Glebe area, Oh my Days are offering 15% off their all day food menu Monday-Friday. With an offer like that, we cannot not mention them. They are a vegan cafe/bakery with many different milks you can try in your coffee/tea. We’ve also heard the homemade lemonade is bomb from Google reviews.

If you are a Glebe local, you can find this cafe at: 99 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037

5. Linea Cafe, Ramsgate

We had so many good recommendations, so it was hard to pick our final cafe for this article (I guess we will have to write another one.) Linea Cafe in Ramsgate is open for takeaway with their full food, drinks and snacks menus available to order. The locals in their Google reviews state this has been their local fave café! And apparently their coffee is excellent too (they use Campos).

For those Ramsgate locals, you can find Linea Cafe at: 226 Rocky Point Rd, Ramsgate NSW 2217

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Bars outside Sydney’s CBD

Are you looking for a new local bar? Well you’ve come to the right place – we’ve discovered bars from Coogee to Penrith.

Now that we have arrived in Winter, we like to avoid venturing out too far in the night. The cold just isn’t worth the trip into Sydney’s CBD to visit the bars in there. We’ve done a bit of research to assist you staying warm and found bars all over the suburbs. Maybe your next bar trip will be just round the corner?

1. Hendriks, Crows Nest

Hendriks, located in Crows Nest is a small bar with a huge wine list (100 bottles to choose from). For those on the lower north shore, if you can’t find a wine you enjoy here – we can’t help you haha! We have heard the highlight of this bar isn’t the wine list though, but instead it is their Jaffles. They are giant and come in flavours including mushroom, cheese, beef, chicken and even a Nutella one for dessert!

2. Una Mas, Coogee

If you enjoy tapas and wine, Una Mas at Coogee is the place for you. It is inside Coogee Pavilion, right off the famous beach. You’ll find some unique Spanish and Australian dishes here plus an array of cocktails and affordable wines. We are eyeing off the octopus with fermented chilli (which we can’t find a picture of but it sounds good on the menu)!

3. Sake Restaurant and Bar, Manly

If looking over the water and eating Japanese food is your style, this is the place for you. For those on the Northern Beaches – if you thought the 100 bottle wine list previously mentioned was a lot, it has been outdone by Sake with a list of 150 bottles! They also have $10 spritzes during certain hours on weekdays.

4. Pickled Bear, Bella Vista

The Pickled Bear, located in Sydney’s Hills District, is the perfect local bar if you like cheese boards and meat. There are some great cocktails on this menu, we are having trouble deciding which one we could pick. We do know what we would choose to eat though – The Charcuterie Plate! We would recommend you book an inside table to stay extra warm haha.

5. Mr Watkins, Penrith

And lastly, we have Penrith who host Mr Watkins Bar. You’ll find hotdogs and a great wine list ready for you 6 days a week. They also have trivia night one day per week (currently on Tuesdays). With Penrith being about 40kms from Sydney’s CBD this means you can save so much time on transport and spend more time being warm!

We hope you have found a new local bar to visit during these colder months!

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Best restaurants in Airlie Beach

If you’re next holiday is to Queensland, we’ve found the best restaurants in Airlie Beach and listed them out for you.

Now that the boarder between NSW and QLD is open, we thought we would highlight Airlie Beach for this blog. We went to Airlie Beach before COVID-19 hit and it had some great food options. With it being such a hot spot for interstate travel at the moment, we thought we should shout out the places that we thought were best. So, here are the best restaurants in Airlie Beach.

1. The Deck Airlie Beach

The Deck Airlie Beach, can be found along the main Airlie Beach strip. It may look like a simple cafe as you walk past but the dishes are delicious and there is so much to pick from. The service here is also great and the meals seem fresh, while the pricing is quite good.

2. Treehouse Airlie Beach

Another place you can find along the main strip is Treehouse Airlie Beach. The coffee and location seem to be the highlight here and the food is simple and delicious. The service is friendly, the only downside is they sometimes have a long wait time but it is worth it!

3. La Tabella Trattoria

For those nights you’re craving Italian food or a bit of fine dining, you’ll have to come down to La Tabella Trattoria. The dishes here are tasty, fresh and full of flavour. You’ll find a range of your usual Italian dishes of pizza, pasta, seafood and more. You definitely won’t leave feeling hungry. You will be able to find this place directly across from the main beach area.

4. Bohemian Raw

Bohemian Raw is the place to come to if you’re feeling like being healthy. The perfect spot for breakfast looking over the marina, you’ll find a range of smoothie bowl options. All are made with fresh ingredients and you’ll feel great about yourself after eating here. The only down side of this place, is that it is a bit of a walk from the main strip, however, that extra walk makes it even healthier right?

5. Beagles Pizza

Finally for those lazy nights where you don’t feel like dressing up or want to get takeaway there is Beagles Pizza. Definitely a great option if you want to support local and stay away from the chain pizza options. This places gets quite busy with both locals and tourists but the wait is well worth it. I think we went here twice on our trip because we couldn’t get enough the first time haha!

We hope you enjoy the best restaurants in Airlie Beach that we have selected and you are able to try them all!

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What food can you only get in Australia?

Looking for food you can only get in Australia? You’ve come to the right place, check out our list.

Hopefully this isn’t news to you, but us Aussies are all stuck in Australia for quite some time (thanks to COVID) and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We’ve noticed most blogs have been showcasing some of the beautiful places in Australia you can visit. However, we haven’t seen anyone speak about the foods you can only get here or would find hard to source elsewhere. So lets get started on what food can you only get in Australia!

1. Meat Pie

You’d be surprised to know, meat pies are hard to find in some other countries. They mainly seem to sell sweet pies. The Aussie meat pie is a classic in our culture and there are so many varieties to pick from. You can find them in most bakeries and cafes and are a great on the go treat. Where would we recommend you get your next pie? Our choice would be Glenorie Bakery!

2. Tim Tam

I don’t think any biscuit will come close to beating the Aussie Tim Tam. You often here people who move overseas complaining about missing this one! Every Australian can describe this as a chocolate biscuit that is coated in a layer of chocolate and also has a hidden creamy chocolate center. Our favourite thing to do, is to drip it into a hot drink and enjoy the melted version!

3. Chicken Salt

Once you try chicken salt on your chips you can’t go back to regular salt. However, if you go overseas you will have to go back to your regular salt ways. Every take-away and cafe seems to have chicken salt in Australia these days and it’s easy to understand way. Here is a picture of some chips to make you hungry!

4. Lamingtons

Lamingtons remind me of my school lunch box growing up. A delicious treat we have all grown up loving. It is a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut and can be found in all supermarkets and many cafes in Australia. If you love chocolate and coconut flavours, this is your perfect treat.

5. Golden Gaytime

And last but not least, one dessert you can only get in Australia is the Golden Gaytime. I don’t think any other ice-cream comes close to this. It is perfect on a hot Australian day and all the flavours mixed together can’t be beaten. You’ll find vanilla and toffee ice-cream in the middle then it is dipped in chocolate and coated in biscuit crumbs. I might go get one right now.

While we are all stuck here in Australia, we should enjoy it and make the most of our time. Travel as far as you can around the country and enjoy the foods you can’t find anywhere else. Let us know if you have any other foods we should add to this list! We hope you enjoyed our blog on what food can you only get in Australia.

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