Can you recycle cling wrap?

If you’re looking for a new way to care for the environment, we have the answer for you.

You would be surprised how often people search, ‘can you recycle cling wrap?’. Yes is it plastic, however, due to it being a soft plastic it cannot be sorted at a recycling facility. It sits in landfill for yeas while it ever so slowly breaks down. We often think about the negative impact we have had using cling wraps and sandwich bags until recently when Compostic reached out to us. They have a new range of cling wraps and sandwich bags that are better for the environment.

Now Compostic isn’t recyclable either, but is it compostable and should break down within 12-24 weeks. For those that do not have a compost – good news also, the Compostic products decompose quicker than regular plastic at your commercial rubbish landfill.

They are also freezer safe, microwave safe and worm bin safe so basically they’re safe in every situation. There is also no cutter in the cling wrap box, but do not worry – they have all been pre-cut to the size of a dinner plate so there is no waste.

We also love the green packaging, it reminds you that you are doing something better for the environment and you can easily distinguish it from regular cling wrap and bags.

The only down side we have experienced after a few uses is that is does tear more easily then regular cling wrap but if you are careful it should not be a problem. We think this small issue does not out way the good you are doing for the environment.

Let us know if you have tried these products or if you know of any other similar brands.

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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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Why does Starbucks always get your name wrong?

We’ve got the answer as to why your name is always wrong on your Starbucks order.

We’ve all been to Starbucks at least a few times throughout our lives and the number one thing we seem to hear about, is your name on the cup. It always seems to be either spelt wrong or a completely different name altogether. Is the person taking our order not hearing us correctly or is this happening on purpose?

I personally have been a victim of Starbucks – my name is Lauren and I have had my name put down as Gloria. Being young, I don’t think I look like a Gloria and my name does not sound anything like it.

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We’ve done a bit of thinking and done some research online and there is actually a conspiracy theory behind it all! What does any business want? Free marketing/exposure right? Most people, when they have a funny or wrong name written on their order will post it on social media for all their following to see. Boom – you’ve just given them free advertising! Now that is an interesting conspiracy theory and really does get you thinking… can they really be getting it wrong so often?

We would love to hear if you have been personally victimised by Starbucks and either had your name spelt completely wrong or got a whole new name altogether? And secondly, what are your thoughts on this conspiracy theory?

Also, talking about coffee, how adorable are these reusable coffee cups? We’re adding one to our wish-list to not only save the planet but also to have a cute coffee cup always on hand.

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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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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.

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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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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

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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?)

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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!

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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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Takeaway options for isolation in Sydney

The world we are living in now is completely different to what we have ever experienced. What we use to take for granted is no longer possible, with restaurants no longer being able to have a dine-in option. Many places have had to quickly adapt to the world of takeaway. Here are some takeaway in Sydney options that have stood out for us:

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1. Belmonte Italian Cusine

One of our favourite places in the Hills District has shut up the doors to their dine-in section but continued to excel in their takeaway. Not only have they been delivering free pizzas to the local supermarket staff but they are also delivering orders free when you spend over $40 (which is pretty easy to spend on a family dinner). They will also add a garlic bread or drink on pick up orders over $40.

2. The Pie Tin

If you’re craving a pie then The Pie Tin in Newton is another places for you to take advantage of their takeaway options. They are delivering in the local area as well! Not only are they selling hot ready to eat food but also par-baked, cold or frozen items for you to save it for a later date.

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3. Butter

Located in Surry Hills and Parramatta, Butter only claim to be a phone call away during these uncertain times. They are offering their fried chicken via pick up or delivery – and have even signed up to deliveroo to make your experience easier if phone calls aren’t your thing! We’ve tried their burgers and ramen and both are delicious!

4. Sunset Diner

Dreaming back to our freedom during the summer months, my first thought goes to Avalon Beach! Sunset Diner is located there and are staying open for pick up and delivery via UberEats. They also created a DriveUp option where they will bring your order to your car (I like the sound of this haha). Ps. the burgers look so good here!

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5. Chatime

We couldn’t leave a drink option off the list and with locations all over Sydney, there is bound to be one near you. They are on their own app, UberEats and Deliveroo so take your pick! They are also taking measures via their SafeTea (haha) inclusions of contactless payments and restricting reusable cups.

Enjoy your takeaway in Sydney!

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Top 5 Coffee Shops in the Hills District

We all love a local coffee shop that stands out from all the others. More recently, the Hills District has has a growth in cafes which has been great for the area. So whether you live there or are passing by, we’ve put a list together of our favourite coffee shops in the hills that we have come across.

1. The Borrowed Table

This new cafe recently opened underneath a block of apartments in Kellyville Ridge. The Borrowed Table has all your brunch needs! From smashed avo to eggs on toast, this cafe has a dish for everyone. Meanwhile, you’ll be surrounded by some beautiful decor. Although in cafe is technologically not in the official boundaries of the Hills, it is right on the boarder so we will let that slide haha!

Where can you find them: G7/8 Merriville Rd, Kellyville Ridge
When are they open: Tues-Sun 8am-4pm

2. The Brook Eatery

Another beautiful cafe that has made it onto our top coffee shops in the hills list, is The Brook Eatery. Situated in Cherrybrook, this cafe has a decent brunch menu and always seems to be full of locals. All your sweet and savoury brunch items can be found on the menu. And there is something there for everyone.

Where can you find them: P1/41-47 Shepherds Dr, Cherrybrook
When are they open: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm

3. Wild Pear Cafe

If you want to venture into the more rural side of the Hills District then, Wild Pear Cafe is the place! This cafe grew in popularity a few years ago and had a huge influx of visitors from all over Sydney. The cafe is beautifully situated in a garden nursery and has some great coffee! The menu gets updated regularly which is good for regular customers to try new things. On a side note, their famous Rosewater Milkshake is the best!

Where can you find them: 658 Old Northern Rd, Dural
When are they open: Mon-Sun 8am-4pm

4. The Bella Local

This cafe is located in the Bella Vista/Norwest Business Park area, which is great for people that work there. Even in the busy area, they have a nice outdoor deck and plenty of seating. All your sweet and savory options can be found on the menu. Including Nutella Waffles for all our Nutella lovers! I think this dish helps put them in the running for our favourite coffee shops in the Hills District haha!

Where can you find them: g03/33 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista
When are they open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm or Sat 8am-12pm

5. Arthur Street Cafe

For our Baulkhum Hills residents, Arthur Street Cafe is for you. Situated amongst the homes of the area, you’ll is this coffee shop. It has been around for quite a while and gets a a decent crowd. Oh and their ‘Big Breakfast’ is truly a big breakfast and it is served all day. Make sure you’re hungry before you go haha!

Where can you find them: 26 Arthur St, Baulkham Hills
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-4pm

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Top 3 charcoal chicken places in Sydney

There are so many charcoal chicken shops popping around Sydney. With so many, how do you know which ones are worth a visit to? Well, we have made a list of the main ones that have various locations over Sydney so you can find one near you. So, here it is our – our top 3 charcoal chicken places in Sydney.

1. Frangos

We had to put Frangos at the top of our top charcoal chicken places in Sydney as we cannot stop going there. Maybe it is because there is one 5 minutes from our house but also because it is delicious. It is a really hard choice here between their quarter chicken or fillet burger but rest assured, both give you a generous amounts of chips. I think the aspect that wins me here is their mayo and chilli sauce, it is the best! They started in Petersham and have expanded to Bella Vista, Gregory Hills, Smithfield and Penrith.

charcoal chicken places in sydney
Photography – Frangos

2. El Jannah

Another favourite of ours is, El Jannah and their charcoal chicken with garlic sauce and pickles! There is nothing better than combining the chicken, garlic sauce, pickles and chips on Lebanese bread. The pricing is really reasonable here and the meals are quite big. The first one opened in Granville and they have slowly expanded to Blacktown and Newtown. We hope there is one near you!

charcoal chicken places in sydney
Photography – Menulog

3. Chargrill Charlies

For those living on the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs, Chargrill Charlies should be your go to chicken shop. Hence, why we had to add it to our top 3 charcoal chicken places in Sydney. I think the best thing about this place other than the chicken is their range of sides and salads. They are so fresh and delicious! You can find them at Woollahra, Annadale, Neutral Bay, Mosman, Rose Bay, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Drummoyne, Frenchs Forest and St Ives.

charcoal chicken places in sydney
Photography – Chargrill Charies

Enjoy your chicken!

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