US Diner in Marrickville ? Valentinas Sydney

If you’ve always wanted to dine at an American roadside diner, there is now one in Sydney!

If you’ve ever watched a few US movies and wished to dine at one of their roadside diners, you no longer have to travel all the way there. Valentinas Sydney, has recently opened in Marrickville and is inspired by long road trips in the USA. We’ve done the research for you, so you know exactly what to expect when you arrive.

Now lets start with the most important element, the style and decor – yes when you walk into this diner you will feel like you walked straight into a US movie set. All the little details come together and make the experience exceptional. If you’ve ever been to the US, you would know how wonderful the service is there – and Valentinas brings that same friendly service to our doorstep.

Once you are seated, you’ll find yourself with a diner style menu with a few US favourites. You’ll also find vegan and gluten-free options available to suit dietary requirements. There are menus for breakfast and lunch and there are even some delicious looking fried chicken items! Of course, it wouldn’t be American without some delicious doughnuts to have for dessert… or lunch. The breakfast menu is all day and you can order lunch from 11am.

And lastly, we have read that the coffee is great here and it is served in diner style mugs – and that is important to us Aussies, as we have the best coffee in the world.

We hope you enjoyed this blog, let us know your review if you end up going to Valentinas!

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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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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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Japanese fluffy pancakes in Chatswood

You’ve probably seen these Japanese fluffy pancakes all over Instagram and you’ve probably been on the hunt to find them? Well, they are from Japan and more and more places are popping up all over Sydney that serve them. Gram – a Japanese cafe just moved into Chatswood in Sydney’s North Shore! This is especially exciting because their executive chef has flown here to teach the Australian chefs how to make these highly demanded pancakes just like they do in Japan!

japanese fluffy pancakes
Photography – Gram

So how are they made? It doesn’t look easy but according to Gram the Japanese ultra-fluffy pancakes are made with egg-whites made into a heavy batter that’s then whipped and then steamed until they get to the final stage of cooking them. The end product is a stack of 3 wobbly-sponge like pancakes (perfect for your Instagram boomerang story haha). According to their menu they also come in a tiramisu flavour, which sounds delicious!

Are you going to be bringing along friends and family that don’t want these pancakes? (surely not but just in case lol) they have french toast, soup, savory pancakes and a BLT. They also have a large drink menu with a range of smoothies, tea and coffees.

We’re so excited to try this place out and we’re sure it will be great! Gram has over 60 cafes throughout the world (the success must have something to do with those unique fluffy pancakes haha)

japanese fluffy pancakes
Photography – Gram

Let us know in the comments if you have been to one of their stores before! Which flavour of the pancakes would you recommend?

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Sydney’s dog friendly cafes you must try

I’m not sure about you but I want to tag my pooch everywhere I go! The hard part is finding a cafe that is dog friendly. Further, it’s even harder to find a cafe that has a little pooch menu for your fury friend to snack on! We’ve done some research and visited some cafes to give you the down low on where you can take your pooch next time! Our dog gives these places his lick of approval 😉

Naked Brew

First on our dog friendly list is the Naked Brew Not only does this place have some delicious good looking food. They even have dog biscuits and doughnuts that look good enough to eat yourself! It’s a great place for any dog owner with their friendly service and love for dogs!

Where can you find them? 110 Swanson St, Erskineville
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-3pm

Cuckoo Callay

Next on our list is Cuckoo Callay, great coffee for you and pats and threats for your fur friend. They also have vegan and vegetarian options for our non-fur friends haha! They also have a large outdoor space for you to enjoy some quality time with your pooch!

Where can you find them? 324A King St, Newtown
When are they open? Mon-Fri 6am-4pm or Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Photography: Cuckoo Callay

Cafe Bones

I’m sure you all know of Cafe Bones! It’s an outdoor cafe in a dog park, so your pet is able to roam free and socialise. They have snacks and coffee for humans as well as your pets! It’s also a great experience if you love being around dogs in general. It’s probably the most dog friendly place we have been to.

Where can you find them? 1 Canal Rd, Leichhardt
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-6pm

We hope this helped your search for dog friendly cafes!

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You have 24 hrs in Sydney’s CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places to eat in Sydney are hard enough when you live here, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process. We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience which Sydney food we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD.

1. Breakfast/Morning Tea Food

  • You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks. It’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day. There are also a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch Food

I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown, but is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium. Otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner Food

Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD. But I like one hidden underground at the Regents Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick. They do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick which Sydney food you would eat in the CBD!

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You have 24 hours in Sydney CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places in eat in a Sydney are hard enough when you live there, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process haha! We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience where we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney CBD.

  1. Breakfast/Morning Tea
    You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks – it’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day and they are a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch
I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown and is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium – otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner
Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD but I like one hidden underground at the Regent Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick but they do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick where to eat in Sydney!
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