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?

Happy Instagraming!

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Top 5 pizza places in Sydney

Who doesn’t love a good slice (or 8) of pizza! There are so many Italian places around Sydney that is can be hard to decide which ones are best. We’ve been to a lot of them, so we’ll help you out. See below our list of the top 5 pizza places in Sydney.

1. Georges Gourmet Pizzeria

Every time we drive past this place, it is packed! And if you taste their pizza, it explains why. Located in Bella Vista, this pizza place is probably our favourite place to go to at the moment. The range of pizza options is huge (our favs being the Mediterranean Grill or Bella Vista) and they even have a Nutella pizza for dessert, which won our hearts.

Where can you find them: 1 Circa Boulevarde, Bella Vista
When are they open: Tues-Sun 11am-10pm or Mon 11am-2:30pm

2. Bondi Pizza

Our second choice is more a of restaurant chain option, but their pizzas are still good. Bondi Pizza are known for their pizza and they also have a huge menu with many options. Everytime we go, we try something different because of the different options. The good thing about Bondi Pizza, is that they have locations almost everywhere. This means no matter where you are, there is probably one close by.

Where can you find them: Various locations
When are they open: Depends on location but generally Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

3. Da Mario

A bit more on the fancy side is Da Mario which has a range of red and white based pizzas. You’ll usually catch us ordering the pizza with the olives and anchovies on it and they have the perfect one. The Partenopea consists of tomato, mozzarella, anchovies, olives, capers and oregano (heaven). It gets busy here as well so get their early or book!

Where can you find them: Shop 1/36 Morley Ave, Rosebery
When are they open: Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm or Fri-Sun 12pm-3pm and 5pm-9pm

4. The Pizza Pasta Kitchen

Another one of our favs is The Pizza Pasta Kitchen, a hidden gem in Toongabbie (it’s worth the drive). I think because of its hidden location it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. The menu is huge here as well but we always order the same pizza (Vegetarian Supreme) as we can’t imagine any pizza tasting as good haha!

Where can you find them: 5/4 Claudia Rd, Toongabbie
When are they open: Mon-Sun 7am-9pm

5. Frankie’s Pizza

If an underground bar is more your style then Frankie’s Pizza is probably the best place to be. Especially if you are into the rock n roll scene with pinball machines haha. They serve all your classic pizzas and they taste great too. It gets really busy here too, so try to get here early or book ahead.

Where can you find them: 50 Hunter St, Sydney
When are they open: Mon-Sun 4pm-3:30am but on Fri they open at midday

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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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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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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!

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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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Sydney’s new cafes, restaurants and places in 2020

We all want to start a new year off with a fresh start. So why not also add fresh new places to eat at to your list? Plus, if you joined the gym as part of your new years resolution then you can eat as much as you want right?

1.The Four Pillars Gin

Yes, that’s right! The Four Pillars Gin and Drinks Lab is coming to Surry Hills, Sydney after many years in Melbourne. And has made our list of new places to visit in 2020. It looks like they are planning to deck the place out with their Creative Director specing out the bar to showcase all the things you can do with Four Pillars Gin. So, I can do more than a Gin and Tonic? haha

Photography – Four Pillars Gin

Where can you find them? 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills

2.Cinnabon

You will no longer need to book a flight to the United States to enjoy some Cinnabon. They are finally coming to Australia, with one of their stores landing in Sydney! We’re so excited for this one, especially some of their classic rolls.

Photography – Taste.com.au

Where can you find them? TBC

3.Taco Bell

This one opened in December 2019 but lets be honest, who had time to visit it during the crazy holiday season. Hence, why we had to add it to our list to visit in 2020. It has two stores in NSW – one in Blacktown and the other in Newcastle.

Photography – Timeout

Where can you find them? Westpoint Shopping Centre, Blacktown or Jesmond Central

Will you be trying any of these in 2020?

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The best of Sydney food trucks and where to find them

Where do I start! I love food trucks, I find they offer unique food options in convenient locations. Many of them move around so you just need to wait until they come to your area to give them a try! We’ve tested many of them out as food bloggers and we’ve made a list of our favourite Sydney food trucks below.

1.Duo Duo Icecream Food Truck

Lets start with dessert – Duo Duo icecream is to die for! It’s basically deep fried icecream on steroids with unique flavours and delicious toppings. We can’t stop going back for more. We find they are usually in Dulwich Hill, Strathfield, Burwood or Blacktown. They always post on their instagram where you can find them!

2.Bianco Group Food Truck

I’m always craving a good pasta, so of course we are going to try Bianco Group’s food truck. We found these guys at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! We tried the Gnocchi and Spaghetti Carbonara and topped them with a heap of parmesan. They only seem to do the food truck at the easter show but they have a restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands.

3.Greek Street Food Truck

Other than Italian pasta, our other weak spot in greek food… especially feta. Our next top food truck pick is the Greek Street food truck and their Greek feta fries. You can’t go back to normal fries after you have tried these haha! They seem to move around to major events like the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Splendor in the Grass and more!

4.Happy Ending Burger Food Truck

These guys are rare to find as a food truck, other than their burger shop they turned up to the Sydney Burger Expo this year. To us, they were the best burgers at the expo. Only downside is you may only find them as a food truck once a year.

5.Pimp My Chimney Food Truck

We started on a high of dessert so lets finish on a high of dessert. Pimp My Chimney are basically a hot doughnut cone filled with soft serve! The good thing about these guys is that they are always popping in and out of suburbs all over Sydney. You are bound to run into them eventually!

We hope our list of our favourite Sydney food trucks has helped you pick one to eat at this weekend!

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