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.

We’ve also recently been reading Matt Moran’s Australian Food book which has plenty of great Australian cooking ideas if you’re interested.

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Double your Dine & Discover vouchers in Sydney

Make the most of your Dine & Discover vouchers! Here are some places that are doubling your discount.

If you’re a Sydney resident, you would have received your Dine & Discover vouchers from Service NSW over the past few weeks. Some cafes and restaurants have decided to double this offer the NSW Government is giving out and on top of the $25 you already get off the bill, they will give you a further $25 off!

Without any further delay, here are some places you can visit to make the most of your Dine & Discover voucher and double your discount.

Bungalow8, Sydney

Situated just out of the Sydney CBD, Bungalow8 surprises you with its beachside tropical vibes. Being right on the waterfront you can enjoy a cocktail and meal and feel as though you are on holiday. The day time at Bungalow8 is quite relaxed, while the night is more of the party scene.

With a doubled Dine & Discover voucher, you can’t pass this option.

Park House, Mona Vale

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is quite the hot spot and it comes with many delicious meal options. Park House in Mona Vale is great in our perfect Sydney weather with their outdoor seating and social spaces. On their menu you can find your classic pub meals with a few specials if you are wanting something a bit different.

If you’re on the Northern Beaches and wanting to double your Dine & Discover voucher, here is your place.

The Fiddler, Rouse Hill

For those out in the Hills District, The Fiddler is a popular location since it was refurbished a number of years ago. With many dining options to pick from, you can decide if you wish to relax at a cozy table or sit by the bar. The outdoor courtyard area is stylishly designed and perfect on a nice sunny day.

You’ll definitely enjoy the food here and you’ll enjoy it even more when you double your Dine & Discover voucher.

Easy Lane, Windsor

The rural Hawkesbury region now has quite a few good meal options. One of those being Easy Lane, that is situated inside Windsor RSL. Easy Lane has all your classic meals as well as a few specials. It is a little smaller than your usual RSL, but the food and atmosphere make up for it.

It is also a nice drive out here if you aren’t a local. Road trip plus a doubled Dine & Discover voucher sound good to me.

Camden Valley Inn, Cawdor

Another rural location is in Cawdor in the Macarthur region of Sydney. Camden Valley Inn is a unique country side pub/hotel with beautiful scenery. This is your ultimate casual dining experience and there is plenty of space for everyone. There is even a playground for the kids!

This sounds like heaven – a playground for the kids and a doubled dine & discover voucher!

Enjoy your meals and savings! Let us know if you know any other places offering to double the vouchers.

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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.

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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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Can greenhouses solve social distancing?

We’re sure many of you have been out since the restrictions in Australia have been lifted. Now restaurants and cafes are allowed to open as long as the follow the 1.4 social distancing rule. However, we’ve found that when we have been out dining, there may be the right amount in the space to keep the 1.4 distance but they put everyone cramped into one section. Should we be concerned if we can touch the people on the table behind us? What if we told you there are greenhouse restaurants trying to solve the problem?

Where can you find them?

We have recently come across a restaurant in Amsterdam, Mediamatic, that has used greenhouses to make sure everyone is spread out. Many restaurants have tried to be creative with ways to stand out with concepts to control social distancing. However, this would have to be our favourite!. Should there be more greenhouse restaurants?

greenhouse restaurants
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According to the Government, these sort of measures are unnecessary, but it is a great concept for those who are more at risk of the illness or those that feel uncomfortable going to a normal dining experience. And lets not forget the Instagramers who would love this idea simply for the Instagram photo (us).

This made us think, the amount of trust we are putting in restaurants and cafes to do the right thing and keep us safe. Have they wiped down everything? did they wash their hands? Are the staff being honest about their health? On the other hand are all the guests being honest about their health? The questions are endless!

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Nevertheless, good luck and be safe, wherever you decide to eat! Hopefully we can find more greenhouse restaurants popping up!

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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 cafรฉ that was in hiding.

The Hideout Cafรฉ 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 โ€œhaloumiโ€, 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 โ€“ 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 cafรฉ, this is definitely worth a try. It is a busy place and that usually means one thing, and the staff are super friendly โ€“ 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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Solo dining in Sydney? Here is where to go!

Are you a Sydney-sider wanting to eat out but you’re all alone? Or are you on the trip to Sydney by yourself and want to eat out? Well, not to fear, there are plenty of places to eat without feeling awkward that you are alone. You want to avoid quiet places or places like yum cha where it is probably best to have a companion. Or buffets, because who is going to mind the table haha? So, here is our list of where we would eat if we were solo dining in Sydney.

1. Sushi Rio

We personally can’t think of a better option than a sushi train. There are no tables and everyone is sitting along a bench facing the train, nothing awkward about that right? You can casually pick the options you want off the sushi train without anyone noticing you are all alone. Sushi Rio would be our pick if you are in the Sydney CBD. They have a lot of options and it is super fresh!

Where can you find them: Shop 7/339A Sussex St, Sydney (you can also find them in Westfield Sydney and Bondi)
When are they open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm but open till 11pm on Fri-Sat

solo dining sydney
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2. Jimmy’s Recipe

Next on our list of options for solo dining in Sydney is Jimmy’s Recipe. During the week at lunch time this place is super busy. You order at the counter and your food is generally ready within the minute, so there is no awkward waiting around. Then you are off to find a table, it is so busy and fast paced in there, that no one will notice you are alone. Plus there are usually quite a few solo diners on their lunch break from work. We always get the Laksa from here, it’s the best!

Where can you find them: Ground Floor/500 George St, Sydney
When are they open: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm Mon-Tues 10am-6pm Wed 10am-7pm Thurs 10am-9pm and Fri 10am-8pm

3. Mister Gee Burger Truck

Last but not least, for our solo dining options in Sydney we had to add a burger truck. There is nothing awkward about ordering from these and taking a seat in a park and enjoying your meal. We picked Mister Gee Burger Truck and their burgers never disappointed. Oh and the loaded fries are amazing too! The good thing about food trucks in general is that they move around so you are bound to find one near you.

Where can you find them: Check their Instagram, they move around to different locations (this week they are at 16 George St, North Strathfield)
When are they open: Depends on where they are

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Enjoy your solo dining in Sydney!

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Takeaway Mother’s Day hampers and high tea in Sydney

Mother’s Day 2020, looks like it is going to be spent at home. I’m sure a lot of your plans have been cancelled, just like ours – to take mum out to have high tea. So, if you’re not a chef, here are our top picks of Mother’s Day hampers in Sydney.

1. Glenorie Bakery, Glenorie

Our first takeaway Mother’s Day option can be done through Glenorie Bakery. They are doing a high tea box that includes all your favourites! The family high tea is $85 (4-5 people) and the couples high tea is $50 (2 people). So what can you find inside? savoury pastries, desserts, local flowers, a succulent plant, mini champagne and T2 teabags. What more could you ask for then to also have the decorations included! They are delivering through most of the Hills District and into Blacktown.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Glenorie Bakery

2. Chiswick, Woollahra

The iconic Chiswick in Woollahra is also putting on a Mother’s Day feast for your family! If it’s created by Matt Moran’s team, nothing can go wrong right? They are doing both lunch and dinner packages that you can pick up from the restaurant. The packages range from $169-$199 for the family and you can pick from chicken or lamb. They packages include your entrees, mains and desserts so everyone should be full by the end!

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Chiswick

3. The Paper Mill, Liverpool

Why not treat your mum to a breakfast box from The Paper Mill? For just $65, your mum will be delighed with the following items; mini danish, mini croissants, carrot cake, waffles, seasonal fruit including raspberries, blueberries, & strawberries, Nutella, blueberry compote, granola, T2 teabags and a Brown Brothers Pink Moscato. (They won me with the Brown Brothers Moscato) haha! You can pick them up in store on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – The Paper Mill

We hope one of our takeaway mother’s day options works for you! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there – this will surely be a Mother’s Day to remember!

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Takeaway still open in Sydney during isolation

As we continue to live our lives in isolation, I’m sure many of you are just like us and looking for places that are still open for takeaway. If you can’t find any, not to worry, we’ve done the research for you, see below our recommended options for takeaway open in Sydney during the COVID-19 crisis.

1. Mark & Vinnys, Surry Hills

Mark and Vinnys is the place for all our vegan and vegetarian readers. Pick from an array of pasta options and side dishes and by the look of their Instagram everything looks delicious! If that doesn’t convince you enough, they are also offering a bottle of Paladino Sangiovese or Pinot Grigio for $16 with any pick up orders!

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2. Duo Duo, Strathfield

We all still need ice cream while in isolation right? Well Duo Duo’s deep fried ice cream is still open for takeaway. They’re a food truck so they move around quite a bit but you can usually find them in Strathfield at night. Check out their instagram to see where they are next. They are also doing large takeaway tubs too!

3. Billy the Greek, Dural

Greek food is definitely essential during the crisis and Billy the Greek is open for takeaway. They’re open 7 days a week and will deliver locally for just $5, otherwise you can do pick up. On the menu you can chose from gyros, seafood, mains, pasta and they also have a special board!

4. Contessa, Balmain

Another takeaway open is Sydney is Contessa Balmain. Pick up a warm coffee or one of their delicious meals including burgers, omelettes and more! And you can be rest assured you will be socially distancing here as they have crosses marked on the floor!

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5. Aj’s Cafe, Greystanes

Aj’s Cafe is a great choice as they have basically converted their whole normal menu into the takeaway menu! Open for breakfast and lunch, their pancakes are superb and they’re burgers are bound to fill you up. Oh and make sure to get a coffee too!

Enjoy your takeaway that is still open in Sydney

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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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