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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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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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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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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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!

Takeaway open in sydney
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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!

Takeaway open in sydney
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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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Top 5 places for noodles in Sydney

Who doesn’t love a nice big bowl of noodles for lunch? Recently, I have been loving spicy food and noodles seem to be the best place to satisfy my craving. Whether you like spicy food or not , here is a list of our top 5 places for noodles in Sydney.

1. Biang Biang

Biang Biang is definitely first on our list. Situated in Sydney’s China Town, they have the best noodle dishes we have come across. Their famous flat Biang Biang noodles are not only delicious but also extremely Instagram worthy. We tried the Biang Biang Noodle topped with chilli and the Biang Biang noodle with beef, which were both great. Maybe just bring some yogurt if you can’t handle the spice haha!

Where can you find them: 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket
When are they open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm

2. Chat Thai

If you’re looking for affordable Thai is the Sydney CBD, then I wouldn’t know where else to recommend you. Chat Thai is not only one of the best Thai places, it is also quite cheap and has many options to pick from. My go to is always the Pad Thai or Pad See Ew, which never disappoint. It does get busy here, so I would suggest you book.

Where can you find them: 3 locations in the Sydney CBD
When are they option: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

3. Gami Chicken and Beer

Although they are not a noodle place, Gami Chicken and Beer have the best sweet potato noodle dishes! So we had to add them to our top 5 places for noodles in Sydney. Their dish includes the noodles with Mushrooms, chicken and a variety of vegetables with sweet soy sauce! They also have Korean fried chicken if you are dining with any non noodle loving friends.

Where can you find them: Locations all over Sydney
When are they open: Depends on your location – generally 11am-9pm

4. P’Nut Street Noodles

Is street food more your style? Well, P’Nut Street Noodles may be worth a visit. They basically just serve a whole bunch of noodle dishes from all over Asian, including: Japan, Korea and Indonesia to name a few. Whichever cuisine you are craving, there should be a dish for you. They also have Laksa for our soup lovers.

Where can you find them: Locations all over Sydney
When are they open: Depends on your location – generally 11am-8pm

5. Ippudo

And last but not least, we couldn’t leave a ramen option off the list. Ramen is probably one of my favourite noodle dishes to eat in cold weather. Ippudo, was the first place we have ever tried ramen and we haven’t had a better one elsewhere since. They have quite a few ramen options on the menu and we have never been disappointed. You can even select how well you want your noodles cooked haha!

We have you enjoy slurping up all these noodles. We know we definitely will be!

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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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Restaurants with a view outside the Sydney CBD

Who doesn’t love to eat a nice meal whilst overlooking a beautiful bay, beach or mountain range? It’s the perfect thing to do on a weekend after sitting in an office all week staring at a computer and wall haha. We’ve done some research and listed all the places you should visit if you’re after a view next time you’re going out to eat. So here it is, our summary of restaurants with a view in Sydney:

1. Echo on the Marina

This place is stunning to visit during the daytime, the place is filled with light and has a deck overlooking the water with breakfast and lunch options. It almost feels like you’re on a holiday. So, what can you expect on the menu? For breakfast you have Belgian Waffles, House Cured Salmon or for the simple types – Eggs on Toast. For lunch you can expect to see seafood and pastas!

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Echo on the Marina

Where can you find them: 15 Normac St, Roseville
When are they open: Wed-Sun 8am-4pm

2. Gunners Barracks

Did someone say high tea? If you’re looking for a restaruant with a view in Sydney whilst you are having some high tea, Gunners Barracks is your solution. As you eat you can look over the stunning courtyard and down to the harbour. They also have a lunch menu with seafood, chicken and the key our heart – haloumi!

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Gunners Barracks

Where can you find them: Suakin Drive, Mosman
When are they open: Check their viewing and booking options on their website

3. Jonah’s

How about a restaruant with a beach view in Sydney? If you willing to drive about an hour north of the CBD you will reach Jonah’s at Whale Beach. This place has beautiful panoramic views from every window and they even offer accomodation. The menu consists of an Australian cusine with a little italian influence.

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Jonah’s

Where can you find them: 69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach
When are they open: Mon-Sun 7:30am-10pm

We hope you enjoy eating one of our choices of restaurants with a view in Sydney – make sure to take a photo!

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