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Brasserie Bread Cafe – Banksmeadow

November 29, 2011
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Brasserie Bread Cafe – Banksmeadow

I have been harassing Stud about going to Brasserie Bread for breakfast ever since I did their Sourdough course. The café smelt amazing and every dish that went past while I was waiting, looked perfect! We headed over Sunday at around 11am and it was already pretty packed although we only waited a few minutes for a table. Just enough time to point out the brownies to Stud and for him to surprisingly agree on taking a couple home with us. What? Really?? After looking at the menu and trying to decide between savoury and sweet, we finally decided to get two savoury dishes that we were both eyeing off and just go halvies. The Poached Eggs with Smoked Trout and Parsley and Feta on Toast ($12), and Crispy Bacon and Poached Egg with Avocado and Tomato on Wholemeal Toast ($12). Stud ordered a skinny weak cap with two...

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Whimsical Cakes – Intro Design Cupcakes – Dolans Bay

November 24, 2011
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Whimsical Cakes – Intro Design Cupcakes – Dolans Bay

Von and I have been going somewhat crazy with the cooking courses lately. What with the Brasserie Bread course and the 5 others we have bought online (and not completed yet haha) with those daily deals I’m addicted to, we have definitely been keeping ourselves busy. This course was for beginners wanting to learn how to decorate cupcakes. Now admittedly, I’m not a huge lover of fondant. I appreciate how it can create beautiful masterpieces (or somewhat ok birthday cakes) and love the technique involved in forming fondant in to art, I’m just not a fan of its flavour. I’m a buttercream girl through and through. Just ask every baker in Sydney who we’ve been to see about a wedding cake we’re slightly picky haha. Nevertheless, we were up bright and early for our 9am class and luckily, left a little earlier because for some unknown reason (I may...

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Tokonoma – Surry Hills

November 14, 2011
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Tokonoma – Surry Hills

I subscribe to every meal deal website available to Sydney. No really. So on a daily basis, there will be at least one deal that will take my fancy. Being the impulse buyer that I am, but then still being wary of over-spending/over-eating, I forward each “worthy” deal over to Stud to see the verdict. About a week or so ago, fed up with my constant spamming, he simply replied “Unsubscribe!” Well, I never! Thankfully this Tokonoma deal made it in before his opt-out. Being in Sydney’s South West, it’s not as often as we’d like that we get over to Surry Hills for dinner. We usually choose a little more local for transport purposes. Ok, its not France or anything, its just that Newtown for example, is a little less faffing about for us to get to and from so when we do go, we’re reminded how it...

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Time to Vino – Darlinghurst

October 28, 2011
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Time to Vino – Darlinghurst

It’s been a while since our last girl’s night and this time, we wanted to go big. Stud was out for the night so the girls and I decided a night out in Kings Cross was the way to go. Upon searching, I came across Time to Vino and thought the name suited us perfectly so booked immediately. Time to Vino is on the corner but the entrance is via Pennys lane and upon entry, is a very warm and inviting place. It’s actually really perfect for a date. The lighting is very soft and romantic and with their “Waiting for friends” menu (another way of stating Entrée or snacks), it would be perfect to get a few dishes and share. I arrived a little late with a few of the girls but the rest of our party were there and already enjoying some Vino which they all really...

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Brasserie Bread class: Artisan Baking – The Art of Sourdough

October 6, 2011
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Brasserie Bread class: Artisan Baking – The Art of Sourdough

Since the beginning of my love affair with food, cooking and trying out new and exciting recipes, I have gone through many different nemeses. When I first started, it was pastry. Ooooh we didn’t get along pastry and I. Even store bought pastry and I hated each other! But once I actually broke it down, worked out all the ingredients and had a good little fiddle, I won. Take that pastry!! Mini rivals here and there, I have fought, and I have won (woot)! But my current nemesis? Bread. I use to have a breadmaker that in its heyday was spitting out perfectly cooked breads like they were going out of style. Until one fateful day, the breakmaker was kneading its little heart out so hard that it jumped/fell of the kitchen bench and cracked a little. It still worked but it was never the same. Producing stodgy loaf...

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CafeIsh – Surry Hills

September 26, 2011
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CafeIsh – Surry Hills

Ever since starting my blog, I’ve naturally been on Twitter. The two go hand in hand and although I may not tweet as much as I probably should (coming in at a very sad #416), I’m a total Twitter stalker. Early morning wake ups, train rides, bathroom breaks (oh too much information), I’m checking out what other people are eating, doing and just generally ranting. So ever since the beginning of Dining with a Stud, I have wanted to go to CafeIsh. How freakin excited was I when they did a meal deal?? I know, we really could go any time. It’s not far? Sometimes life just flies by and before you know it, you need a good excuse to go out to dinner. Excuse, check! Because we were on the voucher, we could choose between either 6:00pm or 8:30pm for our dinner. We normally eat between 6:30 and...

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Heritage Court – Hurstville

September 21, 2011
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Heritage Court – Hurstville

With more than a couple food deal vouchers under my belt, it was time to start making reservations. As instructed by Stud, I booked in order of purchasing so our first stop was Heritage Court Restaurant in Hurstville. Purchased partly because it was so close to us that it was stupid not to buy it and partly because it was five courses for two people for only $59 including a glass of wine. Without checking the address, I had in my mind where I thought the restaurant was and once in the car and on our way, I realised I was wrong. Really wrong! Heritage Court is a duplex terrace house on a Hurstville side street. They’ve knocked out the “duplex” wall to make this one large restaurant at the front and presumably the kitchen/bathrooms/etc out the back. When you walk in you definitely feel like you are in...

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Medusa Greek Taverna – Sydney

August 19, 2011
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Medusa Greek Taverna – Sydney

In my last job, I worked directly opposite Medusa and had always wanted to go. In my new job, I work on the same street and in order to get the gym, it taunts me every day as I walk past. Finally, it was time to visit! YAY! That time, was Rai’s birthday. Because there was a big group of us (about 25), we went with the banquet menu. It can get too messy otherwise with 100 different orders and I have found that usually, the banquet menu gives you the best of everything anyway so was pretty pumped for this. So as the food came out, I screamed at everyone in my vicinity not to touch it until I had taken a photos lol. Sorry to all my friends but yes, this is how it is, from now on, forever And apologies to all the readers for the...

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Rambutan – Darlinghurst

August 14, 2011
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Rambutan – Darlinghurst

Stud and I aren’t lovers of Thai food. Actually, that’s not true. When we eat it, we like it, but when every second restaurant in Sydney became Thai, I felt compelled to boycott. That said, we are going to Thailand for our honeymoon and I actually can’t wait to try everything while we are there. We just don’t go out to Thai much. Japanese is our cuisine of choice but this night, we were off to a friends birthday who is obsessed with Thai and I was excited to find it was Rambutan we were going to. I had heard good things and was really looking forward to trying what they had to offer. Again, as a big group, we went with the banquet which was pretty good value at $55 per person. First out was the Miang of smoked trout and grilled chilli eggplant relish. This dish baffled...

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Riverside Cafe Bar n Grill

August 10, 2011
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Riverside Cafe Bar n Grill

I’ve been sick. Stomach bug sick. I hear you all shout a collective boo towards my sickness. On the weekend where I had my wedding hair and makeup trial, we had dinner at L’etoile for our 6 year anniversary, a lunch at Riverside Café and then a bank holiday on Monday, I got sick. But I’m not one to back down from a meal. Especially when the good people at Food Morning were sending Stud and I for a three course lunch to review one of their upcoming deals, so after some hardcore morning napping after being up all night, I got dressed, ready to brave the world, and Stud and I headed out to Chatswood for a nice meal. Blink and you will miss this place as it’s tucked away in a little turn off on Delhi Road and it actually reminds me of an RSL bistro with...

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