Posts Tagged ‘ Italian ’

Puntino Trattoria – Woolloomooloo

November 11, 2012
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Woolloomooloo is pretty well known to Sydneysiders as the swanky place by the bay. It’s where Russell Crow lives. It’s where the rich and famous come for a casual dinner in sky high heels. It’s where the rest of us go for a very special occasion dinner, or a work lunch when work’s paying 😉 With my sense of direction, (Stud will read this and I will do doubt get an “I told you so”) its quite easy for me to either not know where I am, walk the wrong way down a street I have been to a million times, or just get lost all together (thank God for my iPhone!). So I was pretty surprised to find out how big Woolloomooloo actually is! Did you know that it goes all the way up Crown Street, almost to William Street? Oh really? Ok maybe it’s just me then....

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Porcini gnocchi with asparagus, peas and artichoke hearts – and a COMPETITION!

August 5, 2012
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Porcini gnocchi with asparagus, peas and artichoke hearts – and a COMPETITION!

Drumroll peeps!!!! Thanks to my great friends over at Kitchenware Direct, Dining with a Stud has its very first competition 😀 more on that later. Growing up in a multi-cultural area as an anglo kid, you’re exposed to a mecca of different cultures, people, and of course food. “The hood” as my friends and I affectionately call it, isn’t like your predominantly Italian Leichhardt, or Asian influenced Cabramatta, it’s like a melting pot, and it was great to be a part of. I think the area I grew up in definitely influences my vast love for all different types of food. Although I would say Japanese is my favourite (developed later in life), I could literally eat any type of food and be pretty chuffed with it. With quite a few friends from European backgrounds, Italian is probably my go-to food when we’re at home. I’m familiar with the...

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Compromise pizzas

November 30, 2011
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Compromise pizzas

By now you all know how to make pizza. And if you don’t, then you should. These pizzas are the outcome of me wanting to do girly dainty pizzas with fresh figs and some brie, and Stud getting excited for some manly pizzas (namely Mexicana). We settled in the middle and used leftover scotch fillet from the night before with the brie and some calamari we had taken out to eat that night (before I came up with the genius pizza idea). Pretty easy to assemble – I even went to the hassle free length of buying Leggos pizza sauce. I may or may not have been hungover. Ingredients Pizza dough (enough for two pizzas) Pizza sauce Calamari Feta Pre-cooked steak One wheel of Brie Tomato chutney Method Preheat oven to 220° with pizza stone heating from cold (it can crack if you place a cold stone in a...

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Japanese mushroom risotto

November 28, 2011
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Japanese mushroom risotto

What’s your sure-fire hangover cure? Bacon and eggs? A run along the beach? More booze? Mine is avocado. “Avocado????” Avocado. A beautiful sourdough bread toasted in the oven and then coated in fork mashed avocado, topped with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. My new thing however is said cure, topped with some pan fried (in butter of course) mushrooms. I can’t seem to get enough of mushrooms these days and even if we don’t have avocado (*sadface*), I’ll top my sourdough in mushrooms and either some pecorino or fresh herbs, you know, depending on my mood, or how hungover I am….. I love trying as many new mushrooms as I can but tried to do a stir-fry with a few Asian mushrooms and in my naivety, chucked them all in at once :/ Stud definitely wasn’t a fan. Like a mother with a funny looking child, I...

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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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Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

January 24, 2011
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Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

Last week was a very special one for Dining with a Stud. Stud and I headed off to Hamilton Island with his parents for a week and whilst enjoying the crystal clear beach that is Whitehaven, Stud proposed!! So we headed back to Sydney a little sunburnt, very relaxed and completely engaged!! 🙂 For our celebratory dinner while on the island, we headed to Romano’s, a fine dining Italian restaurant right on the marina with a great view. When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit in the lounge area for a pre-dinner drink but we gratefully declined as it was on the buggy ride down to the restaurant that we realised just how hungry we were! Swimming, snorkelling and general lazing about really does take it out of you 😉 We were seated just next to the stairs on the upper level and although we...

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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

January 2, 2011
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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

Wow – 2011! According to old 70’s Sci-Fi movies we should all being flying our own personal spaceship car and wearing space age suits like The Jetsons. And although technology has come a long way, we are a far cry from our own personal robot maid. I’m still hopeful though 😉 This year we all decided to have a low key NYE with close friends, cocktails and pyjamas. OK we may all be averaging 30 but we can still have a sleepover like the best of them! We were all to bring a spirit each for the cocktails and a side dish to go with the copious amount of meat for the barbeque. Being fashionably late to discuss with the hosts what to bring, all salads were already accounted for so he had asked Stud to see if maybe I could make a lasagne (one I had previously made...

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