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GO BIG OR GO HOME: GASTRONOMIC GREATNESS AT BELL & ANCHOR

The cafes along Arden Street are prime real estate. Literally across the road from the sparkling blue waters of Coogee Beach, they have the kind of view that most businesses only dream of. So when the good folk behind Café Congo decided to close up shop after more than two decades late last year, Coogee […]

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Nothing beats beers on the beach.

A BRIEF GUIDE TO SUMMER DRINKING

We’re finally coming into some warmer weather, which means our drinking patterns change. Gone are the dense reds and fortifieds of winter, and in come the whites, beers, ciders and G&Ts of summer. So what should you drink during the warmer months? Gin This might surprise you, but there are a lot of awesome Australian-made […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches With Matcha Pistachio Cream

These cookie sandwiches are a bit of an eclectic mix of many good things. Think Oreos meet matcha latte with a healthy dose of peanut butter; fluffy cashew cream spiked with green tea powder and some crushed pistachios sandwiched between two chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies – yum! Better still, they’re gluten-free, vegan and refined […]

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GREEN PEA PANCAKES

I love peas – always have and always will – so it’s probably not surprising that they’ve morphed themselves into a healthy savoury pancake under my guidance. Peas are sweet, juicy and a colourful delight – full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These green pea pancakes are great for a picnic breakfast at the beach […]

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Mere Store/Café – Boots, Bahn Mi and Delicious Breakfasts

‘Mere’ is not an adjective that a lot of Sydneysiders would elect to use when describing themselves. In conversation, ‘mere’ is often used in a derogatory sense, to emphasise triviality and insignificance. However, the word can also mean ‘slender’, or ‘minimal’. It can mean humble simplicity. It is to this sense of the word – […]

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Wine wankers at work.

THE UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO… WINE SNOBBERY

Now, before we start I should let you know that I love wine. Unlike beer, it doesn’t blow you up like a pregnant balloon, and unlike spirits, an overdose of Merlot probably won’t make you bite a policeman or try to climb the sails of the Opera House. Good wine is wonderful, and it makes […]

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Alex Retief Wines and the Urban Winery

I was recently interviewed about my wine research for the ABC’s Catalyst program. We filmed at The Urban Winery (on Mary Street in St Peters). I didn’t know this until I showed up there, but this is Alex Retief’s new winery and cellar door. I’ve been hearing a lot about Alex’s wines over the last […]

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Photo: Seasons to Share by Jacqueline Alwill

Best Ever Healthy Banana and Coconut Bread

There’s nothing quite like remaking an old favourite using new ideas and new ingredients, and this nourishing banana bread does just that. Traditional banana bread recipes are often high in sugar. They’re essentially just banana cake recipes. They’re also made with wheat flour, so they’re a coeliac’s worst nightmare. I’ve used dates to replace the […]

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Sugarcane: Coogee’s Little Slice of Southeast Asia

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing meal on a Southeast Asian beach, is there? Balmy nights in Bali and Thailand certainly come to mind. Coogee, while no doubt boasting a beautiful beach, just ain’t the same, but that hasn’t stopped Milan Strbac, the owner and chef of Sugarcane, Coogee’s latest culinary sensation, from pursuing this […]

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End of an era at Jed's

Thumbs – October 2016

Up Jed’s Foodstore – This favourite of The Beast closed its doors last month. A big thumbs up to all the good times and good feeds we had there. Sculpture by the Sea – The Eastern Beaches get their annual dose of culture this month when ‘Sculptures’ returns to out shores on October 20. Jumping […]

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