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Upper East Side… Start Spreading The News

Bondi’s restaurant scene continues to reach new heights as numerous acclaimed chefs set up shop and jostle for patronage in this highly competitive market. And it seems another top venue has joined the contenders, with the recent opening of Upper East Side on O’Brien Street. Wandering past the modern exterior over the past few months, […]

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Thinking Outside The Barrel: Alternative Red grapes

Continuing on from last month’s article about alternative white grape varieties, we now move on to the reds… Grenache Okay, so it’s not exactly that left-field, but many people know very little about Grenache. It can be made in some very different styles, from wines with really bright fruit flavours to more savoury wines, from […]

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Savoury Paleo Muffins

These savoury paleo muffins are packed with healthy ingredients, including sweet potato, which provides healthy carbohydrates and dietary fibre, together with eggs, which are rich in protein and essential fatty acids. They have a subtle saltiness from the nitrate-free ham, which can be interchanged with sautéed bacon or leftover cooked meat (i.e. roast chicken or […]

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Sweet Potato Chips with Zucchini Baba Ganoush and Spiced Yoghurt

I thought about healthier chocolate and Anzac biscuits this month, but sweet potato wedges are a way to my heart and I’ve no doubt the way to some of yours too, particularly as the cooler months of the year arrive. I’ve pimped these wedges up with two nourishing extras – zucchini baba ganoush and a […]

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Hip-Hop Poké Hits Bondi

When I was told that Dining Dave was off on holidays and I was needed to do a restaurant review, I thought, “Awesome – free food!” It wasn’t until after I’d committed that I learned that said food was raw fish. As someone who tried and hated sushi aged 20 and repeatedly forced herself to […]

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Thinking Outside the Barrel: Alternative White Grapes

In Australia, we’re only used to a few different grape varieties. In the whites, we’re all pretty aware of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Riesling and Semillon (and blends of some of these), and in the reds, we tend to stick with Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In this series of articles, I’m […]

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Raw Chocolate-Coated Rice Cakes

I made these amazing raw chocolate-coated rice cakes for a children’s party last week and, since there wasn’t a crumb left, I decided it was worthy of sharing. This recipe is inspired by some dark chocolate-coated rice cakes that I found in the health food store recently. Because my children loved them, I thought I’d […]

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Golden Smoothie Bowl

Mango season is almost over for another year, so we need to make the most of these nutritious tropical treats however we can. I generally increase the mango quota in the latter part of the season by buying in bulk, peeling them and freezing the cheeks, and then whipping them out to savour when we […]

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Blanca Makes Its Mark

Established in January 2017 by legendary chefs Tomi Bjorck and Samuel Cole, Blanca, meaning ‘blank canvas’, has allowed these creative culinary craftsmen to cleverly combine Mediterranean flavours and fresh Australian ingredients with a traditional Japanese cooking style. My guest and I arrived at Blanca early on a balmy Wednesday evening, the space already humming with […]

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Half Bottles of Wine – A Great Way to Explore New Drops

Australians love to drink, but most of us aren’t very adventurous when it comes to our choice of beverage. Most of us will generally drink whatever is put in front of us, but when we’re buying we tend to stick to the same thing. Many of us won’t buy bubbles or dessert wine, for example, […]

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