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October 15, 2014

My Sydney List: Inner West

grounds milkshake

We’re getting ready to pack up our Bondi apartment and head back to New York after four years away. Leaving Sydney will be bittersweet, and there will be a lot I’ll miss – especially living near the beach, the weather and the food. I’ve garnered some favorite restaurants, cafes and bars over the past few years to which I’ve grown very attached. I know I’m going to find myself a little panicked some Friday night in the near future when I get a serious craving for a piadina.

Here is PART 2 of my picks for fresh, fun and exciting places to eat and drink in this stunner of a city. Today we’re diving into the hipster-friendly Inner West – it’s a bit gritter that the east, which I’m always a fan of.

 

  1. Hartsyard, Newtown

    Go for: the fried chicken, carrots and dessert. Honestly, these guys can do no wrong according to Fabes and I. The food is original, yet comforting and generous and the overall vibe is completely unpretentious, which is special given the caliber and popularity of this place. Great cocktails, outrageous desserts and a really cool wine list.

  2. Salts, Meats and Cheese, Alexandria

    Go for: the clue is in the title. Fancy salts, (mostly) Italian-style cured meats, cheeses and fresh pastas. I love getting picnic goodies here, all you need is some good bread and you’re in business.

  3. Eveleigh Market, Eveleigh

    Go for: the croque madame from Bird Cow Fish and Kylie Kwong’s steamed pork buns.

  4. Bread + Circus, Alexandria

    Go for: the daily salad plate. With super fresh ingredients and 5 different fabulous veggie and grain salads made daily – it’s always a surprise and always delicious. It’s one of my favorite lunches on the planet.

  5. Midnight Special, Newtown

    Go for: a fresh-pressed apple juice and bourbon cocktail. Great music, Newtown-cool bartenders and oh-so sippable cocktails give this bar a welcoming and relaxed vibe. They keep the juicer going all night – you’d be surprised at how much a fresh juice can add to a cocktail.

  6. The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria

    Go for: the breakfast and the chocolate milkshake (pictured above being enjoyed by a handsome man). Always busy, the Grounds is a gorgeous complex (calling it a café evokes a small, intimate space – which would be misleading) – they make their own bread, pastries and roast their own coffee all on-site. There are resident chickens, a pig, and a massive outdoor area. We often order from the small breakfast takeaway menu, so we don’t have to join the long wait for a table. I order an avocado toast with tomato, chilli and feta and we find a perch outside somewhere to enjoy the sunshine.

  7. The Animal at the Newtown Pub, Newtown

    Go for: hearty fare and wines on tap. Spit roasted lamb, roast potatoes and the green lentil hummus are all worth the trip. The food is simple and well done. And I happen to think sparkling wine on a cold tap is genius.

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October 4, 2014

My Sydney List: Inner East

bourke street

 

We’re getting ready to pack up our Bondi apartment and head back to New York after four years away. Leaving Sydney will be bittersweet, and there will be a lot I’ll miss – especially living near the beach, the weather and the food. I’ve garnered some favorite restaurants, cafes and bars over the past few years to which I’ve grown very attached. I know I’m going to find myself a little panicked some Friday night in the near future when I get a serious craving for a piadina.

Here is PART 1 of my picks for fresh, fun and exciting places to eat and drink in this stunner of a city. We start with the Inner East suburbs, where it’s quintessentially Sydney – beautiful, stylish and bustling.

 
  1. Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills

    Go for: pastries. Croissants, tarts and bread are all excellent. Grab a coffee and a little table outside and chill on this quiet corner of Surry Hills (pictured above).

  2. Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

    Go for: the great wine list, a negroni or an Aperol spritz. I love a place with history, and this little wine bar ­– situated in a back alley of what used to be a very seedy part of town – is named for the notorious madam who ran the show in the 1930s (#boss).
    Also, the small food menu is delightful.

  3. Chiswick, Woollahra

    Go for: the seasonal menu. Australian celebrity chef, Matt Moran’s casual restaurant is a gorgeous space for a long lunch or a special dinner out. The vibrant atmosphere, classic rock vinyl collection and great wine list all create my ideal backdrop for enjoying quality food. The mains intended for sharing and vegetable sides straight from the garden are all highlights. The dessert menu always has something special too.

  4. Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills

    Go for: a cocktail and a movie. An old Paramount screening room has been given new life as an intimate movie theatre showing a mix of new indie movies and cult classics, with a Madmen-mod cocktail lounge attached. Arrive early to enjoy a drink, snack or dessert at the bar or take your treats into the theatre for a unique cinema experience.

  5. Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst

    Go for: cacio e pepe. With imported Italian ingredients, a cosy and pleasantly raucous ambiance and knowledgeable tattooed waitstaff, this simple menu is one of my faves. They make the cacio e pepe spaghetti table-side by swirling hot pasta around in a large carved-out wheel of Parmesan with heaps of cracked pepper. I’m a sucker for a bit of flair.

  6. Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Bondi

    Go for: top-shelf gelato in inventive and classic flavors. Check the specials board for new weekly creations. Personally, I would like a lifetime supply of the Bounty (a coconut and chocolate chip number) and Banana Split flavors.

August 2, 2014

Zucchini Noddles with Slow Cooker Tomato Garlic Sauce

zucchini noodle tomato garlic

I’m all about fancy kitchen gear: a colorful cast-iron pot, vintage cutlery and artfully crumpled linen tea towels. I want all of the pretty things that I can’t afford. (Williams-Sonoma, you saucy minx.)

But sometimes kitchen tools can border on superfluous - keeping it simple and uncluttered is where I’m at these days.

I’ll admit, those spiralized zucchini noodles look pretty rad. (You know what I’m talking about right? The Spiralizer is a thing.) But for now, and probably forever,  my vegetable peeler serves me just as well for similar results.

We’re going for simple here. Just you, the vegetable peeler and some zucchini with a super easy garlic-packed slow cooker tomato sauce.

I’m not joking about the garlic. I used a whole head of garlic, because that’s the kind of girl I am.

It’s cooked low and slow in the crock pot for maximum tomato-garlic goodness and minimal effort.

July 27, 2014

Simple Vegan Banana Bread

vegan banana bread

I need to tell you about this vegan banana bread that you would never guess is vegan.

It has the perfect soft crumb, it’s moist with great banana flavor, and it’s just sweet enough with little
caramel-y nuggets from the dates. There’s no messing around with fancy flax eggs or non-dairy milks,
just straight up simple and easy banana bread. It also freezes and reheats in the toaster like a champ.

vegan banana bread

 

July 20, 2014

Fajita Bowls with Cauliflower Rice {Vegan}

vegan fajita cauli rice bowl

Because of my constant need to be independent and divergent in some way I almost always choose vegetable fajitas on a standard Mexican restaurant menu. Unless I’m at a fancy taco place. Then I just eat the fancy tacos and shut the hell up.

Anyway, those veggie fajitas usually come with a pan of sizzling spiced bell peppers and onions – plus an entire plate’s worth of add-ons like guac, salsa, iceberg lettuce and a stack of warm tortillas. I’m given lots of freedom to put together my own combinations or just dig in to a pile of vegetables with tons of guacamole. Writing my own rules. Just the way I like it.

And if I find myself at Chipotle…I opt for a burrito bowl and customize the crap out of it.

Here we find ourselves somewhere in the middle with some cauliflower rice thrown in for all those fake rice enthusiasts out there. I love regular rice and especially chewy, nutty brown rice, but sometimes I find myself with a whole head of cauliflower for the fourth week in a row and I’ve gotta mix it up. Plus it’s super light and fluffy and paleo-friendly.

Let’s make cauliflower rice fajita bowls!

July 8, 2014

Roasted Butternut & Eggplant with Tahini Miso Dressing {vegan}

roasted eggplant & butternut miso tahini sauce

Roasting brings out amazing qualities in vegetables – especially with squash and eggplant. High heat creates little cubes of excellence – caramelized and golden on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside.

This tahini miso dressing is vegan luxury. Savory and creamy, it’s a lovely way to tie together a salad of warm roasted vegetables and fresh green herbs. I used cilantro, but you can use parsley or a combination of the two.

This salad makes a great side dish or a whole meal when served over a bed of rice or quinoa with some toasted flaked almonds.

July 1, 2014

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili {Vegan} with slow cooker option

vegan chili

A smokey, hearty chili that lends itself to all kinds of vegetables. Feel free to replace the sweet potato with butternut squash, or add green pepper or zucchini. I like to top it with a grilled corn and cilantro salad or just slices of fresh avocado.

Having a good vegan chili in my arsenal is super important when I’m looking for something warm, bold and comforting. This recipe is a mix of a few recipes I’ve made over the years and what I default to when I have it in my mind to make chili. I like to pack it with at least two types of beans and a combination of vegetables, although I always favor something like sweet potato.

This can also be made in a slow cooker. See below for instructions.

June 24, 2014

Broccoli & Rice Bowl with Peanut Sriracha Sauce {Vegan}

peanut sriracha bowl

A lot of what I eat day-to-day involves some sort of “Bowl”. When I’m looking to get a good hit of vegetables or just use up the bits and pieces in the fridge, a Bowl is the answer.  More than a salad, but with a similar amount of a commitment, Bowls are thrown together easily and often amount to much more than their individual elements.

The most important component of a Bowl is a kickass sauce or dressing. Once you have a good sauce, you’ve got something worth eating.

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