Archive for ‘Out & About’

November 1, 2014

My Sydney List: Bondi Beach


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. And I’m going to find myself a little panicked when I get a serious craving for a piadina with a glass of red on a Friday night.

Here is PART 3 of my picks for fresh, fun and exciting places to eat and drink in my suburb, the beautiful Bondi Beach

  1. Sonoma Bakery, various locations

    Go for: Organic sourdough and a killer cinnamon sugar scroll pastry that Fabian will pine for.

  2. Bondi Farmer’s Market, Bondi Beach School, Saturdays 9am—1pm

    Go for: the corn fritters. The market itself has grown very substantially since we landed in Bondi, which I love. It’s super popular with the locals for picking up some kale, chasing around the kiddies and grabbing a coffee. We go for the corn fritter stand. Available with various toppings and sauces, it’s a super hearty gluten free (and vegetarian, if you want it to be) brekkie.

  3. Organic Republic, Bondi Beach

    Go for: the still-hot fresh-baked bread throughout the day. Oven-warm bread – I mean, what else can you ask for? Their champagna loaf is dreamy.

  4. Speakeasy or The Shop, Bondi Beach

    Go for: wine and cocktails. Two small little wine bars, each with their small-space charms and across the road from one other – if one is crowded, we try the other. Speakeasy takes their wine very seriously, and The Shop does a wonderful Aperol Spritz along with great wines.

  5. Bondi’s Best Seafood, Bondi Beach

    Go for: crispy-skinned grilled salmon and fish and chips. Order your fish as takeaway and bring it to the grassy patch near the beach on a nice night. Their sushi is pretty great too.bondi sunrise

  6. Mamasan, Bondi Beach

    Go for: a large mug of Sapporo and cup of miso soup in front of the fireplace. The bar next door is super popular, but if you can snag a place in the restaurant near the fire, you’re in business.

  7. La Piadina, Bondi

    Go for: the piadinas, BYO wine and Aperol Spritzes. This I will miss most of all. It’s been our Friday night tradition to grab a bottle of red and head around the corner for a cosy dinner sitting on the high stools at the window. It’s a tiny place with tons of charm and consistently great flatbread pizzas (I’d almost describe them as Italian quesadillas) made with great quality Italian cured meets and cheeses. They’re simple and perfect. Many happy nights have been had here.


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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.

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.

June 13, 2013

Things I Love Thursday


Just in case you need a refresher, I’ve decided to make lists for you each week and ramble on about the things that make me happy. You can read more about why I’m compelled to over-share here.

Things I’ve loved about this week:

~ Four-day work weeks

~ I am in love with this hummus. In. love.

~ Weekends up in Queensland

~ Big group dinners and outdoor pizza ovens

~ Dance parties

~ Introducing new friends to old friends

This cocktail looks my kind of amazing

~ Picking out hotels in New Orleans and Air bnb places in New York

~ Baby kale and roasted vegetable salads

~ Talking bride things with my (best) friend that I’ve know since I was 10

~ Planning group dinners in the East Village again – I’ve missed restaurant searches on nymag so much!

~ Looking forward to a quiet weekend at home

June 6, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

fall colors

My brain is focused on travel at the moment. I’m constantly thinking about our trip back to the states in a few weeks and in September and our honeymoon next year. So many good things to think about, plan and pack for!

Here’s what I’m loving on this week:

  • Rainy Sundays that pretty much force you to stay inside and in sweatpants all day.
  • Postcards from friends.
  • Seeing surfers walk to the beach in wetsuits and ugg boots in the mornings. Oh, Australia!
  • Getting our Save the Dates in the mail.
  • These city prints from Etsy and these colorful maps from a shop called I Like Maps on Etsy. I do like maps. I would wallpaper our home with antique maps if I could.
  • Fall colors on the trees.
  • Piadina – like an Italian quesadilla or a really thin crust pizza folded in half. Gorgonzola with speck or spicy salami with provolone.
  • Sydney harbor views and cloudy pub afternoons.
  • Fridays and a whole long weekend ahead.
  • Arrested Development is back!
  • Spirulina drinks in the morning. The energy boost you get from this stuff is amazing. Tastes awful, but it makes you feel so damn good.
  • Finding THE go-to chocolate cake recipe.
  • Wedding planning with Fabes over a glass of wine.
  • Burrata cheese. I want to make this salad ASAP. It will have to be with sun-dried tomatoes at the moment.
  • New sweaters (and on sale, girl!)




May 30, 2013

Things I Love Thursday


I’ve made some good food lately that I’ve been waiting to share with you/haven’t got around to sharing with you yet. Right now, once a week is all I can manage for a full recipe post, but I promise some good ones in the near future.

To make it up to you, I’m trying something new to keep me writing in this space on the (more than once a week) regular.

In addition to my recipe posts, I’ll be sharing my “Things I Love Thursday” list.

Inspired by Gala, I’ve been writing gratitude lists regularly over the past year. They’re usually small things that occur to me over the course of a day that I’m thankful for. (I try to think of them in groups of threes, it’s weird.)

It’s a practice in positivity and enjoyment of the little things that make life great. It makes me feel good and fosters happiness even on a regular old Tuesday.

I thought it would be nice to share some of these things, as they are very often (too often) related to food. But really it’s just about identifying and appreciating the beautiful moments in regular life.

Here’s what I loved about this past week:

*      Croissant missions. Always and forever.

*      April Bloomfield’s porridge oats – the secret is half rolled oats, half steel-cut. Creamy and toothsome and awesome on the cooler mornings we’ve been having.

*      Planning for New York and New Orleans in 4 weeks!

*      The National’s new album, a documentary and an inside look at the band.

*      Weird foggy mornings at the beach.

*      Matt Moran’s fish pie made by Fabes.

*      The fireside table at our local Asian tapas place (doesn’t everyone have one of those?) and their amazing miso soup. The miso’s made in-house and they toss in mushrooms and a scallop or two. Pretty much the best antidote to winter.

*      Heated blankets and nightly chocolate fixes.

*      Modcloth dresses and affordable delivery to Australia.

*      Finding tweaks to everyday things I like to cook to make them better: a little cinnamon in the chili and a lot of dill in the chunky vegetable soup.

November 28, 2012

Technical Difficulties and What Else I’ve Been Up To

Byron Bay, NSW

Hi friends.

As you may have guessed from the title, we’re experiencing some technical difficulties over here at Voracious. I have some new recipes to share with you that I’m pretty excited about, but until our computer is revived (fingers crossed) and ready to edit my photos again, it’ll have to wait.

Let’s think of it as a beach getaway for the website (as pictured above) complete with morning swims, barbecued seafood and pina coladas.

In the mean time, here are some photos from my past week of life.

May 16, 2012

New York Favorites List

I didn’t intend to take a full 3 week vacation from writing…but alas, here I am. Major fail!

I would apologize, but being home for the first time in 8 months was too much fun to feel sorry about. Between catching up with friends, quality time with the family, shopping, going for nostalgic walks in old neighborhoods and eating through all of my favorites, I didn’t leave myself much time for cooking or writing about cooking.

But I’m back! And before I go back to the usual I thought I would share my New York favorites for eating and drinking. These are the things I crave most when I’m gone and are completely essential to any visit when I’m back.

rooftop view

The Met

williamsburg bridge walk with Mr. F

Bagels: What can really be said here? New York has the best bagels of anywhere ever. Hands down. Get involved:
Russ & Daughters
Brooklyn Bagels
Pick a Bagel

everything bagel with vegetable cream cheese

Boozy Brunch: This has become some what of a New York tradition. On Saturday and Sunday many restaurants offer unlimited breakfast cocktails (mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis) either free with the purchase of your meal or for a small fee (usually around $15 for 2 hours of drinking.) It’s a slightly naughty way to spend an afternoon with your girlfriends and it’s always a boisterous good time.
Essex – The menu is a cut above.
Sunburnt Cow (or Sunburnt Calf or Bondi Road) – A NY-Aussie classic.
Yerba Buena – Fantastic South American/Mexican food and killer cocktails.
Tapeo 29 – Flamenco eggs cannot be overlooked.
Poco – Unlimited sangria AND lobster mac and cheese? Whaaat?

Coffee: I don’t know why I feel so endeared to these iconic little Greek coffee cups, but I know I’m not alone because they keep making them. You absolutely can’t drink fancy coffee from these cups, it’s just not done. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t taste awesome. One of my favorite places to get a drip coffee or espresso is:

Juicy Lucy – My drink is cafe con leche. Cafe Bustelo espresso with warmed milk and one sugar. Perfection.

cafe con leche

New York Classic: For the love of God, forget street hot dogs and big pretzels. Pastrami on toasted rye is where it’s at.

Katz’s is a total institution.

A Quality Margarita/Margarita Deal: I am always on the lookout for a good margarita. My criteria are simple: decent tequila, fresh lime juice, easy on the triple sec, on the rocks, lots of salt.

Benny’s Burritos – Always underrated and a personal favorite. Fresh lime juice margaritas are available in sizes ranging from modest to a large beer mug-full. Get them half-priced at one of the two daily happy hours (6-7pm and 10-11pm)

Lobster Roll: Technically a sandwich from Maine, but New York has a few good ones in the running.

Luke’s Lobster – For something that is usually sold for around $25 in New York, Luke’s Lobster has them for a steal ($14) and makes them my favorite way: a tiny bit of mayo on the toasted split bun, with big, generous chunks of sweet lobster drizzled with butter and topped with a celery salt-speckled spice blend.

Date Night Spot: Must have a romantic but fun ambiance, with good food for sharing and great wines. Big life decisions have been made at these locales.

Tapeo 29 – My all-time favorite tapas place. Their sangria is best.
Ten Bells - A tiny bar with lots of nooks for two. Specializing in French organic wines, stinky cheeses and $1 Oyster Happy Hour.

Best 24 Hour Diner: One of the joys of living in New York is that you can get pretty much whatever you want at any time of day.

7A - Breakfast all day. Shouldn’t that be enough? They also have great salads, veggie dishes, sweet potato fries and burgers.

Fresh Seafood/Dad’s Cooking: My dad is the captain of a fishing boat. He has been catching his own fish to eat since he was a boy and takes the quality and preparation very seriously. Because the man is so particular about his seafood, over the years he has made himself into one of the best seafood cooks I know.

Some favorites include: clam sauce, grilled lobster tails, beer battered fish, fish tacos and his newest dish: flounder fillets rolled with spinach and feta.Whatever he cooks, he hits it out of the park. Besides spending time with they guy, this is one of my favorite parts about being home.

Food Lovers Paradise(s):  New York has quite a few venues and events where you have free reign to geek out over tons of amazing eating and buying options in one place.
Hester Street Fair
Chelsea Market

west village

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