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When tastebuds travel

Cafe Love: The Boathouse Balmoral Beach

With over 100 beaches to choose from, Sydney knows a thing or two about the summer lifestyle – especially when it comes to casual seaside dining. But even though al fresco options are rife across the city, The Boathouse Balmoral Beach still stands out from the crowd with its light, bright nautical interiors, signature anchor-clad coffees, fast and friendly service and huge wrap-around deck that overlooks one of the most popular beaches in town. Long an Insta-fave due to the artfully presented fresh plates of food and cute anchor motifs on their coffees, I had been wanting to visit for a long time, but had been stalling due to the fact that traffic getting into Balmoral can be pretty bad on the weekends and the beach tends to be super busy. So why I chose the holiday between Christmas and New Years to finally venture down is beyond me. But it turns out that getting a table was pretty easy despite the summer crowds (adding to the casual vibe, you just grab a seat when you …

PapirØen Street Food, Copenhagen

Whether you consider yourself a culinary traveller or not, PapirØen Street Food is a destination sure to evoke a squee of delight. Situated on PapirØen (Paper Island), which is a short (and I mean very short – around 5 minutes) ferry trip across from the pastel photo paradise that is the streets of Nyhavn, this foodie gem has casual river-side dining figured out. Copenhagen Street Food is set in two large warehouses with pop-up shipping containers out front, long communal benches, and a row of reclining chairs with views across the river. This is people watching at it’s best. Stake a spot, then duck inside and veer to the right until you find Cocktailbaren for their off-the-hook berry mojitos. You’ll need it to mellow your excitement when you head back inside and start decision tackling the plethora of food stands. Skymie indulged his love of Korean food by heading to Bulko for some spicy BBQ vegetarian bibimbap with a side of kimchi, while I braved a huge line to get a middle-eastern pita pocket – …

The Farm at Byron Bay

Farm animals, flowers in bloom, fresh BBQ cafe fare and live music on the lawn – what’s not to love about The Farm at Byron Bay? Owned by the same team as Sydney beach-side institution Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, this vibrant and rustic barn venture is a much-welcomed addition to Australia’s favourite coastal town. Located on the turnoff to Ewingsdale road, a few minutes outside of central Byron, this modest property is a burst of rural delight, where you get to saunter through somebody else’s farm – even have a picnic in the grounds – and not feel like you’re being an intrusive creep. The vibe is relaxed, it’s rustic and unpretentious, but it’s also full of life and you can sense the care that is taken in the upkeep of the grounds and the creatures living within them. After taking a wander around the property to say hello to the blissfully filthy pigs, laying in their muddy earthen bath, or the nearby chickens pecking at scattered feed, you enter the main barn house …

Restaurant Love: Svartsö Krog, Sweden

An hour and a half out of the city by ferry, Svartsö is an island gem in the Stockholm archipelago that is almost worth visiting just for its lovely (and only) restaurant – Svartsö Krog. This dining experience can be filed under Travel’s Welcome Little Surprises. We arrived in Svartsö (as per my previous post on this island adventure) with zero expectations of a delicious meal – rather just a dim hope of any meal – and floated into what was surely some kind of heaven portal. Gourmet (but not wanky) local fresh Swedish food, delivered with friendly service. We couldn’t believe it when our waitress confessed – in the infuriatingly perfect English adopted by all Scandinavians – it was her first week. Even without a booking, we were seated on the wooden balcony, with views out to the water. The eve was starting to get cooler, but there were big rustic blankets at hand should we need them. On learning that food was served until 10pm and the restaurant was open until midnight, we …

Cafe Love: Folk, Byron Bay

Set in the leafy, sleepy outskirts of Byron Bay, Folk Cafe has all the ingredients of a great Northern NSW establishment – laid back vibe, organic + locally sourced food, a timber-roofed front porch, tasty coffee and smiling long-haired staff. But it’s the extra touches – like biodynamic ingredients, flower-garnished sodas, and woodcut balcony panels – that make this cafe, well…perfect. We started with much needed post-journey (from Sydney) coffees, and tried one of the ‘folk house brews’ – in this case a Vanilla Kefir probiotic creaming soda – which in addition to being delicious, was also served on a cool wood board with a description of both the beverage’s background and benefits. The menu puts any question of this being a cafe using local, organic ingredients to rest. We ordered the summer poached eggs on light rye sourdough with organic pea, lemon + mint smash, avocado, zucchini ribbons, fresh local greens, pesto + zataar and also the Folk burrito with spiced biodynamic brown rice + quinoa, organic black beans, relish, roast pumpkin, charred corn, …