All posts tagged: Sydney

Chinese New Year Lunar Markets, Sydney

Hello Year of the Rooster! Sydney has brought the festival vibe this Chinese New Year with giant zodiac lanterns, Asian artworks splashed across town and the cutest rooster macaroon you ever did see. The Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets have their final weekend this weekend (get down there if you haven’t already!) at Pyrmont Bay Park. Hanging lanterns, origami workshops, stilt walkers and DJs abound. This is Sydney though, so all we really care about is highly instagrammable food made by the stars of the local culinary scene (which is quite ridiculous behaviour that I wholeheartedly endorse).   THE FOOD: Absolutely everything we put in our mouths here was darn delicious. But let’s break it down in order of tastebud joy. Despite being Japanese food mad, I only discovered YAKISOBA when my cousin cooked it for me two weeks ago, and the kewpie-covered delight that you can get at the Lunar Markets has cemented it as THE SHIZNIT. Thankfully there was a line for this dish or I would have thought the world had gone …

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 …

Night Noodle Markets, Sydney

Good Food Month has spread like a wildfire of flavour across the city, with its peak flame burning in Hyde Park, where the Night Noodle Markets are drawing a crowd each evening from 5pm (4pm on weekends). Under a canopy of lit up trees, lanterns and fairy lights, some of the city’s most exciting food joints are pumping out delectable Asian treats to a hungry crowd. If there is a trend at this year’s Night Noodle Markets, it’s Bao, Bao, Bao. Even Sydney dessert kings Gelato Messina are rockin’ a David Bao-wy at their Lucky Fortune Bar (alongside deep fried ice-cream balls called Great Balls of Fryer – you legends). But the Bao award clearly goes to Mr Bao for their crowd’s fuck-it-I’ll-wait-a-mile-for-this dedication, but their karaage chicken boa with crispy tofu looks worth every tick of line time.   Sydney’s best dumpling joint Din Tai Fun is on point as always, pumping out pork and special edition vegetarian ‘salad’ dumplings, as well as delicious spicy wantons. There are plenty of Korean offerings too, none …

Wild Wander: Bundeena

Two weeks ago I drove to Bundeena to go solo hiking in the Royal National Park, on the southern fringe of Sydney. I cut inland and up towards the cliffs called The Balconies, along the coast line past the Waterrun to Wedding Cake Rock (which was closed!) and on towards Marley beach, but not making it to my destination before having to turn back to meet some afternoon plans. It was bliss, really. The wildflowers are out in abundance, birds were excitedly darting in and out of shrub, soaring over the cliffs, taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. When my friend Jules and I decided to go hiking on Saturday, we were going to head north, but then when she mentioned the Royal National Park, I said I was happy to return, as I wanted to explore more of the coastal area from Bundeena, and how about we catch the ferry from Cronulla? So the plan was made and we met at Pilgrims Vegetarian Cafe in South Cronulla before hightailing it for the ferry …

Wild Wander – Burning Palms

Any sunny Sydney day is a good time to check the tides and head down to the Royal National Park. Situated at the southern tip of Sydney, bottom end of ‘the Shire’, this pearl of greenery, jewel of coast is an explorers paradise. Many know of the family-friendly beach at Wottamolla (and when I say many, if you’ve ever been down those parts on a summer weekend, you will probably have been turned away from the full carpark), and the cliffside natural beauty of Garie beach, but less know of Burning Palms. Hence the call to check the tides. At low tide, you can take an adventure out to the little-known Figure 8 Pools. They don’t exist above water at high tide (believe me, I went searching!), so check a day or two ahead to make sure the timing might work in with your plans as low and high is generally a difference of six hours. The drive down into the Royal National Park (which used to be named the National Park until Queen Elizabeth …