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    Cafes Of Sydney: Weston Eatery

    After multiple recommendations from friends, I finally found a chance to pop by this relatively new cafe in the small suburb of Canley Vale. Unlike it’s more popular brother, Canley Heights, the food scene in Canley Vale has been pretty quiet in recent years. This is quite surprising, considering Canley Vale is easily accessible by public transport and there is plenty of street and off-street parking.

    Canley Vale is one of those places that don’t change often. Every time I visit, it looks pretty much the same and some of the stores are so old you feel like you are still in the 90’s. So it was weird to find a modern cafe pop up in this suburb where time seems to have stood still.

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    Tramsheds: Sir Chapel’s Bistro & Brewery

    I first visited Tramsheds back in February when it was still relatively undiscovered. At that time, it was still quite easy to walk-in and grab a table. Of course, it didn’t stay that way for long. We visited again a week ago and quickly realised some of the more popular restaurants had already been booked out. We ended up finding a table at Sir Chapel’s Bistro & Brewery. We should have taken this as a sign there was something wrong at Sir Chapel’s.

    The experience was a complete letdown, for what could have been great with a few simple changes. The waitresses lure you in with a huge smile, but we quickly discovered this smile was a facade for forgetfulness, untrained staff, slow service and a heap of hidden charges.

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    What Not To Miss At This Year’s Vivid Sydney – 2017

    Last night we finally got the chance to check out the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney. Of course, one night was not enough to see everything, especially since the festival is spread out over multiple locations, but we did manage to see the displays in Martin place and a bit of Circular Quay. Here are some highlights from the festival that we saw:

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    Cafes of Sydney: Black Elk Espresso

    Lately, I’ve been obsessed with burgers (I know, not very womanly). Fortunately, with the number of burger trucks popping up in Western Sydney, dinner has been an easy task. However, as the burger trucks only open for dinner, the only option for burgers before 6pm has been the dreaded golden arches (which I’ve decided to boycott).

    Well, I’m pleased to say, I’ve finally found a solution for these pre-dinner burger cravings at Black Elk Espresso in Carnes Hill! Best of all, it’s not just the burgers that are great, everything else I’ve had on the menu has not disappointed.

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    Winter in Sydney – Things to do

    The name: “Sydney“, invokes images of sunny days by the harbour, white sandy beaches and hiking through lush terrain – there’s no denying, most people only want to see Sydney in summer. But, as the typical tourists start packing up and leaving, this is the best time to get off the beaten track and see Sydney like a local.

    Winter in Sydney falls between June and August with minimum temperatures averaging at around 9 degrees celsius and maximum temperatures averaging at around 16 degrees celsius. Pack a light jacket and an umbrella and you are ready to tackle a day out.

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    All Things Sweet: Koi Dessert Bar

    No matter how much I eat over the course of a meal, there’s always room for dessert! Especially when it’s something that is as well thought out and delicately made as the desserts at Koi Dessert Bar.

    The desserts at Koi are so well-made, anyone that has ever seen them would have to agree, they are a work of art! I always find myself unconsciously taking small spoonfuls, as somehow, eating it any other way would feel barbaric. When you look down at these beautiful morsels of sugary goodness, you will forget that diet you are suppose to be on and instead, be focused on how to best dig in with the least amount of destruction.

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    How To Survive The 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show – What to See, Do and Eat

    This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to experience the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the second day of opening. It was the Friday before public school holidays, which meant the show was not crowded at all. In fact a lot of people we saw walking around seemed to be filming and taking photos for media purposes, much like us.

    We spent a good 6 hours at the show wandering around, exploring and, of course, eating lots of food!

    Here’s how we tackled this year’s Easter show and a few tips on how to make the best of your day. Of course, we couldn’t possibly see, do and eat everything at the show, so use our experience as a bit of inspiration, but make sure to check out the official website to see what else is on offer.

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    36 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisbon wasn’t originally part of our itinerary, but when we checked our map we realised it wasn’t far from Madrid, so we added it last minute. It turned out to be a great decision as it was such a beautiful city.

    From Madrid to Lisbon it was a short 1 hour 15 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with TAP Portugal Airlines. If you want to save one night accommodation you can choose to catch a sleeper train from Madrid to Lisbon instead.

    Once in Lisbon, we caught the Aerobus into the city centre for €3.15.

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    Parramatta Eats: Beanie Cafe

    Just as we started to get sick of all the hipster cafes with 5 items on their menu, that charge a fortune to add a slice of avocado and drinks that cost almost the same as a meal, we were invited to try out Beanie Cafe. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a cafe with such an extensive menu.

    No fancy renovations, no expensive furniture – just simple no frills good food!

    Beanie Cafe is your local old school style cafe, even though it’s only been around for 3 months. No fancy renovations, no expensive furniture – just simple no frills good food! Plus, prices are cheaper than many other cafes. They offer a $10 lunch special as well as 10% off for WSU students. If you attend WSU, the cafe is just on the other side of the road.

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    Cabramatta Eats: Yukiguni Sushi Train

    AK and I have been complaining for a while about the lack of a good Japanese restaurant in South Western Sydney. After a lot of searching, we recently started turning reluctantly to Hero Sushi in Wetherill Park Stocklands for our sushi fix as it’s been the only half-decent sushi train in the area we’ve come across. But, we knew we couldn’t depend on it in the long run, so we continued our search.

     Finally, today we decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise!

    We noticed when Yukiguni first opened in Cabramatta, but didn’t have high hopes for it (as experience has proven). We also walked past numerous times and peered in like little kids at a candy store, but the lack of appetising dishes circling the belt ended up turning us away. Finally, today we decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise! At $3.30 a dish (standard sushi), this may be our new favourite sushi place in the area.

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    Mov’In Bed: The Biggest Bed Cinema in The World!

    Gone are the days of the drive-in cinema and the bring-your-own rug/chair outdoor cinema. Let’s welcome, the new kid on the block: the Outdoor Bed Cinema!

    To celebrate 8000 followers on Instagram, I am collaborating with Mov’In Bed to share a unique experience with my Australian supporters. I am giving away a double pass to a screening of your choice at Mov’In Bed’s Outdoor Bed Cinema – the BIGGEST bed cinema in the world! (subject to availability – some screenings are already sold out!). Check my Instagram for entry details. **Competition has now ENDED**

    …a night under the stars in bed watching an old classic: ET.

    Of course, I’m not just going to tell you how good this experience is without trying it out myself. So, Sunday night we popped down to The Crescent at Parramatta Park and enjoyed a night under the stars in bed watching an old classic: ET.

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    Food Truck Hunt: Holy Heffa Burger Truck – Smithfield, Sydney

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have noticed by now, the growing popularity of food trucks. Popping up in random locations, rotating menus, live music and personalised orders are all rewards for going on what we like to call a “Food Truck Hunt“.

    …I was so thankful to finally find the local answer to my burger addiction.

    Living in Western Sydney, it is always a struggle to find good quality local food. So, when I was introduced to Holy Heffa a couple months ago, I was so thankful to finally find the local answer to my burger addiction. The best thing about Holy Heffa is it has a permanent location in the parking lot of Fred’s, a local grocer. So, when those sudden burger cravings arise, I know exactly where to go! (Holy Heffa is open Thurs-Sunday 6pm – 10pm, outside of those hours I’m screwed).

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    Cabramatta Eats: Battambang Cambodian Restaurant

    If you’ve ever heard of Cabramatta, you would be familiar with the vibrant Vietnamese community that has made the suburb it’s home. But, did you know, apart from Vietnamese food, you can also find delicious Cambodian food in Cabramatta?

    NOTHING I have ordered on the menu so far has failed me…

    Tucked away in a side alley on John St, Battambang Cambodian Restaurant is an homage to the town of Battambang, the capital of the Battambang province in Cambodia. Battambang serves delicious authentic Cambodian food with a few Vietnamese and Chinese dishes mixed into the menu. Let me tell you now, NOTHING I have ordered on the menu so far has failed me, that’s how good this place is.

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    Chinese / Lunar New Year 2017: Sydney Buddhist Temples Directory

    Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated at the turn of the traditional Lunisolar calendar. This New Year is not only celebrated by the Chinese, it is also celebrated by many other Asian countries like Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore, therefore in this post I will refer to it as Lunar New Year.

    This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.

    The Lunar calendar is based on the movement of the moon so, unlike the Gregorian calendar (which is globally used), there are a different number of days per month and a different number of days per year in comparison. Hence, if we go by the Gregorian calendar, Lunar New Year falls on a different date every year. This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.

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    Australia Day Events 2017: What to do in and Around Sydney on Australia Day 2017

    It’s almost Australia Day 2017 – The first public holiday of 2017 after New Year’s Day for Australians. We should all be very thankful that in 1788 the First Fleet arrived on the 26th January in Port Jackson, NSW. This means, every year we get to celebrate our national day on a beautiful Summer’s day lounging by the beach or “throwing another shrimp on the barbie” (So they say. I barely BBQ shrimp TBH).

    This year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday, which means unfortunately, you may need to hold back on a few beers OR you could always “chuck a sickie” (check out the Aussie Slang Dictionary for some laughs or test your knowledge of Aussie slang here).

    There’s heaps happening all around Sydney, with many local councils celebrating by hosting their own big breakfast, live entertainment and even fireworks. You can do a search for your local area here to see what’s happening nearby.

    Here are some of the main events happening in and around Sydney:

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