Yakitori Yurippi (Winter Menu) – Crows Nest, Sydney

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It’s been a while (I sadly realised) since I’d been to Yakitori Yurippi last. But lucky for me, Chef Tin invited us back to check out his winter menu a few weeks ago and it was truly epic. In fact, I was getting mega cravings for yakitori while preparing this post – hope you’re ready to drool!

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Coffee Cupping Workshop @ Aroma Festival – The Rocks, Sydney

Photo supplied by The Rocks Aroma Festival

Photo supplied by The Rocks Aroma Festival

Did you know that The Rocks Aroma Festival is on again on Sunday, July 24, 2016? It’s not just about that one day though – throughout the month of July there’s a whole lot of workshops that you can participate in all, of course, about coffee. There’s latte art, home brewing, coffee cocktails, and of course coffee cupping classes. I’m not much of a coffee drinker (I think copious amount of caffeine in my first year of university stuffed up my stomach a bit…) but I really wish I was able to drink it, and love anything that is made of coffee. So when the team at the Aroma Festival and Cardinal Spin invited me to come along to one of the Coffee Cupping Workshops, I eagerly went along, looking forward to learning more different coffee varietals and being able to spit out my coffee.

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Cumulus Inc. – Melbourne CBD

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We rocked up to Cumulus Inc. on a Sunday morning with the view to having brunch there – we should’ve known better. Rocking up at 11am was also not the best idea, considering the breakfast menu only goes til 11:30am and lunch starts at 12pm! Thankfully the lady at the door told us to just come back at lunch time, she would take our names now and we’d be seated immediately when we came back.

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Industry Beans – Fitzroy, Melbourne

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I don’t remember exactly where we heard about Industry Beans, but we heard it was good coffee, good food and a cool space, not to mention in the cool neighbourhood of Fitzroy, so we had to check it out.

(We also went to Kettle Black on our recent trip to Melbourne, if you’re interested!)

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The Kettle Black – South Melbourne, Melbourne

DS and I went to Melbourne over the long week – it was DS’s first time there! Weird, hey! We had a huge list of foodie places to check out and obviously couldn’t get through it all, but I’ll share some of the places we did go to over the coming weeks.

Our first breakfast was at The Kettle Black which has been on my list ever since S and I went to Top Paddock, the sister restaurant, on our Melbourne trip last year. And oh my, was it the most beautiful breakfast I’d ever eaten or what!

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Maruko Gyoza – Cooking gyoza at home + Giveaway!

It was a cold, wintry AND rainy night, and DS and I had run out of food at home. What to do? The solution, we have learned, is always to have a pack of Maruko Gyoza frozen in your freezer, ready to go for these dire times. SD Marketing Global invited me to try it out, so here’s a step by step guide below – and a competition for you to enter at the bottom! Don’t forget to scroll down to the end or check out the competition details on my Facebook page.

Happy cooking!

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No. 1 Bent Street – Sydney CBD

1 bent street bread Everyone was a bit sad when Kitchen by Mike closed its doors some months ago – casual dining wouldn’t quite be the same again without that roast pumpkin and pork belly that you could see with your greedy eyes before they plonked a healthy serving on your plate. There was something amazing about Mike McEnearney’s eatery in Rosebery, a very specific combination of cafeteria-style service, an open kitchen where you could see all your food being made, a deli and that massive warehouse space where you could sit wherever you wanted. Luckily for us, Mike hasn’t completely left the Sydney dining scene and recently opened in his new digs, No. 1 Bent Street.

Quick disclaimer about the photos – sorry they’re such bad quality! I forgot my camera but CK kindly allowed me to use hers, but you know how it is, different camera and all…

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