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April 2018

In Café, Dining on
April 16, 2018

The Social Hideout, Parramatta

It’s not hard to see why The Social Hideout is one of Parramatta’s most popular cafés.

It might not be situated right in the city centre, but the cutely decked out outdoor space and colourful menus is enough to draw a decent weekend crowd.

F45 Granola Bowl ($15.90)

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In Café, Dining, Lunch on
April 14, 2018

Dining & Co, Castle Hill

Though we do have a handful of good cafes in the Hills, my favourites still happen to be the ones much farther away, such a Dining & Co, a good 35 minute drive away in North Ryde. So when I found out that they were opening up a second branch in Castle Towers (replacing Bellacinno) i.e. less than 10 minutes away, I was stoked!

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Caviar ($19)

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In Burgers, Dining on
April 12, 2018

Ketchup Canteen, King Park

Tucked away in the middle of an industrial area, all the way out west, Ketchup Canteen’s location isn’t the busiest. So we’re a little surprised when we turn up on a Saturday evening to find it bustling with customers.

Surely that’s a sign of good food?

We’re here with some foodie friend to check out the burgers and fried chicken. Ketchup Canteen has only been open for a couple of months but is already drawing a loyal following- it’s by the same guys who run the Holy Heffa Burger Truck, so that might be part of the reason for its popularity!

Ketchup Canteen
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In Café, Dining on
April 10, 2018

Haven, Surry Hills

With such a unique name, there’s probably not many Sydneysiders who havent heard of Haven Tailoring Coffee Joyously. And whilst the idea of tailored coffee doesn’t appeal to me (I’m not a big coffee drinker), I am a huge fan of their menu, so when I was particularly excited to try our their new menu with some foodie friends when FCBA invited me along.

Havenly Affogato with Vanilla Bean or Matcha Ice-cream $ 6 (top left, bottom right)

It’s been a while since my last visit so the menu has changed quite a bit, although the classic favourites are still there, along with some creative new options.

But first, drinks.

If dessert for breakfast is not your thing, then I’d suggest staying away from the Havenly Affogato. But if you’ve got a crazy sweet tooth like me, then this is the drink to order. I say drink, but this version of affogato is much more of a dessert than a drink, with an impressively large serve of ice cream (two scoops!)

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In Cake, Dessert, Recipe on
April 6, 2018

Ricotta Berry Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake

I’ve made berry cheesecakes a number of times- infact my blueberry cheesecake recipe was one of the first recipes I posted on my blog all the way back in 2009! I’ve also written about how I’ve been on a quest for a very specific texture of cheesecake, so I won’t repeat myself here but it’s basically the texture of my favourite Cheesecake Shop cakes, which are like your typical baked cheesecake but lighter, yet not quite as light as a chilled gelatine cheesecake.

Berry Cheesecake

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