A Cafe’s Guide: Working with Food Bloggers

Approaching food bloggers for your marketing is pretty fool-proof. You are on display to thousands of their followers at little cost to yourself. Compared to advertising in the mainstream media, it is a smart move.

We have noticed recently we are getting a lot more requests from cafes and restaurants regarding using our foodie Instagram to promote their business. While some cafes have gotten straight to the point and know exactly what they want, there are also places that are new to the game and aren’t sure what to expect.

We have put together a small guide to point you in the right direction and answer some of your questions.

Selecting your food bloggers

We would recommend you select quite a few. If you have a few bloggers all posting at the same time about your business, your food takes over everyone’s timelines and makes people interested in why so many people are visiting you. You also need to think about the right food bloggers for you, do they usually post the food you serve? do they post close up images of food or flat lays? do they mainly focus on cafes/restaurants or home cooking products? All of these elements matter depending on what you’re looking for.

man taking picture of food on top of table inside restaurant
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How many followers should they have?

Once someone hits 1-2K followers, I believe they start having a decent following. Generally the more followers you have the small your engagement rate is, so keep that in mind when you approach the big guys. Of course you need to be careful of people who buy followers. You can generally check by looking at their followers list and seeing if the followers look real/are from the same country or state.

How to approach your selected food bloggers?

A simple Instagram DM is usually the best way to get a quick response. You should introduce yourself and be clear you want to collaborate. I find it best when they know what they want to acheive (eg. 2 posts and 3 instagram stories). Also be open to dates and times, don’t make them only come at awkward times of the day when you’re quiet.

Make sure your staff are prepared

You think this would be obvious, but we have arrived at cafes and the staff have no idea the manager organised for us to come. It becomes awkward when I need to show messages and prove I’m not making it up.

cheerful black waitress standing at counter
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Don’t change your dishes for us

You should serve us exactly what you would serve any other person. A few times we have been given huge proportions and then realised this isn’t a normal dish and when we post the image, it’s basically a catfish version of what they will really get. While we appreciate you going above and beyond, we want to showcase to our followers what they would actually get, if they decided to visit you. BUT do put us in a good seat next to natural light for our photos.

What are the costs involved for you?

Most bloggers will be happy to come along as long as you provide the meal. You definitely can’t expect people to go out of there way, showcase your food – and pay for it (yes we have been asked to pay for it before). Larger bloggers may requirement payment – you will have to deal with this on a case by case basis.

And to conclude, in no way are we complaining about anyone that has approached us. We are so greatful for every experience we have had. This is just a guide to help you, next time you are looking into food bloggers for your marketing.

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Can greenhouses solve social distancing?

We’re sure many of you have been out since the restrictions in Australia have been lifted. Now restaurants and cafes are allowed to open as long as the follow the 1.4 social distancing rule. However, we’ve found that when we have been out dining, there may be the right amount in the space to keep the 1.4 distance but they put everyone cramped into one section. Should we be concerned if we can touch the people on the table behind us? What if we told you there are greenhouse restaurants trying to solve the problem?

Where can you find them?

We have recently come across a restaurant in Amsterdam, Mediamatic, that has used greenhouses to make sure everyone is spread out. Many restaurants have tried to be creative with ways to stand out with concepts to control social distancing. However, this would have to be our favourite!. Should there be more greenhouse restaurants?

greenhouse restaurants
Photography – news.com.au

According to the Government, these sort of measures are unnecessary, but it is a great concept for those who are more at risk of the illness or those that feel uncomfortable going to a normal dining experience. And lets not forget the Instagramers who would love this idea simply for the Instagram photo (us).

This made us think, the amount of trust we are putting in restaurants and cafes to do the right thing and keep us safe. Have they wiped down everything? did they wash their hands? Are the staff being honest about their health? On the other hand are all the guests being honest about their health? The questions are endless!

greenhouse restaurants
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Nevertheless, good luck and be safe, wherever you decide to eat! Hopefully we can find more greenhouse restaurants popping up!

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Takeaway Mother’s Day hampers and high tea in Sydney

Mother’s Day 2020, looks like it is going to be spent at home. I’m sure a lot of your plans have been cancelled, just like ours – to take mum out to have high tea. So, if you’re not a chef, here are our top picks of Mother’s Day hampers in Sydney.

1. Glenorie Bakery, Glenorie

Our first takeaway Mother’s Day option can be done through Glenorie Bakery. They are doing a high tea box that includes all your favourites! The family high tea is $85 (4-5 people) and the couples high tea is $50 (2 people). So what can you find inside? savoury pastries, desserts, local flowers, a succulent plant, mini champagne and T2 teabags. What more could you ask for then to also have the decorations included! They are delivering through most of the Hills District and into Blacktown.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Glenorie Bakery

2. Chiswick, Woollahra

The iconic Chiswick in Woollahra is also putting on a Mother’s Day feast for your family! If it’s created by Matt Moran’s team, nothing can go wrong right? They are doing both lunch and dinner packages that you can pick up from the restaurant. The packages range from $169-$199 for the family and you can pick from chicken or lamb. They packages include your entrees, mains and desserts so everyone should be full by the end!

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – Chiswick

3. The Paper Mill, Liverpool

Why not treat your mum to a breakfast box from The Paper Mill? For just $65, your mum will be delighed with the following items; mini danish, mini croissants, carrot cake, waffles, seasonal fruit including raspberries, blueberries, & strawberries, Nutella, blueberry compote, granola, T2 teabags and a Brown Brothers Pink Moscato. (They won me with the Brown Brothers Moscato) haha! You can pick them up in store on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Takeaway mother's day
Photography – The Paper Mill

We hope one of our takeaway mother’s day options works for you! And Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there – this will surely be a Mother’s Day to remember!

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Restaurants with a view outside the Sydney CBD

Who doesn’t love to eat a nice meal whilst overlooking a beautiful bay, beach or mountain range? It’s the perfect thing to do on a weekend after sitting in an office all week staring at a computer and wall haha. We’ve done some research and listed all the places you should visit if you’re after a view next time you’re going out to eat. So here it is, our summary of restaurants with a view in Sydney:

1. Echo on the Marina

This place is stunning to visit during the daytime, the place is filled with light and has a deck overlooking the water with breakfast and lunch options. It almost feels like you’re on a holiday. So, what can you expect on the menu? For breakfast you have Belgian Waffles, House Cured Salmon or for the simple types – Eggs on Toast. For lunch you can expect to see seafood and pastas!

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Echo on the Marina

Where can you find them: 15 Normac St, Roseville
When are they open: Wed-Sun 8am-4pm

2. Gunners Barracks

Did someone say high tea? If you’re looking for a restaruant with a view in Sydney whilst you are having some high tea, Gunners Barracks is your solution. As you eat you can look over the stunning courtyard and down to the harbour. They also have a lunch menu with seafood, chicken and the key our heart – haloumi!

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Gunners Barracks

Where can you find them: Suakin Drive, Mosman
When are they open: Check their viewing and booking options on their website

3. Jonah’s

How about a restaruant with a beach view in Sydney? If you willing to drive about an hour north of the CBD you will reach Jonah’s at Whale Beach. This place has beautiful panoramic views from every window and they even offer accomodation. The menu consists of an Australian cusine with a little italian influence.

restaurants with a view in sydney
Photography – Jonah’s

Where can you find them: 69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach
When are they open: Mon-Sun 7:30am-10pm

We hope you enjoy eating one of our choices of restaurants with a view in Sydney – make sure to take a photo!

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New Cafe in Sydney: Cadenza Floral Cafe

If you are a North Sydney local or are wanting to try a new Instagram worthy cafe than we have found a new cafe you must visit. Cadenza Floral Cafe, looks exactly as what you would imagine it looks like after reading the name. It has your good looking dishes with beautiful pink and floral background decor (that’s bound to get you a few Instagram likes right?)

New Cafe in Sydney – Cadenza Floral Cafe

The cafe is influenced by Korean cooking with meals including waffles, bulgogi burgers and huge bacon sandwiches! They also have some beautiful drinks and regular breakfast items including french toast and granola! It seems to be the perfect place for your next girls day brunch. Or i’m sure you can drag your boyfriend along haha.

The pricing seems quite reasonable for the area and has quite a lot to pick from, which is great for our fussy eaters! It also has a great kids menu with cute little meals for them. It does seem to get quite busy, especially during brunch time so make sure to get there early.

New cafe in Sydney – Cadenza Floral Cafe

Where can you find them: 2a/211 Pacific Hwy, North Sydney
When are they open: Mon-Fri 6:30am-5:30pm or Sat 7am-5:30pm or Sun 7am-3:30pm

Happy eating! And let us know your thoughts on the cafe in the comments below if you go!

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Last minute Valentine’s Day plans in Sydney

How are you spending your Valentine’s Day in Sydney? With a few days remaining between now and Valentine’s Day, if you haven’t made any plans, I guess you fall into the last minute plans category. But, not to worry! If you are in need of a restaurant, we have made a list for you below (can’t guarantee they aren’t booked out at this stage lol). Also, hopefully my boyfriend is reading this for ideas haha!

1. Subterranean

Top of our list for Valentine’s Day in Sydney – we are going straight to the Greek cuisine with Subterranean. They are a bar and grill with a menu full of Mediterranean dining options. You can even enhance your experience with their butler services and why not? It’s Valentine’s Day! They have a 2 and 3 course dinner available which are reasonably priced starting from $48pp.

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2. The Grounds of Alexandria

If your partner is an Instagram lover, than the Grounds and Alexandria will be the perfect date. A kissing booth with neon lights, photogenic backdrops and good food is what you will find when you arrive. The grounds caters for all prices points too with dining and takeaway options available. This is probably a better lunch option as they have a bubble show at 9am and 11am for you to watch.

3. Tequila Mockingbird

If you wanted to spend a bit more on your date this Valentine’s Day in Sydney and splurge then Tequila Mockingbird Restaurant will be for you. If margaritas and an 8 course set menu are your style you’ve come to the perfect place. Oh and before we mention the price, you also get to take home some chocolates. You can receive all this for $110pp!

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4. Pilu

Do you want to be near the beach this Valentine’s Day? Who wouldn’t! Pilu at Freshwater are putting on a special menu for the special day. It is $165pp or $235pp to include wine. If I still have your attention, the menu consists of spaghetti, trout, lamb and a delicious dolce. Sounds great, especially if it is in your price range haha!

5. Lakeside Restaurant

For our Western Sydney readers, we’re taking you all the way out to Penrith. Lakeside Restaurant has a special Valentine’s Day dinner for 2 in Sydney. For $69pp you receive a 3 course meal and glass of wine (that’s a great deal). The coures have quite a few choices as well so it is perfect for the picky eaters haha!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Top 5 pasta places in Sydney

Is this rainy weather in Sydney causing you to crave a nice big bowl of pasta? Well, you’re not alone! We are craving it too. So, we have thought of all our favourite pasta places we’ve visited of the years and complied a list for you. Lets consider it the top 5 places to find pasta in Sydney.

1. Italian Bowl

We had to put this place at the top of our 5 places to find the best pasta in Sydney. The options are endless and we haven’t tried an option yet that hasn’t been delicious. You can basically pick any sauce on their menu (there’s a lot) and add any pasta of your choice to it. The kitchen is on display too so you can see all your meals come out fresh and piping hot! Make sure to add a slide of garlic bread, because what is a bowl of pasta without a slice.

2. Belmonte Italian Cuisine

For those in the Hills District of Sydney, you cannot go past Belmonte’s pasta dishes. Another huge menu with too many options to pick from, so there will be a dish for everyone. This place has a very old fashioned family feel to it and it shows in their meals. The portions are huge and the pricing is decent. We would recommend their marinara pasta, it’s huge and full of seafood!

3. Assembly Bar

If you’re in the CBD and stuck with the endless options of food places, Assembly Bar is a great option. They are underground and have quite a few pasta options, with vegan varieties available as well! If you go during the week they have some great deals on their dishes. Perfect for a work lunch or dinner and there is a bar on the side if you need a drink after a long day of work.

4. Macchiato

Another CBD option you need to try is Macchiato. This restaurant is huge and so is the menu! There are some mixed reviews online, however, the recent time we went (there was a group of 10 of us) no one had anything but compliments to say about the place. We tried everything from pasta, pizza and main meals! They also have a great bar here as well if you want to accompany your pasta with a nice glass of wine.

5. Verace Pizzeria

Last but not least is Verace Pizzeria in Macquarie Park. Another perfect place for a work lunch or weekend gathering. We tried their seafood pasta dish and it was fresh and delicious – there were also quite a few other pasta dishes to pick from. The dishes were the perfect size for us as well with a added slice of garlic bread haha!

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Why does eating out taste so much better than at home?

Sometimes I think restaurant food tastes so much better than cooking for yourself. Maybe its because you simply didn’t have to cook it or there could be more to it. I’ve recently come across an article about why restaurant food tastes so good and here are the reasons why.

A trained chef

This one might be a obvious one, but if you been to years of classes to be a professional chef you would hope your cooking is better than the average household. Otherwise, who would bother coming to your restaurant? Understand flavours and cooking meals from scratch definitely make a difference and it shows! Imagine spending majority of your life cooking and it’s not any better the the average at home cook haha!

Fat, sugar and salt

We all know seasoning food is a must to make it taste good but you may be surprised how much a chef may season your meal. Salt will probably be added to your meal three times over the cooking process but a load of butter and sugar. As good as it tastes in the end… it would probably shock you to watch them do it! But that’s fine every now and then right??

Ambience

Just being out of the house makes a difference to your food experience. The feeling, textures, smells and sound of people around you are right it can make a good dish into a sensational dish. The presentation of each meal beats the lack of presentation and noisy kids at home. All with little effort from yourself.

Now it is time for you to go out and pick some restaurant food to eat! Have your seen our blog on pet friendly cafes and even have a dedicated pet food?

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You have 24 hrs in Sydney’s CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places to eat in Sydney are hard enough when you live here, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process. We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience which Sydney food we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD.

1. Breakfast/Morning Tea Food

  • You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks. It’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day. There are also a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch Food

I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown, but is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium. Otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner Food

Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD. But I like one hidden underground at the Regents Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick. They do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick which Sydney food you would eat in the CBD!

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You have 24 hours in Sydney CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places in eat in a Sydney are hard enough when you live there, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process haha! We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience where we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney CBD.

  1. Breakfast/Morning Tea
    You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks – it’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day and they are a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch
I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown and is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium – otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner
Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD but I like one hidden underground at the Regent Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick but they do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick where to eat in Sydney!
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