Food Influencers posting food authority nightmares

Our food blog/Instagram lives closely by our food bible – The NSW Food Authority and their list of named and shamed restaurants. The places on this list are almost ingrained in our heads to make sure we never promote them haha! But what surprises us is the amount of Instagram Food Bloggers that promote them and encourage people to go there. The Food Authority post an updated list every Tuesday.

Many restaurants look inviting from the front door but if you saw a dirty kitchen would you keep walking in? Below we are going to list reasons restaurants make their way on this list. You will be probably be quite surprised and there are some big name restaurants on there too.

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1.Cleanliness

This is a major one that comes up quite a bit. It can range from simply not maintaining the premises to the required standards all the way to not taking measures to prevent pests in the restaurant. There is also a separate warning for maintaining equipment and fixtures to a certain level of cleanliness. I’m not sure how true this is, but I’ve been told by people in the industry, that you have to be really dirty to be given this warning. So don’t think it is just a speck of dust on the counter haha!

2.Temperature Control/Contamination

There are actually restaurants that fail to store their food in temperatures that stop bacterial growth. Or they store it in areas that it can be contaminated by other foods. (eg cooked and raw foods together, chicken and fruit together). This also includes display cabinets not being the correct temperature and needing to have a temperature measuring device on site. Some places don’t even have this, that is what shocked us the most.

3.Hand Washing Facilities

This one is probably the most shocking to us. Failing to have hand washing facilities or easily accessible hand washing on the premises. Gross right? This warning/fine can also include not having hand soup near the hand washing facility as well. This is just getting worse! But it doesn’t stop there, there are even restaurants that don’t have warm running water at the sink.

4.Illegal Ingredients

This one is worrying if you have health problems that are caused by foods/preservatives. There are restaurants that have received warnings about having illegal ingredients in their food. (Eg. Sulphur Dioxide can set off asthema sufferers and was found in one restaurants food). Quite scary when you think about it.

5.No Licence to Operate

There are even places around that are operating and don’t have the required licence to have a food business. How does that even happen? If you are serving food you basically need a licence to inform the food authority you are operating. The only people except from this are NFP fund raising events.

We hope next time you’re walking past a restaurant or being influenced but a food blogger that you check to make sure you’re not getting food poisoning tonight. You can find the NSW Food Authority here: http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/offences

Have you seen our latest article on your food choices in Darling Square?

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Food choices in Darling Square, Sydney

I like to pick where I am going to eat before I go somewhere. Sometimes I even pick what I’m going to eat off the menu haha! Here is a list of the food choices you have in Sydney’s new Darling Square.

1.Pasta Wafu

Pasta with a twist! If you like Japanese food, this one may be for you. It’s Japanese inspired pasta, like Miso Bolognese. All the dishes look really interesting and the few I tried were delicious. Serving sizes are a little on the small side so I would recommend you get some sides with it.

Photography – TimeOut

2.Saga Lyte

Now if you are feeling more like bakery food at Darling Square, Saga Lyte is the place for you. The cakes and large pies with catch your eye as you walk past this place. They even have a classic Aussie meat pie, if that is what you are craving.

Photography – Broadsheet

3.Hakata-Maru Ramen

For our ramen lovers, Hakata-Maru Ramen has you covered. Their flagship store in Darling Square can fix all your noodle cravings. If you are bring a group of non ramen lovers, they also have rice and curry dishes as well!

Photography – Good Food

4.Bubble Nini

And for our bubble tea lovers, we bring to you last on our list Bubble Nini. This place is honestly the best tea place we have found in Sydney. The flavours are delicious and there are many options. I recommend the brown sugar pearls!

Photography – Zomato

Will you be trying out any of these places in Darling Square?

Have you seen our latest article onΒ new cafes and restaurants opening in Sydney in 2020?

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Sydney’s new cafes, restaurants and places in 2020

We all want to start a new year off with a fresh start. So why not also add fresh new places to eat at to your list? Plus, if you joined the gym as part of your new years resolution then you can eat as much as you want right?

1.The Four Pillars Gin

Yes, that’s right! The Four Pillars Gin and Drinks Lab is coming to Surry Hills, Sydney after many years in Melbourne. And has made our list of new places to visit in 2020. It looks like they are planning to deck the place out with their Creative Director specing out the bar to showcase all the things you can do with Four Pillars Gin. So, I can do more than a Gin and Tonic? haha

Photography – Four Pillars Gin

Where can you find them? 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills

2.Cinnabon

You will no longer need to book a flight to the United States to enjoy some Cinnabon. They are finally coming to Australia, with one of their stores landing in Sydney! We’re so excited for this one, especially some of their classic rolls.

Photography – Taste.com.au

Where can you find them? TBC

3.Taco Bell

This one opened in December 2019 but lets be honest, who had time to visit it during the crazy holiday season. Hence, why we had to add it to our list to visit in 2020. It has two stores in NSW – one in Blacktown and the other in Newcastle.

Photography – Timeout

Where can you find them? Westpoint Shopping Centre, Blacktown or Jesmond Central

Will you be trying any of these in 2020?

Have you seen our latest article on the best of Sydney’s Food trucks?

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The best of Sydney food trucks and where to find them

Where do I start! I love food trucks, I find they offer unique food options in convenient locations. Many of them move around so you just need to wait until they come to your area to give them a try! We’ve tested many of them out as food bloggers and we’ve made a list of our favourite Sydney food trucks below.

1.Duo Duo Icecream Food Truck

Lets start with dessert – Duo Duo icecream is to die for! It’s basically deep fried icecream on steroids with unique flavours and delicious toppings. We can’t stop going back for more. We find they are usually in Dulwich Hill, Strathfield, Burwood or Blacktown. They always post on their instagram where you can find them!

2.Bianco Group Food Truck

I’m always craving a good pasta, so of course we are going to try Bianco Group’s food truck. We found these guys at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! We tried the Gnocchi and Spaghetti Carbonara and topped them with a heap of parmesan. They only seem to do the food truck at the easter show but they have a restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands.

3.Greek Street Food Truck

Other than Italian pasta, our other weak spot in greek food… especially feta. Our next top food truck pick is the Greek Street food truck and their Greek feta fries. You can’t go back to normal fries after you have tried these haha! They seem to move around to major events like the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Splendor in the Grass and more!

4.Happy Ending Burger Food Truck

These guys are rare to find as a food truck, other than their burger shop they turned up to the Sydney Burger Expo this year. To us, they were the best burgers at the expo. Only downside is you may only find them as a food truck once a year.

5.Pimp My Chimney Food Truck

We started on a high of dessert so lets finish on a high of dessert. Pimp My Chimney are basically a hot doughnut cone filled with soft serve! The good thing about these guys is that they are always popping in and out of suburbs all over Sydney. You are bound to run into them eventually!

We hope our list of our favourite Sydney food trucks has helped you pick one to eat at this weekend!

Have you seen our latest article on why food tastes so much better at restaurants then cooking at home?

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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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Sydney restaurants open Christmas Day 2019

Maybe you aren’t a good cook or maybe you don’t want to worry about cooking this Christmas. Why not indulge in some of Sydney’s best restaurants open Christmas Day (2019)? We’ve done the research for you and you can find our list below:

Sofitel Sydney – Christmas Day Dinner

Sofitel are putting on a 4-course dinner prepared by their Executive Chef Eric Costille. They’ve listed their Christmas specials as duck, foic gras, pork belly and black pudding sausage. And don’t forget about dessert, where they have created a reinvention of the old Provence tradition of the 13 Desserts of Christmas!

Photography: Sofitel

The night starts at 5:30pm and costs $119 per adult πŸ™‚

Where can you find them? 12 Darling Dr, Sydney

Quay Restaurant – Christmas Day Lunch

If you feel like spending a little extra for Christmas Day, than Quay Restaurant may be more your style. To celebrate Christmas Day they are putting on a 4-course Christmas menu by their Executive Chef Peter Gilmore. On arrival you will also receive champagne and three canapes.

Photography – Quay Restaurant

They are taking bookings throughout lunch time and costs $450 per adult.

Where can you find them? Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

INDU Dining

If you were looking for something more cultural, then INDU dining could be the answer you are looking for. All group bookings receive a special Christmas inspired package. This includes: Seasonal menu that is designed to share with Christmas inspired desserts and cocktails.

Photography: INDU Dining

They are taking bookings throughout Christmas Day and the Christmas Feast costs $75 per adult.

Where can you find them? 350 George Street Entry Via, Angel Pl, Sydney

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Maybe the beach is more your style… it is summer after all. Enjoy a grant feast of succulent seafood, cocktails and beach-side views with family and friends, it sounds pretty good to me. And if you drink too much they even have accommodation available haha!

Photography: Watsons Bay Hotel

They are taking bookings at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm and costs $299 per adult.

Where can you find them? 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay

We hope you have a lovely Christmas, no matter how you decide to spent it! And that our article helped you find a restaurant to eat at on Christmas Day.

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Have you seen our last blog on dog friendly cafes in Sydney?

Sydney’s dog friendly cafes you must try

I’m not sure about you but I want to tag my pooch everywhere I go! The hard part is finding a cafe that is dog friendly. Further, it’s even harder to find a cafe that has a little pooch menu for your fury friend to snack on! We’ve done some research and visited some cafes to give you the down low on where you can take your pooch next time! Our dog gives these places his lick of approval πŸ˜‰

Naked Brew

First on our dog friendly list is the Naked Brew Not only does this place have some delicious good looking food. They even have dog biscuits and doughnuts that look good enough to eat yourself! It’s a great place for any dog owner with their friendly service and love for dogs!

Where can you find them? 110 Swanson St, Erskineville
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-3pm

Cuckoo Callay

Next on our list is Cuckoo Callay, great coffee for you and pats and threats for your fur friend. They also have vegan and vegetarian options for our non-fur friends haha! They also have a large outdoor space for you to enjoy some quality time with your pooch!

Where can you find them? 324A King St, Newtown
When are they open? Mon-Fri 6am-4pm or Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

Photography: Cuckoo Callay

Cafe Bones

I’m sure you all know of Cafe Bones! It’s an outdoor cafe in a dog park, so your pet is able to roam free and socialise. They have snacks and coffee for humans as well as your pets! It’s also a great experience if you love being around dogs in general. It’s probably the most dog friendly place we have been to.

Where can you find them? 1 Canal Rd, Leichhardt
When are they open? Mon-Sun 7am-6pm

We hope this helped your search for dog friendly cafes!

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Have you seen our last blog on where to eat if you only have 24 hours in Sydney?

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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Have you seen our last blog on the best Sydney suburbs to live in for cafe density?

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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New hidden cafe gem – North Sydney

You know we love to find the new trendy places on the block, but, we especially love to find the little ones hidden in not so obvious places. We recently came across pop-up cafe Torpedoes!

If pastries, avocados, toasties and a good coffee are on the top of your list for brunch then this is the place to find it. It has opened up on an old torpedo factory where they are turning the foreshore of North Sydney into a public area! They even have tours for any history lovers to see firsthand the improvements that have been made and what it use to be during the war.

Photography:Β Yusuke Oba

We’re so excited to see cafe’s opening in this newly re-developed area and we can’t wait to see this place come to life with more cafe openings and stunning views of the harbour!

Where can you find them: Sub Base Platypus, 120 High Street, North Sydney
Opening hours (we love a cafe open 7 days a week):
Mon to Thu 7.30am–3pm
Fri to Sun 7.30am–7pm