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Greetings From Over The Bridge

November 7th, 2011

The excuse for an embarrassing lapse in recent blogging is our happily overwhelming work load. Further distraction has been the selling and buying of our homes and most recently the lease of a seriously cute new studio in Lilyfield (already painted yellow, a good sign).

That said, I’ve managed to squeeze in a little adventuring over the bridge to unearth the gems of my new stomping ground, the northern Northern Beaches.

Broken into suburbs, heading north…

Mona Vale is my preference when food shopping with no budget in mind. With, some would argue, ’Northern Beaches best coffee’ in hand (2kf), I do Bungan Street, buying chic cheese (Morgans), fabulous fruit (Ripe Grocer) and posh meat (Penny’s). Then for absolutely no reason,
I finish at Little Paper Lane quite simply because I love anything paper related and this little shopfront is a celebration of nothing but.

Avalon is my favourite suburb in Sydney, and my intended future home when I no longer care about The Bridge’s happening other side. Reason being, the organic cafe fare, lovely little shops, beautifully backwards cinema and general laid back’ness. I can’t go past The Healthy Chef and am always prepared wait for table to devour food that quite simply tastes too good to be healthy. As this buzzy cafe is as good for you as the name suggests, I feel guilt free visiting La Banette for pastries that rival those I enjoyed in Paris. In fact, I remember one Christmas standing in line
for rationed French Sticks, one per customer, then back to the end of the queue for another.

Newport is coming into it’s own and is a far cry from the quiet little suburb I remember in my youth. After polishing off ‘Roadkill’, my parents pet name for the seriously tasty Spatchcock at Lucky’s & Pep’s, I like to go next door to Mark Tuckey to fantasise about owning a house cool enough to house one of his custom, recycled timber Day Beds. His Homewares store can be found tucked down an alleyway in Avalon and I’ve already mentally purchased colourful, mismatched bed linens for my future home.

Lee Matthews is nestled along the Newport strip, housing breezy fabrics, effortless silhouettes, delicate embellishment and endlessly inspired store styling.

Lastly, ‘Palmy’ or Palm Beach certainly needs no introduction. It is difficult to unearth much in this beloved suburb but I cannot not mention The Boathouse and my pilgrimages there for a bucket of fresh tiger prawns, beer battered flathead and chips, washed down with anything crisp and cold. Positioned right on Pittwater, jetty attached, is is no wonder this institution doubles as a wedding venue for the lucky few. One can pass the time contemplating purchasing deli goods, seasonal fruit, potted succulents and fresh floral blooms while waiting for a table.

Equally pretty and on-par food wise is The Boathouse’s sister cafe The Armchair Collective on Mona Vale Beach.

There are several boutiques in Palmy but perhaps the most eclectic is Love Loans + Linen, offering ‘simply, meaningful design for home, events and everyday’. Zed & Bee has carefully selected props for previous shoots at this hole in the wall shopfront.

Image Credits. Images of The Boathouse and Lee Matthews by Katie Quinn Davies.

So Mucho Mexicano!

June 24th, 2011

Calling all Sydneysiders! Have you noticed the recent surge of little taquerías opening up all over the city? I (Bee) certainly have, and in celebration of the expanding selection of casually cool Mexican/Latin dining options (as an avid Mexican food lover), I have been eating my way around town to bring you some of the best on offer.

Presenting my Top 3 Mexican/Latin Dining Experiences, as well as some Honorable Mentions, including my Favourite Dish and most Unexpected Experience.

1. EL CAPO (54 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills) - A canteen-style Latin restaurant that takes culinary inspiration from the street fare of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Columbia, and interior styling from Mexican Narco Cinema. Colourful murals that adorn the walls were created by Numskull and Roach.

Favourite Dish (so hard to choose) – Three Milk Cake

The Unexpected – The undeniably interesting and diverse menu, how every dish is presented like a piece of art and the wad of cash displayed unexpectedly in the corner.

2. EL LOCO (64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills) - Authentic Mexican meets American Diner.

Favourite Dish – I personally can’t go past the countless range of Tacos, however El Loco’s cheesy Hot Dog is fast attracting a following.

The Unexpected – The Secret Taco! I am not going to reveal what was in the Taco I ate on my visit as the filling changes daily but, let me tell you, it contained a protein I ordinarily avoid. Was it worth the gamble? Absolutely. Was I happy to have been in the dark until after it was digested? Most definitely!

3. MEXICANO (Shop 2, 209-211 Ocean Street, Narrabeen) - A small restaurant of many communal tables, with shared plates, right by the beach allows you to drink like you’re in a bar and eat unaware of how much has been ordered.

Favourite Dish - Street Style Grilled Corn with Chipotle Mayonnaise-Lime and Cheese

The Unexpected – A new, popular and desperately needed addition to the Northern Beaches.

Honorable Mentions

AZTECA’S (140 Avoca Street, Randwick) - If trendy Mexican Cantina’s with pretty, pint sized dishes to share doesn’t appeal, but a charming, Sombrero wearing Mexican host singing Sinatra does, Azteca’s is for you. The generous portions of naughty food are perfect to treat a hangover, while the oversized Margaritas might be just the thing to create one!

MISSY FOXALL (18 Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale) – I am yet to eat here but fully intend to after hearing that Matthew Kemp of Balzac Restaurant favours this restaurant.
”I have Pork Belly and Kimchi Tacos” says Kemp, who lives on the Northern Beaches.