Archive for June, 2011

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.

An Endless Stream of Whimsy Wonder – Ditte Isager

June 23rd, 2011

While I doubt this will be an introduction to Ditte Isager or her effortlessly cool collection of photographs, we had to post regardless.

A Danish New Yorker, Ditte has been commissioned for and by the best, shooting interiors, personalities, lifestyle and travel in her trademark whimsical style, capturing light, shadow and rising mist like a painter on canvas.

‘Inspiration comes from the light in the Dutch masters, storytelling and effects from motion pictures and the style, character and layers of NY’.

A Little Great Gatsby

June 22nd, 2011

Are we a little inspired about Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby… yessum!

Row 1. Vintage Chalkboards were available at blue bell bazaar on Etsy, Vintage Lanterns, APT with LSD: Erin Fetherston on Vogue.com, Vintage Headband from Jennifer Behr.
Row 2. Lovely Lace Dresses, Golden Couch by MiamizeissF. Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Classics by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Promotional Material for Delvaux by Base Design. Row 3. Tabletop Ideas on styleathome.com, Cheese Board on Martha Stewart Weddings, Calligraphic Bottle Labels. Row 4. Advertising for Kate Spade, Identity by Eric Kass on Looks Like Good Design, Croquet, Porcelain Vine by Saipua.

F is for Favours

June 10th, 2011

Favours are funny things. Not quite a present, more like a token. Carefully considered and could be crafty. Not necessarily useful but appreciated momentarily never the less.

More often than not a Wedding Favour serves two purposes, most commonly to thank guests for joining in celebrating a couple’s nuptials. But also, to further thread a wedding theme or styling aesthetic through an event; to tie together a tasteful place setting, encourage entertaining activity or showcase a family recipe.

For destination weddings, a Welcome Pack (whole bag of favours) can set the tone of the wedding the moment guests turn the key of their hotel room (please note, you must have a large, enthusiastic family available to deliver to numerous hotels… I’m speaking from experience).

Image 1. DIY: Spring Bulb Wedding Favors on Once Wed. Image 2. Penguin Classics available at Waterstone’s. Image 3. Popcorn Balls for Sunday Supper’s Oscars Party. Image 4. Me & You Pencils by Knot & Bow on Etsy. Image 5. Sweets from Selfridges. Image 6. To Have and To Hold Tote Bag by Mélangerie Inc. on Etsy. Image 7. Mini Wedding Cake Favors on Martha Stewart Weddings.