Author: Jacqueline Langford

A Visit to Dolcettini Patisserie in Sydney’s north-west

I was introduced to Dolcettini Patisserie by our lovely friends Ben and Anoush. “Have you tried Dolcettini Patisserie?” Ben asks. “No, we haven’t actually, let’s go one time” I return. The following weekend, we made plans to visit Dolcettini Patisserie in Dural for morning coffee and pastry together – and what an excellent recommendation. With an average online Google review rating of 4.5 (out of 5) from more than 180+ reviews, you know you’re onto something good. How had I not found this place before now? Dolcettini Patisserie first opened its doors in 2012, owned and managed by Head Chef Francesco Gulisano. When you first visit their store, you’ll notice the desserts and cakes on display are impeccable, well presented and delicately designed. You’ll be pleased to know too, that Francesco himself has been awarded over 50 medals by the Royal Fine Food Show, so you won’t be disappointed with anything you try here. With easy street parking out front or in the nearby car park, Dolcettini Patisserie in Dural was a great experience. Open …

Pinoy Stop, Doonside: Filipino supermarket in Western Sydney

My mum would probably say that Pinoy Stop is just like a local sari-sari store in Manila (Australian version, and much bigger that is). I somewhat agree, plus, it is one of best go-to Filipino supermarkets around Sydney, stocked with plenty of Filipino finds from my childhood. Driving from Sydney’s north-west, Pinoy Stop in Doonside is close to the neighbouring suburb of Blacktown, and less than a 200m walk away from Doonside Station. If you’re driving, there’s plenty of parking available right in front, or near by on the side streets. Paying homage to Filipino delights, you can also visit other Filipino eateries in the same street, such as Mix & Match, Pinoy Kitchen Doonside and, it’s a must to buy the most delicious and fresh pandesal whilst here from Starlight Bakery. At the time of writing this post, Pinoy Stop holds an average Google rating of 4.5-stars (out of 5) – so you know it’s not only ‘you’ that enjoys visiting this supermarket, many others think it’s great too. Is it really worth the …

Dog friendly Stay: Abode Hotel in Canberra, ACT

With overseas trips paused for some time yet, road trips around Sydney have become part of my new norm when planning travel – and with a dog accompanying us, it is not always easy to find accommodation to suit. That said, Canberra was on the radar for our next weekender… and hello Abode Hotels, you are a blessing in disguise waiting to be found. With six Abode Hotels located in Canberra and two other properties in greater NSW, all but one of their properties offer dog friendly accommodation stays. Abode Belconnen, Gungahlin, Kingston, Narrabundah and Tuggeranong, are all pet friendly hotels in Canberra; whilst the Abode Murrumbateman (nearer to Yass), and the Abode Malua Bay (towards Batemans Bay), are dog friendly hotels too. We were visiting family friends in Canberra and opted to stay at the newish Abode Kingston hotel – in the heart of Kingston and walking distance to the foreshore. The hotel’s location is near many of Kingston’s outdoor cafes and restaurants, and less than a 600-metre walk away from Telopea Park, which …

Stay at the dog friendly Dryridge Estate, Blue Mountains

Located in the Megalong Valley and just a 20-minute drive from Katoomba or only two hours from Sydney, the Dryridge Estate is easy to find, with ample signage available after turning off from Megalong Road. Before arriving at the winery, there is a 2km stretch of unsealed road (a little bumpy at times), and one you’ll need to drive slowly along before reaching the estate. And once you arrive, oh my… you will absolutely love your stay.. The secret is out about staying at the beautiful Sunrise Lodge, in the heart of the Dryridge Estate, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains National Park. We booked our accommodation four months in advance, and one which I’d say was well worth the wait. As you settle in to your cabin, what a phenomenal sight – insert those love heart eyes emoji. It is absolutely spectacular when staying in the Sunrise Lodge accommodation. Imagine a private cabin located on the high side of a hill, with views over the vineyards and a magnificent mountain backdrop …

The Megalong Valley Tearooms, Blue Mountains

First established in the 1950s, The Megalong Valley Tearooms reminds me of a country homestead, surrounded by lush green fields and the incredible backdrop of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon cakes and desserts, it is the only remaining tearoom in the valley (which once had up to six operating in the area at one time). And to date, still serves fresh scones with homemade jam and cream to locals, travellers, hikers and the like – similar to a devonshire tea experience, but with your choice of beverage that is. If you’re in the area, The Megalong Valley Tearooms is about a 15-minute drive from Blackheath, or a 25- to 30-minute drive from Katoomba and Leura. It’s a little out of the way from other local attractions, yet it’s a beautiful rest spot to have a cuppa and take in the views. Open seven days a week, you can visit Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 3.30pm, and all other days from 9.30am to 3.30pm. We were passing through to …