Author: Jacqueline Langford

Japanese Funk: Daniel San Restaurant, Manly

Staying at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific brought me to Daniel San. Actually, curiosity also got the better of me. Great beats, cool interiors, bright lights… It was calling us for a visit. Located in the heart of Manly and opposite Manly Beach, Daniel San is a quirky restaurant experience not to be missed. With the option of outdoor dining on large communal tables, or indoors amongst the crowd, the atmosphere here is buzzing. Good music, rock n roll themed seating areas throughout, bright neon signage in different pockets of the venue and I also noticed bamboo steamer baskets decorated as light fixtures. If only my mum saw this and she’d absolutely lose it and comment that they’re suppose to be for dumplings – not for the ceiling?! Expect a Japanese fusion meal with an array of food choices on their menu; tempura, sushi, gyozas, burgers, salads, poke bowls and more. All served as fairly large portions and a great opportunity to share meals with friends. We chose: Chicken katsu curry (AU$21), ‘Karate Kid’ sushi …

Dog Friendly Hotel Stay in Sydney: Ovolo Woolloomooloo

With an impromptu weekend getaway in town, what better way to indulge in a hotel stay that allows you to bring your furbaby too? In search for dog friendly accommodation in Sydney, I found Ovolo’s V.I.Pooch package at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo Boutique Hotel. Located on the wharf at Woolloomooloo, with both city and Sydney Harbour views throughout, expect your stay to be in a modern and luxurious, eclectic yet sophisticated, heritage-listed building, transformed to an artistic and funky hotel. It radiates plenty of personality, in a great waterfront location with a range of trendy restaurants at your doorstep. If you’re staying with a dog, I’d highly recommend booking the Deluxaroo King Room (or larger) because the extra space is definitely worthwhile. At 46m2, there’s plenty of room for you, your dog, a king-size bed, a comfy doggy bed, a generous sized bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe too. In addition to the pooch bed, Ovolo’s dog friendly V.I.Pooch package also includes use of two dog bowls, bottled water and a ‘doggy bag’ inclusive of complimentary Billy …

How Can I Help Those in Need from The Australian Bushfires?

It was only 6-months ago that I was staying in the beautiful seaside town of Narooma, at a holiday home that belonged to a lovely lady called Sally. I am now absolutely gutted by the devastation occurring on the NSW South Coast and around Australia, and worry for the well-being of the people affected by the bushfires. I’m also in a state of shock as I can’t think of what else I can do to even give back to the place I call my first home; Australia. Last month, with the help of family and friends, I created a Facebook fundraiser in support of WIRES, NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Services and raised AU$1,212. I also donated 90 muesli bars and 90 biscuit packs to our local brigade when there was a call out for food supplies in support of our firefighters. This month, myself and some friends have created a GoFundMe fundraiser in support of the NSW Rural Fire Service. As the world has been watching, hundreds of pockets around Australia are ablaze, and …

Hills Professional Mobile Pet Grooming in Sydney’s north-west

I stumbled across Hills Professional Mobile Pet Grooming whilst on a drive home in Sydney’s north-west. Sitting in the passenger seat, I saw their mobile unit drive past and I quickly took down their details to remember to call them. We use to take our previous Japanese Spitz dog to the local pet store for regular dog washing and grooming services. He was generally calm and happy to be left in-store and didn’t mind being handled for his grooming routine. That said, unfortunately our boy passed away… but later that year, we re-homed another Japanese Spitz dog named Kenji. To say the least, it was a very different experience when Kenji came to being washed and groomed – he absolutely hated it. Kenji was less than a year old when we re-homed him, so it took some time to build his trust with us, let alone with anyone else. Our initial pet store grooming service was not as expected – the feedback was that Kenji frequently barked and would not comfortably sit still for long …

Filipino Boodle Fight at Panlasang Pinoy, Kogarah

Ready for some pinoy boodle action? A boodle what you say? Back in the hey day, a boodle fight is one thought to be a meal had without using cutlery – no spoons, forks or knifes and simply using your hands. It is what filipinos would say as ‘kamayan‘ which translated, is ‘eating with your hands’. It is a time in the military where food would be placed on top of a long banana leaf-lined table, and the troops would stand side-by-side as a senior officer would announce for the team to “commence the boodle fight.” Yes, it’s true. Sounds like a made up story, but apparently a boodle fight was part of our history. To be honest, it reminds me of how family gatherings would be. I grew up in a Filipino household, not having regular traditional boodle fights, but kamayan dining more often than not. So a visit to Sydney’s Panlansang Pinoy Kogarah restaurant was one I was prepared for… ready and waiting (to fill my empty stomach that is). This experience had …