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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 …

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 …

Pie in the Sky Roadhouse, Bilpin: Try their Delicious Apple Pie

Owned and managed by Josh Pilkington and Shelly Meng, Pie in the Sky Roadhouse is somewhere I love driving to, just to pick up their warm, fresh apple pies. Crispy, flaky… oh so delicious… Josh & Shelly, I (and many others) love your apple pies, so please don’t ever change the recipe. On first impressions, it may not look like a modern, fancy pie shop, but with an average Google rating of 4.5-stars (out of 5), by more than 760+ reviews, I know I’m not the only one that loves this place. Less than a 45-minute drive from Sydney’s north west, I enjoy making the trip. That said, the times I’ve been here to visit, I’ve gone fairly early in the morning to beat the queues. Otherwise, from the main road, you can see there is generally a queue out the door throughout the day… and when this happens, parking can be a bit of a challenge too. Handmade daily on-site using French style butter puff pastry, Pie in the Sky Roadhouse have a variety …

The Hive Cafe, Berambing

If you’re in the Bilpin or Kurrajong area, or driving from Lithgow, the greater Blue Mountains, or possibly even Mudgee, I’d suggest for you to visit the Hive Cafe, Berambing. This is a small, roadside cafe, offering a light breakfast and lunch menu, with both indoor dining and a handful of outdoor tables. It’s the perfect stop too for those with a pooch as it’s dog friendly outdoors… just the place we were looking for. The Hive Cafe is open seven days a week on Mondays to Fridays between 8am to 4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 8.30am to 5pm. There’s ample parking available right in front, which is an easy turn off from Bells Line of Road. They make excellent coffees here, so even if you just need a 10-minute break from driving, this would be my recommended coffee rest stop in the area en-route. The staff are very friendly and accommodating whilst you are accompanied with a dog. The service itself is also personable and warm. And even though the menu is not …