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Dog Friendly: Saddles Restaurant, Mount White

Located in Mount White on the Central Coast (and a good halfway stop point between Newcastle and Sydney) you’ll find Saddles Restaurant, Bakehouse and Garden Centre. With an average Google rating of 4.4-stars (out of 5) by more than 380+ reviews, it’s not just us that love visiting this place – many others vouch for their superb dining experience too. Situated on 10-acres of bushland with stunning views all around, Saddles is a relaxing oasis offering both indoor dining by a fire place, and outdoor dining on their expansive verandah, overlooking a picturesque lake. As its name states, ‘Saddles’ was originally inspired by an artisan saddler, Heath Harris, who worked with John Singleton crafting saddles for his nearby Stud. Inside this restaurant, you’ll find uniquely designed saddle bar chairs in the main dining area, plenty of natural lighting and soft sandstone interiors throughout. What’s more, is that your pooch can join you too; both indoors and out. Yes, you read right, surprisingly indoors as well. The first time we visited, I was so chuffed that …

A Visit to the Bilpin Cider Co. Brewery

As we start exploring around our local areas a little more, Bilpin Cider Co. popped up in my newsfeed featuring a ‘Bilpin Archibald Cloudy Apple Cider’ in their post. It got me thinking, wondering what to do for the weekend – we have these craft beers in our fridge every now and then, so maybe we could pop in for a visit? Looking it up on the map, Bilpin Cider Co. brewery was actually less than an hours’ drive from Sydney’s north-west and it mentioned it was open to the public. Sometimes you feel places are far, but I was quite surprised that this was the same amount of time it would take us to also drive to Sydney’s CBD. So the next weekend, we planned a visit to the Bilpin area. It was our first time to the brewery and the vibe was buzzing as soon as we stepped out of the car, plenty of people enjoying their Sunday afternoon all around the property. It was like a hidden gem of the area, tucked …

The Best Pandesal in Western Sydney: Starlight Bakery, Doonside

Growing up as a Filipino kid, I recall pandesal from the bakery to be an absolute favourite in our household. Warm, soft, fluffy bread with a little bit of sweetness.. the perfect almusal or merienda snack.. mmm, I love pandesal so much, even when I’m just thinking about it. Finding a Filipino bakery in Sydney though is not too common, so when my food cravings kick in, I make the drive to Starlight Bakery in Doonside (near Blacktown) for my fresh pandesal fix. If public transport is preferred, you can take a train to Doonside Station and Starlight Bakery is less than a 100m walk away. While you’re here, make sure you check out a handful of Filipino eateries such as Mix & Match, Pinoy Kitchen Doonside and my all-time favourite, the Pinoy Stop supermarket. Recently having visited the bakery, there was a sea of people lined up out the front – I’d say at least 20+ people queued outside their entrance. I waited nearly half an hour before I made it inside the shop …

Baked and Co. Delivers To Most of Sydney

Baked and Co. you had me at free delivery for all orders over AU$35 until 1 May 2020. I actually didn’t believe your offer as I live in Sydney’s north-west and 9/10 times, I live too far from the CBD to ever be eligible. But.. I zoomed in on your delivery zone map and I couldn’t believe my luck. Having been homebound since mid-March and only really leaving the house to do groceries, what’s more when tasty, fresh pastries can be delivered to your door? We’ve all had a whirlwind of weeks, emotions have been running high for some (including me) and so it’s time for an ISO patisserie day here at home – “celebrating our month long WFH-cation”. I’ve never tried Baked and Co. before today, but I now too attest to the glowing feedback and responsiveness from their Facebook page. With so much choice on their website, I’d suggest to start easy and go straight in for the Delicious Pastry Box of 10 (AU$45). A mixture of freshly baked croissants, tarts, danishes and …

High Tea at Boronia House, Mosman

Step into the beautiful Boronia House, a Victorian heritage mansion located in the leafy suburbs of Mosman. Once a former residence, this home has since transformed into a beautiful high tea restaurant and function centre – perfect for weddings, engagements, birthday celebrations, baby showers and more. What a gorgeous find. From the moment you arrive, you’ll notice the manicured gardens and grandeur appearance of this venue – it feels very classic and elegant throughout. That said, parking can be limited (with a handful of spots available at the rear of Boronia House) otherwise you won’t find any directly in front due to it being located on the busy Military Road. However, you should be able to secure parking on a nearby street and walk to the restaurant from there. Upon arrival, you’re met by a maitre’d. I found it a little odd there’s a lectern near the entrance, but the friendly warm greeting adds to the overall ambiance of the high tea experience and it’s easily forgotten soon after. We had a lovely time here, …