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Jägerstube Essentials Market Day now in Schofields

Did someone say European markets? I’m in. Through the recommendation of a neighbour who recently visited the new Jagerstube Bavarian Restaurant, I was searching their Facebook page and noticed upcoming pop-up markets also advertised. Having recently relocated from Cabramatta to Sydney’s north-west in Schofields, the new Jagerstube Essentials Market Days are now in the area too, showcasing European food suppliers and their local delicacies & fresh foods available for purchase. It was their first opening at Schofields, and with only a handful of vendors – about 10 or so – you could comfortably walk around and peruse these markets within about 20-minutes. I first swooped into the line of homemade jars of delicious goodness by Gourmet Favours. There was a variety of honeys, jams, marmalades, pestos and chutneys to choose from that I was having difficulty deciding what to choose. So I asked the seller for a recommendation.. and what a win. Imagine crackers, cheese, and a thin spread of olive tapenade #mmm #yum.. coupled with an afternoon beverage.. ahh, yes please. I walked away …

Lot 19 Cafe and Coffee Shop, Rushcutters Bay

Tucked between high rise apartment blocks and the leafy suburban homes of Rushcutters Bay, is the French-inspired Lot 19 Cafe. Before visiting, I checked their Google rating and with an astounding 4.7-stars (out of 5) by more than 100+ reviews, I knew it surely must be a hidden gem local. From the moment we walked up to peruse the main menu visible from the kerb, we were greeted by a warm and friendly staffer offering a detailed run down of what to try. We mentioned we hadn’t been here before, and he was more than happy to assist with any of our questions. Think light breakfast and brunch menu items such as Le Vert (avocado smash on white sourdough) from AU$8, Le Bourgeois (bacon and egg wrap) from AU$10, or a handful of delicious, warm La Crepes starting from AU$7 each. Get ready to put on your best french accent when pronouncing each of these whilst ordering.. They also have a range of beverages available; your choice of coffee using specialty roasted beans by Five …

Fine Dining with Water Views: Pilu at Freshwater

If you’re planning a celebratory lunch, romantic date or looking for a fine dining restaurant that offers stunning water views, then Pilu at Freshwater might just be the restaurant for you. Located on the edge of Freshwater Beach, this is a beautiful venue to dine at – with water views from most seats in the house. Between 7am and 7pm daily, expect metered street parking nearby (charged from AU$8 per hour). Do keep in mind you’re competing with beach go-ers, so if the weather is amazing, parking can be a little tricky at first. As soon as we sat down, service was prompt, offering the choice of tap or sparkling water to start. We opted for the three course a la carte menu (AU$98 per person) and offered freshly baked breads with a side of delicious ricotta truffle oil. Imagine modern, contemporary flavoursome Italian dishes delicately prepared and well-plated upon serving – your taste buds will be sent on a magical food safari. Primi – Spaghettoni allo zafferano con calamari e ‘Nduja Primi – Fregola …

Beachfront Dining: Cove Cafe, Terrigal

As we were driving through Sydney’s Central Coast, we found the perfect dog friendly cafe to stop and have lunch at, with the added bonus of amazing beach views all around. Cove Cafe – I’m in love! Nothing beats waterfront dining and better yet, listening to the gentle ocean waves crashing on the shore, with endless water views glistening under the sun. Parking was easy to find – the local car park was situated right next to the Cove Cafe side entry. We followed a handful of stairs towards the signed footpath, and as soon as you turned the corner, you knew you’ve come to the right place to dine at.. the views are absolutely epic. We were seated fairly quickly with our dog, tucked near some steps adjoining the beach. It was a good spot for us actually as our pooch was getting #fomo at the other dogs playing near by and he wanted to join in. It was a great spot to sit at – an easy exit from the cafe without having …

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 …