All posts tagged: Eat

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 the 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 on near by 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 Doonside 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 …

Pop Up Picnic Hampers near Sydney CBD, with Delivery

A great way to organise getting together with family and friends is at a park with a well packed lunch. In light of COVID-19 regulations currently in place, sometimes you hesitate on what’s considered a safe option to come together with others, but a pre-made picnic hamper is the perfect idea, without having to organise the food preparation yourself. As a group of four, we placed an order with Pop Up Picnics for two-sets of the Pop Up Picnic ‘hampers for pairs’, available for pick-up from their head office location in Annandale, Sydney. Or, for an additional AU$20, the picnic hampers could be delivered within a 7km radius from Annandale, which is what we opted to do instead. Delivered on-time and as expected, all picnic inclusions arrived in two large boxes. At the time, we hadn’t read the instructions properly, so we packed our own picnic rugs. But little did we know, everything was already included in the box – and I mean everything. Settling under a large shady tree, we placed our own blankets …

Deliciously good Filipino desserts, made by Tita’s Cakes in Sydney

Ever craved bite-sized, traditional Filipino desserts or cakes on-the-go? Located in Western Sydney is Tita’s Cakes – prepared by master chef and baker extraordinaire; Percy Morilla. I was first introduced to Tita’s Cakes through the recommendation of a friend, Jen. She knows I love desserts – well, eating Filipino food in general too that is – and boy what an awesome find. I’m not the best Filipino dessert maker at home, which is why buying these types of treats makes it all the more exciting. And when I find great places, it’s even more fun when I get to share the experience with others. Jen told me to keep a look out for Tita’s Cakes weekly Instagram story announcement (posted on Wednesdays), so I was onto it in a flash. The actual dessert menu changes for these mixed boxes each week, and the options are led by the team at Tita’s Cakes, so it’s an element of surprise where you don’t get to choose the individual cakes yourself. And bam… there it was… Calamansi Soufflé …

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 …