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Hotel Harry

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From the outside. I’d forgotten what the old pub that was there before looked like… have definitely never ever walked in there before though.

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Really inviting decor inside. Fake patina, but done really nicely.

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The smoker!!!

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The pig says it all.

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The Caribbean theme is carried throughout the entire building. For drinks; Nanami went with the Paloma tequila cocktail. I had a glass of a robust red from Chile.

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Couldn’t resist ordering the apple roasted pork neck riblets. They came with a special BBQ sauce in a medicine bottle, but the robs were so damn tasty they really didn’t need the (amazing) extra sauce. The flat bread was next level! I’d go back just for the bread!

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Fish Tacos, the best both of us have ever had.

The 100yr old Macquarie Hotel on the corner of Goulburn Street and Wentworth Avenue in Surry Hills has reopened with a Caribbean makeover with chef, Paul Wilson (Icebergs, Bar de Thé and Salon de Thé), consulting on the menu with a Latin theme. Wood-smoked barbacoa, slow cooking Australian heritage and sustainable meats in Latin spices over aromatic woods.

Nanami and I checked it out today and we weren’t disappointed! The venue’s awesome, upstairs as well as downstairs. They’ve done a great job theming the interior, it’s so cool in there I’d want to hire it out for my 40th next year! The food was amazing and I can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu with a bigger group of friends.

Visit: hotelharry.com.au

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Brunch at Bootsdarling

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Quiche.

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Smashed peas and salmon.

Delicious brunch with Nanami at Bootsdarling.

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Brewristas

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Had a mandate (lol) with Alain yesterday, we checked out Brewristas, Kevin’s amazing new Coffee shop in Glebe.

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The shop is right across the road from the markets, what a mad location! Leafy, lovely. Inside it’s still a WIP but already, the vibe is amazing. It’s quite spacious inside with 3 distinct spaces (we went for the courtyard out the back!), but it’s comfy in there, cozy but interesting, especially with all the hardcore coffee gear sprinkled around the space.

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Like this siphon. Kevin from Brewristas tells us that coffee and science has always gone hand in hand, in fact, this is similar to how Albert Einstein brewed his coffee and that his method has been refined and improved over time.

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First stop: The Menu, which tells the Brewrista story well, and was loaded up with so much fancy coffee (and a legit chef in whites making amazing food too!) that we felt lost, luckily all the Brewristas staff are there to educate, and before we knew it we were geed for what was to come.

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There’s a LOT of coffee on the menu, but these are Brewrista’s 3 babies. Cold Brew, Brewmondae and Brewtea. All 3 are produced by gently dripping filtered water through freshly grounded coffee for 12 long hours resulting in smooth, syrupy & aromatic coffee. Love the health warning labels on the bottles, massive buzz, cold and refreshing, perfect for summer!

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Alain dug the Brewtea the most (a perfect fusion of tea and coffee = double caffeine!), the Brewmonade which is fused with homemade lemonade has to be the most interesting of the 3, an acquired taste which will for sure have you craving it before you know it. Personally I loved the Cold Brew, perfection!

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We couldn’t resist Kevin’s Balls (haha). Spicy little balls filled with roasted pork belly, tofu, kimchi, sweet potato, all encrusted with shin ramyun.

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Out the front the guys are still serving Caps, but the hardcore coffee station where all the special stuff is made is out the back.

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Boss man Kevin left his hardcore coffee station to come chill with us for a bit. 14hr long days but it’s all paying off, he’s onto amazing things with Brewristas. Sydney and coffee might never be the same again.

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Cold Brew Station.

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Visit: Brewristas 73 Glebe Point Road Glebe – http://www.brewristas.com.au – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brewristas

Finally got to drop in to Kevin’s new cafe Brewristas in Glebe yesterday with Alain. It’s next level, it’s going to change coffee culture in Sydney, mark my words!

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Smoked Feast

I was meant to be attending a cruise with the Northern Beaches crew but the boys recently bought a smoker box and have been playing with it every Sunday. I failed to turn up last weekend (my loss!) and when I dropped by to see them this morning they were already preparing dinner (and they’d been at it since way earlier too!). After seeing what they had going in the smoker box there was no way I was going anywhere!

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The sight, the smell of the meat and the wood chips.

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Wings and blue cheese sauce. The wings were amazing!

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Mac & Cheese.

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Ribs, flavour was bang on. So good it didn’t even need extra sauce.

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Pork.

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Pulling the pork!

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Slaw (so delicious).

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Sliders to pack in that food coma.

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Monday Fundays

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First stop, Pier 8 Cafe at Millers Point for lunch.

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Such a beautiful space on the inside.

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Bang on lunch time!

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Despite how awesome the decor was inside, it was sunny outside so Krysti and I decided to sit in the sun.

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Spanakopita! Delicious and light Greek spinach and Persian feta pie.

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Also delicious, Risotto with white wine, chicken, sweet peas, asparagus and regianno.

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Snipered! After lunch we headed off the the Art Gallery of NSW to check out some Pop Art!

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This would sit right at home at Deus Cafe.

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OMFG a Barbara Kruger! Such an awesome surprise.

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The Real Deal.

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Haha! Krysti.

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Warhol Twister anyone?!

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Haha! Krysti!

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Mama’s Bưởi

Last night the food crew decided to check out Toshiba’s Seriously Japanese Pop-Up Zushi Roller-Coaster, a pop-up that had a queue so long that we turned around as soon as we got there (that’s just the fucked up thing about Sydney isn’t it? When something “cool” is on, it’s a jam packed nightmare, most likely because of hipster sites like Broadsheet!).

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We ended up heading up towards Holt Street in search for food and saw these inviting menus outside of Mama’s Bưởi, a new Vietnamese restaurant on route.

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There was a table for us, but we had to be out in an hour, we decided against it, and just as we stepped outside, one of the staff called us back in as someone had cancelled! Decor was nice, obviously new to look old (fake patina) but still nice.

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Nanami perusing the menu.

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Always love trying new beers.

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Fish cakes were worthy of a mention. Same traditional flavours, but the super crunchy outside made for a new experience.

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And the only other dish really worthy of a mention was this massive crispy pork hok! Over the top!

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Sculpture by the Sea 2014

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Did anyone ever play a game called Riven? So reminds me of that game.

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One of my faves. It’s got that Byron Bay hippy vibe, but it’s massive, a trunk that’s been shaped to be a whale breaching. So nicely done.

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Loved this little guy too.

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And this as well, awesome.

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Funny weather was funny. Hot, windy, cold, then crazy hot again.

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We had a bite to eat (so healthy and delish!) at Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore on Hall St.

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Got a call from young Krysti this morning, who had the day off and wanted to go for a swim. By the time she got to my place the weather got all funny, grey and windy so we thought we’d check out Sculptures by the Sea. I hadn’t seen it for a few years running, she’d not seen it since Grade 10, or something?!

We both thought, being a Monday and all, that it would be super quiet… but fuck, nope! No one in Sydney works I swear! Damn packed as!!!!! Grrrr.

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Sculpture by the Sea – Sort of…

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Fek, too dark!

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This piece would look right at home in a 6 star hotel.

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Made entirely of bottle caps and zip ties!

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Spotted: One clean 260, in Bondi Beach of all places!

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Rear bar was so fresh!

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Prosciutto San Daniele, Buffalo Mozzarella.

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REGINELLA – Fior di Latte, San Marzano Tomato, Fresh Basil.

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Porchetta!

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Messina! Thanks to Cordy, I went for the Italian Nougat and Dulce De Leche (which was super delish!).

David and Cordy were in my hood tonight (they live in the northern beaches), they had intended to check out Sculpture by the Sea (which I love, but have missed for a few years in a row now), but the sun was setting fast.

By the time we got there the sun had set. We checked out a few pieces at the very start, but decided to call it quits due to the lack of light. The call was made to have dinner instead! We hit Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta and feasted up, saving a bit of room for Messina (of-course!).

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Bondi Hangs

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Brunch on Glenayre Avenue.

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Luke went for bacon and maple syrup on french toast.

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And more toast (with Vegemite no less!).

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I went for the fritters.

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Spotted on the streets of Bondi – Item 1: Jeremy Meeks, the Mug Shot guy!

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Spotted on the streets of Bondi – Item 2: Yew!

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Post WTAC Hangs

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That Lebanese BBQ! After 3 long days at Eastern Creek, we just couldn’t make it in to watch Formula Drift live, so instead we hung out at Veds place and watched the live-stream on his massive TV instead (which was absolutely epic). Cheering on Jabbit and Schembri from Blaze Unit as well as Beau Yates was awesome.

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Matt from Camden GTI brought along his amazingly clean Scirocco.

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Which is powered by a MK4 GTI (turbo) engine.

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Later that night we hit Mary’s in Newtown and spotted this douche taking up 2 parking spaces at the Dendy Cinema Carpark.

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