Christmas came early when Stockland at Wetherill Park invited us for lunch and a chat with celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre. They also invited thirty of their lucky shoppers, who were as excited about going as we were!

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The Woods Pantry is a trendy industrial style cafe in Villawood. It is conveniently nestled between Bunnings and AMF bowling inside the Woods Action centre on Woodville Road. The food here is a mix of contemporary cafe style dishes with Middle Eastern influences. We called in to unwind over a relaxing weekend breakfast.

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Skinny’s Grill in Parramatta is giving diners the opportunity to eat out and indulge, but without the huge calorie intake that is usually associated with dining out. Their menu is dedicated to being “low on carbs, fat on flavour” and to keep you on track they list the nutrition values (protein, carbohydrates and fat) next to each item on the menu.

 

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Images of incredible looking donut desserts have been popping up in our facebook feed a lot lately. These delicious looking creations are from Donut Bomb, the brand new all-donut cafe in Liverpool. Their donuts look totally decadent on a computer screen, so we just had to head out there to indulge in a little weekend treat - brace yourselves for an explosion of yum!

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The wait is over, District 8 is now open at Cabra-Vale Diggers. District 8 Ambassador Adam Liaw cut the opening ribbon during October at an exciting launch which featured a celebration of dancing Chinese Lions. This South-East Asian dining precinct has been styled on the neon lit Hawker Markets of Singapore, and needs to be seen to be believed!

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Parramatta is currently trending as a hotspot for foodies. One place getting plenty of social media attention is Bay Vista, a dessert bar near the river on Church Street. This place has everything a dessert lover could dream of, massive ice cream bowls, cocktail glass desserts, fluffy pancakes, and Nutella on tap. The food scene in Parra is looking sweet.

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The Macarthur region is well known for its many food gems, the latest one we have discovered is the Narellan Hotel. The bistro area, called The Pavilion, has a fresh and inviting feel. The menu offers classic pub grub like steak and schnitzel, as well some popular modern favourites like buttermilk fried chicken burgers and fish tacos. We called in for dinner and ordered some dishes which gave us the best of both worlds.

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Lochiel House in Kurrajong Heights is a beautiful colonial cottage in a boutique country setting. The food served here is Modern Australian with Asian influences inspired by the owners' travels abroad. The dishes are all elegantly presented with sophisticated flavours. The food at Lochiel house is not just delicious, it’s a work of art. This is the perfect destination for a weekend food escape.

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I dream of travelling the world to experience food and culture in many exotic locations. To explore every place on my list, I may need to win Powerball, but in the meantime there's another way to discover the flavours of the world without having to apply for a passport. Meet the World is a new meal box service which just kicked off in Sydney. The founders are two traveling foodies Jo Lo and Eddy, they have combined their passion for food and travel to bring Sydneysiders the world on a plate. Their first food box took me all the way to Brazil!

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Castle Towers is best known as a great spot to indulge in retail therapy, but this shopper's paradise also offers over 60 places to eat and drink making it a great destination for food as well. The larger restaurants are located around a central water feature in The Piazza, an outdoor plaza totally dedicated to food. This is where Kinn Thai can be found, it’s a restaurant which serves Thai food with a fresh and modern twist.

 

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