Dessert aficionado Sarah is a qualified pastry chef, creating delectable sweets for special occasions from her home cake studio in Western Sydney. I have been lucky enough to experience Sarah’s desserts many times, and they never fail to impress. From her buttercream cakes, to desserts cups and macarons, Sarah’s spatula is her wand and what she whips up is magical.

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Tella Balls is a Dessert Bar with a difference. They first became popular thanks to their Nutella filled Tella Ball donuts, but now the brand is also known for creating delicious desserts which are inspired by more savoury dishes. The menu at Tella Balls shows pictures of mouth watering treats styled to resemble fish & chips, kebabs, sliders, and pasta. I visited  the Castle Hill venue with my son, and we ordered their latest dessert twist, the Tella Pie.

 

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The Ironbark Terrace at St Marys Rugby Leagues Club is the ultimate outdoor dining venue. Decked out in timber with casual lounges and a huge sports screen, this space has a warm sociable atmosphere. At the heart of the Terrace is the Ironbark Pizzeria, which serves the perfect food for this laid back environment  - pasta, risotto and woodfired pizza.

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Crock-Pot® have given us the solution to our 5pm dinner dilemma. Their new Express Crock Multi-Cooker (RRP $149) combines the convenience of a slow cooker with the efficiency of a pressure cooker in one modern kitchen appliance.  In addition to this, the Express Crock also has the ability to steam and saute. These four versatile features make this our new “go-to” for easy time saving meal prep. 

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With a modern take on rustic decor, friendly hospitality and generous portions of delicious food, Restaurant 317 brings a little bit of Italy to Parramatta's Eat Street. 

 

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Christina’s and Olivia are a mother and daughter team who operate Christina’s Gourmet Catering, Dinners and Workshops in Baulkham Hills. These two ladies are passionate about the food of their Peranakan heritage - Malaysian Nyonya Cuisine. In addition to their busy catering schedule, they also offer a weekly dinner service, and Malaysian cooking workshops.  Their most recent workshop was held as a lunch event. Participants (including me) cooked up a rich Assam Pongteh Chicken and Pulut Inti, a sticky rice dessert. These delicious dishes were cooked and eaten outdoors on a sprawling Kenthurst property against the backdrop of a liquid amber tree. 

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Dear Delicious is a unique wholefood cafe in Dulwich Hill. This cafe is conveniently located across from the local station, but is also surrounded by the inner west charm of quiet tree lined streets. It's not just the food and boutique coffee that makes this cafe so appealing, their family friendly garden is a feature that sets Dear Delicious apart from the rest.

 

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Hey Western Sydney, we've found you a hidden gem in the heart of Campbelltown! Restaurant Macarthur is located inside the TAFE NSW Campbelltown campus. It's a special training restaurant which is run by the commercial cookery and hospitality students. Restaurant Macarthur is open to the public, and it offers some amazing dining deals!

 

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Deniro’s Restaurant & Pizzeria in Fairfield Heights is one of our favourite local neighbourhood restaurants. The pizzas at Deniro’s are always scrumptious, the pastas are always delicious and the salads are always fresh. It’s easy to take for granted the effort that goes behind producing consistently great food, but we caught up with owner Rob Dababneh and learnt about the enormous amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL is located between the edge of the Western Suburbs and the hip Inner West. This friendly club has recently enhanced its dining options with the opening of their new Asian restaurant - Nu Bambu. Diners at Nu Bambu will discover a modern mix of Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian dishes, all served with style.

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