Over the past decade, we’ve watched Lidcombe evolve to become an exciting dining hubs. There are loads of restaurants to choose from, predominately Korean, but recently there’s also been more cafes open up in the area too. This is always extra exciting for us, because it means a new spot to enjoy our favourite meal, brunch. We recently visited The Smelly Cheesecake for the first time, intrigued by the name and the beautiful shop front.

It's that time if the year when food festivals are happening all over Sydney.  It kicked off just over a week ago with the biggest food festival of them all, The Good Food and Wine Show, which takes place each year in Western Sydney! It was held close by at the showground in Olympic Park. The showground is the perfect location because this event is huge. There's over 200 food and wine exhibitors, a line up of celebrity chefs, food and wine masterclasses and thousands of visitors who attend each year. 

If you follow us on Instagram, there’s no doubt you would have seen our regular photos of coffee stops or weekend brunches at Chow Bella in Lidcombe. Chow Bella is one of our favourite local cafes due to the delicious food, great coffee and friendly staff. Sean Miskin is the man behind Chow Bella. In 2010 he left his career as a chef in the hotel and hatted restaurant scene to take on, what was at the time, a small and humble coffee shop in his local neighbourhood. Since then, he has relaunched Chow Bella as a large, vibrant café with an ever evolving menu giving Lidcombe locals a reason to visit. We recently stopped by for lunch to try some of the new and exciting dishes now on offer.

Tucked away behind the Auburn Centre for Community, something big is happening.  On what used to be an old bowling green, slowly but surely, an edible forest is starting to come to life. It’s called the Friendship Garden and its giving locals not only an opportunity to learn and practice gardening, but it has become an invaluable social tool.

We have noticed that The Winston has been hosting some really cool food events each month. These evenings have been drawing in an enthusiastic crowd of diners  keen to expand their knowledge about food and wine. We attended their recent dinner and masterclass all about meat, it was a real meatorium!

Taste Food Tours is an independently run, not-for-profit social enterprise offering food-focused tours of suburbs around Sydney. All of the tours are led by locals who are passionate not only about food, but also about the people, stories and cultures of their community. It is a wonderful concept with a focus on building understanding and stronger communities through what we think is one of the most powerful tools in the world: food.

Sometimes even passionate cooks like us get stuck in the rut of cooking the same meals week after week. Attending a cooking class every once in a while is a fun way to become re-inspired to whip up new and exciting meals in your kitchen. The Italian Cooking School, Casa Barilla, in the inner-west suburb of Annandale, does exactly that.

Twine and Twig has been keeping residents of Wentworth Point fed and watered since 2012. Since that time, or certainly the past year and a half that I have been frequenting it, the café has continuously evolved its seasonal menu to include some really unique and healthy options. The most recent meal I had from Twine and Twig was an impressive, healthy brunch dish that has reignited my love for the charming neighbourhood café.

Hidden on the third floor of the Parramatta Leagues Club is something unexpected and impressive. It’s a restaurant called the Firehouse Bar and Grill serving up a range of delicious pizzas, pastas and burgers, but even more exciting is their Stonegrill menu.

South-west Sydney couple Lily and David are the perfect pair. Lily loves making desserts and David loves eating them. So together, they have created Sweet Vicinity, offering beautiful dessert cups which they call “the next generation of desserts”.