Bilpin is a part of the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail located in a quiet rural patch of the Blue Mountains just a short drive from Richmond.  This farming precinct of orchards, farms and cafes stretches along a section of the Bells Line of Road. The area is predominately apple country with several orchards offering a “pick your own fruit experience” We have enjoyed apple picking in Bilpin whenever the fruit is in season. This trip I was in for a pleasant surprise. Now you can pick your own vegetables too!

Western Sydneysiders, do we have some fantastic news for you. If you’ve seen some of our previous posts, you would know that we are HUGE fans of Jamie Oliver. His enthusiasm for fresh produce and home cooking is incredibly infectious. So much of our cooking knowledge comes from watching his shows and reading his books. And now, Jamie’s Ministry of Food has opened up in our region!

After christmas we set off for a 12 day road trip holiday, mostly in the high country of northern NSW. We spent our time camping in Armidale, Tamworth and the Upper Hunter. We were in awe of all the natural wonders of these places with gorges, wild rivers, museums and historical towns to explore during the day while we casually relaxed in the evenings with a barbie and a beer, well that would be wine for me. Camping is great when you don't want your holiday to break the bank, and you need not miss out on the luxuries of holiday life.

Nestled near the gumtrees of the Pemulwuy neighbourhood sits a modern, Italian café. We visited on a Sunday morning for brunch and lots of locals had a similar idea. Though bustling with diners sitting inside and outside the café as well as nearby residents popping in for their morning coffee, the food at Granata's still comes out fresh and fast.

You don’t need to travel too far from western Sydney to enjoy a winery experience in the Macarthur region. We visited Razorback Ridge Winery at Menangle earlier in the year, when we heard they were holding a wine wise tour in November we didn’t waste any time in booking our place. This tour took us behind the scenes of the winery, showing us the wine making process every step of the way from the grape to the glass. Following the tour we enjoyed some wine tasting and a very nice lunch. My idea of a perfect day out.

From the gorgeous, patterned slate tiles, to the delicately painted roses on the chairs, the soft finishing touches that adorn Bau Truong are what culminate to create the warm, inviting atmosphere of Mounties brand spanking new Vietnamese eating spot. But it’s not just the elegant interiors that make Bau Truong at Mounties worth visiting. The food is quite frankly, phenomenal. Though this is no surprise as it is the fourth restaurant for a family business that has been trading across Sydney for more than 20 years.

Here at Western Sydney Food Blog we love cooking at home and eating out. However, we also have those nights where want to lie on the couch and have someone spoon feed us fried rice as we watch Man vs. Food. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find anyone to spoon feed us yet, but we have found the next best thing: Menulog.

Amina Elshafei first won Australia’s hearts when she appeared as a contestant on Masterchef Australia in 2012. Not only was she the shows first Muslim contestant and an infectiously positive competitor, but her cooking style captivated audiences as she drew influences from both her Egyptian and Korean heritage. Since the show, Amina has continued to follow her love of cooking. We caught up with her to find out what she has been doing.

There have been many food and culture festivals happening all throughout western Sydney during October's Good Food Month. Hopefully you didn’t miss Parramatta Lanes or Parramasala over the past few weeks. Both festivals filled the streets around Parramatta with great food, colour, lights, contemporary art and dancing. In what I can only describe as a party atmosphere, I immersed myself in the colour and culture of both nights and got reacquainted with some of the thriving streets around Parramatta.

We recently visited a small, rustic café. The walls were styled with exposed brick, corregated iron, timber and tiles. The seating area was a covered green house, surrounded by hanging ferns. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this hole in the wall café was located in somewhere like Balmain, but in fact it’s in western Sydney’s Liverpool.