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. In fact, she will be doing a live cooking demonstration at the Liverpool Night Markets on 1 November 2014. We had the chance to chat with the lovely Amina ahead of the event.

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.

I don’t mean to alarm anyone but OMG AMAZING NEW COCKTAIL LOUNGE IN PARRAMATTA. For months now, I have been pushing my Google search skills to the limit, desperately hoping that I would discover a cocktail bar close to home in western Sydney. I had little success. That is, until now.

Edit: Mixology has now relocated to Newtown.

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.

It’s an exciting time in western Sydney with the October Good Food Month now full swing . From what I have experienced so far, western Sydney is definitely the place to celebrate Sydney’s big annual food event. Yesterday I ventured out to the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre with my nine year old son. We were there to tempt our sweet tooth at the Sweet As Festival 2014. As an added bonus we were treated to some art and culture with many colourful art exhibits on show around the desserts.

Despite feeling gloomy about turning another year older, last week I celebrated my birthday in style with two fantastic dinners arranged by my thoughtful family. First we enjoyed an Italian extravaganza made at home by my daughter Alice. Throughout the day my husband had managed to keep his birthday surprise under his hat, but before dessert the secret was out. The following night we were heading into town for a night at The Rocks and a fine dining experience at Sydney’s iconic Aria restaurant.

Lately there have been some new burger joints popping up across western Sydney. They are part of the ever expanding Dougie’s Grill franchise, but don’t think that this is your typical takeaway burger place. The burgers at Dougie’s Grill are all grilled to order, inspired by Middle Eastern flavours and all meat is hand slaughtered halal, filling several gaps in the burger market. Oh, and by the way, in 2012 they were put on the list of top 10 burgers in Sydney by the Daily Telepgraph!