Located just off bustling Church Street in Parramatta, but still in the thick of it, Kouzina Greco draws in diners with its charming, checker green table cloths and its cosy size. If you can’t tell by the name, it is a Greek restaurant and it is serving up all you would hope for on traditional terracotta crockery.

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It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop us from leaving the house at 6.30am and heading off to the beautiful Camden Produce Markets. The markets are held every second and fourth Saturday of the month and allow only farmers or producers to sell their goods. It is also a fairly small market and is the only one in Australia to be held on a working farm. All this gives the Camden Produce Markets a great vibe, full of people that are passionate about fresh, Aussie produce. The breathtaking view isn’t bad, either.  

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So it turns out that the Sydney metropolitan area has a forest. Who knew? I didn’t until recently when I read about it on Family Fun in Sydney. It is the Cumberland State Forest and it’s located in West Pennant Hills. On Monday, I decided to make the most of a sunny, winter’s morning and my long weekend (God bless RDOs) and finally check it out. I took my 81 year old, visually impaired grandmother with me.

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The sun was out on Sunday morning, so I pestered Ethan until he was forced to get out of bed and take me out for brunch. We went to Lachlan’s at Parramatta. Lachlan’s is set in the picturesque Parramatta Park, on the site of Old Government House. I absolutely adored this place from the moment I walked in as history and good food are two of my most favourite things.

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The other night, my boyfriend, Ethan and I headed to Bankstown to see a movie at Hoyts for cheap Tuesday. We wanted a quick bite to eat beforehand that kept in line with the cheap theme, so we headed to My Canh Vietnamese restaurant on Greenfield Parade.

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Harris Park is well known for being the Indian hub of Sydney. Wigram Street and those surrounding it are lined with Indian restaurants and shops making it a butter chicken lover’s paradise. We are regular visitors to this spicy neck of the woods and tend to try a new restaurant each time we visit.

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Over the winter months I am taking a break from my usual Saturday morning markets shopping routine in favour of a warm sleep in. I cook differently in winter so I decided to look for a location where I could shop leisurely, indoors on a Sunday morning. I am pretty fussy about fresh produce so I wanted a retailer who offers a huge variety of extremely fresh fruit and vegetables at a reasonable price. Hopefully while I was there I could pick up some general grocery ingredients and a butcher would be a bonus.  This place would need to be open from early on a Sunday morning and offer breakfast and easy parking. That's a pretty tall order but I found the spot that fits the bill quite perfectly.

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Yesterday while I was paying for my items at Big W in Blacktown’s Westpoint, I mentioned that I was hungry but didn’t want ‘food court food’. The lovely lady working behind the check out mentioned that El Jannah was just outside and across the road. Being a long time fan of the original Granville eatery, I was excited to learn that the legendary charcoal chicken had spread it’s wings even further west so I hopped on over to have some lunch.

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Rodriguez Bros of Yagoona is a well renown Spanish artisan butcher. Family run since it’s opening in 1973 it was the first butcher in Australia to produce authentic Spanish small goods. Today their business imports spanish groceries and supplies their artisan delicacies to restaurants and consumers right across the country.  We popped in last Saturday afternoon after deciding to pick up some ingredients for paella, at the time, I shamefully admit, I had no idea how to make this spanish rice dish.

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Last Friday night after a less than average week, I forced my boyfriend to wine and dine me. He took me, under instruction, to Smithfield’s classy Italian dining spot, Candelori’s. I had already spent an hour or so carefully reading through the extensive menu before we had even arrived, but still took my time trying to work out what I should get once I got there - which is very rare for me!

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