Lane Cove isn’t in Western Sydney but it’s an easy drive from home making it an ideal location for a relaxing mid week dinner. We recently called into Lodge, a modern Australian fusion restaurant located in the centre of Lane Cove's Market Square.

I am a huge fan of Amanda Voisey’s popular blog and social media pages, Cooking For Busy Mums. As a busy mum myself, I have Amanda’s blog bookmarked on my laptop for those times when I need ideas for fast family dinners and healthy lunch boxes. Amanda contacted us recently with the exciting news that she is now a published author! Her new cookbook, which is also called Cooking For Busy Mums, is available from today!

If you take a walk along Parramatta’s vibrant Eat Street on any day or night of the week, you will find yourself tempted by dozens of eateries that can offer you the world on a plate. Sicilian is one of the long stayers along this Church Street strip, and it’s also one of the biggest restaurants in the area. For just on ten years, Sicilian has been serving modern Italian food and woodfire pizza in the heart of Parramatta. We stopped by for dinner to find out for ourselves why Sicilian has become a permanent fixture on Eat Street.  

Psst, guess what? We’ve found out about one of the best kept secrets of all time. Sydney has a wine centre. Yep, that’s right, just a train and tram ride away in Pyrmont, the Sydney Wine Centre sits above a bottle shop on Harris Street, where you can taste your way through Europe or brush up on your fancy-pants vino-lingo.

Pasticceria Caruso in Western Sydney’s Wetherill Park is not just your typical shopping centre café. It's location in the busy Stockland Shopping Mall, conveniently right outside the major supermarkets, makes Pasticceria Caruso is the perfect place to stop for coffee and a bite to eat. But this place offers much more than that, they are masters in cake and pastry.

Every Sydney-sider has their go-to Italian restaurant. With so many options available, sticking to your local sure makes life easier so you can focus on making other difficult decisions like choosing the pizza or the pasta…or both. But this weekend, Mum and I decided to be a little bit more adventurous. We headed into the quiet, little inner west suburb of Summer Hill to try a much loved neighbourhood gem, Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant.

 

Ah, the weekend! For me, Monday to Friday is spent looking forward to those two days where I can catch up with friends and family, sleep in (if I’m lucky), plan for the week ahead and have brunch. Last Saturday morning I ticked off two of those items when I visited a local café that I’d found out about through Instagram. Together with my baby brother, Mr. 10 who had a soccer-free morning, we visited   Bankstown's Glacage.

 

PappaRich is a Malaysian restaurant group with eateries all over Australasia. One of the newest additions to the PappaRich family is the restaurant at Little Saigon Plaza in Bankstown. We recently had the opportunity to sample some of the globally loved dishes at the Western Sydney location

 

Parramatta, how we love you! We can barely keep up with the new cafes constantly popping up in this ever-expanding area of Western Sydney. Social Hideout has been on our hit-list ever since we came across them on instagram a couple of months ago. A quiet Saturday morning presented the perfect opportunity to finally visit this café for brunch.

 

Easy Lane at Windsor RSL has taken club dining to a whole new level. Erase the images of two for one rump steaks or Chinese buffets out of your head and instead picture fresh seafood, an extensive drinks menu and a gorgeous beer garden setting.