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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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Deniro’s Restaurant and Pizzeria is a small, suburban restaurant specialising in you guessed it, Italian food! After following these guys on Instagram for a while and ‘liking’ each other’s photos of early morning visits of Sydney Market, the Western Sydney Food Blog has finally gotten around to visiting them for a Friday night dinner.

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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.

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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!

Read more: Cooking For Busy Mums / Crockpot Honey and Mustard Chicken

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.  

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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.

Read more: The Sydney Wine Centre