Over the past decade, we’ve watched Lidcombe evolve to become an exciting dining hubs. There are loads of restaurants to choose from, predominately Korean, but recently there’s also been more cafes open up in the area too. This is always extra exciting for us, because it means a new spot to enjoy our favourite meal, brunch. We recently visited The Smelly Cheesecake for the first time, intrigued by the name and the beautiful shop front.

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It's that time if the year when food festivals are happening all over Sydney.  It kicked off just over a week ago with the biggest food festival of them all, The Good Food and Wine Show, which takes place each year in Western Sydney! It was held close by at the showground in Olympic Park. The showground is the perfect location because this event is huge. There's over 200 food and wine exhibitors, a line up of celebrity chefs, food and wine masterclasses and thousands of visitors who attend each year. 

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If you follow us on Instagram, there’s no doubt you would have seen our regular photos of coffee stops or weekend brunches at Chow Bella in Lidcombe. Chow Bella is one of our favourite local cafes due to the delicious food, great coffee and friendly staff. Sean Miskin is the man behind Chow Bella. In 2010 he left his career as a chef in the hotel and hatted restaurant scene to take on, what was at the time, a small and humble coffee shop in his local neighbourhood. Since then, he has relaunched Chow Bella as a large, vibrant café with an ever evolving menu giving Lidcombe locals a reason to visit. We recently stopped by for lunch to try some of the new and exciting dishes now on offer.

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Tucked away behind the Auburn Centre for Community, something big is happening.  On what used to be an old bowling green, slowly but surely, an edible forest is starting to come to life. It’s called the Friendship Garden and its giving locals not only an opportunity to learn and practice gardening, but it has become an invaluable social tool.

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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.

Read more: Taste Food Tours, Fairfield Global Explorer

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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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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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