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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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It's great to know our mates in the Inner West aren’t missing out on the amazing Middle Eastern pizza bars we love so much in Western Sydney. Manoosh Pizzeria has become a local institution for freshly baked pizza and Lebanese food in Enmore. We called in to find out why.

 

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Imagine a place where you can buy farm fresh fruit and vegetables, at a really affordable price and within a 20 minute drive from home. Not only that, but also a place that has ample parking and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your every question. Well, no need to imagine any longer, as we have found this list, which names independent greengrocers in Sydney that are stocked by fresh produce royalty, the Sydney Markets. We recently visited Joe’s Fruit World in Wetherill Park for our weekly food shop and here’s what we discovered about this local greengrocer.

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The Western Sydney Food Bloggers were pretty excited about a week ago. We were invited to a masterclass and lunch at Stockland Wetherill Park. Our teacher was celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre! It was a special occasion to kick start a new initiative by Stockland's called, The A to Z of Mmmm!

 

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Every January Tamworth hosts the biggest musical event in Australia, The Country Music Festival! Its ten huge days of non stop entertainment showcasing the talent of over 700 artists, from buskers to superstars. After years of turning down their invitations, I finally caved in and joined five friends on their annual weekend in Tamworth. I unexpectedly had loads of fun as we boot scooted our way around  the festival venues! It wasn’t all about the music, I was on the lookout for a unique eating spot.

 

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I saw these easy to make quiches on a Facebook page and thought they were genius. The recipe uses stand 'n' stuff tortilla shells instead of pastry for the base. They will save you a heap of time and are healthier too! When I compared the nutritional values of the tortilla shells to my frozen shortcrust pastry, I got a nice surprise. The tortillas had a lot less kilojoules, fat, carbs and sodium per serve. Quiche is now back on the menu at our house!

 

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Brace yourselves chocolate lovers, have I got some news for you! Lindt recently opened a factory outlet in Marsden Park! A chocolate loving friend told me about the outlet just after it opened in mid October. Since then I have been busting to check it out for myself. I finally popped in with Mr 10 for the post Christmas chocolate sale!

 

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