This year, Blacktown City Libraries hosted their first ever Western Sydney Multicultural Food Festival and we were lucky enough to be invited! Not only did we attend the Festival, but we also had the opportunity to give a talk to library goers at Max Webber Library in Blacktown. The focus of our talk was ‘Why we blog about food in Western Sydney’. There are five main reason for why we blog about food in Western Sydney. They are:

BBQ season has arrived so we were thrilled when McCormick Foods Australia invited us to an American Pitmaster BBQ Class and dinner at the Willoughby Hotel! The class was held to launch their new American BBQ Grill Mates range. We attended with 30 other Sydney foodies to get a sneak peek at how these can be used in an American style cookout! Our pitmaster for the class was Eric from the BBQ School. He is a meat-loving Canadian expat, who really knew his way around the grill!  

 

It has been a very busy week for us, but there’s no rest for the wicked as this weekend we decided to visit some more of the Good Food Month events that are on during October. Today, while mum checked out the Casula Powerhouse Sweet As Festival, I soaked up the sun at the Parklands Food Fest.

We love October. Not only is it because we are well and truly into Spring and we can see Christmas starting to approach, but also because there are so many food events on as it is Good Food Month! This week the Parramatta Lanes festival is on. There’s two days left, tonight and tomorrow night from 5pm to 9pm. We went on the first night and had a ball!

We recently received a tip off from a reader that Mount Druitt Westfield is home to a cool café, but they couldn’t remember what it was called. We wandered around the shopping centre until we came across Espresso Warriors and thought, this has to be it.

Paper Plane Café is a lovely little coffee spot on Horwood Place in Parramatta, parallel to the famous Eat Street. Its adorable setting of tiled tables, chalkboard drawings and pretty cushions makes it the perfect place to catch up with a friend for Brunch. Oh, and the breakfast menu is pretty good, too!

In June, I visited to Adelaide for the first time ever! I went for a weekend of good food and wine to celebrate my birthday. Here is a long overdue recap of the highlights!

If you’re looking to start or end your weekend in a really cool way, have I got the place for you! Every Friday and Sunday night the Spot Caffe in Riverwood transforms into the rockin burger pop up, Miss America’s Diner. Last Friday night I took Mr 10 on a dinner date to Miss America's. We were keen to see how their dawgs, fries and burgers stacked up.

Eight weeks ago I didn’t know very much about sous-vide cooking. Most of us have only seen the technique on shows like Masterchef. The fancy Michelin star restaurant chefs have been doing it for years. Because of the size and high cost of equipment, sous vide has been out of reach for mainstream home cooks, but not anymore!  If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen all the sous-vide dinners I have been posting online. I have been cooking up a storm with a quirky little gadget called a Codlo.   

Mr 10 and I have been avid viewers of the reality show, Restaurant Revolution on Channel Seven. We have always thought Sydney’s Restaurant Rev has the best team, go Dom! We are pretty excited that the Sydney Rev is close by in Parramatta, this weekend we were finally able to to check it out. It was interesting to compare dinner at Somewhere Nice to my previous meal at Scarfo in Melbourne, a few weeks ago.