Model railway, Daylesford

Barrie’s model railway has been lovingly created over the years by an owner who is willing to share his passion. Dressed in a blue terry towelling hat, he is the very picture of a man…

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Ortiz anchovies

There is something very Wodehouse about anchovies on toast. These Ortiz anchovies are so simply sublime that nothing more needs to be said. Placed on freshly toasted, well-buttered Bourke Street Bakery Sourdough, they make for…

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Bistro Moncur

Bistro Moncur, Woollahra

Bistro Moncur, in the iconic Woollahra hotel, has long been a favourite with well-to-do eastern suburbs diners. Head chef Sam Kane, Executive chef Darrien Potaka and their team in the kitchen were awarded one ‘Hat’ in…

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Bentley Bar, Sydney

Bentley Bar, Sydney CBD

My Aunt is a vegetarian. For years she tolds stories about the challenges of being a vegetarian in Sydney in the 1970’s and the times the restaurant would merely remove the steak, thus providing her a dinner of potato and peas….

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The Rag Land, Waterloo

We were looking for something relaxing (read not too noisy and no queueing) one Saturday morning and stumbled into the Rag Land Café. Named for its location—Raglan Street—and the fact that it has been kitted out…

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Tapavino, Sydney

I have to admit I have always loved the idea of taps but never really loved the tapas experience (Surry Hills’ Bodega being the exception). That changed when I tried Tapavino. Good sized servings, interesting flavour…

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Hotel Hotel, Canberra

We have sometimes struggled to find great accommodation in Canberra. Up until now the Hyatt Hotel was a good option but often felt slightly isolated. Hotel Hotel Canberra—open since late 2013—is a visually interesting, stylish…

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Campos Coffee, Newtown

Walk into Campos Coffee in Newtown and the smell of freshly ground beans wafts over you as you make your way to the counter. Espresso from Brazil, Cold drip from Columbia, this smells and looks…

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