Black Star Pastry @ the Chocolate Festival, Aug 2017

Plenty of people turned out for another year of the Smooth Festival of Chocolate at the Rocks in Sydney. There were big queues for My Donut Box, Zumbo and Black Star Pastry. From the latter, we tried the Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake which was extremely rich. It was a little heavy and too sweet, even with the tangy…

Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Lights 2017

It was good news for this year’s Vivid Light Festival as it was extended to run over 3 weeks, with a new light installation area at the Barangaroo precinct. We visited on a weeknight and the lights still pulled a large crowd. The Barangaroo walk along the harbour was quite pretty, with hanging manta rays lining the street…

Night Noodle Markets in Sydney 2016

The Night noodle markets are back on again, with the return of many past stallholders as well as some new additions. The markets have upgraded to card payment only, meaning faster-moving queues, though food being cooked to order will still require some patient waiting. We sampled from three stores with some of the longest queues…

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Sep 2016

Sydney brought out the sunny weather again for this year’s Smooth Festival of Chocolate. Zumbo’s was a favourite, with the Gaytime Macaron already sold out on the first day. The queue for the Lindt Tent got longer as the day wore on, with customisable chocolate bars, a host of Lindt chocolate products, and fresh coffee and…

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Sep 2015

As a reminder of the Smooth Chocolate Festival on again this weekend at the Rocks, here are some of the highlights of last year’s event. Zumbo’s dessers (including the delectable Macaron Burger!) and Vogue Café’s Bumblebee and Oreo milkshakes. Chocolate displays good enough to eat at the Chocolatier’s Quarters, including the Tim Tam Man. The Tim Tam Temptation…

Sculpture at Barangaroo and Shortstop Donuts, Aug 2016

Sydney turned out a beautiful, sunny Sunday for the last day of Sculpture at Barangaroo, which coincided with the first birthday of Barangaroo Reserve. There were free orange and poppy seed cupcakes and a small ceremony to mark the special occasion. A short walk away on Barangaroo Avenue is Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, an offshoot of…

Vivid Sydney & The Governor’s Table, June 2016

We headed into the city for Vivid, an annual festival of lights that’s held in in various locations in the CBD over 3 weeks. It’s definitely worth a visit for both tourists and locals. The Customs House light show: Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge: The Opera House: The Royal Botanic Gardens: Vivid Sydney still…

Sydney Night Noodle Markets, Oct 2015

It was that time of the year again and we were once again ready to brave the long queues and smoky chaos of the Night Noodle Markets at Hyde Park. Hoy Pinoy Hands down the longest queue was here – just follow the huge tower of smoke billowing above the Southern end of the markets. They had…