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  • The Smokehouse – Vintage quirky and mighty delicious
    Australian Restaurant Reviews
    The Smokehouse – Vintage quirky and mighty delicious
    I love to travel. Take me to any exotic place and I will not fear to venture out on my own. There is nothing more exhilarating than to get lost in a city and discovering its many hidden treasures without the aid of a travel book or map. Pizzaboy and I have not been able to travel as much as we use to since we decided to settle down and buy a home. All our savings are now being banked up in a volt for when we find the right place. Isn't it odd that we must save money to borrow money? We have had to give up on a lot of things in pursuit of the homeownership dream, but we are not able to sacrifice the luxury of eating out. The discovery of The Smokehouse had left me with the same joyful feeling as when I travel without a safety net. When entering the premises I could not help but feel like I had stepped into a place that was a cross between Gilligans Island, a pre-loved vintage shop, fish'n'chip shop, french cottage and a fancy restaurant. Its mismatched furniture and various other random elements left me scratching my head but with a tingling in my fingers. I wanted to start snapping away with my camera like an overly excited tourist. I did my best to not appear like a member of the paparazzi and made my way around the room quietly. I notice that I am being watched…
  • Soffritto in Newtown – Oh my! How good is this!
    CBD & Inner City
    Soffritto in Newtown – Oh my! How good is this!
    Have you ever stumbled upon a place and given it serious consideration and then passed it up. Only to find that many days later the curiosity has grown from the size of pea to a giant watermelon? I was gazing into the window of this little restaurant one evening and did just that. It only had 15 items on its menu, the lighting was very low and there wasn't anyone in there at 6pm. However, there was something about it... an air of mystique. It got the better of me one boring Thursday afternoon at work and I rang to make a reservation for Friday date night with the boy. Phone call made on Thursday afternoon "Hello? This is Soffritto." "Hi, I would like to make a reservation for 2 people at 6.30pm on Friday night." "Ahh.... yes, we are able to fit you in. It will be a full house that evening. Please be aware that you will need to vacate the table by 8pm." "Ok. No worries." Phone rings at 6pm "Hello? This is Amy." "Hello, this is Soffritto. We are calling to confirm your booking for 2 tomorrow at 6pm." "Yes!" "Are you aware that you will need to finish your meal by 8pm." "Errr. Yes." "Please let us know if you are not able to as we now have an extensive waiting list for the evening." "Ok. No worries." "Thank you." Pizzaboy and I arrive at the virtually empty restaurant and we are shown to a…
  • Johnsons Overalls – Whisk It!
    CBD & Inner City
    Johnsons Overalls – Whisk It!
    Johnsons Overalls is one of those places that I have walked pass numerous times and never batted an eyelash at it. It wasn't until I started this blog that I began to pay attention to the window merchandise and realised that it was more than just a haven for chefs and restaurants. They sold kitchenware to the public. However, it is obvious that dressing chefs is their main drawcard. They have shelves upon shelves and huge racks dedicated to smartening up the geekiest of apprentices. I enter the store and I am immediately drawn to a shelf of sauce tubs, pickling jars, mixing bowls and measuring jugs. At the very top of the shelf I find some wooden blocks with carved out shapes for mooncakes. I gawk at this find because I walked the length of Mongkok and Yu Mei Tai in Hong Kong to look for the perfect block as a gift for my mother, only to find that they can be found here on our shores. I also had to use every muscle in my body to refrain from buying up their jar section. They are too cute to be true! "Hey Amy!" Pizzaboy calls from around the corner. "Yeah what?" "You gotta come here and see this!" "Shut up. I'm busy taking photos of the chopping boards!" "Forget about the chopping boards. Look at all these cookie cutters!!" "WTF!" There are cookie cutters of every shape, size and form. They have sections dedicated to special days such…