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Chat Thai at Gateway Sydney, Circular Quay

The latest Chat Thai at Gateway Sydney opened last weekend, bringing the Chat Thai tally to six restaurants. Already well-ensconced in Randwick, Manly, Thaitown, Westfield Sydney and The Galeries, the new Circular Quay outlet is their biggest yet, seating 145 diners. They haven't cut back on the menu either. Show More Summary

Barzaari, Marrickville

If you've never had pide bread fresh from a woodfired oven you need to. Shaped into elongated boats, fresh pide is warm in the fingers and soft in the mouth, its surface of gently puffed bubbles brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with nigella seeds. Show More Summary

Bennelong Restaurant and Bar, Sydney Opera House

The humble roast chook. You'll find it popping across more and more top end restaurants across Sydney, re-elevated to the special and celebratory meal it once was. It's the undoubted highlight of a recent meal at Bennelong Restaurant,...Show More Summary

Bodega 1904 at the Tramsheds Harold Park

First there was Bodega. Then came Porteno and Continental Deli. Now restaurateurs Ben Milgate, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joseph Valore? have opened Bodega 1904 at the newly redeveloped Tramsheds at Harold Park. The Rozelle Tram Depot opened in 1904 before finally closing in 1958. Show More Summary

Saint Peter, Paddington

Seafood isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think of brunch, but Saint Peter doesn't believe in any rules. It's the first solo venture for chef Josh Niland (ex-head chef of Cafe Nice and Fish Face) and seafood is front and centre of everything. Show More Summary

Meatmaiden, Melbourne

Meat. It takes centre stage at Melbourne's Meatmaiden, showcased in a backlit display cabinet like precious jewels. Forget about Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'd rather eat my croissant with this view instead. I visited Meatmaiden a little while back on a work trip to Melbourne. Show More Summary

Legal cannabis revenues deliver major economic boost

The Marijuana Policy Project in the USA has been researching legal sales revenues for cannabis.In the report, Arcview found that the legal marijuana market grew from $4.6 billion in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2015, while also projecting that the 2016 market will be $7.1 billion. Show More Summary

Aaboll Cafe, Merrylands

Ethiopian restaurants in Sydney are few and far between but that makes Aaboll Cafe even more of a treasure, tucked in amongst the multicultural hubbub that is Merrylands. Walk past the cafe set-up out the front and step through to a rear dining room splashed with colour. Show More Summary

Sixpenny, Stanmore

If there's one dessert you must hunt down right now it's the black truffle St Honore at Sixpenny. Originally only available for special occasion pre-orders, the dessert was such a hit that the kitchen will now occasionally make whole ones available for the day's diners. Show More Summary

NSW population study of medicinal cannabis challenges the official program

Further to my previous post, which questioned the approach to medicinal cannabis research being taken by the Mike Baird government, the ABC reported today on a Sydney University study in which parents of epileptic children who are being...Show More Summary

NSW is legalising medical cannabis - so why is it devolving into a Big Pharma spinfest?

Something very strange is happening in NSW. To the surprise of many, Liberal Premier Mike Baird last year announced he would legalise medical cannabis. He cited the plight of Lucy Haslam from Tamworth whose son had an incurable fatal condition and who received palliation from cannabis oil where normal treatments had failed. Show More Summary

White Taro, Surry Hills

Angie Hong is in the kitchen. The food is coming out thick and fast. If you've always lusted over the Instagram pics that are #mondayhongdinners, this is a dream come true. It's all part of the new dinner service at White Taro commencing quietly last week. Show More Summary

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, Sydney

There's no shopping bag more de rigeur right now than the red and white carry bag from Uncle Tetsu's. Forget your fancy designer labels. The hottest accessory in Sydney will set you back just $18. This Japanese cheesecake shop has been inundated with queues as soon as it opened. Show More Summary

Hana Ju-Rin Japanese Restaurant, Crows Nest

The best seat in any Japanese restaurant is always at the counter. It's here that you'll score a complimentary dinner show of all the action in the kitchen. We're talking front row tickets to a performance that includes gleaming knives,...Show More Summary

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

Prison bento? I bet they don't get these at Litchfield Penitentiary. Instead you'll find it part of the breakfast line-up at Rising Sun Workshop, finally opening up on bigger - and permanent - premises on what was once a Mitre 10 shop. Show More Summary

i-Creamy Artisan Gelato, Sydney

Scoops of gelato? Ptooey. Who wants a boring old hemisphere jammed onto a cone when you can have a lovingly shaped gelato flower instead? Sydneysiders can't get enough of these rose-inspired artworks, judging by the crowds each night at i-Creamy. Show More Summary

Casa do Benfica Portuguese Restaurant at Marrickville & District Hardcourt Tennis Club, Marrickville

Here's one reason to go to a sports club. The food. Sign in, ignore the courts and park yourself at a table for a generous feed and drinks at club prices. You can even rock up in your sweatpants and sneakers. Win. At Strathfield Sports Club, my favourite way to burn earn the calories is Korean fried chicken. Show More Summary

Canterbury Foodies and Farmers Market, Canterbury

Inner westies have a new farmers market to wake up every Sunday with the Canterbury Foodies and Farmers Markets. This is the third market venue for the Organic Foodies Markets, adding to its current markets at Ramsgate and Peakhurst....Show More Summary

Down-N-Out at the Sir John Young Hotel, Sydney

Down-N-Out has to be one of the cheekiest pop-ups to hit Sydney. Euphemistically labelling itself as a tribute to American fast food cult In-N-Out, there's an unabashed synchronicity between both menus, including a "secret menu" that is a distinct trademark of the original. Show More Summary

Ramadan Food Festival, Lakemba

If there's ever a time to visit Lakemba, it's now. Every evening Ramadan night markets transform the main strip of Haldon Street into a convivial food festival. Families, young kids and teenagers roam the footpaths crowded with charcoal barbecues, juice stands and food stalls. Everywhere you look, there's something happening. Show More Summary

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