Archive for month: August, 2012

Tokyo or Bust + Nerada Tea Winner

26 Aug
August 26, 2012

Hi Guys,

I am going to be a little absent for the next few days.  Flying out to Tokyo in the next few hours and back next week.  I love Tokyo and I am looking forward to some awesome food while I am there.  I will also be sharing some travel tips and secrets when I get back.  Perfect for those planning a holiday to Japan.

Important announcement, the winner of the Nerada tea giveaway is VegeTARAian, congratulations!  Thank you to all that left comments.

Weekly Rumbles will be back in the next few weeks.  Life has just been chaotic and sadly something had to give.

The positive side is, you can look forward to some great Tokyo posts :)

Sara xxx



Sydney Restaurant Dining Bargains & Giveaway {Closed}

23 Aug
August 23, 2012

Sydney is currently full of dining bargains to be had.  Unless you are dining out during prime time Saturday night, there are deals a plenty at some of the most popular restaurants around town.

These past twelve months haven’t been fruitful for many Sydney restaurants.  We have seen some of the big names in the business collapse.  The Bilson group of restaurants went into voluntary receivership this time last year and the Becasse group a couple of months ago.  Also gone are Ad Lib, Berowra Waters Inn, Bird Cow Fish, Cotton Duck, Etch, Manly Pavilion, Montpellier Public House, Smiths of Bayswater, Rambutan and many others.

There is a bright side to this doom and gloom, and that is, customers are benefiting.  Restaurateurs are enticing us to eat with them like never before. Read more →

Green Tea & Lemon Myrtle Crème Brulee + Nerada Giveaway {Closed}

17 Aug
August 17, 2012

I am not a dessert person, not at all.  If dining out, often when others are having dessert, I will opt for the cheese plate.  It will take something exceptional to head for something sweet, but there is one general exception.  Crème brulee, if I see it on the menu, then there is a high chance it will be chosen.  The magic of cracking through that thin toffee layer to get to a creamy custard wins me over every time.

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Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

16 Aug
August 16, 2012

My first visit to the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar was in the late 80′s.  The 1908 federation building had just been redeveloped as a restaurant  in time for Australia’s bicentennial in 1988.  I fell in love with the history of the building which was originally constructed for Burns Philip & Co workers as part of the wharf facilities, this included a public lavatory.  Yes, when you eat at the SCOB, you are eating at a heritage loo.  Trust me I love telling everyone I take there this fact.

As soon as the SCOB opened, my dad would take overseas colleagues there for lunch on the weekends when showing them around Sydney.  I too took on this trait when showing my overseas colleagues around Sydney.  It is in a brilliant location on Sydney Harbour.

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Disturbance in the Force

14 Aug
August 14, 2012

Hi guys

Belly Rumbles is having a little makeover.  I hope that you aren’t inconvenienced in anyway, but if you are, it will be very temporary.  If anything weird and whacky happens that you want to tell me about, feel free to send me a tweet @bellyrumbles or email me  Actually if anything really weird is happening, do tell me, please!!

BTW this photo was taken in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.  No real lollypop people when it comes to roadwork (in this instance anyway), I think we could use a few hundred of these guys in Sydney!

Sara xxx


I Ate My Way Through Cabramatta with Mike Whitney

09 Aug
August 9, 2012

Actually it wasn’t only Mike Whitney and I doing the eating, it was a group affair.  I was asked to be part of a ‘rent a crowd’ for a special ‘I ate my way through Cabramatta’ tour which was being filmed for Sydney Weekender

I will admit I am no stranger to Cabramatta.  I was once, and my first visit years ago felt like I had been transported to Vietnam.  I have since broadened my knowledge of Vietnamese food and am lucky to have a good friend, the lovely Phuoc’n Delicious, who knows Cabramatta like the back of her hand. 

For those who aren’t as lucky as I am to have a friend to give you your own personal tour, this is where the ‘I Ate My Way Through Cabramatta’ tours are fantastic.   The tours are the brain child of Jennifer Lam, Jen is who invited me to join in the fun on this occasion. Read more →

Glass Brasserie Breakfast – Sydney Hilton

08 Aug
August 8, 2012

Executive Chef Carl Middleton has big plans for Sydney Hilton.  Even before his first day in the kitchen, a smoking oven was purchased and installed at his request.  Yet to come are the bee hives that will be the source of Sydney Hilton’s honey.

Carl comes to the Hilton from Lilianfels Spa & Resort’s award winning  Darley’s Restaurant, but it isn’t his first gig at the Hilton chain.  Previously this UK chef worked at the Langham Hilton and the London Hilton on Park Lane. Read more →

Churrasco, Coogee

06 Aug
August 6, 2012

The warm wooden interior of Churrasco is extremely inviting on this cold winter’s night down at Coogee Beach.  Upon entering  the first thing you notice are the rows of long swords holding various meats being rotated over hot BBQ coals.  It smells fantastic.  We are shown to one of the long wooden communal tables by a smiling staff member.

Churrasco is an all you can eat Brazilian BBQ where a selection of barbecued meats, vegetables, salads and antipasto items are served rodizio style at your table.  For $44/person you can eat as much as your heart desires.  It is wise to come on an empty stomach. Read more →

Blood Orange Almond Cake

01 Aug
August 1, 2012

About 15 years ago I wrestled an elderly Italian man at Flower Power for their only blood orange tree in stock.  Well, actually I had acquired the tree and it was sitting on the ground next to me.  He walked up, grabbed my tree and started to walk off.  I hastily made a pursuit after this tree thief, with ‘hellos” and excuse “me’s”, then promptly grabbed it back from him.  I explained that I was actually purchasing the tree, to which he responded that I had no idea what the tree was.

I paused for a moment, looked at him blankly, and replied, “yes I do, it’s a blood orange tree”.  He looked back at me just as blankly and exclaimed “you know what it is!” with a smile on his face.  He then happily let me have the tree and explained how he cultivated them back in his homeland. Read more →