Where to Have the Best Breakfast in Sydney

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Sydney is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. It’s easy to get disoriented on the sidewalk if you are a newcomer and completely lose yourself in the beats of this metropolis. In order to fully enjoy everything Sydney has to offer, you’ll need a quality meal to kick start the morning before you embark on your urban adventure. These are the places where you can have the best breakfast in Sydney.

1. Shuk

Finding the best breakfast in such a big city is like finding a needle in a haystack. Wouldn’t it be nice to start off the day at one of the most iconic locations in Sydney, Bondi Beach? Situated at the corner of Murriverie Road and Mitchell Street, this charming restaurant was a carefully hidden secret of the cuisine aficionados that really know the beat of the city.

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However, it seems the rabbit is out of the hat. Visits have increased significantly over the last few years and there’s really nothing surprising about that – the food, which is a mix of Mediterranean and Israeli sensibilities, will give your taste receptors a whole new palette of impressions. Shakshuka, which is a combination of scrambled eggs, tomato, onion, olives and spices, will give you a solid energy boost for a busy morning.

2. Blackwood Pantry

Even though it sounds like a location straight out of David Lynch’s nightmare, don’t let the name fool you, (considering his nostalgia-stricken all-American sensibilities, he’d probably be thrilled with its gentle diner-like setup).

Located on Cronulla Beach, it’s off the beaten path for many people which are visiting Sydney for the first time. The chow is worth the trip! Blackwood offers an array of salads that rotate based on seasons, and some of the lightest yet nutritious breakfasts you can have.

Want to try strawberries on a toast? Here’s a place where you can do it. For something more substantial for breakfast, we’d recommend you to opt for Turkish eggs.

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3. Bernasconi’s Cafe

You can’t have a solid breakfast without a cup of coffee. On the corner of O’Sullivan and Plumer Road lies one of the most comfortable breakfast spots in Bellevue Hill/Rose Bay area. It’s not only a casual place with relaxed atmosphere, it’s a place with a twenty-year long tradition.  And it sports some of the best coffee around which you can have with a healthy and filling meal.

If you want a calm start to your morning, this is a perfectly cozy place hidden away from the scorching tropical sun by over-arching treetops. If you are up for a no-nonsense meal, you can have a complete ham and eggs breakfast, French toast with crispy bacon etc.

If you are up for something more adventurous, Bernasconi’s Café has its own share of grilled bananas, gluten-free ricottas, mashed avocado combos, smoked salmon, and other meals that will lend something new to your palate.

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4. Blackbird Cafe

Are you looking for a place that is situated in a dynamic urban area? You can hit one of the gorgeous Darling Harbour restaurants in the popular Cockle Bay Wharf dining precinct for a top-notch meal and enjoy arguably the best cocktails in the harbor.

Blackbird has both indoor and outdoor seating options but the choice offers the same visual stimulus. The Cafe overlooks the waters of Cockle Bay Wharf and a vivacious river of passers-by. Since the place is so popular, it is always filled with various visitors. If you are up for just watching people as you dine, you won’t miss out anything if you opt to go inside.

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As far as breakfast is concerned, the Spanish Omelet is amazing, and it goes with onions, mushroom, cheese and served with toasted Italian bread. There’s a variety of coffees and tea options at your disposal, as well as smoothies for a true morning energy boost.

5. Ruby Lane

Cities like Sydney have quality food joints for everyone’s taste at every corner. However, up north, just beside Manly Beach, lies Ruby Lane Wholefoods, a place for those who are bound to more subtle dietary regimes.

It is a health food club with a variety of colorful meals that will give you all the needed nutrients through organic food with no gluten, added sugar, salts and, if you are lactose intolerant, no dairy. The main selling point of Ruby Lane is that all meals are absolutely delicious and irresistible.

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Sydney is not only a bustling metropolis, it is a place that can offer something for everyone. Go around the block a few times, and we bet you’ll find all the perfect breakfast places, parks, and “it” spots. You’ll end up fashioning your own Sydney out of the existing one. Just make sure to get a substantial energy kick with a solid breakfast before you embark on conquering the town.

 

 

Where to Find Europe’s Best Beaches: Spain vs. Portugal

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Posted by Sam Schuler

Spain and Portugal are two top vacation destinations in Europe with beautiful sandy beaches, a warm sunny climate and a low cost of living. Spanish cities and beaches attract over 60 million visitors each year and the country ranks #2 in Europe for tourism.

In comparison, the country of Portugal does not even make it into the Top 10 most popular destinations with a mere 14 million visitors. However, if you are looking for authentic fishing villages, cultural experiences, rolling surf and less crowded beaches, Portugal may be more to your liking than the high-rise Spanish Costas!

Both countries have family friendly beaches, city beaches and more remote crescents of sand that few visitors choose to visit. Checkout our list of Europe’s best beaches before planning your next sun-and-sand vacation in Europe.

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For families, La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia offers a shallow saltwater lagoon formed by a 22-mile long sandbar with several channels connecting it to the Mediterranean Sea. The result is miles of beaches on both the ocean and the lagoon with opportunities for snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and canoeing in this scenic area.

Couples looking for a more high-end resort will find exclusive designer shopping, marble plazas and gorgeous beaches in Marbella on the Costa del Sol. The multi-million dollar super yachts in the marina may be out of your budget, but you can still enjoy the private beach clubs, tennis courts, golf courses, stand-up paddle boarding, waterfront dining and subtropical gardens in this classy resort.

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Looking to escape the crowds? Make your way further north to Tamariu on the Costa Brava. This idyllic area has sandy coves fringed with tall green pines and coral pink rocks. This area boasts some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean making it a delight to go swimming, snorkeling or take a boat trip in this peaceful area. It’s the perfect place for chilling out on the beach, yet beautiful Barcelona to the south and the French border to the north are just an hour away if you fancy a scenic coastal drive.

The quieter northwest coast of Spain is popular with surfers as it is battered by Atlantic breakers. Consider the city of San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque region which has endless sandy beaches along this picturesque shoreline. The hilly backdrop and traditional houses in the Old Town make this almost unrecognizable as “typical Spain” but it provides the perfect haven for beach lovers.

Of course, many of Spain’s best beaches are on the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. In summer these sandy beaches are the perfect place for party goers to sleep off a night of dancing, clubbing and drinking, if that’s what you’re looking for in a vacation!
In winter, the Spanish Canary Islands are a popular choice. Located off the coast of Africa, these volcanic islands have some of the Europe’s best beaches, although they often consist of mainly black volcanic sand. One exception is Maspalomas Beach on Gran Canaria, which has gigantic wind-sculpted sand dunes of golden sand as a backdrop to one of the best beaches in Spain.

Best Beaches in Portugal

Most of Portugal’s best beaches are in the southwest of the country, south of Lisbon and scattered along the Algarve coastline. Praia da Rocha in Portimao is one of the longest, broadest and firmest sandy beaches in the Algarve, which can get crowded in summer. Sheltered by the cliffs, it is popular for sunbathing, safe swimming, surfing, walking or playing beach volleyball.

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The small town of Sagres on the Algarve has an undeveloped beach with orange cliffs and dramatic rolling waves. If you want to spend time exploring Portugal’s agricultural heartland by car, this town is the gateway to the Alentejo and the dramatic Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

Porto de Mos Beach certainly wins as one of the best beaches in Portugal when it comes to natural beauty. The golden sands, multicolored cliffs, caverns and rock formations are stunning against the turquoise sea. This gorgeous beach usually benefits from fresh sea breezes to keep temperatures pleasant.

If you want to combine your beach vacation in Portugal with a few city highlights, Playa do Guincho is just 30 minutes from Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. The golden sands are pounded by Atlantic breakers and the fresh seafood here is sensational! Nearby is the lighthouse and Cabo da Roca, Europe’s most westerly point which was once believed to be the end of the world!

Spain or Portugal? Which Beach Getaway is Right for You?

Whether you choose to explore the best beaches in Spain, or would prefer to catch some rays in coastal Portugal, a car rental will allow you to make the most of your visit exploring the surrounding area at your own pace. Visit Moorish palaces, tiny fishing villages and stunning national parks as part of your adventure. Of course, your car rental also makes airport transfers with your luggage very affordable and easy.

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From spacious van rentals in Portugal that are able to accommodate the entire family, to trendy sports cars in Spain and practically everything in between, Auto Europe has the vehicle that will best compliment your needs wherever you’ll be traveling. Reserving a car rental online is easy and can be done by using their secure booking engine – below.

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The Best and Worst Foods to Try in Japan

Japanese culture has become a global phenomenon in recent years, with the western world striving to learn more about their cousins in the orient. Part of the impact Japan has had on this corner of the globe has come in the form of the introduction of several new foods. However, not all of them are as mouth-watering as others.

Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best and worst cuisines which have come out of the Asian nation.

Best: Sushi

Kicking things off with a well-known classic, sushi has become one of the most popular dishes the world over – with London alone playing host to literally hundreds of restaurants dedicated to the craft.

I’m sure we don’t need to tell you the dish is usually comprised of raw fish, which has been wrapped up in a bed of cooked rice. It’s often garnished with the likes of cucumber and other vegetables.

Worst: Basashi Ice

Brace yourself for this one – Basashi Ice is quite literally ice cream which has been flavoured to taste like raw horse meat (which is itself oddly considered a delicacy in Japan – named Sashimi).

I don’t know about you, but frozen dead horse certainly isn’t our idea of a delicious post-meal treat. That said, you’re unlikely to ever find such a unique flavour combination anywhere else in the world, so it might be worth a try.

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Best: Soba

Soba is effectively the Japanese answer to China’s Chow Mein – with this offering comprising of long buckwheat noodles which have become a staple of most people’s diets in mountainous regions.

The noodles are often accompanied by Soy sauce and are at times served up in a type of broth – although this version of the cuisine is considered by many to be untraditional and inferior to the original.

Worst: Shirako

It’s fairly commonplace to enjoy the delights of fish roe in a lot of cultures, but the Japanese take that one step further by serving up a meal which quite literally consists of male sperm which is still encased inside its natural membrane.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re not sure who the bright spark was that came up with the idea for this dish originally, but we’d suggest they seek professional help. Worryingly, it seems to have taken off with the Japanese people, regardless.

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Best: Okonomiyaki

This delicious delight takes the likes of pork or cabbage and sees them wrapped inside a scrumptious savoury pancake – with Okonomiyaki serving as the ultimate in Japanese comfort food.

Some restaurants have even been known to allow their customers to grill their own pancakes, such is the simplicity of the dish. While it might not be the classiest item on a menu, Okonomiyaki is well worth trying out at some point.

Worst: Gizzard Soup

Finishing off our list is a dish which sees a hotpot made from the intestines and stomach lining of things like cows, goats and sheep. Sounds lovely, right?

The sloppy goo which accompanies the broth isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but it does apparently go down a treat with a bevy of Japanese diners after a hard day’s work.

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Interested in trying any of these dishes (perhaps even the disgusting ones) for yourself? Why not give one of them a go the next time you’re over there?