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.

 

 

Parent Only Getaways to the Costa del Sol in Spain

The Costa del Sol in Spain is currently one of the hottest choices both for family vacations, and for second home, for buyers from the UK, Scandinavia and even Russia and China. The reasons why so many people from abroad are visiting and even moving to the south of Spain, are manifold. Perhaps most importantly, the weather is fantastic almost all year around; winters are mild and summers, deliciously sunny, with life focused on the beach and the many beach restaurants and clubs which pepper the Coast. Safety is another strong point. Families love the peace and calm, which sits nicely alongside the buzzing night life in both the city of Málaga and her smaller yet more luxurious sister, Marbella, famed for top-level shopping and gastronomic offerings. Finally, price is another strong point. You can enjoy a great tapas meal or three-course meals for a fraction of the price you would pay in a city like Paris or Berlin.

One thing many travellers won’t tell you about, is that the Costa del Sol is also a great choice for a parents-only holiday. The buzzword these days in health and travel circles alike is self-compassion; which in essence involves being kind to oneself, taking a break from our duties to work, friends and children to re-focus on the things that make each of us feel happy and whole. The results of ignoring our inner needs can be disastrous, ranging from anxiety to depression so it pays to make it a point to disconnect at least once a year. A parents-only holiday also allows us to reconnect with our partner or spouse, and enjoy a few romantic days away together, discovering new sights, sounds and flavours in the company of our best friend and lover.

Even if you have just a few days (between three days and a week), there is plenty to do in the Costa del Sol. Top suggestions include:

  • A night at the theatre: Head for Málaga’s premiere theatre, the Teatro Cervantes, which attracts world-class performers from the worlds of dance, classical and modern music, opera, ballet, modern dance, jazz, flamenco and so much more. The Cervantes was built in the 19th century and is beautifully elegant inside, with gilded balconies, a painted ceiling and a magnificent main stage.
  • The Starlite Festival in the summer: Starlite is a festival which takes place every summer (July and August) in Marbella, a city which is around an hour’s drive (or less) from the Costa del Sol’s main city (Málaga). Starlite features top performers, and offers a fun night for all in a unique setting: the Cantera de Nagueles, set in the midst of dramatic rock formations. Just a few of this year’s performers are Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, and Jason Derulo.
  • Museum hopping: Málaga has long ceased to be a city that relies on the beach for tourism. Its Town Hall has done plenty to make it an epicentre of art and culture, with the establishment of various museums, including the Contemporary Art Centre, the Picasso Museum of Malaga, the Russian Museum and the pop-up Pompidou Art Center, the first of its kind in Europe. Also on the list of most visited museums is the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which focuses on 19th-century art. While you are in the Old Town, take in the stunning exponents of architecture, including Málaga’s magnificent cathedral, built between 1528 and 1782 and featuring stunning Renaissance-styled interiors.
  • Tasting evenings: Málaga is home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other province in the south of Spain. In Marbella is Dani García: a two-Michelin starred restaurant that takes you on an imaginative journey which combines traditional ingredients with avante-garde preparation methods. Also in Marbella are El Lago (one Michelin star), Messina (one star) and Skina (also with one Michelin star). Skina is a particularly beautiful place to dine, since it is located in the quaint Old Town of Marbella, where iron lampposts stand gracefully in cobblestoned squares, and where restaurants are often graced with the scent of flowers and the sight of flickering candles. For an elegant night out with a big party afterwards, head for Plaza Village at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. The latter boasts a plethora of top-rated restaurants (including Thai Gallery, Dani García and Bibo) as well as elegant nightclubs such as La Suite or Joe’s Bar.
  • Relaxing spa breaks: Málaga is home to a plethora of stunning spas, the best and most luxurious of which are in Marbella. Have an anti-ageing facial or soothing massage at the Villa Padierna Palace spa, the La Cala Resort Spa or the Marbella Club Hotel Spa, to name just a few of the many luxurious spas on the Coast.

This is an article sent in by Sally Barker

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?