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La Lupita at The Basement

Photo of margaritas at the bar

Even back during my high school days, well over a decade ago now sadly, The Basement was a venue well known for its live music performances. However, its food and alcoholic beverages were never much spoken about, if at all.

Things have changed since those happy, more carefree days as La Lupita, sister restaurant to the Al Carbon Mexican food truck, have taken over the establishment’s bar and kitchen.

While there are many dining establishments riding the Mexican wave, the current cuisine de jour, few do so with the finesse and flair that La Lupita at The Basement does. [click to continue…]


Photo of dark chocolate peanut butter fudge brownies

Art is never finished, only abandoned” so the saying goes. There is a time with any creative endeavour when you have to stop what you’re doing, take a step away and just call it. Such is the case with my recipe for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies.

This recipe has gone through numerous iterations. While I can’t say that I’m completely happy with it, given the positive feedback its received during its development, I figured that it’s time to publish the recipe as it stands and let others to try it out for themselves and possibly help carry the torch of the recipe’s development.

Read on for the complete recipe as well as some thoughts and issues I have with it.

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Recipe – Shakshuka

Photo of shakshuka dish served with toasted sour dough

Shakshuka is a dish with Northern African origins of eggs poached in a thick, rich, spicy tomato sauce. It’s a dish that I’d only learned about a week ago when it was mentioned in casual conversation with my sister, who had brought it up like it was a dish that everyone knew.

I was surprised at my own ignorance. Not just because it’s a fairly simple dish to make with ingredients that are easy to come by and are common to a lot of households, but it’s such a fabulous dish that I’m surprised that people don’t talk about it more often. Especially given the relatively recent popularity and prevalence of baked egg dishes throughout Sydney’s cafe scene. However, it would be naive to think of this dish as yet another baked egg dish as it’s far more and far better than most baked egg dishes I’ve had.

Shakshuka is a simple, hearty dish that’d make for a great breakfast or brunch, particularly during these colder winter months. Read on for the full recipe and some note and tips regarding this dish.

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Photo of Manpuku Black tonkotsu ramen

The thick, rich, sticky broth that is tonkotsu is the soup of choice for many a ramen lover in Sydney. It used to be that it was hard to come by, only served in limited quantities. However, in recent times, not only is there an abundance of venues that serve tonkotsu ramen, a number of them do a good job of it too. The drawback however is that most of these places are situated within Sydney’s CBD.

Enter Manpuku, the latest addition to Sydney’s tonkotsu ramen regime situated in Kingsford, one of the major food hubs in the Eastern Suburbs. An outside contender that, in my mind, serves a very respectable tonkotsu ramen, rivaling many of their big city brethren. [click to continue…]


Photo of breakfast

Image courtesy of Fight the Craving

Let’s say you wanted to get your hands on some photos. Perhaps you need them for a presentation or an article or blog post you’re writing. You’ve tried to do the right thing by contacting the owner for permission but they’re not returning your emails. You don’t have any money to spend on stock photos and you’re fast running out of time.

Before you decide to sneak across the border into the moral wasteland of thieving douche bags, know that there are still options available to you. Options that can be actioned quickly. Options that do not require you to contact the owner for permission. Options that allow you to get access to photos in a legally and morally right way, all for free.

As with all free things in life though, it comes at a price. [click to continue…]


Photo of a plate of gnocchi and beefImage courtesy of Finger, Fork & Knife

This is not my photo. Actually none of the photos in this post are my own. Almost every image was sourced from the Internet, downloaded directly from a website, modified to suit my needs and then uploaded to my blog for this post, all without costing me a cent.

However, unlike many others, I did so while respecting the rights of the copyright holder. Unlike a lot of them, I am not a copyright-infringing, photo-thieving douche bag.

To be fair, a lot of people who infringe on other people’s copyright don’t intend to be thieving douche bags either and likely do so out of ignorance or due to misconceptions they hold. The thing is, it’s not hard to get access to photos for free in a way that is both legally and morally right. [click to continue…]


Campsie Food Festival – 2012 Recap

Photo of a Korean pancake from the cooking demo.

The Campsie Food Festival is an event that I look forward to each year. It’s one of the larger suburban cultural food festivals in Sydney. It’s also situated within, and celebrates, my local neighbourhood.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday 1st June. If you’ve never been to the festival before and would like to find out more, read on for a recap of last year’s Campsie Food Festival. [click to continue…]