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Shake up your weekend with a bottomless cocktail brunch at the Bella Vista Hotel!

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It's not every day that you decide to jump on a plane and fly all the way to the Northern Territory to visit a durian farm in a place called Humpty Doo, but food has a habit of leading me into adventure!

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Skip the drive through queue and make a faster, tastier, healthier breakfast muffin at home.

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You don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy the lush green fairways at Carnarvon Golf Club, the best views are actually from the bistro!
 
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Roast Sensation is a new Hong Kong dining venue in Carlingford, and it offers some of the most succulent roast duck and pork that we have tasted in Western Sydney!

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Sunbeam have just released their new High Performance Power Blender and we trialled it in our kitchen with delicious results!

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While Alice kicks her heels up in Europe, I’ve been catching up with Kim, a fellow food blogger from Go West Gourmet. Last week we visited Warwick Farm and had a 5 star dining experience at The William Inglis Hotel.

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Crossroads Hotel is an iconic landmark which sits on the corner of Hume Highway and Camden Valley way at Casula. If you’re a Western Sydney local, already know where this pub is, but you may need to look twice next time out that way, Crossroads Hotel has undergone some renovations including a stylish new bistro! 

Crossroads Hotel Bistro is a spacious open plan pavilion with seating to cater for 400 diners in relaxed comfort. The decor is bright and natural with scandinavian furnishings, fresh white walls, cane light fittings and splashes of green. 

The menu at Crossroads Hotel Bistro is curated by Head Chef David Beus, who offers a feast of pub grub dishes with virtuosity. David’s everyday pub classics such as chicken schnitzel and grilled steak are a base for flavoursome gourmet toppings.  He also offers more modern pub favourites like hearty Roasted Pork Knuckles, Artisan Burgers and Vegan Salads!

I dined at Crossroads Hotel with three hungry men, my husband Nathan, and two sons, Brent and Zen. We started with some shares, a pizza, and the Ocean Harvest Tasting Plate for two.

My boys love a hot cheesy pizza and our a Grotto Capri Aglio Pizza was loaded with melted cheese and seasoned lightly with marjoram. This pleasant bite goes well with that first glass of wine or beer.

The Ocean Harvest Tasting Plate is a deluxe mix of seafood and condiments. We received two oysters with balsamic mignonette, salt & pepper squid, two grilled scallops in a half shell, cured salmon, two pieces of crisp battered flathead, house made cocktail sauce, watermelon salsa, & fresh lemon. Our seafood was fresh and attractively presented on a long black platter. As a seafood lover I would prefer not to share this with anyone, next time I'd be happy to order it as a main.

My eldest son Brent also loves seafood and chose the Seafood Basket comprising of beer battered flathead, grilled scallops and prawns, salt & pepper squid, chips, house made tartare and fresh lemon. This meal is served in an eye catching tortilla basket with a garden salad.

If you prefer something from the paddock, there is a selection of grain or pasture fed angus steaks with a size to match your hunger. Nathan opted for the largest steak available, a 400 gram pasture fed Pinnacle Angus T-Bone topped with the ultimate combination of grilled prawns, salt & pepper squid and béarnaise sauce. The steak was cooked to his liking and included a choice of two sides to complete the meal.

Zen loves mexican food he went straight for the Beef in Black Bean Nachos, which I didn’t taste. My choice was as salad, The Garden of Eden.  This is a Buddha bowl of nourishment and heros all the good stuff - roasted sweet potato, chickpeas, chipotle hummus, vine ripe tomatoes, cucumber, radish, a grilled Greek pita & sumac dressing. I added an optional extra to the bowl, a piece of grilled salmon, but the salad is a substantial meal on it's own.

Drinks including coffee are available from a dedicated  bar, I was feeling adventurous enough to try cocktail while the boys tucked into a Mars Bar Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie for dessert.

Crossroads Hotel Bistro has a family friendly atmosphere and is a good for groups and celebrations. We spotted private areas for functions and noticed that this venue already has plenty of local appeal. Service was timely and friendly despite a large number of weekend diners. Bookings are recommended for popular times.

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Look out, there’s a new South American inspired restaurant in town! Located inside Parra Leagues Club, it’s called Pablo’s , and its serving up delicious tapas and mains, fun cocktails and beer brewed onsite. There are SO many tasty and interesting items on the menu. Bring a crowd so you can order and taste them all!

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Dessert aficionado Sarah is a qualified pastry chef, creating delectable sweets for special occasions from her home in Western Sydney. I have been lucky enough to experience Sarah’s desserts many times, and they never fail to impress. From her buttercream cakes, to desserts cups and macarons, Sarah’s spatula is her wand and what she whips up is magical.

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