How I love a good musical. My first ever musical to see was Phantom of the Opera starring premier superstar Anthony Warlow. When I heard he was appearing in Sweeney Todd, I was there in a heartbeat. That incredible deep voice and control of the stage is so engaging. Warlow plays the demon barber Sweeney Todd.
He is supported by the incomparable Gina Riley (famous for playing “Kim” in Kath and Kim) she holds her own on stage as the Pie shop owner Mrs Lovatt.
Photos – TEG live
Prior to seeing this musical, I did not know the story of Sweeney Todd at all, I hadn’t even seen the Johnny Depp film. But boy I’m glad I went. It is so interesting and certainly kept us on the edge of our seat.
Photos – TEG live
Set in 19th century London, the two main characters come into each other’s realms when Todd lives and works above Mrs Lovett’s pie shop after returning from exile. The plot builds from here as Todd exacts revenge on those who wronged him. The plot is deep, dark and twisted with a bit of dark comedy here and there.
Photos – TEG live
I loved how the the orchestra pit was partly above ground so you could see them perform,led by Musical Director, Vanessa Scammel.
This show is first class and the ICC was an amazing venue for it.
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1979 musical masterpiece has been brought to the stages of Sydney and Melbourne. Produced by TEG Life Like Company, The show ran from June 13-16 at Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney and will run this week June 20 – 23 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. So, Melbournians get your tickets!
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Kobe Wagyu is in the heart of the Sydney CBD, and can be found upstairs, entering from Goulburn street. Once upstairs you’ll find plenty of tables complete with a grill in the centre. Now, I might not be the best cook at home, but this is one of those places where I can sure shine as chef. Taking on thus role for the table, I ordered and cooked!
We had a big group so the the buffet menu, at $79 per person was great for us, since we could get a range of items to share amongst the group. The all you can eat experience includes vegetables, salads, small bites, rice, noodles, soup, seafood and meats. Basically the concept is to select your choices from the touch screen and send through to the kitchen. Sashimi and sushi is prepared for you, as is the entree sized bites like the chicken wings and Takoyaki.
Then comes the highlight of the night – the meats and seafood. Order your selections again from the touch screen. They have various cuts like skirt, brisket, short rib, chicken thigh or wing, pork belly, neck, sausage or loin amongst others. This comes to you slightly seasoned and then it’s cooking time. It only needs a brief amount of time in the grill and then take it off, dip it in a little sauce and you’re ready to eat. It is high quality Wagyu and makes the buffet cost good value for money.
The seafood options are also grand – whether it be octopus, scallop, calamari to cook on the grill or even a few fresh prawns.
Grab yourself a few sides like veggies, kim chi, edamame or tofu and you’ve got yourself a pretty good meal with a lot of variety.
You can’t leave without dessert, so we shared pretty much all the options including green tea and sesame ice cream, Mochi and rice cakes.
We think it’s well suited to a group dining experience and a whole lot of fun. Our waiters were efficient and hardworking.
Much more than just bubble tea, Gotcha tea is the freshest tea based drink! This could be due to the fact that they make their own tea leaves via their own tea plantation in Taiwan. Picking the tea leaves every morning makes them super juicy.
Coming to you from Taiwan and their subsequent success in Melbourne and then their first Sydney opening in Haymarket at 1 Dixon St, they’ve since opened a new store in World Square! Located on the Liverpool st side of World Square, it’s easy to find and grab one of your favourite teas!
At Gotcha Fresh tea, you’ll find super dooper fresh and delicious tea, so fresh, they brew the tea on the spot before making your flavoured selections . As you enter the store, you see a huge menu of all the options available and take your time to pick your favourite!
This time we again had our favourite (black sugar milk) as well as a few new ones:
Black sugar fresh milk – this was our personal favourite. Sweet and super delicious with a good amount of bubbles in it.
we also tried the new Chocolate sugar milk! What a great addition to the already good milk based one.
Honeydew milk melon – a light green coloured milky drink that had a nice sweetness to it. It came in the cutest little heart shaped bottle!
Taro milk tea – lovely sweet tea with a generous amount of bubbles
Kumquat lemon tea – we really liked this for a refreshing addition! Sweetened tea with actual fruit pieces inside!
and it couldn’t be a tea visit without the ever popular matcha milk tea! The teas here are such good quality and amazing flavours!
this store has a super cute fitout with pink bench seats and small tables. The atmosphere is fun and staff are friendly! We really love this tea venue!
be sure to tag a photo of your tea on instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #gotchalovesydney for 10% off!
Do you enjoy making yourself a couple of cocktails but could do with a few tricks of the trade? Then this is the perfect event for you.
This Saturday 15th June at 2pm, the Oaks are hosting a cocktail Masterclass in the Garden Pavilion. We’ve done a few ourselves and have certainly learned some great cocktail making skills!
Upon arrival you’ll receive a refreshing Moscow Mule.
Cameron The mixologist hosts the event with great charisma, teaching the crowd how to make 4 different cocktails. You’ll learn the recipe and whether to shake or stir it, pour it and present it like a pro.
Get your friends together and come along! You make these in small groups, so if you’re coming yourself like I did, you can easily make some new friends!Drinks on the menu include:
*Markers Mark Mint Julep
*Roku Rosemary Clover Club
*Ardmore Legacy Godfather
*Ratu Signature Espresso Martini
To keep your bellies full, you’ll also get pizza to enjoy throughout the night.
It’s amazing value at $39 – but we recommend you get in fast. Bookings are essential and tickets are available at bit.ly/oakscocktails
We can’t think of much better things to do that enjoy a film with a warm glass of mulled wine. Combine that with picturesque views of Sydney Harbour.
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Find yourself a deck chair at the ‘Le Mulled Cinema’ in the rocks (in front of the MCA) and watch a French film. It’s a pop-up-open-air movie cinema, showcasing classic French films in a stunning location. This is part of the broader “Bastille festival” held annually.
Whether it be “Les Miserables” or “Coco before Chanel”, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this winter experience. Although we advise you to book in fast, since it’s sold out the past two years and there’s only 100 films available.
Thursday, 11 July 2019 (5:30pm and 8pm)
Friday, 12 July 2019 (5:30pm and 8pm)
Saturday, 13 July 2019 (5:30pm and 8pm)
Sunday, 14 July 2019 (5:30pm and 8pm)
La favola is much like an Italian sports car, they describe themselves as fast, fresh and authentic. These are great qualities for a casual Italian eatery, as is a passion for great food. This is evident in all of the dishes Chef Fabio Stefanelli prepares. The restaurant is modern, bright and inviting, a great venue for a casual meal with friends and equally suitable for a date night.
This place is so very Italian in a good way, so much so, many fellow diners appeared to be Italian. It is very Italian to enjoy a beverage with a meal, in many instances enhancing the experience. What better way to start than with an aperitif. You can have perhaps set the mood with a classic Aperol Spritz or Negroni and a follow it up with a glass of vino and finish with a nip of Limoncello.
More importantly, the food here is superb, made fresh, keeping it simple to highlight quality ingredients. Ticking boxes right from the start with some freshly baked Foccacia for six bucks, too hard to pass up and add some accompaniments truffle butter, marinated olive and or Nduja a delicious spreadable salami.
The carpaccio was a phenomenal, with thin slices of cured bresola that melts in with parmesan, kale crisps and truffle oil. We were curious about the Kale being added, but it works very well, adding texture and enhancing flavour, we will definitely order this again.
We also enjoyed a lovely burrata, an Italian cheese of cow milk very light with a elastic like skin and a wet creamy centre.
A favola prides itself on serving delicious fresh pasta dishes that are reasonably priced: between $22-$25. Choose from a range of pastas and then opt for your preferred sauce. Their traditional cabonarra was particularly good, there is something extremely satisfying about cracking the egg yolk and mixing it with pancetta and pecorino, to sauce the pasta.
We also shared another favourite; the Rigatoni with Ragu Napoletano this is certainly comfort food. We will return for more of their Pasta Quattro Formaggi, yes please!
If that is not enough, there are a selection of dessets that are mighty inviting, including cannoli and Tiramisu. However they do have a specials menu and the Nutella ricotta cheesecake was a great choice thick and creamy, toasted hazelnuts providing some crunch and the raspberry sorbet countering the rich cheesecake.
A top option for an authentic casual Italian meal and a few beverages in Newtown and at a good price too. A big thanks to the staff at A Favola for their hospitality and to foodie friend Where_do_eat_pete for the invitation.
Chargrill Charlie’s is a family owned business that has been operating for over 30 years. Beginning in Coogee, they’ve branched out and although no longer in Coogee, they’ve got 11 venues across Sydney and open 7 days a week. We visited our closest store, the Woollahra venue.
It is both a dine in and takeaway venue and they are always super busy. This is testament to just how good the food is. At first it might look like your typical charcoal chicken shop, but it is much more than that with amazing salads, veggies, burgers and desserts and it will have you salivating for more.
From the charcoal grill, their chickens do not have hormone injections and they are beautifully chargrilled, and seasoned with herbs and spices or marinated with Portuguese flavours.
Of course it wouldn’t be the perfect meal without fries. You can get their nicely seasoned French fries chips or their famous hand cut potato wedges or sweet potato wedges. We tried them all and can’t choose our favourite
They use the freshest of ingredients and seasonal produce to make their famous salads, made in house everyday. They will suit a range of crowds and we tried the poke salad, Buddha salad and roasted cauliflower. The Golden quinoa salad was also an absolute winner.
There’s a hot menu with a lot of choice – from baked salmon, chicken drumsticks, meatballs and curry to casseroles and Lentils. We had the amazing lamb shanks and mixed roasted vegetables and they were a great accompaniment.
As we were here for a huge spread, we both got a burger, the chicken and also a cheeseburger. Free range chicken and grass fed beef, fresh butter lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, secret sauce on a milk bun – these were delicious – and huge!
We tried the piri piri sauce and lemon and herb dressing which we also enjoyed.
They have sweets and desserts too, and although we didn’t try, because we were full; the home made apple pie looks like a winner.
Chargrill Charlie’s does catering as well if you’re keen to order a bunch of food for your office meeting, picnics or even private functions.
When you arrive it may appear slightly overwhelming with so many people trying to get the Chargrill Charlie’s fix. But don’t fret, the service is easy. Take a number and wait your turn, service is extremely fast.
They also have an app where you can earn store credit and even purchase Chargrill Charlie’s hoodies, hats and bags to feel like a part of the team.
Doughnut Day, held on June 7 annually is not just a day to think about the blessed little sugar laden deep fried carbohydrate circles of goodness, but to reflect on why we celebrate this day in the first place?
In World War 1, Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers, as well as a cup of coffee to provide sustenance during the war. It then became a day to celebrate these volunteers and raise money for charity at the same time.
Cover of the Salvation Army Magazine “War Cry” from November 9, 1918, depicting “Doughnut Dollies,” the American volunteers serving in France.
Whether you’re like me and prefer the original cinnamon sugar dusted doughnut or the ‘loaded’ type that are causing all the hype these days, it is the best day to head to your local doughnut store and snap up a few of your favourite.
Where to get a free donut?
100 000 Original Glazed doughnuts are being given away to celebrate Doughnut Day!
Krispy Kreme stores in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA. Not available in SA, NT or 7 Eleven stockists.
Limit of 1 per person.
Where to buy other good doughnuts
6 Hunt street, Surry Hills
140 Marsden Road, Parramatta
Shop 3/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000
They’re giving away 100 free doughnuts – strawberry milkshake, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon sugar and the OG glaze. 11am til sold out.
We’ve been enjoying Odyssey Lean for a while now. We love it for a number of reasons: convenience, nutritional value, freshness, and of course, taste! It’s a ready-to-eat delivery service that cultivates a healthy relationship with food.
No added hormones
Sustainably caught seafood
Fresh and seasonal (no frozen food)
100% natural with no preservatives, colours or additives
Odyssey lean have a nutritionally-crafted menu designed to help lead a healthier lifestyle. Meals are high protein, high fibre, low carb, low fat, low sugar, low GI. This is perfect for me as I like to keep fit and healthy and they are a great meal after a training session, with the right amount of protein, carbs and veggies to keep you full.
They are pre-portioned and calorie controlled, ranging between 250 – 400 calories a meal, with a breakdown of ingredients and nutritional value on the front of the pack.
They are super tasty too.
Some of the meals include:
Lean chicken with roast vegetables and bbq sauce
Chicken poke bowl
Sesame beef stir fry
Pepper sauce steak
Chili lime salmon
Chicken lemongrass curry
You can also select gluten free and dairy free options
How to order
You can order these at ease, with a simple click of a few buttons online, selecting your preferred menu choice.
It is a food delivery service, so it is conveniently dropped at your work (or home), and well packaged with a frozen ice pack to keep it cool in an awesome silver box. Check out the website to see when the delivery is in your area.
The prices are very reasonable, and far cheaper than buying your groceries and without the laborious task of cooking. If you’re buying for a partner or friend, you’ll find they become cheaper the more you buy.
9 meals a week – $10.50 per meal
12 meals a week – $9.95 per meal
15 meals a week – $9.45 per meal
18 meals a week at – $8.95 per meal
Points to note
Meals are fresh
Menus change regularly
Delivered to your home or work
Join the wellness journey with us, bring balance to your lives and sign up now and you can get $20 off your first order. Code: Thewhereto20 (use at the checkout)
Panama house is a Central American restaurant located on the second level of Campbell Parade’s The Pacific Building, above the esplanade. The restaurant has a great view overlooking Bondi beach. Panama house is famous for its Latin American fare at any time of the day, be it brunch, lunch or dinner. Whilst it’s winter, drop in and let them warm you up with Sunday Roast.
The good old Sunday roast. Something we’re sure you’ve probably enjoyed a few times with the family. Whilst historically, the Sunday roast stems from British tradition, at Panama house they’ve kept the same concept but incorporated different flavours.
The Sunday roast usually has a roasted meat, roast potatoes and a number of accompaniments like Yorkshire puddings or veggies such as cauliflower, carrots, broccoli or whatever suits the chefs fancy. There also must be the gravy component to douse the plate with.
So popular is the concept of a roast in Britain, that we hear it’s the second most favoured meal after Christmas lunch. No wonder that it’s popular, given its a great winter warmer. It’s since been a regular part of Australian heritage too. Whatever the culture, food is a way to bring friends and family together. It’s all about the cultural connection, which was at the core of adding this to the Panama house food menu.
Why not pop on in to Panama House on Sunday’s for your Sunday roast and a glass of wine. Here you can find everything you love about that Sunday roast, without working laboriously in the kitchen.
Whether it be the Argentinian chicken with herbs including oregano, dried thyme, smoked paprika, cumin, fennel seed, chilli powder or the moist pork belly with Star anise pears, the protein focus of the roast always changes. This means you can come every Sunday and taste something different.
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On our visit this week, our roasted pork came served with garlic seasoned greens, roasted pumpkin and duck fat potatoes. On other weeks you might find corn, cabbage, broccoli or another veggie side. The hearty meal will provide comfort through this winter.
The venue is schmick, with an industrial style loft vibe, fitted out with hardwood tables and leather couch seating reflecting a New York style brunch scene. The outdoor area is perfectly comfortable for an extended weekend catch up.
The Sunday roast is $30 per person and you’ll get a share-style menu of the meat and vegetable offerings, served 4-8pm each Sunday.
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Panama House offers only South American or Australia wines, which is great to see it matching the food on offer. We had a glass of the Blanc Pinot Gris, Riesling, gewurtz from Gilbert (orange), as well as the Shiraz Primitivo, Inkwell (McLaren vale SA).
They also have a great cocktail list and a quality spirit list with a spectacular ledger of Tequila, Mezcal and Rum
When the days are shorter and the nights are colder, we need to warm the insides. Be sure to check out the Sunday roast offerings, and take a bunch of friends and family and enjoy the view whilst you’re at it.