Kin By Us. | Macquarie Park, Sydney

Ahhhh… the colder seasons are upon us! Am I the only one excited about the decreasing temperatures? Yes, it is freezing and rain is evidently not Sydney Transport’s friend (no seriously, what’s with the delays?!) but Autumn is still wonderful. Coffee inevitably becomes more attractive and the delicious, hot broth my mum makes has a whole new purpose! It’s the season of comfort food.
When Joy from BrunchonJoy approached me to organise a brunch adventure, I was simultaneously scrolling through my Instagram feed, obsessively liking the photos from Kin by Us (particularly that congee!). Now I wanted comfort food and she wanted brunch… Kin by Us appeared on my feed at a good time and I knew it would be our next destination.
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Product Review: BakeBox!

What a wonderful time to be alive: Australia is flourishing with an abundance of innovative, life-changing start-ups for food lovers like you and me. BakeBox is a great initiative started by two of my friends, who both share a passion for baked goods and want to extend this passion straight to your door. That’s right – straight to your door. Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked treats from your favourite bakery without even stepping outside! Yes, this service is going to make us perpetually lazy people but don’t tell me that you weren’t secretly hoping for something like this. BakeBox is also a great way to surprise a friend on their birthday with a box of seriously great stuff. Read More »

This Month on Instagram (March 2015)

Confession time: I am a terrible food blogger (well, is that even surprising?). The fact that this wasn’t posted 2 days ago as planned, is evidence.

But seriously, I have so many awful habits that would get me disqualified if food blogging was a sport. Forgetting my SD card, not charging my battery or forgetting my DSLR altogether are just some of them. In sad times like these where I have no camera, I resort to my beloved phone.

Instagram is the platform I throw all my phone photos, filter the crap out of them and spam with #hashtags. Instagram posts takes 2 minutes while posts on this blog can take up to 2 hrs! Don’t blame me for being lazy, it’s just natural! Even though I slack off on Instagram, it deserves a little more attention because the food I mention there is seriously good! So for those who are missing out on my Instagram spam, I thought I could compile a list of the food highlights of last month (March) and share the deliciousness with you all.

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The Missing Piece Cafe | Macquarie Park, Sydney

While there’s a lot of reasons to go to Macquarie, the food isn’t really on my main agenda when I visit. Sure, they have Papparich, Chef’s Gallery, Snag Stand and even Ippudo is coming too, but they’re not food places unique to the centre. When my friend suggested going to The Missing Piece Cafe, I was happy to know that there’s a well established cafe located in the heart of the centre. Finally, a cafe worth going to Macquarie for!

Enjoy a short but nonetheless delicious review of The Missing Piece Cafe, located just outside of Uniqlo.
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Enjoy a plate of Plateia

Ever since I started Jenny Chews, I never imagined the places I could go with it and the opportunities it could give me. All I wanted to do back then was to combine my two passions: food and photography, while escaping temporarily from the perils of the thing we refer to as ‘HSC’. What I found most amazing is that people actually enjoy reading my food rants. Crazy! A little more than a month ago, I joined a group of highly motivated, enthusiastic foodies at You Chews as an intern. Since then, I have learnt a lot about the story behind the food, something I had to be reminded the importance of.

At You Chews, our vision is to eliminate those awful, soggy sandwiches they provide at your office meeting or event to promote a positive office culture around delicious food. We are a marketplace that offers carefully curated food, provided by Sydney’s best local cooks. Other than providing people with meals worth talking about, our vision is to promote great local food and the story behind it.

What I do at You Chews, is like a little extension of what I do on this blog – I create content that engage audiences and share stories about awesome food. Below is a feature article I wrote on one of our suppliers, Plateia, a lovely small Greek eatery that serves some seriously good souvlaki skewers. While I like to separate work and my personal food blog, I just really wanted to share with you guys about this platform, to make things easier and brighter for everyone.

We are always open for suggestions so let us know if you want any awesome people that makes great food to be on our platform!

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Greek street food has recently become a game changer in Sydney eateries. No longer is a ‘”gyro”, often referred to as a souvlaki, a quick, cheap, greasy eat on the run. The gyro has been has gone back to its roots, all the way from Athens to here in Sydney, with many Greek street food eateries recreating their homeland traditional food, with a westernized touch.

The gyro is traditionally slow roasted meat, served on pita bread with tomato, onion and tzatizki; however, all over Sydney you will find all kinds of exciting variations, each with different a different flare to entice us Greek-loving-addicts. Greek food is definitely no longer just about feta cheese and olives: it is now slowly becoming a food culture, complete with a cult following.

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Here at You Chews we have sourced the best Greek street food we could find in Sydney: Plateia.

‘Plateia’ is the Greek word…

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Mrs P’s Coffee | Burwood, Sydney

One thing I have noticed since I’ve started the design component of my course at UNSW Art & Design (previously COFA, but COFA is much easier to say), is that my awareness for the little things around me has grown. The textures of the buildings, the noise pollution of the city, the simple fact that I can feel the floor with my soles of my feet… Simply put, I have gone a little crazy. However, other than the fact that all this soul-searching is for an assignment, it’s interesting to see why things exist and how they contribute to our lives, even if it’s minor. Just like how each meal with your friends and family is a unique experience as you learn a little more about each other over delicious food. Yes, I am just trying to make excuses to eat more despite certain resource shortages (i.e. money and time). See how I am applying my first-week uni knowledge into my blogs now? I don’t just eat all the time, I swear I study.

As studious as I am (ha ha), there is nothing that will stop me from going on food adventures with my friends. Like, absolutely nothing. So when my friend urged that we go to Mrs P’s in Burwood after having a very positive experience on her last visit, I dropped my pen and textbook and went!

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It’s Time for Thai | Haymarket, Sydney

Not sure how many people know this, but my first job was actually at my friend’s Thai restaurant! Unfortunately, it has closed down now but needless to say, it set a high bar for all the other Thai places I go to now. Upon my quest to find the perfect Thai restaurant in Sydney, I notice that Thai restaurants are generally on a scale of sweet to spicy. I guess I’ll explain further… I once went to a very popular Thai restaurant and asked for a spicy curry dish which ended up very …sweet?! It was confusing. I guess why I really liked the Thai restaurant I worked was that we always asked for how spicy people wanted it, whether it was a curry, a salad, anything!

Of course, there are people who love that sweet/very slightly chili taste of Thai food, but I personally like it full of flavour with a noticeable amount of chili. So it’s always exciting to find a Thai restaurant I actually love. It’s Time for Thai has two restaurants in Haymarket and Kingsford, for all you UNSW students who are looking for a good, somewhat cheap Thai fix.

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Tounaya | Eastwood, Sydney

As someone who usually sports short to medium length hair, it’s never a surprise to my friends when I get a hair cut they are so used to me going back and forth from medium length hair to a bob cut. It’s my hair cycle – and right now, I got a new hair cut and chopped it all off! Nice, short, and breezy. I love short hair because I was always ready to hide behind my hair when I was younger and it sort of gives me a boost in confidence, if that makes sense? Cause you have to put that extra effort to make it look good. I don’t know why I am talking about hair on a food blog but I guess the point to extract is that jumping into something new and unfamiliar is a pretty exciting thing! And that’s why I love going into relatively new restaurants around my area knowing very little to nothing about them since there’s so little reviews to judge off! That’s the mindset I had as I entered Tounoya in Eastwood, not knowing much except that it has a Hello Kitty karaoke room and serves Japanese food from the restaurant front. Read More »

Jamie’s Italian | CBD, Sydney

FINALLY A DAY OFF! Man, the past few weeks have been hectic: desperately finishing off photos for a client, going to photoshoots (and hence more photos from that), my part-time job, my internship, starting pole-dancing classes and PLANNING MY LONG AWAITED JAPAN TRIP IN JULY!! Needless to say, my life has been all sorts of eventful and exciting but it also meant that I am guilty of neglecting my food blog for a bit since I haven’t had that many food adventures lately. Shocking, I know. And just when my life is calming down a bit, uni is just 2 weeks away – where the heck did my holiday go?! Oh well, at least I’m feeling (somewhat) productive with my life.

Jamie’s Italian was the very first restaurant I went right after I finished my HSC in 2013 as a super big treat for well, celebrating the end of HELLSC. I actually did a food blog post on it when I was still very new at food blogging and just did it once in a blue moon. I was actually very sad that they changed the menu! I absolutely loved the Wild Rabbit Tagliolini I had and still remember it til this day. Still, Jamie’s Italian still provided a lovely dining experience and their service is always noteworthy.

P.S. Remember to book beforehand to avoid waiting! It can get super busy, even on weekdays.

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Circa Espresso | Parramatta, Sydney

Just because I took the day off work because I am sick doesn’t mean I can’t write a blog post! Worked 6 days this week – I think I just had a clue of what it’s like to be a full-time working adult. Definitely a bit more physically challenging than being a full-time university student but hey, I’m enjoying it so far! I’ve always enjoyed working a lot more than studying – $$$ is motivating. Because with more money, means more food adventures! That being said, I guess I’ve been going on too many of these adventures since my bank account is looking a bit slim. Payday, why are you still a few days away?!

But let’s look back to a blissful time when Jenny still had money and entered this neat little cafe tucked away in the suburb of Parramatta, where she found one of her loves.

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