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Alpha Restaurant, Sydney

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Alpha Restaurant, Sydney
It’s always a struggle to find a place that’s suitable for group dining that’s relatively inexpensive, especially in Sydney CBD. Having travelled around Greece and the Greek islands, I’ve noticed that Greek cuisine is catered for meals best shared amongst a group. The dining space and ambience of Alpha Restaurant, Sydney, exudes a corporate vibe during weekdays and a more relaxed space for their Sunday lunches. I love the large stone walls and the high ceiling which reminds me of Athens. Since this place has opened it’s doors, I’ve been twice, each time I had Yia Yia’s Table menu #1 ($55pp) and #2 ($65pp). Yia Yia is grandmother in Greek and she sure puts up a good spread! The below is items from Yia Yia’s Table menu #2 which has a few extra dishes than #1. 
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Pita bread
Taramosalata, white cod’s roe dip
Melitzanosalata, smoked eggplant dip
Warm pita bread drizzled in lemon olive oil, smeared with lashings of creamy and slightly briny taramasolata which was addictive to consume. The melitzanosalata was more like a relish rather than a dip with smokey strips of tangy eggplant. 

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Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong

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Tim Ho Wan - Olympic City, Hong Kong
Snake lines winding out the door at the cheapest one Michelin star restaurant you’ll be able to eat at, Tim Ho Wan is a name that rings a bell to many. Headed by famed Chef Mak Pui Gor, the former dim sum/dumpling master at three Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, Lung King Heen inside Hong Kong’s Four Seasons Hotel. I find there are certain yum cha essentials paramount to determining whether the yum cha joint is top notch. The benchmarks are har gow, siu mai, woo gok (deep fried taro dumpling with pork and shiitake mushrooms) and darn tart (egg tarts)
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Steamed fresh shrimp dumpling - har gow $24hkd
Plump little morsels of firm prawn and diced water chestnuts wrapped in a translucent gummy casing, just delicious. 
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Valentine’s Day in Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley

With Valentine’s Day coming up in this month of love, it’s the perfect time to discover the hidden gem of the Broke Fordwich region in Hunter Valley for a blissful and romantic escape accompanied with gorgeous wines. 
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Stomp! Wines, Broke
Start the morning off at family owned boutique cellar, Stomp! Wines, where you’ll be welcomed by Michael, a passionate winemaker with a chemical engineering background, and Meredith the friendly face of the Cellar Door. Be filled with enamour by the captivatingly rich shades of red wine stains on some of the furniture made from old wine barrels by their son (who’s still in high school!), a great eco-friendly way to recycle the barrels.
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Sit outside amongst the lush scenery with the wind gently blowing through your hair as you taste the wine selection from Stomp! and their cheeky Pssst ‘n’ Broke selection. I recommend beginning (and maybe ending too!) with an aperitif of sparkling Stomp! Vivace Frizzante which is a definite favourite of mine, it’s summery and vibrantly bubbly with subtle hints of Turkish Delight. 

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Three Blue Ducks, Bronte

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Three Blue Ducks, Bronte
Summer, beach and brunch. The three words that spring to mind when I think of Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. Being a 10-15 minute leisurely stroll from Bronte Beach & Baths, it makes for a popular spot for locals. The produce is fresh and healthy which won’t leave you feeling bloated before a dip in the clear blue ocean. 
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Chocolate milkshake $7
Mmm.. very chocolatey milkshake and not made from syrup either. Lately I’ve noticed the boy has had an obsession with milkshakes; leave a comment below on where you think the best one is :) 
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Single origin roasters piccolo $3.50
A good strong coffee.

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