Two Amazing Weeks in Italy

Two Amazing Weeks in Italy

We spent two weeks in Italy for our June 2015 honeymoon and it was magical. You could technically go all over Europe in two weeks,…

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Long Overdue Update

Long Overdue Update

So…we haven’t posted in forever because…we no longer live in Sydney! Some life updates from the past 1.5 years: We moved back to the states…

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Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

I can’t believe it took us this long to discover Noosa – what a gorgeous place! We recently visited this beautiful beach town located about…

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Not Just Another Food Blog Award From Delivery Hero

Not Just Another Food Blog Award From Delivery Hero

Thanks for thinking we’re Not Just Another Food Blog Delivery Hero! Check out all ten winners here. And check out their interview with us here.  

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Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder - 2013

Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder – 2013

We recently hosted 20+ close friends at our place for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. This was our third Thanksgiving in Australia and per usual,…

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Thanksgiving Tips for Our Fellow Expats

Thanksgiving Tips for Our Fellow Expats

Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to prepare for even at home in the states! All the preparation….finding the perfect turkey…fighting over the last can of…

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Nomad, Surry Hills

Nomad, Surry Hills

Add this to your must-try list immediately and make a booking while you still can – this place is amazing. We came here for McKay’s…

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The Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

The Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

We expected this to be your regular run-of-the-mill Surry Hills cafe, but we were pleasantly surprised. The menu is inventive and interesting. The food was…

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McEsther Engagement Drinks - We Have The Best Friends Ever!

McEsther Engagement Drinks – We Have The Best Friends Ever!

Thanks everyone who made it – what a wonderful day!

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Hudson Meats, Surry Hills

Hudson Meats, Surry Hills

I am actually in disbelief that we haven’t written anything about Hudson Meats already! It is BY FAR our favourite food shop in Sydney and…

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In Non Food Related News...We Got Engaged!

In Non Food Related News…We Got Engaged!

It’s true! We’ve been in the states quite a bit since we’ve lived in Australia celebrating the nuptials of some fabulous couples… Elise and Elliot…

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Chow Bar & Eating House, Surry Hills

Chow Bar & Eating House, Surry Hills

As we mentioned a few months ago, the prime Surry Hills location on Campbell and Crown once occupied by Bentley Bar has been transformed into…

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Burger Face-Off - Our Top Five Burgers in Sydney

Burger Face-Off – Our Top Five Burgers in Sydney

It’s been difficult, I can assure you…but we’ve been tasting burgers all over Sydney recently to find the very best.  Here’s our list of the…

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The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Gorgeous new addition to the Surry Hills Cafe scene. Similar to it’s sister cafe, Reuben Hills, The Paramount has been beautifully decorated in minimal, hipster…

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Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

I was luckily enough to attend Gelato Messina’s Gelato Appreciation Class for the second time thanks to Google Local Sydney. Disclaimer that I work for…

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Yokozuna, Darlinghurst

Yokozuna, Darlinghurst

Cute little hole in the wall mom and pop sushi shop nestled amongst the gay clubs and sketchy massage places on Oxford Street. Loved: the…

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Video of Our Trip to Vanuatu

Video of Our Trip to Vanuatu

Full post and details of our trip in our previous post: One Week in Paradise, Efate Vanuatu. Thank you to Brian for capturing our trip…

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Wine Library, Woollahra

Wine Library, Woollahra

I’ve been to the Wine Library twice in the past two weeks. Wine? Cheese? Cured Meats? Candied nuts? Nothing not to like from where I’m…

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One Week in Paradise - Efate,Vanuatu

One Week in Paradise – Efate,Vanuatu

I’ll be honest – I hadn’t heard of Vanuatu until McKay told me he’d booked us a vacation there. I’m lucky he does his research…

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Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

We’ve heard lot’s of upsetting  food news recently – some of our favourites are either closed or relocating! Here’s the round-up: Missy K’s, our favourite neighbourhood…

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Suzie Q, Surry Hills

Suzie Q, Surry Hills

We loved this little laid-back cafe down one of the quieter blocks in Surry Hills. The obvious theme here is music. The menus are made…

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Mr.Crackles, Darlinghurst

Mr.Crackles, Darlinghurst

There’s not much you can say about a place where the entire menu is centered around pork crackling…except for “YUM, I WANT IT RIGHT NOW”….

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The Great Ocean Road - Melbourne to Port Campbell

The Great Ocean Road – Melbourne to Port Campbell

The Great Ocean Road drive has been on our list for quite some time and I’m so glad we were able to do it over…

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Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

If you’re looking for a place to stay on your Great Ocean Road trip – we highly recommend Acquus Zinga. Their website just doesn’t really…

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Gelato Appreciation Class with Gelato Messina

Gelato Appreciation Class with Gelato Messina

It’s no secret that gelato is probably one of my favourite foods and that we are frequent visitors of all three of Gelato Messina locations…

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Fish Place, Surry Hills

Fish Place, Surry Hills

It’s little spots like these that make us wish we worked in Surry Hills and could just pop over for lunch any time. We love…

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Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

Sister restaurants to Xage on Crown Street, Madame Nhu recently opened in Surry Hills also featuring delicious Vietnamese food. We’ve been a few times now…

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Katsu Ramen, Surry Hills

Katsu Ramen, Surry Hills

Bottom Line: Fast and friendly service. Nice spot for a rainy day meal. Not the best Ramen and/or Katsu Curry place in Sydney, but not…

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Kürtősh, Surry Hills

Kürtősh, Surry Hills

Everything is delicious at this little bakery!  

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Grounds of Alexandria and Salts, Meats & Cheese

Grounds of Alexandria and Salts, Meats & Cheese

How have we not ventured to the Grounds of Alexandria before?! What a little gem! We didn’t actually get to eat at the restaurant as…

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Make New Friends with Old Fashioneds

Make New Friends with Old Fashioneds

Who doesn’t love a good Old Fashioned? We certainly enjoy them regularly at our house and it is our go-to cocktail at a good bar…

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Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm - Mom's Visit

Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm – Mom’s Visit

Mom was recently in town to visit. And it was fantastic! I miss her already…

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Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania

It’s been a while since I updated the blog and we’ve had a slew of trips since New Years including an awesome long weekend spend…

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RivaReno Gelato, Darlinghurst

RivaReno Gelato, Darlinghurst

A new gelato spot opened up on Crown Street (directly across from MadMex). What’s the verdict? It’s gelato. It’s smooth & creamy. It’s probably pretty…

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South Island New Zealand Trip Video

South Island New Zealand Trip Video

Thank you, Brian, for making this video of our trip. Such a great way to re-live everything two months later! And wow New Zealand –…

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121BC, Surry Hills

121BC, Surry Hills

Are you looking for the perfect date-night spot? Look no further…121BC is it! Tucked away in a discreet Surry Hills alley (made less discreet with…

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Rustic Pearl, Surry Hills

Rustic Pearl, Surry Hills

Loved this new little cafe in Surry Hills. A definite step up from the old pizza/gelato place that used to be here. The food was…

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Mexico Food & Liquor, Surry Hills

Mexico Food & Liquor, Surry Hills

UPDATE: We’ve now been back to Mexico a few times since our initial post and found the food to be a bit hit or miss….

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New Years Eve 2012 - Cockatoo Island

New Years Eve 2012 – Cockatoo Island

We were lucky enough to ring in 2013 at a fabulous location – Cockatoo Island. A quick ferry ride from Circular Quay – we had…

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10 Days in New Zealand's South Island

10 Days in New Zealand’s South Island

We spent December 1 – December 11 traveling through the beautiful South Island of New Zealand – a trip I would recommend to anyone. Thanks…

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Milk Bar by Cafe Ish, Redfern

Milk Bar by Cafe Ish, Redfern

I wish this place was still in Surry Hills. We’d been to Cafe Ish when it was in its Albion Street location and thought it…

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Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

I didn’t think it could much better than last year’s Thanksgiving celebration, but it can…and it was. I think it’s safe to say that everyone…

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Recipe - Pecan Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

Recipe – Pecan Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

Yesterday we had an amazing friends-giving dinner at our friends, the Tomofields, home. One of the items I volunteered to make was Pecan Pie –…

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Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley - McKay's Birthday Trip!

Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley – McKay’s Birthday Trip!

This past weekend was one of my favourite weekends since we moved to Australia. We celebrated McKay’s birthday with an amazing group of friends in…

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Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar, Darlinghurst

Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar, Darlinghurst

A hidden gem nestled between the Taylor Square clubs, this place has such charm. We asked the friendly staff for their recommendations and went with…

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Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

This Friday we finally headed over to Bondi to check out Sculpture by The Sea – an annual art exhibit which is exactly as it…

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Lynn Shanghai Cuisine, CBD

Lynn Shanghai Cuisine, CBD

Thank you to our friends Lucien and Madeline for showing this gem to us. It’s sort of a funny location – inside an RSL on Castlereagh…

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Our Favourite Bacon & Egg Rolls

Our Favourite Bacon & Egg Rolls

Even when dining at some of the fanciest of breakfast spots…even when faced with the most innovative of menus…sometimes you just want a good ol’…

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Cowbell 808, Surry Hills

Cowbell 808, Surry Hills

I could tell by our first visit that we would be visiting this place many MANY more times. We were greeted by a lovely gentleman…

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Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket

Chinese Noodle Restaurant, Haymarket

Grapes on the ceiling of a Chinese restaurant?! Obviously. This place is THE hole in the wall of hole in the walls, but I would…

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Mr Cooper's, Paddington

Mr Cooper’s, Paddington

What a pleasant little surprise this place was! We came in for a quick lunch before a day of shopping on Oxford Street and we…

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Gelato Messina, Surry Hills

Gelato Messina, Surry Hills

IT’S FINALLY OPEN! Our favourite Gelato place has opened it’s newest location on Crown Street in Surry Hills (a dangerously close few blocks from us!)….

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The Sandwich Shop, Surry Hills

The Sandwich Shop, Surry Hills

Fresh baked bread, warm chicken schnitzel, with thick slices of provolone cheese and a side of avocado…my mouth is watering just thinking about yesterdays lunch…

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Things We Miss

Things We Miss

We absolutely love living in Australia, but after over a year and a half here, there are a few (mostly ridiculous) items that we do…

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The Fish Shop, Potts Point

The Fish Shop, Potts Point

Fresh and delicious seafood, fast and friendly service, in an adorable laid back setting. Yet another win from Merivale – we will absolutely be back….

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Mamak, Haymarket

Mamak, Haymarket

This place has been on the list for ages and rightfully so…it should be on everyones list. It’s quick, cheap, delicious and BYO to boot…

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Rainford Street Social, Surry Hills

Rainford Street Social, Surry Hills

Occupying the spot that Bird, Cow, Fish once was located and under the same ownership as Toko – we were expecting big things from Rainford…

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First Visit Back to the States Since We Moved to Sydney!

First Visit Back to the States Since We Moved to Sydney!

This post is massively delayed, but nearly one and half years since we moved to Sydney we finally had a chance to visit our friends…

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Recipe - Lamb Ragu

Recipe – Lamb Ragu

As hard as we tried, between the two of us and our two lovely dinner guests…we could not finish the entire 2.2 kilos of lamb…

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Recipe - Five Hour Roasted Moroccan Lamb

Recipe – Five Hour Roasted Moroccan Lamb

Oh how we love Hudson Meats. Not only is this gorgeous little butcher shop right around the corner from us on Crown Street, but the…

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Jazz City Diner, Darlinghurst

Jazz City Diner, Darlinghurst

It’s nothing fancy, but that’s actually what we really liked about Jazz City Diner. Classic American diner food (read: FRIES not chips!) that hits the…

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The Burger Joint, Darlinghurst

The Burger Joint, Darlinghurst

This place is so tiny and unassuming. You’d walk by it without noticing it if not for the delectable scent of burgers wafting out of…

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Gnome, Surry Hills

Gnome, Surry Hills

A perfect little spot for weekend brunch and surprisingly…also a pretty chill spot to have a drink in the evening! Gnome checks all the boxes…

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Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar

UPDATE – we came back last night before going to see The Avengers…it was McKay’s first time and he was very impressed by the soup…

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Mrs.Top, Milton

Mrs.Top, Milton

I’ll be honest…I was extremely skeptical when McKay made a booking at Mrs.Top based on a coworkers recommendation. I couldn’t find any reviews on the…

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Guillaume at Bennelong, Opera House

Guillaume at Bennelong, Opera House

It’s pricey, but for a special occasion or when entertaining guests from out of town…I couldn’t think of a more perfect spot. It’s fancy French…

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4Fourteen, Surry Hills

4Fourteen, Surry Hills

UPDATE: We’ve been back a few times now and would definitely recommend it. I think our first visit was too early…it was still trying to…

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Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

We’ve been lucky enough to host several friends and family since we moved to Sydney and we’re looking forward to many more visitors to come!…

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Australian-isms

Australian-isms

Sadly, we haven’t picked up the Aussie accent…But we have started to pick up  some words, phrases, pronunciations, and spellings from our time here so…

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The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building

The Tea Room, Queen Victoria Building

We had a great time at the Tea Room, but it was definitely everything to do with the company and not much to do with…

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Le Monde Cafe, Surry Hills

Le Monde Cafe, Surry Hills

I’d heard great things about this place for brunch, but had held off visiting after a disastrous first visit for takeaway coffees (chai for me)…

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St. Isidore, Milton

St. Isidore, Milton

It was Easter Sunday in Mollymook and poor planning on our part as every restaurant in town was fully booked for lunch. But our poor…

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Easter Weekend in Mollymook

Easter Weekend in Mollymook

We spent the long Easter holiday weekend in Mollymook, an adorable beach front town on the South coast of New South Wales. It’s about a three…

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The Boat House, Palm Beach

The Boat House, Palm Beach

Bottom Line – The food is a bit pricey, but let’s be real – you aren’t driving all the way up to Palm Beach for the…

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Buzo, Paddington

Buzo, Paddington

Bottom Line – The food was tasty and the atmosphere was nice, but we’d still recommend Il Baretto or A Tavola first.   We came here…

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Didn't MEAT Our Expectations...Victor Churchill, Woolhara

Didn’t MEAT Our Expectations…Victor Churchill, Woolhara

My boyfriend and I used to both be big fans of Victor Churchill. It’s a beautiful, world class butcher shop – more akin to a jewelry store…

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Thanksgiving Down Under

Thanksgiving Down Under

While we miss our families back in the states A LOT, we were so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with an amazing group…

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House on Hawkesbury River

House on Hawkesbury River

A few weeks ago we celebrated the lovely Sara’s birthday with a long weekend at the Hawkesbury River. Just an hour and half North of…

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Flat White, Paddington

Flat White, Paddington

Bottom Line: Cute little brunch spot on the Woollahra/Paddington border. […]




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El Loco, Surry Hills

El Loco, Surry Hills

Verdict: Tacos that pass the taste-test of even a native Californian – and for $5?! Yes, please. El Loco is located on Faveaux Street in…

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Harrison's Port Douglas

Harrison's Port Douglas

Harrison’s is a somewhat unassuming restaurant located on the relaxed Wharf Street in Port Douglas. We enjoyed our dinner on the big front patio and…

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Bentley, Surry Hills

Bentley, Surry Hills

We’ve yet to have dinner at Bentley, but the few times we’ve been there for drinks and dessert warrant a post for sure. Delicious cocktails…

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We Went Sailing!

We Went Sailing!

…and it was awesome! Thank you Sara, Ryan and Joe for arranging. We rented the boat from East Sail leaving from Rushcutters Bay and they were…

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El Capo, Surry Hills

El Capo, Surry Hills

Bottom Line: Great atmosphere. Fun and quirky latin gangster themed decor. Helpful staff. Beautiful food, but beauty was definitely the priority. Some yummy dishes, but…

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Universal Restaurant

Universal Restaurant

All I can say is – new favorite restaurant alert!! We came here with my brother, sister-in-law, and friend Christine for an early birthday celebration. There was…

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Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

You’ve figured out where you are going to live and how you are moving all of your things – what next?! Part Three in the…

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Deus' First Birthday Celebration!

Deus’ First Birthday Celebration!

My nephew, Deus, turned one this past weekend so we were in Melbourne for the celebration! Not surprisingly…my brother and sister-in-law threw the best party…

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We Were In Design Quarterly!

We Were In Design Quarterly!

We’re totally famous. Not really, but we did get to go to the launch party for Great Dane’s Contract Division in Sydney a while back…

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Part Two of Three: The Actual Move

Part Two of Three: The Actual Move

Once you’ve decided to make the move to Australia – get to executing! Part Two in the three part post on moving to Australia. See…

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Part One of Three: Planning for The Move

Part One of Three: Planning for The Move

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Sydney for six months (and 20 days, but who’s counting?!). It seems like time has really…

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