If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog you would know I am a sucker of a good Mexican fiesta. As part of my job and an Enthusiastic Eater, I have happily done some in depth market research in finding the best Mexican restaurants in Sydney. So here is my list, which will grow over time as my appetite and belly will also do, I am sure.
Sometimes it is hard to be motivated to brave the outside world in winter, so there is no better way to spend a night than rugged up and at the movies. This month I will be definitely going to see The Way Way Back – looks like a great flick, you can watch the trailer here: The Way Way Back
Sydney Pizza Festival
What is better than pizza?… not much. But what is better is when all the best pizza makers around the city band together and create a festival. Sydney Pizza Festival will be running for the whole month. You can view the schedule here – and don’t forget to grab tickets to the closing event to be held on SALT MEATS CHEESE you can buy them here.
A little bit of Iceland
I recently booked my tickets to Iceland for the end of the year. Some of my favourite music comes from that crazy little island on the other side of the world so I am going to trek over there can attend the Iceland Airwaves festival. To prep, I will be seeing Of Monsters and Men at the Enmore later in the month and I cannot wait! You can also buy tickets here!
All video lovers rejoice! Truffle Pig is now on YouTube and I am sharing all my food, travel and other random adventures with you. Soon I was have vlogs of recipes and how to videos, you can find them all on my my channel here – Truffle Pig YouTube
Here is a little “foot” massage I got in China earlier this year. Strange, a little intrusive, but incredibly entertaining.
Who doesn’t love to indulge in a bit of stuffed beaver?
This canadian diner slash hipster bar is the perfect place to eat ridicuously good food that is ridiculously bad for you. The burgers are front and centre on the menu and range from simple to the gourmet and are all put together in a brioche bun. You can get the heart-stopping John Candy with grilled cheese, bacon and a succulent pattie (all made in-house), the sanchez for those mexican lovers looking for a bit of salsa and guac on their burger and for those into pigs (like me) you can get your burger filled with pulled pork coleslaw and BBQ sauce, appropriately named the Happy Pig.
The burgers come free standing so it is imperative you order some sides – don’t worry, there is plenty to choose from. In true canadian style you can order the poutine (heaven in a basket) made from beer battered fries lathered in melted cheddar and gravy, or the chilli fries topped with ground beef and cheese or the hot chicken wings (and I mean HOT!). Good bye diet, hello heart palpatations!
To wash these mammoth meals down you can choose a cocktails menu which includes a stormy jerry made from ginger beer and rum or the bloody mary topped with a hard boiled egg and gerkin, it is a meal in itself. You can enjoy all of the mentioned by sitting in a booth or at the bar admiring all the random paraphernalia adorning the walls.
Each day the beaver treats their customers to something special, half price tacos on Tuesdays and waitresses with side boobs on Saturday, what more could you want?
So if you are suffering a hangover, feeling famished or want to enjoy some canadian hospitality while watching some ice hockey, go stuff your beaver at the beaver on Bondi Road.
The Bitter: The meals are more expensive than a gym membership, go figure
The Sweet: chips, gravy, cheese…. need I say more?
The Damage: A couple cocktails, burgers and sides will put a $70 whole in your pocket
The Stuffed Beaver Dining Parlour – 271 Bondi Road
Bondi, NSW - 02 9130 3002
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The best way to kick off the afternoon or evening is with a Vale Ale, which they have on tap. This is easily my favourite beer of all time which hails from the vineyards of South Australia’s McLarenvale district and it has a pinch of passionfruit. Whist sipping on those I suggest you work your way through the menu. The calamari is perfect picking food as are the beer battered chips with roasted garlic aioli.
Once you’re ready to really let your hair down there is an extensive cocktail menu that will leave you sufficiently pleased and pissed. My suggestion would be the Expresso Martini. Just when I thought the cocktail couldn’t get any better, then I tasted Bondi Hardware’s vanilla twist. The bold and bitter cocktail will give you plenty of energy to see you through your main course. The wood fire prosciutto pizza is simple but more than satisfying, infact it is my favourite. Make sure you take a mate or date so you can also order the sliders. Sliders are a revolutionary concept I have embraced with open arms and mouth. You can have two burgers in one sitting without wait staff judging you. Thank you Mr. Slider, I love you.
The interior is as pleasing and comfortable at as the food. The harsh exposed brick covered in tools is softened with pot plants hanging from the walls and roof, worn down candles and polished wood. The front half of the restaurant is open, airy and lit by the large bay windows and sky light. The back-end of the bar is dark, cosy and the perfect place to snort sweet nothings….
The Bitter: Like any Bondi bar you will come across some tools, fitting given the name
The Sweet: Sweet, small, succulent sliders….. and super nice, smiling service
The Damage: For drinks and tapas to share you’re looking at about $60-$70 per pig.
Bondi Hardware – 39 Hall St - Bondi Beach, NSW 2026