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Top 5: Bondi’s Best Burgers …

Top 5: Bondi’s Best Burgers …

Bondi's best burgers

Panama House

This beef burger is a towering feat of culinary construction. A juicy beef patty teamed with crunchy onion rings served with a side of hand cut fries. Added bonus, you have access to Panama House’s very own sauces ranging from sweet and mild to mind meltingly hot. Price: $19.50
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The Stuffed Beaver
If you want a hangover cure with a side of heart palpitations, head to the beaver and order a John Candy. This burger is a wagyu beef patty with a piece of fried jack cheese, bacon and pickles, perfectly teamed with their gravy and cheese laden Price: $15.80.
The Stuffed Beaver Dining Parlour on Urbanspoon

La Macelleria
The team here have recently moved their butcher slash deli to Campbell Parade and have replaced their sandwiches with a delicious new burger menu. Using meat and cheese fresh from their kitchen, they are fresh, tasty and will only cost you an average of $11.00
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Bondi Hardware
Crispy fried chicken lathered with bacon jam and sandwiched between a soft bun sound up good? Well it tastes even better. Hardware serve these as sliders and 4 of these will set you back $20.
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Olies Grilled Chicken
If you love chilli and chicken, you will love Olies. The Ben Buckler burger is a no frills fare with grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, cheese and a healthy spread of mayo. Simple, delicious and only $13.
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Truffle Pig. 

Posts cards from: Havana, Cuba …

Posts cards from: Havana, Cuba …

I recently returned from my Central American trip and my last (but certainly not least) destination was Cuba. Lots of people have asked me about what I thought of the country that is so well known for all the wrong reasons – the best word I can find in my limited vocabulary to describe it is fascinating. Despite having next to nothing and being ruled by one fierce leader after the next, the people I met were incredibly hospitable, happy, generous, creative and optimistic. Havana, the decaying but incredibly beautiful capital, was a feast for the eyes with gorgeous colourful buildings and people everywhere. Here are a few of my favourite photos…

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Coriander & Chicken Ball Salad …

Coriander & Chicken Ball Salad …

Serves 2
What you need:
• 400g of chicken mince
• 1 bunch of coriander – chopped finely
• 3 birds eye chilli – chopped finely
• 1 carrot – roughly grated
• 1 cucumber – chopped thinly
• 2 cups of shredded wombok
• Bean shoots
• 1 lime
• ½ cup of roasted, unsalted peanuts
• Soy sauce
• Chicken stock
• Fish sauce
• Pinch of sugar
• Optional: vermicelli noodles

What you need to do:
• Combine half of coriander, chillies, chicken into a bowl with a splash for soy and fish sauce, approximately a table spoon of each
• Use hands to roll mixture into a balls and place them onto a hot non-stick pan on medium to high, use a splash of stock to make sure they keep some moisture and turn them occasionally
• While the balls are cooking mix carrot, cucumber, wombok, bean shoots and remainder of coriander together
• Prepare the dressing using one part soy, one part stock, one part stock– add pinch of sugar and mix together – you will need approximately ½ a cup of dressing in total (you will need a full cup if you are adding noodles)
• Once the balls are cooked through place into the salad bowl, pour dressing over them and sprinkle them the dish with peanuts and extra chilli if you can handle the heat.

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Truffle Pig.

Top 10 Best things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize

Top 10 Best things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize

I recently returned from a trip to Caye Caulker in Belize and it is safe to say that I absolutely loved it. It was paradise. So, if you find yourself in that idyllic part of the world then follow my guide below and you will be guaranteed to have a good time.

  1. Go Slow. That is the motto on Caye Caulker and you will see it plastered everywhere. This little island is located far, far away from anywhere and the perfect place to just relax and go slow.
  2. Strap on a snorkel or tank. Belize boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. You can touch a shark, swim with a school of fish and admire endless coral through the crystal clear water.
  3. Drinks at the lazy lizard. Google Caye Caulker and you will see a million photos of the Lazy Lizard, it was enough to make me book a ticket and it didn’t disappoint. Yes, it is full of tourists, but what is better than dangling your feet in water, listening to music, being surrounded by happy party people while downing some pina coladas? Nothing!
  4. Eat a Fry Jack. A Fry Jack is the traditional breakfast dish and it is a fried tortilla stuffed with your choice of fillings and hot sauce if you’re brave enough.  The best place to do this is Errolyn’s House and the best combo is pulled chicken, cheese, beans and eggs. One of these suckers will only set you back a couple of bucks.
  5. Go to the movies.  The ‘Bondi Bar’ has a lovely little outdoor movie screen under the stars where you can sit back on a sun chair and enjoy copious amounts of popcorn and local beer.
  6. Eat lobster. Lobsters are as cheap as chips here and are served straight from the sea to your plate. The best places to enjoy a lobster is at Terry’s Grill and Fran’s Grill, both located on front street and cooked on a street-side coal BBQ.
  7. Fly over the blue hole. After many discussions with many divers, the consensus was diving in the blue hole (Belize’s most famous attraction) is not amazing, because it just looks like a lot of dark water when you’re there. So the best way to experience it is from the sky, which is actually cheaper than diving. The joy flight run by Tsunami Adventures and they takes you over not just the blue hole but give you a your of ship wrecks, private islands and coral as far as the eye can see. Plus the pilot is a legend!
  8. Beers at sunset. There is a jetty not too far away from Terry’s Grill, at the end of Hattie Street near the spit – it is quiet, peaceful and the best place to set up shop with a few Belikins (local beers) and watch the stunning sun set over the water.
  9. Talk to the locals. The beauty about this island is that it is so small that tourists and locals blend seamlessly. They are all friendly, relaxed and always blasting Bob Marley.
  10. Get on a bike. The island is flat and relatively small, perfect for cruising around on a cruiser. It is a great way to get your bearings of where everything is, including Chinatown (yes, there is even a Chinatown!).

How to get there:
If you’re visiting from Mexico, it is a 4 hour boat ride from Chatamal – get there an hour early as you will have to come from customs. There is also regular ferries from Belize City and access by plane but that will cost you a pretty penny.

Where to stay:
All accommodation is pretty basic. If you are going in the warmer months, definitely book somewhere with aircon. We stayed at the Stoned Crab Cabana, which is a basic, self-contained little hut in a great location.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Review: The Standard Hotel, New York

Review: The Standard Hotel, New York

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The hotel has become an icon itself thanks to its patchwork of glass towering into the sky enabling you to view inside peoples rooms and vice versa. And as I mentioned, it is positioned above the beloved high line and more than an arm’s distance from any other buildings (very rare for NYC). Views in every direction, no matter what floor you are on, a bonus because there is nothing worse than forking out a few hundred for a nice hotel to look onto a barron parking lot or a brick wall.

The Hotel is home to the uber exclusive club the Boom Boom Room, the popular German style beer garden and The Standard Bar and Grill, home to potentially the best burger I have ever tasted. And I don’t take such claims lightly.

Restaurants aside, the hotel is quintessentially New York. The rooms are small but trendy and boast views of the highline right underneath it, the Hudson River and the never ending city skyline of Manhattan. Centrally located with some of the city’s best shopping and dining right at your door.

  • Service: friendly, casual and helpful.
  • Room service: A good variety of options, served quickly and good quality. Watch out though, it’s expensive!
    Rooms: compact but functional – you want to be sure you’re comfortable with any others staying with you, there is zero bathroom privacy. On the plus side, you can wash your hair while admiring the city skyline and highland below.
    Amenity: A roof top gym, pool, free wifi, plenty of dining options – the hotel has everything you will need.
    Best for: a holiday or weekender for couples or friends – not ideal for the business traveller as there are no meeting rooms.
    Price: It is expensive given it is not a luxury hotel but worth the money if you have it for the views and experience alone.
  • Location: The meatpacking district is central making travel uptown, downtown and Brooklyn easy. Some of the restaurants best shopping and dining is right at your door.

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Truffle Pig.

Lemon Chicken, Tomato & Haloumi Salad …

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Serves approximately 4.

What you need:

• 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half length ways
• 100g of haloumi, thinly slices
• Bunch of asparagus, cut into 4cm
• Punnet of mixed cherry tomatoes, all cut in half
• 2 large lemons
• 4 eggs
• 2 sprigs of rosemary
• 1 cup of basil leaves
• 4 cups of baby spinach

What you need to do:
• Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place chicken in an oven try and top it with one of the lemons sliced into pieces and rosemary and a dash of olive oil and place into the oven for 30-35mins
• While the chicken is cooking, blanch the asparagus and toss it with the basil, spinach and tomatoes
• Grill the haloumi until golden brown, squeeze with lemon juice and place it into the salad and dress the salad with the remaining lemon juice and serve into 4 bowls
• Once the chicken has almost cooked, poach the 4 eggs so the yolk is still running
• Remove the chicken from the oven and slice before serving into each bowl and placing the poached egg on top
• Enjoy!

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Truffle Pig.