Sydney Eats – My Favorite Places

I think it’s obvious, but Charlie and I are total foodies. Hence, our Good Bad Foodie venture. When we travel the way we want to experience a foreign place is through their food. We want to eat where the locals eat, we want to experience the places that the locals enjoy!

Ready for food adventures!

When we were in Sydney one thing we noticed is the food scene is very international, which we like! It reminded me a lot of the food scene in LA – lots of variety. Though the closest thing to “authentic Australian” we had was at Fortune of War, Sydney’s Oldest Pub. We loved the character of the pub and the variety of bar food they had. I had a couple Bilpin Ciders and shared some appetizers with Charlie.

The sign lured us in lol 🙂
Bilpin Cider – not to sweet!

Charlie and I love to stay in Airbnb’s  mainly because we love to cook while we’re traveling. Like I said, “Live like a local.” Aside from our epic food crawls and food excursions we like the idea of trying our hand at cooking in other places. Over at Paddy’s Market you can buy fruit, vegetables, as well as meat and seafood. It was a foodie’s dream!

Just one of the many produce stalls inside Paddy’s Market

One of the first places we went to eat in Sydney was at Din Tai Fung. I know this isn’t that unique, I mean come on, we have multiple in LA. The obsession in Sydney is far less than here in LA. No wait so we jumped at the chance. Silver lining is I can at least fulfill my craving here at home if I’m feening for some of those pork and crab soup dumplings!

Silken Tofu and Pork Strings with Century Egg from Din Tai Fung
Pork and Crab Dumplings from Din Tai Fung

Our go-to spot the entire time we were there were all these quick take out sushi stops. If you know me, you know I love me some sushi! Our favorite one was Sushi Hub near Central Station.

Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

My absolute fave food stop in Sydney came as a recommendation from our Airbnb host

Spice Alley in the Chippendale area of Sydney

You’ve got to check this place out if you are ever in Sydney! It’s this small little corridor that has different food stalls inspired by different countries in Asia. I wanted to try something from every stall but there were too many stalls and too little time!

Karaage Chicken Udon
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Oceanside Vacation Recap – Stuff We Eat

Oceanside is a great place for this Valley Girl to take a quick getaway to. I love the small beach town feel of that place. I don’t know what it is about the ocean, but I love to be by it. I love the sound of the waves, the cool winds, and the view of the horizon. But the thing I noticed most about being by the ocean, there are a bunch of places near the ocean with good food!
If you remember my post on tips for traveling I had a short list of places I wanted to visit while we were in Oceanside. Once we arrived in South O we walked over to Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank. It was awesome because it was just around the corner from our Airbnb. We had a couple drinks (Charlie had the Barrel Aged Sazerac and I had the Magic Surfer), a short rib bonanza (Charlie and I split the Short Rib Poutine and the Short Rib Burger), and the Hard Root Beer Float for dessert.

For dinner we decided to do a little grocery shopping and cook our own food. We stopped by Red and White Market across the street and bought a tri-tip roast, some red potatoes, and white mushrooms. Just seasoned with with some olive oil, sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic powder. Awesome! We ended up having it for breakfast on Sunday and Monday too. Saved us a ton of money since we didn’t have to eat out.
On Sunday afternoon we decided to explore Carlsbad which was only about a mile away. We stopped at Carlsbad Beach to catch a few rays and enjoy the view. Then we explored Carlsbad Village to find a couple places to eat. We got a couple really good smoothies from Beach City Smoothies. You might be thinking, “A smoothie is a smoothie, how good could it be?” Boo, trust me. Take it from a girl that makes a lot of smoothies on a daily basis. These are good smoothies 🙂 From there we went to Campfire, which was on my list of places to visit. We shared their interpretation of ceviche (which was more like a tare tare), their pork belly bahn mi, and a couple cocktails.

After we watched the sunset at Cassidy Beach (which was breathtaking btw), we had a couple drinks and the fried cheese curds at Urge and then had one of our favorite dishes at home: Mandarin Orange Chicken and brown rice from Trader Joe’s. Yes yes, y’all. One of our favorite dishes. No shame lol!



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NYC 2016

It’s been about 2 weeks since we got back from our first trip to NYC. It was such a great trip! Just very short. We were there for 3 days (4 technically) and we barely got to do anything. We just tried to fit in as much sights (and food) as possible. 😉


This was us before we realized our flight got moved to a different gate. No worries though, we didn’t miss it. Our flight was delayed by over an hour. By the time we arrived at JFK it was past 12:30 and we arrived at our hotel around 1 am EST. It was late, we were starving. We didn’t eat anything but rice crackers the entire day. So first stop – Halal Guys!

Halal Guys at 2 am

The next day we made our way over to the Javits to go see what the last day of set up looks like. Before heading out we stopped by a coffee shop a couple blocks from our hotel called Bibble and Sip in Midtown. It was such a refreshing sight to see a great place like this amongst all the chain cafes in the area.

Lattes and Espresso at Bibble and Sip

Because it was the weekend the 7 train wasn’t running so we decided to walk to the Javits. On our way we ran into a street fair in Hells Kitchen and had to stop to try the delicious food. We had some pork buns, sangria, and our personal favorite – Jamaican Oxtail stew with rice. *drool* The street fair went for countless blocks. So much to choose from!

9th Street Fair
Pork Bun and Sangria from Brickyard in Hell's Kitchen
Pork Bun and Sangria from Brickyard in Hell’s Kitchen

When we got to the Javits first thing we did was visit our good friends Robin and Alvin from Scotch & Cream. They needed a small errand run so after we walked up and down the aisles to get a glance at set up we headed out to Lowes. On the way, Charlie and I were discussing our plans for our own NSS booth and all the eye candy/inspiring booths we saw during Saturday’s set up day.

That evening we had some drinks with our friend David and headed out to eat more food! We had some Shake Shack (it was good 😛 but the Cali girl in me loves me my In n Out) and some noodle soup from Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles II in Hell’s Kitchen. The noodles were delicious!


Hand pulled noodles
Hand pulled noodles

The next day was dedicated to sight seeing. We saw the city the only way we would enjoy it – through food. We went on our classic food crawl and hit a bunch of great places! We started our journey at Bibble and Sip again. Got some coffee and a Milk Bun to share. Not pictured: Green Papaya Salad and Lychee Mimosas from Pig and Khao in the Lower East Side.

Mushroom truffle oil and Margherita Pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn
Mushroom truffle oil and Margherita Pizza from Table 87 in Brooklyn
Momofuku Ramen
Momofuku Ramen in the East Village 
Strawberry Shortcake at Big Gay Ice Cream
Strawberry Shortcake at Big Gay Ice Cream in the East Village
Fried Pork and Chive Dumplings from Vanessa Dumpling
Fried Pork and Chive Dumplings from Vanessa Dumpling in China Town

And our personal favorite *drum roll please* –

Cold Skin Noodle from Xi'an Famous Foods
Cold Skin Noodle from Xi’an Famous Foods (they have various locations throughout NY)

Guys, I would go back to New York just for these noodles. They were unlike anything I’ve had. So delicious, simple, full of flavor.

We got to catch up with our friend and former Unique LA booth mate, Diana. She took us around Brooklyn and her favorite pizza place, Table 87 (pictured above).

Our last full day in NYC was Monday and we were heading back to NSS to walk the show now that everyone was set up. Everyone’s booths looked wonderful! It was night and day. We got a pic of some of our friends’ spectacular booths. I must say they were killin’ it!

Caroline Creates
Caroline Creates
Julie Ann Art
Julie Ann Art
Paula and Waffle
Paula and Waffle
Scotch and Cream
Scotch and Cream
Shifting Statos Kuo
Shifting Statos Kuo

Thank you to all our friends for making our first trip to New York so great! We can’t wait until next year!



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