Dapto are a food truck business based in Lakemba so don’t be fooled by its name.
Parked in an unsuspecting area, this is one definitely to visit.
Having won a competition on Instagram, this was my first time out since #iso and I have to say it was pretty good considering it was freezing cold.
I won a family feast so we took a couple of friends with us for a late night feed (or what I would call late now with my lack of sleep) and had our first meal out.
We got to try the plain dog which was a damn good hot dog with ketchup and mustard for those who like things more traditional. It’s a pretty decent sized thing so you definitely won’t go hungry.
The chilli dog which has Mexican salsa, chilli, cheese, onions, BBQ sauce, mustard and jalapenos – a winner if you love your spice and it definitely works for something so different!
The cheeseburger which was also really, really good (we went back for seconds) if you like your burgers plain like me just has the patty, onions, cheese, mustard, pickles and tomato. The patty is nice and juicy, and freshly made to order.
The second burger was a DD grilled chicken burger which comes with chicken breast, lettuce, mayo and chilli as an option, which was also really good and we had a second serving of.
Then we also had chips and drinks as part of our sides (all of the above you can get as a combo for seven bucks extra). A bargain if you ask me as most joints charge between $15 and $22 just for a burger on its own and fail at the taste!
These guys can cook up a mean cheat meal or everyday treat if you’re looking for something delicious and filling. Not to mention they have other items on the menu as well like Pluto pups and chicken nuggets. They also do a variety of burgers and different styles of hot dogs as well as a hot dog snack pack – now that is one I’ll be ordering next time round!
If you’re looking for the perfect grazing spread look no further than Graze in a Box.
A newbie on the scene, Graze in a Box comes in strong with their selection of high quality nibbles, you’d think they were in the game since day dot.
The Classic Graze box feeds over four people, measures at 360 by 255 and is jam packed with something for everyone.
With two cheeses, two dips, artisan crackers and wafers, cold cuts and twiggies, pickles and olives, antipasto, Tim Tams, nuts, seasonal fruit, raw honeycomb, chocolate, dried fruit, and other yummy nibbles you honestly can’t go wrong.
The ham used has a yummy smoked flavour, it’s hard to stop eating. The pieces also quite big in size and are arranged like blooming roses – so pretty!
The artisan crackers have me absolutely hooked! They’re sweet in taste and went so well with the apricot and almond cheese.
The sweet potato and cashew dip was amazing. I’d never had this before but it was heavenly. I paired it with the twiggy sticks and the flavours were a really good combination.
The pickles, olives and sun dried tomato were also really tasty – I love sun dried tomatoes so to have them included in the box was such a treat for me.
The fruit packed was fresh, sweet and vibrant in colour, a must for all grazing tables.
The assorted nibbles for those with a sweet tooth really deliver. With things like Tim Tams to Lindt balls and chocolate covered pretzels – chocolate lovers celebrate.
Now you be the judge and tell me if this doesn’t sound like the ultimate graze you’d love to have at your next event or secretly for yourself.
Mine started off really well by winning two sets of competitions on Instagram with one of them being from The Pasta House x Lulu Flora.
It was such a good win as I got to choose four different pastas, a bottle of Little Berry wine, garlic bread and the most amazing bunch of flowers from Lulu Flora.
One of the pastas I chose was the pappardelle ai funghi. This had a wild mushroom medley sauce and was just delicious! It had a more subtle flavour but was definitely one of my faves.
I also chose the lasagne emiliana which was so good! This one had a stronger flavour but was so yummy. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this was one of the best lasagnes I’ve had in awhile.
The third pasta dish I had was the gnocchi napoletana. This had a bang of flavour and was so good. The gnocchi was just the right texture and was still good the next day after reheating.
Last but not least was the cannelloni di carne. This was also really good. Most cannellonies I’ve had have been soggy but this was cooked to perfection. The flavour was again another subtle one but still yummy.
All of the pastas were so good, it was hard to choose a favourite but the pappardelle ai funghi and lasagne emiliana just pushed through to the top.
The garlic bread was also really good and went so well with the gnocchi napoletana!
The wine was Little Berry Mclaren Vale Shiraz. It has a strong taste but paired really well with the pasta dishes.
Lastly, the flowers from Lulu Floral were absolutely amazing! They were the biggest bunch I’ve ever seen and were so pretty.
It’s been 3 days since I received these and they’re still in good condition. The Madonna lilies are now in full bloom and are absolutely massive! Everytime I walk into the room, I can smell their floral smell straight away.
Crust Pizza has been turning heads with their pizzas since I can remember.
I remember the hype when they first started gaining traction so went out and bought a couple of pizzas. I was lucky to be living in North Parra at the time so was super close to one of the stores.
Fast forward three years later and they’re still as good as I remember.
Winning a prize through Instagram made me remember how good their pizzas were and had me ordering on top of what I had won.
Each month Crust Panania holds a competition and April happened to be a lucky month for me to win their pasta giveaway. I got to choose a starter, pasta and dessert.
I couldn’t go to Crust and not have a pizza so ordered the Chorizo Salsa Verde and Kids Cheese Pizza with a juice on top.
Of course they delivered the goods by making me realise I was missing out not ordering from them more often (please excuse the box photos, we were starving and didn’t want to spend over an hour trying to style and photograph our food).
As part of the prize I chose the Smokey BBQ Wings, Homestyle Bolognese and House Cooked Belgian Waffles with chocolate fudge.
The Smokey BBQ Wings were so moreish! Such a good flavour, I’d definitely recommend getting a box or two of these.
The Homestyle Bolognese will give your nonna a run for her cooking. It has bacon in it which probably added more flavour because let’s face it, who doesn’t love bacon?!
The House Cooked Belgian Waffles are insanely good! They’re seriously out of this world. I wanted to eat them both but because I had eaten so much already, I could only manage one without feeling like I was going to burst.
I remembered I had another one the following morning and ate it sneakily for breakfast before anyone could see me and it was still so good (I have to say it was probably better the day after but maybe because I wasn’t at the point of bursting).
The Chorizo Salsa Verde pizza is one of Crust’s newbies. It’s got chorizo, roasted capsicum, caramelised onion and oregano on a tomato base.
Loved this one apart from the onions. I’m not a fan of onions anyway but hubby is and he thought it could have also done better without the onions. Next time I’ll know to customise it and remove the onions! Other than that, it’s definitely one I’d order again.
The Kids Cheese Pizza and juice speaks for itself. Cheese pizzas are so easy to eat. Bub didn’t eat most of it as she’s only 11 months old so of course that leaves me to eat the leftovers and this went down a treat. Because the base is quite thin I could practically eat the whole thing even after eating half the Chorizo Salsa Verde and most of the pasta.
Thank you to Crust Pizza Panania for giving me a chance to win and for such a good feed.
I can’t wait to try the rest of the menu next time round.
Tipsy Jam is an Australian local business which specialises in jams infused with alcohol.
They create products for grazing platters, gift boxes and event favours but the best thing is that they are vegan!
To celebrate mother’s day, Tipsy Jam have created a mother’s day box which includes two jams; I got fig and port, and plum faced, a blueberry cheesecake flavoured candle, some handmade dark chocolate and a ‘Sit Stay Society’ rosé.
The boxes cost $45 each and it’s $10 for delivery if you live outside of the 10 kilometre radius of Lane Cove.
The jams are perfect for #iso because you can create your own mini high tea or picnic for mum by baking some simple scones. Whip up some thickened cream and add your Tipsy Jam, pair it with your rosé and you’re ready to celebrate! You even have some chocolate for dessert afterwards.
Such a perfect gift, I know I’d love to receive one of these boxes!
Crackle & Co. are an Australian family owned company who specialise in creating the perfect pork crackling snack.
They hand cook each piece until it’s just right and have flavours of sea salt, balsamic vinegar and chilli as part of their mouth watering range.
If you’re not a fan of crackling, these will definitely change your mind!
The balsamic vinegar being my personal favourite has just the right amount of flavour and hits your tastebuds, leaving you wanting more.
The chilli flavour has just the right amount of heat. As you guys know by now, I’m a wimp when it comes to spice and I was able to handle these just fine.
The sea salt would have to be the OG of flavours when it comes to crackling and definitely doesn’t disappoint.
These guys work directly with local suppliers which is great in helping to support your local businesses and you can tell that their products are the real thing as you will notice that there is branding on the occasional piece you pick up so make sure you grab yourself a few bags!
Divine Donuts is a small business which went live on the 5th of February 2020.
If you check them out on Instagram and Facebook (@divinedonuts_) you will see how well curated their dessert boxes are.
They also like to run little competitions for their followers here and there which I was lucky enough to win this month.
They have a range of donut flavours ranging from the creme brulee bombshell to the charming chocolate.
As you can see, their boxes don’t shy away from fulfilling your sweet tooth cravings!
In the box I won, I received the following donuts:
Creme brulee bombshell
Sinful cinnamon sugar
As soon as you open the box, that delicious smell of freshly baked donuts slaps you across the face making it hard to not devour the whole box before you take your photo.
Their donuts are soft, bursting with fillings, flavoursome (my personal fave being the creme brulee bombshell), and also keep well the day after – not that there were very many left!
The other little bits and pieces included in the box were pieces of Mars bars, marshmallows, lollipops, chocolate freckles, red skins, candied hearts, twizzlers, speckled eggs (given that we’re leading up to Easter), and another personal favourite, oreo filled eggs which were decorated beautifully in edible glitter!
How can you honestly resist this?!
The box was such a hit that we have already put in another order for the month of May but I’ll more than likely be ordering much sooner to fulfill cravings during the lockdown period.
If you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you really need to!
Also, it’s nice to give back to the local businesses during this time. I know it’s been rough on most of them so why not order a box to help them along a little bit.
A little tip for anyone wanting to visit is to purchase your tickets online as it saves you a dollar or two. It might not be much to you but it all adds up at the end of the day and you can buy a small sundae with that!
Anyway, the food at the zoo wasn’t too bad. I had a carrot cake and hot choccie to start the day off and then a sausage sizzle as a snack before lunch.
The zoo is a reasonable size so make sure you have good walking shoes on!
After the zoo we headed out to Patissez for some lunch.
The weather was scorching hot so I had to opt for something green which I never do!
The Green Goddess Bowl saved the day with fresh ingredients like green pea hummus, avocado, quinoa, sauteed spinach, broccolini, lemon, house made hazelnut dukkah, haloumi and a poached egg.
This was really quite good. It’s my one healthy meal of the year!
Hubby went for the reuben which had shaved Wagyu corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, house made Zuni pickles and Russian dressing on toasted sourdough and served with mixed leaves.
He thought it wasn’t bad but said it was a bit too ‘hammy’. What a shame Katz’s deli isn’t here to make a fortune out of people like us!
For drinks I kept my ‘green’ streak going by having an acai smoothie which had organic acai, strawberries, blueberries, coconut water, chia and raw honey.
This was quite nice and refreshing in the heat.
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: yes
After that we headed to our Airbnb for a little nap before dinner.
For dinner we went to Burger Hero.
The burgers here are legit! I haven’t had a good stack in agesSss so this was a welcome.
I went for the cheeseburger which had 200g of hickory beef, American cheese and hero sauce.
That hickory beef was so good! And the flavour of that hero sauce was also really good. Those who know me know I’m a bit like Jeffrey Star and hate sauce (and like my burgers plain) so to willingly try this and like it is a rarity for me.
Hubby had the Rockin’ Rooster which had buttermilk soaked crumbed chicken, lettuce, tomato, onion, liquid cheese and chipotle sauce.
Hubby loved this! He said the chicken was juicy and flavoursome.
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
I wish we had more time in Canberra, as there are so many different places to eat!
Day two started off with a light brekkie at home (Nutella toast) then heading off for some bubble tea at Elora to start the tea run.
I opted for the rose milk tea which had quite a subtle flavour and hubby went for the strawberry oolong tea which was refreshing.
My ratings for this place were:
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: no
After that we headed off to Adore Tea House for our high tea.
It was such a good high tea because they did pairings with the food – something they don’t do in Sydney so definitely kudos to these guys.
We started off with some sparkling iced tea in a strawberry, lemon and ginger flavoured green tea which was nice and refreshing. I always love a good iced tea!
Then we were given our first tier of sandwiches which included Australian green tea infused chicken with tarragon and almonds, Billy tea infused steak with horseradish and mayonnaise, and the traditional mint and cucumber.
It was such a good concept to have tea infused proteins!
I have to say that the chicken one was my favourite out of all but they were all pretty good!
This came accompanied with a tea called the Assam 2nd Flush which was a black tea.
This tea was quite nice a nice tea and would have to be my third favourite.
The second tier consisted of hot savoury finger food such as grilled peach and haloumi cheese bruschetta, spinach and fetta cheese puffs, and oolong tea infused chicken pinwheels.
These were all good but the grilled peach and haloumi bruschetta was my favourite! The flavours just worked really well together.
This came accompanied with a Japanese lime green tea which was my favourite of all the teas.
The last tier was dessert.
This had a hazelnut dolce de leche dome, earl grey cream tea infused creme brulee, and scones with whipped cream, rose butter, and French earl grey tea infused jam.
Can I just say that the rose butter is the best thing I’ve ever tasted?! It definitely rivals Pepe Saya and you guys have got to try it! Unfortunately it’s not for sale (yet) but they are working on it.
This one was accompanied by a Rooibos chocolate truffle flavoured tea.
I have to say that this was my least favorite tea. The flavour just didn’t do it for me. The smell was nice and chocolatey but I just wasn’t a fan.
My ratings for Adore Tea House were:
Wait time: 5/5
Baby friendly: yes
After high tea we went exploring around the area and found a little international candy store.
I walked out with some hot gummies, Barbie pez, a Wonka bar and a butterfinger flavoured lip gloss.
For dinner we went to a place called Baby Su.
Hubby happened to drive past it earlier and saw some aesthetically pleasing desserts so obviously we had to go there.
The weather was stinking hot but that didn’t stop me from ordering ramen!
It wasn’t bad but I honestly miss the ramen from the US! Plus this baby was missing the boiled egg. It was made up of chilli miso, shredded iceberg, hakata noodles, nori, and sesame seeds.
Hubby had the pork belly bao-ger lucky pack which came with a piece of fried chicken and waffle cut fries.
The bao-ger had pork belly, picked cucumber and Korean pear slaw. He loved it and thought the flavours all went really well together.
We also had a Wagyu cheesesteak springroll.
This was pretty good and tasted like a cheeseburger.
For dessert we had boba sundaes. I had the salted caramel with brown sugar syrup and hubby had the strawberry.
Both tasted really good and the strawberry sundae is vegan for those wanting a cruelty free option. It also has popping pearls which are my fave!
My ratings for Baby Su were:
Wait time: 4.5/5
Baby friendly: not really but you can squish a pram in there somewhere!
So there you have day 2.
If you guys have any recommendations for me for next time, please let me know!
When people think of Canberra they probably think of a place that’s boring and slow but its food scene is far from that.
We went on a little family trip for four days and wished we had more time to explore more eateries.
Day one we got to eating at around 5.30pm so visited a joint called Mookie (most of the other places I wanted to visit closed at 4pm!!!).
Hubby had the pork belly burger which had pork belly, Asian slaw, kewpie (Japanese mayo) and pork crackling in it and he absolutely loved it!
As a side he had the gem-go-bell which are potato gems topped with cheese sauce, jalapenos and chives which was quite tasty.
I had the Mookie wings which are spicy crumbed buffalo wings with your choice of Texas bbq sauce or devil chilli. I opted for the bbq sauce because I’m already a wimp when it comes to chilli and the spice factor on this one was already high on my radar!
I also had a small side of French fries with this.
For dessert (because who doesn’t eat dessert?!) we had concretes which are frozen custards.
These are the best thing ever! I had the geisha which was a vanilla flavoured custard with cheesecake, pink rose petals, strawberries, watermelon and crushed pistachios. Very reminiscent of Black Star Pastry’s watermelon cake.
Hubby had the apple pie which was also a vanilla flavoured frozen custard with cinnamon donut, crushed apples, corn flakes and cinnamon.
I have to say that these two desserts really blew my mind in terms of taste. They were super refreshing and just had the perfect flavour combos.
I know where I’ll be going for a frozen treat next time we come back!
Oh and for all you mummies out there, it’s also baby friendly.
All in all, this place was really good for a feed. I thought I should start doing ratings so you guys can see what I thought of each aspect.
Wait time: 4/5
Baby friendly: yes
If you guys have any questions on the ratings, please feel free to email me!