Wednesdays at The Cuban Place

You can never go wrong with having a $1 burrito in one hand and a glass of $12 classic mojito in the other- only available at The Cuban Place every Wednesday!

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“Since The Cuban Place opened in Sydney, on the 26th of April 2011, it has developed a reputation as a destination restaurant and bar for live music, great food and the best mojitos in Australia. We have taken inspiration from the vibrant heydays in Cuba’s1950’s and have put a little slice of Havana in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.”

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Situated next to the QVB on the same street as Abbeys Bookshop is The Cuban Place: a quirky and fun bar and restaurant with a quite a hipster vibe.

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Walking inside and up the stairs, you’ll notice that the walls are plastered with messages from all over the world- I miss travelling and read random messages!

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There are two sections: the restaurant and the bar. When we approached the friendly staff, they offered us to sit at a table at the restaurant and voluntarily told us that there were $1 burritos on the menu if you order at the bar! Talk about supportive and caring staff! #winning

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Dim lights, framed pictures, sofa pods and the casual paintings on the wall sets a comfy ambience. I absolutely love it!

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Next to the toilets is el salle de miembros = hall for members..and one of the staff members politely told us that it has a rude meaning too..whoops!

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The bar section is gorgeous! It’s like a whole array of lights came together and had a disco party. The writing on the glass and walls really set a scene.

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The arrangement of photos in clusters was pretty cool. I’m not sure what the typical ‘Cuban’ vibe is but to me, this made it quite vintage and trendy. I think it’s quite similar at Coco Cubano?

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Sitting down, we ordered an original mojito $12 and a mai tai $18. The classic mojito was yes, a classic although I would’ve liked a bit more mint muddled in the cocktail. The mai tai was soooooo tasty with its hint of orange liqueur. The service was fast!

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The burritos came a bit later. Ummm… so this counts as two burritos! I must say I was expecting a whole burrito but you know what? It’s only $1 -so whatevs. There was only one choice so if you’re vegetarian and have any dietary requirements, it’s a bit unfortunately in this case.

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Nevertheless, the burrito was very carb-y with a massive deal of rice, beans, cheese and chicken. It wasn’t ah-amazing but it was still satisfying for its price. My favourite was the crispy tortilla that wrapped it all together. It was toasted and crunchy!

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To be honest, I would’ve expected more people to be here on a Wednesday night. There were the regular office workers but compared to The Soda Factory, which offers $1 hotdogs on Tuesdays, this place was not busy at all! We arrived there at 6:30 and there were at least half a dozen tables available. There was music and I loved how we could enjoy the atmosphere.

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So if you’re looking for a nice cocktail bar with cheap as chips food, head to a The Cuban Place- you won’t be disappointed!

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Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Event (Wednesdays at The Cuban Place): 4.5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Service: 4.75/5

Value: 4/5

Would I recommend going to The Cuban Place? If you’re up for a cocktail for a mid week drink, this is the place to go. My original mojito was $12 but you could add a Cuban touch to it for $15 or more.

Highlight: Totally didn’t expect the waiters come I and accommodate us. I was thinking that perhaps they’ll just serve us the burritos but they exceeded our expectations. Water In our glasses were filled, they gave us menus, served us, answered our questions…restaurant service quality. The other favourite was the display of the whole bar. The lights worked really well and I loved the deco around us!

Suggestion of improvement: Thumbs up for the $1 burrito that was served. Crispy outside and very filling insides. Having a bit more vege could’ve been better instead of the jam-packed rice and beans. It would be even better if there were a couple of options, but I’m still not complaining!

Occurs: every Wednesday from 5pm. This deal is not displayed on their website but on Facebook only.

Linkhttp://www.thecubanplace.com.au/

Angela Bee

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Brewery Yard Markets – The Living Mall

Brewery Yard Markets launched last Sunday under the blue sky and blazing sun, where shops from The Living Mall and beyond came together to showcase their trendy products.

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“Held adjacent to Chippendale Green every second Sunday from 10am to 4pm, you will be delighted by street art, quirky crafts, jewellery, local designer threads, acoustic music and live entertainment.

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My oh my was it a beautiful day! Couldn’t really ask for better whether, aye? If you haven’t been to The Living Mall, it is a $2 billion urban village in Sydney, designed by the world’s leading architects to the highest standards of sustainable urban living. They’ve bought innovative shopping to Sundays with their newly launched markets and it was fabulous seeing so many people checking it out! So let’s cut to the chase.

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Heading the escalators, past Woolies and out into the open area, I noticed that all the outdoor restaurants had white fenced greenery with sun umbrellas for their customers to enjoy the summer sunshine. #winning

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There were so many stalls! I only expected a couple but it seems like everyone was willing to contribute!

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Say hello to the Museli Man!

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I have a feeling I totally agree with this sign..

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Since I last came to Central Park, there have been a few more cafes/restaurants that have popped up, one being Autolyse. The name itself doesn’t say much but the display of breads just made my mouth water. Did I mention that there were croissants and danishes to sample? Loved the crunch on the pastries- it was French-quality (and Angela approved) and I’ll definitely going there again!

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A good ol Aussie BBQ is an all-time favourite at the markets. You can’t go wrong by having one of the burgers for lunch!

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Work-Shop Gallery had a massive display including someone drawing live. I guess I’ve always liked my so it was fabulous seeing it come to life.

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Coco Cubano’s stall saw the virgin Mojitos and iced Granitas. Read my previous review of Coco Cubano here. For a sunny day like this, ice granitas are the perfect way to cool down.

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I love how Raw Eats aimed to educate passer-byers. They had a sign explaining what it means to eat ‘raw’ and its benefits.

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Speakeasy Co. are hand cut, hand brewed and hand poured hand-made candles.

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Pigeonhole had their quirky jewelry,  fun polaroids, and other fun stuff displayed.

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I love cactus’s. I’m not the best at watering plants and Huddle Co’s potted plants are definitely on my list of things I would love to buy.

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Have you tried Marysol’s Haberno and Ghost chilli sauces? I tried it and it aint for the faint-hearted!

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Remedia’s soaps were a specialty! How pretty are they? Check out the Orange Blossom and Organic Coconut, or perhaps the Black Forrest?

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I was so close to buying one of these Growing Books! Basically its a cactus planted in a book! I would totally put this on my work desk.

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After having a look at all the stalls, I settled at the back and joined the small-ish crowd listening to the tunes. #chillaxing

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Brewery Yard Markets, it was a pleasure visiting you on your first day! For me, these markets add a bit more fun and it’s really nice to go ‘outdoor shopping’. There were a lot of bits and pieces and this would be the place I would go to get presents for friends and even a bit of deco here and there.

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Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Event (Brewery Yard Markets): 4/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Would I recommend going to Brewery Yard Markets? Like the outdoors? Maybe looking for some nice presents to give to a friend? Perhaps you just want a place to chill in the sun… head down to the Brewery Yard Markets and you’ll be delighted to a range of quirky arts and crafts, cool tunes and a diverse range of delicious food!

Highlight: Having a place where you can sit down and have a tan. Often markets are packed and too crowded. There’s no space to move, sit down and enjoy your freshly made lunch. Central Park has a massive open space so after you go around seeing all the stalls, you can sit back, chill, then go around again!

Suggestion of improvement: I loved the variety here and it wasn’t just stalls from The Living Mall but beyond that! It’s actually quite rare that so many shops in one place got involved but what I could suggest is maybe getting the public involved as well. Perhaps the talent from UTS or even USyd students? There are heaps of students around so they can definitely leverage on that.

Link: http://www.centralparksydney.com/shop/brewery-yard-markets

Official hashtag: #breweryyard #bymcomp

Angela Bee

Taste Orange – Martin Place

From 20-22 August, 11:30am- 2:30pm and 5pm-8pm, the vineyards of Orange came to Martin Place and set up barrels of wine for everyone to taste, sample and buy.

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This was lunch break challenge #2. North Sydney -> Wynyard -> walk to Martin Place, sample at least 5-6 different wines -> walk back to Wynyard -> catch the train to North Sydney. Done and dusted and this is how it went.

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The flags signified the #TasteOrangeNSW presence.

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There was a little chalkboard sign with the details.

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It was a bit quiet when I was there and not many people were sitting down and enjoying the performance from Gabe Middleton. She had such a nice voice and sang some great music!

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It was really cute having the signs up for individual wineries. I mean, they were bringing the country into the city! #countrygirl

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What I really loved about the festival was that there were plenty of brochures everywhere. There has been so many times that I’ve missed out on important information because it wasn’t distributed correctly. These brochures were super special because they had a 10% off voucher- doesn’t everyone feel great when they got a great deal!

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There were buckets of chilled wine.. from your red Shiraz, to your white Chardonnay.. it was all there.

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Some funky labels were also on the wine bottles. There’s some potential out there..!

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As I went past all the mini stalls and meeting the owners of these vineyards, the favourite was no doubt the tasting! Wines are unique and everyone has their flavours they like and dislike. This was a great opportunity to sample, taste and buy!

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To be honest, it wasn’t even that expensive. Wine bottles ranged from $15 up.. but mind you, there were some that were $$$$$. I was even talking to one of the guys there and he said that it’s all organic and made by hand!

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Aside from the wine tasting, there were a few stalls around with food. To my surprise, everything was only $5 to eat! That’s an awesome lunch/dinner!

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An organic fruit market was there..

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and some samples of pumpkin/cashew, blue vein/pistachio.. that one was soooo goood!

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Unlike a lot of festivals, there were benches that people could sit around. I really liked the wooden feel to this event. Not only that, but everyone was so chilled, happy and ready for a drink!

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@TasteOrange commented on my Instagram in which I wrote “Who says I can’t have wine for lunch?” and they replied “Wine is a food group@angela_bee!” Wine is made from grapes and grapes is fruit! #nailedIT!

Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Product (wine from Taste Sydney): 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 5/5

Would I recommend going to Taste Orange? Definitely an awesome place to catch up with friends while sampling and buying some wine! I was quite worried about the weather but it was a bit sunny. Once I got back to work, I was telling my colleagues to go tomorrow!

Highlight: I loved the set up. There was basically a circular stand so you just had to walk in a circle around. The stalls weren’t overly huge, but small enough so that each person had their selection on display. That made it more lively as opposed to those exhibitions where it was just too spaced out..

Suggestion of improvement: It could’ve been better if there were maybe two people at each stall? I found it difficult getting samples from some places because there was only one representative, but having said that, there were some stalls with 2-3 people and that really helped! One person would look after the sales, and the other person would be converting them.

Ends: August 22, 2014

Link: http://www.tasteorange.com.au/tasteorangesydney_promo

Angela Bee

$4 drinks at Harbour View Hotel – North Sydney

From 5:30-7pm, Harbour View Hotel at 17 Blue Street North Sydney has $4 drinks and $10 cocktails: the pianist plays, you listen, and have (multiple) drinks.

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Funnily enough, this hotel is right next to where I work so it was definitely too convenient when my friends asked to come here. I was stoked!

When you walk up the stairs at the main entrance, head to the left and follow the path into the door glasses.

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The place is spacious, modern and the people in there were classy, dressed up and potentially for the slightly older crowd. But I must admit, I would prefer it here because chairs and tables were apart, you could have your long discussions where you could easily hear the other person, and it’s not that busy.

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In the background there was a lovely lady playing the piano and singing soulfully. Elegant.So we looked at the drinks and the choices were basically from wine and beer for $4.

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The cocktails were $10 before 7 and listed below is the list.

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There were quite a few bartenders which was great and we didn’t have to wait to be served! What’s even better was that we were able to get a tab card and bill it all onto it.

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As a result, we had 2 rounds of cocktails:
A martini with too much salt on its brim, a Slice of Heaven which tasted like creaming soda which was sooooooo delicious, and a martini which tasted like kerosene. LOL. #obviouslythepeoplewhohadithadfunopinions

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Second round we all got coffee martinis and they were absolutely fantastic! If you’re a coffee drinker, this is your cocktail!

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There’s also mulled wine FYI! Fantastic for the winter blues.

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There was even a wine cellar in the bar and we were there for quite some time. Because one of my friends had been to the hotel before, a secret sneaky thought is going up to the 14th level (the top) and looking out at the window. It’s magic and it is why I call this area my new home.

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Scenic tip – head back out to the entrance, go up and down the stairs on the right and end up at Lavender Bay. At the Indian Harbourview restaurant, walk down and you’ll be at the water. Follow the path to the left and it will lead you go Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge 🙂

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Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Product ($4 drinks and $10 cocktails at Harbour View Hotel North Sydney): 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Value: 4/5

Would I recommend going to Harbour View Hotel bar? Yes! bars in the city tend to be too busy and filled with a gazillion business workers. You can’t get a drink because the line is too long and you can’t hear your mates next to you because there are too many people. This place takes advantage of its space with a very chilled area and fast service.

Highlight: being able to have your space is a key factor in my books. If you want a place to chat and catch up with friends then this is the place to be..the prices for its cocktails don’t reflect how much they are actually worth so take advantage of the specials before 7!

Suggestion of improvement: would’ve loved to have the harbour view as the window seat but you can’t complain about it’s locality! It’s next to the train station, a 2 min walk from the water, and opposite Greenwood Plaza so if you need cheap food then it’s sorted!

Ends: never, but occurs daily

Angela Bee

$29 Chocolate High Tea with Cocktails – Swissotel

Chocolate High Tea with Toblerone cocktails for $29 at the Swissotel was money well spent for a fancy day out.

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Crossroads Bar is located within the 5-star Swissotel Sydney. A place where traditional ideas and impeccable service unite with modern designs. Vibrant blues, purples and oranges pop against the dark wooden floor boards and elegant beige couches. Intimate pods provide exclusive entertaining spaces and an atmosphere of sophistication is evoked with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Market Street allowing natural light to flood the area.”

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Let the doorman tip his hat and salut you at the entrance before hopping on the escalators to level 7.

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It felt extremely clean and spacious and the restaurant and bar is cleverly closed in with the grey and red pods of seating – making it slightly romantic and secluded.

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The big red lanterns hanging from the ceiling definitely stood out.

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I showed my voucher and even requested for some candles for a friend’s birthday! The area was just simple and classy and I felt like a real lady sipping on my water in my (normal) cup.

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Our Toblerone cocktails came first and they were delicious. They tasted like chocolate milkshake with a tad of alcohol. Yuuuuum. Highly irresistible and I could’ve gulped it all in one go but no, I savoured it one sip at a time!

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Then the waitresses came with the high tea sets in a very professional manner. Ie professional attire and etiquette. However, I requested for a vegetarian option both in the email and I even double checked at the counter when I gave my voucher to them and still, there was no offer of replacement when we asked if there was supposed to be no meat not the tiers. All that effort for nothing! Urgh!

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Anyways, on the bottom there was a nice salmon bagel, cucumber sandwich, egg wrap, and the best was the mayo chicken on multi-grain baguette. Creamy and delicious! The savory was amazing.

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Scones should be the highlight of every high tea. There was a plain and chocolate one. Although I took the plain one, I thought it was very tasty, a bit fluffy and the jam was a very nice compliment. I loved how the top rises- let’s just say I love muffin tops!

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On the top, it was absolutely jam packed with chocolate. The chocolate cake was sooooooo chocolatey. It was like eating a block of soft chocolate. I’m not a fan of cream but the profiteroles were a nice touch with crushed pistachios on top. Again, the chocolate tart was dense and extra sweet with the cream and white chocolate flake.

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The best was the berry compote with the layer of chocolate mousse! A mixture of slightly sweet and sweet n soft textures!

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Girls love to talk and indeed we did until the coffee came. We were choc-ed it and could not order a hot chocolate haha! I had a skimmed cappuccino and by the way, you get a bigger glass if you get the latte. I don’t know why.

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One of us ordered the T2 tea and got a large fancy teapot.

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Loved the high tea here and it was definitely worth it’s money!! Chocolate high tea and cocktail for the chocoholics out there is like living a dream at Swissotel!

Review Rating: =D =) =| =(

Product (Chocolate High Tea and cocktails at Swissotel): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to Chocolate High Tea with Cocktails at Swissotel to a friend? Straight out- Yes. How can you refuse high tea AND cocktails for only $29? Normally a cocktail at a cocktail bar is around $20 and a high tea could be up to $50pp. This is crazy amazing so if you like chocolate this is definitely where you should be heading!

Highlight: Oh the toberlone cocktail was such a sweet treaat!! I wish we could’ve ordered more!! Who says you can’t drink in the middle of the day? The place was really cute.. shame there weren’t any pods available to sit in so we had a spacious table and couch.

Suggestion of improvement: I was quite disappointed with the vegetarian option not coming out. I always take care when people have dietary requirements and in this case it was my vego friend’s birthday. Communication needs some improving!

Ends: July 25, 2014

Link: http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/sydney/swissotel-2/718443774

Angela Bee

Moe’s Tavern – Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel turned into Moe’s Tavern and brought Sydney Homer Simpson’s favourite Duff Beer on May 23-30.

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“With breathtaking views spanning Sydney Harbour, the Botanical Gardens and the Finger Wharf, The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel is one of Sydney’s waterfront centrepieces. The Bay is the perfect location for any type of lunch, dinner, gathering or event. With seating available on the ground floor bistro, courtyard, fireplace or level one balcony, the hotel truly does cater to all.”

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Homer Simpson once said, “A woman is like beer. They look good, they smell good, and you’d step over your own mother just to get one.” Haha. #simpsonslove #childhood #adulthood

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In celebration of my fellow intern completing her time at Cancer Council, we walked to the hotel to get some Duff in our bellies. Who doesn’t want to see what the Simpsons were in real life?

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Loved the door. It screams welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On the way up the stairs, we were greeted by kegs of beer. There were many more to come!
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Walking in, the fake windows/mirror shone brightly around the pool tables and surprisingly there weren’t too many people. Just a tip, we got there at around 5:30 before the corporate invasion.

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We approached the bar and of course we ordered a beer! $9.30 but it was light and quite bland. Not really a favourite and I expected it to be more unique.

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I absolutely loved the beer taps though! It seemed like it was the only type on tap for the nights. You could alternatively purchase something else downstairs and bring it up if you wanted.

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Then, we lined up for food.There was only one at the counter…

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The food menu was alright and we accidentally met a girl who told us that the wings were tiny and the beef burger didn’t taste that great. Check out the size of that bun.

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We opted for the seafood basket for $18. The batter on the fish was waaaay too much and the chips were a bit soggy. The squid was the best but where was the pepper?

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The only thing I would get next time would be the pizza. Donuts always taste good but $4 each…?

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Sneaky shot of someone else’s donut

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Wings $10

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Oysters

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There was an outdoor area with some coasters. We were quite sneaky and stole a couple! Who knows, we can sell it on EBay ahahah.

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Loved how the waiters had their Duff Badges, too! If only they had a real life a Homer and the TV show in the background…

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Ohwell! There was enough beer for everyone!

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Btw when we were walking outside, the line was huge! The security guards were strict and tallied numbers. Next time, get in quick.. or buy it from Dan Murphys or BWS: $17 a six-pack of 355ml cans and/or $45 a case from May 28.

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Moe’s Tavern): =)

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend going to Moe’s Tavern to friends? The atmosphere was great and that was it. It was opened from 5pm and if you plan on arriving after 6:30 it might not be worth the long wait.

Would I donate the money I saved to a charity? The experience was great but because the food and drink was so expensive, I don’t think I would spare much….especially if a beer normally costs $6 at my local pub. At least entry was free?

Highlight: the media wall! We just had really fun pictures! Also the taps and decoration. The walls were even blue and yellow diamond tinted! Amazing effort designers!

Suggestion of improvement: the food wasn’t the best. The wings portion was minimal for $10, the burger looked big but mostly bun and the seafood was so oily. No go.

Ends: May 30, 2014

Link: http://www.woolloomooloobayhotel.com.au/

Angela Bee

UTS Haberfield Club

Stunning lake views with perfect sunrise and sunset views are now open to the public on the deck of the newly renovated UTS Haberfield Club.

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“Situated on the enviable Iron Cove Bay, UTS Haberfield Club is the first NSW licenced club to be completely redeveloped in 10 years. This picturesque location is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a relaxing drink. The club comprises the licensed dining and recreation club upstairs and the rowing club downstairs.”

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My parents and I were conveniently driving up to Lavender Bay when we accidentally passed and pulled over to have a peak at the modernised rowing club.

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Activate UTS, formerly UTS Union Limited is full of surprises this year- UTS Haberfield Club being one of them.

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The club is surrounded by this beautiful lake view. I wouldn’t be complaining if I had an early rowing session that could soak in this stunning view.

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There’s a small area for parking but locals are encouraged to come down for a walk as there is a walk way around the bay.

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Heading inside, you’ll see a line of oars.

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There are walls full of the history of the rowing club with photos from the past.

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It’s a Sunday so it’s filled with families and not really any rowers in the water. The deck looks inviting though.

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There’s also a standard menu with mains ranging from $25…

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.. and a bar for a casual drink or few!!

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The walk over to the view and its absolutely breathtaking. I feel like I’m on the coast? It’s a very relaxing area and how about the beautiful weather?

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I had no idea that this was dedicated to Tom O’Sullivan, former CEO of UTS Union who passed away in 2011. Tom O’Sullivan got rid of Voluntary Student Unionism and was instrumental in fighting for the Student Services Amenities Fee.  To be honest, it’s probably worked for the better with better planning for budgets and exciting projects like this! (Although I remember when they introduced it and I was upset but I got my monies worth by going to all these awesome free uni events!)

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I absolutely love the outdoors area on the deck.

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There are some pokies at the back if anyone is interested but don’t get stuck behind these because there may be the possibility of watching some rowing action! I’m wondering if there are any trial sessions?

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (UTS Haberfield Club): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend visiting UTS Haberfield Club? Yes and go for a row at the same time! I would love to have a go and see what it’s like! I wish I lived closer to the area though..

Highlight: just standing on the deck and looking out onto the boats, the water and the sky. It looks heaps classy.

Suggestion of improvement: where are the student discounts, UTS? I would’ve hoped there could’ve been a good deal considering it is affiliated with a university.. Also, let us know when you’re rowing please (:

Ends: never

Link: http://utshaberfieldclub.com.au/

Angela Bee

One Dollar Hot Dogs- The Soda Factory

Remember those sausage sizzles we had during school for $2? The Soda Factory halves the price to $1 and brings back school memories (particularly for those who went my school at Ryde with those free big breakfasts) with a gourmet twist every Tuesday from 5pm.

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The Soda Factory is known for its one dollar hot dogs every Tuesday, as well as serving up its newly expanded menu including Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milkshakes. They’re all oh so delicious with daily specials!

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Step into the Coca Cola bottled entrance and be prepared to see long queues because it ain’t no regular factory!

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My friend and I struggled to find a spot so we sneakily sat at a table with a reservation at 7pm. We came early to try and avoid the crowd and just catch up in life in general. Come at 5pm for some hot dogs in case they run out by the end of the night.

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We sit down and there’s a pretty funky disk as a reservation tag and a menu with five delicious dogs to order for $1.

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– The Frank Sinatra: beef and pork frankfurter with American mustard sauerkraut, pickles and crispy onion ring

– The Buffalo Bill: battered chicken sausage, spicy buffalo sauce and cheese

– The Texas Redneck: bratwurst pork sausage, smoked chilli cheese, homemade BBQ sauce

– Bobby’s Bogan Dog: pork sausage, Dijon mustard, smashed peas, feta cheese

– The Yoko Ono: veggie sausage, avocado, pickled sauerkraut, diced tomatoes, American mustard ($2)

– The Don Draper: beef and pork frankfurter, monterey jack cheese, tomato sauce and American mustard

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So last time my friend ordered a hot dog for full price here which was $10. It was super big and had the onion was slightly overpowering but still tasted good. I somehow had high and low expectations…

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Just a FYI that you must order a drink with any dollar dog purchase. That means that you can order 5 dollar dogs with one beer. $7.50 was the cheapest alcoholic drink. Our dogs came out really quickly and I saw that lots of people were ordering en masse.

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I got Bobby’s Bogan Dog with mashed peas and feta. The sausage itself is cut in half and quite small, the presentation looks fancy and you’ll be mostly chewing on the nice soft bun. It was alright.

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My friend got The Buffalo Bill and that was quite tasty..maybe because I love some spiciness in everything! (blame India)

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There was a nice little band playing in the background which was a pleasure to listen to but there were too many people and not enough seats.

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It’s almost as good as the unlimited sausage sizzle Big Breakfasts we used to have at Ryde Secondary College but buy a drink and order a fair share of hot dogs with your mates after work or uni! #grownups

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Would I recommend going to get Dollar Dogs at The Soda Factory to a friend? If you’re running low on cash and need a place to hangout then this is perfect! A lot of pubs have cheap Tuesdays but I haven’t found a place that beats this!

Would I donate the money saved to a food charity? I know OzHarvest and SecondBite are great causes. Every dollar gives five people a meal.

Highlight: its packed and I kid you not. I love the atmosphere and everyone, including all staff are in positive spirits! I know they spend the whole day premaking hundreds of hot dogs so they get pumped out quickly to hungry guests. Great and quick service!!

Suggestion of improvement: More chairs would’ve been more ideal because there were just so many people just standing awkwardly and eying spaces. When we were told that the people who reserved our places had come, everyone was asking why we were leaving and if they could sit there- LOL! Next time: reserve a place.

Ends: never but check their website

Link: http://sodafactory.com.au/

Angela Bee

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The UTS Underground Grand Opening

An extension from Central station’s tunnel has made its way to UTS, with the grand opening of The Underground yesterday with free champagne and snacks from 4-6pm.

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“ActivateUTS brings colour, fun, laughs and friendship to the wider UTS community.

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We’re more than on campus facilities such as the bars and cafes, the gym and retail outlets. We’re also more than the on campus events, clubs and societies (sporting and social). We’re all about enhancing your experience while studying at UTS. We’re the place you come to when you’re looking to make new friends, meet like-minded people and make those connections that last a lifetime.”

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There was a massive line heading towards the tunnel. There were some colourful characters from UTS Backstage to greet us in.

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Formerly known as the Glasshouse, ActivateMarketplace was transformed into an underground metro. Literally. #allstationstoUndergroundJunctionSouth

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Do we spot some familiar faces as live models advertising at the Marketplace? There was a lovely lady handing out goodie bags too.

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All in the shape of a giant lolly! This place was definitely designed to help boost those energy levels for assignments and exams.

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There was even a lolly station with arms flying all over to get their hands on sugary treats!

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Check this out. Who goes through the tunnel and has never seen a busker? There’s UTS’ busker using buckets to produce music! PS. love the Fijian lady and her husband who play the sax and keyboard every day #somuchlove

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We took a little detour and ended up at the Bites Booth where we saw what the little canteen offered. They had salads, pies, sausage rolls and the usual.

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Then finally we got to the main area with pool tables, funky tables and chairs, greenery all around the area, a band playing, and a ton of people at the bar waiting for free champagne.

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The band was playing extremely loudly and like many bars, it was hard to hear your friends even if they were less than one metre away.

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Thank goodness we got new pool tables! The old ones would’ve been soaked in beer.

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Next to the bar you hada chance to take a selfie with the stars! tag #activateuts and #activatemarketplace to win a trip to LA!

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Then Mr Thomas greeting us into the wardrobe heading into Narnia.

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I love how cosy it was!!! The chairs, the carpet, the lamp, and the fake windows lol!

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There was even a screening of Narnia playing when we got there! I love how there are powerpoints sockets too. Anyone up for smashing out an assignment whilst downing a beer? #creativityatitspeak

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There was even some Turkish Delight – Edmund’s favourite enchanted sweet.

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Then I finally decided to wait for a free glass of champagne.

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Of course there were as many bubbles as there were people!

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My friends and I then wandered into the food court. On the way we got some free fruit!

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I don’t know why, but the place seems to look bigger with the fake brick walls. Does anyone else feel the same?

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The booths make each table more intimate and it sure look extremely colourful.

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Let’s also admit that the only thing we’ve missed throughout the construction time has been the pide.

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How lovely for the staff to pose for a photo for us!

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Smith’s MAXX chips were a clear sponsor, with tons of small packets distributed to everyone.

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Shame I’m not at UTS anymore but it doesn’t stop me from coming back! PS it was great to see so many uni friends again (:

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Product (Grand Opening of The Underground): =D

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Would I recommend heading to The Underground to a friend? Yes! Particularly if you’ve been a UTS student for the past year, the changes are phenomenal.

Would I donate the money saved to a charity? Champagne was on the house and snacks too! it was a great way of celebrating and the free drinks brought in the students. $5 drinks would’ve been good too.

Highlight: The Underground in general. WOW. UTS did an amazing job and I think everyone loves it. Well, it’s not hard to beat considering how awful it was before… Love Naria. Love The Underground tunnel idea in general. Now they need to get the buskers involved and do a few tunes 😉

Suggestion of improvement: just wondering how will UTS maintain this? I hope it won’t get trashed by the end of the year! They should do weekly screenings in Narnia-land and pool competitions of some sort. I’m interested in how the clubs and societies will hold events here from now on!

Ends: never

Link: http://www.activateuts.com.au/

Angela Bee

50 cent chicken wings and drumsticks – Black Penny

50 cent chicken wings and chicken drumsticks are such a great bargain for a Monday nights at Black Penny in Redfern.

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Black Penny, along with Black Listed Gallery, is a bar and art space on 648 Bourke Street.

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It was a 20 minute walk from Central Station on a pretty gloomy might for a couple of friends graduation. It was nicely situated on a corner and a small enough bar for a few guests.

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The first thing you’ll notice when you get in is the art on the right side. It includes Pinnochio!

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On the way up to the bar, which is only a couple of steps, you’ll see a small range of notes and coins from around the world as well as some old bottles.

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It’s actually quite nice peeping down onto the quite small main floor but gives you that inch of importance.

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On their website, it says that they Happy Hour specials are from 5-7 but on their PDF menu, it says 5-7. It was pretty unfortunate that we didn’t make it in time and it was actually the latter that was true #warning. Remember: next time arrive at 5pm for $5 drinks and $5 fries and pork crackling.

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We just had some shared plates to go around including chunky hand cut wedges made from real potatoes. The skins were still on them and they were piping hot served with bacon infused aioli. Yum.

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Of course we had the chicken too and the first of our batch went too quickly.

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What I loved about them was that the meat was almost falling off the bones so you just had to use a fork to eat. They were deliciously marinated and definitely going for more.

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We also had some salmon patties that were nice as well.

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Small and dimmed bar with very nice staff. They even brewed their own beer for Craft Beer Week! They should do it all the time!!

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Would I recommend a friend to go to Black Penny? The location is quite the walk but not too bad if you have the time. It was a cosy chilled out place but then again, we did go on a Monday night. I would have to tell my friends to go early for some special deals!

Would I donate the money saved to my charity? I’m not sure how much I would’ve saved? I don’t think so… If I was a local I would come here more often.

Highlight: chicken wings and drummettes. Maybe I was hungry but maybe the chicken was just really good. They also come in three flavours.

Suggestion of improvement: maybe just update the website so customers aren’t mislead when they arrive. I mean, they had so,e really nice cocktails and I would come back to try the other daily specials.

Ends: none. Click on link below to be updated.
Link: http://www.blackpenny.com.au/

Angela Bee

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